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La Cipollina

4.4
186 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
Zagat review: Now at the quarter-century mark, this dependable (if hard-to-find) Freehold Italian BYO maintains its old-world ways with a classic menu of quality items served by an excellent tuxedoed team. The elegant decor lends it special-occasion status and bargain prix fixe specials keep costs under control.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;

Sunday: 1:00pm - 11:00pm

CLOSED: Monday
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Phone number
(732) 308-3830
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Higgins
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South St.
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Public transit
New Jersey Transit buses service the "Freehold Center" terminal which is located a block away from La Cipollina Ristorante.

Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout
What 186 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Dinner was very nice. Atmosphere, service, and food were of a very high quality. Really enjoy this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I've been coming here for years. The food is always excellent. The staff always professional, clean, and on point, and the space itself is very welcoming. The Chef always comes and greets new guests and old familiar faces and ensures everything is up to and exceeds the expectations. Im looking forward to the next interesting tasting menu.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Amazing dining experience!Everything was exceptional. Service, atmosphere, and especially food! Would absolutely recommend, and will be back again soon!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Upscale Italian menu qualifies this as a fine dining restaurant. The atmosphere is casual but the service is upscale and formal. I had the Pork Osso Buco and it fell right off the bone. It was tender and delicious. We brought one of our favorite wines from home. This is the best BYO restaurant in Central Jersey.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

What happened to service? They say 3rd time is a charm guess it does not apply to service. As it has been in the past food was excellent. Service on the other hand was poor. Although the restaurant was fairly empty we waited at the front reception area when greeted the waiter apologized for the wait. Once seated we waited a while for menus and when finally presented the waiter once again apologized for the wait. We waited once again for someone to take an order and we had to ask for bread. You guessed it another apology. After our meal it was almost 30 mins before getting the check which of course came with an apology. I prefer the service we have received in the past rather than constant apologies. The food will bring us back again hopefully the excellent service also returns.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Our recent experience was a disappointment on so many levels. But what was most irritating was the service that lacked any genuine concern about. Hate to say it but, we won’t be back and we will warn others.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We have been there before,the food is very good,the place is a cost and very nice.Would go again

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

LaCipollina's is NJ's best kept secret. Don't come here if you want to eat and run, the food is too delicious to rush, so come when you have some time to smell the roses , relax and have a great dinner surrounded by a wonderful wait staff and amazing chefs. You won't be disappointed. Hoping they get music back one day too.

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1.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We sat at our seat for at least 15 minutes before anyone came to our table. And that was only after I waved down the hostess. Took forever to get a menu, water or someone to open our bottle of wine. Food was mediocre at best. Salad was just greens with maybe a small piece of walnut. My soup was served barely warm and did not get a spoon. Entree was ok but nothing special. Had to ask for bread. No butter or spread. Waiter never even asked if we wanted coffee or dessert. Very disappointed and was over priced. Made a reservation on Open Table and was never told that the price of the dinner was $75 per person and did not include, bread, coffee or dessert. Only found out after waiting 15 minutes plus for waiter to bring the menu. He was also trying to sell us bottled water for an unknown price.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

2nd time here did not disappoint. Excellent food and service. This was a mid week meet up with friends so the restaurant was very quiet. We were greeted promptly and courteously service was good but not overbearing. We had daily specials for appetizer and main course which were prepared perfectly. Although a little pricey for a local BYOB definitely worth it. Will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Our reservation was 7:15 pm. Service was unbearably slow. Tables were crowded into a small space allowing another patron to crash into my back while I was seated . The excessive noise level made conversation difficult. We waited over an hour for our dinner to be served.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

An intimate restaurant for couples or a special group. The food is seasonal and amazing. As a couple and young adult family, we go to Cippolina to reconnect and savor in the food and ambiance.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Haven't been to La Cippolina for years and glad I returned. Food and service were excellent. A couple of things to note:

Service was outstanding for 3/4 of the meal, however fell off a bit as the restaurant filled up. We opened an additional bottle of wine ourselves, and my cappuccino was forgotten.

Portions are somewhat small, however there is plenty of bread, roasted garlic, wonderful pesto for dipping and a marvelous chick pea salad prior that for most of us, the size of the meal wasn't an issue.

Looking forward to returning and trying the prix fixe menu.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

My wife and I most recently dined here Saturday, 1/6/18. We have been loyal customers of this restaurant for many years. The menu designed by Matt has always been superb and the service and willingness to accommodate customers is excellent. At each visit we are greeted by the classy and sophisticated Adele. She is extremely proud of her talented and handsome grandson Matt and does everything within her power to enhance the dining experience of every person who enters the doors of La Cipollina. She is a wonderful asset to this restaurant. We look forward to enjoying Matt's next Zagat rated culinary creation!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to la Cipollina for New Year's Eve, late nite dinner and it was just wonderful! It was the second time we went there for dinner and both times we enjoyed the food, ambiance & friendly, attentive service.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I was not aware that it was a pre fix menu when I made
The reservation. Had I had known I would not have gone.
My husband doesn't eat salad and neither of us drink
wine. We didn't order the salad course for one and understood that we would still be charged the full $75. Ok fine but did they really have to charge us for 4 fountain drinks. Which didn't come out correctly. Hostess was friendly but seemed overwhelmed with the coats.
Disappointing

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our first time at La Cippolina and went since it was a special occasion....New Year's Eve. Their menu prices have always been quite pricey and was disappointed when we were seated and handed a $75 pp pri fixed menu. I had purposely looked at their website before booking to see if thete was a soecial menu for that night and no where was it noted.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

This was our first time here for a Christmas Eve dinner. The food, service, and atmosphere
was absolutely TOP NOTCH!!

HOWEVER, the hostess was horrible, rude, and nasty. My sister did not want to hang up
her ultra expensive fur due to the fact it was right next to the front door very accessible
to anyone walking in. When my sister asked the hostess if the coats would be attended
to throughout the evening, she very nastily replied, WELL I'M RIGHT HERE !!

Moving on, we had a reservation and so I gave her the name of our party. She left us all standing there for at least 10 minutes without a word while she escorted other people to different tables (people that came in AFTER us). I finally had to ask about our table, where
she then walked into the entrance of the dining room pointing, turned to me and said, 'your table is there'. She then promptly turned around and returned to the front entrance.

When our server arrived with our food, she was trying to squeeze behind him and another
table with people following her to their table (at least they got shown to their table). She
then BARKED at my server that she was trying to ' GET THROUGH HERE ' while he politely
answered her stating that he was serving our food. I commented on how rude she was
since our arrival, and he let us know she is always this way, and the Owner's grandmother.

Lastly, we did meet the Owner's wife, family and little girls who sat right behind us. She
was super friendly, and wished us all a Happy Holiday !!

As good as this place was, unfortunately I would not return or recommend it due to the
unprofessional, unaccommodating NASTY GRANNY situation. You may want to think about
hiring a smiling, friendly hostess who actually knows how to treat customers !!!

Lisa
Freehold NJ

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Food and service were excellent, as always.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

small, intimate space; friendly people, excellent, attentive servers; excellent food

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Loved La Cipollina from the moment we walked in. Staff (Nick and Stephan) was friendly, attentive and helpful; ambience was perfect for a dinner-time escape from a hectic holiday season. Plenty of vegetarian options to choose from. We started with a cheese board--delicious selections and a variety of tasty accoutrements, but probably should have ended the meal with it instead as it was very filling. The mushroom risotto was perhaps the best I've had--thick pieces of a variety of wild mushrooms, the rice done to creamy goodness. The rigatoni putanesca was also exceptional. The long hots should have come with a warning label--hot to the point of pain--but would order them again in a heartbeat. Despite very generous entrée portions, we decided to cram in dessert. The assorted sorbets were fantastic, but the simple fresh berries with homemade whipped cream were the hit. Add to this the holiday lights display of downtown Freehold on a cold Saturday night, and it could not have been better!

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

We had a delicious dinner there. My mom and I popped in for a salad which the chef was kind enough to split into two plates and two seafood dished which we devoured. Did not have anything to take home which I love!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Awesome Awesome Awesome as always. Ridiculous food ...crazy good service.....Love this place!!

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

I’ve been a few times prior and this trip was a let down. Other than the young man making the bananas foster we had no real attentive wait staff and the food was decent at best. We were asked the same questions over and over, given the wrong check twice, given the wrong result card back, and then just ignored until we asked for ours. Everyplace is entitled to an off night but the fact that they didn’t even offer dessert on the house or something of that nature was a bit upsetting since I spent $200 on a sub par meal with admittedly sub par service.

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1.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was bad. We returned our meal. Service was not existed. The restaurant was kind of dirty especially the ceiling

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Absolutely wonderful! The food was outrageous and cooked to perfection . I don't think I have ever had better scallops in my life! Everything complimented each other. All of the staff was very warm and friendly. I will be returning soon.

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2.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Good: food; friendly hostess; decor and ambiance
Bad: service: our first waitress had never opened a bottle of wine before and asked for our help. We never heard from her again. A second waiter came out 20 minutes later and told us the specials, yet we didn't have any menus. After getting our menus 10 minutes later, we ordered. The food came out quickly, delivered by a random cook, and was delicious. A third waiter came out to check on us and eventually got us our check. The check was picked up by a FOURTH WAITRESS, but came back and explained something about them not having the right amount on the check despite running it. I was never given a receipt to keep or sign, and at this point, we just left. Very confused.

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3.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was good. They tried very hard to give first class Service. But not there yet.
Outside is not cozy.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

The restaurant called in advance to say they had mistakenly overbooked and asked to move our reservation back an hour. We were flexible and it worked out great as we had private dinner on their outdoor grotto on a beautiful summer evening. Our servers and hostess were lovely and accommodating; the food was really very good as usual. We have been here many times, but not recently...too bad for us, we remember now what a really nice place this is...our experience may not be quite as great next time considering the circumstances but La Cipollina is a consistently lovely local restaurant.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Even after I've been out of town for months, La Cipollina is still the best restaurant in NJ. The food, ambience, and service are unparalleled, and it's a must-try for those who appreciate the best of the best.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

I've lived in Freehold for 20 years and had never been here before. We decided to give it a try. Very pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent. The hostess was amazing. Highly recommend

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3.0Dined on August 17, 2017

We expected more of the restaurant based on the reviews. The service, while they tried, was a bit awkward and uneven, as well as lacking in true warmth. The food was good especially the Pasta special, but the Shrimp was overcooked. Pricing was reasonable due to the fact that it is a BYOB establishment. The ambience was the high point of the meal, it is a shame that this fact was the highpoint as the potential is there.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Everything was good except the Ceasar salad too much cheese no dressing. Clams and calamari were amazing very good place for Italian food

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Our go-to restaurant whenever we have a sitter, the fresh mozzarella is AMAZING!! Served warm, you can tell immediately just how fresh it is! We always order the cheese plate, which comes with olives and fruits, and the pasta, another staple, is obviously homemade. We haven't had the seafood yet, but we're very excited to try it!!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Big good entrees with strong flavor. Looking forward to eating my leftovers tomorrow.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

This restaurant has been consistently awesome for 25 years.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Excellent food and impeccable service. Bananas Foster was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

We had a wonderful time and meal at the restaurant. The staff could not have been more accommodating. This was our first time dining here and with 4 couples we could not have been more pleased. We had a lot of catching up to do and our meal was never rushed. A most pleasant dining experience.

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2.0Dined on June 21, 2017

This place is usually amazing. This was our worst experience at a restaurant ever and we go out to nice restaurants very often. The service was terrible and the place was empty so there was no excuse. 20 minutes after we were all served our meals my sons meal finally came and was literally spilled all over his lap. It was a nightmare. It was so bad our entire meal was free per the owner. Sadly we won't go back .

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2017

Food was fresh and delish! Especially the Bronzino!

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