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About La Cipollina

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.

16A W Main St
Freehold, NJ 07728
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;

Sunday: 1:00pm - 11:00pm

CLOSED: Monday

Cross Street:
South St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 308-3830

Website:
http://www.lacipollina.com/

Public Transit:
New Jersey Transit buses service the "Freehold Center" terminal which is located a block away from La Cipollina Ristorante.

Executive Chef:
Matt Higgins

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout

La Cipollina Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
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Authentic (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Romantic (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 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!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food and service were excellent, as always.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 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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·Dined 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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·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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·Dined on September 16, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Live Music, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

This restaurant has been consistently awesome for 25 years.

Tags: Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Excellent food and impeccable service. Bananas Foster was disappointing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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 .

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Food was fresh and delish! Especially the Bronzino!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

LaCipollina's is a hidden neighborhood gem in Freehold. The food is delicious, ample and cooked to perfection. They have outdoor dining when the weather is nice and it was nice the night we went. They even have music many Friday nights. Its BYOB which keeps the tab down and lets you concentrate on the matter at hand, having a delicious meal in a wonderful setting surrounded by caring and attentive servers, a recipe for success anywhere.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 9, 2017

First time at your restaurant and we were completely satisfied. Good menu choices and the food was delicious. Waiters were attentive and quick to respond to any of our requests.
We will see you again!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The food and service were outstanding. A true hidden gem and it is a byob!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

While Mother's Day is always a challenge to go to a resteraunt on, I wasn't expecting our local neighborhood restaurant to be so frazzled. We arrived at our time, not too long of a wait, but once seated it took quite a while for some to acknowledge us and give us menus. Some of the specials were no longer available, while it was on,y 6:00 pm. We were also told the chef would not change any item on the menu, the menu was what it was. Ok with that said we ordered, scallop with risotto which the scallop came out raw , returned it and it came back the same way. The Osso bocco, one of our usual favorites was a bit bland and not up to its usual standard. I had shrimp risotto nothing great. And we also had a carbonara dish which was lacking in flavor, another of our usual favorites. We ordered coffee and dessert and the cappuccino cam out cold. I guess it was too busy for them to handle which was reflected on the staff and the food. Very sad about it as it will be quite awhile before we frequent this resteraunt again. I don't like to give bad reviews but with so many disappointments I felt they should know.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Just perfect!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Excellent food and service.... as always

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Always good, so when saw cippolina listed for nj restaurant week at $32 3 courses made reservations. Bring your own wine..
Menu was one of the better for that week.
Had caprese salad, lobster pasta mac& cheese, fantastic tender thick pork chops,
Salmon on mushroom rissoto was excellent dessert with an assortment of cookies also fresh and delicious others at table had espresso mousse cake which was very good and ricotta cheesecake I would never hesitate to go to cipolina food is very well-prepared services very good and during the summer weekends outdoor dining with live music generally a guitarist

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

The whole experience was excellent. This was not our first time and each time we come back feeling that we got had an excellent meal and that the entire staff was friendly and cared about the customer experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Food and service were absolutely excellent, ambiance was quite nice, the whole staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely will be coming back here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

I highly recommend, simply left me wanting to go back right away. In fact already made reservations for restaurant week. Thank you again for a great anniversary dinner

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Adele and Michael were both gracious and welcoming. The service and atmosphere were fantastic and the food was delicious. Perfect night out.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Food was outstanding. Atmosphere was fantastic. Music was terrific .the whole thing was a true pleasure.

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