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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.
Freehold, NJ 07728
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
Sunday: 1:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
New Jersey Transit buses service the "Freehold Center" terminal which is located a block away from La Cipollina Ristorante.
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout
La Cipollina Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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
Bacon! Bacon! Bacon! When I saw the email for the Bacon Week Special Menu, I couldn't resist the opportunity to bring a few bacon enthusiasts to enjoy the 5 course meal. Chef was most creative in incorporating bacon into each course...at no time was bacon not the start of the show, but it never stole the spotlight. The highlight was a 2 inch thick bourbon glazed stuffed pork chop, with apples, pancetta, cheddar and a side of bacon risotto. The dessert of a cone shaped slice of bacon filled with bacon ice cream...home run! The service was great and the chef seemed to appreciate our menu selection for the table. Great night, lots of fun and enjoyed leftovers the next day!
This is our second visit to this restaurant. Both times we had surly waiters and very slow service. The waiters spend a lot of time talk among themselves near the kitchen but much less time actual attending to patrons. We were then presented with a hand written bill that included a 20% tip. Oh and we needed to include a credit card to hold our reservation even though Open Table says this is atypical. We will not return.
It was Valentine's day. We went with another couple. They were able to take us an hour earlier which was great. The food was very good. Service not so much. Water was never refilled. They forgot to bring out desserts and expresso machine was not working. Waiter was a little full of himself.
We dined here several ears back and we really enjoyed our dinner. On this day, Valentines Day we did not. I had to send my swordfish back because it was just way over cooked, was like eating cardboard and had a fishy smell too will little flavor. They took it back and I got the filet Mignon which was excellent. My wife had the veal scallopini which had no taste and was also over cooked. I ordered the seafood cocktail appy of crab, shrimp and lobster tail. The crab and shrimp were fine but the lobster was over cooked (left in the boiling water to long) that is was water logged, tough and really had little taste, the tiny dab of a mayonnaise/mustard dressing did nothing to help. The dessert of Dark Chocolate Cherry gelato was icy and lacked taste and creaminess. Maybe it being Valentines Day had something to do with all the miss-steps but the crowed was not more than you would expect on a Saturday night. I will say the service was top notch though.
We love this place. We have been going here for 20 years. Only disappointment was they had a limited menu this past Saturday and maybe the prices were increased a bit. The caesar salad was not worth $14. The Seafood cocktail was delicious with lobster meat, shrimp, and lump crabmeat. Yummy!! The Ossobuco was delicious.
LaCipollina has some unique & some traditional dishes that are loaded with amazing flavors. There's multiple options for every palette from vegetable to seafood & meats. Some of their amazing menu items are: pork osso bucco, broccoli rabe, fresh mozzarella (seriosly a must try!), gnocchi & arugula salad. They always have additional specials as well. We enjoy the live music when we go on a Friday. The staff is always warm, welcoming and attentive.
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