Metropolitan Cafe

4.4
612 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Metropolitan Café offers a unique New American Menu with a Pacific Rim flair. Whether you are in the mood for some sushi or small plates in our lounge, a glass of wine from our Wine Spectator Award Winning list, a cocktail from our lively martini bar or an exquisite lunch or dinner, Metropolitan Café offers a wealth of choices in a hip, upscale yet casual atmosphere.
Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding your reservation.
Thank you for choosing Metropolitan Café, we look forward to serving you.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Pan-Asian
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Hours of operation
BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday 11:00pm - 3:00pm
(in addition to our Lunch Menu)
LUNCH: Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 4:30pm
DINNER: Sunday- 3:00pm - 9:00pm,
Monday - Wednesday 4:30pm - 10:00pm,
Thursday - Saturday 4:30pm - 11:00pm
HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Saturday 3pm - 6pm
All Day Sundays
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Phone number
(732) 780-9400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ulisses Nova
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Catering
From the simplest BBQ to the most elaborate affair, let Metropolitan Cafe bring their great cuisine and professional staff to your home, office or any location.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South St (Route 79)
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Parking details
Parking is available in the Market Yard lot in the rear of the restaurant.


We also offer complimentary valet on weekends in the Market Yard lot.


Additional evening parking available in the Hall of Records lot across the street on Main Street.
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Public transit
Bus service to Downtown Freehold, Freehold Borough
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Entertainment
Live DJ every Thursday through Saturday Starting at 10:00 pm till closing
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Sun 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 4:30PM
Mon - Sat 4:30PM - 6:00PM

What 612 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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s
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu and warm decor. I will return soon.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Metro Cafe is a fun, yummy restaurant. We had some fabulous sushi and salmon. The lobster bisque was to die for. Late night on Friday there was a DJ who’s played the best music. I highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Victoria is always excellent. She knows the menu and knows your name when you come in! Always a pleasure!

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BA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Although the restaurant is quite noisy ...we were able to hear each other more or less as we were seated at a booth in the back. The food is all very well prepared and the servings were quite hearty. Although we didn't have any of the appys (small plates) this time. we'd definitely go back and just order a bunch of those and perhaps a house salad.... great variety!

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my 6th time going to Metro Café and again they have won my heart! The best place to on a date or family/friends. Great ambiance and food is to just die for! Keep up the great work, you have a excellent team of hostess/waiters and above all the Chefs.

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RH
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shrimp were cooked to perfection, delicious and served hot. Steak cooked perfectly and the sides were delicious as well.

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SS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a nice meal at Metro!!! Can never go wrong with their sushi, salads or entree’s.

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AF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Disappointed in the crab cake dinner. The peanut sauce noodles and fruit salad on top was not a good combination. Would of went better with a rice or potato side. Took almost a hour to get our food.

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DN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It's been a while since I've eaten here... Good is delicious... Great happy hour..

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victoria always a fabulous server!

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S
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was good. Food was good but nothing special. Wait staff attentive.

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DP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food always good, never disappointed. They were able to accommodate an extra person that joined us at the last minute even though it was a busy Saturday night. The waiter was attentive enough.

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LS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Short rib ravioli was fantastic. Wish it was on the menu. Everyone enjoyed their meals very much.

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d
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good location. Waitress was accommodating and friendly. Food was very good and fresh. nice ambiance.

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HC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food awesome drinks awesome service always

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f
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We come here often and unfortunately this time it missed the mark.
To many tables for 2 waiters to handle especially since ours had more then 1/2.
So service was lacking including refills on water, drinks took forever. Very disappointed especially since we come her very frequently.

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MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My salad with skirt steak was delicious - steak was tender and tasty. Salad with shrimp just as good. Highly recommend both.

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RH
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside and had a wonderful time with delicious food and excellent service. I had the crab cake dinner, it was flavorful and delicious. He had the steak dinner cooked to perfection. Victoria our waitress was excellent as usual, very attentive and friendly.

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JM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Metropolitan Cafe is a beautiful restaurant. The setting upstairs is very cozy and romantic. My wife and I went there for our 45th wedding anniversary celebration for an intimate dinner. The wine was superb, the food delicious and the service was first class. I highly recommend this establishment.

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KS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, excellent service, nice atmosphere, friendly staff...a very nice place to have dinner.

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S
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was excellent! But...
1. Menu in house was not the same menu posted on open table - and some items were priced higher on site. Not happy that the steak dish that brought us in was not listed on the menu on site.
2.Woman who seated us seemed a little inconvenienced as we pulled her way from something she was doing - no smile, no welcome greeting.
3.Our server was more attentive as he was a trainer, but that was short lived once the next party was seated. In fact, we saw the busboy more than we saw our waiter.

Hoping you can work on your service because your food is really good!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Will never be back. We had a reservation for 8. I was suspect that we were served for two, upstairs.
I was told that this restaurant serves as a night club after 8. Ther service was slow and we were ignored, by our waiter. He seemed to have the entire upstairs, when a large party came in afterwards, he was more attentive to the large party. The Drinks were ok, The entre was so salty, even after I asked them to use low soy sause. Asked for a glass of wine. Had to wait, until my meal was finished. For the prices, not worth the trip to Freehold.

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FD
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

bread was stale. twice. food was just ok. soup was super salty.

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DJ
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Appetizers were delicious (baked bree and filet mignon spring rolls), table bread and flavored butter were also very tasty. Pan seared scallops with mushroom risotto was also beautifully prepared and were delicious. Baked salmon was also very good. Love the Asian-fusion theme.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We have been going here for some 5 years for special occasions but noticed this time the menu is somewhat changed and the upstairs area has been renovated making it quieter. One of us ordered the filet mignon which was excellent but the stuffed pork was much too dry and not good. The Caesars salad was ordinary, the breads in the bread basket were overbaked and therefore too dry. The dumpling appetizer was quite good. So we gave it only 3 stars when a 4 star review might have been given in the past.

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f
New York Area
329 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice location. Neat room, friendly, competent server and good food to boot.

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j
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Met some longtime friends for brunch at the Metropolitan Cafe. The setting was great for us to catch up after not seeing each other for years. Our server was terrific. He personalized our orders, kept our drinks topped off and was generally a wonderful asset to the restaurant. The good was good too. We all had the Metro plate of eggs, waffle, bacon and fried potatoes.

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f
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was definitely not up to their usual standards.
Over cooked .
Special at 42.00 was over cooked and no taste.
Very disappointed.
Service was mediocre at best

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IM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant has a widely varied menu, from steak to sushi to pasta. The dishes we had were both delicous and beautifully plated. There’s a busy bar up front but the dining area in the rear was fairly quiet for a Friday night. There was a good selection of both wine by the glass and specialty cocktails. The restaurant was more “upscale” than many local hangouts, but still represented a good value.

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SJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the best crabcakes in nj!! The food is always great here. Thursday's in the summer they have concerts across the street. It us always fin to go here.

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C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. A little pricey. Outside seating was enjoyable

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MG
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is lovely and has excellent food. Although our waitress could not have been nicer, it was evident that she needed to be trained better.

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KS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As in the past everything was very good. Victoria our server was most gracious and attentive, and pleasantly responding to our questions. We shall return.

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SN
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is a cute little spin in Freehold. Very nice ambiance. We got seated really fast. Seated close to the he kitchen. Our waitress was very nice and polite. I wanted the Safran Shrimp with Ravioli and they didn't have it. So ended up getting Vegetarian pasta. Was good no salt added which was good I added my own salt. Overall our dinning experience was really good. Services good and the food was good too.

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L
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We have been here so many times before. This used to be our favorite restaurant. A lot of that’s had to do with the wait staff, mostly Matt. But he left and the quality of service is GONE. The waitress we had so so overwhelmed she couldn’t do her job properly! Took forever for drinks. I had to ask twice for the specials before she remembered to give them. Food came out haphazardly. After 4 years years of coming here and loving it, I think it’s time to find a new place. Food was great but without great service it’s not worth it!!

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Drinks are really good but the food is pretty bland and isn’t very good. This place went downhill for some reason. Used to better.

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Q
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed outdoor dining with Great service and Asian food

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RH
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We have eaten at metropolitan more then a dozen times. But on this occasion the steak was below par and the chicken was dry and the vegetables with it soggy. Our waiter was inattentive and service was slow we didn’t stay for coffee and dessert because of it. We’re going to wait awhile before returning. Maybe it was just an off night.

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BM
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Another great meal and outstanding service. Our server John, who we seem to get regularly, is always amazing.

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KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food as always! Great for inside or outside dining.

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