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Metropolitan Cafe, Freehold, NJ

Metropolitan Cafe

4.5
4.5
1404 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Pan-Asian, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 780-9400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ulisses Nova

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining room is the perfect location for your business meeting, seminar or celebration. Let us design a menu that fits your needs so you can be a guest at your own party.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (855) 446-6675

  • Neighborhood

    Freehold

  • Cross street

    South St (Route 79)

  • 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.

  • Public transit

    Bus service to Downtown Freehold, Freehold Borough

  • Entertainment

    Live DJ every Thursday through Saturday Starting at 10:00 pm till closing

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,404 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We told the waitress we were sharing and she brought out the hot and cold food at the same time. We felt very rushed to finish and pay the bill.
  2. L

    Larrennzoe

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Sunday night meal. Very quiet at the restaurant. The sushi rolls were great. Bartender made special desert cocktail at the table to top off the night. All in, a good experience. I’ld go back and you should to.
  3. FF

    FunFinds

    Baltimore

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great dinner with my daughter and her roommate who were home for the weekend. My daughter was craving pasta while her friend wanted sushi so the variety of menu was just perfect. They ordered fun craft cocktails and enjoyed the overall vibe of the restaurant and bar. It was a Saturday night so it was busy and on the loud side and our table upstairs was under an air vent so when that kicked on we were quite chilly. But the food was fresh and delicious. Our server was attentive and friendly. And the pan s’mores desert we shared was worth every decadent calorie. Would highly recommend especially if you are catering to lots of different tastes and adventurous cocktail drinkers.
  4. SM

    SueM

    Los Angeles

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great cocktails - food was good and prices reasonable
  5. PB

    PatriciaB

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had dinner with another couple. I shared the chicken lettuce wraps with my husband. I thought they we’re great with a little kick of spice. I had the short ribs and they were tender and tasty. My husband and friend had sushi and both loved their choices and my friend had the salad with Brussel sprouts and chicken. She loved hers as well. Both couples opted for the warm chocolate cake which was rich and delicious. Service was great and overall an excellent meal.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu had so many choices! A fusion of American, Asian and Mexican dishes. Loved the filet mignon egg rolls and dumplings. The Happy Ending donuts are the best!!! Great service and great food!!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic and service was a little slow however they were extremely busy. We sat close to a party of 12 that’s why it was noisy. Definitely a great experience
  8. SS

    ShellyS

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They did not honor my reservation had to wait too long
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service1ambience2
    Appetizer wasn’t good at all, avocado cucumber roll was good, chicken sandwich not good, Asian steak was good but extremely salty. Service was awful and we sat right in front of the computer so you’d think it would have been good 🤷🏻‍♀️ second time there wouldn’t go back
  10. JG

    JaniceG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My dinner was delicious the appetizer shrimp with calamari was fabulous, the Harvest Margarita a must have. We had the Christmas Roll, and two other rolls that were delicious. Been going there for years since its opened. The waitress was so sweet and very courteous as well as the bus boys. Janice G
  11. VD

    VincentD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clever appetizers. Best Pork Chop I've ever eaten.
  12. KT

    KarenT

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our table could have been in a better location especially since there were a lot of empty tables
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Excellent service. Beautiful decor for New Year’s.
  14. AS

    AmandaS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I had such high hopes for this restaurant! The menu looked amazing, the reviews were fantastic, and vibe was great too! However, I felt like the food really fell short. We shared the sweet and spicy calamari, short rib empanada, crab cake sliders, and KFC taco. The taco tasted like a child out it together, absolutely not worth the almost $20 price tag. The calamari was probably the best thing we ordered. The cocktails were fantastic but I’m not sure I’d come back here for food again, it just was very subpar.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner and service as usual.
  16. L

    Lynn22

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The restaurant is always consistently good. The chefs are not overly accommodating with adjusting the ingredients in the dishes. The drinks were good. Four of us ordered coffee, two got it and the other two had to wait a while.
  17. JL

    JosephL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been a few years since I was last there. It was just as I remembered. Food was excellent, ambience was great. Little noisy for a date night but overall i good evening.
  18. c

    carlc

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    food good, parking convenient, booth provided ability for private conversation. The music was too loud and selection unpleasant.
  19. LA

    LisaA

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great menu and consistently great service!
  20. a

    annmarie

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Sat us near the Kitchen - very loud banging noise - ordered the Filet Mignon medium which was overcooked to well done so I had to send it back - My husband ordered the same done med and his was cooked med well so he kept it but we both agreed was a sirloin not a Filet. Also the sides were cold. Dessert doughnuts were hard as rock - inedible. Very disappointing Christmas Eve dinner with our family.
  21. J

    Jerseydines

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I was trying to come up with a headline for the review of our dinner out. The best we could say was, the bar and drinks were good. As a returning customer, we were expecting the usual great meal. Something must have changed. Out of three appetizers, only one had any taste. The chicken lettuce wraps were the best of our three (skip the filet egg roll and prosciutto wrapped artichokes) but the lettuce would not come apart so that was disappointing. After the epic fail of appetizers, we all pivoted and decided to have sushi rather than entrees and that was a wise decision as the sushi was quite good. Knowing how disappointed we were with the appetizers, our server treated us to a very decadent chocolate dessert; much appreciated. We won’t be back.
  22. SW

    SaraW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Metropolitan cafe looks fabulous! I hadn’t seen how they changed their look since before the pandemic and they did such a nice job modernizing and refreshing the decor. Food and cocktails were wonderful like they always have been. So glad we were back!
  23. N

    Noname

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    First, I have been going to Metro since they have opened. Although, it is never my first choice of places to eat, it normally is okay for something quick where you don't feel you have to dress up. On that note, the food was very greasy tasting. Service was great as usual, but the major drop in the food will definitely not win my return.
  24. LM

    LisaM1213

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Took a little long to be seated with a reservation. The wine list is poor.
  25. GC

    GinaC

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were delicious. All types of food to choice From. Great ambiance.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Made us wait 20 mins for our table even though there was plenty of tables open. Food didn’t have much flavor. Calamari was soggy Fillet was flavorless. Old fashion with makers was watered down.
  27. LF

    LauraF

    New York Area

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!!!
  28. A

    Akimp

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome it was a great place to eat. Can’t wait to go back!
  29. S

    Sheryl

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great food and service!
  30. CH

    CHASA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family dinners
  31. B

    Barb

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had great service , Paige was our server. Food was great , the music was a little too loud for talking we were with friends.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The music was blasting right over our heads at lunch and we asked for it to be lowered twice. I had a sushi roll that was expensive for the size of it. Just underwhelmed and probably wouldn’t go back. Lots of other places to choose from.
  33. JP

    JosephP

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food, super drinks and crazy good desserts
  34. LF

    LauraF

    New York Area

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is fantastic and the staff goes above and beyond!!! Highly recommend Metropolitan for any occasion!!!
  35. MJ

    MommaJ

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Varied lunch menu so there wasn’t a problem finding something to please. And everything was delicious!
  36. CS

    CaroleS

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was good. The Asian skirt steak dish was excellently. The short rib flavor was great but my husband found it a little hard. This would have no bearing on a return visit.
  37. m

    melissa

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always! Great menu, great food, great service! One of our favorites!
  38. e

    earls

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    great stop any day or night. friendly service and diverse food choices.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious ! Beautiful fall evening to eat outside!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening. Asian Steak was excellent as was the halibut.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Metropolitan Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 780-9400.

Metropolitan Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 1404 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Metropolitan Cafe

8 E Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728

Additional information

  • Cross street

    South St (Route 79)

  • Neighborhood

    Freehold

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Pan-Asian, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.

  • Public transit

    Bus service to Downtown Freehold, Freehold Borough

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ulisses Nova

  • Entertainment

    Live DJ every Thursday through Saturday Starting at 10:00 pm till closing

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 780-9400

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining room is the perfect location for your business meeting, seminar or celebration. Let us design a menu that fits your needs so you can be a guest at your own party.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (855) 446-6675

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