BRIO Tuscan Grille - Freehold - Raceway Mall

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BRIO (meaning "lively" or "full of life") is a "polished casual" restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, "Tuscan Grille" is descriptive for a menu that features oven-roasted steaks, chops, and seafood; similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO's philosophy of "to eat well, is to live well" is why they only use the finest and freshest ingredients. BRIO brings the pleasure of a Tuscan country villa to the American city. To learn more, go to www.BrioItalian.com.
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JM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server Matt was very professional and attentive. Food and dining experience was great.

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DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good. The problem was there was no silverware on the table nor was any available until the meal came. To make matters worse, the first appetizer plate came dirty as did one set of silverware. It was Mother's Day and they were busy but that is not an excuse for the dirty plates and silverware but can explain how an appetizer and Entree Salad can take an hour to serve.

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Considering it was Mother's Day and the place was very crowded, we had a very pleasant experience. We were early for our reservation so we had a drink at the bar. The bartender was attentive and our drinks arrived quickly. We were seated within 10 minutes of our reserved time of 7pm. The waitress was awesome! our next round of drinks arrived quickly as did our food.

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LW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a 6:30 reservation for 7 people, but were not seated until after 7:00. Our wait person took our orders and then we waited about a half hour for our food. We ordered some desserts and coffees and they took about another half hour to be served. We did not leave until 9:45.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful experience all together ! Overbooked on Mother’s Day , with incompetent staff.

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F
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

What happened, Brio? Our experience was terrible. After a 45 minute wait WITH A RESERVATION, we were seated, and eventually got our appetizers 45 MINUTES LATER WITHOUT UTENSILS. The food was just ok. No discernible flavor in the lobster ravioli or spaghetti bolognese. The gorgonzola steak filets were way too salty and everything was served luke warm and mushy. Front and back of house could use some strong management oversight.
For the positives: the drinks were good and the staff were friendly.
We won't be going back to Brio any time soon.

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went out for Mother’s Day dinner with my boys. Got the lobster and shrimp fettuccine with gluten free pasta with an extra lobster tail from the specials menu and my boys got pasta Pomodoro and lasagna. Great food. Service was a little off probably because it was so busy. Will definitely visit again.

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Waited 17 minutes beyond our reservation for our table. Overall food was good. Lobster was a little tough though. Server was not friendly or warm. Didn’t even wish us a Happy Mother’s Day, we had a small child with us.

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good. Waiter was great. Had to send back three sets of silverware that had food crusted on them and coffee cup had lipstick on it. Need to check the silverware!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second year in a row we dined here on Mother’s Day. Considering how busy it was, service was excellent. Food is delicious and prices are very fair.

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AW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Went there for the first time on mother’s day and the food was good, great service, great atmosphere; overall a really nice experience and will definitely go back

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JA
Atlantic City
38 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious! Always a great meal!

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server we had Saturday night was pleasant and very efficient. The food was as
always terrific

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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brio is my favorite restaurant! I love everything about it.

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MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Felt the meal was rushed. Pasta was not cooked well enough. Waitress was pleasant but forgot the coffee with dessert. Price is excelent and overall good for a chain restaurant.

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SO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food could not have been worse. Dry tasteless pasta dishes and the pizza flatbread was served with sliced mushy flavorless tomatoes that aren't even in season yet for NJ. They were better off using canned tomatoes. Also appeared understaffed. Will never go back. There are too many better restaurants in this category.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Fairly disappointed with the new menu and the speed and accuracy of our orders. Manager was nice enough to offer desserts but still felt the value wasn’t there. Food quality and quantity were sub par.

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N
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Lunch was good salmon cooked perfect as well as f. Mignon but when we asked for vergin olive oil instead of butter that’s what we got is this correct?

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CB
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was ok. An upscale place. Noisy. Need more tomoto sauce enter.

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m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed our lunch. I have only one comment. The waitress, could have been a little friendlier and went she brought our food, it is nice to hear "enjoy"

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ME
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food
Just very average food that has become a bit pricey. Minestrone soup was very good though

Host
Let us sit for 20 minutes before we reminded them of our reservation despite a lot of empty tables

Servers
Very pleasant

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SI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Tables to close together, kept hitting and being hit by neighboring table. Noise level to high so could not hear person next to me. Felt very rushed. Food was fairly good.

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a go-to for good food and ambience. Usually a great experience but some missteps today. Tomatoes were barely ripe on my flatbread and my chopped salad was so saturated with dressing it was almost soup.

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N
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

They served fried calamari like 8 little strips with veggies NEVER in my life I saw calamari served like strips cold and mushy Where are the universal calamari rings??? And no Mgmt around to speak to

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Naples
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We got an email saying our reservation was cancelled. Not sure why. We arrived at 6:15, checked in with the hostess and were seated in a booth in the bar area. Not sure why we got an email saying our reservation was cancelled. We were there

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NB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I love the food at Brio, especially the Lobster Bisque!! However, every time I dine there the service is not good. I'm not one to complain but since I received this email to review, I thought I'd register my experience. For some reason or other, there are consistent issues with the service. I really don't know why. The people seem nice enough. If it was just one time I'd ignore it but every time I go there I have the same experience.

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CM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 4 ladies, catching up on our lives! We weren’t rushed to decide on our choices, wait staff gave us plenty of time to look over the menu.
The food was delicious & presentation was excellent. I will recommend your restaurant to my friends!

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AA
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was slow but the food was good. The crispy eggplant and shrimp appetizer was the best thing we ate. So delicious but the bolognese entree wasnt anything special

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JG
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love BRIO!!! Food beverage and service were great!! Peach sangria is a must!! Our service was excellent as well!!

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M
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is consistently good.
For a chain restaurant it’s better than average.

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r
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I’m not sure what happened but this last visit to Brio was underwhelming. The food was bland and flavorless- so disappointed. Our waiter was very nice but service was slow and we waited so long between courses and for the bill.

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FT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I was disappointed with our visit for dinner to the BRIO Tuscan Grille. This was my third visit, but the prior two had been for lunch. The lunch experience had been good. My disappointment at dinner started right at the beginning. We were seated at a terrible table to start, but my wife managed to get the staff to seat us at a better one. My wife and daughter are vegetarian, and the choices for starters and entrees for vegetarians was poor They were out of the first starter we ordered - the roasted garlic, spinach and artichoke dip. My wife's mushroom ravioli was ordinary; my daughter's Mediterranean salad was nothing to write home about. The grilled asparagus that came with my Grilled Salmon Fresca was stringy and overcooked. The salmon was not too bad, but the vegetables overwhelmed the fish. The service was okay, but dispassionate. I think BRIO Tuscan Grille can do better.

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HT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was really delicious!! Service was fine

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It took 30 min to get salad

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M
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall the food is better than average. We were surprised that the calamari appetizer was not as good as we hoped. The service was very good and we were able to get seated in a side room that it much quieter than the main serving area. We will be back to the restaurant.

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Fish dry over cooked

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RF
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our compliments to our server, Nicholas. Excellent recommendation for our dessert, lemon cheesecake.

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G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good food

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DF
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This visit was for a birthday celebration. There were 6 of us & we came in at 2:00. First the waiter came over to take our orders, we asked for the specials & soup of the day. He had to go back & check. He came out again to take our orders. There were 2 orders that came out wrong. I ordered the vegetarian omelet with whole egg instead of egg white and received the meat omelet. I had to wait a while and when it came out it was sans potatoes. My cousin ordered the shrimp ceasar salad. She got a small plate of lettuce with 4/5 shrimps on it. She also had to send it back and wait to get the correct order. After the meal was over a few people ordered coffee, one of the people never got hers. Service was slow and then we waited for the check. For the cost, neither the service nor quantity of food added up. I would not recommend or go back to this restaurant.

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AK
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It was early in the evening and they were already out of salmon - poor planning. Water tasted funny, musty, like it was sitting out or stored in a container that hadn’t been washed in a while. The prices are a little high so the total value of the dining experience was low. Decent service by the wait staff.

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