La Cipollina

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279 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
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.

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RR
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here quite a few times over the years and we have never been disappointed. This time we brought another couple who had never been here before. We are always hesitant to do that because everyone has different tastes, but they thought everything was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent!

PP
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food nice experience

g
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly great meal, from bread course through dessert. Fried calamari was the best we have ever had, anywhere. Salmon and veal entrees were superb. Waite staff was extremely polite and attentive, and the overall ambiance of the dining room was a delight.

F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and nice atmosphere. Food is prepared fresh.

La Cipollina
Responded on 16 August 2019

Thank you for the great 5 star review Fred. See you for another amazing meal

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RD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First timer’s at this awesome restaurant! Seated at outside patio, which was gorgeous on this beautiful summer night. Our host Chris, and server Jimmy could not have been more informed, pleasant or knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients. Very helpful regarding selections. We had guests from out of state who raved about this experience, and said it was some of the best Italian they have ever had. Must-haves are the Sicilian eggplant with the amazing cheese filling and world class béchamel sauce. The bronzino special was outstanding, as was the veal saltimbocca. Chefs trio dessert was spot on. Cannot say enough good things about this place. Can’t wait for our return visit! Soon!

La Cipollina
Responded on 16 August 2019

Richard- Thank you for the kind words. I will be sure to share this review with Chris and Jimmy. See you soon for dinner

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JB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old favorite haven’t been back since it’s been under new ownership and nothing has changed, sorry that we stayed away for so long!

La Cipollina
Responded on 16 August 2019

Dear Joy- We were glad you came back in for dinner. See you soon for dinner

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JM
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Cippolina has now become mine and my husband’s favorite restaurant. The quality and freshness of all the food we ate was second to none. Our dinner was outstanding and we will definitely be returning. I would highly recommend La Cippolina to anyone!

La Cipollina
Responded on 16 August 2019

Dear Jennifer- Thank you so much for your loyalty. I will be sure to share the kind words with the kitchen and dining room staff. Cheers

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M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fourth time dining at this BYOB gem tucked away (literally) off main street in downtown Freehold. Consistently great service and delicious food, most recently pork medallions for me, and veal scallopine for my dining companion. The (small) clam appetizer and cookie platter dessert were equally scrumptious. Recommended for sure.

La Cipollina
Responded on 2 August 2019

Dear Friend, Our work here is extremely rewarding, and kind words from people like you are always appreciated. I will forward your comments to the dining room and kitchen. Your effort and time for the review was so much appreciated. See you soon for supper, and thanks again.

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DA
Oxford
11 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish as always

La Cipollina
Responded on 2 August 2019

Donald, Thanks for the excellent 5 star review!

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R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on the patio and had a great night. Food and service was excellent. Pleasant experience. Will certainly return

La Cipollina
Responded on 2 August 2019

Dear Rosie- Thank you so much for the kind review! I will share your comments with the kitchen and dining room staff. See you soon for supper

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AF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at this restaurant was great the food was excellent the ambience was very nice I give it five stars The service was exceptional

La Cipollina
Responded on 2 August 2019

Dear Al- Thanks for the 5 star review! See you soon for dinner

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant atmosphere. Friendly, professional staff. Matt and Kevin made the evening pleasant.

La Cipollina
Responded on 2 August 2019

Thank you so much for visiting up for dinner! We hope we exceeded your expectations. See you soon for dinner

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SM
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only complaint was online menu was completely different from actual menu when we sat down for dinner. My wife had her heart set on an entree from the online menu but they did not have it. Dinner was very good though.

La Cipollina
Responded on 2 August 2019

Dear Sean- We apologize if there was any confusion with a version of the menu you reviewed online. Always visit out website, that has the most current version of our dinner menu. Hope everything was enjoyable, and see you soon for dinner

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VR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to La Cipollina! We are foodies and La Cipollina does not dissapoint! The staff are professional and friendly. The food is consistently delicious. Highly recommend La Cipollina! Enjoy!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor patio. Food excellent. Particularly mussels, seafood bisque and veal! Definitely recommend!

EH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

After posting a previous review I was contacted by the restaurant who wanted to know what they could do to improve our opinion of the restaurant. I explained what we had found lacking in the food and we were asked to return to try again. On our second visit we once again found the service to be superb throughout. We started our meal with the stuffed chicken legs (which we had found unusuaI and delicious on our first visit). I then had the bronzini special and my husband once again had the veal scallopini. The bronzini and accompanying risotto were very flavorful and my husband found the veal dish much improved from his first visit. We ordered the banana foster for dessert and found it to be a real treat. We had outside seating on this visit - highly recommend it for a lovely and romantic meal.

La Cipollina
Responded on 16 August 2019

Dear Elaine Thank you for the amazing revised review! Hope we exceeded your expectations at dinner on 8/11/19. See you soon for supper.

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L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was perfect. The halibut was so fresh and tasty. Everything was prepared to perfection and the service was great!

La Cipollina
Responded on 19 July 2019

Thanks for the excellent words! I will share your comments with the kitchen and dinging room staff. See you soon for dinner!

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s
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Last Saturday we dined at La Cipollina and had a great evening. Excellent food, great company and live entertainment. We ordered the tasting menu and were wowed by it. It changed the way we will order. The pace of the dinner was perfect, the selection of courses was spot on, and the pressure of reviewing and selecting was erased. What a way to enjoy and evening.
We have celebrated many family events here and look forward to our next visit.

La Cipollina
Responded on 19 July 2019

Dear Friend- Thank you for the excellent review! The tasting menu is for sure the way to go! See you soon for dinner. Matt

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A
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Father’s Day dinner but not over crowded. Service was friendly and they even made a special order pasta

La Cipollina
Responded on 19 July 2019

Andy- Thanks for stopping in on father day! Cheers, and see you soon

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DQ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great soft shell crabs. Mussels great too. Service very good. Will definitely recommend and revisit soon.

La Cipollina
Responded on 19 July 2019

Dear Don- Thank you for the excellent review! Hope to get soft shells in this week. See you soon for dinner

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They were very professional and we would have stayed longer if we didn’t have a movie to catch!! The food was very good and the restaurant was set off the main road through nice alleyway. The outdoor area made us feel like we were dining in Europe!! Very nice!!!

La Cipollina
Responded on 19 July 2019

Dear Friend- We greatly appreciate the 5 star review! See you soon for dunner! The outdoor patio is calling your name

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LG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always food is amazing and the service and atmosphere is unsurpassed. This is a hidden gem , best Italian food in The area

La Cipollina
Responded on 2 August 2019

Linda, thank you so much for these kind words. I will be sure to share with the kitchen and dining room staff. See you soon for dinner

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MB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely recommend La Cipollina, great food and service. Only 2 things need to improve on, there outside seating needs new furniture especially the rusted chairs. Secondly the restrooms need to be maintained more often, even though sometime customers may misuse the restroom themselves and don't clean after. Otherwise, a very friendly and accommodating staff and food you know was made from the heart and all from fresh herbs that grow in there garden. Love It!

La Cipollina
Responded on 14 June 2019

Dear Mital, Thank you so much for the excellent review! I have forwarded your comments to the kitchen staff and dining room staff. We will monitor the bathroom more closely as well as look into getting those new chairs! See you soon for dinner!

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d
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We received patio seating as requested even though it was a bit inconvenient for server who was very attentive Food was delivered promptly and was good, as described on menu. Explanation asked for were given and accurate
A very pleasant experience; we will definitely return

La Cipollina
Responded on 14 June 2019

Dear Donald, thank you so much for the excellent review! We will see you soon for dinner. Cheers

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cheese plates are excellent and a must if you are dining here.

La Cipollina
Responded on 7 June 2019

Thank you for the great review! Our cheese plate is one of the most popular ways for guests to start the evening! See you soon for dinner

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional. Excellent dishes, and perfect for special occasions!

La Cipollina
Responded on 24 May 2019

Dear Sean, Thank you for the 5 star review ! We appreciate your business!

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RV
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and ambiance. One of the finest restaurants in New Jersey.

La Cipollina
Responded on 24 May 2019

Dear Friend, Thank you for the 5 star review ! See you soon for dinner!

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J
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall outstanding. Service is great and food is exceptional. Would highly recommend.

La Cipollina
Responded on 24 May 2019

Dear James, Thank you for the 5 star review ! Cheers See you soon for dinner

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HC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We went during restaurant week. They were terribly understaffed and also ran out of various selections on the Jersey Shore Week menu. However, everything we ate was excellent. The manager was very accommodating and we really did have a pleasant experience. We will definitely go back another time!

La Cipollina
Responded on 12 April 2019

Dear Friend, Thank you very much for coming out during restaurant week. We will take your comments back and go over these details with he kitchen and floor in our next staff meeting, to further enhance your next dining experience. We looking forward to seeing you again at the restaurant!

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M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A group of seven of us arrived late, about 9pm on a Sunday night. We had made a reservation on Open Table about an hour prior to that. The restaurant was empty so I assumed we would get the "rush around". Boy was I wrong. They treated us like stars, no rush, personal attention and spot on dinner suggestions. My chicken dish was very good, bread was very good and my Formaggi platter with 4 selections was excellent. It was thumbs up from the rest of the crew as well! What a surprise in Freehold no less! La Cipollina now has an official place on my small, select list of "go to" restaurants. Bravo! PS...It's a BYOB....

La Cipollina
Responded on 12 April 2019

Dear Friend, Our work here is extremely rewarding, and kind words from people like you are always appreciated. I will forward your comments to the dining room and kitchen. See you Soon for Dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service were great.

La Cipollina
Responded on 12 April 2019

Thanks for the 5 star review! Cheers See you soon for dinner!

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JA
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious meal and the service as usual was impeccable. The wait staff is courteous and friendly. It was my friends first time there and I know we will be back again soon. I am hoping to get them to a cooking class, which I thoroughly enjoyed. If you are looking for a wonderful food experience, you must go to LaCipollina.

La Cipollina
Responded on 29 March 2019

Dear Jackie, Thank you so much for the excellent 5 star review. Our work here is extremely rewarding, and kind words from people like you are always appreciated. I will forward your comments to the dining room and kitchen.

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EP
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in New Jersey and can compete with the big boys in NYC.

A few things about this place.

This is not a red sauce joint. If that is what you are looking for, go elsewhere.

If your idea of going out to dinner is wearing jeans or leggings, go elsewhere. Many patrons wears sport coats in the evening.

BYOB

And if you ask nicely, the chef is willing to make you some of your favorite Italian dishes.

Most importantly, the food is exceptional. Clearly, this restaurant appreciates quality ingredients executed well. Enjoy!

JG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BYOB. NO BAR very romantic with low lighting, candles. Service and food excellent. Liquor store a few doors away so no problem. Some patrons dress well but men with blue jeans & t-shirts also there on a Saturday night.

I
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu, impeccable service, and marvelous presentation as always!

T
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent. It's a pretty place, tables are close together which makes it a cozy feel and it has a moderate noise level so conversing is easy enough. Service wasn't bad, but inconsistent. It was either too attentive or not attentive enough during our almost two hours there and then when we were done eating and just looking to relax it almost felt like we were being rushed out even though the place was still half full and certainly no one was waiting for our table. Overall it was very good and we'll be back.

v
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed coming to this restaurant.It’s a very relaxing and romantic place.The staff will go out of their way to make you as comfortable as possible. You will always get a good meal here.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very good

La Cipollina
Responded on 19 February 2019

Thanks for the great 5 star review! Cheers See you soon for dinner

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JC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service , and atmosphere. Had the pre-fixe Valentine’s Day menu and it did not disappoint. Awesome accoustic duo playing to set the mood. Fresh ingredients and well cooked. Can’t wait to go back.

La Cipollina
Responded on 19 February 2019

Thanks for the review Jeff. Great Catching up with you! Matt Higgins

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