Free Range Restaurant

4.3
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
75 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
Locally sourced and market driven to serve the Jersey Shore. Fresh salads, sandwiches, and Lavazza coffee.
What 75 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.1
service
3.9
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

This was our fourth visit this summer. Each time we brought a different group of guests with us. The food is always exellent and the staff very accomodating. One time we were lucky to have a table outside. The only complaint I have is with the noise level inside the building.

S
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Scallops were fantastic. BYOB. Bright & high noise level. 2 blocks from the boardwalk.

SW
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was very good, but took over an hour for food to arrive after ordering.

PR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried Free Range after reading the great reviews. They were not wrong! The food was amazingly fresh and tasty. Make sure to make a reservation as the restaurant is on the smaller side and it filled up quick! Highly recommended.

p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service was nearly non-existent. Everything we ate was delicious and portions were more than adequate. The chef is “on point”. But whoever is running the front of the house needs to visit a few good restaurants to learn how its done. The wait staff seemed to be undertrained and indifferent. Expect a great meal but a frustrating experience.

DK
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the restraunt had a cute casual vibe. The service was excellent. Prices were a tad high considering sides did not come with entree, nor did they offer you bread. My biggest gripe was the cleanliness. We say outside and there were cigarette bitts all over the sidewalk, someone could have swept up prior to dinner service. The bathroom toilet was clean but you could tell the floor hadn't been mopped and it was dusty. A little attention to detail and overall it would be too notch. I would go back!

s
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent and creative food. We struggled a little with the narrow table and long benches but i understand the need for extra serving room. Great place!!!

c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A perfectly seasoned tomahawk steak that satisfied all four of us. The mussels chowder is really a fairly large collection of steamed mussels in a delicious broth. Great place to eat and wonderful prompt service without feeling pushed to leave.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The place wasn’t open!!!

BK
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Repeat customers - food is very good - portions are nice - group of 8 sat outside - Sophia- our server - was helpful and charming - ask for the bread - it's so good and worth the wait! All had various dishes- the pasta/mushroom is a favorite - savory and delicious - the chicken dish is also a favorite - as well as the pork chop and steak - you really can't go wrong here - plus the BYOB factor makes this place a great value - we will be back - again and again!

BC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Free Range has great food, but the service is terrible. Your bothering the servers and you CANT sit inside the noise level is unbelievable!

TC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Dirty bathroom and no soap. Flies everywhere. Service non existent. Ordered a salad, and appetizer and dinner. After a very long wait, our dinners came out. Never got salad and app. They said they can keep our dinners “warm” and would bring out salad and app. We said no, just give us the dinners. The manager/owner brought out the salad and app and said we wouldn’t be charged for them. When we got our bill they charged us for the app. When I spoke to the manager/owner he really didn’t seem to care. We are locals, not tourists, and will never be returning. The entire experience was very disappointing. They seem very unorganized and don’t know how to run a restaurant.

AN
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food is delicious but very overpriced !
We ordered a special appetizer, actually 2 orders , Burrata with lobster. Very small portions of lobster and watery burrata . When our bill came out the appetizers were $38 a piece 🙀 we spoke with manager and he was very nasty !
Service for a upscaled priced restaurant was not happening.
A 300 bill for 4 people at a BYOB restaurant in seaside heights is crazy .

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fabulous! Great service! I highly recommend it! We will definitely return ! It is a hidden gem! 🌻🌻

JV
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was on point and the service was exceptional. The chef even came out to see how our meal was.

BK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is outstanding. You can tell the chef takes pride in crafting his dishes!

MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good dinner. A bit pricey but nice

BW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great find near the boardwalk

NJ
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

First, the food- it was delicious. Among us, we had the salad with the feta, the eggplant with burrata, truffle Mac and cheese, and the bucatini. It all came in generous portions and was quite enjoyable. We also had bread, which arrived at our table just about when the check did, despite our having to ask for it repeatedly. It was good. Too bad we didn’t get it before or even with dinner. Second, the ambiance. We were seated against a corrugated metal wall, which no doubt only exacerbated the extremely loud noise level. There were a few things that I assume were meant to help, such as a couple or wall planters and a few ceiling panels, but far from enough to help lessen the din. The proximity of the tables to one another didn’t help. It would probably have been quieter if we ate at the street-side tables. Third, the service. It was the food that caused me to give an overall 4 stars. The service, along with the noise level, was a great detriment to our dining experience. The people on the floor all seemed disorganized and inexperienced. We had to ask for the simple things like salt and pepper, more water, the bread, our wine to be opened and so on, more than we should have had to. With good service we would not have to ask for any of those things. This place clearly has an excellent chef. What they also need is a competent floor manager and experienced management staff .

BS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal at Ftee Range...again. creative menu, excellent presentation and the best food on the Jersey Shore.

ML
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The special salad was delicious. The pork chop exceptionally good.

C
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Although our friends warned us (they waited 2 hours for their meals recently) we decided to give this restaurant a try. We waited almost one hour for our dinners. They told us they ran out of chicken and had to go to the store. They were also out of french fries. The service was sloppy when she did deliver a salad and food, basically throwing the plates on the table and not refilling water. No bread service so we were pretty hangry.

The food actually tasted very good when it arrived and they offered us free dessert to make up for the wait.

D
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This was my third visit to free range and as always, the food did not disappoint. We made a reservation and were seated upon arrival with no wait. I think the service could have been a little better. The waiter may have been run down from a long weekend of being very busy, but you never let your customers know that. When asked if there were any specials he snapped "No. It was a very busy weekend, no time for any specials". His response was rather rude. Our food order did take quite a bit of time to come out but we kept ourselves plenty busy. Everything we were served: Eggplant Burrata, Truffle Mac and Cheese, Tuna Guacamole and the 64 oz. Tomahawk Steak were outstanding. We split the Tomahawk among 5 people and we all had plenty. If you are a steak lover, I highly recommend this. I will definitely be visiting Free Range again!

M
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Reserved an outside table it was a gorgeous night. A few small children running around jumping off the railing was a bit annoying but the left before the food arrived. Waited for a while till someone came out to take our order and bring water.. Apps cane out and waiter said be right back with the bread. Apps done and no bread. Asked and it came out with the meal. Pork chops excellent, scallops also very good, chicken also very good. My mom has the eggplant app for dinner also great. Wanted to order carrots as a side., they ran out! Always good food but the service wasn’t so great.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A good option for dinner in Seaside. Very slow service...

h
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was not good and the food was overpriced.

JC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The place is cute, clean and sparse. The food was fine, pricey for “fast food” service. MEH

MM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place!

U
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Quality of the food did not match the prices.
Quantity of food did not match with the prices.

JO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

The food was good. I will say that. But not worth the wait. This place did not have their act together or have any service of any kind really. We made a reservation and someone called to confirm we were coming half an hour before we arrived. When we arrived, we waited several minutes for assistance that never came. I tracked down a woman behind a counter and said we had a reservation. She said they didn't take reservations but would seat us at a table. She cleaned a table and we sat for about 10 minutes before realizing there was no service. We had to go to the counter and order. So we waited in line ten minutes and ordered. We had been there half an hour already. The food took another hour. We had ordered egg sandwiches, so not quite sure, what happened. There were a few large parties, but the place was half empty. Many people there were waiting long periodsfor food and service. It just wasn't worth it. The food was good, but expensive, and I would not recommend going to this restaurant. No one talked to us or apologized for anything.

TK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was really good however it took extremely long to get our food and drinks and the staff was struggling to fulfill all the orders.

ML
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All of our entrees were great!!

J
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finding excellent food in the Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, Ortley, Lavallette, Chadwick area is always an issue. Free Range is the exception. The food, service, and ambiance was excellent. I am a frequent traveler to NYC and as I said to my wife, Free Range is NYC quality at the Jersey Shore. It is BYOB and the prices are reasonable. I had Seabass and it was the best I have had in a long time. It was not the typical frozen Branzino that you get at some places but clearly caught that day and prepared in an exceptional manner My wife had the day scallops that were excellent also. For our appetizer she had a garden salad and we split the guacamole tuna.

Overall one of the best restaurants we have on the island. I can only hope they do well as we will be a frequent visitor.

GA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found this restaurant by accident and was so happy! The food was amazing and the service was great!

V
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent and I will go back just based on that. The waiter was good but the overall service was a little slow. When the food came out, the pasta was hot but the scallops were cold. The use of a food runner/bus boy would be beneficial to get the food out faster and clear the tables.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Wonderful food and great waitstaff. Unfortunately the kitchen got backed up though, and it took us nearly at hour to get our food after ordering. Will definitely try again in the hopes this was a one-time thing!

N
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is outstanding. Casual atmosphere. Not cheap, but worth every penny

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about Free Range

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary. The restaurant was not crowded, but our server hardly checked on us. We ordered the mussels dish and the eggplant burrata for appetizers.

The mussels were very good, but I expected more from the eggplant dish. It tasted like a good eggplant parmigiana. The eggplant were a bit over-fried and dressed in a rich marinara sauce. The delicate nature of burrata was completely lost.

After the first course, the waitress asked us to keep our utensils for our main course. Considering they had cheese and were used for seafood, I asked for fresh utensils for our entrees which she accommodated.

My wife ordered the scallops dish and I ordered the pork chop. Both were very good. I would only criticize the scallop dosh due to the small portion. It looked like an appetizer. Perhaps if they served it with heavier accompaniments it would have worked better.

We ordered the lemon cheesecake and carrot cake for dessert, which were both good.

Though it was a very nice meal, I left expecting a bit more. We celebrated our anniversary here last year, and the food and service was much better.

BG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was outstanding. Only criticism is the tables and chairs are on the small side. We were four average sized adults and felt cramped. We will definitely go back again. Great find in Seaside Heights.

1
2