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El Meson

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40 Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728
732-308-9494
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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Visitor rating
  • 58
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Well prepared food.

The food here is well prepared but I found no dishees really standing out.. A lot of people really love this place. I guess I was looking for more authentic Mexican cuisine. I heard that the specials on the weekends are more home cooked dishes. The food was good and the wait staff were on top of... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
james s
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Food was barely passable. They charged $6 extra for a small scoop of rice and beans. also an extra charge for a small scoop of guacamole. My dish came with vegetables but they charged me $17.99 for the $11.99 dish. For the two of us, a $30 meal came to $61 (that included 2 sodas @ $3 each). When we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The food here is well prepared but I found no dishees really standing out.. A lot of people really love this place. I guess I was looking for more authentic Mexican cuisine. I heard that the specials on the weekends are more home cooked dishes. The food was good and the wait staff were on top of things when I... More 

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Freehold, New Jersey
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We go any day of the week and the food is so consistently good! They are always busy and the cliental is quite varied. We love the weekends for their specials. DO NOT HESITATE TO ORDER THE DUCK! We also love the lamb chimichangas, fried whole fish, and fried calamari special appetizer. Our guests often choose this restaurant for special... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 via mobile

This Is my favorite restaurant. Love the food love the people that work here. Always make me feel at home. I come here every week, and in the summer 2 or 3 times a week. Love this place!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

I keep on coming back to this place. Nice ambiance specially in the summer. Food is great, price is ok and the waiters are nice. They can almost sense your needs for little children like they all have their own. My son has ADHD who cannot sit still at restaurants but it keeps him busy here with the chips and... More 

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I usually go here with my son(s) when we want good Mexican where we can bring a bring along some good beers, or even our own home brewed. Which reminds me, I need to start a new batch, already! Nothing better than Mex food with good beer. I usually order off the specials menu where you will find the more... More 

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Fords
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Great food & very attentive to vegetarian & gluten free needs! Festive decor-love the huge Aztec calendar & the Diego Rivera prints!

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

for a place that call itself "authentic Mexican cuisine" taco bell definitely has the upper hand. This place has a great location, but the food it is not central to the palate.

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NJ
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23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

After reading the reviews for El Meson, we were looking forward to a fine meal. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. Our party of 10 was quickly seated and wonderful fresh salsa and warm tortilla chips were provided. Drink orders took a few minutes but it was 20 minutes after their delivery before the waiter returned for our meal orders. My carnitas... More 

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freehold, new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

been frequenting el meson since they first opened. true authentic food choices. the service is excellent, prices are very reasonable. not once have we been disappointed. great menu selections. everything is fresh and presentation is good as well. very busy on weekends, but worth the wait. enjoy!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 40 Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Freehold
  • Phone Number: 732-308-9494

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?