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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
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 53
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Disappointing meal

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Ralee
,
NJ
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
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107 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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NJ
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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New Jersey
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Great food and service as I come here quite often and had the Osso Buco special for the first time and it was amazing, my wife who is gluten free is always taken care of and all the waiters are friendly and can help with the menu it's packed on weekends so get there a little early but the wait... More 

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

if you want authentic mexican.. go here! their food is way better than juanitos in red bank and the staff is so helpful. Everytime i eat here, I'm transported back to this lil restaurant in Rivera Maya i go to on our family vacays!! They have amazing guac. Amazing everything!! Did i mention they're authentic?? you will not be disappointed.

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Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

There are numerous restaurants/ cafés along the strip. This one is quite good with a large selection to choose from. We have been there often - and will continue to stop here when we are in the area

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Manalapan, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

..and there are many of them. My wife and I have gone here many times over the past few years, and the food is consistently good. It's also BYOB, so you can save a few bucks by bringing your own wine, beer, rum, sangria, or whatever other spirits you prefer. Surprisingly, the best crab cakes I have ever had were... More 

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Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

El Meson is an icon to the Freehold area. It is a BYOB and there is a bodega across the street if needed. Service is always prompt, friendly and courteous. We got there around 445 on a Sunday and by the time we left, the place was full. They don't take reservations, so you will wait and it is definitely... More 

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Is great food in small space and a regular for our takeout. Is BYOB so not your place if looking for bar scene. Best in summer when the patio seating is open.

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Colts Neck, New Jersey, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I wasn't gonna write a review initially until I saw that over 100 people did, I didn't wanna share a good secret. It's totally authentic, especially compared to several other Mexican places I've tried (Like Escondidos, don't even bother!) and it's high quality, I've had a few of my birthday dinners there :) Like the Men's Warehouse commercial, "You're gonna... More 

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Holmdel
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Lunch with business friends. Serviced quickly , but allowed to stay as long as we wanted. Very good lunch menu, served in authentic Mexican style. The kitchen was very happy to accommodate a special request. Great hearing a Happy Birthday rendition from the full staff to a patron at lunch. Lots of fun.

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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?