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El Meson

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

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  • 69
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 8
    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
Great authentic Mexican restaurant

Great food, nice atmosphere. Both indoor and outdoor seating. Authentic Mexican food and a market as well. Love going here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Eric R
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Morganville, New Jersey, USA
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Morganville, New Jersey, USA
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great food, nice atmosphere. Both indoor and outdoor seating. Authentic Mexican food and a market as well. Love going here.

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Thank Eric R
Freehold, New Jersey
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54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I eat here a few times a month. The food is consistantly good and fresh. I like the choice of sauces. It allows you to mix things up flavorwise. Everything from the Tacos...enchiladas to the chimachangas are all good.

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Thank cv529
Princeton Jct., NJ
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are not Mexican restaurant fans because most are like "chain" restaurants in what they serve. This restaurant is real, authentic, good, and not at all like a chain. It is small and not at all extravagantly decorated, to say the least. The center attractions here are the food and the service. It is BYOB. Our group of 6 brought... More 

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Thank desiwood
Freehold, New Jersey
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Love this place when I need some real Mexican food. This is not Tex Mex, it's the real deal. Great tacos and Burritos. Fantastic Salsa.

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Thank Matt P
Freehold, New Jersey
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Always busy but the wait for a table is surprisingly short. A smallish establishment with nice atmosphere. Service from waiters is prompt and knowledgeable. Your order is cooked fresh so it might take an extra few minutes but is well worth it. There are plenty of choices on this menu and whatever I've ordered has been delicious, fresh and plentiful.

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Thank boomer3297
Freehold, New Jersey
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Fun place to eat..Great Mexican food. BYOB is a plus. The menu gives many choices. We love fajitas, chimichungas, Fajita salad, all on menu is good.

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Thank BIGSKH
Manalapan, New Jersey
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275 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

The quality of the food was excellent. It is in a good location, has a nice atmosphere, and served large portions. Pleasant experience.

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Thank Proclaimer1
Spotswood, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The food is good; the atmosphere is fun; the service is fine. We always enjoy ourselves at this neighborhood restaurant.

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Thank 999SWC
Old Bridge, New Jersey
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Had such a good time tonight at El Meson! I had never been there, and was actually a little afraid to try, since I went to Guadalajara in July 2015 and loved the food there. So much American Mexican is blanketed with cheese and way too mild. We went with 2 other couples, and everyone enjoyed their meal so much!... More 

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Thank Jennifer W
New Jersey
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We had always seen this place full of people so went on a rainy evening, expecting a great meal. Instead we found slow service, food that was NOT anything fancy--no spice to it, medium portions, somewhat overpriced for what we got. I am not sure what everyone else loves about it but we won't be back. To be fair, it... More 

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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: Local cuisine, Families with children
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?