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El Meson

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40 Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good Mexican Food

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Spotswood, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Manalapan, New Jersey
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268 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Proclaimer1
Spotswood, New Jersey
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank 999SWC
Old Bridge, New Jersey
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank patsmom75
Freehold, New Jersey
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The food is great especially the specials on the weekend. The service is excellent. The portions are large.

Thank Olds56
Freehold, New Jersey
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

El Meson has long been a favorite of my wife and I. Very good food quality, very good service, and very consistent. BYO keeps the cost low. The best selection is when they have their specials menu in addition to the regular menu, and their specials are always outstanding.

Thank BrianNJMA
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161 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Located downtown Freehold Boro, ample parking in the rear of the restaurant Seasonal sitting outside but prepare for long lines as the restaurant manages to pack them in due to their extensive menu, reaonable pricing and good quality food Chips and salsa are given when seated along with huge glasses of water I ordered the Mexican chicken salad which was... More 

Thank Hrima
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

hot evening and no air conditioner on. Only fans . Portions are small. This was once one of my favorite places to go, Not any more. Service was very slow.

Thank mrsboo24
New Jersey
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49 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

The pre-hurricane Joaquin weather didn't make for a very good start to our evening out but El Meson was colorful and welcoming. Not too busy for a Friday evening (due to the weather perhaps?) but enough to make the visit noisy and entertaining. Party of four seated immediately and service was just as fast, or at least as fast as... More 

Thank M N
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

My favorite is the chile relleños, but everything has been great. I've never left hungry or disappointed.

Thank truehonestreview

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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
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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?