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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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  • 59
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 10
    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
Good food, great staff & lovely venue

I will give it 4 stars not 5 because they don't have mole sauce. I'm a big fan of mole sauce at Mexicans cuisines so hearing that they didn't serve it disappointed me. Enchiladas were good and fajitas(combo) They have very good chicken Tamales were ok. I had better - they only serve it chicken... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
YasBerry
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I will give it 4 stars not 5 because they don't have mole sauce. I'm a big fan of mole sauce at Mexicans cuisines so hearing that they didn't serve it disappointed me. Enchiladas were good and fajitas(combo) They have very good chicken Tamales were ok. I had better - they only serve it chicken( chicken w red sauce marinated... More 

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Monroe, New Jersey
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Good guac & salsa....tamales...Salads...and fajitas were great! We sat outside great atmosphere and service.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

El Meson has excellent and authentic Mexican menu (well, a bit is for the gringo taste), but overall this restaurant serves it well. Plates are large and food is well presented and very tasty. Love the patio dinning on a hot Summer night. El Meson is busy and on the weekends you might have to wait, well worth it. Enjoy!... More 

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Freehold, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I used to love this place years ago: it was known for its great Mexican food at fantastic prices. Well, I guess that went to the owner's head: the food is now "good" I'd say and the prices are pretty high. Oh well. On to find another Mexican place.

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Key Largo, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is a Mexican restaurant serving good, but expensive food for the type and ambience. I had the steak enchiladas, which were full of very tasty steak pieces, the salsa verde was excellent, although the rice and beans were typical and nothing special. Others at the table had chicken enchiladas and steak chimichanga. All enjoyed their meals. The service was... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Good Mexican food. Very relaxed vibe. Nice outdoor and indoor seating. This is not Chipolte or some other knock off place. This is not Tex Mex. This is good, authentic Mexican food. I rated it average because I believe they could do a better job with the cleanliness, the service (it was fine, nothing special) and the plating of the... More 

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158 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This is a favorite of ours and it never disappoints. The food is consistent and always delicious. The weekend specials are the highlight of this local Mexican but the standard menu has enough quality food to make any visit enjoyable. The servers are just the nicest people and the owner Joaquin is a true gentleman. the fried calamari is always... More 

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Freehold, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Great restaurant, service is outstanding and so is the Food. BYOB although there are 2 Liquor stores a block away

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

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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Additional Information about El Meson

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

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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?