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“Great Specials!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Meson

El Meson
40 Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728
732-308-9494
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Ranked #9 of 147 Restaurants in Freehold
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner
Freehold, New Jersey
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29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great Specials!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We have been dining here for a number of years and have never been disappointed. We especially like the Specials offered, which are authentic Mexican and a change from the usual Mexican fare of tacos and burritos. The food is very fresh and well prepared. If you like Mexican food, give it a try!

Visited September 2012
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English first
Englishtown, New Jersey
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great Mexican”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Great food, good family atmosphere. BYOB. Love bringing a 6 pack of Coronona's and sitting outside. They even bring you sliced limes for your beers. Excellant selection of mexican food. They can increase the children's menu. The chips and homemade salsa are great. Ask for the homemade hot sauce to add to any dishes

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Overrated, pricey and blah”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012 via Local Picks

This restaurant may look like the best mexican restaurant in Freehold. The decor is certainly over the top, and the staff is certainly mexican. Some of the menu is okay, the chips are excellent, but mostly the food is overpriced and blah: boring bland ingredients, unimaginatively prepared and presented. Not to mention pricey: there's plenty of competition, look for it on the side roads. If you care more about taste than ambience, run don't walk to Conchita and Romeo's on South St, amazing!!! but no dining room, so it's take out but hey I'd rather eat their tacos out of a styrofoam box on the sidewalk (laugh, and have) than be at the flashiest table at El Meson. On a positive note, the staff is kind, earnest and hard working, most of the patrons don't seem to care that they are eating at a mexican version of TGI fridays, so hey I hope they're laughing all the way to the bank:)

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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40 restaurant reviews
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“The Best Mexican Restaurant in NJ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Having been to Mexico many times, I can honestly say this is the best Mexican Restaurant I've ever experienced. The service does seem a little rushed, but that's because there's usually a wait to get seated. It's a BYOB, so you can have a great Mexican meal and bring your own Mexican beer to enjoy with it. This is the place to enjoy authentic Mexican.

Visited December 2011
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Jackson, New Jersey
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“Poor Management”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Lack of communication and lack of a manager. Sat at our table for over an hour just to find out they never put our food order in. This place is OKAY. I much rather venture off to Jose Tejas in Iselin/Woodbridge for much better tasting food and awesome service.

Visited July 2012
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