I’ll just leave a brief description of my experience here since we all know chains are not really a celebrated thing on these boards. Was in the Freehold area Saturday night, rather casually dressed for me, and didn’t want to hit up Cuzzins Clam or the American Hotel, my first two choices for the greater Freehold area. Decided to go to Brio especially given their nice outdoor seating area overlooking the scenic Freehold Mall Parking lot. (quick shout out to those hard working mall security guard/cars, DO NOT spend more than 45 seconds in the fire lane or they will honk you out of the fire lane folks!! They aren’t playing around!!)
Anywho…arrived around 7:00 pm seated with no problem at an out door table. Bread and some butter arrived shortly there after. My wife ordered a strawberry mojito and a unsweetened iced tea for me. We were told the specials and we placed our order. (I had been here one time several years ago but had no recollection of what I ate or how impressed I was, my wife had eaten here more recently with some girlfriends) For me: Lobster bisque and the pan seared half chicken, my wife ordered the grilled salmon “fresca”. She also ordered two sides, one roasted brussel sprouts and “Sicilian cauliflower”.
The bisque was average, nothing special but both our entree’s were quite good and the sides were VERY good. All things considered the food was good, service was a little slow and I’m not sure what I could have possible said to confuse the waitress to think I wanted my soup and entree served together, but somehow she got that impression. She did offer us desert on her for the mix up but we kindly declined.
Overall if you are at the mall area and looking for a solid meal I can’t knock this place, if all chains were more like this perhaps they wouldn’t have such a negative reputation!