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Scallops, halibut, lamb, pork belly banh mi, nothing seems to be outside this lovely room's specialty. Monday - Friday happy hour 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. offers a peekabo view.
This is one of those dream spots where you want to order one of everything. At lunch that includes a dynamite oyster po'boy, the sloppy good barbecue pork sammie and a pork belly banh mi. Evenings should involve seafood, letting the kitchen showcase whatever is fresh and in season. All meals should be prefaced by the crab-topped deviled eggs and an expertly crafted cocktail.
Still my favorite restaurant.... I LOVE this restaurant. I was a true follower of the 'old' Matt's-- loved it's coziness and yummy food-- so I was a little worried about what the 'new' Matt's would be like. My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary there a few weeks ago and we both felt it was as good (although somewhat different) as our beloved old restaurant. I had the beet salad, sablefish, and peach bread pudding for dessert-- super yummy! My BF had the house salad, salmon, and some kind of chocolate tart and was VERY pleased. We went on a Monday night at 8:30 and snagged a little table in the corner where I had a perfect view of the Sound and mountains. Fabulous! All of the staff were friendly and helpful. Neither of us could complain at all. It was truly a great experience and I would go back in a heartbeat!
worth every penny. Being an old costumer of matt's, we were very excited to get into the new space for dinner. The view had to be one of the best if not the best in Seattle. On our first visit to the newly remodeled space we had some great food and friendly service. But you could tell they still had some new restaurant bumps te get over. They only missed the mark on a few things. Having gone now 3 times since the opening, they are right on with everything they always were. The food seasoned to perfection, staff much nicer(they got rid of a few people not so friendly), and the wine recommendations spot on. I can say with confidence "Matt's is our favorite" Go if you never have, and/or a second chance is definately worth it. Even though the dinner menu has some entrees hovering the $30 dollar mark you get what you pay for and it is worth every penny.
New Matt's Not Impressive. Went newly renovated Matt's for the first time. It was beautiful and everything new there. But I noticed 3 problems. Problem No.1 is their price which is much higher than old Matt's. It is no longer a casual dining space, although people working there still wear shortpants and T-shirts --- looked odd. Problem No.2 is their ambience which is rather "Cold". I enjoyed the warm atmosphere before it was renovated, but that is no longer there. Problem No.3 is the foods which are not as good as old Matt's. It appeared to us that new Matt's is trying to upgrade their foods, but their new foods tasted below average. I liked old Matt's foods which always made me feel comfortable. We will not come back to new Matt's soon.
Deliciously Flawless. From the second you walk in the door, you are captivated by the beautiful views, warm and romantic ambiance, and smiling waitstaff. Go to enjoy a drink at the bar and watch the sun go down or stay longer to have an exquisite meal. The service was prompt and friendly. The food was excellent across the board. As a former New York resident I take the restaurant industry seriously and in all my many dinners at Matt's in the Market, I have yet to find a flaw! Just a perfect place.
a new foodie from manhattan new york, never had worst experience. a reservation for 7 on aug.7 was lost.
there were no apologetic gesture. only gesture was a very dirty look from a fat hostess ( who gorges all their food during her 5 second breaks) and no help from a manager named "tom". 7 hungry guest turned away after a horrible rude experience. 7 people who are
very affluent in seattle. an owner of a couple of hip boutiques, fashion designers, interior decorator and an athelete, who live in seattle are appalled with the rude disgusting, immature service. we vowed to never go there.
Rude experience with hostess. My partner and I had decided to celebrate our 2 yr. aniversary at Matt's since our first experience at this establishment was enjoyable.....We arrived 5 minutes prior to our reservation and were told by the hostess that she would get back with us momentarily as she had to evaluate the situation......after waiting 20 minutes, other people with reservations began showing up after us and were seated before us....when I asked when we would expect to be seated, we were told again that she had to evaluate the situation....after another 20 minutes of waiting, I asked again and was told that they would get us a table as soon as one became available (there were several tables open).....I expressed my displeasure with the hostess and she began to tell me that if I didn't like the situation that I could find another place to eat.....by then it was too late to find a table in a decent restaurant so we were pretty well stuck....Once we were seated, which was an hour after our reservation, the service and the food were excellant.......Because of the rudeness of this hostess, we will not be going back to Matt's any time soon...if ever!!! Sorry Matt, you should look into employing people who have your business in their interest!!!
Mediocre service, food is too expensive for what it is.
It was a Tuesday at 6pm. Upon our arrival, we were told that without a reservation we could only sit at the bar, which was fine When I tried to make small talk with the bartender by asking if it was always this busy, he snobbishly replied with a "(duh) of course it is busy." Although there was only one other party at the place, the hostess was careless enough to forget that we were expecting another friend and gave our seat away to a couple. It was a weird situation trying to sort things out with the couple which was directed to a seat that the said hostess had already given away.
The free bread was good, but the olive oil with diced carrots tasted less than pleasant. I've never had such a combination, and I know why no other restaurant serves olive oil with carrots. It just doesn't taste right.
The bread basket was only replentshed after we asked.
The food was served after a long hour. I got the duck. When dining at places with a small menu, I always assume that what they do offer, they do well. However, this was not the case. The menu choices were sparse, and what was on the menu was not good. My duck came in a soup plate and was bloody. Duck is best served seared on the outside, rare on the inside, but this was neither crispy on the outside nor cooked properly. Also, I was not given a good knife and almost had to settle for cutting my duck with the butter knife.
My friends ordered the clams (too spicy and too clammy), roasted duck (much better choice; probably the better dish we had) and the prawns and scallops plate (alright).
If you are looking for "casual fine dining" as this restaurant advertises itself to be, you are much better off going to a place like Le Pichet, where the food is delicious, service is good and the price worth every penny.
Matt's in the Market is too pretentious for what it serves and for the unfriendly, less than competent staff. My vote: Skip it. There are much better places around the market.
Rudest person answering a phone. I went to Matt's before the remodel and was delighted with the food - and the quaint atmosphere. I was eager to go with my husband - when we were looking for a place to celebrate our first anniversary. When we phoned to make a reservation (having learned they would soon open) we asked if we could make a reservation, and the gal on the phone said they're not accepting them yet, but possibly next week. When we inquired about next Saturday, she responded in a curt manor that was part of next week wasn't it? We chose another place, since Matt's left us with a bad taste. Phone etiquette isn't too much to ask.
CAN'T WAIT FOR IT TO RE-OPEN!!. I'm missing my Matt's fix lately, but I can't wait to see the new space. It's gonna be gorgeous, and I'm afraid it won't be the little hidden gem it once was, but it will be worth it for more seating and--hey, maybe an actual kitchen instead of the camp-stoves they were using before!
Classier Market Fare. A good place to come with out of town friends who enjoy the spectacle of market grit but prefer the service and sanitation of a finer dining establishment.
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