Matt's In The Market

★★★★☆
  • 94 Pike St Ste 32

    Seattle, WA 98101

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  • 206-467-7909

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I came here for a private party so I can't say anything about their prices or the regular menu. They had a nice spread put out for us of really scrumptous foods. I tried almost all of it, lots of seafood and meats. Probably not great for a vegetarian, but for the rest of it, it was fabulous.

I also got to try out a few of their signature drinks which were great. Wonderful bartender!

The view of the Pike Place Market is really phenomal and a great place to take out of town guests.

The bathroom is just down the hall, but one of the servers showed me the way, which I thought was really nice.

In case you have a hard time finding it, it's in the same building as the Can Can, just 2 floors above it.

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★★★★☆

I came here for a private party so I can't say anything about their prices or the regular menu. They had a nice spread put out for us of really scrumptous foods. I tried almost all of it, lots of seafood and meats. Probably not great for a vegetarian, but for the rest of it, it was fabulous.

I also got to try out a few of their signature drinks which were great. Wonderful bartender!

The view of the Pike Place Market is really phenomal and a great place to take out of town guests.

The bathroom is just down the hall, but one of the servers showed me the way, which I thought was really nice.

In case you have a hard time finding it, it's in the same building as the Can Can, just 2 floors above it.

Pros: view, food, drinks

Cons: I hear it's expensive

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What ever is fresh is what's served at this outstanding restaurant in the market. This is a place that I recommend to any out of town visitors because the food is great and its a wonderful representation of our great northwest cuisine. Its also got such a great location right in the heart of the market with some of the tables having a great view of the sound. Enjoy!

5
★★★★★

What ever is fresh is what's served at this outstanding restaurant in the market. This is a place that I recommend to any out of town visitors because the food is great and its a wonderful representation of our great northwest cuisine. Its also got such a great location right in the heart of the market with some of the tables having a great view of the sound. Enjoy!

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Over the past several months I have experienced less than stellar meals at Matt's. Last night's dinner was so poor in comparison to the fabulous food we enjoyed prior to and immediately after the expansion that I feel compelled to write this review. The arugula salad was so dry I asked for olive oil. The ling cod was overcooked and fishy in the center portion of the cut, and it was sitting in a bed of flavorless oil which gave it an unpleasant texture and taste. The cauliflower that came with the fish was rubbery and very unappetizing to look at. The service was good (as usual), as was our wine. On our way out we learned that Matt is no longer an owner or involved with the restaurant -- sadly, it shows.

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★★★☆☆

Over the past several months I have experienced less than stellar meals at Matt's. Last night's dinner was so poor in comparison to the fabulous food we enjoyed prior to and immediately after the expansion that I feel compelled to write this review. The arugula salad was so dry I asked for olive oil. The ling cod was overcooked and fishy in the center portion of the cut, and it was sitting in a bed of flavorless oil which gave it an unpleasant texture and taste. The cauliflower that came with the fish was rubbery and very unappetizing to look at. The service was good (as usual), as was our wine. On our way out we learned that Matt is no longer an owner or involved with the restaurant -- sadly, it shows.

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Matt's is hidden a bit a few floors up at the Pike's market. I had lunch there today on the recommendation of a friend. We walked in and got seats at the small bar. The bartender was really great - he helped us make some solid choices on the menu, made the most unique & tasty bloody mary that I've ever had, and was generally just fun to hang around with. The seafood chowder app was very good, the catfish sandwich was superb. Great atmosphere, nice location, good service - I highly recommend this spot.

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★★★★★

Matt's is hidden a bit a few floors up at the Pike's market. I had lunch there today on the recommendation of a friend. We walked in and got seats at the small bar. The bartender was really great - he helped us make some solid choices on the menu, made the most unique & tasty bloody mary that I've ever had, and was generally just fun to hang around with. The seafood chowder app was very good, the catfish sandwich was superb. Great atmosphere, nice location, good service - I highly recommend this spot.

Pros: Great quality & variety; good bar

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This cozy bistro in Pike Place Market builds its menu around the daily bounty. It recently expanded from very small digs, including the addition of a small bar area. Favorite seating is under the arched windows that overlook the "Public Market" sign. While the staff is dressed for show, most patrons are very casual. It's the perfect dinner stop for those entertaining out-of-town guests.

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★★★★★

This cozy bistro in Pike Place Market builds its menu around the daily bounty. It recently expanded from very small digs, including the addition of a small bar area. Favorite seating is under the arched windows that overlook the "Public Market" sign. While the staff is dressed for show, most patrons are very casual. It's the perfect dinner stop for those entertaining out-of-town guests.

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I am new to the area and went to Pike's Place market after everyone told me I had to experience it. We stopped in at Matt's and ate. I had read up on the reviews here and was hesitant. We had a great experience. I found the staff really accommodating and helpful and the food was absolutely delicious. I had seafood and my boyfriend had a steak. We finished our entire plates it was so good.
I have and would again recommend this place to anyone who asked as many of the other restaurants in this area didn't have near the same ambiance.
Loved Matt's overall and WILL be back.

2
★★★★★

I am new to the area and went to Pike's Place market after everyone told me I had to experience it. We stopped in at Matt's and ate. I had read up on the reviews here and was hesitant. We had a great experience. I found the staff really accommodating and helpful and the food was absolutely delicious. I had seafood and my boyfriend had a steak. We finished our entire plates it was so good.
I have and would again recommend this place to anyone who asked as many of the other restaurants in this area didn't have near the same ambiance.
Loved Matt's overall and WILL be back.

Pros: fantastic food

Cons: crowded area

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well...I guess I have been going to Matt's for about 10 years or more now. Althought not a regular, I certainly made it there 2-3 times per year. I personally had thought the remodel was great and was resisting the fuss about Matt Selling the place. so I took some friends there last night and had great food...but everything else was bad. We did not get seated until 8:15 for my 7:45 reservation. We were offered some wine after I complained at about 8:05. then we were given a free tuna tartar apetizer when we sat down (after I had joked about being hypoglycimic and about to pass out). At this point I thought redemtion was made and settled down to enjoy a very well done meal. I ate salmon and risotto to die for. My girlfirend had lamb chops she ordered well done (which I believe is a crime) but I sampled and although no pink inside, still amazingly tender and delicious. I was impressed. But the check arrived and the bitter pill, that will cause me to never return! They had added gratuity to our party of 5 people. 20% on top of all of our food, wine, and tax! Our waiter got a $56 tip from our table! What ever happened to tips being to reward good service and punish bad? what ever happened to 15% on the bill before tax and discretionary decision relative to tipping on expensive bottles of wine? How about most places which charge 18% on parties of 6 or more? I litterally walked away feeling sick. there are great restaurants all over Seattle with similar food and less attitude. I felt the message from the team at Matt's was we don't like your attitude, don't come back. Message heard loud and clear. I will spend my money elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

well...I guess I have been going to Matt's for about 10 years or more now. Althought not a regular, I certainly made it there 2-3 times per year. I personally had thought the remodel was great and was resisting the fuss about Matt Selling the place. so I took some friends there last night and had great food...but everything else was bad. We did not get seated until 8:15 for my 7:45 reservation. We were offered some wine after I complained at about 8:05. then we were given a free tuna tartar apetizer when we sat down (after I had joked about being hypoglycimic and about to pass out). At this point I thought redemtion was made and settled down to enjoy a very well done meal. I ate salmon and risotto to die for. My girlfirend had lamb chops she ordered well done (which I believe is a crime) but I sampled and although no pink inside, still amazingly tender and delicious. I was impressed. But the check arrived and the bitter pill, that will cause me to never return! They had added gratuity to our party of 5 people. 20% on top of all of our food, wine, and tax! Our waiter got a $56 tip from our table! What ever happened to tips being to reward good service and punish bad? what ever happened to 15% on the bill before tax and discretionary decision relative to tipping on expensive bottles of wine? How about most places which charge 18% on parties of 6 or more? I litterally walked away feeling sick. there are great restaurants all over Seattle with similar food and less attitude. I felt the message from the team at Matt's was we don't like your attitude, don't come back. Message heard loud and clear. I will spend my money elsewhere.

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As a patron and long time veteran of Matts, I find some of the negative reviews quite hilarious. Everyone's a critic though! I bet half the naysayers have a culinary degree, worked in a restaurant at least once in their life and own a business YEAH RIGHT! Since when did dining out get so serious....
I love the space-it is such great fun to be part of a busy, positive vibe-great people watching, including witnessing the amazing talent in the kitchen and watching those non-stop moving servers. I often go without a reservation-I love the anticipiation of not knowing whether I may get a lucky seat in house. The hosts always find a way to accomodate me-even if that means I have to wait 45 minutes for a table. Gladly I always do. You have to be patient with a small and very popular local spot. Knowing the restaurant prior to the expansion, I am happy that the kitchen can continue to work their culinary magic. I have had some fabulous meals there-ling cod, pan roasted, over sweet spring onion buerre blanc with caramalized cauliflower, the beautifully braised octopus (my fav in the city) & perfectly composed halibut. The halibut with the heirloom tomato broth is a must have.The best part about dining here is that I know how fresh and quality my meal will be. Hey out there!...spend the money its worth it-pay moderate to higher prices to know that your food is being sourced locally and you are supporting your local farmers and businesses.

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★★★★★

As a patron and long time veteran of Matts, I find some of the negative reviews quite hilarious. Everyone's a critic though! I bet half the naysayers have a culinary degree, worked in a restaurant at least once in their life and own a business YEAH RIGHT! Since when did dining out get so serious....
I love the space-it is such great fun to be part of a busy, positive vibe-great people watching, including witnessing the amazing talent in the kitchen and watching those non-stop moving servers. I often go without a reservation-I love the anticipiation of not knowing whether I may get a lucky seat in house. The hosts always find a way to accomodate me-even if that means I have to wait 45 minutes for a table. Gladly I always do. You have to be patient with a small and very popular local spot. Knowing the restaurant prior to the expansion, I am happy that the kitchen can continue to work their culinary magic. I have had some fabulous meals there-ling cod, pan roasted, over sweet spring onion buerre blanc with caramalized cauliflower, the beautifully braised octopus (my fav in the city) & perfectly composed halibut. The halibut with the heirloom tomato broth is a must have.The best part about dining here is that I know how fresh and quality my meal will be. Hey out there!...spend the money its worth it-pay moderate to higher prices to know that your food is being sourced locally and you are supporting your local farmers and businesses.

Pros: great everything

Cons: is there any...?

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I think Matt's success has gone to their head; they've become arrogant and complacent, relying on their once solid reputation as an authentic place for good food and service. No more. I don't take any pleasure in writing this because I was a long time fan of Matt's since they were literally just a hole in the wall. But in the last year or so, their service, food quality, and value for the money has declined. But I continued to go there with hopes it would improve. But yesterday was my tipping point to abandoning them for good. Had lunch there and ordered the Boccadillo sandwich. I know and accept that they are not cheap but for $14, I was served a small cup of seafood chowder, and a stark-looking sandwich that's about 6" long! No attempt at presentation! BUT what sucked is, towards the end of our meal, they rudely asked us to move to another table!! They arrogantly slapped me with the lame excuse that they're "a busy restaurant and we need tables for people who have reservations"!!! We refused to move because (a) we were there with reservations too and (b) we were almost done dining anyway! But what made us defiant was simply the way we were asked; it was dismissive and wasn't even close to polite!!! I've experienced other lapses and missteps in their service before but have been forgiving about it. But after this incident, I can not earnestly recommend a place that has lost its focus on quality of food and POSITIVE customer experience! In this tight economy, you'll find better value for your $$ elsewhere! Remind restaurants like these that you as a customer make the choice and pay their bills!

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★☆☆☆☆

I think Matt's success has gone to their head; they've become arrogant and complacent, relying on their once solid reputation as an authentic place for good food and service. No more. I don't take any pleasure in writing this because I was a long time fan of Matt's since they were literally just a hole in the wall. But in the last year or so, their service, food quality, and value for the money has declined. But I continued to go there with hopes it would improve. But yesterday was my tipping point to abandoning them for good. Had lunch there and ordered the Boccadillo sandwich. I know and accept that they are not cheap but for $14, I was served a small cup of seafood chowder, and a stark-looking sandwich that's about 6" long! No attempt at presentation! BUT what sucked is, towards the end of our meal, they rudely asked us to move to another table!! They arrogantly slapped me with the lame excuse that they're "a busy restaurant and we need tables for people who have reservations"!!! We refused to move because (a) we were there with reservations too and (b) we were almost done dining anyway! But what made us defiant was simply the way we were asked; it was dismissive and wasn't even close to polite!!! I've experienced other lapses and missteps in their service before but have been forgiving about it. But after this incident, I can not earnestly recommend a place that has lost its focus on quality of food and POSITIVE customer experience! In this tight economy, you'll find better value for your $$ elsewhere! Remind restaurants like these that you as a customer make the choice and pay their bills!

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We are frequent visitors to Seattle for business and pleasure. We love all the Tom Douglas restaurants and decided to try Matts at the Market based on a friends recommendation. The decor is simple and disinteresting. It would help to add some art work and color. The sommelier was gruff and seemed annoyed at our questions regarding the recommendation of a Washington Chardonnay. The service was very poor and disorganized from the moment of taking our order through the remainder of the meal.
The scallops were fresh and cooked nicely, but needed different vegetables as an accompanyment.
The noise level was unacceptable, especially when the guitar player attempted to sing. The only dining room is too small for a loud speaker and low volume background music would have sufficed. I cannot recommend this restaurant until attention to detail takes place regarding service.

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★★☆☆☆

We are frequent visitors to Seattle for business and pleasure. We love all the Tom Douglas restaurants and decided to try Matts at the Market based on a friends recommendation. The decor is simple and disinteresting. It would help to add some art work and color. The sommelier was gruff and seemed annoyed at our questions regarding the recommendation of a Washington Chardonnay. The service was very poor and disorganized from the moment of taking our order through the remainder of the meal.
The scallops were fresh and cooked nicely, but needed different vegetables as an accompanyment.
The noise level was unacceptable, especially when the guitar player attempted to sing. The only dining room is too small for a loud speaker and low volume background music would have sufficed. I cannot recommend this restaurant until attention to detail takes place regarding service.

Pros: Fresh seafood

Cons: Poor service, Average Food Quality, Poor Ambience, Uninteresting Decor

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For a first time experience for 2 locals and 2 out of area visitors we had an outstanding evening. Starting with a warm welcome from Todd (the ponytail guy), a table with a great view and a darling waitress named Katie. The food was exceptional - the cod was light, fluffy and cooked to perfection. The scallops melted in your mouth and the salmon was truly a Northwest classic. We topped it all off with Bread Pudding - the best we have ever had. In addition to the above, we were not rushed and were able to enjoy our dinner and conversation for over two hours. What a gem!!!

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★★★★★

For a first time experience for 2 locals and 2 out of area visitors we had an outstanding evening. Starting with a warm welcome from Todd (the ponytail guy), a table with a great view and a darling waitress named Katie. The food was exceptional - the cod was light, fluffy and cooked to perfection. The scallops melted in your mouth and the salmon was truly a Northwest classic. We topped it all off with Bread Pudding - the best we have ever had. In addition to the above, we were not rushed and were able to enjoy our dinner and conversation for over two hours. What a gem!!!

Pros: Fresh seafood and wonderful service

Cons: A little noisy, but not annoying

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My husband and I have been told we needed to go here for lunch. Perhaps it was just so hyped but we had decent sandwiches. Nothing to rave about. My husband said his seared tuna sandwich tasted more like there was red hot then wasabi, and mine was nothing too special. I have made better sausage sandwiches at home. We both got adult beverages -- my grapefruit mimosa was really good. We decided to order desert just to see if it was any better. We got chocolate cake with almond filling, and vanilla gelato. To are dimsay we were given a dry chocolate muffin which did indeed have almond filling, and mint chocolate chip gelato. I wish the waiter would have said they were out of vanilla. The meal was not worth the 50 dollar bill.

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★★☆☆☆

My husband and I have been told we needed to go here for lunch. Perhaps it was just so hyped but we had decent sandwiches. Nothing to rave about. My husband said his seared tuna sandwich tasted more like there was red hot then wasabi, and mine was nothing too special. I have made better sausage sandwiches at home. We both got adult beverages -- my grapefruit mimosa was really good. We decided to order desert just to see if it was any better. We got chocolate cake with almond filling, and vanilla gelato. To are dimsay we were given a dry chocolate muffin which did indeed have almond filling, and mint chocolate chip gelato. I wish the waiter would have said they were out of vanilla. The meal was not worth the 50 dollar bill.

Pros: Has a cozy atmosphere. Nice view of sound and market. Maybe dinner is better?

Cons: lunch was over priced and service was bad.

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My partner and I had been wanting to eat here for years and finally we made it to Matt's with a few friends. The service was top-notch throughout the evening which was a pleasant surprise given some of the prior reviews posted here. The wine list was impressive with a decent selection for every budget. I tried a couple of Pinot Noirs and Cab Blends and all were very enjoyable. The food disappointed at times and at other times it was great. The smoked catfish salad was very well balanced and I thought there was a genereous amount of fish. I opted for the muscles and clams for dinner which turned out to be a mistake. I thought an ingredient had been left out because the sauce was incredibly acidic ... to the point that I couldn't eat the dish. Our server was very appropriate and cool and offered to have a new version made with butter and wine. They got the replacement dish out quickly and I'm glad I got to try the shellfish both ways. Turns out that the muscles and clams were so tasty they didn't much of anything to make them shine. My partner had the cod rellenos for an appetizer (great) and the salmon as a main course which was very unimpressive. It was cooked well but totally lacking in flavor. The pea risotto it came with was nice and refreshing but the overall dish was disappointing. One friend had the steak but I was once again surprised at the lack of seasoning. Our other friend got the black cod with muscles special and it was excellent. I was surprised that it was mostly the dishes that are consistently on the menu that were lackluster. Perhaps a bit more attention needs to be paid to these menu staples. With all the great places to go get seafood in Seattle, most likely we'll stick to some old standbys that are a bit more consistent and provide more value for the money. I'm sure we'll come back with out-of-towners every now and again ... for the amazing views, the quintissential "Seattle" vibe and to try some of Matt's new seasonal additions.

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★★★★☆

My partner and I had been wanting to eat here for years and finally we made it to Matt's with a few friends. The service was top-notch throughout the evening which was a pleasant surprise given some of the prior reviews posted here. The wine list was impressive with a decent selection for every budget. I tried a couple of Pinot Noirs and Cab Blends and all were very enjoyable. The food disappointed at times and at other times it was great. The smoked catfish salad was very well balanced and I thought there was a genereous amount of fish. I opted for the muscles and clams for dinner which turned out to be a mistake. I thought an ingredient had been left out because the sauce was incredibly acidic ... to the point that I couldn't eat the dish. Our server was very appropriate and cool and offered to have a new version made with butter and wine. They got the replacement dish out quickly and I'm glad I got to try the shellfish both ways. Turns out that the muscles and clams were so tasty they didn't much of anything to make them shine. My partner had the cod rellenos for an appetizer (great) and the salmon as a main course which was very unimpressive. It was cooked well but totally lacking in flavor. The pea risotto it came with was nice and refreshing but the overall dish was disappointing. One friend had the steak but I was once again surprised at the lack of seasoning. Our other friend got the black cod with muscles special and it was excellent. I was surprised that it was mostly the dishes that are consistently on the menu that were lackluster. Perhaps a bit more attention needs to be paid to these menu staples. With all the great places to go get seafood in Seattle, most likely we'll stick to some old standbys that are a bit more consistent and provide more value for the money. I'm sure we'll come back with out-of-towners every now and again ... for the amazing views, the quintissential "Seattle" vibe and to try some of Matt's new seasonal additions.

Pros: Service, Wine list, Some standout dishes

Cons: Flavor inconsistency

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What a great place to grab a lunch bite OR linger over dinner. I did both while visiting Seattle. Absolutely top notch ingredients served by professionals in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Very high food value. We ordered all over the map and every dish was well-prepared. Excellent bar, too!

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★★★★★

What a great place to grab a lunch bite OR linger over dinner. I did both while visiting Seattle. Absolutely top notch ingredients served by professionals in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Very high food value. We ordered all over the map and every dish was well-prepared. Excellent bar, too!

Pros: Everything

Cons: Pike Market parking, but big deal

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I love almost all restaurants in the market and had been dying to try Matt's.. Last month I had a friend visit from out of town so I thought this would be a great excuse to try Matt's. I called and made reservations the same day. When we arrived, they did not have our table ready. The host or the "pony tail hair guy" other raters were also referring to told us it would be another 20 mins. Right about that time, my boyfriend saw that there was room at the bar. So we headed there and sat ourselves. Now, I know better than taking up room without asking but the host stopped by and said "how nice of you to help yourself". Yes, sarcastic but we all laughed about it , including the host. We ordered wine and appetizers as we waited for a table to open. 20 mins later, the host sat the next party down and when we asked he first said "well you changed your reservation time on us" which I did NOT. When I explained that I never changed the reservation time, he said "well you did help yourself to the bar though". My friend and my boyfriend were both dazzled but I asked them to let it go. Literally 10 minutes later, the host came by again and said "Sir, you don't have to dine with us if you don't want to" Out of nowhere... Seriously... We waited. I did not want to let him spoil our evening. In short, we got sitted an hour after our original reservation time. I am really sorry to say it took another 20 minutes for us to get our food. And my potatoes were not cooked through... Disappointing!!
Anyway, I don't give up on places too quick but my boyfriend said he would never go back so I took another friend to the restaurant last week and my God, same rude, unattentive service. I will not be back and just for the record, this is the FIRST bad review I have ever given in city search since I became a member. I hope Matt wakes up to the fact that service and atmosphere is part of the whole dining experience.

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★★☆☆☆

I love almost all restaurants in the market and had been dying to try Matt's.. Last month I had a friend visit from out of town so I thought this would be a great excuse to try Matt's. I called and made reservations the same day. When we arrived, they did not have our table ready. The host or the "pony tail hair guy" other raters were also referring to told us it would be another 20 mins. Right about that time, my boyfriend saw that there was room at the bar. So we headed there and sat ourselves. Now, I know better than taking up room without asking but the host stopped by and said "how nice of you to help yourself". Yes, sarcastic but we all laughed about it , including the host. We ordered wine and appetizers as we waited for a table to open. 20 mins later, the host sat the next party down and when we asked he first said "well you changed your reservation time on us" which I did NOT. When I explained that I never changed the reservation time, he said "well you did help yourself to the bar though". My friend and my boyfriend were both dazzled but I asked them to let it go. Literally 10 minutes later, the host came by again and said "Sir, you don't have to dine with us if you don't want to" Out of nowhere... Seriously... We waited. I did not want to let him spoil our evening. In short, we got sitted an hour after our original reservation time. I am really sorry to say it took another 20 minutes for us to get our food. And my potatoes were not cooked through... Disappointing!!
Anyway, I don't give up on places too quick but my boyfriend said he would never go back so I took another friend to the restaurant last week and my God, same rude, unattentive service. I will not be back and just for the record, this is the FIRST bad review I have ever given in city search since I became a member. I hope Matt wakes up to the fact that service and atmosphere is part of the whole dining experience.

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My fiancee surprised me with reservations for Matt's on Sat Dec 1st for my birthday. We had the most amazing time! We were warmly greeted by "pony tail" guy, he sat us and even though he didn't wait on us, he checked on us a couple of times throughout the night and said good night when we left. (Also gave perfect directions to the bathroom) The gentlemen that waited on us was honestly some of the best service I have had in a long time! My fiancee and I are both servers at very nice restaurants in Seattle and we commented on this more than once. We didn't even tell them it was my birthday but they brought over a sample of a different dessert wine along with the glass I ordered just to compare it with the dessert we ordered. We both had the beef tenderloin...wow! The carmalized onion, brussel sprouts and squash served with it were perfect accompaniments. We made sure to tell all of our industry friends how great everything was and we can't wait to come back to our now special restaurant at the market!

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★★★★★

My fiancee surprised me with reservations for Matt's on Sat Dec 1st for my birthday. We had the most amazing time! We were warmly greeted by "pony tail" guy, he sat us and even though he didn't wait on us, he checked on us a couple of times throughout the night and said good night when we left. (Also gave perfect directions to the bathroom) The gentlemen that waited on us was honestly some of the best service I have had in a long time! My fiancee and I are both servers at very nice restaurants in Seattle and we commented on this more than once. We didn't even tell them it was my birthday but they brought over a sample of a different dessert wine along with the glass I ordered just to compare it with the dessert we ordered. We both had the beef tenderloin...wow! The carmalized onion, brussel sprouts and squash served with it were perfect accompaniments. We made sure to tell all of our industry friends how great everything was and we can't wait to come back to our now special restaurant at the market!

Pros: Amazing ambiance and service

Cons: A little better dessert selection

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I had dinner here with friends in early November. We love restaurants that care about the quality of food they serve and want to share this with their customers. The food was quite good...the salmon was perfectly done. It would have been a great meal if not for the indifference or ineptness of our waiter and the rudeness of the "ponytail guy" who showed us to our table. The meal's timing was off, orders were forgotten, requests were taken with disdain. Our wine that we brought from home and paid corkage for was decanted with all its sediment -- a rookie move. Anyone of these things might be forgiven if we felt like the waitstaff even cared whether we stayed or left. There are so many other places in Seattle to get great, well-prepared food in a friendly environment to waste an evening here.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had dinner here with friends in early November. We love restaurants that care about the quality of food they serve and want to share this with their customers. The food was quite good...the salmon was perfectly done. It would have been a great meal if not for the indifference or ineptness of our waiter and the rudeness of the "ponytail guy" who showed us to our table. The meal's timing was off, orders were forgotten, requests were taken with disdain. Our wine that we brought from home and paid corkage for was decanted with all its sediment -- a rookie move. Anyone of these things might be forgiven if we felt like the waitstaff even cared whether we stayed or left. There are so many other places in Seattle to get great, well-prepared food in a friendly environment to waste an evening here.

Pros: Location, Ambience, Seafood

Cons: Indifferent and Rude Waitstaff

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The servers are rude, unhelpful and give you the impression that they don't want you to be there. Not even in New York and Paris have I been subjected to this kind of service hostility. Two minutes after the check was signed one pony-tailed server (Todd Perry) literally said to us "Happy? Great. Now Leave!" The fact that Todd has been there 20 years says alot about the management style of this restaurant. Requests for the bathroom were responded to with "Down The Hall" (and no direction). Only when the diner returned because the bathroom door was found locked was she was issued a key by the same person (Todd) who had provided the helpful directions in the first place. This is the kind of place I love and I am so dissapointed to be even writing this review. This is the first time I have ever written a review about a restaurant and believe me when I say that I am no drama queen. Save your money for a restaurant where the staff don't treat you with distain and the management actually appreciates your business.

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★☆☆☆☆

The servers are rude, unhelpful and give you the impression that they don't want you to be there. Not even in New York and Paris have I been subjected to this kind of service hostility. Two minutes after the check was signed one pony-tailed server (Todd Perry) literally said to us "Happy? Great. Now Leave!" The fact that Todd has been there 20 years says alot about the management style of this restaurant. Requests for the bathroom were responded to with "Down The Hall" (and no direction). Only when the diner returned because the bathroom door was found locked was she was issued a key by the same person (Todd) who had provided the helpful directions in the first place. This is the kind of place I love and I am so dissapointed to be even writing this review. This is the first time I have ever written a review about a restaurant and believe me when I say that I am no drama queen. Save your money for a restaurant where the staff don't treat you with distain and the management actually appreciates your business.

Pros: Nice Location in the Market

Cons: Rude Waitstaff

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OK, the kitchen still knows it's chops, but the front of the house is horrible at the new Matt's. The servers are either incompetent, rude, or condencending...the host is powerless...fortunately there are many better options in the area.

Please fix this place! I used to love this place!

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★☆☆☆☆

OK, the kitchen still knows it's chops, but the front of the house is horrible at the new Matt's. The servers are either incompetent, rude, or condencending...the host is powerless...fortunately there are many better options in the area.

Please fix this place! I used to love this place!

Pros: Great food remains

Cons: Service is one of the worst in the city

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The place has recently finished expansion and now fits about 30 people or so (compare to 17 before). It has a very lovely ambiance and view, overlooking Pike Place Market. The servers are very personable and thoughtful. They have an open kitchen where Matt cooks at =) Portions are very reasonable (not overly filling that you can't have desserts afterwards). It's priced on the higher end thus more suitable for special occasions. We brought our own wine which helped with the bill. On and all, it was a lovely evening and everybody's happy.

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★★★★☆

The place has recently finished expansion and now fits about 30 people or so (compare to 17 before). It has a very lovely ambiance and view, overlooking Pike Place Market. The servers are very personable and thoughtful. They have an open kitchen where Matt cooks at =) Portions are very reasonable (not overly filling that you can't have desserts afterwards). It's priced on the higher end thus more suitable for special occasions. We brought our own wine which helped with the bill. On and all, it was a lovely evening and everybody's happy.

Pros: fresh ingredients from Pike Place Market; lovely service, ambiance and view; very affordable lunches

Cons: make reservations and be there on time ;) everybody else was very happy so it got a little loud on top of the jazz music - hard to have a group conversation

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: Yummy food, view, great wine, everything!

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I recently took my girlfriend to Matt's for our 1 year anniversary and we had an amazing time. It's interesting to read some of these other reviews because there is no way they are talking about the same restaurant. All I can fathom is that there were some wrinkles to iron out with the grand re-opening and it sure appears that they have done so. We were there a few minutes before our reservation time and were promptly offered a seat at the beautiful new bar, with a view out across the Pike Place Market to watch the sunset over Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains. Within 10 minutes or so (less than 1 drink) we were seated at our table next to the window, even closer to the view. My girlfriend and I could not have asked for a nicer setting to spend such a lovely evening. The staff was friendly and attentive from start to finish so perhaps there has been some turnover for the better.
The food and wine were excellent and we found the wine recommendations from our waiter spot on. And it was one of the less expensive wines as well. After dinner we were given a complimentary dessert wine to help us celebrate, something that made Matt's feel like the quaint neighborhood restaurant that it remains. We will definitely be going back for the food, for the drinks and for the scenery.

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★★★★★

I recently took my girlfriend to Matt's for our 1 year anniversary and we had an amazing time. It's interesting to read some of these other reviews because there is no way they are talking about the same restaurant. All I can fathom is that there were some wrinkles to iron out with the grand re-opening and it sure appears that they have done so. We were there a few minutes before our reservation time and were promptly offered a seat at the beautiful new bar, with a view out across the Pike Place Market to watch the sunset over Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains. Within 10 minutes or so (less than 1 drink) we were seated at our table next to the window, even closer to the view. My girlfriend and I could not have asked for a nicer setting to spend such a lovely evening. The staff was friendly and attentive from start to finish so perhaps there has been some turnover for the better.
The food and wine were excellent and we found the wine recommendations from our waiter spot on. And it was one of the less expensive wines as well. After dinner we were given a complimentary dessert wine to help us celebrate, something that made Matt's feel like the quaint neighborhood restaurant that it remains. We will definitely be going back for the food, for the drinks and for the scenery.

Pros: Bar, View, Seafood

Cons: Parking

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: view, food, ambience, great cocktails

Cons: need reservation almost always

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Nice View

Cons: Expensive, Cold Ambience, Foods Not Impressive

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Fantastic Food, Attentive Service, Ambiance, Wine List

Cons: None

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: not a damn thing

Cons: everything about the place, especially the fat bitchy hostess

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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!!!

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★★☆☆☆

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!!!

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: Tasty food, funky servers, ecclectic setting

Cons: Hard to find (but that's what made it great.)

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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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Sit at the counter & watch the chef & crew work their magic on tiny gas stoves in a tiny tiny open kitchen! It is miraculous! A fun local menu with freshfreshfresh ingredients. Perfect seasonings & pairings. We compare the artistry to BIN 941 / BIN 942 in Vancouver BC -- our fave restaurant. Casually charming staff are friendly & accomodating.

2
★★★★★

Sit at the counter & watch the chef & crew work their magic on tiny gas stoves in a tiny tiny open kitchen! It is miraculous! A fun local menu with freshfreshfresh ingredients. Perfect seasonings & pairings. We compare the artistry to BIN 941 / BIN 942 in Vancouver BC -- our fave restaurant. Casually charming staff are friendly & accomodating.

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The food is inventive and tasty, but my last two experiences at Matt's in the Market have left me with a bad taste in my mouth: what's going on with the service!? Perhaps they are coping with the crowding problem in this cozy establishment by driving people away with bad attitude? The last time I was there I had the nerve to ask the waitress for a straw for my soda -- she barked "No." No apology, no explanation, just an answer that was rude enough to cause a diner at the next table to comment on it. Then she forgot our order and had to come take it again.
In the end, there are plenty of great places to eat in Seattle that provide a better experience where service is concerned, so I won't be back.

1
★★☆☆☆

The food is inventive and tasty, but my last two experiences at Matt's in the Market have left me with a bad taste in my mouth: what's going on with the service!? Perhaps they are coping with the crowding problem in this cozy establishment by driving people away with bad attitude? The last time I was there I had the nerve to ask the waitress for a straw for my soda -- she barked "No." No apology, no explanation, just an answer that was rude enough to cause a diner at the next table to comment on it. Then she forgot our order and had to come take it again.
In the end, there are plenty of great places to eat in Seattle that provide a better experience where service is concerned, so I won't be back.

Cons: poor service

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Matt's in the Market is a cozy, charming, and unpretensious place with friendly wait staff. The food is consistently very good, I have never had a bad meal here. Since it is a small place, reservations are highly recommended, especially during lunch time when it is packed. It's particularly lovely in the summertime - so be sure to ask for a table by the window and look down at the Market, Puget Sound, ferries, etc.

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★★★★★

Matt's in the Market is a cozy, charming, and unpretensious place with friendly wait staff. The food is consistently very good, I have never had a bad meal here. Since it is a small place, reservations are highly recommended, especially during lunch time when it is packed. It's particularly lovely in the summertime - so be sure to ask for a table by the window and look down at the Market, Puget Sound, ferries, etc.

Pros: Tasty food, good value

Cons: Walk-ups are tough, so make a reservation

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This is without a doubt my favorite restaurant in all of Seattle. Of the dozens of people I've taken there for lunch, only one person didn't like it. You can't get fresher seafood anywhere, and everything is superb. My favorite is the "Honkin' Hot Albacore" sandwhich, but you will love anything they serve.

The only drawback is that Matt's is as popular as it deserves to be: to eat lunch there, plan ahead. They DO take reservations , but be flexible on a Friday or Saturday, especially if it's a nice day out. When The Market is packed Matt's gets an even bigger crowd.

2
★★★★★

This is without a doubt my favorite restaurant in all of Seattle. Of the dozens of people I've taken there for lunch, only one person didn't like it. You can't get fresher seafood anywhere, and everything is superb. My favorite is the "Honkin' Hot Albacore" sandwhich, but you will love anything they serve.

The only drawback is that Matt's is as popular as it deserves to be: to eat lunch there, plan ahead. They DO take reservations , but be flexible on a Friday or Saturday, especially if it's a nice day out. When The Market is packed Matt's gets an even bigger crowd.

Pros: incredibly fresh, inspired menu, reasonable cost

Cons: small venue

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We had the clam appetizer and the dinner special (monkfish) -- both were excellent. I was told by a friend that their bread pudding was the best in Seattle, so we tried it and it did live up to the high expectation. My husband, who doesn't usually like dessert, enjoyed it as much as I did. We will definitely come back!

2
★★★★★

We had the clam appetizer and the dinner special (monkfish) -- both were excellent. I was told by a friend that their bread pudding was the best in Seattle, so we tried it and it did live up to the high expectation. My husband, who doesn't usually like dessert, enjoyed it as much as I did. We will definitely come back!

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Have wanted to try Matt's for quite some time, so made a point to try it for lunch. We had to wait over 30 minutes, but it was worth it. The place is tiny, so there's nothing that can be done about that, so be prepared for the wait. Once we sat down, at the counter, we had awesome sandwiches, nice glasses of wine, and conversation with the staff and other patrons. It was magical to watch Matt work in that tiny kitchen. Can't wait to go back for dinner!

2
★★★★★

Have wanted to try Matt's for quite some time, so made a point to try it for lunch. We had to wait over 30 minutes, but it was worth it. The place is tiny, so there's nothing that can be done about that, so be prepared for the wait. Once we sat down, at the counter, we had awesome sandwiches, nice glasses of wine, and conversation with the staff and other patrons. It was magical to watch Matt work in that tiny kitchen. Can't wait to go back for dinner!

Pros: Great Food, Cool Atmosphere, Good Vibe

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I am from Michigan, but get out to Seattle about once or twice a year. The first night out is always reserved for Matt's. From the first glass of wine to dessert you are never left wanting more. Last time there we were treated to a baked ricotta appetizer not yet on the menu that was provided by our server Todd. The personal service and excellent fare make me feel I should rate this an 11! Matt's rocks - but don't tell anyone.

2
★★★★★

I am from Michigan, but get out to Seattle about once or twice a year. The first night out is always reserved for Matt's. From the first glass of wine to dessert you are never left wanting more. Last time there we were treated to a baked ricotta appetizer not yet on the menu that was provided by our server Todd. The personal service and excellent fare make me feel I should rate this an 11! Matt's rocks - but don't tell anyone.

Pros: Small, Excellent Service, Great Food

Cons: Short Menu

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Lunch here is not to be missed. Sit at the counter. Watch the chef cook your meal. Sip a nice white wine from an ever changing list. Want dinner? Get there early and sit by the window. A nice view of the market while the sun sets. Salads are something special here. Somewhat hard to find, up a flight of stairs across from the pig.

2
★★★★★

Lunch here is not to be missed. Sit at the counter. Watch the chef cook your meal. Sip a nice white wine from an ever changing list. Want dinner? Get there early and sit by the window. A nice view of the market while the sun sets. Salads are something special here. Somewhat hard to find, up a flight of stairs across from the pig.

Pros: Service, Atmosphere, Location

Cons: No Mondays, Not enough tables

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Great food, no pretense. Short on wine selection, but their list is good. I had the stuffed squash and the green salad; creative vegetarian fare for this otherwise carnivorous menu. Be sure to bring a date to this one.

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★★★★★

Great food, no pretense. Short on wine selection, but their list is good. I had the stuffed squash and the green salad; creative vegetarian fare for this otherwise carnivorous menu. Be sure to bring a date to this one.

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Little piece of heaven! I would recomend this place for someone who wants a hole in the wall fabulous dining experience.

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★★★★★

Little piece of heaven! I would recomend this place for someone who wants a hole in the wall fabulous dining experience.

Pros: great food, creative, eccentric

Cons: too small, few vegitarian items

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I used to love Matt's. The last two experiences there have been terrible. There is no place to park. There is always a long wait, so I made sure to make reservations. We got there on time and we still had to wait for an extra hour. They offered us wine to drink OUTSIDE while we waited and it was included on our tab even though we ordered drinks, wine, appetizers and desserts with our meal. The salads are always good, the rest was okay. Sorry- I will not go back.

1
★★☆☆☆

I used to love Matt's. The last two experiences there have been terrible. There is no place to park. There is always a long wait, so I made sure to make reservations. We got there on time and we still had to wait for an extra hour. They offered us wine to drink OUTSIDE while we waited and it was included on our tab even though we ordered drinks, wine, appetizers and desserts with our meal. The salads are always good, the rest was okay. Sorry- I will not go back.

Pros: Good catfish

Cons: no parking, long wait, bad service

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That's what the bartender and crew told us when we enthused over our innovative, fresh, and delicious meals. This is a very small, clean restaurant -- quiet in the usually noisy Pike Street Market area.

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★★★★☆

That's what the bartender and crew told us when we enthused over our innovative, fresh, and delicious meals. This is a very small, clean restaurant -- quiet in the usually noisy Pike Street Market area.

Pros: fresh, delicious food, quiet, clean, neighborhood crowd

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I am from LA, and my buddy is from Vegas. We had lunch at Matt's and had an phenomenal experience. We only had to wait a few minutes for a table and received some of the best service I have ever had. I had the halibut pan seared over rissotto. Go there. Go now.

2
★★★★★

I am from LA, and my buddy is from Vegas. We had lunch at Matt's and had an phenomenal experience. We only had to wait a few minutes for a table and received some of the best service I have ever had. I had the halibut pan seared over rissotto. Go there. Go now.

Pros: service, inexpensive, great wine

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..because it shortens the line in front of me.

We knew dinner seating could involve a wait, so we left our name and hung out at a local lounge. The area has several nice ways to pass time, so all the more pleasant an evening. When we were seated (at the time that was estimated), the food, service and atmosphere were all 10 / 10. I'm conflicted about leaving such a positive rating, because this is one of those 'the less people know, the better' places, but Matt's earned nothing but raves.

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★★★★★

..because it shortens the line in front of me.

We knew dinner seating could involve a wait, so we left our name and hung out at a local lounge. The area has several nice ways to pass time, so all the more pleasant an evening. When we were seated (at the time that was estimated), the food, service and atmosphere were all 10 / 10. I'm conflicted about leaving such a positive rating, because this is one of those 'the less people know, the better' places, but Matt's earned nothing but raves.

Pros: food, sevice, genuine charm

Cons: limited seating

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I've never eaten at Matt's so I'm sure that their food is great ...etc., but I have TRIED to eat there 3 times. So here is the deal: First of all, they tell you that they don't take lunch reservations. The next time you call, they tell you that they do take reservations and everything is booked until noon. So then you ask to have the next available ETA of 12:15. But, since it's only 11:45 they can't take your request. OK, so when should you call? So you call at noon and they say "yea, we should have one available - call back in 10 minutes." So you call back in 10 minutes and they say "we just gave it away." Try again. I don't care how good their food is, if the staff is any indication of the restaurant you should avoid going there.

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★★★☆☆

I've never eaten at Matt's so I'm sure that their food is great ...etc., but I have TRIED to eat there 3 times. So here is the deal: First of all, they tell you that they don't take lunch reservations. The next time you call, they tell you that they do take reservations and everything is booked until noon. So then you ask to have the next available ETA of 12:15. But, since it's only 11:45 they can't take your request. OK, so when should you call? So you call at noon and they say "yea, we should have one available - call back in 10 minutes." So you call back in 10 minutes and they say "we just gave it away." Try again. I don't care how good their food is, if the staff is any indication of the restaurant you should avoid going there.

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Matt's is the best restaurant in Seattle. The staff is helpful and friendly and the food cannot be beat. Everytime I eat lunch there I am tempted by the fabulous specials but I often return to my favorite Catfish Po'Boy. They offer great wines by the glass and bottle and will often give you a taste before you make your decision. It is small and they don't take reservations but the wait is worth it!

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★★★★★

Matt's is the best restaurant in Seattle. The staff is helpful and friendly and the food cannot be beat. Everytime I eat lunch there I am tempted by the fabulous specials but I often return to my favorite Catfish Po'Boy. They offer great wines by the glass and bottle and will often give you a taste before you make your decision. It is small and they don't take reservations but the wait is worth it!

 

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