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157 N Trade St, Matthews, NC 28105-1712
704-844-8686
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: "American Bistro, dine- in and a very beautiful patio. Serving lunch...
"American Bistro, dine- in and a very beautiful patio. Serving lunch & dinner, good food (fine dining flair)".
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  • 26
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  • 9
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 4
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
George and Dora run a first class restaurant. If you are looking for a downtown, stuffy experience, then go downtown.

The food is good and consistent. They will modify pretty much anything on the menu should you want it done differently. It's a casual atmosphere with emphasis on not hovering during your meal. The wait staff are efficient and more than willing to correct anything that is not 100% to the customer's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
Dave S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The food is good and consistent. They will modify pretty much anything on the menu should you want it done differently. It's a casual atmosphere with emphasis on not hovering during your meal. The wait staff are efficient and more than willing to correct anything that is not 100% to the customer's satisfaction. The bar is small, but very comfortable... More 

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Monroe, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We have eaten here three times and each experience was different which is not what you want in a restaurant. The first time we ate was on the patio. This was by far the best experience in terms of food and service. The next time we dined inside and it was adequate. The service was indifferent and the food was... More 

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Maitland, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Went on a Tuesday night and not very busy. Waitress was friendly and efficient. Grilled shrimp in a salad was very good. Crab cake was excellent. Prices reasonable. This is in a converted bank building and they did a good job with the decor. Plenty of parking. I would recommend this.

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Mint Hill
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

July 18th, during restaurant week in Charlotte, we met a couple at Cafe 157 for the "special". We were looking for a friendly atmosphere, good food and service. We both ordered the filet, salad and chocolate mousse cake. Our friends ordered the salmon and the pasta. The service, Denise was our waitress, food and atmosphere were excellent. The filets were... More 

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Matthews, North Carolina, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The part of Cafe 157 that I like best is the patio. The food is average and we only go there if the weather is nice enough to sit outside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The plants and trees give a private feel to the patio. It is a great place to have a cocktail or a glass of wine and enjoy an appetizer ( love their fried pickles ) or a meal ( great steaks, shrimp and grits). The owner is a hands on guy. He is always there- checks on his customers and... More 

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Stallings, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

They have outstanding food and great service. We have been several times and every dish has been excellent. A great date night spot.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Came here on date night and it's a very well decorated sweet place to eat in downtown Matthews! The Salads and dressings were delicious. My wife had the Chicken Mediterranean and I had the Cod Provencial. Both were excellent. I am excited there is finally an awesome restaurant in downtown Matthews!

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Lexington Park, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I truly enjoyed my recent meal at Cafe 157. The food was very good and fresh. . If you are looking for excellent food quality, that's well prepared you won't be disappointed. And Dora's friendly attitude made it an all round great meal.

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Charlotte
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Drinks specials were good value but food was average and expensive compared to competition. Will not return.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 157 N Trade St, Matthews, NC 28105-1712
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Matthews
  • Phone Number: 704-844-8686

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Description

"American Bistro, dine- in and a very beautiful patio. Serving lunch & dinner, good food (fine dining flair)".
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 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?