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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
Closed now
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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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    Very good
  • 5
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  • 3
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Love the Patio

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
Kristen W
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Matthews, North Carolina, USA
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

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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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

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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85 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We recently dined here for the first time for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Excellent food (including veg options), friendly service (thanks Dora!), and nice atmosphere. We will definitely come back.

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NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Great food! Wonderful service. We've been here several times. The filet is amazing. Try the Luv Monkey, it's delicious!

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North Carolina
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125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We had been here once before, when they had some special dinner of S.Carolina crabs. It was a meal you could only die for! So we decided to check this place out when it would have a standard menu. Again, not disappointed in quality. The ambiance of the place is a bit sterile but still sort of comfy. There was... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I dined here with a friend on a Friday evening. The menu featured American variety fare, and service was good, as was the food. The environment seemed rather cold and sterile. The interior had th feeling of a former bank lobby, rather unsumptously decorated. OK for a meal, but not what I would recommend for a date night.

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Additional Information about Cafe 157

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

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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?