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37 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (City Center West)
(215) 564-2925
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Ranked #79 of 3,731 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center West
Cross street: Between Market & Chestnut
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89% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My first time there in five years was a very enjoyable experience with good food, nicely presented by quality-efficient servers for the first hour. The second hour on a Friday evening filled this small BYO with patrons who are unable to have a conversation without screaming at one another, making it virtually impossible to hear the person sitting across the... More

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Winston-Salem, NC
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92 reviews 92 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I ate dinner at Matyson for the first time this evening. We have been spending a week each year in Philly for the last 10 to 15 years, enjoying great food and experiences in the South Philly area. This year we wanted to branch out to the University City/Rittenhouse Square area. Well, Matyson was excellent on the... More

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Brooklyn, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Great five-course tastings, centered around a theme on a weekly rotation. Service is always great. If some of the table doesn't want the tasting menu, they'll stage the courses appropriately.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I had another wonderful dinner at Matyson. Good service and diner selections. An interesting tasting menu on Thursday night. And the best part, BYOB! We never felt rushed. Always a great place to have a memorable meal.

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Fes, Morocco
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My wife and I had the tasting menu on a Thursday night. The theme for the five course meal was "comfort food". The first four courses were so good, so flavorful. Unfortunately, we opted out of the menu dessert for some just OK desserts off the menu because I don't like peaches. I should have stuck with the offered menu... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Matyson has a very friendly atmosphere due to its happy and diligent staff. It offers excellent food and allows you to save some serious money due to its BYOB policy. We started with the Tuna Crudo and Foie Gras and both were delicious. Our entrees were the Halibut and Gnocchi (Pictures Included). Ingredients were creatively combined to make them very... More

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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

This is the place to eat if you are anywhere near this neighbourhood. Very cosy and superbly imaginative food. Being able to bring your own bottle is the clincher. Not to be missed.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

When we travel to Philly, my sig other and I always love to come to Matyson. It's a great little restaurant in a great area, walkable to a number of hotels and Rittenhouse Square. The food is honestly delicious - we savor every bite. Compared to DC prices, at least, Matyson is a steal. I love the fact that their... More

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New York City, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Really thoughtful and well prepared dishes. We all had the tasting menu and were glad that they could even be a little flexible with a substitution where required. Everything was really complex, well prepared and delicious but for the dessert. The theme while we were there was Latin flavors and there was an octopus, empanada and lamb meatball dish that... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Matyson opened around the time that I first moved to Philadelphia and it continues to be my favorite place to go for special occasions and recommend to visitors. I have never had a single bite of food there that I did not LOVE and I usually order all three courses! On top of that, its BYOB, so you get an... More

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