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Matyson

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City Center West
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37 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Between Market & Chestnut)
(215) 564-2925
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Most recent review
Good food,nice staff and very friendly atmosphere

...a very reliable and quality driven restaurant that also extends a byob policy so while you're indulging in their excellent Foie Gras appetizer and wonderful Rack of Lamb entree you can pair it up with some of your own personal favorite Sauternes or Cab's or whatever . And do so in a very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
JOHNVINTAGE1934
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Centerport, New York
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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145 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Centerport, New York
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

...a very reliable and quality driven restaurant that also extends a byob policy so while you're indulging in their excellent Foie Gras appetizer and wonderful Rack of Lamb entree you can pair it up with some of your own personal favorite Sauternes or Cab's or whatever . And do so in a very relaxed and comfortable room.4 stars

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Philadelphia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Went with a group of 4 people. I had the waygu beef and lobster. Beef was cooked perfectly medium rare as requested. Lobster was succulent. Mushroom soup appetizer was creamy and had great flavor. Wife got the Fois Gras appetizer which is definitely unique and worth trying if you are into trying something different.

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Narberth, PA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I hadn't been to Matyson for some time and was glad to see that it remains a top choice. My wife and I went on an evening when they had a special prix fixe menu. It was a spectacular menu; a wonderful mousse, followed by an incredible crab bisque, a lobster dish with wonderful eastern flavorings and a rare beef... More 

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Adelaide
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I had not been to Matyson for quite a while and it was good to see it still was up to its high standards of food and service. Matyson has a small store front and it does not have many tables. The atmosphere is intimate but because of hard surfaces can be a bit noisy, although not such that you... More 

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Philadelphia
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225 reviews 225 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Since this restaurant is listed as one of the top 50 in Philly by Zagat we decided to try it out. It is a small BYOB in the Rittenhouse Square area. The food was mediocre and very disappointing. My husband's mushroom appetizer looked and tasted weird. Three of the entrees were served in large soup bowls highlighting the fact that... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

First time visitor based on a recommendation from a friend. Had dinner with a friend who we haven't seen each other in 25 years. Our server was attentive but not overbearing, did not rush us at all. I had the Pork Belly..... AMAZING. My friend had the pumpkin cannelloni and the beet soup. She vegetarian and raved about it. No... More 

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Kingston, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My daughter lived in Philly for years, and recommended this place when I was in the city recently. She told us to make reservations at least a week in advance, and I can see why! This is an unassuming, busy little place, with a creative and tantalizing menu. It's BYOB, which also makes it quite affordable. If you're unfamiliar with... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Lovely interior with very friendly and prompt service. Don't forget to BYOB! Must haves: -Duck ragout cavatelli. Amazing. Wish I oredered 2 and had it as an entree! -Grilled octopus app-melt-in-your-mouth. No chewy nonsense! -Beef cheeks: amazingly tender, I (literally) ate it with a spoon (so I could scoop up the sauce!) Alright: -Halibut was good but not especially memorable... More 

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Ewing, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We were pleasantly greeted. Liked the fact that it is a BYOB. Food was outstanding. The chef used seasonal ingredients. Especially liked the pitted fruit salad, yummy. The menu is not big, but the entrees are inviting. The Alaskan Halibut is excellent. The Coconut Cream Pie is a staple and it did not disappoint. The service was personable. Our waitress,... More 

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New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Unbelievable , we had visited Philidelphia recently and had researched some restaurants. Decided on Matyson. What an unexpected experience. I had the tasting menu. Duck , 5 courses for a prix fixe. My taste buds had a real treat. My husbands meal of trout was excellent also. Service and staff are top notch. Definitely worth returning even though it's over... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 37 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
    (Between Market & Chestnut)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighborhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: (215) 564-2925

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?