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Matyson

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37 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Between Market & Chestnut)
(215) 564-2925
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Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 91
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 10
    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
Another Favorite in Philadelphia

We decided to take our son to Matyson on his birthday based on the great reviews on TA and we were not disappointed. The restaurant, though small, was welcoming and had a great ambiance. The servers were attentive and knowledgeable when it comes to the menu. Everything we had that night, from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
luv2trvl09NY
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New York
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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147 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Ate there last night with friends who are foodies and who eat at Matyson frequently. It is their favorite restaurant. The "Duck Two Ways" appetizer was fabulous I wear hearing aids, however, and Matyson, though without annoying music audio, was disastrous. The place is a NOISE BOX!.

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New York
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We decided to take our son to Matyson on his birthday based on the great reviews on TA and we were not disappointed. The restaurant, though small, was welcoming and had a great ambiance. The servers were attentive and knowledgeable when it comes to the menu. Everything we had that night, from the appetizers to the dessert was phenomenal. In... More 

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Centerport, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

...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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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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231 reviews 231 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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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?