I am sad to report that one of my previous ‘goto restaurants’ continues to decline and I can no longer recommend it.
I have been to the Mattapoisett Chowder House dozens of times over the years, I never had an issue at their old location. However, I have noticed a gradual decline in quality since their move but my last three experiences have been definitely sub-par. I gave it three try’s just to see if I had hit it at a bad day, unfortunately not.
My latest experience involved a large take-out order. Admittedly, it was a big order but it was pre-dinner rush and when I picked it up the restaurant was almost empty. I ordered and asked the waitress to read it back – so far so good. Ask for a pick up time and was given 40 minutes – I thought this was long and asked to confirm (twice) – yes, 40 minutes. I thanked her and arrived in 35 minutes. They brought my food out and I tipped generously. Got home (3 minute drive) and found the food to be stone cold – the fried items were basically not edible, the rest not much better. I had guests in town on a tight time-table (hence the early dinner) so a redo was out of the question. I paid a lot, and embarrassingly had to send my guests on their way hungry. The one high point was the smoked fish chowder which, after I microwaved it, was okay to eat.
I am really sorry to see a long-term Mattapoisett restaurant drop to this level. Skip the chowder house and go to Turks Seafood down the road.
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