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“Excellent steaks and friendly service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mattsens Pizza Steakhouse - CLOSED

Mattsens Pizza Steakhouse
25 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam 6740‎, South Africa
+27 28 514 2715
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Cuisines: Steakhouse
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Excellent steaks and friendly service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

This restaurant seems to be listed twice on trip adviser but with a slightly different name so am repeating my review. My husband and I fancied a good quality steak so visited Mattsens rather than one of the posher, gourmet type places in town. We were not disappointed as the food was excellent and portions huge even though we had ordered modestly. The food took a while to arrive but they do warn you about this - and it was worth the wait, although cannot help thinking they could be ever so slightly quicker in the kitchen! The table staff were very friendly and helpful and the overall atmosphere was good. We noticed that most of the customers seemed to be local which is always a good sign. Overall, well worth a visit and good vfm.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Swellendam, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Spare ribs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Had their spare ribs last night. Absolutely great - well cooked, great sauce. Also, the waitron had a sence of humour. And he beer was cold and fresh. Price, very reasonable. Thanks!!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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vancouver
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A nice meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

A nice meal about sums it up. The food was good, the service attentive and friendly and the price was in line with other restaurants we had visited. I had a chance to look around the next day and was happy we had chosen Mattsens.....a good choice for a middle of the road meal in town.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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North Yorkshire, England
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“A Greek Salad?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The location of Mattsens is ideal - just across from some beautiful Dutch-style houses and dominated by a huge mountain which when we were there in January, stood, sentinal-like against the fading sky.
So far, so good; our waitress was delightful - sweet, helpful and attentive.
I ordered a Greek salad but then had to point out that besides the basics, the dish was short of olives and feta. These additions duly arrived together with bread rolls and butter. Only it wasn't butter - it was a cheap margarine which even the owner admitted was poor. No butter arrived though and so it was left to melt in the dish and we had to pay for it.
The restaurant wasn't full or even nearly full and so these two major happenings shouldn't have happened.
Our food, however, was very good and I had a small, rare steak,which I pointed out, shouldn't take more than three or four minutes each side on a hot grill, so for me to wait the expected 45 minutes wasn't an option.
It arrived quickly and was very good indeed.
Do visit Mattsens though - the price is right, the ambience is lovely and the food, excellent.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Monument, Colorado
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Steaks to Die For”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Just accross the street from the museum in Swellendam is a wonder little restaurant that you would never guess has fantastic steaks. The first hint is that the menu has highlighted that the steaks will likely take up to 45 minutes to cook. Well, that should give you an idea of how large and thick the steaks are. And the filet steak I had cut just like butter. Finally, what a value for the price. And just a quick exit off the N2 for a great lunch or dinner.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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