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“Not a value proposition- Bistro food with high end prices.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Mateus Bistro

Mateus Bistro
533 Main Street, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
902-531-3711
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Ranked #7 of 16 Restaurants in Mahone Bay
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: NEW OWNER WAS CHEESECAKE GALLERY
Lunenburg, Canada
1 review
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“Not a value proposition- Bistro food with high end prices.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I took my wife there last night for dinner. For me first impressions mean a lot and I didn't get a great vibe when I walked in. The layout of this place is very awkward. . We were one of only 2 tables for the whole evening , beside 2 men seated at the bar. We were seated by the window directly under a heating vent that blew hot air right under us. In no time I was sweating. We were told it could only be turned on or off. When turned off it got cold fast. Nice spiced oil scented mason jar candle on table was never lit for us the whole night, very cheap dollar store type cutlery, stained paper menus , and an open fridge with wooden shelves across from us didn't create a very nice ambience. A series of 5 songs played over and over all night long for music. There was no bread offered. The food was tasty, nicely presented and cooked properly overall but vert small portions not worth the price. All the appetizers seemed to be presented with baby mixed lettuce , so there lacked a bit of creativity and cohesiveness with the dishes. Scallops with smoked tomato coulis were beautifully cooked with a smokey tomato sauce but the polenta just made the dish seem like a main course made smaller. Wine list was very meager and offered little choice. Fattoush salad was excellent! . Charcoal roasted cauliflower didn't have any notes of smoke or charcoal, but was fine otherwise with the garlic sauce. Gravlax was excellent but the portion was very small. Fruit de mer spaghetti only contained mussles and haddock , why no scallops? , and the composition was of the ingredients was off with big chunks of peppers and onions. Panko Haddock was excellent as were the mashed potatoes! The molten chocolate cake was presented in a ramequin as more of a custard than a cake and was very oily. Rather than mint, there were lettuce leaves and unpeeled kiwi as a garnish, making it appear like it was made by a rookie. The server was pleasant and attentive. Overall, I'd say the food is OK but just way overpriced given the amenties available. It seems like theres an identity crisis. Bistro food but with high end dining room prices?

  • Visited December 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Nova Scotia, Canada
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Its average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is probably one of the best places to eat in Mahone Bay. We have been a few times for lunch, brunch and supper. Its ok. The food is well executed but contrived (seems best at lunch) and the service is hit and miss. On one occasion our server's family came in to see her and she completely forgot to bring us the bill. About 15 minutes passed and she passed by our table a few times and then it hit her. Suddenly she was all smiles and chatty when presenting the bill even though she practically ignored us during the rest of our visit. I guess her family really cheered her up.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Enjoyed a delicious brunch out on the patio in the warm autumn sunshine.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We've been to Mateus Bistro quite a few times and highly reccomended it. Dinner or brunch, everything we've tried has been delicious. If you're one to enjoy occasional throw-caution-to-the-wind yumminess, get the cheese fondue. It's happiness in a bowl! And then go for a long run the next day :)

  • Visited September 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Halifax, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Lovely soup”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Had a pleasant lunch while visiting the south shore a month ago. Soup of the day was delicious. My sister-in-law's crab cakes, she reported, were dry. The restaurant itself is very charming, lovely place to stop on a blustery day for a glass of wine and a light lunch. I would go back and try it for dinner.

  • Visited September 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Bridgewater, Canada
Top Contributor
212 reviews 212 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 73 cities Reviews in 73 cities
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
“Fine meal in Mahone Bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Have had many meals here, always great quality food and great service. Two separate levels and an outdoor seating area for dining. Prices are leaning towards the high side but food and service is always really good. Recommended.

  • Visited October 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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