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Cafe 157

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157 N Trade St, Matthews, NC 28105-1712
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in here for lunch today with the intention of keeping it simple and not overeating as is entirely possible in any US restaurant! Decided to go for a starter each: spinach/artichoke dip - very good: calamari with courgette fritters also very good. Both the right size for a light lunch. The squid was just as I liked it: not... More 

Thank weirdavenger
Charlotte, North Carolina
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I needed a place to eat before we saw a show on Saturday night. Tripadvisor said this was a great place. We drove into a mostly empty parking lot about 7:00 pm. There were a few people at the bar and one couple eating dinner. Weren't sure we made the right decision. Restaurant was advertised as American... More 

Thank Bill C
Gurnee, Illinois
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174 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a very nice little restaurant in an old converted bank. It's in quaint downtown Matthews. Service was a little slow but the food more than made up for it. The fish and chips was fantastic. My business associates had the buttermilk fried chicken and it looked and tasted amazing. Cool little place that i will eat at again.

Thank Michael G
Charlotte, NC
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

I can't review the food at this restaurant because we never got it. After waiting an hour, we left. The server was terrible. He didn't know the drink special- even though it was on a black board at the front of the restaurant. He didn't ask to refill our drinks. He didn't apologize for the long wait for our food.... More 

Thank NCSCTraveler
Monroe, Washington, United States
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

Found this place through trip advisor and what a great find. The food was terrific! I had the pork medallions they were tender and the portions were perfect. My husband had the New York steak and loved it. Prices were reasonable and staff was very attentive. Highly recommend giving this place a try!

1 Thank Kris W
Charlotte, North Carolina
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

This was my second visit to Cafe 157. First time I had scallops (a special) that were amazing! This time I ordered pork medallions. I ended up not feeling well and we had to have our food boxes before it came out, but I can say the food was delicious the next day when I reheated it.

1 Thank hlscgm
Overland Park, Kansas
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

The service was welcoming and great. The food was varied and wonderful. We had a party of 6 and they accommodated us very nicely. We look forward to our next visit to Charlotte and the restored and enhanced 'downtown' center of Matthews--a suburb on the south side.

1 Thank CottageCareTraveler
Charlotte, North Carolina
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A friend and I decided to go here for Thanksgiving dinner for neither were in the mood to cook this year. The servings were delightful and delicious. My meal started with the butternut squash bisque. So smooth and tasty especially when a little liquor was added for extra flavor. The entire meal was so enjoyed. The owner and wait staff... More 

1 Thank Japsmiles
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful upscale cafe environment. Food and service excellent. The bacon corn chowder was exceptional. We'll be back.

Thank 497leeb
Matthews, NC
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The first time we ate here in 2012 it was good - not great but good. Things have changed! Delicious fish tacos, Rueben and philly cheese steak sandwiches were all reported to be excellent. I had the house combo with soup, mixed greens and a veggie panini - awesome. Then we had Limoncello cake, the lightest sponge I've ever had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 157 N Trade St, Matthews, NC 28105-1712
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Matthews
  • Phone Number: 704-844-8686
"American Bistro, dine- in and a very beautiful patio. Serving lunch & dinner, good food (fine dining flair)".

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