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Cafe 157

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157 N Trade St, Matthews, NC 28105-1712
+1 704-844-8686
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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Matthews, North Carolina
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223 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a GREAT lunch OR dinner spot. Sometimes I do forget about it, but it is well worth the drive no matter where you are at. The Owners are friendly and the vibe here is always VERY comfortable. The inside feel warm and inviting and the outside patio is wonderful. Tiffany usually waits on us and she is a... More 

Thank FlanFam
Charlotte, North Carolina
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60 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

We used to live in Matthews and would go here fairly regularly. We did like it as it was priced good and food was good standards. Our last visit it was horrible. Not sure if they were just busy or change in chef. The salmon tasted frozen out of the box under cooked and everything else was watery tasteless. Don't... More 

Thank JohnT01Traveler
Winston Salem
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

We had a Thanksgiving meal at Cafe 157. Service was slow, and at moments, thoughtless. Like taking away someone's plate without asking, with prime rib remaining, not thinking to ask about dessert choices then going back to the subject. The waiter was a cultured sounding man, but a bit brusque. And the service quite slow. The ambience is dark --... More 

Thank Peter K
Mint Hill, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We have eaten here before and were very satisfied. On a recent visit for lunch, however, I was not. The "lump" crab cake sandwich looked and tasted like ground Asian crab with fillers, not lump backfin crab meat. I chose not to complain due to the fact that we had guests with us. I regret this now. I would not... More 

Thank Richard B
Matthews, North Carolina
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Good food which was cooked well. Sometimes service can be hit or miss. The starters to our meal with the hummas was excellent. Good quiet place to eat and relax.

Thank Carol J
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77 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Ate with my 2 sisters and ordered the pork tenderloin medallions. They were cooked to perfection and were moist and tender. The gravy was excellent as were the mashed potatoes and fresh green beans. My sisters were happy with their meals of a hamburger and a salad with fried shrimp, We would all definitely come back.

Thank Ecarp
Sanibel Island, Florida
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

We had 2 very good meals out of a three day visit to the Matthews area. Both steaks and seafood dishes were well prepared as empty plates were present around the table. The dinner "special", pan seated scallops were perfectly cooked as was the steaks trimmed with a light mushroom sauce. When visiting an area while traveling we always try... More 

Thank BrittSBL
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

The lemon drop martini was fantastic-nice balance between tart and sweet. I had the crab cakes with rice and roasted veggies. Delicious! No shell in the crab cakes and not too much breading. The rice was not sticky and very flavorful, and the roasted veggies were excellent. My Mom had the fried chicken and said it was the best she... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 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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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, 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: +1 704-844-8686
"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?