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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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Mint Hill, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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32 reviews
22 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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73 reviews
62 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 

1 Thank Sally T
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 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 

Thank Bill C
Gurnee, Illinois
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207 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings
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?