We’ve been eating at The Mat Batter for years, and have never been disappointed. Rather pricey, but the servings are large and the food is wonderful. Their seafood is outstanding. Anything made of crab (always my ‘acid test’ for a restaurant) is always fresh. Steaks are tender and flavorful. We’ve eaten breakfast there once, and it was delicious and huge. Reservations are essential; the restaurant is located on the first floor of The Carroll Villa Hotel, and hotel guests get free breakfast and hefty dinner discounts, so there is a built-in clientele. There are three seating areas – an open-air porch right off the sidewalk, the bar area (somewhat dark for my taste), and the “terrace.” When you reserve your seats you can request a seating area, but this is not guaranteed, at least for small parties. Most people seem to enjoy the outdoor seating area best, but my favorite room is the terrace – actually an air-conditioned indoor room facing (through the floor-to-ceiling windows) a charming, overgrown bricked-in garden area. The staff is friendly, gracious and accommodating – probably a necessity when you are serving families with children. My only criticism is the noise level. There is live music in the bar, beginning at 7 pm, every Wednesday through Saturday, and the music pretty much fills the indoor seating areas. Also, depending upon when you show up, there will probably be large family groups, which tend to get pretty loud.
Open every day for breakfast & lunch 8 AM - 3 PM. Dinner from 5 pm. Reservations accepted for dinner only
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