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“Excellent food, fine atmosphere”
Review of Matyson - CLOSED

Matyson
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center West
Cross street: Between Market & Chestnut
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Excellent food, fine atmosphere”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Really enjoyed this lovely BYOB restaurant, had the table d'hote and thought the selections were superb.

Visited February 2013
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  • English first
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English first
London, Canada
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101 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great prix fixe menu on Sundays”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Rittenhouse (where I was) is conveniently located within a few minutes walk to Matyson, which recently installed a $35 prix fixe menu for Sunday nights. For this week, the theme was sea bass. I'm more of a salmon kind of guy, but what the heck, why not?

We started off with two triangle shaped pieces of crispy polenta with mancheo and tomato fondue. I thought this was alright. The real highlight came second, with a bowl of steamed mussels bathed in an aromatic broth infused with coconut curry and sprinkled with cashew, sweet potato, and basil. I took a deep breath to inhale the beautiful aroma that this concoction brought out. My olfactory senses were happy...and so were my taste buds.

Then came the striped bass, which was served with black rice, asparagus, and saffron aioli (a fancy name for mayo). As I said, I'm a salmon guy, and found eating the striped bass equivalent to eating solid water. The skin was crispy and crunchy, but the fish itself was no salmon. However, the accompanying black rice and asparagus were great supporting acts and saved the dish.

We wrapped it up with a chocolate kahlua mousse cake with hazelnuts and créme anglaise (a fancy name for English cream). Unlike the striped bass, the cake left no doubt that it was chocolate. Rich and flavorful it was - luckily, the portion size was small so there was no risk of overindulging.

  • Visited April 2013
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Outstanding food, service and experience and it's a BYOB!”
Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Went to Matyson on the recommendation of Matt from JoLe in Calistoga (thanks Matt!) This was probably our best restaurant experience in Philly so far. The service was perfect, attentive but not intrusive. This was a Saturday night and they were busy so very impressive execution! The food was so delicious, the mussels and fois gras appetizers were yummy! The black cod entree was wonderful and fresh. Dessert was okay, should have opted for the server's lemon tart suggestion. Highly recommend and can't wait to return soon to try the midweek tasting menu!

  • Visited April 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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212 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Very good place for fine dining. Love this small BYOB”
Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

It is great place in French Quarter. Just short walk from Rittenhouse square, Matyson is small but stylish place with amazing food. Chef is very creative and every dish shows it. Duck breast is amazing, so were scallops. Desert does not disappoint either. Place is well worth the visit. Reservation a must

  • Visited April 2013
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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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109 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Creative, well-done neighborhood gem”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

This review is for our recent Brunch experience at Matyson.
Our past lunch and dinner experiences were all very good, so we wanted to try their brunch. The menu had just changed to some very fresh, interesting options, although not extensive. All the food we tried was very well prepared and tasty. The ingredients are good quality and done right. Be prepared for small portions and everything a la carte. Adding enough sides can make for an expensive meal. Traditionalists will have a hard time here. Foodies and those looking for something a little different will really enjoy. Go early, as the space is small and noisy. Service is good.

Visited April 2013
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Thank CLM409
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