About Matthew's Restaurant
Matthew's is one of Jacksonville's most distinctive gourmet restaurants.The refined atmosphere and innovative cuisine have made Matthew's one of North Florida's most awarded restaurants for nearly two decades. For the enjoyment of all our guests, appropriate dress for the dining room is Business Casual (no sneakers, shorts, t-shirts or tattered clothing).
Continental, Mediterranean, Italian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet is complimentary
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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Matthew's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
My niece was only here for a short while ...
My niece was only here for a short while; on her way back to Haiti. She has been volunteering at the Children's Orphanage for the past couple of years and I wanted to treat her to a dinner she would remember. We had the Chef's Tasting Menu and it was fabulous! Holly said the one menu item she was most concerned with (scallops), was the most memorable - outstanding. Our waiter and the entire staff were amazing too. Thank you for helping make a lifetime memory for both of us.
The cuisine was amazing and cocktails we ...
The cuisine was amazing and cocktails were spot on.
Attentive and personalized service. Great ambiance and decor throughout the restaurant.
The staff were very thoughtful and kind, as the occasion was our wedding anniversary.
A few menu items were not available which was unfortunate.
Dropped $300 and still needed to stop at ...
Dropped $300 and still needed to stop at McDonalds on way home because I was still hungry. Waiter talked me into ordering the special and then came back a short time later and said it was sold out...this place was not crowded at all. Afterwards ordered a $57 steak and that's all that came on my plate! Date ordered pasta, $21 and was very disappointed with portion size and had to order another meal! Me and my date could have eaten at Outback a half dozen times for what I spent at this dive, nowhere worth the $$$!
We've dined at Matthew's for many years ...
We've dined at Matthew's for many years and have never been disappointed. Their very friendly wait staff is professional and knowledgeable of food preparations and wines. Their chefs create some wonderful entrees and desserts . We have also used their private room twice for large parties and they were fantastic. We highly recommend Matthew's.
The food here is expensive, but I doubt ...
The food here is expensive, but I doubt that you will find much better around anywhere in the city. The servers are very attentive and the chefs are very skilled and care about their creations. The Creamsicle desert was as beautiful as it was delectable.
We were celebrating Fathers Day (early) ...
We were celebrating Fathers Day (early) and are sorry we chose Matthew's. The only hit of the evening were the scallops which were perfectly cooked. The amuse-bouche was a two-bite piece of cheese, the 5 spice overwhelmed the overcooked duck and the fish was boring with too much curry in the sauce. The wine pairing was overpriced with no memorable wine choices. We will not return.
Expensive...you get what you pay for tho ...
Expensive...you get what you pay for though. Definitely the place to go for a special occasion. Service is impeccable, food is wonderful, wine fantastic. Nice ambiance--a bit crowded (other tables, people too close) but not really loud.
Keep going back because it gets better everytime
We have been to Matthews at least ten times. Pretty much everytime we have a special occasion or feel like being treated we pick Matthews. The staff has a knack for recognizing what kind of night you want to have: fancy or casual, fine dining to the 9's or top of the line service with casual feel. We finally got the guts to try the chef's tasting menu with the wine pairings and it was well worth it! Looking forward to our next special occasion with Jason and the rest of the waitstaff.
Jason the Somm
Jason, our service partner and Somm extraordinaire, made the entire evening for us. Matthew's has a reputation for being formal, which I am not. Jason matched my style and exceeded my expectations. This delightful young man deserves high accolades. A true service professional with humility and integrity.
Great food and romantic
The restaurant is really nice and the food is delicious. I will caution you though the entree plates are rather pricey, over $30 for a dish with no sides. However, your meal will be outstanding and you will be pleased. I would suggest the Main Diver Scallops with parsnip & apple puree, and smoked bacon apple compote. If you enjoy scallops and bacon, you will need to try this dish. There are only 4 scallops to a plate, but the flavor is outstanding and the scallops were not tough. They have an extensive wine list that will meet your taste desire. My suggestion would be the melon mule in the copper mug. I know this is not a "wine", but the melon mule is delicious. The flavor will make you order another one right after you finish the first one : )
The only draw back was the noise level, but it was tolerable. I think it had to do with one or two parties that were there when my wife and I arrived.
Overall, I would recommend Matthew's Restaurant and make sure to get the scallops!!
Been wanting to go:
We've wanted to go for years but never made the effort. Big mistake. The food is exceptional , the service refined, and the decor lovely. It appeals to all ages in a refined manner. You can actually talk to your dinner companion without shouting as is the case in so many other restaurants Reservations a must on the weekend.
Being from Louisiana, we really enjoy cu ...
Being from Louisiana, we really enjoy cuisine. Matthews has a wonderful variety with creative flavors. They even present 3 custom salts to pair with your food: Ginger salt, a smoked salt, and truffle salt. The truffle salt was the table favorite. The bread choice of 6 types was coupled with a sweet cream butter with pink salt and extra virgin olive oil. We chose the Chef's Adventure which was 6 courses of tasting portions that changes depending on when you go; it was a fantastic choice. Our group of 4 have varying tastes and ages (28-73), and we all were beyond pleased with our meal. Presentation was lovely, only to be topped by the taste and superb service - Sarah the maitre D' was beyond expectations. We had adult beverages - French Pear Martini, Pain Killer, and Midnight Kiss were custom cocktails as well as some glasses of wine. The ambiance was romantic but not stuffy. I ended the night engaged to my beautiful fiancé, and this was a special place to share the moment. When returning to Jacksonville, I will seek Matthews out.
Happy Mother's day
This was Matthew's first ever Mother's Day brunch, so we couldn't miss it.
Normally closed on Sundays and never open except for dinner, both we and the staff had some trouble adjusting: "Good evening" and "how are you tonight" and "good night" when our reservation was at 11 am. Food and service were, as usual, impeccable: escargot (I think it is prepared differently every time we visit), crab cake, sea bass , and shrimp and grits, accompanied by a bottle of Veuve Cliquot. It doesn't get any better.
A great dinner at Matthew's topped off a fun afternoon attending the matinee performance of Motown the Musical. It was my friend's first time at Matthew's and it was wonderful watching her delight in each course. As usual, the service was impeccable and our dinners were delicious.
Wait staff was VERY knowledgeable. Wait ...
Wait staff was VERY knowledgeable. Waiter made several excellent suggestions and his assistant picked an excellent scotch when they didn't have my first choice. Did much research as we are from out of town and we were very pleased. A great place to spend our 38th wedding anniversary.
On a business trip to Jacksonville, Matthews was recommended. I dined alone and was treated very well. The service, food, wine list, and ambiance was top drawer and really pleasant. The Duck was great and the Port was excellent. I highly recommend it.
Best night out
Myhusband and I wentforouranniversary. We mentioned it to thehostessandeveryonefromourserver tothechefcameoutto wishusahappy anniversary. The food was amazing theservicewasamazingandourwaiter (server?) Nathanwasawesomeat suggestionmenufavorites. Withouthishelp wewouldhavebeen lostentirely
I ordered the Francaise of the Night based on the servers recommendation. It tasted awful and I could not eat more than two bites. For $32 I would have expected much more. I was given a free dessert, but was still charged for a meal that was inedible. Because they did not make up for it appropriately, I will not go back, and I will tell whoever will listen not to bother going there. Very disappointing, as this was my 5 year wedding anniversary.
Side note, the soufflé of the evening was delicious.
Simple a very fine restaurant
Matthews is an outstanding place, nothing close anywhere in the Jax area, as far as I know. Creative preparations with quality ingredients. Excellent service. We go there a few times a year when in the Jacksonville area. Always pleased.
One of the best dinners I've ever had.
Matthew's was on a level above most of my favorite restaurants. I ordered escargot, expecting them to be on a dimpled plate. Instead, it came as a wonderful stew. They have Kobe beef at $19 per ounce!! I passed on that and had beef tenderloin; which was delicious and was only about $37. They have a few Bordeaux on the wine list; which is not on the list at most restaurants I visit.
Atmosphere is formal - art work on the walls is modern, furniture is modern, tables are covered with real tablecloths in white. Crowd was 40s & 50s. Dress would be "casual resort."
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