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).
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Matthew's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I love to try new restaurants on date nights out. Matthew’s is a small quant spot. The interior is lovely and fresh. We really enjoyed getting a peak in the kitchen. Our service was excellent but our food was just OK. Matthew’s is pricey and to just have an OK meal will not bring me back. So, overall: Matthew’s is lovely place, with great staff and a sweet and intimate feel but a little too expensive for the food output.
The meal and the service were both great. The cocktail menu was a little disappointing. None of the specialty cocktails looked appealing on this trip. They also handed a cocktail menu that advertised Happy Hour, but then as you read through at the bottom it is listed that Happy Hour is only for the lounge area. Fair warning if you move the 2 feet from the lounge to the dining area your house wine goes from $5 to $12. When the bill came we tried to pay with a gift card and were told we could not pay with a gift card because we had a discount on our bill and both were considered "promotions" so we would have to save it for another trip. They then informed us that was good news because we could now come back. Overall it was a nice experience, but they are pretty cheap when it comes to payment. First place I have ever seen would not allow you to use a gift card as a form of payment.
Fantastic atmosphere. Brian at the bar made the best Mexican Mule. Our waiter, Nick was attentive but courteous because we were on a date. The food was excellent. Best escargot! KC strip was perfectly cooked. Lamb fell off the bone. Mac and cheese was to die for.
This was a pre-symphony dinner with three friends. One guest was visiting from out-of-town and we had hoped to treat her to a very special meal. Unfortunately we experienced Matthew's biggest problem--it is inconsistent. On my last visit a couple of months ago the meal was wonderful with great service. This visit both the food and the service were missing. This was the kind of visit that keeps me away from Matthew's for an extended period. Usually when I return food and service are again superior but why is there so much inconsistency?
Our waiter seemed to be inexperienced. He did everything properly however awkwardly. Our waiter reciting each dish as it is presented requires that he knows each dish rote. He didn't. Frankly, I wouldn't care if it wasn't done at all but, if he's going to do it he'd better do it like an expert.
It's been a 50/50 shot when we have been to Matthews. The intent is there and the service staff is always polite but something seems to be amiss. The food is a little too over-complicated and loses its appeal and they have a tendency to do special limited menus frequently for holidays which always stinks because if you have a favorite you can be sure it won't be on the menu.
Prices are reasonable for a clean, quiet environment.
Our expectations were high. Unfortunately they were not met. The service was excellent. The food was unique, but not great. My wife chose the Maine scallops and I had the gray grouper francaise. Her scallops were cold. My grouper had a strong fish taste that is not commonly present in a grouper preparation. If the food had been more to our liking the price would have been in the ball park. In this case I do not feel we received a good value.
Very disappointing experience. Limited menu. Had to ask for wine refill from our bottle and for utensils for our dessert. Trying too hard to be trendy with the menu, and the quality of the food suffers. We have been to Matthews many times and considered it to be our special occasion restaurant. We won't be back.
I took a friend to Matthews for his first time. He was so looking forward to the steak.
It was twenty minutes before our meal arrived, not a problem, when my friends meal arrived, along with ours, the steak was cold.
Now the steak had to be done over while the three of us slowly eat.
My friend said that the steak was very good when it arrived the second time, maybe ten minutes later.
The wait staff was unhappy with what had happened and apologized.
We had dinner at Matthew's prior to heading the Theater Jacksonville for a play we we were there very early -- at 5:30. Not surprisingly, there were only a few other people in the dining room and the service was outstanding as usual. We noticed that the prices had gone up in the past year, typical for many restaurants in the area. Almost all entrees exceed $30 and sides are extra. So, my husband and I each ordered a side as an appetizer. The portions of the roasted beets and the Asian green beans were generous and both were delicious. This was a good way to get our veggies since we ordered pasta as our entrees. Our waiter indicated that we could have an entree portion for $6 more but we opted for the menu portion so that there might be room for dessert. My husband's seafood pasta was outstanding, with several large shrimp and other pieces of seafood along with rigatoni -- a decent sized portion. My tortolloni (with duck) pasta was equally delicious but was a very paltry portion for $20 -- no matter how excellent the ingredients were. We split the sorbet/gelato trio for dessert choosing the Asian 5-spice gelato, the currant sorbet, and the grape sorbet. This was a light and refreshing note to end a very enjoyable meal.
Matthews is our favorite restaurant in Jacksonville, but our experience this evening was not up to its usual high standards. Despite making reservations, it took a while to be greeted, sat, and then acknowledged. Our server was very gracious and gave us champagne for the wait, but the rest of the meal seemed rushed and not timed in the way we have come accustomed to at Matthews. The dinners were not split, the dishes came out on top of one another, and we were disappointed for the first time at this amazing restaurant.
Some of our party needed food prepared in a specific way which can't always be accommodated so is understandable. The server tried to communicate to the chef on what wouldn't be acceptable and came back to our table several times with "sorry the chef just realized you can't have that item either". In the end a mixed green salad was the only option on the menu she could have which was unfortunate.
Lovely dinner with friends. We each had a different appetizer (nice selection including pate, fois gras, steak tartar, etc) that were delicious and well-presented. Entrees were delicious and filling. Nice wine selection. Dessert souffle was okay -- probably would have been better had we not been rushed (hence the 4 vs 5 star on service).
Always look forward to Matthews visits. One of three places in town that serve seared Foie Gras and the presentation is the best. little to no deviation since 2001, and it still works. (a classic when pared with an older sauterne) on top of that the serving size has been quite generous the last two times we have gone, and I like that...
Went for my wife's birthday, because we heard they had good lamb shank, though I wasn't excited about the other menu choices. Somehow, by 7:30pm on a slow night they were sold out of the lamb shank.
Waiter was pretentious, " I am Jason your main waiter ". Mainly meant one waiter with a helper for 8 tables, very little attention and an hour and a half before we got our main course.
Food was average, but the pork chop was excellent.
The 17$ stuffed squid appetizer was quite a rip. About the size of your thumb ( no hand size jokes ) and not as good as the stuffed squid on a stick street food we buy in Manila for a buck.
Beet sides were especially bad as they were chilled to near freezing temperature.
The free birthday desert was so small my wife was embarrassed to post it on Facebook.
We won't be back Matt.
High on prices, not on taste. Like they are trying too hard to impress you with a big total bill, but not much better then any other middle of the road restaurant. If we remove the prices from the equation then the portion sizes need to be looked at. My desert was super tiny. For $11 I felt like I was left asking why not give me a full serving of desert. Yes, it was yummy, but was 4 bites big, smores left me wanting mores.
Matthews is a very professional and polished restaurant. Two members of our party had the duck and raved about it. Another had the "francaise du jour" which was grouper and was very pleased. I had the 21 day aged steak and found it fairly grisly, and not up to many other aged steaks I've had. The flavor was also not quite where I would have expected it. The service was excellent. I would certainly return, but would try something other than the steak.
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