Matthew's Restaurant
Matthew's Restaurant

Matthew's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.matthewsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9043969922
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alford Place
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is complimentary
A word from Matthew's Restaurant
Matthew's is one of Jacksonville's most distinctive gourmet restaurants. Enjoy a refined, European-style atmosphere and gourmet cuisine that has made Matthew's one of Northern Florida's most awarded and popular restaurants for almost a decade.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Matthew's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (81)romantic (72)fit for foodies (63)notable wine list (45)neighborhood gem (43)good for groups (7)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (5)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great for special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    David was one of the best servers I've had in a long time. Very knowledgable and attentive. The food was delicious and dessert was amazing. They even went out of their way for my husbands birthday and brought us out champagne and a birthday treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant in JAX!
    melodyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Another amazing experience at Matthews. Consistently the best restaurant in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great birthday dinner
    lray
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    food and service were both great as we celebrated my birthday. we will definatly return to Matthews.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I enjoyed the dining experience. The grouper is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good restaurant
    JKGable
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I went to Matthews for my birthday and had a wonderful meal. The service was great and both of our meals were excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant, but awkward start
    YesIwillVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Good drinks, food and service. However, a very awkward start. Apparently my companion did not meet the dress code (we were not told what the specific infraction was, but I'm betting it was sneakers; he had a collared shirt and dress shorts). Which is fine - their restaurant, their right. But then we were asked whether we wanted to be seated in the dining room or the bar. Like, "You're underdressed, so don't you want to voluntarily - and shamefully - stay in the bar?" It was silly and awkward. We chose the bar, but the experienced bartender wisely recognized what was happening and got us into the dining room. This restaurant is a little behind the times. In Atlanta the dress codes are so relaxed the staff wouldn't get seated here.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Monday night half off bottles of wine! Great wait staff-they know their stuff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvtocook
    luvtocookVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Mathew's is by the far the best restaurant in town as far as the quality, consistency and down right deliciousness of the food. It is definitely the place for a special occasion but also the place just if you are in the mood for REALLY GOOD FOOD. The service is fantastic and they are also very accomodating to any food preferences, allergies, etc including gluten free.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One out of two meals great
    RustyVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    For my birthday, we went here to celebrate. Everything was great except my wife's grouper. When Shen mentioned it, the staff immediately offered her something else, though it was after I had finished and she picked at her meal. They did remove it from the bill though. Having been here many times, this was the first thing that wasn't up to par. My scallops were great. The flourless chocolate cake for desert was a perfect finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great meal
    faginVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had an anniversary to celebrate, and a gift card, so ordered the tasting menu with wine pairings. We were somewhat alarmed when our first two dishes were "raw food": beef tartare, and seared tuna(both were quite tasty), but the filet mignon that followed was cooked to fork tender perfection. It may have been our collective imagination, but we both thought that the tasting menu portions have increased in size, to the point that we needed a take home box for half the filet. The wine servings were not stingy, and our server was quite capable in describing each selection. Matthews is tough to beat anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No valet, poor service and...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I'm afraid Matthews is becoming a "has been" of good places to dine in Jacksonville. This most recent visit started with no valet and proceeded with poor service, 86'd menu items at the start of service, horribly inconsistent food of low quality ingredients, and what seems to be a complete lack of care by management. I'm just bored when dining here...and now I'm just frustrated and have no need to return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No go on Mondays
    Waiting2VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Insufficient staff for a Monday night. If they want to be open on Monday it should be staffed properly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner Beyond Excellent
    bgtessEatsGood
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    A singular birthday dinner blossomed into a solely superb dining experience! Everything I put in my mouth was heaven! I had the grouper...excellent. The ambience and service...top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Her birthday...
    rthatcherVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything seemed to flow well at Matthews for a fine dining experience, complete with high points and challenges. The high points existed in every serving, starting with the fabulous escargot and the beef tartare and rolling through the rich pasta dishes. The challenges were left to desert as the Curry gelato was not my favorite, but I was happy to try something new. The service was superb and very professional. I was pleased to see the restaurant noted my preferences before dinner as well as noting my girlfriend's birthday in chocolate syrup script. I look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food is always delicious
    gordunoVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food experience is always delicious though be prepared for upscale prices. Ambience is cozy, but if you're looking for a romantic setting, be sure to ask for a booth.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great anniversary
    jjjaxon5VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Love the food, love the feeling. great service. Escargot was off the hook.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant
    joeycap78
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This is, by far, my favorite restaurant in Jacksonville. Nothing even compares to it. Being a public relations professional and a self-described foodie, I am often asked about my favorite restaurant. Matthew's holds the title and has for quite some time. Matthew's makes you feel like the only person that matters to them, which is a lost art in the restaurant world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!!
    VillaRiva4
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our table of 4 all enjoyed the dishes we chose to eat for dinner. Loved the truffled fries and the polenta was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Patjol
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    One of the best restaurants in Jacksonville. True gourmet food. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful dining experioence
    DRH60
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our dining experience at Matthews was one of the best that we've had in Jacksonville. Overall, the food was innovative (and delicious!) and the service was exceptional. The entire staff made you feel welcome, almost like a part of their family without losing their professionalism. Every course was superb--innovative twists on each dish; the sauces were outstanding and the presentation was flawless. The crème brulee with corn and caramel popcorn was the finest that I've ever eaten, anywhere! The wine selection was fabulous though the choices were so numerous that it was a bit overwhelming. My wife and I couldn't recommend Matthews
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic, quiet, and delicious!
    nance79
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had a great first time at Matthews. We went for my fiance's birthday and the food was delicious, our server was great and helpful! We will definitely come back for special occassions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't Go Wrong!
    MarieVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had my birthday dinner there and the service and food was beyond amazing! Our server was David and he could not be more helpful and knowledgeable. My husband wanted to order the escargot appetizer and I turned up my nose at it never tried never wanted to and through Davids description of the escargot he convinced me to try it and it was incredible. After dinner we were so stuffed we passed on desert, but they brought out a plate with Happy Birthday written in chocolate and a watermelon sorbet. Not only was it delicious, but the presentation was beautiful. Thank you Matthew's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perhaps the Best in Jax
    Wannabefoodies
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We were celebrating our Anniversary. Our server was knowledgable, prompt and made us feel relaxed. My husband, who doesn't typically like goat cheese, raved about the drunken goat cheese. The scallops were great after a squirt of lime. Skip the rolls unless they offer the olive roll. They are tough to chew, unless they have the olive roll. Try the different salts. Our entrees were delicious, eye catching, flavorful and perfectly prepared. The wine our server paired worked perfectly with our meals. For dessert we ordered the roasted cherry puff pastry tart with tarragon gelato. We cleaned the plate. A nice touch was the Happy Anniversary written in chocolate written on the dessert plate. We look forward to our next visit.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Never Disappoints
    Roadwarrior
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I have had the pleasure of dining at Matthew's several times now. From the moment you walk in, you are greeted and treated like a prized customer. The cocktails and service at the bar are great, the greeter is warm and friendly, and the service at the table is awesome. Great Food, Great Wine, Great Service AND consistency!! I will be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding for a special occasion
    happy2eatout
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Fabulous dinner! Classic fine dining! We had only entrees (a special July promotion...buy one entree and get a second entree free) without additional items of wine, salad, or side dishes. We were thrilled with our entree choice. The scallops were extraordinary and beautifully prepared! We added a lite dessert of sorbet & gelato for a nice tasty treat. The wait staff was very attentive and the music in the background was very nice...recorded jazz instrumentals. We appreciate this special opportunity to enjoy Matthew's excellent cuisine at such a savings.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OOPS
    jackie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    there was an error with my bill and it was handles very professionally and quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • buffVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    One of our favorite places. We always enjoy our visits on special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it used to be
    BeachPup
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The ambience and the service were 5 stars. Kelly was our server and she was fantastic. My wife's seared scallops were not served hot (barely warm), the fried olives stuffed with blue cheese were a let down, and my grouper francaise was not hot and was very tiny, but served in a beautiful bowl with spinach. Kelly removed the scallops from our bill and served a complimentary dessert, which was very nice and very appropriate. The last time we dined at Matthews it was 5 stars all around. This time (we were a party of four, for my wife's birthday) not so much. We will go again in the hopes that it was maybe an "off night" in the kitchen. Their employees are VERY professional and handled everything the best we could have expected.
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    romantic
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  • One of the best in Jacksonville
    rustyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We've eaten at Matthews four or five times, the food and service is always excellent and they have a great selection of drinks and wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ahi so tough a steak couldn't cut..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    and steak literally burned due to careless prep. We self parked as there was no valet. Our server was inattentive and lacked expert menu knowledge. The kitchen took no pride in the food they were sending out, nor in resolving guest complaints. Thank goodness there are a plethora of finer dining options in Jacksonville now!
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  • Awesome!
    winendine
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It was my birthday. Matthew's made it special! The food and the service were great! I will definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful as always!
    CJ1083
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Matthews never lets us down. Incredible food, incredible service. Our favorite restaurant in Jax!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must for any jaxsonvillin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    One of the best places I have dined in a long time. Portions and price are spot on for quality. Table set and restaurant are perfect for any romantic night out. With the streets of San Marco right out side the door to walk after or before your meal. Servers are 5 star from the moment you walk in to the thank you letter that is hand written and mailed to you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Cangi
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Can't go wrong. Perfect for special occasions or a nice evening out. Food amazing, staff superb!! Everyone needs to try Matthew's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The menu was not familiar to me or my husband , so felt uncomfortable with options.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I really want to like this restaurant but it just misses the mark.
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  • Always Great
    MLJAX
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is the best restaurant in town. Food is great and expertly prepared and presented. The staff is also the best.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • super night
    dineoutalot
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Tried the tasting menu and it was a wonderful dining experience to say the least! My wife and I will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and wine list
    agotochoice
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed Michael's Restaurant. It was my wife's birthday and she had a great time. We would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    foodsnob
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I was so looking forward to the chef's tasting, but the selections for that evening were not to my liking. In the past our server has always made great suggestions and altered the menu so that I may enjoy it. Our server not only did not but just discouraged me from ordering it. I also ordered a glass of wine and she poured a smaller portion (I noticed) than any other server. I know this is a small thing but at those prices it would be nice to get the right amount. The restaurant has cut back of small things, no plate cleansing in between courses. It just was off. Will I go back not for a very long time. Very few places hold a candle to the Chef's Tasting and to drive (55 mins.) each way is disappointing to get a bad selection.
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    fit for foodies
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