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Matyson Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.matyson.com
  • Phone: (215) 564-2925
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday 5:00pm- 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Ben Puchowitz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Butch Puchowitz (215) 564-2925

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Market & Chestnut
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Matyson provides discount parking at William Penn Garage located across the street at 36 South 19th Street.
A word from Matyson
A sophisticated & contemporary BYO, just off Rittenhouse Square, Matyson offers New American cuisine in a casual setting. Innovative weekly tasting menus (available Monday- Thursday) spotlight Chef Ben Puchowitz's creativity of fresh, local ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Matyson is an absolute gem, consistently serving delicious and imaginative fare with nary a hint of pretension. The regular menus are solid and the tasting menus are always fun and exciting. The staff are wonderful, friendly, informative and attentive, but never overbearing. Pricing is also extremely reasonable. Definitely our favorite Center City restaurant."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Matyson never disappoints in any category. Kitchen creativity at its fines with waitstaff aware and descriptive of what is being served. Portions are just right and, because one knows what the special meal is that particular week, one knows which wine will compliment it best. Love Matyson and will be going more often."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Despite being on the last couple best restaurants in Philly lists, I feel that this unassuming restaurant doesn't get the publicity it deserves. The lunch menu is great and very reasonably priced, and they create unique dishes for their dinner menu. A great spot!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Food was good, quite small servings, service was pretty good."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My waitress was very accommodating. Our meal was great. I didn't like the gazpacho but everything else was good. It seemed like people that worked there, enjoyed working there"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Super food, awesome service. Just a little bit loud, but not really a problem."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Our first visit to this small and notable BYOB. Excellent, friendly service. Interesting menu choices; all dishes had something a little "surprising" about ingredients or presentation, like pickled watermelon with octopus, crispy pork cubes with clams. Some might say portions are small but they were right for our preference. Slightly higher prices than other BYO's we like in Philly. Will love to go back."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The food was great. I will definitely go back again"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I went with another couple this past weekend at the recommendation of a friend. We love that it's a BYOB and we really loved the food! We ordered several appetizers to split and all of them were fantastic, as were the entrees. Louis was our waiter, he and the rest of the staff took great care of us!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful in every way - loved the food And the ambiance. Only problem we had was with the noise level. But still worth the trip."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I love this place! It is great for lunch or dinner so long as you BYOB! The ever-changing seasonal menu is always excellent."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Went on a Monday night, many restaurants are closed, not too crowded, got a great table. Food was delicious! Service was impeccable. BYO so the wine was great, I brought it. Looking for the tasting menu as I had heard good things about it. Unfortunately none this week. Looking forward to going back very soon."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This restaurant is delicious. The problem I had with this place is that it is so dark that it's hard to see the food! We had an amazing meal and I would go back again but would ask for some candles on the table so we could see our food a little better!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife and I ate here for the first time last week during our annual Philly visit. The food was truly remarkable. The significant drawback is that these folks cram too many people in too close. Seems that the people eating there were less interested in the food than hearing themselves yell to one another. Too loud to be at all enjoyable, regardless of how good the food was. Also, the lighting was so poor that I had difficulty reading the menu and the bill. Could be great, but not yet."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was one of our worst dining experiences ever. The food (lobster tasting menu) was okay, but not amazing. Our main issue was the service. It appears that Matyson organizes its tasting menu so as to have a production line system (efficiency--saving pans and kitchen energy). What did this mean for us? Ours was "paired" with tables that had arrived between 30 minutes and an hour after we had. Our observations and conversation with the attendant confirmed our suspicion. We waited for 25 minutes between each diminutive course. Add a noisy environment where you have to plead for attention, and you have a nightmare of a $100 (BYO) meal. Having waited tables myself I'm very generous with tips, but here we left no tip and an explanatory note."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The pris fixe, as always, was adventuresome and delicious. A best deal in town. Service was very personable yet very proficient. Matyson stays at the top of my list."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Have had it before and this one was especially creative! Loved our meal!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Matyson is our favorite BYOB! Servers are friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Food is always delicious. We love Matyson!!!!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This is a lunch review. I often have lunch at Matyson because the food is always interesting, there is enough diversity to meet anyone's needs, and service is good. What else does anyone need?"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Matyson proved to be a real disappointment. Sadly, the location is on the wrong side of Rittenhouse Square, an unattractive bus route near a Starbucks. As we began to relax over wine, we were told after less than 15 minutes that we would have to order soon because they would need to turn the table over within the hour. That was kind of the deal breaker right up front in. No one wants a time clock started before they have even had dinner. It was that way all evening, a feeling of being rushed, yet with an air of arrogance. This is not a place to return to or recommend."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Endlessly creative, Matyson is simply the best restaurant in Philly."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We LOVED Matyson and have not been in awhile. Maybe they are still the same and all of the new restaurants are a step better. Our server was not very pleasant and the food was just average. We did not eat the Tasting Menu and I had an experience in the past where the regular menu was disappointing when the Tasting Menu was available."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Wish I found this place earlier. The dinners were outstanding and wait staff wonderful!!! Will definitely return many times in the future."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Matyson was the perfect Father's Day venue! The food was amazing as always and our server, Lauren, was so very helpful and attentive. A fabulous dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We ordered the "seafood preview" pre-fixe diner. It was a great way to get a taste of everything on the menu and reasonably priced. Tuna tartar was pretty standard, although putting chili peppers in the mix gave it a kick! We also ordered the foie gras as an extra cause why not; it was very savory and rich, a real treat. Among the mains, the halibut was the definitely the most memorable. The dish was perfectly crisped on the top and flaky in the middle, exactly how fish should be served! Dessert was great too, best key lime I've had in awhile: not too sweet, not too tart, just the right amount of lime. Great place for a date or special night out, reservations are probably a good idea."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had not been to Matyson for a while. We had a lovely dining experience. The food and service were spot on."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Keep writing glowing reviews of this restaurant. Food is always interesting, carefully thought out and well presented. It is on a very short list of favorites for dining out in Philadelphia. If noise level is a concern, go early as the sound level is much more energetic as the place fills up."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I've been several times to Matyson; the food is excellent every time. The problem is the waiting between courses. I went for the tasting menu this time. The restaurant was about half full. So why did it take over 20 minutes after I finished a course for the next one to arrive? Even dessert took 20 minutes after I ordered it. On the plus side, the wait staff is very friendly and professional. Also I appreciate that they allow reasonable substitutions. But whatever is taking so long between courses (kitchen throughput? too few servers?) needs to be fixed."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "You may not believe it because the portions are small, but we were very satisfied by the delicious dessert."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Buttery, perfectly cooked scallops--- no sand or grit anywhere. Amazing combinations of flavors for every dish...Halibut-- crusty skin and perfectly cooked meaty filet....well executed veggies and sauces that are never too salty and add the perfect complements to the taste of the fish. While everything at this restaurant is tasty, the fish is just OUTSTANDING"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food and service are always exceptional. Thank-you!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Awful service forgot our lunch. Made lame excuses. Chicken sandwich all bread no chicken. Very salty. Would never go back. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We haven't been to Matyson for a while but it hasn't missed a beat. It is recommended on our Sites & Bites Map and Guide. We'll have to figure out how to include it on our Sites & Bites Mini-Holiday Guide for Philadelphia."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We checked out Matyson for our first wedding anniversary. The staff was very attentive, but not overly so, and our server was fantastic. We ordered a selection of small plates and one entree. The small plates were amazing ~ flavors phenomenal and it was fun to get to try a larger portion of the menu. We enjoyed our Scallop Entree (the foam had a great flavor), but not nearly as much as we enjoyed the octopus, sweetbreads, fois gras and tuna crudo. We loved the atmosphere, and had an amazing and relaxing Sunday night dinner. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Have had business lunches there for years but tried it for our 20th anniversary dinner the other evening and what a treat! A true gem on the Philly restaurant scene. Chef accommodates all preferences and dietary needs. Creative menu was just perfect. Homemade ice cream surprise with a candle arrived at our table for dessert. We will definitely return. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Everything was amazing, from the minute we walked in the door until we left, it was a great experience. The food was phenomenal and the staff were great, could not have asked for better service. My girlfriend and I will definitely be returning. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "First time to Philly, and a friend recommended this place. Probably the best $75 meal I have ever had. Our server was attentive and friendly with detailed descriptions of any menu item questions we had. We stared with the mussels, 2nd Bibb salad and sweet breads( both delicious) to finish it off with the scallops. My only certique would be that the scallops were never turned, so they were over done on one side and under on the other. After inquiring this is the chefs style?! Next time I will not get the scallops. Overall very nice meal at a very reasonable price. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Octopus appetizer was amazing and the entrees and desserts were equally great!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "As usual everything was out of this world delicious... If the tuna crudo is on the menu, you MUST order it. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "A friend that was visiting said she was up for some really good food. The first place I thought of was Matyson where I have never been disappointed. We started with Veal Sweatbreads and Gnocci (sp) as appetizers and thought we had never had anything better. The entrees were also great. She liked it so much she got a gift certificate for an anniversary present for friends. The quality of the food at matyson is always good plus it's a BYO which makes it even better."
    Dined on 5/21/2014