Matyson
Matyson

Matyson

  • 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: American, Contemporary 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 2155642925x

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
Matyson reviews from OpenTable diners
190 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (142)neighborhood gem (99)special occasion (77)romantic (58)great for lunch (32)hot spot (21)good for groups (11)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Perfect for an Anniversary!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I spent our Anniversary with Matyson, and they made it perfect. It is quite, and small, so your date will be intimate. They also wrote "Happy Anniversary" on our dessert when we didn't even let them know. I was highly impressed with both the service, and food. Perfect for a special, romantic occasion. Make sure to bring a nice bottle of wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Few competitors
    Biak66
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Matyson never disappoints, and their tasting menus are always terrific. Since one member of our trio is a pescatarian, they were willing to make a substitution for one course even though this menu is officially substitution-less. The "everything mushroom" tasting menu last week was superb. Matyson is right at the top of the Philadelphia restaurants we enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Everything was amazing from start to finish from the food to service. Our server Adrienne was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night
    Mkgotti81
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Got a reservation for the day before for around 5pm. It was nice and quiet with great service. We'd go there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding tasting menu
    FrankyPhillyVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This week's tasting menu, which was dedicated to mushroom, was simply out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable meal
    Finediner
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    A nice dinner but I expected a little more. Restaurant was full on a Monday night and service was top notch. The mushroom app was tasty but a bit on the small side leaving me wanting a few more bites. Osso Bucco should have been better. It was not very tender or moist. Would like to try one of the fish entrees next time.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good!
    LovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I come to Philly about 5 times a year and am always trying a new restaurant as Philly is such a foodie city.I have returned to a couple of them to date as I loved them that much. Matyson has now joined my list of restaurants I must return to! Everything we ordered was so interestingly and lovingly prepared. In particular we loved the appetizers we ordered - the duck 2 ways and the veal sweetbreads. And even though not made there, the chef ensures wonderful bread, which he obtains from a bakery in Manhattan.It is wise to pay attention to the bread as that is the first thing you're eating and helps to set the tone for the rest of the meal.And I love that it's a BYOB - I get to use the wines in my collection! Looking forward to a return visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unwelcoming to solo diners
    Yasmin
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great food, beautifully presented. Few glitches, crispy sweetbreads lacked crispiness and were more reminiscent in texture of McDonalds chicken nuggets. Fish course was beautiful. Service patchy, had to ask to order (the restaurant was not even half full). The women servers seemed to spend most of their time chatting - some of the worse service I've had in the USA. Wouldn't go back here.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great BYOB
    Mort424
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Food was fantastic. Duo of duck was top notch. Pleasant staff and an enjoyable evening. For such well detailed plates the food was remarkably quick. Perfect pace. Don't skip dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Amazing food + love that it's BYOB! The best red snapper I've ever tasted and the gnocchi appetizer was incredibly flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably creative and delicious
    PhillyfoodfanVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    One of my favorite dining places, Matyson is tops on my list for bringing out of town guests of friends who don't know it to prove Philly has a sophisticated and creative food scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not best for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had lunch and found quality did not match dinner. Soup and calamari were very good, but main courses, including a chicken salad, were disappointing, and not plated or flavored like a high quality restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delicious evening!
    TheBigGuy
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    My wife, son, his girlfriend and I had a great time at Matyson on last Wednesday. We decided to stick with the tasting menu and it was a terrific choice. The presentation was superb and the flavors were even better. Tried a number of new items and I was very happy I did. It was a real treat being surprised with each course. It was an excellent 5-course meal. It is also a BYO which my wife and I prefer. The tasting menu costs $55 dollars but it was well worth it. The service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DorothyVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    No matter which day you choose to eat at Matyson, it is always excellent. My friend and I thoroughly enjoy our dinners--she ordered red snapper and I had the osso bucco.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After all these years....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Still a great spot to have dinner. The food and service were spot on and we never wanted for anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still worth a visit
    denverchowhound
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Hadn't been to Matyson for at least a couple of years, and we always liked it in the past. The restaurant décor seemed darker than we remembered it, and we do think that it could use a brightening. This was a Sunday night meal, and the service was pleasant and pretty efficient--two of us for dinner and we both had the salad, which was very nice--chilled plates, chilled greens, nice stuff in the salad. Our main courses were good, but not great--sea bass and lamb chops, and they overcooked the lamp chops--but we didn't have them do the chops over, and we should have. The mains are a bit pricey for what you get, but flavors are good, and food is fresh. Sea bass had a nice soy glaze, and the chops were nicely flavored, but not medium rare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner
    ProntomacVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Three of us had a wonderful evening at MATYSON. Our table was ready on time and we were well served by the staff. MATYSON is BYOB so we brought 2 bottles of expensive wine and shared some with our server. Everything we ate was really very good, especially the foie gras real liver, and the fish--I had monkfish which can be testy to cook, but mine was perfect. The chocolate dessert was like Michelin 3 stars! Highly recommend MATYSON. The restaurant is on the small side with high ceiling and tight tables--so staff movement is difficult and noise pretty intense at times--but still this place is worth your time and for return as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visitors' Treat
    Peter
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We had close friends from Detroit visit this week and had a lovely meal at Matyson. It was a cool and rainy evening and the restaurant was quiet; the service outstanding. We all ordered a first course, of which the raddichio and frisee salad was outstanding The main courses ranged from my delicious venison to two osso bucos and a barramundi. One of the guests was lactose intolerant with other dietary issues, and the server and kitchen were remarkably responsive. The result was an entirely satisfying and enjoyable meal for four.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BobbieVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We love the food at Matyson. The salmon appetizer was fresh and the flavors melded wonderfully. The pumpkin gnocchi with short ribs, also delicious. My husband had the rack of lamb and I had the veal osso bucco. Both were scrumptious, osso bucco so tender no knife was needed and the medium rare lamb chops were cooked to perfection. We did not have room for dessert, but the cappuchino was hot, foamy and yummy. Every morsel of both our meals was devoured. Service was attentive yet not intrusive - a perfect way to spend our anniversary!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    LoganP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great Restaurant. Very delicious, fun ambiance, diverse menu.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tanman
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The quality of food and services are great, and it's reasonably priced for lunch. This is a restaurant I would definitely come back again when I next visit Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting Menu
    fjlind3rd
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I love the idea. Maybe I am not familiar enough with tasting menus but all 5 courses were squash based on my visit and it just seemed a little over the top when you have a full menu that allows for greater diversity. We did not order from the tasting menu but ordered from the regular menu and the food was excellent so no complaint there. I just would have preferred 2-3 out of 5 with squash.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • California cuisine in Philly
    FoodWallah
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Matyson is a kind of an outpost of California in downtown Philly -- slick decor, innovative preparations with lots of ingredients, beautiful preparations, hip. BYO a plus.
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  • Awesome!!!
    MatthewGavin
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I really enjoyed the dinner. I would go back again tomorrow if I could!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-priced, unremarkable food
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    A lot of money for little food and a waiter with attitude. Though friendly at first, the waiter got irritated when my friend asked a few questions about the menu. (Actually, he seemed to be seething underneath. After he left, my friend and I joked that he probably wanted to upend the table on us.) I spent almost $30 for a pork chop entree that had very little else on the plate. My brussels sprouts, for example, were more like a garnish, though the menu had listed them as a side. My dessert (a pumpkin bread pudding) was tasty, but gone in four bites. Overall, the quality of the food was nothing special. Given the number of great restaurants in the area, I won't be returning to or recommending Matyson.
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  • Lunch at Matyson
    Threespins
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Everything on the menu looks great. I had the red snapper and it was delicious. My favorite place in Center City Philadelphia for lunch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Always a great spot, just a tad loud for business conversations at lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow! Fabulous!
    mdiehl
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I can't say enough good things about this lovely little restaurant. We arrived early, and were immediately seated. Each course was beautifully presented, and items in them detailed by the server as the tasting menu was written with some French terms. The food was excellent with ingredients complementing and/or accentuating each other. Nothing disappointed, and it was one of the best meals I've ever eaten.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • matyson
    cn71VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Excellent as always. Octopus very goos; red snapper outstanding. Service thoughtful and good. As always,a very fine experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wanted it to be great
    Foodcentric
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Over the last couple of months I have received the tasting emails from Maytson and have continually told myself that I must try it since I have heard so many wonderful things about it. My girlfriend and I went on Sunday night and unfortunately all of the items we ate fell short. The tuna crudo was overwhelmingly spicy and lacked flavor. The octopus was cooked perfectly, this was diminished by the over seasoning, which made it virtually unbearable to finish. Lastly, we had the halibut and steak for dinner and again both were extremely underwhelming. The halibut itself was cooked well, but the components of the dish didn't make sense. The most disappointing dish was the steak, which was severely overcooked. all in all it was a let down.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    surprisingly stellar. I'm often disappointed in restaurant food, however, the food at Matyson's was amazing.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never been disappointed
    DandL
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We enjoy taking out-of-town friends to Matyson - the food, service, and ambiance never disappoint. We had a lovely meal with friends newly arrived from China -- a very enjoyable evening, and not a long walk to the orchestra at 8
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jewel on 19th St.
    foodiedudieVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I love Mattyson. Always a great meal, seasonal, well executed with friendly, knowledgable staff. Can't go wrong here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DorothyVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Our dinner was the best ever. I had poached lobster with angel hair pasta. Incredible! My friend had a fish called Cobie. Also excellent. Service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beautifully prepared yummy food
    Mimsy
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    It was hard to choose from the interesting menus (tasting menu and full menu). Our choices were excellently prepared and delicious. The courses were well-paced, not too fast, not too slow. We had a thoroughly enjoyable dinner.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wantsitallVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Everything was delicious. Loved it all. Pleased that the restaurant is doing so well.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was spectacular. Food was stunning. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    Dinerwithpickychild
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was incredible! And our waitress was exceptional. She really made us feel at home. Hostess was friendly and, again, made us feel welcome. We brought our picky eleven year old, and were not made to feel guilty about that at all! Next time we'll be back, just us.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Ever-changing menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This week, the tasting menu was crab themed, and it was delicious! My favorite was the crab cake. I'm not a huge fan of soft shell crabs, but I thought the flavor was great. I highly recommend the key lime semifreddo for dessert -- tangy and light, a perfect cap!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food - Lousy service.
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We've been to Matyson before, and it was wonderful so we made it a special point to go this week because we wanted to do the tasting menu - all crab. The food did not disappoint - it was wonderful - but the service was just awful. Given that it was the tasting menu the waits of almost a half hour between courses were inexcusable. We like to take our time eating and certainly were not expecting fast food but to wait half an hour between courses was just not acceptable. Dinner took nearly 3 hours. The restaurant was not full (Wednesday night) and our table for 2 was in the middle of the room so there was just not excuse for the long waits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.