The food was delicious - cooked
The food was delicious - cooked and seasoned to perfection. Loved the "old" and "new" menu choices.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This charming and imaginative
This charming and imaginative very new restaurant still has a glitch or so, for which the staff apologized. The food is delicious and often unique, the glass-windowed porch room was serene and filled with light. Lovely wine selection. We will happily return.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Memorable Birthday Dinner
Every one of the staff, from the hostess to the table runners to the maître d possessed a warm sincerity that made our evening pleasant. Our waitress conducted herself with the most poised and gentle professionalism. Two significant gestures spoke to me throughout the evening. First, even though Mattei's has an extensive wine list, I appreciate that diners can bring their own wine for a fair fee. Secondly, no one conveyed slightest hesitation when we asked to bring in our own cake to serve in honor of a birthday. Because of these little privileges, I will return to Mattei's and experience the things that make occasions special. The restaurant's ambience has always been one of my favorite places of all time.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Something for everyone
Nice bar with bocce ball, great garden room and patio with plenty of lawn to send the kids outside, or leave them home and enjoy the more romantic spaces, the smell of the grill, fabulous food. - loved the pork loin, jalapeño corn brûlée and crispy brussels sprouts. Servings were generous and the tables are set up to share family style if you want. I like that the wine by the glass is poured at the table and even for the first or second week, the service was strong. Comfy chairs and lovely crystal wine glasses. What more could you want? Welcome to town!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The setting is fantastic. Food is excellent, as was the service. The crown is a little snobbish for my taste, but that should be expected for the area. If I return, I would eat in the bar, it seemed more fun than the main dining area
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique in every way....food,
Unique in every way....food, atmosphere. Great drinks in the bar. The bar is a fun alternative if you want a quick meal or less formal dining experience
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went just after it opened
Went just after it opened and you could see that it is going to be a very special restaurant. Owners are paying a lot of attention to the details to make sure you enjoy everything about your experience. Menu and food were excellent and different. Can't wait to go back.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Refreshed and Revived
I live in Los Olivos and can't tell you how excited I am to have this place open. They did a fantastic job refreshing the place and the menu is full of amazing things. I love the Lucy Salad, the artichoke, the skirt steak, and the pork. can't wait to go back and try a few more items.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
very modern take on food
being a local, i've eaten at the "old" mattei's (brother's) a few times so was of course excited to experience the place under new management. i loved what i think of as the "modern" approach to food. they emphasized flavor through the use of technique and flavorful ingredients vs. fat and salt. anyone looking for a massive steak with side of whipped potatoes, or who thinks that flavor starts and ends with salt and butter, will be disappointed (there are tons of those places around here so they have plenty of options) but people tired of that and looking for something thoughtful and full of very clean flavors will welcome the new mattei's. i thought the halibut dish was especially well done.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still great after all these years.
From a cold rainy February honeymoon dinner 33 years ago to a wonderful dinner two nights ago Mattie's never fails to please. Great food, great location. Recommended for all who want to begin a lifelong tradition to a great restaurant to relive good times. Hope to be back as life's turns allows.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing foodie find!
If you are looking for an amazing meal fit for foodies, groups and great with kids too look no further. We had a delicious hamachi chorizo, a really tasty roasted artichoke, the most perfectly cooked halibut and warm lemon ricotta beignets. EVERYTHING was perfect! The kids home made pasta was incredible too.
The wine list is great and the recommendation from our waitress went perfectly with what we ordered. The place is beautifully decorated and attention to detail goes into everything they do. Definitely worth the drive from LA and we look forward to many more fabulous experiences here.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love everything about this place
The phrase "you can't be all things to all people" may be proven wrong by the newly-reopened Mattei's Tavern. The new owners have kept the historic feel while infusing elegant updates (ie vintage furniture juxtaposed w/ gorgeous contemporary decanters). Date night? Dine in the beautifully-done "red room" or the long windowed room. Kids? Sit on the patio or adjacent room while they enjoy games on the lawn (the hostesses also have games/crayons). Foodie? Try the bone marrow or halibut with lemon ash. A more simple palate? Try the delicious rotisserie chicken, Brussels sprouts & house-made egg noodles. Several rooms are ideal for private group celebrations. The dinner menu and wine list surpass anything we have seen in SB County to date.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mattei's Tavern has a wonderful history and the new owners are continuing in a great tradition and should be supported by all!
Good dining, great staff and dedicated owners bring history to life again in a wonderful and historic setting!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
matties was great!
Married tavern was simply outstanding! The food was unique as anything I have had and tasted incredible. Our waiter Sam was also very knowledgeable and a lot of fun to talk to! I would go back everyday if possible! Thanks again Sam. You were awesome!
8/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
So Glad Mattei's is Back...
We are delighted that Mattei's has reopened with a talented new owner/chef Robbie and his charming wife Emily. The food had excellent flavors and was well prepared, especially the brisket and the halibut. The service was friendly and attentive. They have lovely stemware and a very nice wine list and corkage policy. Our waitress and the entire staff were caring and interested that everything was to our liking. Emily was most gracious and checked on us often, as did the manager Jason. We wish them every success with this ambitious new venture and really appreciate the attention to detail and careful management they showed. We hope the menu continues to expand, as the business base grows. Thanks for a lovely wine country dining experience!!
8/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious food good service
We went to Mattei's Tavern for a special occasion. I like that the general manager called me day-of to confirm my reservation, make sure they knew the occasion and to check on any special arrangements. Bone marrow, bacon jam and roasted garlic was great, an interesting twist on butter/jam on bread. Wagyu beef was done perfectly, I loved cream corn brule but partner thought it too sweet. Salmon was overdone.
Service was prompt and professional, general manager made it around to all the tables to chat. The new group that took over came from Tennessee, and brought quite a few staff/managers with them, which is impressive. Anyone who commands that kind of loyalty is worth checking out.
8/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
The new owners of Matteis Tavern have upgraded the restaurant while still preserving its historic character. The new menu includes some interesting selectionc. Lucy' Salad is very good choice and more than adequate for two. The skirt steak was tender and tasty. The chicken was moist and tender. The porkchop was dry and not very interesting. The brussel sprouts and sweet potato sides recipes were very interesting in preparation.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
very attentive service, thought
very attentive service, thought the food was overpriced for what you received, wine list was also inflated.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Gem in the SY Valley
As a SYV local and devotee to the cuisine of the previous restaurant located inside this historic location, I am so pleased that the new restaurant is just as delicious. Chef Robbie Wilson kept a traditional menu to match the surroundings and then added some novel, creative specialties. Fresh oysters, the amazing fresh fish, and the best beef tartar I've ever had. Chef Robbie and his wife, Emily, are the most gracious hosts. I absolutely love the remodel! They preserved the historic beauty of the building and grounds of this old stagecoach stop and inn by keeping the decor simple and elegant. I've been at least a half dozen times and look forward to many more, especially now that they've started serving burgers in the bar again.
9/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Simple with no table cloths
Went there for dinner and there were no table cloths, very informal. Bring a flashlight at night when you park your car, very-very POOR lighting with pot holes in the parking area! The décor was very plain and simple. The food was good which is a redeeming feature of this restaurant. The service was very good. Not a restaurant to take friends visiting from out of the Santa Ynez Valley if you want to impress them!
9/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great anniversary spot
We made a reservation through Open Table for our anniversary. We asked them for a nice corner spot that would be romantic for that occasion and they completely delivered with a dark corner all to ourselves. The food was excellent and the staff was very attentive. I would highly recommend Mattei's for a special occasion, a family dinner or a group dinner.
9/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Big Thumb's up to the new
Big Thumb's up to the new Mattei's, wonderful experience, top notch!
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
As elegant a dining experience as you're likely to find anywhere, & not simply in charming Los Olivos.
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
We ate the steak and the brisket. Both were outstanding!
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a lovely evening with great service and excellent food. Also appreciated that the amount of food wasn't overwhelming. And the cream corn brulee is to die for! Thanks for helping make our 37th anniversary a night to remember!
9/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
FULL OF FLAVOR!
We tried Mattie's for the first time since is reopening, it was excellent! The menu was interesting and diverse. Our dishes were packed with flavor.
9/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great to see this location
Great to see this location open again. needs some fine-tuning of music and ambience and menu. I enjoy unusual menu but you need something simple for kids and simple palates.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Santa Barbara County
My wife and I moved here from San Francisco a few years ago, which arguably has one of the best dining scenes in the country. We have always wished Santa Barbara had better restaurants, and we feel our wish has been granted by the new Mattei's. We have dined there at least once a week since they opened. The food was amazing since our first experience, and much to our surprise, it just keeps getting better and better! They've already changed the menu three times to honor the product in season--this place is the real deal, and truly elevates Santa Barbara in the food world. This stellar establishment is the best in Santa Barbara County, hands down.
10/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a gem.
Fabulous Renovated Stage/train depot. Food is inventive and displayed perfectly. Safer vice is impeccable, but not stuffy. Excellent wine list.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
the new Matteo's
We enjoyed our main dish and it's presentation tremendously (shared cote du boeuf)--prepared to perfection. The additional side orders (grilled avocado; grilled romaine salad; corn brulee very good. Leftovers for the next day. Side dishes are all a la carte. The wine list was high priced and not representative of the many delicious wines to be found in the Santa Barbara area as we expected and thought desirable for the area. We each had 1 glass of (local) wine with dinner; each was priced over $15 (?17 & 20). We didn't ask about the corkage fee--perhaps a better idea to bring our own next time. A nice meal, quiet setting, and friendly staff. As enjoyable as the old Matteo's.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great lunch Sunday and
Had a great lunch Sunday and can't wait to return to try more dishes.
10/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Mattei's Tavern has returned!
After visiting the tavern several times it seems they have gotten their act together. Food was excellent and extensive wine list, although they could feature more local champagnes/wines. Had a great booth near the kitchen where we could watch the chefs in action!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food, great service!
The updated Mattei's is wonderful. The crispy brussels with yogurt and horseradish were amazing, as was the skirt steak with a fried egg. Nuttella rice crispy bowl with homemade ice cream for dessert was creative and delicious. All the ingredients are extremely fresh and everything was exceptional. The service is top notch and the space is lovely. They also offer an extensive wine list and innovative cocktails.
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
I Mean, WOW!
Try everything and smile. I did.
We live in S.F. and I wish that Mattei's Tavern was in the Bay Area instead.
Their presentations are so imaginative and the flavors are mid-blowing. The cute little server was so charming in delivering the
Chef's spiel. We love this place. What a find!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious and Surprising
Mattei's new (to us) menu offers creatively prepared dishes in an elegant quiet restaurant. We had two kinds of sea bass, salmon and tenderloin, all delicious. I and my three friends thought the food was as good as anything we would eat in any of LA's best restaurants for half the price.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Back to basics; Forward with flair
An old restaurant building with a totally new makeover. Food is seasonal, combinations unpredictable, presentation is inviting, flavors truly spectacular. Seating is not crowded so conversation is truly possible. Wine list totally complete with every choice available by the glass which was delightful for our table.
Our friends kept remarking that it was among the best meals ever and we have eaten together all over the world. We will definitely see you again.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
It's About Time
What took so long? The Brother's stunk this place up for years & finally someone comes in here and gives us a REAL restaurant.
The NEW Mattei's Tavern is an absolute gem. Design is cozy, modern, & vintage, all at the same time.
The food A++++++. I read some of the reviews, but folks, you have to understand, nothing has ever been done like this before. The Brother's can't cook their way our of a Lean Cuisine, anyone who enjoys & knows food will know where I'm coming from! This
food on par with any great restaurant in any big city. Clever & big flavors. I hate beef tartar & I basically cleaned my husbands plate of his! Everything we tried was simple, flavorful, and thoughtful. This restaurant will be a sought-after spot soon. I know-it!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Two huge Thumbs Up
The new Mattei's is the REAL deal. Kind if makes you laugh off what used to happen in the same space. Great style & fantastic food. I'm a big fan of steaks & their Cote de Boeuf is probably the best flavored steak anywhere. My wife actually had two orders of the avocado & couldn't shut up about how memorable all the selection of veggie dishes were. Needless to say, the raw oysters served on a retro turntable will keep us coming back. A really exceptional place to eat. Really exceptional.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unexpected & fantastic!!! Who knew this could be pulled off in Los Olivos, CA.
Word-class flavors, without the hefty price tag that usually follows.
Maybe the best or most creative presentations that I've ever seen. Can't wait to drive back
and experience this place again. Will be highly recommending Mattei's Tavern to all my friends
back in Santa Monica.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
have eaten there twice and
have eaten there twice and enjoyed both meals. the second one was better than the first, always a nice surprise. food is very thoughtful and interesting. probably challenging for true meat and potatoes eaters.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Far & Away, the best around!!!!
Stumbled upon this little gem heading to LA & would venture to say one of CA.'s
best restaurants. From the insane flavors, presentations, & wine list, Mattei's is a force to be reckoned with among the top restaurants.
I dined here a few years ago & was reluctant to return, based on The Brother's Restaurant, but I'm glad I did nonetheless.
You must try the Cote du Beouf, a real bargain for the price & the grilled avocado is a perfect dish. I would rank it in the top 5 dishes in all of CA.
The wine list is arranged by obv. someone that knows a lot about wine--it's extensive! Plus, Santa Ynez wines are fine, but sometimes you want to taste something else. So THANK YOU MATTEI'S TAVERN!!!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Above & Beyond!!!!!
Our first trip back in more than 2 years, since last ownership, The Brother's creations turned us away. This newest version is above and beyond anything this area has ever seen. The grilled avocado? Seriously? I want one now! My octopus dish was the most flavorful octopus that I've ever eaten! And don't forget the Skate Wing -- OMG!! My husband and I are still raving. He had the pot roast w/ ramen broth an seemed to think he's never had anything better. So much attention to detail. Handsome servers & a really handsome Chef! They couldn't have been any nicer too. Oh Mattei's Tavern, why can't you relocate to Thousand Oaks? We need you!
12/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mattei's is Back and Beautiful!
I was pleased to find Mattei's reopened with such strong potential of becoming (or perhaps maintaining the position) the Crown Jewel of Los Olivos! Everything seemed like an upgrade, from the interior touches (wood floors, new tables and chairs) to the menu. What I really liked was the careful attention to the HISTORY of this great land mark! It felt in no way like the new school trying to replace the old school, but rather each school teaching and learning from the other! This was most notably characterized by the menu itself, divided into the 1800 and 2000 sides with both menus living together brilliantly!
Hats off to the new owners! Mattei's will provide reason to visit Los Olivos time and time again for hopefully years to come!
8/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Unbelievable service and food
What a treat Mattei's Tavern is! It was my first time going and I couldn't believe how fantastic the service and food were. My husband and I split the Cote de Boeuf, a grilled artichoke, sweet potatoes and the creme brulee corn. All of it was like candy. So delicious. Dessert knocked our socks off, too - homemade chocolate ice cream with caramel sauce, pretzels, and pistachios. We will definitely be going back. I want to check out the bar - it looked like a great spot for cocktails.
8/24/2013 5:00:00 PM