Via Matta
Via Matta

Via Matta

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.viamattarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (617) 422-0008
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm; Café: Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Schlow
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arlington Street
  • Public Transit: Arlington Street T Stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $16 per vehicle
A word from Via Matta
Centrally located in the Back Bay, Via Matta offers authentic Italian cuisine with attentive quality service in a comfortable setting. Compliment your meal with a selection from a wine list featuring an extensive offering of Italian wines. Via Matta’s Café serves a lighter menu from late morning through late night.
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Via Matta reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (41)special occasion (28)good for groups (26)neighborhood gem (23)romantic (20)notable wine list (20)great for outdoor dining (14)great for lunch (12)hot spot (10)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Via Matta remains a great restaurant
    JPCBoston
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Years later the food at Via Matta remains as good as it was was this was a 'hot' spot! If anything, this is now an understated, great food, good pricing, and a much better value than several other restaurants in the immediate area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed...
    Katie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food let us down a bit. The menu is mouth watering but our entrees were extremely salty- probably just a bad night as they were clearly in the weeds due to the restaurant's sudden popularity (thanks to their appearance on Top Chef that week). Other than what I'm sure is an "oops" with the food, the place was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Via Matta, does Matter
    oscargi
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food was very good, the pasta fresh and drinks well made. Wine list somewhat short, but selections were good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, Not noisy
    Moretimeplease
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Surprised that it was not full on a Friday night at 7:30. There were empty tables around, which was great for getting to talk with our dinner guests. Waiter was rushing us even though there was no one waiting for a table. Portion sizes were just right, but a little expensive for such a little meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    HSCAVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    My husband and I were in Boston on business. Boston has many, many great restaurants, and Via Matta sounded good and was in walking distance from our hotel. The menu offered many interesting options, but we decided to go with the Chef's Tasting Menu. It was exceptional - multiple courses beautifully presented and delicious. The service was excellent. Great evening! A restaurant we will revisit when next in Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Dinner last week
    pamnessVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Five of us went to Via Matta a few days ago. We had a nice dinner, but certainly not a great dinner. The bread and the calamari appetizer were the stars. The parmesan soup was interesting but way too salty. Our server commented that a number of other people said the same thing - apparently the kitchen doesn't care. My cavatelli with rage was also too salty (I like salt). It was pleasant enough but could use an infusion of tlc in the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time, will go back
    JayInBoston
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Went with a group of 8. Had a great time. Food was excellent. Service was a little slow and my order was wrong (Milanese instead if bolognese) but I didn't want to send it back. What they gave me by accident was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary!
    Bob64VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    delicious food, extraordinary fresh pasta, excellent service. A perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    RyanVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Truffle parmesan soup was amazing. We got there early before going to a show and we were able to have an amazing meal with our time constraint. Wish we could have stayed for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    good food nicely served. Staff friendly and professional .prompt service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the $
    Klp8888
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We ordered the prosciutto appetizer, which was the only really good thing we had. Cocktails were unremarkable. Service was fine. My chicken was undercooked. Bowl of pasta was small for the price.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lackluster
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I was very disappointed this time. When bread brought to table and oil placed in a saucer to be shared, no bread and butter plates- we had to request them.Food temp was lukewarm. Had 2 apps to start- I love eggplant and server answered that they were lightly fried - not true and they were very darkly fried which seemed to me that oil was old! The shrimp app had no flavor and again not hot. Tagliatelle bolognese very good but lukewarm and I like my food piping hot. Dessert menu was uninteresting. Disappointed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding!
    ClementineVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Once again, an amazing meal. I brought an out of town guest, and Via Matta made me look good! The burratta, as ever, was off the charts. Every single thing about the meal was perfect, from food to service to ambiance. A+++ Via Matta, thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Spaghetti aglio et olio is highly recommended, and so does tiramisu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice to revisit
    DavidLVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food was very good, nice relaxed atmosphere, don't go on a busy night, and while the individual staff are all very pleasant, you run the risk of being forgotten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    hadn't been to via matta for several years - still a great spot - food - location - and general overall ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Steve
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We have been here many times. The food was very good but the portion size was small leaving my 22 year old son looking for more when he had finished his meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommend Via Matta...
    LynneBVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Have been dining at this Restaurant from the beginning and always consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Meal
    Bruce
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Via Matta was a wonderful dining experience. From the minute we entered, the service was superb. Our waiter, Vicente was most cordial, attentive and extremely knowledgeable about the menu items, almost as if he was involved in the cooking! The manager came over to us and other tables a couple of times to insure that we were enjoying the food and although it was nice to be attended to it was really unnecessary since the food was absolutely fantastic. The creativity of the menu choices and the mix of different food types makes this restaurant stand out out among its peers. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    EssNEmm
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We got the chef's tasting menu this past weekend and were completely amazed by the imagination and beauty of each course...to say nothing of the taste!!! We didn't even speak for most of the meal because we were mesmerized by the flavors! The service was excellent, and the ambiance of the place was very nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian quality
    Pastalover
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful dinner withpasta dishes cooked perfectly. The wine we ordered was no longer on stock but the alternative offered was very good. The light level in the restaurant was so low that I had problems reading the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food but service not so good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went to Via Matta with my family on our way to a Red Sox game. Arrived for dinner early at 5:30pm. The food was really excellent but the service was lacking - slow and not very attentive especially since we were one of very people there
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ellie4you
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My friend and I selected Via Matta for an early dinner prior to jetting out of town. The server knew our time constraints, and was extremely accommodating including packaging our desser to go in our car to the airport! The food, as always, was outstanding and the entire dinig experience way above many fine restaurants in Boston. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 977 reviews are from the Via Matta reviews archive.
  • Great Flavor- Too small amounts
    gabby
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I will say the food was excellent in the presentation and flavor...... BUT ... I say it again BUT the portion was ridiculous I kid you not I was served 3 pieces of lamb the size of an old dollar coin it was ridiculous with an ounce of collar greens 3 dime size slivers of onion and a smear yogurt mint sauce... iam going to be honest I laughed at our plates the portions were smaller that the appetizer I don't want to go there... and the price for the food portion IT IS RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE... I think the owner should be embarrassed.... this was no meal it was like an oderve presentation ... Again and the portion of food for $33 dollars is this is some kind of JOKE... We Will never go back to such a ridiculous experience...
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    special occasion
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  • Flexible chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    One member of our party had a very restricted diet, and the chef did a great job adapting to his needs. Our server forgot some of the special requirements (failed to mention that a salad had cheese on it, causing us to send it back to the kitchen), but the kitchen itself was extremely flexible, and the food was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but terrible service
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We went to Via Matta for dinner. The food took maybe an hour to come out and there were maybe three people circling our table. The service was terrible. The restaurant was empty and they would take forever to do simple things like give us bread, take our order, ask us if we would like to see a wine menu, etc. basics. Overall the service was complete bogus. If the food wasn't so great I would never recommend this place. However, the pasta was phenomenal.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still impressive...
    jharwar
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I used to work in Park Square and frequently lunched at Via Matta so when out-of-town colleagues arrived Monday and asked me to recommend a restaurant near the Four Seasons I realized there are lots of big box style eateries in that vicinity and very few locally owned restaurants that I knew would be reliable. Via Matta was just right on all fronts. Highly recommend the lime basil Gimlet and service was impeccable. All in all, a tasty meal well served.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, great meal
    AudsfVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    So nice to sit outside on a nice summer night! Service was excellent and food was very good, fresh home made pasta
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Time to hit reset?
    BRFadeVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had a nice dinner @ Via Matta on the patio area on Friday evening. Menu had a few good items, pasta choices were good but other entree choices were limited and overpriced, like $35 for local striper? and waiter was great too. But like many past visits, it was very quiet with very few other guests indoors and out. Comparatively, we went to Row 34 last night and had an awesome experience, great food, great buzz etc...Via Matta needs some new ideas or something to get back into past groove. Remember Pignoli?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Creative Cuisine
    Out4dinnerVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We dined on the cozy outdoor patio on a warm summer evening; my fish with quinoa and beans was delicious, my husband enjoyed his chicken Milanese as well. The wine was perfect and our server was attentive and friendly, what more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under-appreciated Italian gem
    MrTravelwellVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I love the food at Via Matta and its a mystery to me that they aren't as busy as some of the other restaurants in the area. I like the fact that their menu describes the entrees without a dozen adjectives (which usually presages someone trying too hard).. what you see is what you get at Via Matta and it always tastes good ....I love their Veal Milanese, their slightly spicy meatball appetizer, the Tagliatelle Bolognese and their Italian bread is always perfect. When you order Tiramisu at Via Matta you get a slice of the classic Italian cake not something scooped into a Martini glass that looks elegant but disappoints as it does in so many places locally.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • billchinVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I have been going to Via Matta for many years. Staff has completely since 5 years ago. some inconsistency with the food but tonight's meal was very good. crunchy eggplant, tuna sashimi, chicken milanese, and a dish with a thick pasta, sausage, peas and beans. the pasta was excellent
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but
    BubblyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Them restaurant was empty, not as much fun without other diners.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasurable dining
    KathyT
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This was my first time at Via Matta. Food and wait staff was exceptional. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor city dining
    crucaro
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Wonderful dinner, nice wine list, fabulous service - but most of all - so nice to dine outdoors in the city and not feel like its in the city. The location is quiet and clean. Great time had by all in our party!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Absolutely awful. The ambience is old art with frames tipped sideways and run down furniture. The waiter told us that we should order all our food at once because he wasn't sure when he'd have time to get back to us. The clam appetizer was so salty, we needed a jug of water to stay dehydrated. I ordered the lamb cavatelli and it tasted like plain, boiled pasta with pulled lamb on top. When I sent it back, all the waiter did was say 'awe, that's too bad,' but still charged us for everything. Thank goodness we had a gift card - we will never return to this restaurant again.
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  • Won't go back
    Arlene
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My dinner was good but the other 4 members of my party were not so lucky! Had to ask for bread plates, butter, & oil well after the bread arrived. Service was slow in spite of the fact that the place was not very busy.
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  • Very good food. Great service.
    Vavalee
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We enjoyed our food very much. Service was excellent...very attentive but not intrusive. Menu descriptions understate what you actually get (and differ from what's on their website). Tagliatelle with bolognese sauce was very good, with a rich spiciness. Chicken mattone was served in a tomatoey broth/sauce that was delicious. Fresh ricotta starter was a simple concept, but executed well. Prosciutto was also very good. The wine list is expensive, with the cheapest bottle $40. Place was a bit dark. Lively crowd on a Friday night, but you could still have a conversation without shouting. Location conveniently close to Theater District. Would return for another visit and would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, inconsistent portion
    Rich
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Food is great, and ordering the pizza isn't a mistake as it is in many restaurants. Portion sizes vary a lot - order the sandwich, and expect a half baguette and a huge plate of fries. Order the ravioli, and 6 perfectly cooked and sauced pieces of pasta will come, at the bottom of a large bowl. All the food is good, but ask the staff how big the portions are.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre, a bit weird
    butterpat
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    While it may be the best option for a nicer dinner in the Theater District, Via Matta is not great. Their website promises seasonal specials, and a "very Italian" atmosphere, but there were no specials the night we went (a Saturday) and very American top 40 was just blasting. Service was awkward, from the hostess who was unable to lead us to our table, to the wait staff who were unable to fill all two of our water glasses. Food was just OK. My friend had a great whiskey, and I had a great vermouth, so maybe they should just be a bar?
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