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Via Matta
Via Matta

Via Matta Details

  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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?"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Them restaurant was empty, not as much fun without other diners."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was my first time at Via Matta. Food and wait staff was exceptional. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Just a good, upscale Italian restaurant with a solid menu and good food. Prices are reasonable as well I thought. The Bolognese is the best dish in the place. Also, a great wine list as well. Love the Bucci verdicchio they have on the wine list."
    Dined on 6/25/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "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? "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food was really good. We had to wait for the waitress a lot, especially considering the place seemed pretty empty. But she and the manager were both delightful. And the food and wine. Yum. We will be back. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "A friend was staying at the Park Plaza, so I made reservations across the street at Via Matta. We had the burrata app and it was delicious. The crunchy eggplant seemed to be lacking in flavor though. Entree choices were the Tagliatelle alla Bolognese and Cavatelli with Lamb. The Cavatelli was memorable! Delicious. We shared the Tiramisu for dessert. It seemed watery to both of us. We were in no hurry and told the wait staff. The restaurant was less than half full however 6 times different waitstaff stopped by to clear our table. They were attentive but we said we were taking our time. We finally got tired of saying we were fine and gave up! We ended up going back to the lobby of the Park Plaza to sit and talk. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I tried this off a Living Social voucher and needless to say I was very impressed, especially with their ricotta and their fettuccine with clams. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Excellent food , friendly service, great ambiance in the Back Bay area"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "My daughter and I are from the SF Bay Area and were visiting Boston last week. We ate at Via Matta the night before the Boston Marathon. The service was friendly and efficient and the food was excellent. We shared the crunchy eggplant appetizer, which was delicious, and each of us had a fresh and tasty salad. My daughter had the mushroom ravioli and I had the spaghetti with tomato sauce. Everything was perfectly done. Even though spaghetti with tomato sauce may not seem like a terribly exciting dish, this was one of the best tomato sauces I have ever had--a perfect combination of tartness and spiciness. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Despite being a regular restaurant-goer and the restaurant's reputation, I'd never been to Via Matta until a friend suggested we meet there for dinner. The first surprise was why I couldn't get a 7 p.m. reservation on Open Table as the restaurant was empty when we got there for our 6:30 reservation and only half full by 7:30. We ordered three appetizers. My friends raved about the eggplant dish. I had the squid in tomato sauce, which was out of this world, but the burrata appetizer was almost tasteless. I was disappointed in my salmon main dish, but I don't blame Via Matta as Italian restaurants rarely do anything impressive with salmon. We shared an exquisite mascarpone and chocolate cookie dessert."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I was looking for an Italian restaurant in the Back Bay Area close to my hotel for some carbo loading before the marathon and found this gem. Friendly service and very attentive without being over bearing. While also trying to hydrate, my water glass was constantly being refilled. The tagliatelle with bolognese was excellent and the serving size was perfect- not heaping. For dessert we had a fantastic affogato and the best tiramisu I recall having in awhile. Wonderful meal- highly recommend. I will be back next visit to Boston."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This was our second time to this restaurant. We had such an enjoyable experience the first time, we didn't hesitate to book again. My wife started with Spicy Calamari (yummy!) and my daughter ordered the Burrata with Asparagus (heavenly!). For our entrée, I ordered the Tagliatelle (very good) and my wife and daughter ordered the Veal Loin with Prosciutto (tender!). We will keep this restaurant in mind the next time we visit."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food is consistently delicious, Best Bolognese in Boston!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I really enjoyed our dinner at Via Matta. It is a fun and relaxed restaurant in the heart of the back bay. The staff was attentive and friendly. The gimlet was to die for. I loved the mushroom ravioli. Everything was great but the desert menu; it was bland. Overall though A great spot."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "we waited 20 minutes for a table, despite having a reservation. we sat at the lackluster bar, waiting for our table, which was the only place we received attentive service. once we were seated for dinner, our waiter barely acknowledged us; never even checked to see whether we enjoyed our food. and it took him 15 minutes to give us our check after we asked for it. yes, it was a busy night at the restaurant, but that doesn't excuse the poor service. the food was fine, but not worth going back for. will not return to this supposed "hot spot.""
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Quality of food was superb except for one thing - all 3 pasta dishes we got (tagliatelle bolognese, mushroom agnolotti, and fava bean/ricotta tortelli) had way too much pepper/red pepper. Especially the tortelli dish, which you wouldn't expect at all. First the waiter said there was no red pepper in this dish then when we questioned again he made a weird remark that all the dishes have red pepper to add heat. I've eaten here 2x before and had some of the same pasta dishes, and did not have a similar issue. Hoping someone just mislabeled the pepper shaker and it was a one-off!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner...each course was delicious and the service was attentive."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "My date and I enjoyed our dining experience. The food was well prepared and the service was great."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My wife and I were looking for a nice evening out in Boston. We have been to Via Matta before enjoying a evening with our adult children. We chose their tasting menu and were not disappointed. the wait staff was great, the evening enjoyable, the food very good."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The main courses, all based on what is fresh for the day or season, were all very good and fresh. The dessert course was lacking in originality as a deconstructed oreo. We felt like this was an afterthought. It's very loud in the restaurant regardless of it being full or only a few tables filled. They need something to absorb a bit of the noise."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "love this place, easy for pre-concert, always delicious. we were in a rush so the service last visit wasn't great but has been in the past"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Good Food, Too noisy for a special dinner for two people. Good wine list. Missed the Sea Bass. Portions small but tasty. Don't get the surloin steak - only about 4 oz once they cut it up for you. Scallops were great - 4 large ones. Salad just ok. Steamed clams very good. Service was not great as they kept saying that they were very busy. Had to ask for our drinks as they brought the appetizers before the drinks. The night was pleasant until we went to get our car. Their valet service lost the keys and we waited over an hour and they were extremely rude and could care less about finding our car keys. Don't waste the $16 to use that service. Never even offered to refund the fee."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Met at Via Matta for a business lunch, a convenient location for everyone attending. The service was 'ok' our waitress was attentive and fairly accommodating to one member of our party who wanted to substitute a pasta choice - although she was a little pretentious when she stated that she had to "check with the chef to see if he could accommodate" (this seemed to be more for show, were we putting him out?). The food was well prepared and enjoyable - but I didn't realize this was a tapas restaurant (it's not). I find over sized dishes that you can't finish equally frustrating, but there just wasn't enough food. Left wanting more. Would try again (the food was good) but need to have a snack planned before/after!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Had a business lunch at Via Matta. Food was great and the staff was so helpful. At the last minute we had one more diner join than planned and the staff accomodated us quickly and professionally"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Friendly informed service. Food underwhelming based on expectations from menu and reviews"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Wonderful evening. The service was perfection. We thoroughly enjoyed the chef's tasting menu. And we were super-impressed at the full range of wines. We tried the lower-end Masi which was wonderful. Bravo! The twinkly lights outside on the sidewalk were magical--especially in the rain. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food and location was perfect for quiet business lunch"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We had a Living Social voucher for the five course chef's dinner tasting menu. The meal did not disappoint. It started with tuna crudo with Brussels sprouts leaves, parsley puree, and Meyer lemon sauce. Next was burrata with candied pumpkin seeds. The third course consisted of ricotta-filled whole wheat ravioli with braised short rib meat. The next course included perfectly cooked seared duck breast and kale. The finale was the ridiculously good "mascarporeos" - chocolate wafer cookies served with a small bowl of mascarpone cream - the best Oreos you've ever eaten. There was a nice selection of wines by the glass; none was a bargain, the ones we had were $14, but they were very good. The staff was attentive, professional, friendly."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I took my daughter here for her birthday and had the five course chef's tasting menu. While some of the courses were not what I would have ordered, it is always good to expand your palate and try new things. We were not disappointed. First course was a tuna with parsley puree and a lemon sauce. Second course was a creamy cheese somewhere between a ricotta and a mascarpone that was just heavenly with toasted sunflower seeds and a tangy vegetable relish. Third course was a whole wheat cheese ravioli with braised short rib meat--just divine. Main course was a duck done to perfection and dessert consisted of the lightest chocolate wafers I've ever had which you dipped into a whipped mascarpone. If it all sounds too much, it wasn't."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was a third time we have visited Via Matta and we were disappointed. Restaurant ambience seemed somewhat somber…the addition of a couple of white flower/twig arrangements might be nice. Dinners were very average and expensive for what was on the plate. There were no additional specials from the chef. I had a kale pasta and lobster dish - the lobster was barely there and flavors were bland. My dinner date had a chicken dish that could have been ordered at a chain restaurant. Good points were the valet, waitstaff and location. For a Sat night, it was not busy. We hope the restaurant takes a look at updating the menu/flavors to something more exciting and adding a bit of life to the decor."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Waitresses in jeans and sneakers. Little personality to the place. Limited menu and very pricey for what they offer. Nothing was memorable about the meal."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times and always enjoy the experience. This time we did the 5 course tasting and it was fantastic."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The food here was out of this world, and captures superb italian dining in a lovely, relaxed atmoshphere. The staff is very friendly and accomodating and has laser focus on pleasing the diners. Always a great experience here and is recommended highly by residents of Boston who frequent this establishment. It is a great way to experience a the elegance of Italy in Boston."
    Dined on 3/14/2014