Seattle >Food & Dining > Matt's In The Market
94 Pike St Ste 32, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.608934 -122.340370
Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Neighborhoods: Pike Place Market, Downtown
Grab a window seat and watch all of the action taking place below at Pike Place Market or head on over to the bar and order up your favorite cocktail. Either way, you can't miss at this spot.
Scallops, halibut, lamb, pork belly banh mi, nothing seems to be outside this lovely room's specialty. Monday - Friday happy hour 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. offers a peekabo view.
This is one of those dream spots where you want to order one of everything. At lunch that includes a dynamite oyster po'boy, the sloppy good barbecue pork sammie and a pork belly banh mi. Evenings should involve seafood, letting the kitchen showcase whatever is fresh and in season. All meals should be prefaced by the crab-topped deviled eggs and an expertly crafted cocktail.
Love the view of the Market – I came here for a private party so I can't say anything about their prices or the regular menu. They had a nice spread put out for us of really scrumptous foods. I tried almost all of it, lots of seafood and meats. Probably not great for a vegetarian, but for the rest of it, it was fabulous.
I also got to try out a few of their signature drinks which were great. Wonderful bartender!
The view of the Pike Place Market is really phenomal and a great place to take out of town guests.
The bathroom is just down the hall, but one of the servers showed me the way, which I thought was really nice.
In case you have a hard time finding it, it's in the same building as the Can Can, just 2 floors above it.
Matt's -- Not As Good As It Used To Be – Over the past several months I have experienced less than stellar meals at Matt's. Last night's dinner was so poor in comparison to the fabulous food we enjoyed prior to and immediately after the expansion that I feel compelled to write this review. The arugula salad was so dry I asked for olive oil. The ling cod was overcooked and fishy in the center portion of the cut, and it was sitting in a bed of flavorless oil which gave it an unpleasant texture and taste. The cauliflower that came with the fish was rubbery and very unappetizing to look at. The service was good (as usual), as was our wine. On our way out we learned that Matt is no longer an owner or involved with the restaurant -- sadly, it shows.
Terrific gem slightly off the beaten path – Matt's is hidden a bit a few floors up at the Pike's market. I had lunch there today on the recommendation of a friend. We walked in and got seats at the small bar. The bartender was really great - he helped us make some solid choices on the menu, made the most unique & tasty bloody mary that I've ever had, and was generally just fun to hang around with. The seafood chowder app was very good, the catfish sandwich was superb. Great atmosphere, nice location, good service - I highly recommend this spot.
Very Impressed! – I am new to the area and went to Pike's Place market after everyone told me I had to experience it. We stopped in at Matt's and ate. I had read up on the reviews here and was hesitant. We had a great experience. I found the staff really accommodating and helpful and the food was absolutely delicious. I had seafood and my boyfriend had a steak. We finished our entire plates it was so good.
I have and would again recommend this place to anyone who asked as many of the other restaurants in this area didn't have near the same ambiance.
Loved Matt's overall and WILL be back.
great food but too bad about the rest – well...I guess I have been going to Matt's for about 10 years or more now. Althought not a regular, I certainly made it there 2-3 times per year. I personally had thought the remodel was great and was resisting the fuss about Matt Selling the place. so I took some friends there last night and had great food...but everything else was bad. We did not get seated until 8:15 for my 7:45 reservation. We were offered some wine after I complained at about 8:05. then we were given a free tuna tartar apetizer when we sat down (after I had joked about being hypoglycimic and about to pass out). At this point I thought redemtion was made and settled down to enjoy a very well done meal. I ate salmon and risotto to die for. My girlfirend had lamb chops she ordered well done (which I believe is a crime) but I sampled and although no pink inside, still amazingly tender and delicious. I was impressed. But the check arrived and the bitter pill, that will cause me to never return! They had added gratuity to our party of 5 people. 20% on top of all of our food, wine, and tax! Our waiter got a $56 tip from our table! What ever happened to tips being to reward good service and punish bad? what ever happened to 15% on the bill before tax and discretionary decision relative to tipping on expensive bottles of wine? How about most places which charge 18% on parties of 6 or more? I litterally walked away feeling sick. there are great restaurants all over Seattle with similar food and less attitude. I felt the message from the team at Matt's was we don't like your attitude, don't come back. Message heard loud and clear. I will spend my money elsewhere.
Fun, Delicious, Attractive and Sassy Staff – As a patron and long time veteran of Matts, I find some of the negative reviews quite hilarious. Everyone's a critic though! I bet half the naysayers have a culinary degree, worked in a restaurant at least once in their life and own a business YEAH RIGHT! Since when did dining out get so serious....
I love the space-it is such great fun to be part of a busy, positive vibe-great people watching, including witnessing the amazing talent in the kitchen and watching those non-stop moving servers. I often go without a reservation-I love the anticipiation of not knowing whether I may get a lucky seat in house. The hosts always find a way to accomodate me-even if that means I have to wait 45 minutes for a table. Gladly I always do. You have to be patient with a small and very popular local spot. Knowing the restaurant prior to the expansion, I am happy that the kitchen can continue to work their culinary magic. I have had some fabulous meals there-ling cod, pan roasted, over sweet spring onion buerre blanc with caramalized cauliflower, the beautifully braised octopus (my fav in the city) & perfectly composed halibut. The halibut with the heirloom tomato broth is a must have.The best part about dining here is that I know how fresh and quality my meal will be. Hey out there!...spend the money its worth it-pay moderate to higher prices to know that your food is being sourced locally and you are supporting your local farmers and businesses.
To be avoided! – I think Matt's success has gone to their head; they've become arrogant and complacent, relying on their once solid reputation as an authentic place for good food and service. No more. I don't take any pleasure in writing this because I was a long time fan of Matt's since they were literally just a hole in the wall. But in the last year or so, their service, food quality, and value for the money has declined. But I continued to go there with hopes it would improve. But yesterday was my tipping point to abandoning them for good. Had lunch there and ordered the Boccadillo sandwich. I know and accept that they are not cheap but for $14, I was served a small cup of seafood chowder, and a stark-looking sandwich that's about 6" long! No attempt at presentation! BUT what sucked is, towards the end of our meal, they rudely asked us to move to another table!! They arrogantly slapped me with the lame excuse that they're "a busy restaurant and we need tables for people who have reservations"!!! We refused to move because (a) we were there with reservations too and (b) we were almost done dining anyway! But what made us defiant was simply the way we were asked; it was dismissive and wasn't even close to polite!!! I've experienced other lapses and missteps in their service before but have been forgiving about it. But after this incident, I can not earnestly recommend a place that has lost its focus on quality of food and POSITIVE customer experience! In this tight economy, you'll find better value for your $$ elsewhere! Remind restaurants like these that you as a customer make the choice and pay their bills!
Poor service, unfriendly sommelier and just average food – We are frequent visitors to Seattle for business and pleasure. We love all the Tom Douglas restaurants and decided to try Matts at the Market based on a friends recommendation. The decor is simple and disinteresting. It would help to add some art work and color. The sommelier was gruff and seemed annoyed at our questions regarding the recommendation of a Washington Chardonnay. The service was very poor and disorganized from the moment of taking our order through the remainder of the meal.
The scallops were fresh and cooked nicely, but needed different vegetables as an accompanyment.
The noise level was unacceptable, especially when the guitar player attempted to sing. The only dining room is too small for a loud speaker and low volume background music would have sufficed. I cannot recommend this restaurant until attention to detail takes place regarding service.
A new found gem with delightful service in a quaint little one-of-a-kind bistro! – For a first time experience for 2 locals and 2 out of area visitors we had an outstanding evening. Starting with a warm welcome from Todd (the ponytail guy), a table with a great view and a darling waitress named Katie. The food was exceptional - the cod was light, fluffy and cooked to perfection. The scallops melted in your mouth and the salmon was truly a Northwest classic. We topped it all off with Bread Pudding - the best we have ever had. In addition to the above, we were not rushed and were able to enjoy our dinner and conversation for over two hours. What a gem!!!
Did not meet expectations – My husband and I have been told we needed to go here for lunch. Perhaps it was just so hyped but we had decent sandwiches. Nothing to rave about. My husband said his seared tuna sandwich tasted more like there was red hot then wasabi, and mine was nothing too special. I have made better sausage sandwiches at home. We both got adult beverages -- my grapefruit mimosa was really good. We decided to order desert just to see if it was any better. We got chocolate cake with almond filling, and vanilla gelato. To are dimsay we were given a dry chocolate muffin which did indeed have almond filling, and mint chocolate chip gelato. I wish the waiter would have said they were out of vanilla. The meal was not worth the 50 dollar bill.
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