354 Wabasha St N, St. Paul, MN | Directions 5510244.945381 -93.094050
Very questionable wait staff – We had hoped to get into the St Paul Grill or Pazzaluna but both were booked due to a show in town. We made some reservations at Matty B's and arrived early. The maitre de asked us to wait in the bar and our table would be ready in 15 minutes. He told us to start a tab and he would have it transferred from the bar to our table. We asked if he was going to come and get us and he told us "it would be easier for me if you came and found me". The bartenders were very friendly and the pour is generous. When we were going to track down the maitre de to get our table, I asked them to transfer the tab. The bartenders said there was no way to do that and they had no idea what the maitre de was talking about. They told us to just tell our wait person what we ordered in the bar and have them charge it to our dinner bill. We were seated at a nice booth (out of sight of the band though halfway through the meal the server asked us if we wanted to move). The tables were set nicely but they cover the linens with paper which is like wearing tennis shoes with a tuxedo. After getting another drink (we figured we were going to need them) we received our relish tray and bread and then waited for 25 minutes before our server returned . We had ordered an appetizer that they kept trying to clear off the table within minutes of receiving it. When we received our dinner, they had tried to clear the appetizer 4 times. My wife had a steak which was very good as were the mashed potatoes. I had the Alaska King Crab salad. I'm not sure what they are thinking but some shredded crabmeat with tiny, skinny pieces is not what I expected from a king crab salad. It was marginal at best. As with the appetizer, they kept trying to prematurely clear our dinner. The staff in this restaurant (except for the bartenders) needs some serious help. The sirloin was good as was the baked brie appetizer. Nice ambience. No chance of going back but it has promise.
Enjoyable visit – I have to say, I enjoyed my visit to this restaurant. I decided to take my parents, both in their upper 70's, to Matty B's for dinner after doing some research on the restaurant. I can't say it was disappointing. We enjoyed a very solid meal in a great setting. The supper club style dining still has something to be said for it, and the meal was very good. However, I think that the wait staff needs some attention. We made it obvious that we were there to enjoy ourselves and sit back, which is what you do in a "supper club", but we were constantly rushed by our waiter. At the same time, he wasn't able to answer our questions regarding the menu. The food itself was very good, but it was also way too much to eat. I would rather have paid half the price for half the food. Overall, I can't say I wouldn't go back, but it may be a while.
Wouldn't Go Back – After investigating Matty B's on-line and seeing the wonderful decor, our group was excited to check out the St. Paul supper club. While the decor did in fact impress, the rest of the dining experience was a little disappointing. To start off, our party of seven was placed in the bar because they couldnt accommodate a group our size in the restaurant, despite the fact we had reservations. The food was mediocre at best, especially considering the prices of the meals. We were also told that several menu items were not being served. We were even told at one point that the restaurant didnt have milk! The band scheduled for 7:30 was nowhere in sight when we left at 9:00. While the wait staff was polite, they seemed very unorganized. Id like to give Matty Bs another chance, but considering their pricing, Im not going to risk it. They should really work out the quirks of a new establishment before opening a second location.
A classic supper club where the old guard, politicians and newspaper folks regale in classic montages of old St. Paul. – In Short
Dark mahogany and cherry woodwork, dim lighting and wafting smells of grilled steaks and buttered potatoes harkens back to a '50s supper club. St. Paul politicians, media personalities and sports figures sink into the deep leather banquets for entrees of sautéed garlic walleye and aged broiled-top sirloin. The large tables attract both business deals and familial celebrations, while bar patrons take an Old Forester and regal in light jazz and montages of classic St. Paul.
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