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Via Matta

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(42 Reviews)

79 Park Plz, Boston, MA 02116

(617) 422-0008

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Tomorrow: 5:00 am - 10:30 pm
16
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IN BUSINESS
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BBB Rating
A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
amex, discover, master card, visa, diners club, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhood
Back Bay
AKA

Via Matta Restaurant

Enoteca at Via Matta

Categories
Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Caterers, Bar & Grills, Family Style Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Attire: Dressy

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Family Style, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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Nantastik

05/06/2011

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Overall
Don't Just Stand THERE

This was a really disappointing evening. We went out with friends whom we were treating for yummy dinner at a restaurant we'd liked before. NOT tonight! The hostesses just standing there at the front door were so full of attitude. We were seated at the WORST table despite having advance and confirmed reservations. When asked about switching tables, there were SEVERAL empty tables, we were told it was impossible. This was very disappointing evening. Even if the food had been AMAZING, and the service outstanding, our experience was spoiled. The food, by the way, was NOT amazing and the service was FAR FROM outstanding. There was NO visible management presence or something may have been done to make the disappointment less hard to swallow.
The restaurant is just not too ordinary to rest on a no longer valid reputation of cool and chic with good food: NONE of this applies. Our waiter was 23: what does he know about food or wine. He is just serving what is ordered; he made no recommendations or suggestions.
Over-priced and UNDER-whelming.
Stay away; there are many better places to be treated unkindly and unprofessionally. Michael Schlow should be ASHAMED.

Allstar201297

04/13/2011

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Classic Boston Hip

Since I can remember being out and about on the Boston area restaurant scene, which is maybe ten years now, I've never had a bad meal at Via Matta. Each new menu they come up with is better than another. I miss the chef's table in the kitchen but the main dining room is really where it's at anyway. Try any of their home made pasta entrees and the drinks are always top shelf. I put this on my top ten for new and old friends visiting Boston.

IVJ

06/10/2009

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Overall
Best Italian Restaurant

Simply elegant, chic Italian inspired food and people make this place a favorite! Homemade pasta and friendly service, great location... Wines are nicely priced and all around great experience!

thomhal

11/15/2008

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For those who eat out rarely

The ideal restaurant for those who enjoy waiters in blue jeans & sneakers serving them mid-$40 entrees. For diners who haven't travelled to Italy, this will seem like a great restaurant. The chef relies on heavy doses of herbs and salt to spice up dishes created from mundane ingredients -- certainly an appeal to his regular clientele. They make sure you know how they feel about your dining in their restaurant.

Jenny999

04/20/2008

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Best Italian Restaurant in Boston

This is the restaurant me and my boyfriend go to every time we want to have a special meal. We never go to the North End anymore because Via Matta is the best. The pastas there are absolutely amazing with much more diverse and innovative choices than ones in north end or anywhere else in Boston. Spicy lobster pasta is my favorite! The spicy calamari appetizer is also amazing. We have been there 5 or 6 times and it's been amazing every time. Also do not leave without trying their desserts, mind blowing!!!

kimp2008

10/02/2007

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Great dining experience!!! L@@K

Amazing restaurant! From the valet person outside, to the front desk, to the server, to the busperson, I felt like a princess or a superstar!!! Get a VIP treatment even if you?re a regular person like me!! The raw tuna appetizer was delish, and the chicken under a brick was to die for! My drinks came long after we order, but other than that it was a great experience. I definitely recommend it for special occasions.

cwarner12

07/13/2007

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A Bad Experience

I have been to Via Matta twice (the second time reluctantly), and have had very negative experiences. In my first visit, we were seated after 45 minutes despite having a reservation. When seated, the waitress recommended the most expensive wine and meal on the menu to my son's friend. Before our meals came (took roughly 45-50 minutes), the waitress brought out olive oil in unnecessary quantities. It turned out later that the olive oil was part of the bill. Never before have I gone to a restaurant that gauges money so perversely as Via Matta. The second time I visited, the waiter spilt an entire glass of wine on my suit, and all the manager could offer was a clean shirt. I believe the appropriate, polite response to such an occasion would be to offer the meal on the house. Instead, I was offered a simple button down shirt, no compensation for my suit, and feeling like a victim rather than like a customer, I left before the main courses arrived.

I do not recommend this restaurant at all.

kmc1128

07/12/2007

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Overall
Perfect

I've found very few restaurants that seem to have everything in order... the food, service and ambiance. Via Matta has it all. My husband and I have a great experience each time we go: the food is delectable, the service is incredibly professional, and the environment is pleasant. We like everything so much that we've made dinner here a weekly tradition. The waitstaff seem to have recognized this and greet us warmly, sometimes even remembering the dishes we like to order. I'd recommend the Burrata appetizer, it's light and very fresh. My husband swears by the bolognese pasta. Definitely make a trip here if you enjoy fresh food and friendly service.

etreacy

07/07/2007

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Overall
poor service

I've eaten here twice and found the food to be OK, the wine list to be good, and the service to be somewhat lacking. Considering that the prices are sky high the service should be commensurate, but it's definitely not. A noisy restaurant with an abrupt staff. I won't eat there again.

simonsamson

01/25/2007

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Great to celebrate!

I recently took my girlfriend out for her birthday. She loves Italian, so I asked around the office for some great spots in the city (I don't go out often) and the majority of the office suggested Via Matta. I had no trouble making the reservation, even on a busy weekend. I told the girl on the phone that it was a special occasion, and she told me that they would make sure the night was special. They went above and beyond! We checked in for our reservation, and the people at the door greated us with a smile, and wish my girlfriend a big happy birthday. Then, we went to our table, a really nice spot by the window, and the table was decorated with confetti and the server greeted us with complimentary champagne. We had the best dinner, but the best part was the dessert with a personalized ""Happy Birthday"" message with her name, and a birthday card signed by the entire staff. I highly recomend this restaurant for special occasions like birthdays, and I'm looking forward to going back to have some drinks at their bar with my friends (which was packed all night).

terence janericco

06/06/2006

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Poor Choice

The noise level makes conversation impossible. Reservation requests are not respected. The server got furious when we did not order bottled water and more so when we asked to split a pasta as a first course. The chicken was so salty it was inedible and then she slapped the bill on the table as soon as she served dessert.
The costs are sky high but the rest is down and dirty.

bowdoin79

05/15/2006

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Overall
Excellent

Went for dinner the other day. Seated at great window table. Started with pappardelle with wild mushrooms. My friend and I could not decide on what to order as both the chicken milanese and the shellfish stew looked appealing. We figured we would just share. The waiter took it upon himself to split both meals so we each got an individual plate of both..... great idea and great presentation. Panna cotta for dessert was fantastic. all in all one of the best dining experiences in a while

amoc2001

03/04/2006

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Overall
my fav rest in boston

my fav restaurant in boston- trendy, cool, hip, waiter was attentive. ambience is great. have been to almost every high end restaurant in boston and this one takes the cake... or the panna cotta which was amazing :)

sgourmandp

01/17/2006

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Bravo!!!

Nice to finally have an Italian restaurant that isn't in the North End and one that offers a broader range of regional cuisine. Very dynamic ambience. Would like to see more ""traditional dishes"" on the menu and more variation but overall, have to say this is one of the better Italian restaurants in Boston. Great wine list.

dd123

11/26/2005

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Good Seafood Soup but Fishy Fish

The ambiance was elegant and some of the dishes were good, although 2 items were below basic dining standards. First the special olive oil infused with various spices had no taste. The regular olive oil (extra virgin with heavy olive taste) was a great substitute and married well with the bread. Secondly I ordered the Mediterranean grilled whole fish which was a special. When I smelled my fish being served, it had a strong, obvious fishy odor. The server said it was how the fish should smell. I later smelled the same fishiness of another fish served to another table. Im surprised that the talented chefs would allow such fishy dishes to leave the kitchen. I returned my fish and replaced it with the Cacciucco of East Coast Shellfish (similar to the bouillabaisse) which was excellent with intense seafood and rosemary flavors. My wait staff was polite and understanding.

philipguarino

10/22/2005

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Overall a solid choice

The quality is generally very good, although some of the items of the menu are a little simple, maybe Americanized (like the pollo al mattone). But one of the best in terms of authentic Italian food.

fendigirl12

10/16/2005

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Above the rest!!

The food was to die for!! The service was outstanding I went with a couple of my girlfriends we had a couple drinks at the bar since we were early for our reservation and the drink menu was great the bartnenders were the best they made wonderful drinks and were very attentive. I would go back for sure.
Two thumbs up!! Valet service was also fantastic!

jguber

09/27/2005

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Completely Blown Away!!!

What an awesome first time! My girlfriend and I wanted a place special and fun, and everyone at Via Matta made our anniversary perfect. We had a drink at the bar and the bartender was so nice. That Basil Gimlet--amazing. We heard about the eggplant and the bolognese and both were spectacular; perfectly seasoned. Service was sharp and unobtrusive. Desserts--chocolate crostata and panna cotta were so decadent. They didn't rush us to leave and kept filling our water. We will definitely be back and bring friends!!!

ncfoodhound

09/09/2005

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Not a great first try

Appetizers ($11-16), Pastas ($16-21) and entrees ($20-38). Ordered Pasta Bolognese and Fish Stew. Plate of olive oil and bread delivered. No bread plate. The oil was heavily laced with basil, delicious as a dipping oil for bread, which was nothing special. The Bolognese appetizer was average in size, no fresh pepper offered. This dish was horrible, way too salty. Second attempt same. The fish stew was outstanding. Shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, calamari and a piece of fish in a spicy tomato broth laced with fennel, red pepper and fresh parsley. Hidden on bottom was slice of bread soaking the broth. Excellent. This is a dish that should not be missed. I just had a bad batch of Bolognese sauce and will try again. Maybe even give the Bolognese another shot. Service spotty.

sophieschoice

07/25/2005

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Overall
numero uno

best italian in boston. the margaritas were well worth the 15.00....liquid heaven. the food was impeccable. i had the spicy calamari and soft crab linguine. for dessert? hazelnut chocolate concoction. can't remember what it's called as had three of the 15.00 margaritas ;) kudos to EVERYONE at via matta!!!!!!! divine.

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