Matt's in the Market (Downtown)

94 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 467-7909

Matt's is an intensely pleasant place to be, overlooking the Pike Place Market with views of the big clock and glinting slices of the Sound—there aren't too many tables crammed in, everyone seems to be a regular, there's a celebratory air. The dinner menu changes regularly, featuring lots of very fresh seafood, but it's quite pricey, and the food's just good, not incredible.
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Owner Dan Bugge and chef Shane Ryan of Matt's in the Market host a series of dinners cooked by haute shite visiting chefs, including six courses with wine or cocktail pairings. July 21: Chris Cosentino of Porcellino (formerly Incanto), San Francisco; August 11: Matthew Accarrino of SPQR, San Francisco; September 15: John Gorham of Toro Bravo, Portland. October 27: Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman of Hog & Hominy, Memphis.
Matt's in the Market
94 Pike St
Seattle (Downtown)


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  • 2.73000/5 Stars.
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i agree that the staff here is very rude and aloof. it's almost as though you're bothering them just being in their snobby presence. too bad indeed. get a new manager!
Posted by mama sita on October 22, 2008 at 11:44 AM · Report this


I love Matt's and the food and am happy there is now more space for people to try this great place. However I went in on a Friday evening to buy a gift certificate and felt that the pony-tailed manager (as mentioned in 2 reviews above) was condescending, and incredibly rude. If he is trying to be ironic and casual with customers and therefore showcasing his stunning sense of humor--he is failing miserably, and instead really putting off loyal patrons. I walked away hoping that the people using the gift certificate would not have to deal with him and am almost tempted to figure out his day off to help them plan.
Posted by Eat Local on November 12, 2007 at 1:29 PM · Report this

Great service

I've been to Matt's half a dozen times, and I've always loved the service and the food. I suppose it's possible that some people (see above) have been unhappy there, but I adore the place and I'm always urging my friends to go there... especially for lunch when it's cheaper. You'll need reservations, the place is always full.
Posted by Uncle Vinny on November 4, 2007 at 2:30 PM · Report this

Don't waste your time!

The food is good and the atmosphere is great but the service, attitude and speed is terrible! I will never return!
Posted by Melissa Lenton on October 22, 2007 at 11:15 AM · Report this


Had lunch at Matts with 7 other people who are all in the hotel industry. The service was very very slow. Took forever for our order to be taken. When she brought the order she gave some of us the wrong orders. After having dessert we were brought the check, signed our checks and a man came over and told us to get. I am sure that he did it because other people were waiting. We were going to leave right away anyway but I guess he wanted to make sure we were leaving. Very rude and unprofessional staff. Never will return. Too bad because the food was good.
Posted by Val on October 22, 2007 at 8:55 AM · Report this

I Can't Believe the Attitude!

Service was desultory to rude. Not two minutes after they dropped the check they said "Are you Happy? Great! Leave." Inquiries as to the restroom were answered with an unhelpful "down the hall". After finding it my dining mate realized she needed to come back and ask the same person for the key. Food was nice but the staff attitude was just shocking.
Posted by Bruce on October 19, 2007 at 3:25 PM · Report this

Don't Bother

Four of us arrived promptly for a 7:30 reservation and were told it will be about a fifteen minutes wait. Long story short: an hour later we walked out after being told twice by the totally unprofessional pony tailed asshole manager "what is, is". He didn't have the brains to offer an apology, free drink or anything to appease us. Ended up having a great meal at 94 Stuart. I've never written a review before, and am writing this so as to warn others what to expect.
Posted by Cinco on October 14, 2007 at 2:04 PM · Report this

rude pretentious

a new foodie from manhattan new york, had never had the rudest service! a reservation for 7 on aug.7 was lost. no apologetic gesture, only a gesture of a dirty look from a rude, cunty, ugly fat hostess. the manager named "tom' was no help to the situation. they angered 7 affluent seattlites, an owner of couple of hip boutiques in seattle, fashion designers, interior decorator and an athelete who vowed never to go there. the reviews on city search are not that goldy as well.
Posted by eatie on August 8, 2007 at 11:35 PM · Report this

Outstanding in every detail

The chow is really a delight. Fresh, thoughtful, delicious. The vibe is smart and laid back and the staff is wonderful. I was worried about the expansion but I think it works. Same place just a bit bigger. Make reservations way ahead and don't be a jerk and ruin the place. FYI This review was written by a non-editorial staff member of The Stranger.
Posted by Tim Keck on July 26, 2007 at 8:13 PM · Report this

Heart of Seattle

Matt's is the unofficial heart of the city. It represents the finest aspects of Seattle. The staff is friendly. The space is modest. The wine is plentiful. As with many of the other reviews here have mentioned the most important aspect of Matt's is the freshness of the food. There is a lot of ink being spilled right now on eating "in-season" food. If you don't currently eat this way and are curious as to what it means then go to Matt's in The Market every two weeks for a single season. You will never have the same food twice.
Posted by satanseviltwin on July 23, 2007 at 10:41 AM · Report this


94 Pike St., (206) 467-7909 Being a recent transplant from France, I was feeling homesick for a cosy nook where I could appease my discerning palate from time to time, all on my limited budget…well, I have found it and it is Matt’s. This place is wonderful, like a corner bistro, perfect for falling in love. The owner is friendly and knowledgeable owner, the staff branché et serviable and there’s a bonus: an open kitchen, right in front of the zinc…j’adore! The menu changes frequently, depending on current market produce, so what you get is fresh. Of course, this means that there are not many menu options, as once again, you are eating what’s available day-to-day, and not what is dug up from the freezer…yet believe me, this makes a huge difference! If you want to have a slow food experience, sprinkled with romance and poetry, bring your date here…and call beforehand, as some nights there is even music, featuring Seattle’s crème de la crème jazz players.
Posted by Pixette on July 19, 2007 at 1:59 AM · Report this


Matt's has it all. I hope it keeps it all after the remodel. The food is superb, the people are great, they could use cocktails, but what the heck. In the original place you could sit at the counter and marvel at how they created all that gourmet food in such a small space and made it/served it without pretense. Really one of the best restaurants in Seattle.
Posted by Charles on May 28, 2007 at 8:00 AM · Report this

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