Mushrooms unwashed; Needs Improvement.
I ordered the Mahi Mahi salad, and was surprised to find CANNED jalapenos on it when it was served, as there was NO MENTION of any jalapenos on the menu. They seemed out of place. Maybe better if fresh. The menu described it as having "pineapple salsa, cucumbers, atop a garden salad, with a Caribbean mango dressing." I didn't taste the mango at all. I wonder if they even gave me mango dressing. Even though I picked off the jalapenos and didn't eat a single bite of them, the taste was left behind, overpowering everything. The mushrooms were CLEARLY NOT WASHED. I could see peat moss on every piece of mushroom! Makes me wonder, do they wash any of the vegetables? Probably not. Would they wash all the rest, but leave the mushrooms unwashed?
Our glasses were slow to be refilled. My coffee was not once refreshed. My plate was taken away and tossed before I was even finished; the server didn't even ask if I was done. Very unimpressed.
I don't know if this matters if you have kids, but I heard someone ask for crayons and they didn't have any.
WORST EXPERIENCE!. As a Director of Events for a large hotel in the area, I would say I can sometimes be a little pickier then others but this was by far the worst I have ever experienced. We made reservations for Thanksgving Dinner. Upon arrival were greeted by the hostess, our table was not ready yet so we sat and waited as she seated other guests, our turn came about and she pointed across the room and said go over there through those doors and your table is in there. Here I am with my 6 year old and 80 your old grandmother, lugging around O2 tank and cane. I asked her to show since there were 3 doors and I did not want to drag my grandmother through the restaurant, she said should could'nt and kept pointing. At this point I saw 3 gentlemen sitting at the bar, noticed one shirt said Matthews 1600 asked if I could see the Manager, guess what he was the Manager just sitting at the bar doing nothing. Told him they were not off to a good start, he then apologized and said "the food and your server will more then make up for this little incident". Huh! The server whose only job was to get drinks came 15 minutes later (automatically recieved a $22 tip for bringing 3 cups of tea and a milk), that was all she did besided drop a check. Went to the buffet thinking it must be better, perhaps if the Manager was watching the buffet he would have noticed the sterno's were out, the food was cold, the cheese display was non existent, shrimp over cooked, pasta over cooked and the Prime Rib very fatty. About the only good thing was the pumpkin pie which was served on plastic plates with plastic forks! Server dropped us the check and over charges us, I pointed out she charged for 4 adults when clearly my child was only 6, "oops" I am used to hitting the adult meal button (wonder how many guest were overcharged that night). To top it off the buffet price of $28.95 per person did not include the beverages they were $2.50 on top, so for $150.00 when all was said and done, my family left hungry and had to go home and heat up something. NEVER AGAIN!
A new favorite. Great food, great setting, great service. We've found a new favorite.
What a great restaurant!. I love this restaurant! It is beautifully decorated and very clean. The servers are very helpful and friendly. My dish was amazing. I look forward to going back soon!
Great Brunch. We had a great brunch experience this past sunday at Matthews. The new brunch menu is awesome and full of variety, they even have a kids breakfast to pick from. This past sunday the resturant seemed especially busy, however our service was great, and the food was still high quality. The only downfall of the meal was the table to the left of us that did nothing but complain loud enough for us to hear them. Even after this table tested both the server and managers patience, they still remained extremely professional and continued to give them attentive service. Obviously nothing was going to make them happy, they even admitted the food was great!! Go in for your self and taste the new delicious brunch menu. I highly recommend the breakfast burrito!!
I have eaten here a few times and have always had a good experience. When it cam time to plan a small party (25 people) I decided to ask. Todd has been great. I have no idea what the "toobusyforus" guys are talking about. Very nice at first meeting and has been attentive both by phone and Email. He has helped us plan a wonderful menu at a very fair price.
If you haven't tried Mathew's you should.
Happening Place!. I have lived in Catonsville for 2 years and this was my first time at Matthew's! I had been hearing from my friends how great the place is and decided to give it a try. The place is great!!! The bar area is HUGE and so much fun. The food was delicious and the bartenders were the friendliest around. I suggest you check the place out if you've never been there, you won't be disappointed!
My Mother turned 75 this year so we decided to have a party for her. We called and spoke with a very nice hostess who took down our information and told us that "Todd" the Banquet Coordinator would get back to us as he is the person who plans the parties at Matthew's. We heard back from Todd the next day and he was very helpful, professional and patient as we had no clue what we wanted. He took care of all of the details and made it seem so easy.
The day of our party, we didn't have to worry about anything! It was even better than what Todd described to us. His attention to detail was amazing and he was so thoughtful, he even found a vase and filled it with water for some flowers that were brought as a gift.
If you are planning to have a party, I highly recommend Matthew's 1600 as our party was great and Mom still tells everyone what a wonderful time she had!
Guess don't need the business?. I wanted to have a private party with about 80 guests, so I called and was told to speak with Todd. Well after trying 4 times to get hold of Todd to discuss the party I gave up. Every time I called I was told they were too busy to talk with Todd and that he would call me back-he never did. I should have listened (and believed) the previous reviews (Toobusyforus) and not wasted my time. I guess in these poor economic times there are still places that don't need new business?
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. Not worth the trouble. I had the task of setting up a small holiday party as I do every year. Matthews 1600 was on our list of possibilities. Well, I tried four times to make a reservation for a small private party and was told I had to speak to Todd. Well, Todd is never in and doesn't return his messages. Matthews 1600, too bad for you. If I can't even get someone to call me back, I can imagine what type of service we'd get. There are so many places to choose from and based on the reviews I've already read...I'm not wasting anymore of my time. We'll plan our holiday party elsewhere thank you. FYI - it's not rocket science...it's just reservations...
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