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Cafe 157

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157 N Trade St, Matthews, NC 28105-1712
+1 704-844-8686
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
Fri 17:00 - 22:00
Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We've been here twice. The first time on date night with my husband. It was good but not great. We decided to give it a second chance and brought the kids. We ordered Arancini and fried pickles for starters and they were good, but it took us forever to get the waitress' attention to get some ranch. We ended up... More 

Thank BArubia
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 January 2017

This is a lovely place to have dinner out of the city. I have the Filet Mignon with a reduction sauce that was so tender the knife cut through it like it was warm butter. My mother had the crabs cakes that had so much crab you don't have to search for the crab. Lobster bisque is one of the... More 

Thank ak7rjb
Matthews, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

My husband and I went to Café 157 for Queen's Feast ($30, appetizer, entrée, dessert). We ordered a $32 bottle of wine and our meals. I ordered sea bass. I was not aware there was a difference between Asian vs Chilean sea bass. I found it thin, marbled in black fat, and over-cooked. It was not edible. When I informed... More 

2 Thank actionmatters2017
Matthews, North Carolina
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232 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

This is a GREAT lunch OR dinner spot. Sometimes I do forget about it, but it is well worth the drive no matter where you are at. The Owners are friendly and the vibe here is always VERY comfortable. The inside feel warm and inviting and the outside patio is wonderful. Tiffany usually waits on us and she is a... More 

Thank FlanFam
Charlotte, North Carolina
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140 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We used to live in Matthews and would go here fairly regularly. We did like it as it was priced good and food was good standards. Our last visit it was horrible. Not sure if they were just busy or change in chef. The salmon tasted frozen out of the box under cooked and everything else was watery tasteless. Don't... More 

Thank JohnT01Traveler
Winston Salem
1 review
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

We had a Thanksgiving meal at Cafe 157. Service was slow, and at moments, thoughtless. Like taking away someone's plate without asking, with prime rib remaining, not thinking to ask about dessert choices then going back to the subject. The waiter was a cultured sounding man, but a bit brusque. And the service quite slow. The ambience is dark --... More 

Thank Peter K
Mint Hill, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We have eaten here before and were very satisfied. On a recent visit for lunch, however, I was not. The "lump" crab cake sandwich looked and tasted like ground Asian crab with fillers, not lump backfin crab meat. I chose not to complain due to the fact that we had guests with us. I regret this now. I would not... More 

1 Thank Richard B
Matthews, North Carolina
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Good food which was cooked well. Sometimes service can be hit or miss. The starters to our meal with the hummas was excellent. Good quiet place to eat and relax.

Thank Carol J
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80 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Ate with my 2 sisters and ordered the pork tenderloin medallions. They were cooked to perfection and were moist and tender. The gravy was excellent as were the mashed potatoes and fresh green beans. My sisters were happy with their meals of a hamburger and a salad with fried shrimp, We would all definitely come back.

Thank Ecarp
Sanibel Island, Florida
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65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We had 2 very good meals out of a three day visit to the Matthews area. Both steaks and seafood dishes were well prepared as empty plates were present around the table. The dinner "special", pan seated scallops were perfectly cooked as was the steaks trimmed with a light mushroom sauce. When visiting an area while traveling we always try... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 157 N Trade St, Matthews, NC 28105-1712
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Matthews
  • Phone Number: +1 704-844-8686
"American Bistro, dine- in and a very beautiful patio. Serving lunch & dinner, good food (fine dining flair)".

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?