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Matthew's Italian Restaurant

1131 Bloomfield Ave, Clifton, NJ 07012-2305
+1 973-928-4300
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“sunday sauce” (3 reviews)
Opens in 27 min
All hours
Italian, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1131 Bloomfield Ave, Clifton, NJ 07012-2305
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Owner Matthew will greet you at the door. The waitress was friendly and attentive. We had crispy calamari and hot antipasto which includes stuffed shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, zucchini friti, eggplant rollatini, clams & mussels. Seafood is as fresh and delicious as it can be.. Spicy...More

Thank TravelingJeff2000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best Italian I've ever had. The only comparison would be the meals Ive eaten in Italy! Meatballs were incredible. Huge cheesy chicken parm and veal saltimbocca. Pasta in oil and garlic was outstanding! I almost hate to write this review as I don't want...More

Thank Swin1234
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious entrees. Owner / Manager warm, caring, welcoming and very efficient at communicating with and seating guests, making everyone feel like a VIP. A+ for the main courses, we skipped apps. I believe we ordered from the daily specials. I had the arctic char and...More

1  Thank cleanfreek
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Matthews for the second time today and decided to write a review. My second visit was as delightful as the first! Matthew is a wonderful host who welcomes you as though you are arriving at his home for dinner. The dining room is...More

Thank GaGaOf2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small energetic Italian Restaurant with a very familiar Italian fare menu. Food is very good. The staff is accommodating and friendly, but slow.

Thank lisaunhochwong
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Went back to Matthew's on Saturday night.. Short wait as the place is small.. But WELL worth it.. Great wine list.. Great food.. Great service.. Great prices.. Matthew and his staff have this place humming!! Always a great dining experience.. Batts loves this place!!!

Thank joeybb2016
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

The place was busy when we arrived, but we were seated rather quickly. The waitress was friendly and attentive. My girlfriend, who is gluten free, gave the GF penne with homemade red sauce high marks. I had the rigatoni with vodka sauce, which was also...More

Thank jasheehan
Reviewed 30 July 2017

It's satisfying when an experience exceeds your expectations. This happens often at Matthew's. It is a small, happy, delicious place that creates consistently excellent food. It's often crowded with appreciative regular customers. Matthew gracefully and efficiently circulates to make sure all the moving parts are...More

Thank 26trvlr
Reviewed 24 July 2017

You are treated like royalty here and fed like it too. I cn whole heartedly reccommend the calamari, the arugala salad was one of the most simple yet best salads I've ever had, fresh lemon juice and lightly dressed honors the arugala and it was...More

Thank Rich D
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is a great local restaurant. Great to visit with family and friends. Excellent service and alway accommodating. Very busy but you still don't wait long for a table. Small bar area to enjoy while waiting. All your favorite dishes prepared like home made.

Thank pete d
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Questions & Answers
14 April 2017|
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Response from JazzinInJersey | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Only seats about 10 though.
8 May 2016|
Response from Betsy D | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not good for that big a party. Its way too small. Try momma vittorias in Nutley. Excellent food and BYOB.
2 May 2016|
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Response from Arlene K | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely call to make a reservation. With a group that size, it's always a good idea to give the restaurant a head's up so they can be ready for you and your service will be better.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1131 Bloomfield Ave, Clifton, NJ 07012-2305
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Clifton
  • Phone Number: +1 973-928-4300
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