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Matthew's Italian Restaurant

1131 Bloomfield Ave, Clifton, NJ 07012-2305
+1 973-928-4300
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“veal” (18 reviews)
“hot antipasto” (7 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1131 Bloomfield Ave, Clifton, NJ 07012-2305
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed having lunch in a relaxed atmosphere with great service and fine food. The lunch menu offered sandwiches, salads, and dinner choices. Also a great selection of wine was available along with many types of beers. I shared the hot appetizer for two and...More

Thank jlm207
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a super small restaurant, but that is what makes it quaint and worth the wait. The food is a home cooked Italian meal. Always excellent. I love their sauce, but I have to say their fish fillet is outstanding.

Thank Debbie M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love to visit Matthews and find the restaurant warm, cozy and comfortable. Service is impeccable, This restaurant is classy, food very fresh, attention to detail in every facet of the meal. Be prepared to wait a bit as the restaurant is small but the...More

Thank SusanT330
Reviewed 10 January 2018

We found Matthew's online when we were looking for a nice place to dine while waiting for the evening rush hour to clear. Excellent find! We had a wonderful dinner. We began with a hot antipasti selection and followed with the sole francese; veal bolognese...More

Thank Kathleen P
Reviewed 4 January 2018

This quant one room restaurant serves some great food.Size does not matter here because the dishes are delicious and prepared in an authentic Italian style plate served by a great wait staff.The dinning room is small but they make it up with great food!

Thank 123dubdutch
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Great ambience, amazing food very friendly staff. Highly recommend the chicken parm and chicken oreganata. Also for appetizer Clams oreganata is to die for. My favorite Italian place in NJ 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Thank Priscila S
Reviewed 27 October 2017

We have been to Matthews about a dozen or more times over the past year. We first stopped in for lunch when we were working nearby, and knew right away that we would be back for dinner. You'll feel welcomed by Matthew, who is almost...More

Thank noc0375
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Went here recently, party of three. I was looking for a place that would have easy access to NJPAC. For appetizers we ordered the stuffed artichoke and hot antipasto. My wife said the artichoke was not good, they cut off the top and the filling...More

Thank ken123074
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Went for a birthday celebration. I had the s sautéed shrimp with, on the side, angel hair with garlic sauce. The shrimp were jumbo size and the pasta was nicely cooked. The appetizers were not as memorable. We ordered fried calamari and mussels. I liked...More

Thank Reina B
Reviewed 3 October 2017

When you find a restaurant that doesn’t take reservations but nearly always has a few groups of people waiting to get in, you know they’re doing something right. Though I have ended up elsewhere due long wait times as often as I’ve actually eaten there,...More

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Heather M
29 September 2017|
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Response from TravelingJeff2000 | Reviewed this property |
There is emergency door on the main street level, which may get you in. We were sitting at the door area, that's how I remembered.
14 April 2017|
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Response from JazzinInJersey | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Only seats about 10 though.
9 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.
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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
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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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