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Matera DC, Washington, DC

Matera DC

4.3
4.3
90 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Matera is a cozy, elegant Italian neighborhood restaurant set in historical Foggy Bottom neighborhood of D.C.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American, Mediterranean
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 301-5401
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 90 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

90 Reviews
  1. Laurie

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a superb restaurant. It is intimate, quiet, the service was fantastic, and the food was superb from the bread to the dessert. We will return.

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    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal and the service was fantastic!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was fantastic. The food was delicious Great place!

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  4. Naveen

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I expected this to be a bit higher end than it was. It's basically just the restaurant/bar at the River Inn. That said, the food was really good, as was the service. It's traditional Italian-American food. Even those in our party who had more refined tastes enjoyed it.

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  5. barrydrucker012153

    Washington DC

    132 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Italian food prepared very well. Service was exceptional and it’s a short walk from the Kennedy Center

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice small charming spot. Well priced, service and food were excellent.

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  7. Sushilover

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is mediocre at best. Very disappointed.

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  8. MortG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Please see my earlier review. Nothing's changed. Still excellent.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a confirmed reservation, but we were told we couldn't be seated because "people had reservations before us" even though we arrived at the time of the reservation and the restaurant was empty.
    Matera DCResponded on 19 March 2024
    Hi there, I wanted to personally reach out to apologize for the inconvenience and frustration you experienced. Unfortunately, our reservation system made an error, resulting in conflicting bookings for the same time slot. Regrettably, this caused difficulty in accommodating all reservations as intended, leading to the situation you encountered. Please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience caused. We would love to offer you a gift card to have a meal on us anytime, please contact us directly so we can make it up to you. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Ryan

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my first time dining at Matera. The ambience was lovely. I would eat here again.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great dinner. Staff was very attentive to our needs. Thank you!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Fantastic spot. It’s in a quiet neighborhood. A good choice if you want a lowkey meal.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nothing to complain about but nothing remarkable either

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  14. Spicegirl

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s was way smaller than I expect the food and service was amazing.
    Matera DCResponded on 20 February 2024
    Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our food and service, even though the restaurant itself was smaller than you anticipated. We hope to see you again soon.

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  15. Barb

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate there before a show at the Kennedy Center. There were 6 of us and the service and food were excellent. It was a little noisy but we were able to converse with no trouble.

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  16. AS1234

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very sweet cozy quiet restaurant. Very attentive staff with high quality food and presentation. Very healthy vegetarian options with good flavor. Would gladly come back.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and the fire place is a nice touch, low key atmoshpere

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  18. Lizzy

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a lovely place. Very convenient before a show at the Kennedy Center. Good vegetarian options and drinks.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Bad waiter service. Bad waiter service. Bad waiter service.
    Matera DCResponded on 6 February 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback regarding your recent dining experience at Matera. We're truly sorry to hear that your visit did not meet your expectations, particularly regarding the quality of service provided by our waitstaff. We would love the opportunity to make things right for you. If you could kindly email or call us directly, we would be more than happy to discuss your concerns further and explore how we can rectify the situation to ensure your next visit exceeds your expectations. Once again, we apologize for falling short of providing the level of service you deserve. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to Matera and restore your confidence in our restaurant. Warm regards, MATERA TEAM

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  20. BarbaraL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This little restaurant is a very nice intimate place to go for special dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center. The food was very good and the service very cordial. The only thing I missed was not getting bread at the beginning of the meal.

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  21. SamanthaR

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our meals and had a great time here. It was a nice place to do dinner before going to a show at the Kennedy Center.

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  22. Chevy

    Washington DC

    58 reviews

    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Neighborhood gem, good food, friendly staff, and efficient service.

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  23. Fishmom

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious as always. Although service can sometimes be slow on the weekends, they had three servers tonight.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent flavor profile in our dinner entrees and attentive service. Suggestions: offer pepper for salads (not on table) and anchovies on Caesar salad.

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  25. BethanyG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My sister and I want prior to a show at the Kennedy Center. We arrived early while the staff was setting up for the night. After a brief wait we sat at the bar for a pre dinner cocktail. We moved to our table at our set reservation time. Our bartender/waiter Charlie was awesome, helpfuland friendly. He made some recommendations when we asked what he liked. Our appetizer and meals were delicious, served promptly. Our After dinner espresso martinis were a perfect ending and our dessert! Made it to the show with plenty of time. We would definitely go to Matera again the next time we go to a show.

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  26. MortG

    Washington DC

    123 reviews

    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I frequently dine here before a performance at The Kennedy Center. We have yet to be disappointed. This time, my wife had a beet salad followed by the herb chicken entree. She raved about both. I made the mistake of ordering two appetizers, one as my first course, the other as my entree. I say "mistake" because either dish would have been sufficient for my dinner. For the first course, I had the caprese salad. I think there were six slices of tomatoes, six slices of mozzarella, and a balsamic glaze. My only complaint is the kitchen could have been lighter on the glaze. For my entree, I had one of the night's specials, the Tuscan Shrimp Gamberetti. When it was presented, all I saw was a bed of arugula topped with four (perfectly cooked) shrimp. What I didn't realize was that there was an ocean of food (broth, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, etc.) beneath the arugula. It was delicious. We also order two glasses of wine (Pinot Grigio for me, Chardonnay for my wife). Both were crisp and perfectly chilled. The complementary rolls were also nicely warmed and fresh. Our servers (primarily Brian) were very attentive but not intrusive. We'll be back!

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  27. cfuller

    Washington DC

    92 reviews

    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This is a cozy neighborhood restaurant in the River Inn which is close enough to the Kennedy Center for dinner before a show. The Branzino was excellent, as was the special shrimp appetizer. It was a bit surprising that the waiter dropped our wine bottle off at our table without opening it. He wasn't around that much, but the bill came quickly. So not a top scale experience, but a good one.

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  28. MarthaS

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very friendly staff. Immediate seating. Food was delicious and served quickly and hot! Can’t go wrong in eating here.

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  29. KirkY

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Not worth a stop - typical of the unimpressive restaurants around the Kennedy Center.

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  30. MarkR

    Fort Lauderdale

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall, I would go back. It just it’s very noisy for a small restaurant. The children in the restaurant just added to the noise level.

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  31. seahull

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location, fairly great bar, delicious Italian food, and awesome and attentive service. We’ll be back!

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  32. Buccaroo

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Matera replaces the Dish + Drinks restaurant that closed during the pandemic. It's located in The River Inn, walkable to the Kennedy Center and the Foggy Bottom-GWU metro. Staff were ready for us, and made sure we would be finished our meal and coffee comfortably before the curtain time. Food was very good -- we enjoyed the salmon, accompanied by a fresh medley of vegetables. At 5:15 it's easy to talk; by 6:45 the ambiance is enthusiastic and louder. This was our first visit, and we'll be back.

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  33. Fishmom

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious as always. The cocktails were quickly delivered and exactly what we ordered.

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  34. dawn

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I ordered the eggplant dinner, and it was wonderful! I started with the Tomato Basil soup, which was also wonderful. The soup included a little cheese-topped piece of garlic bread, which was a treat! Being a small place, noise bounces easily, so it can be a problem. The door to the hotel lobby is also always open, and guests opening the lobby door causes cold air to enter the restaurant, which affected me since I was sitting in the path of the breeze.

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  35. Freestyler

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Matera is possibly the worst restaurant we've ever eaten at. 1) my husband's linguine with meatballs was atrocious. The meatballs were dry, one so hard it felt like it could crack his teeth. In other words, they were inedible. The linquine was slimy. 2) The Tortellini and shrimp, which I ordered, were seeped in a watery mixture that was supposed to be creamy pesto sauce. The shrimp were all right but the dish itself was not. Our server didn't know what he was doing or anything about food. For example, he characterized the tortellini as plain, without cheese, just colorful. It was the opposite which I demonstrated by cutting one open for him to display the cheese. Finally the bread for the table was stale as was the small offering parmesean.

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  36. MarieG

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and service was excellent. We stayed at the River Inn and ate at this restaurant twice, once for breakfast and once for dinner. Delicious.

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  37. Lucy

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fish was good but wish they would put chips on side as they kept falling on table when I push to get to fish. Have eaten here since 1973 and live on street behind hotel. Shall now be able to have lunch there. This is comfortable restaurant for a single person which is why I have always loved it.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it! Right in the heart of DC. Great experience!

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  39. WilliamS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff, attentive without be obtrusive. Nice selection of quality wines. All items ordered were excellent.

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  40. EvanG

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice setting and excellent cocktails but food was lackluster at best

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Matera DC is rated 4.3 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today
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924 25th St NW, Washington, DC 20037-2152

Additional information

  • Area
    Foggy Bottom
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
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