Update 2021: I recently went back and I'm happy to say that the burger is back to normal! Thanks guys! 5 stars Previous review: Oh my, how far south this place has gotten. I used to enjoy this place but I'm not sure what happened. I give one star for great atmosphere, and another for music. Otherwise, the food quality has dramatically declined. Their burger is no longer unique. In the past, their burger was well seasoned, and had a signature taste, and cooked to perfection, yum! Now, I wouldn't pay $1 for that burger. Their crab cakes, is watered down, lacking in taste, it was a disaster. I usually love dining there with family and friends. We often celebrate birthdays over the years but not anymore. It's a real shame.
You can never go wrong with eating downtown. This place was filled with great vibes from the band that was playing. The server had a great attitude because we had such a large party, she was awesome! I ordered crabcakes my family order pizzas and everything was absolutely delicious. The bathrooms were clean, and we actually caught a happy hour five minutes before it ended which was absolutely wonderful! The area is also beautiful as it sits right off the Manatee River. You may also want to think about bringing back spray as sitting outdoors you can’t easily get bitten. I believe this place has live music quite often as you may want to check the website for more details. I highly recommend this place!
During our month long driving tour around FL. we happened to be in Sarasota on Thanksgiving Day evening and didn’t know what would be open. Luckily Mattison’s was, and with the bonus of a band being on too. Place had a great atmosphere, I guess everyone was in holiday mood. Nice setting on a corner plot with lots of seating and a feeling of being outside even when inside due to having no walls or windows! Don’t remember if there were many TV screens in the place or it was just one at bar, but an NFL game was on. The selection of beers on tap was limited, a few varieties lagers from big commercial brewers, and a few craft beers. Cool place to chill for a bit listening to the band and enjoying a beer.
My wife and I wandered in on our first day in town and were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of our server Emily. She was welcoming, and efficient and made several helpful suggestions. The food and atmosphere were excellent and got our visit off to a great start! Thank you
The vibe here is very nice. I think the entirety of the restaurant is outside. So it’s a huge downfall when they bring out warm beers and white wine to the table. They said their cooler doesn’t always close all the way. The food was good and we had a fan blowing on us to beat the summer heat. On Friday night they had a band playing with people dancing so that was nice. I would come back, but this wouldn’t be my first stop in downtown Sarasota.
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