Mathews is home to a nice mix of restaurants that cater to just about any craving you may have on your visit. From fine dining to your picnic basket, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of local favorites all located within minutes of the Inn.
Southwind Pizza Café –
Located on Church street in Downtown Mathews within 5 miles of the Inn, Southwind has been a Mathews locals favorite for over 13 years. So much so, that we often refer to it as our “Local Pub”. Best known for their handmade hearth baked and award winning pizza featuring unique ingredients and flavor combinations, Southwind is actually NOT your average pizza joint but more like a cool café featuring diverse daily specials and specialty craft brews on tap and nice variety of wines. Lunch and dinner specials feature fresh local seafood and produce as well as creative options. They also cater to dietary needs of all kinds. From Vegetarian to Vegan to Gluten free and beyond. Just ask, and they can usually modify most of their offerings. Enjoy a meal on the front porch overlooking the historic courthouse green or meet new friends at the friendly bar area. Southwinds also has amazing and diverse bands which perform every other Saturday night starting @ 8. Every Thursday evening starting @ 6:30-7 they have “Jam Night” where several local musicians come together to make great music and good times. If you happen to play an instrument or sing and want to join in, they are always welcoming. We have had several guests perform on Jam Night, (some planned and some spontaneous), and all have had a great time! Of course it is always fun to just be a spectator as well.
Hours: Open Wed-Thur 11:30-8pm, Fri 11:30-9pm, Sat 11-9pm and Sun Brunch 9:30-3pm (Closed Mon & Tues). Check out their Facebook Page for daily lunch and dinner specials. 804-725-2766.
Richardson’s Café –
Located on the corner of Main St. and Church St. in historic downtown Mathews within 5 miles of the Inn. Richardson’s is a restored and remodeled historic building that was once a Rexall Drug store. Step into Richardson’s, and you will immediately feel like you are going back in time to a 50’s style diner and soda shoppe. They only play old black and white sitcoms on the TVs over the soda fountain area, (with the sound muted of course), and highlight old photographs of Mathews County downtown as well as the Counties best known former resident, 1930’s Film Actress Toby Wing. Richardson’s has a standard menu including soups, salads, sandwiches and deserts but features daily lunch and dinner specials that are quite creative while still maintaining a sense of “down home” southern diner style flair. Featuring local seafood including wonderful fried oysters, seasonal fish and crab cakes along with other favorite dishes like fried chicken, meatloaf and BBQ, this place has something for everyone. Oh yeah, don’t forget about the AWESOME homemade desserts as well as ice cream creations such as sundaes, milkshakes, cones, scoops, and floats available all day. You have to check this place out!
Hours: Open Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat & Sun 8am-8pm (Closed Wednesdays). Check out their Facebook Page for daily lunch and dinner specials. 804-725-7772.
Richardson’s on facebook
The White Dog Bistro –
Located on Church Street in historic Downtown and a short drive from our Inn, The White Dog Bistro is a true gem in our little town of Mathews. We love this restaurant! It is one of those places that is very elegant with refined food, yet evokes a very relaxed atmosphere. Fresh seafood, local produce, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options available. The chef here is top notch, and they have won many “best of” awards from numerous publications which have all been well deserved. The White Dog is located in an old historic building that used to be one of the first hotels in Mathews County. It has been beautifully restored and remodeled and offers up all the history of the grand old hotel with the comfort and casualness that you would expect in a bayside town. With a full liquor license, there is a specialty drink menu but of course they also offer all the basics as well as top-shelf. You can be seated in one of two dining rooms, (reservations recommended), or the cozy bar with fireplace. During the warmer months, the “Wine Down Bar” is open and features a casual “Key West” theme that opens out onto the back deck where you can enjoy dinner and drinks as well as music most week ends during the Summer.
Hours: Open Thursday through Sunday for dinner 5-9, Saturday and Sunday Brunch 11:30 – 2pm. Reservations recommended. (We can make reservations for you, just let us know) Check out their Facebook Page for daily lunch and dinner specials. 804-725-7680.
White Dog Bistro Website
Hole In The Wall –
Located on Gwynn’s Island right after you cross the bridge, you can’t miss it to the right. This is our only water-front restaurant and you can dine and enjoy beautiful bay views and sunsets with large picture windows. Inside and outdoor deck seating during warmer weather. Features local raw oysters as well as other local seafood, grill items and daily specials. Full-service Bar. Note that the restaurant is elevated for better water views but does have an outdoor elevator for those who are not able to do stairs.
Hours: Open Fri & Sat 11:30-8pm and Sun-Tues & Thur 11:30-7:30. Closed Wednesday. Check out their Facebook Page for daily lunch and dinner specials. 804-505-1005
Hole in the Wall
Mi Casa Azteca –
Located right on Main Street downtown, this is your typical Mexican restaurant but is really very tasty. The Menu has all your standard Mexican favorites, with daily specials for lunch and dinner. Behind the restaurant is a full bar with jukebox and pool tables as well as some tables for seating. This is a great place to catch a game and have a cold brew or Margarita, and bar is often open late. They also deliver from 5-8pm. Perfect if you don’t want to leave the Inn, or if you came by boat.
Hours: Open Tue-Thur 11-9pm; Fri & Sat 11-10pm; Sun 11-9pm (Closed Mondays). Check out their Facebook Page for daily lunch and dinner specials. 804-725-7272.
Mi Casa Azteca on facebook
Linda’s Diner –
Located just off 198 at Pine Hall Rd. – Linda’s is definitely a diner! Stools at the counter where you can see all the cooking going on and booths up front with 50’s and 60’s memorabilia on the walls. A favorite of locals with a great “local” flavor, it makes for a great lunch especially if you like a fresh good ol’ fashioned Hamburger and fries. All your other Diner style favorites, plus the occasional seafood special featuring fresh oysters, clams and crabs.
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat 7am-3pm (Closed Sundays). (804) 725-7070
Linda’s Diner on facebook
Mathews Grill and Deli –
Located right on Main Street downtown, right next to Mi Casa. Serving pizza, pasta, steaks, wings, burgers, subs, etc., a great place for a quick bite in a relaxed setting. Your typical diner feel, stop by or get your food delivered from 5-8pm.
Hours: Open for lunch and dinner Tues-Thur 11-9pm, Fri 11-9:30pm, Sat 8am-9:30pm, Sun 8am-9pm (Closed Mondays). Check out their Facebook Page for daily lunch and dinner specials. 804-505-1024.
Mathews Grill and Deli on Facebook
Howard-Dooley Café –
Located right off 198 right near the intersection with Rt 14. One of our newer restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s easy to find as it’s one of the first restaurants you come across when arriving into Mathews via Rt 14. Not far at all from the downtown, courthouse area. Their BBQ is very popular with locals and they offer a large variety of daily lunch and dinner specials.
Hours: Open Thur-Sat. 7am-7pm; Sun-Tues 7am-2pm. (Closed Wednesdays). Check out their Facebook Page for daily lunch and dinner specials. 804-725-9996.
Howard Dooley Cafe on Facebook
Salty Dog Pizzeria –
Located right downtown, on 198 right past the Courthouse and DMV. They have specialty pizzas, and lots of toppings to create your own. Gluten free as well as crustless/low carb pizzas also available. Apps, subs, calzones and a salad bar round out the menu. Eat in or take out.
Hours: Open Tues-Thur from 11:30 am-8pm, Friday and Sat 11:30-9pm, Sun 3pm-8pm (Closed Mondays). CLOSED EVERYDAY FROM 2-4. 804-505-1014
Salty Dog Pizzeria on Facebook
Island Stop Market –
Located right up our lane, so an easy walk or bike ride away. These people are awesome! A cute little market that offers everything from fishing gear and bait to a little wine room in the back, but what we go for here the most is their food. Freshly made to order sandwiches as well as great crab cakes, deviled crab and other fresh seafood. Lots of great sides as well including a great loaded potato salad and kale/broccoli salad. This is the perfect place to pick up a picnic to enjoy on one of our nearby beaches or during a kayak or bike trip, or just enjoy at the Inn. They smoke their own Beef Brisket and Pork BBQ, and even offer hand tossed pizzas from Thursday through Sunday. Call ahead to pre-order fresh oysters or crabs to take home with you as well.
Hours: Sun-Thur deli closes at 6:30pm and Fri & Sat at 7:30pm. 804-725-2323
Island Stop Market on facebook
The Seafood Shack –
Located right downtown in the parking lot of Mathews M&M Building Supply. This food truck is a market and a restaurant! It’s a family-owned trailer that offers fresh seafood and delicious seafood meals. Perfect to grab some fresh local seafood and bring back to throw on one of the grills here at the Inn or to get an already made meal.
Hours: Hours vary seasonally so check the website or Facebook for more info. 804-725-6934.
The Seafood Shack on Facebook
Hardees and Subway –
Hours: Both are open until 10pm and are located on Main street in Mathews. (within 5 miles of the Inn at Tabbs Creek)
Shun Xing Chinese Restaurant –
Hours: Open Mon-Sat 11am-10pm and Sun 12-10pm. 804-725-4682 and located next to Food Lion on Main Street in Mathews.
View complete list of Restaurants in Mathews at VisitMathews.com