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Posted by Anonymous on 05/09/2007
I had a great time when I went here. I didn't have an experience like the other posters and I'm guessing it's because I arrived there around 5 for happy hour. There were plenty of seats and the bartender was great. He was very attentive and personable. No, I'm not some hot chick who would get a lot of attention from the bartender so that wasn't it. He just seemed like a genuinely nice guy who knows how to take care of patrons. When he had to take a snack break a female took his place and she was just as good. The specialty rolls were delicious and the cheap mojitos were also pretty good. I'm thinking it might be a good idea to stick to an early happy hour meet up if you can.
Posted by Rachel on 04/09/2007
I feel bad writing this, because I have a friend who works there. But seriously, the main purpose of Mate appears to be to provide the city with another place for snobs to stand around and pose. The food's not bad, but the other poster was right, there's really not much space to actually dine and even knowing someone there will not get you decent service. I've been there during the week, with maybe five other customers total in the place and still struggled to get the staff's attention, and I am by no means a high maintenance customer. Bottom line, if you are snobby and want a place where you can pose and outdress others, and you like thirtysomething + men who still refer to women as "chicks", this is your spot. If you actually want to have an enjoyable dinner, go elsewhere.
Posted by Michael on 03/29/2007
Agree with everyone else: this place thinks it's the bomb but, at the end of the day, it's just another pretentious hotspot with subpar food. I'm an attorney in the neighborhood as well, and have never had fun here. Hot girls, but guys need not apply at the door. It's not dressing to impress, it's knowing the bouncers and dressing like A Night At The Roxbury. So many better lounges to go to in the area. Working up the street, I can't wait until this places closes and something worthwhile moves in. For now, Mie N Yu and others are a step above.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/16/2007
I am an attorney in the area, and of all the restaurants/ bars in Georgetown, I have never been treated as rudely as at Mate. I would discourage anyone from going there. They have an air of superiority over their customers and are definitely there only to take from you and not to serve. They have decent sushi, but the space is limited and the city has much more to offer.
Posted by NoVa Pam on 10/22/2006
I've only had the edamame and it was perfectly cooked. The music is always at a perfect level and the DJs mix some cool tunes. The guys at the door will stop you if you're not dressed to impress.
Posted by Disappointed on 07/17/2006
I went to this restaurant for a friend's birthday. It was overly pretentious for what they offer. Their service was subpar. We had a reservation for 11 and they gave us a table where we could barely squeeze 7. Also, beware, larger parties have to pay a $50 minimum.