matriarch frequently asked questions

Can I sit wherever I want?

We are a full service restaurant and to ensure the best quality service we ask that parties allow us to seat you on a first come first serve basis.

Can we stand at the bar while we wait for a table?

Due to the minimal space at the bar we ask that parties wait in the gallery located just right outside the main entrance. It is our goal to get you seated as soon as possible.

DO YOU TAKE RESERVATIONS?

We take reservations Sunday through Thursday, and will try our best to accommodate groups up to eight people. To make a reservation, call us at  253-507-7289, or email us at matriarch@almamatertacoma.com.

DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE DINING?

We offer a semi-private dining experience in our Sky Room Sunday through Thursday, which can accommodate a party up to eight people. To make a reservation, call us at  253-507-7289, or email us at matriarch@almamatertacoma.com.

Why don’t you allow larger parties?

We only have three tables that are designed for parties up to eight people, one being the sky room. Our amazing and cozy couches fit up to five comfortably. We strive to give quality service as well as quality food and drink in a timely manner.

DO YOU OFFER SPACE RENTALS?

We do! Matriarch can be rented out during daytime hours. For more information, please email lisa@almamatertacoma.com.

CAN MY KIDS COME IN?

We are a 21+ establishment.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THERE TONIGHT?

Matriarch functions as a working part of Alma Mater, coordinating with local artist openings and occasionally entertaining guests with live music and complementary tarot readings! The public is always welcome and encouraged to come by our lounge during these collaborative hours, and our bar and food service will function normally. To find out more about these events, check out Matriarch’s Facebook here.

ARE YOU CLOSED CERTAIN DAYS OF THE YEAR?

We close every year on July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. We will also close roughly four times per year as we roll our new seasonal menus. To stay updated, follow our social media.

Why don’t I see my favorite things on the menu anymore?

We rotate our menus seasonally based on produce, proteins, and vendors’ production schedules and availability. Our chefs are also artists who love experimenting and pushing their craft and palettes to new levels, just like you!

Can I buy a cocktail at Matriarch and take it around the other areas of Alma Mater?

Depends on the event schedule. Liquor law and event logistics affect our ability to consistently offer this perk. Check with your friendly bartender when you come in.

What’s with the weird video content on the back bar? And can we put the football game on?

We feature regional and national media artists on our screens on a monthly rotation. Ask your server or bartender for more info on the featured artists. Though we do thoroughly support the home teams, we do not feature sports games or other content beyond our art installations on the screens.

Matriarch looks kinda fancy, is there a dress code or something?

There’s no dress code and we’re pretty down to earth when you get to know us. We want you to feel at ease whether you’re dressed to impress or dressed to bench press.

I have food allergies, do you have things on the menu for me?

Of course, we always have options for the majority of the most common food allergens and some of the weirder ones too. Check out our menu with allergen key at bottom, and beyond that, feel free to ask your server about accommodations.