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Matisse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.matisserestaurantdc.com
  • Phone: (202) 244-5222
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm,
    Weekend Brunch (Saturday and Sunday): 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Thierry Bodin
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Matisse Restaurant offers full catering services. Please inquire further by contacting Fritz Siegfried or Deanna Siegfried at 202 244 5222. .
  • Private Party Facilities: 175 seated, 2 floors; 200 cocktail style
  • Private Party Contact: Deanna Siegfried (202) 244-5222
  • Special Events & Promotions: 2 Private Dining Rooms Available on the Second Floor. Terrace Room Seats up to 25; Wisconsin Room up to 75. Chef's Table 8-12 guests Available By Advanced Reservation Only.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fessenden
  • Public Transit: Friendship Heights Metro (Red Line), as well as Tenley AU Metro. Matisse is located in between these two stops. We are located 3 1/2 blocks south of Mazza Gallery.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Matisse
Matisse Restaurant, located between Chevy Chase and Upper Northwest, provides Contemporary French Fusion cuisine to the neighborhood locals and power players of Washington. In a space designed by Thomas Pheasant, guests dine on the freshest seasonal, organic,and local ingredients in a chic and elegant atmosphere. French Doors, and Sweeping Design lend an airy feel to all four dining rooms. Private Dining Spaces and the Chefs table in the wine cellar are available for special occasions, or simply a special treat. Chef Thierry Bodin takes great pride in the innovative menu, leaving guests anticipating their next visit to Matisse and eager to return again and again. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We like Matisse. This visit was less impressive. The food was good but not notable. Service was fine. They messed up my reservation, but we sat at the bar table and it was quiet and comfortable."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The only objection was the noise level and crawded room, the tables too close."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We can always count on a first rate meal - both brunch and dinner - at Matisse. The restaurant had accommodated our online request for a specific seating area - and the service was superb (as it always is). Evening atmosphere is wonderful and the food was outstanding. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Matisse hits all the right notes: welcoming, charming, great food, great owner and wine list. It's not only a neighborhood gem, it's a great restaurant for any occasion."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Everyone in our party of four had a wonderful dining experience. My entree was excellent. The restaurant was full but the noise level low so we are able to converse easily. I really like to decor of the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food and perfect atmosphere. Everyone should try it."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our party of 4 thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the bistro ambiance where conversation did not require shouting. We were greeted and seated by a charming gentleman, but our server seemed like he would rather be somewhere else. He exhibited no personality and his grim facial expression never change. His less than stellar behavior didn't ruin our evening, but it did nothing to enhance it. We will definitely return, but with the hope of a better trained waiter providing the service."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Food and service were very nice and the entire dining experience was totally enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • " We eat here often and have for many years. It never fails to be absolutely wonderful in every respect. Still one of the best dining experiences in the city!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Calamari was not so good to start. But then followed with the duck and liver pate. Both excellent. Great wine list with reasonable prices. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "excellent food and service in relaxed pleasant, quiet setting neighborhood gem"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The food is always good, and the service is outstanding! Besides that, the noise level is moderate - you can hear your companions with no trouble (unlike many of the restaurants in Washington)."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "The wait staff is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. The food is excellent. My favorites are the kale salad, the mussels, and, the salmon. The owner ensures a personal touch that creates an atmosphere of sophistication and elegance."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I had made my reservations on Open Table and noted that it was my wifes birthday dinner. I guess Matisse doesn't do anything for birthdays, as they didn't do anything on this visit. Otherwise everything else was nice. Service was slow, big tables get priority over a little 2 person table, but that is anywhere. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We were welcomed cheerfully, even though we came after 9PM and the kitchen closes at 9:30. People were enjoying themselves, but not at the expense of other diners; we could have a private conversation without having to shout. The music was at the perfect volume (not loud)and atmospheric without being weird or obnoxious with some insistent beat. We had scallops, snapper, and calamari. All were cooked just right and had unusual but deliciously balanced sauces and accompaniments. We had a Sancerre with our meal, and finished with a feather-light apple galette that melted on the tongue. The fruity-bitter olive oil and warm, crusty bread epitomized balanced taste and texture. We've decided to make this our go-to neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Terrific. Lovely environment, good service and great menu. Love that the creative process extends to the "go withs" as well as the main course. Varied wine list and good choices at releasable prices."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Prices seem to be going up, but service way down and food was just ok. Flavors were still very good, but meat was overcooked, and servers seemed to barely speak English -- we had to ask them to repeat practically everything -- it got to a point where we decided it would be better not to ask questions about the dishes, which is a shame, because many are quite unique. And with only one other table there when we were there, I would have thought that they might have been a bit more attentive (we later discovered the staff was chit-chatting around the bar area instead!). It would have been ok, but not at those prices -- one expects much better. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal on Saturday. We ordered two of the specials, the soft shell crabs and the NY Steak. Both were delicious and cooked perfectly. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "All four of us loved our food. I doubled down on tuna, which I don't usually do, but I had the tuna tartare appetizer and the seared tuna entree. Both were perfectly prepared and absolutely delicious. My companions had fish and all loved them. The eggplant appetizer was especially enjoyed. Service was very good, the location was convenient for our group, and we even found parking on the street. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I would recommend it to my friends and family. I enjoyed the food and the service. It is an ideal place to take someone for their birthday. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Have been there many times although not lately. The food was average but I am so used to superior food that I left underwhelmed and disappointed that my out of town guests did not experience Matisse at its best. Service was slow and inattemtive. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Tucked into a quiet strip of Wisconsin Avenue between Tenleytown and Friendship Heights is a nice neighborhood restaurant. The chef offers some innovative selections well prepared and appointed. They accommodated gluten free with no issues. Best of all you could linger over dessert or a glass of wine. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We love Matisse; very good food, lovely atmosphere, very good service; but on this occasion we were unable to find street parking ( which is all that's available, and were unable to eat there. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Quite good classic French restaurant with great wine list and service. Tables toward the back best for early evening with setting sun.Street arking no sweat after 6:30PM."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Given the price fixe of Easter brunch, we expected more. The special bread should have been an option, with the regular French baguettes being available. The dessert, however, was delicious. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Great selection of seafood and meat entrees. We enjoyed the crab tower (soft shell crab and crab cake) as well as the sliced veal dinners. Our meal was topped off with a delicious tart dessert shared by the group."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • " The appetizers and salad were terrific. The entree was good, but the poached pear dipped in chocolate was amazing!! The service was well-timed and pleasant."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was a lovely way for my husband and I to celebrate our anniversary. The poached pear was a divine treat. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "everything was wonderful. The menu had great selections, the food was great and the service was on point!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This used to be our once-a-year special-occasion place. Now it's more like semi-monthly! The owner and the staff are friendly, efficient and excellent. The food is seasonal, delicious and beautiful. We love Matisse."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Matisse combines understated elegance, splendid food and attention the detail. The service is wonderful."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "...in every way! Fabulous food, lovely wait staff, and a pleasant, low-key atmosphere. Have been here 4 times in the last few months, and each time I was blown away by the consistent excellence of Matisse in creating a very pleasant dining experience. The bar staff knows how to make a good martini. The appetizers are so wonderful (beet salad, tuna tartare, pizza) that I often cannot resist making them my dinner. The fish is beautifully cooked, and the scallops are great. My husband was thrilled to find a hard to fine wine available at a very fair price. Yes! Tiny caveats: public parking is a pain and the calamari is a bit bready."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "server was assigned tables in both the front room and the back room, and seemed to always be in the other room when we needed something. Food was quite good, tho on the "trendy" side."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in DC. The food and service are consistently excelent. You can be guaranteed an enjoyable night out dinning here."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I liked Matisse but it was not memorable. Food was good, buy not spectacular. The wine list is comprehensive and we had a wine recommended in the menu that was really, really good, too bad I can't remember the name. The ambiance was good but it was very quiet, too quiet for my taste. I have to admit it was a Friday at 9 pm so things might be different at different days/time. Service was good too but nothing special. Overall, a nice and quiet neighborhood restaurant but nothing special."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Matisse seems to be one of the few restaurants around where the tables are not packed on top of each other and you can still have a decent conversation without shouting. That is worth alot! The place has an understated elegance and the service is attentive. I would rate the food as decent, not outstanding, but that might have been what I ordered, the duck breast, which was a bit on the fatty and tough side. For a peaceful dinner it can't be beat!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The tables are too close together, and the noise level was not conducive to conversation. On the other hand, the food, service and accommodation of the maitre'd were quite wonderful."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Fritz has been the owner-chef of Matisse for many years and this restaruant is one of DC's best. He has consistently delivered wonderful, creative and healthy food. As a family operation, the eyes and ears of mangement are always on the look out and that is why it remains so fabulous,"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Our uruguayan waiter was absolutely fantastic. So attentive and good. Will definitely go back to Matisse."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We love Matisse. It's beautiful décor and friendly service make this one of our favorite restaurants in the DC metro area. Plus, we can usually get a reservation with only a few days. My husband is diabetic and he always finds many options."
    Dined on 3/7/2014