Matisse
Matisse

Matisse

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.matisserestaurantdc.com/
  • Phone: 2022445222
  • 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 2022445222
  • Special Events: 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.
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Matisse reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)fit for foodies (48)special occasion (37)romantic (32)great for brunch (22)great for lunch (18)notable wine list (15)good for groups (8)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Never disappoints
    Bear
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is ours neighborhood go to restaurant. Never disappoints and the staff is most welcoming
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hidden (?) gem
    news67VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Matisse is a very fine restaurant; I have dined there several times and expect to return; the food selection is great as are the daily specials.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pretty restaurant
    Txshim
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    One of the best restaurants in DC. Food and service were both good and price was reasonable. I was there for Brunch and will go back for dinner soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Night is Kind of Special
    GSCMJOE
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Matisse made this night, a special night. The food was sensational along with the service. I never drink American red wines but, by the recommendation of the waiter, I tried and enjoyed a great California red. Red beet salad with goat cheese, magnificent. Pasta with crab meat in an exquisite cream sauce was pure heaven. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Saturday Brunch
    marycanary
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Friends met for a delicious and leisurely brunch--truly enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday dinner delight
    Rickster
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was to celebrate my wife's birthday. A lovely meal, great wine list, and a general feeling of being well cared-for. We may make it a tradition!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New favorite
    tartegninVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    "Discovered" Matisse recently and gave it a try for dinner. What a lovely place - definitely a new top three as we discover places to dine near our new home. Only downside was a braying entitled table of three nearby - almost ruined dinner but we decided to be amused rather than annoyed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Matisse...neighborhood gem!
    NYCdine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a lovely, quiet dinner at Matisse recently. The food was delicious. We were not rushed and our waiter was pleasant and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new fave!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had originally had reservations at another restaurant but due to a large pile up we had to find someplace closer. We saw the menu and thought it looked it. It was better than good it was fantastic! I ended up keeping my broth from my mussels it was so good and couldn't part with it. The short ribs were phenomenal as was the snapper. We will definitely be going back to this lovely restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely presentation as art
    paokansasVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It was a dark day and the sun was not out, so the restaurant was dark, especially the front. It looked closed. We sat in the back and were given a table for four even though there were only two of us. Thoughtful. The food was very good, actually, especially the warm bread served beforehand. The presentation of the food was a piece of art, and I didn't want to disturb it! This is a very good place for a winter weekend brunch and you can count on the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was first rate... The atmosphere pleasant... The service was fair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delight
    Beth
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food is consistently exceptional. We have gone here many times and never been disappointed. It is a great neighborhood star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How Did I Miss This
    BDimeVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Tenleytown treasure hiding alongside the west side of Wisconsin Ave. Decor is divine. Food is delicious. Wine is so fine. Service is on point. It really is lovely. Love the room!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hits the right notes
    JohnandHope
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I particularly enjoyed the Pappa al Pomodoro--a Tuscan tomato and bread soup. It typifies Cafe Matisse--a classic dish, yet fresh, seasonal and bursting with flavor. My wife said the Seared Georges Banks Sea Scallops were superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening
    cheesecakemike
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Nice neighborhood fine dining restaurant. We sat upstairs where it was quiet and romantic. Server was excellent. The food was very good except I felt the mussels themselves were very small for the price. The flavor was good and my wife enjoyed the sauce with the artisnel breads which were served. The fish was cooked correctly and the pasta dish my wife had was also good. The best was left to last which was a fresh baked plum tart done in a puff pastry shell.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delivers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    A "go-to" restaurant when you want to be able to hear yourself speak while eating high quality food and drinking from a notable wine list. Especially if you live or work in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Good food, good service and good ambience thank you to the owner to allow us to have lunch after the kitchen was closed due to the delay of the group
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently pleasing
    DogDoc
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We have gone to Matisse for years. The most amazing part of the collective experience is that it is consistently terrific. The food is great. The staff is great. This is a testament to the management. You can tell that this is a family run restaurant and that this family takes pride in creating a relaxing, fun experience for everyone. We will always be patrons of this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodfans
    foodfansVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was delightful as always and the selections were broad and interesting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A quiet gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    If you want to have a nice lunch and actually be able to talk to your companions, Matisee is the place for you. The food is very good, the setting lovely, and the ambiance lively but quiet.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • briaa
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner with our friends. The food was really delicious and the service was impeccable. The wine list is an excellent one and also very reasonably priced. We had an excellent time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Matisse had an off night
    RKHK
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent menu, very well prepared.
    amateur2chef
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The only objection was the noise level and crawded room, the tables too close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Every Time
    xnaybrusselsprouts
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 500 reviews are from the Matisse reviews archive.
  • Excellent!
    eatwellVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely
    Adiana
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great food and perfect atmosphere. Everyone should try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great but unimpressive waiter
    okn310
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LovedItVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    RDK058VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food and service were very nice and the entire dining experience was totally enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good overall
    RyanVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Calamari was not so good to start. But then followed with the duck and liver pate. Both excellent. Great wine list with reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great weekend or week nite find
    lusaVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    excellent food and service in relaxed pleasant, quiet setting neighborhood gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    CarkyVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    utuathailVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    MAJB
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Swanky but relaxed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • billyboyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • trends in wrong direction?
    qualityseekerVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fatastic Tuna!
    BethesdaEmptyNesterVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    BethesdaVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.