Another outstanding Easter brunch!
Another outstanding Easter brunch at Matisse!
Everything was delicious and the service was great.
Looking forward to our next visit, the beignets are RIDICULOUS-ly delicious. Wish I knew how to make them at home!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
My tuna tartar and seared
My tuna tartar and seared scallops were outstanding by my dining companion did not find his snapper quite as good, although it was very good and that is why the rating was not listed as outstanding. I have had the meringue dessert previously and it was excellent but this time I would only rate it as good because it seemed a little less fresh than I would have liked.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you are looking for a more
If you are looking for a more upscale venue in Northwest with consistently excellent food, this is a great choice. The clientele is older and the feeling is a bit more formal (but not stuffy or pretentious) -- most of the men on a recent Saturday dinner were in jackets and some in ties. Service was professional and the tables are sufficiently far apart that you can have a conversation. The food is French inspired, but not really different from anything you'd find at another high-end restaurant downtown. The appetizers and fish entrees we had at our dinner were uniformly excellent if unspectacular. I would definitely return, but it wasn't so exceptional that I would make it a "destination restaurant."
4/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed a wonderful brunch
We enjoyed a wonderful brunch with a group of boys from Georgetown.the food was delicious service terrific and the beighniers outstanding.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Above average French restaurants
Above average French restaurants with some interesting Swiss and Italian entrees as well. Neighborhood gem for sure.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was a little surprised to
I was a little surprised to get a nastygram from OpenTable the day after eating saying that the restaurant reported me as missing my reservation. That being said, the food was wonderful. The service was lovely. The crowd skews older. It is definitely a place to take mom for a nice dinner.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Matisse's Consistent High Qualtiy
Whenever we visit the D.C./Maryland area once or twice a year, we've enjoyed Matisse's high quality, consistent food and service. We've had Sunday brunch, lunches and dinners over many years. The food is solid French food served by a competent staff. It's a neighborhood treasure.
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was excellent. First
The food was excellent. First soft shell crabs of the season cooked to perfection. It was very noisy and we were seated by the door so conversation was a challenge.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
We dined for Mother's Day brunch and the food was great. I do not like however, when restaurants raise the price of the menu for a special occasion. I can understand paying a higher price for an adult, and they did provide a decent amount of food. But to charge $28 for children and get scrambled eggs and a desert is outrageous.
We will likely return for dinner at some point and leave the kiddos at home!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Brunch
For many in my group this was the first time at Matisse. We had a fabulous mother's day! Good food, great service, lovely venue and a beautiful day to share and celebrate.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was just at Masisse last
I was just at Masisse last week and once again I was greeted with the warmth and graciousness by its the lovely hostess. Our waiter could not have been more attentive. The food is delicious and always consistently good and expertly prepared. We shared a range of small plates, including a delicious kale salad, mussels, small pizza and incredible gelato. On other visits I have had varous fish entrees which are also superb. The wine list is inspired and reasonable. In a world of chain and national enterprise restaurants, it's a rare gem to find a local restaurant owned and runned by a local family - that hits tha bar so inordinately high on service, food, and atmosphere. Matisse is a restaurant that every neighbood should have.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Charming dining spot
Dinner at this charming neighborhood spot offers an excellent menu...so many options that we Had difficulty make selections. they offer a grand wine list. Can't wait to return.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classic -- Best Food in Tenleytown
My family has loved Matisse for a long time. The food is great. The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. The service is always very good.
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
As usual our meal at Matisse
As usual our meal at Matisse was excellent. The oysters were very tasty. The chicken and filet mignon were delicious. The poached pear with melted chocolate was best of all.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very very nice. Creative brunch
Very very nice. Creative brunch menu, great wine list.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This has become one of our favorite places for an enjoyable evening of good food, conversation, and celebration.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a superb dinning experience!
I have been to Matisse as many as 20 times over the years. Every meal has been first rate! Matisse is my favorite local restaurant in Washington, DC. The staff are fantastic as well.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful place to celebrate
Wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary. Great wine recommendation and food was delicious!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sturdy and Stable
Matisse is one of those much welcomed, higher quality neighborhood restaurants that is clearly a notch above the rest. Our dinner was great as always, and we went back for brunch today--and it was also outstanding.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gluten-Free Anniversary Dinner
My girlfriend and I went to Matisse for dinner on our 4 year anniversary. The food was delicious and the service was very relaxed and friendly. The chef accomodated some special requests for making certain dishes gluten-free. Definitely a nice experience, but keeping it on the special occassion list since its rather pricey.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We made a reservation for brunch on our first visit to Matisse. Everything from the homemade beignets to the unique breakfast entrees to the cocktails were artfully prepared and served. We will definitely be back!
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic setting, great food
The ambiance here is amazing, it feels like an art studio, minimalist and classy decor. The food is great, very tasty. It took quite a while to get our drinks in the beginning, the server said there was a delay at the bar. I asked for a lemonade and they gave me a glass of water with several lemons squeezed in, which wasn't very sweet, but otherwise it was a great experience! Highly recommended for romantic evenings.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Who Knew . . . .
What dining pleasure could be found behind a modest exterior! An absolute gem of a restaurant!
7/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Matisse: a Great "Impression"
This is a hidden gem in a part of Washington where you don't expect to find first-class restaurants. Quality of food: excellent. But most important is the quality and friendliness of the service. I would go a long, long way to find this, and I find it in the 'hood at Matisse
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good, reliable restaurant
This has been a good reliable restaurant for years -- very good food, attentive service, pleasant ambiance --- without being glitzy.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have yet to be dissapointed. Great wait staff and scrumptious food
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not Nouveau Just Always Good
Can't remember ever having an unsatisfactory dinner - have been there for dinner for 2 or 20 - always can depend on having fresh, very good food - and a good wine list.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little place
We've eaten here for years. The food is always excellent and they always find terrific wines at a good price that you've never heard of. It's a place we return to for special occasions.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a gem of a neighborhood
This is a gem of a neighborhood restaurant and would be a gem even if it were not a neighborhood restaurant!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
My family has been enjoying Matisse for years and will be back again and again. The food is delicious, the staff friendly and accommodating and the menu has something for everyone. Perfect place for Saturday brunch.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for special occasions.
This is our third visit for a special occasion, and it was just wonderful.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
Matisse never disappoints. Even on a Tuesday night, great service and delicious food made for a lovely dinner.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Noise really gets to me...
Noise really gets to me... I have been there 4 times & on 3 occasions there was always a loud table of 6-8 in the small front room.. Why not put groups that size in the back. Also, the restaurant should put peds on the legs of the chairs. The noise of chairs on a wooden floor is not the best!!! Food FANTASTIC....
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well worth the trip
Pleasant atmosphere. Tables not crowded together. Waiters friendly and efficient. We all ordered seafood which was well-prepared. Two of us tried the halibut and two, the soft shell crab. Both meals were excellent. Quality was preferred to quantity on the plate. The wine list was extensive, but we tried the recommendations on the dinner menu though the wines were unfamiliar. Both the French bubbly and the Oregon white were delicious. A great place to celebrate a friend's major birthday.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Even Better than Nora's
Unexpected total pleasure for a Labor Day dinner... was there from cousins from Los Angeles, real foodies, who had tried what they were told was the best restaurant in DC---Nora--and were disappointed---but were impressed with every aspect of Matisse, especially the food and impeccable service.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Matisse, Still Excellent
I am a regular at Matisse. It never fails to please. The specials change often enough to keep the menu fresh for me but I still order some of my favorites from the fixed menu. The wine specials always involve interesting bottles and Fritz, the owner, is great at picking them. On my last visit I ate the "tower of crab," a combination of a crab cake and a soft shell crab. Delicious. The wait staff is always superb. They tend to stay at the restaurant over many years, the sure sign of a happy place.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood restaurant
I have lived in AU Park for twenty years and continue to be grateful that Matisse is such a great eatery and bar just steps from my house. The are always so welcoming whether you are there for a glass of wine or full meal. At a business lunch this week, we were treated to a delicious salad of heirloom tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. - so lovely! I strongly recommend Matisse for any occasion.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent French restaurant
We dined here on Saturday night on the recommendation of a friend. We made a last minute reservation and were lucky they could squeeze us in. The restaurant was full and extremely busy. The service was excellent. The waiter and manager made great recommendations for menu items and wine choices. We ordered calves liver and New York Strip steak and they were prepared perfectly. For dessert we ordered poached pear and ice cream. Both were delicious. Despite the fact that the restaurant was busy, the service was superb and the food could not have been better. We have lived nearby for years and somehow never tried this until now. We will return soon.
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great dining experience
We had dinner at Matisse on Sunday and were seated by the windows in the front. It was a beautiful night and was such a lovely setting. We ordered oysters on the half shell for appetizers and for our main courses, we ordered Filet Mignon and one of the specials called the "tower of crab", which consisted of a crab cake and a perfectly prepared soft shell crab. So delicious!
We had the poached pear and the apple tart for our dessert. The service was wonderful and the food was fantastic. We will definitely return soon.
9/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
I eat at Matisse about once a month..best restaurant around. Favorite for treating people. A friend's dinner party there was excellent...about 60 people, I imagine.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect service and great food
Restaurant has great original menu, fine ingredients, nice presentation on the dish, and excellent service. Highly recommended.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
This continues to be one of
This continues to be one of my favorite restarants. The food and ambiance are excellent, the service is professional, and the prices are reasonable.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A total pleasure. Quiet so
A total pleasure. Quiet so we could talk- delicious beautifully prepared food. excellent service.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
From appetizer through entree
From appetizer through entree to dessert, both my meal and my husband's was fabulous. The only negative was the waiter trying to pressure us to buy a really expensive bottle of wine. But other than that (which we shrugged off) everything was perfect.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice restaurant, but can be loud
Depending where you sit and the groups around you, Matisse can be a very loud dining experience. We sat upstairs in the front room and a party of around 14 people across from us made hearing my dining companion nearly impossible (WHY do people need to talk so loud to each other, even in a group!?) But the downstairs (ground level) dining rooms would be quieter, as well sa the upstairs back room. We both enjoyed our dinner and dessert, and the waiter and maitre d' were pleasant. Will go back again..
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
The menu was very appealing
The menu was very appealing and unlike many restaurants where I can only find one suitable entree, there were many fish entrees that sounded great. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and look forward to returning. We all enjoyed our appetizers, main courses and the shared desserts!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lunch by the fireplace
When my out-of-town friend and myself were looking for a quiet catching up place Matisse was the one. We sat in the quiet back room next to the warm fire, had excellent, but not intrusive service, and my goat cheese and mushroom could not have been better.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice place for dining with friends
Four of us had dinner at Matisse. The dinner selection was very good and the food and service were lovely. Our waiter was very attentive. The atmosphere was conducive to conversation even though the restaurant was busy. We could hear each other talk without having to raise our voices. I had the Osso Buco which was delicious! The portion size was perfect and left me with enough room for dessert and coffee. I would definitely recommend Matisse as a place with friendly atmosphere and good food.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
A NW DC favorite
Beautiful restaurant with wonderful food and great service. We dine at Matisse frequently.
A class act all around.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A warm and fuzzy place
Wife and I dine there frequently, often inviting guests. Never disappointed.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM