Elegant ambiance, great food and wonderful service.
Matisse is a lovely French restaurant in Chevy Chase. It is charming and quiet. We enjoyed the fact that we were able to talk. The food was excellent. We all had fish dishes that were fresh, prepared well with a lovely presentation. Our waiter seemed to forget about us toward the end of the meal. I think overall the service was fine. Our waiter might have been having an off day. We will be back.
Always wonderful from attentive service to the quality of the food! It is truly a neighborhood gem! We will return and return, thank you!
Matisse represents itself as serving French cuisine. It is anything but French. There are several dishes with homemade pasta and leans toward Italian. Appetizers of fries calamari - more Italian/American; 2) wild mushroom soup no flavor and too thick: 3) mussels lacked garlic, butter and parsley. Entrees were red snapper, roast duck and scallops. Of the 3 only the scallops was somewhat French. All the food we ordered lacked seasoning.
Four of us were looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. We had never been to Matisse before but, since we live in Maryland, we didn't want to go all the way downtown. The weather was dreadful - stormy and cold. Fortunately, we couldn't have picked a better spot. There was street parking nearby and it was free (the meters stopped at 6 pm). The restaurant was quiet (hooray!). There was a lovely fireplace in the back room where we sat. Our waitress was helpful but not overbearing. The menu was varied, and we all ordered something different. We shared a reasonably priced white wine, two appetizers, four entrees, and two desserts. My tuna was not quite rare enough, but the lentils and yogurt sauce that it was served with was delicious. Everything else was superb. We lingered for more than two hours. Would definitely go again.
My nephew and I really enjoyed the food,it was delicious. The service was wonderful, the server was attentive without being intrusive and the ambiance was lovely. The noise level was low so that you could carry on a conversation.
I would normally give 4 stars for food at Matisse but this time the fish (branzino) dish was uninspiring. But the wine special, a bottle of Saint-Estephe, was excellent.
Great evening! Had to dine early as we had theater obligations. Dining Room started to fill prior to our departure. Service was OK-things like; the server never poured more than the first glass from the bottle, water glasses not refilled, bread service once, etc:
Everything was excellent. Great food, beautifully prepared and wonderful service at reasonable prices.
Always consistent, a neighborhood gem!!!
The food is consistently good, as is the service. We consider it a neighborhood gem!!
This is a beautiful space! Charming and quiet which is hard to find these days. The service was just right- enough attention without being overbearing or over friendly. And the food is consistently good. Salads are cold and crisp and salmon done well. Chicken perfectly grilled. And the coffee was not weak as in most places!!! A great place to be able to have a conversation over a good meal.
still the best in Northwest
have been coming here 20 years and it never disappoints
The branding was very didappoi
Excellent seafood lunch in this very civilized and friendly neighborhood gem.
Steak frites were mediocre, peppercorn sauce seemed to lack peppercorns, poached pear dessert had a similarly bland chocolate sauce. Wine (Oregon Pinot Noir) was excellent, but overall dining experience was not worth repeating.
Went for brunch with a friend. The back room with the fire was so nice on such a cold day. The beignets are not to be missed. I could have eaten just those all day! Only suggestion is to be aware that they open at 11:00am for brunch and really don't open the door until 11:00am - probably not a problem for most but I am always early and it can be very cold standing outside. Maybe make your reservation for 11:15am and you will be perfect!
We had dinner at Matisse Saturday night. Its a nice ambiance and I like that the tables are not too close to each other so you can talk. But the service was terrible. It took twenty minutes to order and our food took 45 minutes to come out. The waiter looked like he was run ragged constantly having to go from the third floor dining room to the kitchen two levels below. The food was mediocre and prices were pretty high ($27-32 main course, $9 appetizer) with relatively small portions.
Great but expensive?
We always have a superb meal at Matisse and dine there twice or more per month. Clean, fresh, delicious but a light touch in sauces. Best crunchy bread in town. Every dish cooked and presented perfectly. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
The service was polite and professional. The food, especially the Ahi Tuna and the Kale Salad appetizers were extraordinary.
It was my wife birthday and they did a really good job.
On the sad part, the server put a cord from a different bottle of wine in ours
Great dinner and excellent service. Very classy and comfortable. My first time.
This is an excellent, upper price, restaurant. Service was professional, friendly and comfortable. Best word...confident
Great reviews from the group, thank you for being the perfect place for a business outing
We love Matisse for quiet, romantic evenings out -- calm ambience, excellent food and wine, outstanding service -- Matisse isn't inexpensive, but it provides outstanding value for the cost.
We were served in the second floor dinning room. There was a problem there with the wide swings in the temperature at our table. In this day and age there should be a way to better control the temperature for a better dining experience. It was a major problem.
Food was acceptable but not up to the standards of other equivalent (price wise) restaurants). Service below average.
Great steak and pommes frites at lunch. Prices reasonable. Gracious dining at a modest price.
Matisse is a mainstay in the DC restaurant scene. I know Matisse for years and it never disappoints. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, food is high-quality and refined, and there are always specials (for dinner) on the menu, that add to a regular menu offering. Wines come in a variety of prices and qualities, but all are good to taste.
Another outstanding brunch!
We had an all round enjoyable time.
Just excellent. Kale salad and scallops were fabulous. Will be back
New York strip steaks were full of gristle and hard to cut. Asparagus beneath the steaks were tough and stringy. Best thing by far was the bread, which is excellent.
Wonderful meal. The service was great as well.
One of our favorite restaurants in DC for special occasions and just lunch with friends.
Matisse is better than a neighborhood restaurant so we are lucky to have it in our neighborhood. It offers good food, a little pricey but not out of line for quality, and nice atmosphere is back room..
Fantastic place to go! Great food, service, and ambience!
Matisse made it a special evening on a wet and windy New Years Eve. Started off with two finely crafted very dry, very cold martinis. She had the Foie Gras appetizer and I had the excellent pureed mushroom soup. She chose the Oso Buco which was cooked perfectly served at the correct temperature and complimented with some risotto. I enjoyed the canard, with grilled seasonal vegetables. For dessert we enjoyed the Italian cheese cake, reminding me of my travels in Italy. A great bottle of Bordeaux complimented the meal and espresso to top it all off was a barista's dream. Great food, great service, great people!
Always love going to Matisse! Terrific for special occasions from birthdays to anniversaries to New Year's Eve. Like a moment in Paris.