Matisse

4.5
1050 reviews
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Contemporary French
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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Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant ambiance, great food and wonderful service.

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S
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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c
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful from attentive service to the quality of the food! It is truly a neighborhood gem! We will return and return, thank you!

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l
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

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.
Very disappointing.

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RK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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NF
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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JH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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:

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OK
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Great food, beautifully prepared and wonderful service at reasonable prices.

Always consistent, a neighborhood gem!!!

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a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently good, as is the service. We consider it a neighborhood gem!!

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T
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RB
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

still the best in Northwest

have been coming here 20 years and it never disappoints

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FD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The branding was very didappoi

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G
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood lunch in this very civilized and friendly neighborhood gem.

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H
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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DC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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SM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

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.

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AB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great but expensive?

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RL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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u
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was polite and professional. The food, especially the Ahi Tuna and the Kale Salad appetizers were extraordinary.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Thanks!

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and excellent service. Very classy and comfortable. My first time.

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FB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent, upper price, restaurant. Service was professional, friendly and comfortable. Best word...confident

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A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great reviews from the group, thank you for being the perfect place for a business outing

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DW
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

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.

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IS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was acceptable but not up to the standards of other equivalent (price wise) restaurants). Service below average.

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G
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great steak and pommes frites at lunch. Prices reasonable. Gracious dining at a modest price.

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NV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another outstanding brunch!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an all round enjoyable time.

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l
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just excellent. Kale salad and scallops were fabulous. Will be back

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. The service was great as well.

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SG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in DC for special occasions and just lunch with friends.

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D
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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..

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to go! Great food, service, and ambience!

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GS
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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!

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WW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love going to Matisse! Terrific for special occasions from birthdays to anniversaries to New Year's Eve. Like a moment in Paris.

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