Matisse

4.7
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$31 to $50
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.7
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c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great scallops! Must eat!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Nice ambiance, but both the food and wine were bland. We even tried the house favorite - the scallops - no flavor. The noodles and mushrooms w truffles wasn’t better than you’d get from a can. For the prices they charged, we expected flavorful food.

G
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Asked if birthday, did not do anything special for birthday

TK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, excellent service, extensive wine list, and great ambiance.

2
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been to Matisse for almost a year. We've always had a good meal and a good experience. This time, it was outstanding. The roast chicken (my husband's favorite) was perfectly prepared, juicy, crispy skin, and full of flavor; the french fries rate the best in DC. Our guest's mushroom pasta was fresh and aromatic, in a lovely, light sauce, with (possibly?) house-made pasta. The kitchen also provided a dish of roasted celeriac (a side dish with one of the main course specials) as an appetizer on special request; it was served in a small cast iron baking pot and was heavenly. My Muscovy duck breast - which I regularly order - was the best ever, tender, tasty in a light sauce. The accompanying sides matched well. Desserts (chocolate mousse cake and a merinque of Hazelnut gelato, milk and dark chocolate sauce) were truly melt-in-your-mouth delightful. I don't know if there is a new chef, or they have just upped their game, but if you haven't been before go! and if you haven't been for a while, it's time for another visit. We will be back soon.

TL
Washington DC
178 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Matisse for 20 years, and the latest visit was yet another in which the food, wine, service and ambience were all first-rate. There is tremendous attention to detail.

C
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A favorite of ours. Wish it was still open for lunch! We had French toast and shrimp Provençal. Both were delicious.

JW
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

There was no one to greet or accept us but once that happened the restaurant exceeded my expectations and I have been to your restaurant several times before.

NW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to Matisse was delightful and confirmed the high ratings other diners have constantly given this neighborhood gem. Our Friday night meal included a delicious beet salad and a special wild mushroom soup for appetizers. Honestly, the soup was so good it could have been my entrée with a couple pieces of fresh bread. Sea scallops and branzino were our table's entrees -- both perfectly prepared and presented with an artist's touch. Dessert included an incredible honey apple tart which certainly brings acclaim to the pastry chef. An unexpected surprise occurred when the sommelier replaced our requested St. Emilion with a more superior selection at the same price, explaining the bottle we had ordered was not in stock. A very nice touch. With the restaurant full by the time our meals arrived, the noise level was a bit higher than we anticipated, but not overwhelming as other restaurants can be on weekends. The entire experience was perfect from beginning to end. We'll return soon.

3
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For good food and ambience Matisse is the area's "go to" place. The cuisine is consistently good. Service is always professional and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. I sat upstairs this weekend and was pleasantly surprised at how, though busy, it was not noisy and the tables were far enough apart that no one was overhearing us. Always a pleasure to go to this well run restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

V good service
V nice food

u
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a culinary sophisticated environment attended by a professional, knowledgeable wait staff.

MS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

My wife and I go to Matisse regularly - it is a good restaurant but I have noticed that the wait staff is very hit or miss. This last time our server was not particularly good however the food remains very good so I guess it was okay.

OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic meal at Matisse! The atmosphere is beautiful, the service impeccable and the food is delicious! You can’t ask for anything better to enjoy an evening

WS
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great neighborhood gem— for some reason never rated but always reliably fine food, lovely atmosphere and welcoming staff make this one of the few remaining really nice restaurant experiences in upper NW DC.

DB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The tuna tar tar was terrific. The bread was great. The scallops were uneventful. The salmon was good. The mushroom pasta my son had was disappointing. The Cabernet by the glass was disappointing. The desert was very good. Won't come back. Too many other French restaurants in town that are much better.

LE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was courteous and efficient. The food met my expectations. The ambiance is lovely.

DC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding. Great ambiance. Snapper with ceviche was out of this world

J
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place. Because I have a hearing impairment I was happy to be place in the upstairs room where there weren't any other customers for 15-20 minutes. Octopus appetizer was fabulous. Duck breast was excellent and cooked to order. Arctic char good flavor. Proportions were a bit stingy. Our waiter had too many tables on the second floor. We had good service but I think others got worse.

S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent menu, delicious food. Only one mess up: we ordered two main courses, telling the server we planned to split them. When the order came, we got the mussels appetizer instead of scallops main course. We decided not to say anything, the mussels were superb as was our other course and there was plenty of food. I’ve eaten at Matisse 3-4 times. This time it was unusually quiet since it was right after the holidays. Usually it is noisier but I’ve always been able to hear a conversation without yelling, especially in the front room.

OT
Munich
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable New Year’s Eve Dinner

JS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matisse has an intimate and modern ambiance. The food and portions are perfect, and the services is excellent.

J
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable overall--not exciting or innovative. Good though slightly frazzled service by our waiter on a busy night.

BK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks all was delicious as usual.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and everything was top notch - food, ambiance and service!

S
Los Angeles
246 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cuisine with specials every night!
Fritz Siegfried is the most gracious of owner/chef.
May be the best restaurant that’s reachable from both the District and Maryland suburbs of Chevy Chase and Bethesda
It’s is a “cannot miss” destination restaurant

R
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely evening lots of holiday celebrations. Might have been nice if the manager had actually asked if he could remove the extra chair from our table before just taking it and then coming back over to inform us they needed to physically move our table over to accommodate adding another table to the area. Just seemed a bit abrupt and then we ended up moving our table further over ourselves to avoid bumping chairs with the table neighbor who was added. Nice touch might have been to send over a complimentary glass of wine or comp a dessert to say thank you for the inconvenience. Thank you

T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful, with great food, ambience, and friendly service.

N
Washington DC
217 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food with very good service in a lovely dining space. Always reliable cooking and I have never had a dish here that I didn't like. I just wish they were open all the time for lunch--not just Friday with Saturday/Sunday brunch. The dinner menu is even more ambitious than the lunch menu and both are terrific. I am so happy to have a place like Matisse close to home.

PJ
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My wife and I visited for dinner on a Thursday evening. It was our first visit in at least a year, maybe two.
We sensed the restaurant had changed a little--targeting a more local, neighborhood crowd with a slightly lower priced menu. We found the food not as exceptional as the past but the service attentive and very good. My fish was a little overcooked and brussel sprouts mushy. My wife's entree was OK. Our appetizers--soup and salad were VG.

GS
Washington DC
145 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

One of my favorite restaurants in DC because of quality, price, décor, service and consistency.
Martinis were well crafted and cold, the wine list has excellent selections by the glass or by the bottle.
Soup was a delicious butternut squash creation and the entrée was a very seasonal cut of venison with cavatelli pasta and vegetables. A exquisite poached pear and cappuccino finalized this magnificent dinning experience.

AG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Poor service. Unprofessional. That’s all we can say

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought an out-of-town friend to my favorite neighborhood restaurant!

N
Washington DC
217 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food. Super service--Thank you Michael! Wonderful ambience--and you can actually have a conversation with your fellow diners. We LOVE Matisse. We only wish they would go back to having lunches Monday through Friday, rather than only on Friday.

T
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed dinner here. We stuck to the evening specials. Swordfish was outstanding. Profiteroles were yummy. Will definitely be returning.

s
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb! We’ve eaten here many, many times over more than 25 years and it is always terrific!

GZ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner with 2 friends from New York, and we were all very pleased. We ordered the pecan-crusted snapper which was delicious, perfectly cooked, and the creme brûlée was perfect also. Good non-intrusive service and the restaurant is tastefully decorated for the holidays. A fine evening.

RF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food as usual was superb, nothing bad everything exceptional. Unfortunately, the new manager, Mr. Almeida has absolutely no clue about customer service. We had a reservation at 7:30 and we arrived early about 7:10. There were plenty of tables available but he refused to sit us down pushing us constantly to sit on a a high table (which we don’t like, that is why we make reservations). Every 7 or 8 minutes we will check with him and he continuously refused to sit us down. Plenty of tables open and we kept asking why not sitting us there and he continue to argue with us that we have arrived early. Evidently Mr. Almeida is very inexperienced and it is a shame that Matisse, such a wonderful restaurant, will how with such an inexperienced manager. He should be sent to basic customer service training. Even after waiting for about half an hour and finally sitting us down, he did even have the genteelness to come to your table to ask us how things were going. Let’s hope next time we go there he is not longer there.

SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We are regulars and like the restaurant greatly. but this evening we were seated next to a very noisy table fir 10 one of whom was a person with a penetrating screech. There is probably no way to avoid this on occasion but it was unpleasant.