Excellent food in a culinary sophisticated environment attended by a professional, knowledgeable wait staff.
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.
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
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.
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.
Service was courteous and efficient. The food met my expectations. The ambiance is lovely.
Food was outstanding. Great ambiance. Snapper with ceviche was out of this world
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.
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.
Enjoyable New Year’s Eve Dinner
Matisse has an intimate and modern ambiance. The food and portions are perfect, and the services is excellent.
Very enjoyable overall--not exciting or innovative. Good though slightly frazzled service by our waiter on a busy night.
Thanks all was delicious as usual.
This was our first visit and everything was top notch - food, ambiance and service!
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
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
Always wonderful, with great food, ambience, and friendly service.
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.
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.
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.
Poor service. Unprofessional. That’s all we can say
I brought an out-of-town friend to my favorite neighborhood restaurant!
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.
Thoroughly enjoyed dinner here. We stuck to the evening specials. Swordfish was outstanding. Profiteroles were yummy. Will definitely be returning.
Always superb! We’ve eaten here many, many times over more than 25 years and it is always terrific!
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.
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.
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.
This is a lovely restaurant between Tenleytown and Friendship Heights. The interior is very attractive, though I suggest you sit downstairs and not upstairs. The food is quite good— loved the pecan crusted red snapper—. The service was less than it could have been, because there wasn’t enough staff upstairs. And— there was one table that was sooo loud it made it less nice for the rest of us. Don’t know what to do I’m that situation.
We love Matisse as a reliable, romantic neighborhood restaurant. The food is always very good. The service is always charming. We enjoy going there when we're up for a night out but don't want to travel far from home.
Always wonderful at Matisse. Food delicious and the back room with the fire place on a cold day is as good as it gets. They had to chase out five tables at three o'clock. What a recommendation!
A nice gem in DC. , other open and close but this one is something you can count on. The noise level is also low which is important for my friends and I.
It is always a pleasant experience
What a lovely surprise in Tenleytown. Our evening was everything we hoped for during a last minute family celebration. The menu was enticing, the food delicious with a fresh, lively, clean palette; and our server was attentive and flexible.
This is a gem of a neighborhood restaurant and we will definitely return. Elegant surroundings.
We had a lovely dinner with special friends at Matisse. The shrimp pasta, salmon and chicken dishes were delicious. The apple tart and the creme brûlée were perfect. The servers were warm and friendly and efficient. The ambiance was elegant and tasteful. We will come back.
Matisse continues to provide delicious food in an attractive setting.
Excellent food quiet and gracious atmosphere. Wonderful time
We had an outstanding brunch. Friendly service, not-ridiculous prices, good atmosphere. What else would you want?
It had been a while since we went to Matisse but we will certainly be going more often again. It was a lovely experience -- ambiance, food, service all combined to make it a thoroughly pleasant evening. Our friends were thrilled that Alaska halibut was on the daily menu because they believe it is far superior to Atlantic halibut after their trip to Alaska. We all ordered fish and had a very reasonably priced Chablis to accompany (although I was surprised at the paucity of French whites on the wine list).
Service gracious but slow. Long gaps between courses. Staff overloaded