Matisse

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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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Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
37 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
1 review
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
19 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
215 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
144 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
215 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
7 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.

E
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

D
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

B
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

NB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

ET
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always perfect

l
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JK
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Matisse continues to provide delicious food in an attractive setting.

g
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food quiet and gracious atmosphere. Wonderful time

A
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding brunch. Friendly service, not-ridiculous prices, good atmosphere. What else would you want?

DC
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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).

A
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Service gracious but slow. Long gaps between courses. Staff overloaded