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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AS
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met old friends where we knew we could great great food and service in a relatively quiet and attractive setting. Soft shells were perfectly sautéed and served on a delicious bed of succotash. Shrimp puttanesca was also quite good. Everyone was pleased with their dinner and the service. Parking was available for free on Wisconsin Ave directly in front of Matisse. As seems to be the case everywhere these days, wine as expensive (3x markup if not more).

K
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I would have given a 5 star rating for the food if the soft shell crabs weren’t so small. We dine at Matisse because it is that rare restaurant that serves excellent food and is quiet enough that patrons can actually have a conversation without shouting. Especially important for those who, having reached a certain age, no longer hear as well as before.

l
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time eating here. Superb meal will definitely return!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matisse is the perfect place to dine, no matter the occasion! It is casual enough to meet a friend for lunch and elegant enough to celebrate a special event. The food is always superb, the service impeccable and the atmosphere is elegant, yet comfortable. The owner, Fritz Siegfried, makes you feel like you have been invited to his home for dinner!

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fritz is an amazing host and proprietor, the food is uniformly excellent, and the ambiance is great for conversation..

m
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely brunch with friends and enjoyed great food and excellent service. It's a gem of a restaurant.

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

Excellent food and service always--Definitely a place to return and highly recommend

A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It being our fifty-seventh wedding anniversary, my wife and I (and our son) decided to give ourselves a treat. So we chose Matisse because we know from experience how very good their kitchen is. And once again we were not disappointed. On the contrary, we had a delightful, leisurely, lunch with half a lobster substituted for the tuna in a salad nicoise and a lot of white wine, all followed by poached pears with chocolate sauce and espressos. The windows were open, but it was not noisy or dusty; a perfect summer lunch nearly al fresco. Matisse is an especially good restaurant if you have experience of dining in Europe, like that sort of food and wine and are looking for something above the usual experience. I haven't mentioned the service, but I should. The staff are as pleasant, attractive and just competent as I have seen anywhere. They have nice manners and great charm, all of which was greatly appreciated. I look forward to a return visit soon.

DI
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, elegant, but not over the top. Food, service, ambiance were all great.

CV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pretty restaurant with attentive service. Great dinner menu including daily specials are complemented by an extensive wine list that includes many reasonable choices.

NL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great upscale french food. Neighborhood gem. Lovely decor.

MP
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food, especially the desserts!

OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food never disappoints .. the service is outstanding .. the ability to be at your desire but never interrupt a great evening of conversation is an art they have down to science .. this my go to place for dates, buiness and life celebrations .. and I have never regretted the choice!
One of DC gems for food and fun!

RL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh and delicious. I love Matisse and have been a frequent diner there for 16 years.

j
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wo glad we tried this adorable restaurant! The food was very good, as was the service. We had a watermelon, basil, feat salad and ahi tuna to start. Both were very good, although I like my tuna a little rarer. For dinner we had sea bass and salmon with roasted vegetables. The sea bass was especially good. An apple tart for dessert, a nice bottle of wine - we will definitely be back.

FK
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food! Highly recommend the octopus, the Branzino and the duck breast (like butter!).

M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always great

AE
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Generally tasty offerings, although the gnocchi was not to anyone's liking (we all tasted it); good service; nice atmosphere with windows open to the outside on a nice day.

OT
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was good but pricey. I made a point of letting management know in the reservation notes that we were celebrating my parents wedding anniversary, but no mention was made of the occasion during our meal. Even after I mentioned it again to our waiter (after dessert), there was no acknowledgement. We won't be back.

f
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We have dined at Matisse many times over the last 15 years and thoroughly enjoy everything about the restaurant.
However, on this visit we were disappointed and surprised that our server kept spilling drops of red wind on the table cloth and on our plates. I gently noted the wine drops the first time but the server never figured out a way to avoid that problem during the entire meal so I just poured the wine myself. Not a big problem but my wife was wearing a white dress and had to keep wiping things around her to pick up the wine before it spotted her dress.
It is a small matter but annoying and the owner can easily correct the problem with a bit of staff education.
It will not stop us from returning nor will it discourage us from recommending the restaurant to our friends.

GS
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Matisse is my go-to restaurant for quality dining in DC. First on our list were martinis that were crafted to perfection and served iced cold. The Spanish octopus was an excellent appetizer and as I follow-up we shared the beet heirloom salad which was fresh and complimented with a light dressing. She had the snapper and I the shrimp putanesca. Poached pear for dessert and two espressos. Service superb and the staff is friendly and helpful.

BJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service was friendly and efficient.

TS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

A pleasant interior with a nice menu that turned out to be a disappointed (minus the creme brûlée)

Poor service, attentive but clueless on the proper method to present and clear the table.

The salmon entree was marginal in flavor, but nicely presented.

Perhaps an off day? Hope so, because other seem to have had a better experience.

E
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A hidden gem! For neighbors and special occasions. Excellent quality food with generous portions.

MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great food and impeccable service!

S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Matisse was perfect! The food was perfectly prepared, the wine selection terrific and well-priced, and the service excellent. I don’t know how they keep doing it, but this neighborhood restaurant has been delivering wonderful meals for years. Bravo!

JB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our go to places in upper NW DC. Matisse is consistently satisfying on the cuisine front, and offers a pleasant ambience as well. The soft shell crab offering last night was a particularly good example of one of Matisse's best dishes. The scallops were generous in size and number, cooked just right and seasoned in a way that let the essence of the scallops shine through. The watermelon salad is a refreshing opener in the summer. The wine specials are thoughtfully selected, always good and usually a good value. We've never been disappointed in more than a dozen visits.

s
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb! Have been going there for decades and plan to continue doing so.

RB
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best spot in the area
you will think you are on the upper East Side

MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner, service and ambiance. We were five and went for a special birthday and enjoyed the warm french bread with olive oil, the appetizers (~mussels, tomatoes and mozzarella and more), the Entrees (large tender scallops, juicy Chicken roasted au jus with perfect pommes frites, nicely prepared beef medallions) and several wonderful desserts -- profiteroles, poached pears, and a Matisse Meringue. - all excellent! We'll be back!

B
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful

DN
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matisse's sophisticated ambiance enhances the dining experience. Our server was excellent. My friend and I especially liked the way she had the kitchen separately plate the appetizer and dessert we shared. We began with roasted heirloom red & golden beets, served with goat cheese & toasted pecans over mixed greens. My friend had one of the specials as her entree: soft shelled Maryland crab, served over succotash. I went with grilled Icelandic salmon, served with white quinoa & toasted almonds in a citrus sauce. We completed our delicious repast with a tarte made with honey-crisp apples with vanilla gelato and caramel sauce. The pastry was so very light. It was an excellent evening.

A
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and attentive service.

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Savannah
207 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is classic French - well-prepared and -presented. Chicken and scallop entrees were super, the lobster salad not so much (and over-priced for one tail, tomatoes, avocado, and lots of greens). Desserts were elegant and luscious. Worth the trip, but choose wisely.

BG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Matisse consistently remains one of our favorite restaurants, particularly for neighborhood-like dining but with much more refined and excellent cuisine. We love the place.

W
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice except for noise level

HM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were exceptional. The portions generous and very tasty. The only issue was the noise level in the back dining room which was when we arrived quite loud. After some patrons left, it was a little quieter.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hidden gem

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AL
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience on Saturday night. The food was fantastic, service excellent, and the ambiance is perfect! I love Matisse and totally recommend it.

u
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous food served with professional aplomb in a genteel setting. Overall, a very satisfying experience. From the greeting at the front when entering to the good-byes at the finish, the management and wait staff remained observant and professional. The martini was shaken, not stirred and the wine was excellently paired.

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