Matisse

4.6
1094 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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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent all of our dinner dishes were great, same with Salad. Have been wanting to eat at Matisse for a while and finally got the chance. Will highly recommend it to my friends.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matisse has been a favorite of ours for years. The food, service, and ambiance is wonderful. Matisse also has a terrific wine selection.

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e
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matisse is our favorite go-to restaurant. Food has been consistently good all these many years and the menu varies appropriately. Service is always good and friendly. Really nice restaurant. Lovely ambience too.

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DG
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matisse is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants and it never disappoints. We love the quiet atmosphere, wonderful service and delicious dining options.

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FB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all respects!

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i
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely neighborhood restaurant that has not lost its charm; wonderful food and attentive friendly service.

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C
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful! Ambience, food, excellent service! Our friend had never been there and now she is a fan...

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

We love Matisse and go often. First class!!

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P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always reliable.

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B
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matisse never disappoints. Great atmosphere. Excellent food. Always vegetarian options which are really important to us. This time we brought to mobility-challenged guests and they were treated with respect and aided to our table. We will be back often.

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T
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner, a little expensive but the quality was very good. Would return anytime.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice evening with friends. Good food and nice ambiance. Easy to have conversation.

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r
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at Matisse. The food is great, the service reliable and the ambience enough north of casual to make dining there a special event. At our last dinner, the cornmeal crusted calamari was particularly tasty.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went two Saturday nights in a row because we loved it so much

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D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Ignored for 20 minutes by the waiter after we sat down at our table.

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CA
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We've always liked Matisse and preferred to be in a table upstairs because we could hear ourselves. Last Friday was too noisy, but that's forgivable. The service was good. The food, however, was disappointing. Besides the arctic char and the scallops, which were delicious, the rest of our dishes were terrible. The pasta with crab meat was tasteless; the pecan-crusted snapper was overcooked, tasteless and not even hot. We should have sent these dishes back, but decided not to. We're not giving up on Matisse yet, but I think whoever is manning the kitchen should pay a lot more attention to the food they serve.

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ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprise gem in Friendship Heights. My duck was succulent, my GF's gnochi flavorful. Everything was tastefully prepared, service was prompt, ambiance subdued and sublime. We'll be back for another nice occasion.

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JW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All three of us were very pleased with the meal (mine was the NY strip steak, my wife and daughter both had the beef entrée from the short menu for the day), including the desserts. and the service was excellent. We've been to Matisse before, always had a good experience; we all agreed that this was the best mean we've ever had there, and we'll be back.

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LS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

A truly French Experience! Best French Toasts in the zone.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day Brunch

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in an elegant setting. This restuaurant is a real gem. I wish we had discovered it earlier.

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EC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellant small restaurant with very tasty food.

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M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Perfect food excellent and service very friendly.

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JG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. Personal service, excellent food and sophisticated but welcoming ambience.

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TC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience!

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f
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

celebrated my friends birthday. We all loved the brunch. The beingnets are fabulous and a great way to start off the meal. We each had a drink to start. We shared mussels, the omelet and the crabcake benedict. all was beautifully plated and tasted wonderful. kudos to the chef

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N
Washington DC
206 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific across the board. Great food, great service, and all in a lovely and "quiet enough to have a good conversation with my wife and friend" location. Matisse does not get enough credit for all they have to offer.

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t
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our salmon and bronzino meals were excellent. Kale salad was excellent. Beet salad was excellent. Window seat was a plus for the two of us as we could see outside and inside. Jazz in the background was terrific in that you could hear it but it wasn't blasting and interrupting conversation. Server was knowledgeable, professional, a man of hospitality.

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DK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It had been a few years since I’ve been to this restaurant. Our server’s answer to some basic questions about the menu was often “I don’t know...”. The special was a crab cake ( that was great) couple with a soft shell crab ( not great) that was deep fried. It should have been sautéd. It was hard to distinguish it from the Cali Mari (also fried...). Just was expecting so much better based on our last visit.

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PF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed excellent food that was prepared to perfection, attentive service, and beautiful decor & ambiance. It all made for a wonderful evening and was similar to eating in an excellent European restaurant. Highly recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch was a bit overpriced but wonderful in every other way!

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A
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Matisse is a seriously good restaurant with a kitchen that is notably superior by Washington standards. Our dinner there last Saturday was the second at Matisse within a week; we look forward to yet another dinner there very soon. The menu is imaginative and the execution is exacting, good food, good ambience and very, very professional service by an attractive cast of servers who go out of their way to make the dining experience a pleasure. For anyone looking for a top of the line meal in an attractive setting, go to Matisse.

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l
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love Matisse. It never fails to offer good food, good ambience, good service. I would like to see some new plates in the menu......

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TC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matisse is the perfect spot for a delicious lunch in a beautiful spot where you can enjoy a quiet meal. The service was impeccable only surpassed by the memorable scrimp salad. Outstanding in every way!

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CA
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We love the atmosphere in Matisse and the service is excellent. The food is good but , but, as always, there is room for improvement.

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CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An elegant cozy place with an interesting menu and great staff. Makes me wonder why I have lived ion DC for 40 years and have never heard of it.

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M
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A wonderful place. Duck is delicious. Beautiful wines.

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A
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time, and it was exceptional! Everything was superb! Excellent cuisine, great wine selection, impeccable service. Not a single complaint or shortcoming. Can’t wait to go back soon!

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JB
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Matisse several times and it never disappoints. After moving away from area for 3 years, we dined there this past week to celebrate our return. The kitchen was kind enough to make an entree for me which had previously been on the menu but since removed - such a treat as it had always been my favorite there. So happy to see that the restaurant is what is was when we left - I'm sure we will now continue to visit frequently.

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OT
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Call Matisse was lovely. Excellent food and service, a favorite place in D.C. consistently!

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