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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.
Washington, DC 20016
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Weekend Brunch (Sunday): 11:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Matisse Restaurant offers full catering services. Please inquire further by contacting Fritz Siegfried or Deanna Siegfried at 202 244 5222. .
Friendship Heights Metro (Red Line), as well as Tenley AU Metro. Matisse is located in between these two stops. We are located 3 1/2 blocks south of Mazza Gallery.
Private Party Facilities:
175 seated, 2 floors; 200 cocktail style
Private Party Contact:
Deanna Siegfried: (202) 244-5222
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
2 Private Dining Rooms Available on the Second Floor. Terrace Room Seats up to 25; Wisconsin Room up to 75. Chef's Table 8-12 guests Available By Advanced Reservation Only.
Matisse Ratings and Reviews
Went for lunch; chicken tasted and smelled 'wet'. It was served with a side salad, both the chicken and the salad were covered in the *same* dressing. Come on people, make some effort! Place looks nice, however there is only 1 unisex toilet on the main floor, with inadequate ventilation.
Unfortunately, I ordered the special of the day--bouillabaisse. The seafood in it was fine but the sauce was a total disappointment. Sort of like tomato soup and water with no flavorings. I regret that I didn't send it back. ( I had had the same dish at La Diplomate a few weeks ago and it was memorably delicious!) I would give the restaurant another go because I think this was an aberration. We were there for lunch and it was totally quiet, service fine. Enjoyed seating near the fireplace. Chocolate mousse cake was wonderful.
This old standby of mine is always a standout. It never fails to deliver--the ambience is lovely, the food is really spot-on, wine list is large with a great variety, and the service was absolutely top-notch. Somewhere the owner and management are keeping a firm hand on the wheel, and I'll happily remain a frequent guest.
The food was very good, but the service and noise level detracted from the ambiance. It was quiet and nice when we arrived at 7 and we were seated at a table near the bar. But by 7:45 a crowd developed at the bar and it became noisy and very hard to carry on a conversation at our table. The duck egg rolls were very nice as an appetizer and the main dish of braised duck was very nice. The poached pear with chocolate was excellent for dessert. The food was good overall, but with a glass of wine and dessert the bill with tip came to $328.
My wife was excited about taking me there. She had been there for lunch and enjoyed the food and the service. This time it didn't go as well. Food was pretty good. Service was okay. For this type of smaller/cozy place, I would expect better service. Had he been more attentive, we probably would have had another drink. As I passed him on the way out and said "Thanks" he didn't respond. Apparently my wife said something as well behind me and she said he didn't even smile. While I'm glad we went, we aren't planning a trip back anytime soon.
This is truly a neighborhood gem not to be overlooked. From the time you are greeted to the time you leave you feel like you are dining with friends. The food is wonderful, the roasted chicken is the best in the area and the tuna tartar is fabulous as well as the fried oysters. The apple tarte tatine is delicious and well worth the calories! We will be sure to keep this on our list of local go to restaurants.
Splendid New Years eve at Matisse . She the oysters to start and me the Arugula salad. Oysters were fresh, neatly presented and had sufficient garnishes to elaborate the taste. Salad was crisp, garnished with excellent shaved cheese and the house dressing was perfect and did not impair the crisp taste of the salad. She the lamb chops, tender and cooked as ordered. Me the Pasta in a very light sauce with different type mushrooms and shallots. Dessert was a sensational poached pear. One glass each of champagne and a bottle of French red wine that complimented each course of our dining experience.
Lovely ambiance, very good food. Nice and quiet in the back room. Food is quite tasty, well prepared and presented. Panko pecan crusted snapper had a lovely buttery taste, nice w the green salad and grilled asparagus. Out of town visitor loved the shrimp linguine. Pass on the meringue dessert, way too much sugary meringue and not enough ice cream. Apple tart was a great dessert to share, with yummy caramel sauce and puff pastry crust.
We usually love this restaurant. The food is always excellent, and it is usually not as noisy as it was this visit. The service, however, was not good. The server was quite hard to find and main course was slow to come. Our appetizers came pretty promptly, which made the rest of the meal seem even slower.
I have enjoyed both my visits to this restaurant, once for brunch and more recently for dinner. The food is beautifully prepared and served, the wait staff is excellent, and the dining room is lovely and comfortable. I plan to return. My only caution is that the prices featured on the website's menu do not match the actual prices charged. For instance, the scallops I saw on the website menu were listed at $20, but the price on the actual menu was $29. Other items were similarly more expensive. Matisse needs to update the information it shares with the public.
That said, Matisse is a fine restaurant, well worth visiting. I am happy to have found it, and I look forward to my next meal there. I'll just make sure that my bank balance can handle it.
Matisse continues to be one of our favorite and most dependable easy-to-use restaurants , what with their pleasant and dignified ambiance, wonderful and interesting menu of seasonal delights along with dependable classics, and just the right amount of appeal to guests of all vintages. It certainly is one of our top choices for a comfort night out as well as bigger deals. It's a great place to bring out-of-town guests who we want to be able to talk with while enjoying a superb meal. For self-interest reasons, I'm glad that it seems to be somewhat off the beaten track for trendy foodies. Keep doing what you do so well Matisse.
First the good: The restaurant is very nice - tables just the right distance apart so you don't feel cramped, clean, pretty, comfortable, lovely windows, and good acoustics for conversation -- and the food was very good. The downside: The service was really disappointing. Although our server was very polite and nice, we didn't see her much beyond when we first came in, when we ordered, and when it was dessert and check time. When bread is served before appetizers, and a guest asks for butter literally 4 times (of 3 different people), and it doesn't come until AFTER the meal, something is not quite right. When drinks are empty and non one has come around to ask if we need something -- again, not quite right. We had to ask 3 people for knives -- the staff that picked up our appetizer plates and the silverware that was used with those didn't seem to notice that we would need new knives with which to eat our meals. The crew that brought our meals didn't notice that we had no knives, either! Once they had dropped off the food and gone on their way, we noticed! Then, we had to flag people down to try to get silverware while the food was still warm. Again, our server was not in sight, and it puts a diner in an uncomfortable position to have to flag down another table's server to ask for things (butter, knives). In a hurry, he scurried around the dining room to pick up knives from reset tables -- again, not something that should be done at a restaurant with these prices. Although all staff were kind and gracious and had a great attitude, it was the attentiveness and attention to detail that was missing. Given the price of a meal for four with appetizers, main courses, dessert and wine, I would have expected that bringing friends here for a nice meal and to catch up wouldn't require us to do so much 'work'!
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