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About Matisse

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.

4934 Wisconsin Avenue
N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French

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

Cross Street:
Fessenden

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 244-5222

Website:
http://www.matisserestaurantdc.com/

Catering:
Matisse Restaurant offers full catering services. Please inquire further by contacting Fritz Siegfried or Deanna Siegfried at 202 244 5222. .

Public Transit:
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.

Executive Chef:
Thierry Bodin

Private Party Facilities:
175 seated, 2 floors; 200 cocktail style

Private Party Contact:
Deanna Siegfried: (202) 244-5222

Additional:
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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
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Special Occasion (15)
Cozy (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Business Meals (7)
Authentic (6)
Bar Seating (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Casual (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Fun (3)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

As always, great food and wine and wonderful service!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great food in a very nice setting with very efficient service. We'll be back!

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Es un restaurante muy agradable en el que se puede conversar porque no es ruidoso, la comida es sabrosa y el servicio especialmente amable. Buena selección de pescados.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great service, delicious food

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was excellent. The service was perfectly attentive without being annoying.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This is my favorite neighborhood gem! Good for business meetings. Great for brunch! Don’t skip on the dessert here! The Matisse Meringue and the Apple tart are unforgettable choices.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Charming !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

As always, a real find in the area. Pretty, quiet with delicious food and great service.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas dinner

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Matisse is always good. White tablecloth but not stuffy, very good food and service. It's our go to spot for a special dinner or brunch in the neighborhood.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Brunch was fabulous. From the beignets to begin to dessert to the end.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

What is nice is that the food is well prepared, the staff well trained and it is often possible to get a reservation at the last minute. Just a solid restaurant although with a better bottle of wine(excellent wine list) it can get a bit pricey.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Beautiful setting. Prompt service. Excellent and tasty food with generous portions. Matisse is becoming our go-to dining place in northwest Washington,

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Matisse is a lovely French restaurant, a favorite of mine for its good French food and superb service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Seasonal
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a perfect meal in a quiet setting with excellent service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on December 3, 2017

our favorite restaurant in DC

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I was surprised that there was no Red Burgundy in the by-the-glass offerings. The La Crema Pinot was ok, but below my impression of this restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Charming French restaurant with great ambiance. Food is quite delicious! Perfect for a special evening.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food was exquisite and the service was excellent!

Tags: Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Good neighborhood restaurant... older crowd.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent service, beautiful setting and delicious food-I would highly recommend it!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

What a find! Charming dining spot, wonderful food and service. Can't believe we didn't know about Matisse until this dinner! Can't wait to return!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Overall a nice date night, the food was pretty good, service was excellent. Cost was as expected given the fare. Nothing but nice things to say, but probably won't be back.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Matisse was superb as always. The best of neighborhood restaurants and also a great destination restaurant. Always a pleasure. Great staff and ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

First time visit but would definitely go again. Not a full restaurant by any means perhaps because it is not widely advertised. Nice for those of us who know of its existence!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Very good food and service. Duck breast was wonderful.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Outstanding restaurant. Highly recommended to all my friends and colleagues.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The duck is exceptional. Fried oyster appetizer is also perfect. Matisse is always consistent with great food and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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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