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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
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.
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.
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.
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'!
Every visit to Matisse is special. Had a great bottle of Sangiovese red wine for $30. My date had a fresh, crispy and properly dressed Caesar salad, I had the summer squash soup which is a rare treat. Our appetizer were tasty and exquisitely seasoned duck egg rolls. Lady had a great steak prepared rare and I had a very tasty Australian cut of beef. Service was excellent and this dining experience is certainly worth the price.
Very lovely old fashioned, elegant restaurant. Not noisy - no TV's..thank goodness. Service was excellent. One of our dishes was superb - the soft shelled crabs. I found the appetizer tasteless - endives with smoked trout. The trout was excellent, but hardly any. The endives lacked a good vinagrette. My main course was the special, lobster salad. The lobster was swimming in water and part of it was very mushy. The accompanying salad was fine. Dessert was a merengue with hazelnut ice cream and swiss chocolate. Chocolate and hazelnut were excellent - much too much merengue. But, I would totally recommend the restaurant. I just chose wrong that night.
Consistently good, well-prepared, tasty food presented nicely, served properly on tables covered with white table cloths. No used flatware is placed back on the table when a plate is cleared. Delicious apple tart for dessert with ice cream served at the right hardness - not just a hard frozen lump that a spoon or fork will not cut. A place where good food food and good conversation is paramount.
Charming second floor seating next to French doors that were open to balcony bedecked with flowers. Yes, we combed the stairs but well worth it to be seated in a quiet spot. The food was very good, the service was lovely, everything contributed to a great evening.
The restaurant has been around for many years and seems to have fallen off the "hot" lists. The food is creative and consistently good. The place itself is very cozy and well decorated but does seem to cater to an older crowd. it's just a notch below the truly first class restaurants in DC but is definitely a very good restaurant.
Had not been there in a year or so. The service and food were even better than I remembered. Several creative things on the menu. One member of our party had the soft shell crab and raved about the flavor. We (4 of us) shared two meringue deserts - one with the regular hazelnut ice cream and the other with vanilla ice cream - superb. Tasty, many different flavors, beautiful presentation.
We had a wonderful date-night dinner at Matisse. My husband and I try to go out once a week just to spend time together, and we will definitely return to this restaurant. The food was delicious and elegantly plated; the decor was lovely and it was quiet enough for the two of us to have a conversation at a normal speaking level; the service was attentive, but not intrusive. Matisse is an expensive neighborhood restaurant, but worth the money, at least once in a while, and definitely for a special occasion like an anniversary.
Having eaten at Matisse many times over the years (for lunch, dinner, and brunch) in small groups and larger ones, and in different seasons, this restaurant does not disappoint. The food is delicious, service superb, ambiance conducive to quiet conversation. Matisse is terrific!
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