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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Romantic (15)
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Good for a Date (15)
Special Occasion (14)
Cozy (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Business Meals (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Authentic (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Fun (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Casual (4)
Seasonal (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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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 14, 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

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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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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·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 24, 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Excellent food

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vip
 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The food is always wonderful. Such a welcoming space. And you can hear your guests!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I love Matisse and go as often as possible. However, We were seated upstairs for the first time and I didn't enjoy the atomosphere like the downstairs. Our waiter was excellent and the food was great.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Fabulous wine and fantastic high end food

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on August 9, 2017

I have dined at Matisse many time and as usual it was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Matisse is an outstanding neighborhood restaurant deserving of accolades for its well-thought-out food and presentation, service, and ambiance.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Great food, extremely pleasant ambiance, it is possible to talk without having to shout, highly recommended!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Reliable and always welcoming
Food is consistently creative and delicioys

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 29, 2017

I love Matisse. It is always reliable for a special meal. Not only is it beautiful, but the food is inventive and delicious and the service always very considerate. It was perfect for my dinner with two friends.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Matisse has been consistently good every time that I have gone, whether by myself or in a group. There are not many restaurants for which I can say this. I enjoy the atmosphere. I never feel rushed or ignored.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Seafood salads were great. Unfortunately, the Eggs Benedict were a disaster. Over cooked eggs on top of burned English muffins.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Everything was excellent. Great restaurant.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 13, 2017

We had an unusually noisy table next to us. First time ever. Most of the time it is a good place to dine and talk. The waiter was a bit pretentious. Also never happened before

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Always a lovely dining experience. The food didn't disappoint. We had Tuna Tartare and gravlax appetizers. Mains were seared tuna and halibut. All were wonderful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

It was a Sunday brunch meet-up with old friends during our weekend junket to D.C. Food was great & reasonably priced, service was attentive and street parking was easy. What more could we ask for on a hot Sunday in the nation's capitol.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Matisse is my favorite restaurant when visiting DC for business meetings. I've had three meals there with colleagues. Servers are attentive but not hovering. Our server recommended a very good Chardonnay. They serve fresh warm bread, delicious salads; my favorites are roasted brussel sprouts, roasted chicken, scallops, and yummy creme brulee. All my colleagues have enjoyed their meals as well. Dining room is inviting and pretty and makes you want to linger. The noise level is conversational and not too loud. Looking forward to my next visit to DC so I can go back to Matisse!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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