Matisse

4.9
1270 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French

To our dear friends and loyal customers,

During this time Matisse will continue to offer our pickup and delivery options. Starting March 30th, our restaurant will operate 6 days a week, Tuesday through Sunday.

Due to strict adherence of safety measures, Matisse will only be seating 25% of the restaurant's capacity for indoor and outdoor dining (days and times subject to change based on demand and wheather conditions). To ensure availability please make your reservations now.

To continue to safely serve you, and hopefully provide some comfort and deliciousness to your home. Matisse will continue offer curbside pickup from the hours of 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday.

Orders can be placed over the phone by reaching us at (202) 244-5222 or ubereats and doordash for delivery.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1270 people are saying
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vipMcall
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always -- so good to be back! We thought the music was a little too loud. Normally we don't have trouble hearing over it but we did Saturday night.

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vipHeatherC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and the staff made it special with great service and the food was impeccable as usual

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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vipJeffB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matisse is consistently a great dining experience in every way

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vipbrainy
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were upstairs. Large room. Nicely appointed and quiet. Service good but a little rough—apetizer plates not removed before entree arrived. No wine pouring by server after initial.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in a romantic setting. Highly recommend Matisse.

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vipMargeryD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with great service, food, and amazing bread.

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vipSudu
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant, delicious but yet so welcoming; bus boys to owner Fritz!

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vipGSCMJOE
Washington DC
177 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Was an excellent pre-Easter at Matisse. Three diners that savored fabulous entrees, superb appetizers, fresh salads, well crafted mixed drinks and a superb wine list. Poached pear in chocolate…who could ask for more! Server, Ellen, was polite, attentive and helpful with menu questions. Not my first and certainly will not be my last t Matisse.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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vipLee41
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved our meals. Only problem: perhaps they were understaffed, but service was sloooow...

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DanM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a wonderful dining experience in a beautiful restaurant. The food, wine, and service were fabulous We are so glad to see that this fine restaurant has survived the pandemic and we look forward to future visits.

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vipKiki
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Matisse is my neighborhood “fine dining” restaurant, and I very much want to like it. But I’ve eaten there maybe half a dozen times and the food never rises above the mediocre. It’s nicely presented but is almost always close to flavorless. It lacks umami. My scallops over lentils and fava beans this evening were slightly rubbery and characterless. The kale salad was similarly insipid. And the wine list, while reasonably interesting, is overpriced. At least the service was professional and pleasant. But I was hoping for so much more.

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vipRMP4
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ways enjoy going to Matisse. Wonderful food and service. Good COVID protections in place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First dinner out since March 2020.

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NicoleH
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here and we really enjoyed it. We ate outdoors, and COVID protocols were respected. Excellent service. The indoor area looks beautiful, and we look forward to eating here again soon.

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viputuathail
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with professional service in a sophisticated setting. And all for reasonable cost. A true gym.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great neighborhood Restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Matisse. My daughter was turning 16 and she requested brunch and a French restaurant. I searched and was drawn to Matisse because of the great reviews. Matisse did not disappoint! The decor and design of the restaurant is beautiful. The service received was probably one of the best experiences I have had. The food oh the food. The food was amazing! Every item was very well prepared. Can you tell that I liked this place? Hahaha I cannot wait to go back for a dinner experience.

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vipJimG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance

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vipAPDC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Helen is such a wonderful person and an attentive server. Everyone there does great work, and the food is always delicious.

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vipWhittington
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

In addition to plenty of fine dishes, this restaurant serves the best duck to be had in the Washington Capital region, as far as I know from my extensive culinary experiences over the last 17 years here.

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JosephP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

When booking the restaurant I didn't realize that it was fixed menu for Valentine's Day. I believe restaurants should give you the option of choosing from the fixed menu or their regular menu. The desert and the starter dish was outstanding. The braised ribs as a Main course were soft and succulent but lacked flavor. I'm confident that this restaurant is outstanding based upon previous reviewers. I will definitely try it again.

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RonaldC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It is a great place for a romantic dinner, especially appropriate for Valentine's Day.

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cylaw
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with a nice variety of varied options. One of our favorite restaurants.

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vipFoodie
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best restaurants in DC. The only reason it is not over run is because it is not down town. The branzino was perfect. Remember to leave room for desert. Oh and the whiskey sour...

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PeggyD
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been to Matisse in years and I forgot how good it was.
Will definitely go back more often.

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vipFabFoodie
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual!!!

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vipGSCMJOE
Washington DC
177 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Matisse continues to live up to my expectations and has never been a disappointment. The wine list is extensive and moderately priced. I had smoked salmon latkes, a superb mushroom soup, and the steak and frites. She also had the latkes, perfectly dressed Caesar salad and a very tasty shrimp putanesca. Espresso and the poached pear made it a splendid evening.

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GevieW
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very cozy atmosphere with excellent food. We would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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VictoriaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely restaurant! Elegant decor. Delicious food. (Sunday brunch = Beignets! Yum!) And conveniently situated in a low-key neighborhood with ample parking.

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StanW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place to have a fine meal! The soft music in the backhground, the fire in the fireplace in the back room, the excellent service, the wonderfully diverse menu and the quality of food....all of it makes this gem my favorite restaurant in DC. Dinner is on the pricey side but well worth it. Brunch on the weekends is an excellent value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great in every way

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful restaurant with wonderful food and service! A true neighborhood gem—whether for a special occasion or any other time.

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Pancho
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very pleasant service, and we sat outside on a very nice evening. Portions: 2 appetizers (the oysters were very good!), a shared entree, and a shared dessert worked perfectly.

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Excellence
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent environment, service, and selection. Matisse does an excellent job adhering to the COVID protocols, but still delivers a fine dining experience.

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Friendshipheightser
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent and generous, creative without being crazy. Matisse handled the coronavirus demands well, except for pushing the cell-phone route to getting the menu. Paper please!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner outdoors. Great service, socially distant tables, excellent food.

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vipBebe
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matisse has a beautiful sidewalk cafe now and we had a magical evening. Fritz, the owner, was most welcoming, our server charming, efficient and the meal perfection. Three of us had the last soft shells of the season and they were fabulous. Please go and support this jewel of a restaurant— it is very safe.

FAQs

Matisse does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Matisse also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 244-5222.

Matisse is rated 4.9 stars by 1270 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.