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Restaurant Matisse

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512 Yates St., Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1K8, Canada (Wharf Street)
+1 250-480-0883
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 179
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Staff

The Maitre'd, the waiter, and the busgirl were all exceptional. The escargot was not as expected, but nice, the dinners were fine and the bread pudding delicious! Only complaint was the size of the martini glass...mini-martini!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
grammy6187
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Portland, Oregon
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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217 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Portland, Oregon
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The Maitre'd, the waiter, and the busgirl were all exceptional. The escargot was not as expected, but nice, the dinners were fine and the bread pudding delicious! Only complaint was the size of the martini glass...mini-martini!

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Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We dined at the Matisse recently while in Victoria visiting family. We selected the fixed price 3 course meal, along with a bottle of Corzes-Meritage. We started with a Lobster-Saffron bisque soup which was delicious with subtle taste of saffron. I had the warm beet salad to follow and my wife, the ham and cheese crepe. For the main course... More 

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Victoria, Canada
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

This has become my go-to place to celebrate my birthday. Every time we have been we have had superb service and food. The owner and staff are attentive, without being intrusive, and the setting is intimate. Over the years we have visiting, we have not had a bad meal. We always come away saying we should visit more often....and I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The staff were very friendly and the food was to die for. Extremely cozy and classy restaurant. Creme Brulee was the best I ever had!! And the food was beautiful. It's all about the quality and I would recommend this place to everyone who comes to Victoria if you like classy french cuisine

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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We chose Restaurant Matisse after seeing the incredible reviews on TripAdvisor and it was everything we were looking for. We opted for the prix fix menu with the wine pairings. We had the potato and leak soup with lobster, a stewed chicken crepe, and I had the duck breast while my partner had a flat iron bison steak. The food... More 

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San Francisco, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Matisse exceeded our expectations even with such glowing reviews. The prefix with multiple options was a fantastic choice. The wine pairing was totally worth it. I was going to list what was particularly exceptional for my husband's and my favorite dish, but then everything was amazing and we can't decide what was best. But if we had to pick one... More 

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Shepparton
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is a small room but well decorated and has a good feel.the welcome was warm and we had menus and drinks quickly. The Cocktail lst is limited but well priced as is the wine list. There is a prix fix menus to we ordered a la carte , we had lobster bisque,lamb and rabbit and all were very good... More 

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Victoria,BC
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

There are many excellent restaurants in Victoria, but Matisse is in a class all on its own. It is expensive, but who cares when the meals are so superb!!

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Victoria, Canada
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This place is the ultimate in French dining in Victoria. We went for our anniversary and chose a wine paring menu. This place is not inexpensive but it is authentic and very good. I had lobster bisque, followed by escargot (so much better than any other escargot I've ever had-they don't do those silly mushroom caps, it is in a... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. We spent hours enjoying our meal. The advice on wine pairings was excellent. Coffee and liqueurs topped off the perfect evening.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 512 Yates St., Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1K8, Canada
    (Wharf Street)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 250-480-0883

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 18 - 27
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?