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Restaurant Matisse

512 Yates St., Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1K8, Canada (Downtown)
1 250 480 0883
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Ranked #1 of 1,091 restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Wharf Street
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88% Recommend
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English first
Victoria, BC
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We went to Matisse with another couple, and we had a marvellous time. The owner was a hoot giving us detailed info about all the dishes and providing recommendations that enhanced the experience. We're locals and we'll-travelled, and we'll soon be regulars! Delicious food, elegant atmosphere.

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washington
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Amazing service, small and intimate dining. Be sure to reserve early. Try the specials of the day. This crepe stuffed with wild mushrooms was unbelievably good!

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Davis, California
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I just returned from four lovely days in Victoria BC, and the dining highlight of the trip was dinner at Restaurant Matisse. We had several very good meals on our trip - Victoria is blessed with many wonderful restaurants. But this was our best meal, by far. My friend had the filet and I had the rack of lamb. Both... More

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Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

the food and service were perfect. the kind of small, elegant little restaurant you always hope to find but seldom do. A gem!

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Nanaimo, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Although we waited for our table for around 15 minutes after making a reservation, the Prix fixe menu made up for the glitch. An incredible french dining experience, highly recommended. Four courses with wine pairing for each course(timing was a little off for one of the pairings). Lobster bisque, crepe du jour, duck breast perfectly seasoned and beautiful desserts. All... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Waiter had quite a condescending, patronizing air about himself ... really don't need a lecture about every food item ... and when someone asks question, response shouldn't sound as if they're dumb for asking it. (I understand you want to show off that you're bilingual but your French accent isn't even that good pal) That guy really made the dining... More

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Calgary
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

An absolutely fantastic dining experience. We had the fixed 4 course and wine pairing - excellent all the way around. One of out best dining experiences of all time - a must try ! - reservation is a must !

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403JOHN403, Owner at Restaurant Matisse, responded to this review

Hello Daveyyc from Calgary, We do like playing with the pairings of wines Glad you enjoyed your visit to Matisse. Hope to see you on your next trip to Victoria Stay well, Thanks John @ Matisse More

Leawood, Kansas
Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We have fallen in love with Restaurant Matisse; it is truly Victoria’s best restaurant. No visit to Victoria is complete without dining at Restaurant Matisse. The owner, John Phillips, helps make the dinner a remarkable experience. His love of fine food, excellent service and great wine shows up in every aspect of the restaurant. We were there on Friday, July... More

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403JOHN403, Owner at Restaurant Matisse, responded to this review

Thank you Arthur P. for your kind remarks and comments. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Matisse I also think the chef prepares the best rabbit in the city. Hope to see you and your wife on your next visit to our fair city. More

Phoenix, AZ
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The owner of this place is quite the character, and definitely part of the draw for people. All four of us had the prix fixe dinner and everything was outstanding, including the wine pairings, each of which was carefully described along with each course as presented. Duck, rabbit, lamb, and fish--it was all wonderful. Service was provided at a reasonable... More

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JP403, Owner at Restaurant Matisse, responded to this review

Hello to Swampcactus and friends, I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your dinner here at Matisse. The Chef works hard to ensure that your meals are of the finest ingredients, I, have fun with the pairings. Hope to see you again on your next trip to the beautiful city of Victoria John @ Matisse More

Banff, Canada
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

It had been almost 28 years since my wife and I last dined at this restaurant and the reason is that we seldom visit Victoria anymore. That being stated, this restaurant will bring us back to the city on a more regular basis as it is an absolute treat. The owner, who acted as the interpreter of the menu, is... More

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JP403, Owner at Restaurant Matisse, responded to this review

Hi I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself at Matisse I still will not quit my day job, which is shopping for the chef for tonight's dinner. Hope to see you again soon Thanks John @ Matisse More

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