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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 1,089 Restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Wharf Street

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Love Matisse. Not sure why it doesn't get more press. great wine list, very accommodating to allergies and best creme in the city. Prix Fixe might be the best kept secret in town. Staff is a wonderful and the dining space is intimate. Love it.

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Vicotoria, BC
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

My husband and I have eaten here a few times and its always amazing! From appies, main courses to dessert everything is just so mouth watering. Drink suggestions were excellent. The location is bright, romantic and relaxing. The food comes slowly but that's expected everything amazing takes time to create. If you only have 1 meal in victoria make it... More 

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Grande Prairie, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Quite simply the best food, warmest atmosphere and most gracious and knowledgeable service we have ever had the pleasure of enjoying! The chef is skilled, creative and passionate about French food and, without being intrusive, John and the staff delight in sharing their knowledge of both food and wine. We have had several wonderful meals at Matisse and hope to... More 

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Canada
Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This restaurant is #1 for a reason. They have got it all down pat. We had the prix fixe with wine pairings. Super reasonable prices and enough food. There are so many options. They explained each wine and why it matched with the food so that was really great. They easily accommodated my egg allergy with delicious alternatives. The meal... More 

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Treat yourself to exquisitely delicious meals, lovely atmosphere and warm and gracious service provided by John, Chris and Jenny. It is clear that they and the Chef truly love what they do. In the last ten years, my husband and I have dined here on each visit to Victoria; it is always wonderful and perfect in every way. We have... More 

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Easton, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

We had a most memorable meal at Matisse. Every dish was filled with layers of taste. The dishes were creative and beautifully presented. They worked with us around one person's food allergy and another's preferences so that we could eat the prix fixe dinner. The staff was knowledgable and suggested excellent wines that we might not have selected. It was... More 

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This was our first visit to Matisse and we enjoyed the very friendly, casual greeting from the moment we walked in. My girlfriend enjoyed the duck breast , cooked to perfection (rare) sliced and beautifully presented with fresh vegetables and an amazing reduction. I ordered the four course meal , starting with the lobster bisque. The second course was an... More 

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Just got back from France. We were missing the experience so as we were in Victoria, we went for dinner at Matisse. We had the four course Prix Fixe and chose to let them pair wines for each course. Normally I am a control freak when it comes to menu and wine list but we could not have been in... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

I get a lot of grief for always defaulting to trip advisor to make decisions for me, but if it wasn't for TR we would have missed this gem. It's small and cozy (make a reservation so you won't be disappointed ). You walk in and are welcomed like friends and then your seated at a table with nice linens... More 

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Duncan, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

We went to Matisse last night, and it is not hard to see why this restaurant has the number 1 rating in Victoria . If you haven't tried Matisse, I suggest that you try it - you will not be disappointed !

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Address: 512 Yates St., Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1K8, Canada
Phone Number: 1 250 480 0883
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > Downtown
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: French

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