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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

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  • 17
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Always Amazing!

You cannot go wrong dining at Matisse! Each time we go it is amazing!!!! The owner, John, is quite a character and pretended to remember my husband after years when my husband greeted him by name. (Yes, it was so memorable the last time, my husband remembered John after 6 years!) We each opted... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
HappyJohnsons
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Centralia, Washington
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
Centralia, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

You cannot go wrong dining at Matisse! Each time we go it is amazing!!!! The owner, John, is quite a character and pretended to remember my husband after years when my husband greeted him by name. (Yes, it was so memorable the last time, my husband remembered John after 6 years!) We each opted for the prix fixe with wine... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

The chef, co-owners, and staff seem genuinely interested in making their clientele happy. It's a small restaurant, only 13 tables, which makes it a quiet enough place to carry on a conversation without raising your voice, and the ambiance is warming. Although I'm not a big fan of gin and tonics theirs was excellent and will be the best you'll... More 

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Vancouver
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We came here based on Tripadvisor reviews, also wanting French cuisine. WOW firstly our on line request for a reservation was declined a day following, with a msg stating that they no longer accept on line reservations. We had to phone after 1700 to book. They insisted on us providing a credit card number at time of booking in order... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

No one is pretentious but the chef knows his craft and the owner loves pleasing his clientele. It's clear these folks love having visitors from everywhere and they want them to leave happy with the dining experience. We enjoyed great service and a nicely prepared meal. Whether you choose the prix fixe or a la carte, the effort if to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a small restaurant, and it is a treat from start to finish. The service is impeccable and the food sublime! I have eaten there a number of times and have never been disappointed. It is the perfect special occasion dinner.

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Langley, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

On our mini-vacation to Victoria, we chose this restaurant for our anniversary. We knew it would be a bit of a splurge, but everything about it was completely worth it! I'm typically rather narrow minded with my wine choices (rich Chards & full bodied reds, nothing sweet nor too tart), but my husband and I decided to venture out and... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

My wife and I chose Matisse for our Anniversary dinner... Great choice!! It has a very pleasant interior, but with only about a dozen tables, make your reservation early, especially for a weekend night. Excellent French dining... The escargot were the best we've ever had! My wife had the rack of lamb, and I had the duck breast. Both were... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I travel a lot and this is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. You feel like John has invited you into his home to serve you a meal that is out of this world. I always have the 4 course meal. The soup is always different and always delicious, the fish always has some kind of twist you don't expect... More 

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Lewiston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Very authentic French food, wonderful ambiance, superb food! Wonderful owner, lots of fun. A romantic small spot, make reservations, it is worth the trip. We can't wait to go back on our next trip to BC.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I can't say enough about this beautiful, authentic little place. If you want a dining experience, this is it. The owner was so lovely and funny! It is pricey but worth every penny!

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Additional Information about Restaurant Matisse

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
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
Average Prices: USD 17 - 25
Cuisine: French

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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 17 - 25
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?