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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 1,075 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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Calgary, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Wowed by the reviews, we made a reservation for our long weekend getaway to Victoria. We were not disappointed - one of the best French meals we've eaten outside of France (even better than many we've eaten there!). The four course Menu Fixe was excellent value with a sublime soup de jour of potato leek garnished with smoked oysters, a... More

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Northville, Michigan
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77 reviews 77 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Were there in August. Had a reservation in advance. Small, intimate restaurant. Not at all gaudy or pretentious. Great service, reasonable wine prices. We did the prix fixe and enjoyed every bite. Don't usually do desert, but had to try the creme brule. Just wonderful. Treat yourself.

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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I can't say enough about Matisse. From John's fantastic, mouth watering descriptions of their signature dishes to the amazing wine pairings and eye pleasing presentations there is no better place to eat in Victoria. Get ready for a dress casual environment with five star food.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

An intimate room with congenial (and witty) owner & professional staff. The prix fixe is the way to go, along with the wine pairing. BUT! We couldn't resist the foie gras flight--if you like f.g., you must, must try this. (So having only so much tummy room, we ended up taking dessert with us.) All was very nicely prepared &... More

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London, United Kingdom
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167 reviews 167 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I can see why it's number one. As this restaurant transforms you back to traditional high quality standards of food and service not normally available these days. The team there are a real hoot as well so it's not a stuffed shirt place. They can match your food choices with wine which is quite fun as well. Glad we went... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We have been to Matisse numerous times over its 15 years and have never been disappointed. The food was excellent, the wine recommendations very savvy and the service impeccable. John always does a good job of talking w/ each guest and infusing his information and humor into the dining experience. I highly recommend this restaurant if you want a quiet,... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I don't think my husband and I have ever felt better cared for. The staff was above-and-beyond knowledgeable, the food was superb, and the ambiance cozy. From the first, we felt welcome and accommodated. When we let our server know we don't drink (in a French restaurant - sacrilege!), they provided us with a lovely non-alcoholic floral infusion like no... More

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Victoria, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is a delightful little restaurant with a warm and cosy atmosphere. Unlike a lot of restaurants nowadays it is not noisy. The food was very well prepared, very tasty and beautifully presented. the service was excellent as well. Dining at Matisse is a very pleasant experience and brought back fond memories of many a wonderful meal in France.

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Irvine, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

From the moment you walk in the door, you are made to feel at home. Matisse has the perfect balance of classic French cuisine, with a very comfortable and welcoming environment. The rabbit and the duck are the best we have ever had. A simple, yet perfect menu, with a wine list to match; limited to perfect matches with the... More

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Westwood Los Angeles County, California
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245 reviews 245 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Its easy to miss this restaurant, the storefront is not overly conspicuous and in fact we walked right past it the first time. It is on Yates Street, close to the waterfront, in an older building with a brick facade. This is a small and intimate restaurant, there are not a lot of tables, so you might want to consider... More

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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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: French

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