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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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5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 256
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    Very good
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  • 4
  • 3
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent experience

Had a great dining experience with family and the food was fantastic all around the table. Service was amazing as they made it an enjoyable evening for all.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Courtenay, Canada
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Courtenay, Canada
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a great dining experience with family and the food was fantastic all around the table. Service was amazing as they made it an enjoyable evening for all.

2 Thank Bonelltravell2
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The menu was short on choices. I had a hard time deciding because nothing was particularly appealing. The prix fixe menu had nothing I would choose on it. We picked one of each foie gras ($25 each) One was seared on each side which made it warm on the outside and cold in the middle with a forgettable sauce. The... More 

1 Thank 40Street
Burnaby, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

THREE COURSE DINNER, may not be the best option if the selection does not fit you entirely. The second meal was fish: delicious! Deserts are well done. The service was good. The restaurant interior was for us disappointing: one side is a warm and cozy brick wall, and at the opposite side you will find yourself in the plain-white and... More 

Thank Dejan L
Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This feels like a Paris restaurant, simple but elegant and intimate with superb service. My husband booked this for my birthday dinner and it could not have been a better choice. For cocktails you must try their unique G&T). There is a prix fixe three course dinner option with a variety of selections and with or without wine pairings as... More 

1 Thank DebeAnnS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We can see why this gets a number 1 rating. The fixed price menu showed multiple courses of thoughtfully prepared food. We've had similar presentations and preparations in France but sometimes the restaurant atmosphere was so formal and stuffy that it detracted from the quality of the food. Not so at Matisse. The two owners acted as servers and kept... More 

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Seattle, Washington
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95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Eight of us went to Victoria for New Year's and dined at Matisse on New Year's eve. It was a memorable night and one we will not quickly forget. There were at least seven courses, each delicious. Our overall dining experience was superb and we could not have asked for a better introduction to 2016. I cannot recommend this restaurant... More 

Thank Terry H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful meal, definitely going back. Excellent service , very knowledgeable about food and wine pairings. Loved the atmosphere. Quiet, soft music.

1 Thank Dowchar
Grass Valley, California
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121 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This is unfortunately going to be a mixed review for a mixed dining experience. Despite an attentive and courteous service, a nicely decorated serving room (too dimly lit thus), our French food was definitely not up to our expectations, considering the bill (approx. CDN $375 for 3 guests with tax and gratuities) and the raving reviews we had read. The... More 

4 Thank FrenchyEric
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

A wonderful meal, attentive staff, helpful in every way. Used the prix fix menu with their wine pairings because we're novices. Felt right at home. Not cheap but worth it

Thank Gordon P
Sydney, Australia
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123 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

The stellar reviews for this restaurant and our abiding love for French food brought us here on our first night in Victoria, BC. It more than lives up to its reputation for classic French cuisine prepared and served with style and charm. The prix fixe menu (especially with the wine pairings) provides incredible value for money - and is delivered... More 

1 Thank dsm1961

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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 16 - 24
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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?