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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, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 180
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Simply delicious french food

We had just returned from a trip to Paris and were still in the afterglow of how wonderful the food was there. So I brought my significant other here for his birthday and we were not disappointed. The food was creative, delicious and very close to being in Paris (I say very close because the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
2travellers2go
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BC, Canada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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218 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
BC, Canada
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We had just returned from a trip to Paris and were still in the afterglow of how wonderful the food was there. So I brought my significant other here for his birthday and we were not disappointed. The food was creative, delicious and very close to being in Paris (I say very close because the bread/baguette was the only thing... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Our short stay in Victoria with friends was rounded up with a scrumptious multi course dinner. It was a superbly crafted French food and had a wide range to choose from. The atmosphere in this small restaurant was cosy and unrushed. The staff was friendly and helpful. It was a memorable evening which we would highly recommend for those who... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The Maitre'd, the waiter, and the busgirl were all exceptional. The escargot was not as expected, but nice, the dinners were fine and the bread pudding delicious! Only complaint was the size of the martini glass...mini-martini!

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Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We dined at the Matisse recently while in Victoria visiting family. We selected the fixed price 3 course meal, along with a bottle of Corzes-Meritage. We started with a Lobster-Saffron bisque soup which was delicious with subtle taste of saffron. I had the warm beet salad to follow and my wife, the ham and cheese crepe. For the main course... More 

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Victoria, Canada
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This has become my go-to place to celebrate my birthday. Every time we have been we have had superb service and food. The owner and staff are attentive, without being intrusive, and the setting is intimate. Over the years we have visiting, we have not had a bad meal. We always come away saying we should visit more often....and I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The staff were very friendly and the food was to die for. Extremely cozy and classy restaurant. Creme Brulee was the best I ever had!! And the food was beautiful. It's all about the quality and I would recommend this place to everyone who comes to Victoria if you like classy french cuisine

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We chose Restaurant Matisse after seeing the incredible reviews on TripAdvisor and it was everything we were looking for. We opted for the prix fix menu with the wine pairings. We had the potato and leak soup with lobster, a stewed chicken crepe, and I had the duck breast while my partner had a flat iron bison steak. The food... More 

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Matisse exceeded our expectations even with such glowing reviews. The prefix with multiple options was a fantastic choice. The wine pairing was totally worth it. I was going to list what was particularly exceptional for my husband's and my favorite dish, but then everything was amazing and we can't decide what was best. But if we had to pick one... More 

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Shepparton
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is a small room but well decorated and has a good feel.the welcome was warm and we had menus and drinks quickly. The Cocktail lst is limited but well priced as is the wine list. There is a prix fix menus to we ordered a la carte , we had lobster bisque,lamb and rabbit and all were very good... More 

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Victoria,BC
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

There are many excellent restaurants in Victoria, but Matisse is in a class all on its own. It is expensive, but who cares when the meals are so superb!!

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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 18 - 27
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?