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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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English first
Victoria, Canada
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

We visited Restaurant Matisse for dinner last evening. Very pleasant and not over done interior. We were greeted and seated within a short period of time. We had a reservation and arrived a few minutes early as that had been recommended due to an expected larger group. We began with cocktails, a traditional martini for my partner and a Lillet... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

We have walked passed this restaurant on many occasions and had no idea what a gem of a place this is. We dined with two friends and every part of each persons meal, was excellent. Ranging from entrees of double baked cheese soufflé, pate, onion soup, to mains of rabbit, sea bass, venison and finally creme brûlée and coffee, it... More

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Springfield
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Dinner at Matisse was the best meal my husband and I have had since our trip to Paris in 1999! The 5 course meal was incredible! The rack of lamb and the rabbit so yummy. The creme brulee was beautiful to look at and so good!!!! John has a wonderful way with people and he is very witty! Best gin... More

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Calgary, Canada
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24 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 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
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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5 restaurant reviews
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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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172 reviews 172 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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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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