This is my fifth visit to Matisse and it will be my LAST. Henri Matisse must be "rocking in his grave" if he knows this horrid restaurant is named after him. I dined there when it first opened, again for brunch; had a nice lunch there actually a few years back. I have also been there for dinner, a year or so ago; the food was very average, but acceptable, but somewhat pricey for the quality of food presented. The service during those last visits was competent, but erratic and sometimes slow and inattentive. However, this past Saturday night we went for dinner and I can say this restaurant has gone down hill as quick as the stock market in 2007. Let me first comment on the service which was about as bad as any I have ever had in a restaurant pretending to be a fine dining establishment. From the bartender to the server, service was slow, and indifferent. The "manager", or at least that was what he was purported to be, he was rude, arrogant. If it were my establishment he would be unemployed. He even potentially lied about his name - still not sure I have it right - Fritz or Frederique was the two he gave me. Honestly, unless he is one of the owners I really don't know how he has a job - if he is one of the owners - he is taking the neighborhood for a "ride". Now the food - their “signature" chicken dish was overcooked and with limp, soggy skin. Sides were decent. Sweetbreads appetizer was purported by a friend to be good. The profiteroles were as tough as cardboard, the filling flavorless - never did know if it was Chantilly cream or vanilla ice cream - whatever it was tasteless and the chocolate sauce was scant, not warm and clearly made of an inferior chocolate if it wasn't a sauce out of a bottle. Now there was Denis, I believe, our waiter. He was “just there”…I don’t know what he had on his mind but it was not us. I have never had such a bland, inattentive server in this city for a while. Knowing some of the clientele, of which many were in their “golden years”, it is obvious that many live in the vicinity and perhaps can accept mediocrity as opposed to having to travel into the “city” at night so I am not sure if they are just "used" to this type of food or if it is a matter of convenience The tab came to about 200 US$ for 4 so I would suggest to others splurging on a really good bottle of wine and a Stouffer's entree - that would be a better value and taste better as well.
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