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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
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Victoria, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My sister and I no longer need stuff so for birthdays we take each other out for a really good meal. We have tried a few restaurant but always return to Matisse, the others are good but just can't beat Matisse. Matisse has amazing food, exemplary service, beautiful decor. Their Fix Priz menu is great, lots of options and the... More 

1 Thank lynnostle
Victoria, Canada
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Matisse was our all-time favourite restaurant in Victoria. Our last visit was a disaster. The pate broke into hard chunks. The Boeuf Bourgignon arrived in bowls. A few huge chunks of tough beef and potato that was hardly cooked. I don't know whether the chef was on vacation - or sick, butt his was unacceptable!

Thank asingletonwood
Saltspring island
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Probably the best French restaurant in British Columbia. John is a great host and really makes you welcome. The staff are attentive and the menu is excellent, the presentation always perfect. I Highly recommend the lobster bisque ; the crepe de jour with a beef tortiere filling; the 'in house cold smoked' sable fish. We have also enjoyed the various... More 

2 Thank Dorothy T
Albuquerque, NM
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91 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful, very small and intimate room, maybe 12 to 15 tables. Extremely attentive but not intrusive, unhurried, casual service.Fine French menu with almost everything available in the prix fixe dinner. We were more than satisfied with one prix fixe dinner and one entree. Oh, and the wine list is great!

2 Thank NMtravelertoo
Port Alberni, Canada
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279 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I were looking for a tasty meal with lots of options and we found it. The tasting menu was great and we had an opportunity to try many different items for a reasonable cost. Service is great and it's in a nice location close to the waterfront. "Looking forward to coming here again

1 Thank helena218
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a really good spot if your looking for a quiet and intimate dining experience. The staff is remarkably well trained and genuine in their approach, we felt welcomed the moment we entered. The meals were prepared with great care and was very flavourful in taste. Would recommend this place to others.

Thank Michael V
Eugene, Oregon
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219 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I chose this restaurant based on on-line research, and called ahead to make reservations for my birthday dinner while visiting Victoria from Oregon. We stopped by the day before to look at the menu, and were invited in to look around as they prepared to open. The food was beyond fantastic! The hospitality and service were over the top! There... More 

1 Thank laurie c
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Exquisite french cuisine, from the dishes to the wine, and most importantly the staff, a truly exceptional experience.

1 Thank Calvin S
Calgary, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dined at Matisse with a group of four sharing a 25th wedding anniversary celebration. The dining experience was fabulous from start to finish. The restaurant is a small space, but very cosy, with good acoustics such that you could hear neighbouring tables, but they didn't impinge on your conversations. The service was efficient and unobtrusive. We started with the lobster... More 

2 Thank hendersi
Montevideo, Minnesota
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fixed price although expensive was memorable. The onion potato oyster soup was out of this world Especially paired with a nice Gewurtz. The country pate was OK but I didn't think the French Pinot went with it at all. The larded rabbit was great- one just removes the bacon. The Tabbat wine had a fantastic bouquet and went well.

1 Thank jps-monte

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$16 - $25
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?