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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
Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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260 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went here to celebrate my husband's birthday as he used to like this restaurant. the service was still great but the food was not as memorable as in the past. Too many sauces and the rabbit with bacon got completely overwhelmed by the latter. The other reason why we did not like it as much is that our tastes... More 

1 Thank victorian5
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fantastic place, excellent food, knowledgeable staff, excellent wine list with reasonable prices. Ambiance is lovely!

1 Thank BagsPacked87120
Victoria, Canada
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to Matisse with 2 others. Asked John to feed us a 7 course meal. It was outstanding, he pared each dish with an amazing glass of wine. The whole experience was memorable. The Chef was working on all cylinders.

1 Thank wyattearpy
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently experienced an incredible meal at Matisse with 2 friends. The owner served us and as we did not want to pick we asked him "to feed us". Each course was paired with an incredible wine - the food was delicious, the presentation beautiful and the service unparalleled! The atmosphere and location are just perfect. I can not wait to... More 

2 Thank VictoriaResident
Scottsdale, AZ
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed the ambience, food and the charming owner and host of this restaurant. Our concierge recommended this as the place to go to for our special night. We were not disappointed. From the Pate, to the beef to the special dessert, every bit was magical and we had a great bottle of wine, too!! Prices were reasonable, service... More 

2 Thank Donna B
Baltimore, Maryland
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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a recent visit to Victoria, we ate here twice. We found the food and service to be absolutely great. This is a small restaurant, about 15 tables. It appears that there is typically only one seating for dinner. So, it's a great place to linger over the food. Over the two nights, we had several different dishes, including the... More 

2 Thank LandALot
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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121 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first time here. We were meeting a couple from Australia that we had never met before (long story). We chose this location because it was very near their hotel. The atmosphere is a little too French and it was quite noisy. Service was okay, but had to remind the staff to pour our wine. Also had to... More 

1 Thank Bonjsc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$17 - $25
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?