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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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Kirkland, Washington
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166 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We think this is the best restaurant in Victoria..and there are a lot of great ones. John and his staff makes you feel at home in Paris. Excellent drinks. The service is a number one and the food is amazing. We'll do this again and again

Thank Joseph S
Victoria, Canada
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72 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our meal was lovely from start to finish. The staff are friendly and professional and strike a nice balance between formal and relaxed. They present an air of competence that highlights the delicious and well presented menu and makes an evening at Matisse a wonderful journey through French cuisine. The room itself is very comfortable and provides a pleasant background... More 

Thank Marlowe3
Vancouver, Canada
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been going to Restaurant Matisse for many years when visiting Victoria and it remains our favorite restaurant there. The ambiance is refined but not stuffy and John and his staff are gracious, friendly and attentive. The food is consistently good and this latest meal was no exception. I still think they make the best Creme Brulee around and... More 

Thank jonnight
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small, intimate restaurant manned by three highly skilled professionals who understand food, wine and service. Everything my husband and I had was cooked and presented to perfection. Love interacting with John who was very knowledgeable about wine and could also carry on a very witty repartee. If we lived in Victoria, we would be regulars, that's for sure. And...we love... More 

Thank kc1101
Victoria, British Columbia
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Restaurant Matisse isn't for everybody, but for a couple that wish to have an evening devoted to classic French food well prepared and presented by knowledgeable servers (and are prepared to pay well for the experience), this can be a good choice. The ambiance is mid 20th century (i.e. well before Nouveau Cuisine) and some will find it stuffy and... More 

Thank 595boba
Port Angeles, Washington
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Having read several rave reviews of Matisse, we chose it for my recent birthday dinner. Because we came in early for our reservation, we were told ( despite the restaurant being almost empty) that we might have to start drinking while we waited for a table. Surveying the expanse of vacant tables, we were then told they could fit us... More 

4 Thank AKvisitor60921
John P, Owner at Restaurant Matisse, responded to this review

Dear AKvisitor60921. I would give you the definition of what a reservation is but I suspect you would never use it. And so Mrs. Darling of Port Angeles Washington, it is so easy to be anonymous let's start over again. You and your husband arrived close to 45 minutes early for your reservation time and yes there were empty tables.... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

Excellent atmosphere. Excellent food. Excellent service. a lovely evening in every way. We are planning on going back as often as possible.

Thank Classicmovie
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227 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

I'm so frustrated that I can't seem to upload photos with my review. Third visit to Matisse and once again it was perfect. My biggest complaint is that I am only in Victoria once a year! Perfectly matched wine pairings and an ever changing menu with seasonal specials. I had a potato leek soup with candied salmon, an endive and... More 

Thank PrincessGolden
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

If you are in Victoria, and you like French dining, this place is a MUST! One of the few places where you can count on the servers' recommendations. Also don't be afraid to interact with the waitstaff, they are pretty sharp. The lobster bisque, sea bass and beef bourguignon were beyond expectations. The desserts held their ground with the entrees.... More 

1 Thank Rebecca A
Seattle, Washington
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119 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

This continues to delight. The prix fixe menu is a good value. Extensive wine list and very interesting menu. Food is delightful; service personal and attentive. John is all a restaurateur ought to be.

1 Thank Fletch W

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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
$17 - $25
French, European
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, 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?