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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
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London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great little restaurant in central Victoria. It serves quality French food with locally sourced ingredients. The staff and owner know their products and sell them well with grace and good humour. The banter between them on the Saturday night we visited was very much appreciated. My only criticism is that the restaurant is not open enough! In... More 

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Thank Chris B
Keswick
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

great food, nice atmosphere and John Phillips, the owner is a delight. dinner is always a treat and the food seems to get better every time we visit.recently we were there for twice in our five nights in Victoria. it is really that good

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Thank Bruce F
Vancouver
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had the nicest dinner at Matisse July 17th, 2016. We had made reservations a few years in advance of our arrival. The young girl at the front entrance welcomed us very warmly. She took us to a lovely corner table. We had our Server arrive immediately - offered beverages and evening specials. My husband ordered the carrot and cumin... More 

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Thank 682terryj
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful meal here with our daughter and her boyfriend. The experience was wonderful from the excellent cocktails to the food true to its French heritage. The menu is not huge but should provide something for everyone. Service is efficient but not in your face. The food was wonderfully prepared and presented. A perfect spot for a special... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were introduced to Restaurant Matisse by a local. We would not have found it easily. The entrance is unobtrusive but one is greeted immediately by the host whose witty and charming comments enlivened the whole night. The menu was obviously French inspired with creative licence taken to good effect. Especially good was the Rabbit du Jour, and the Local... More 

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Greenwich, CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

4 of us dined last night. Short staffed, inattentive service, no ice bucket offered, had to pour our own, constantly asking for more water because the food was overall quite salty. Halibut special was delicious, ribeye steak was tough.

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Keller, Texas
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An intimate restaurant nestled in Victoria's downtown. Don't be fooled by the menu's list of classic French dishes and *think* you know what you're in for. The Australian Chef, classically trained in France, is highly creative and innovative. I've never experienced foie gras prepared in such a light manner. The owner John loves hospitality and it is clear from how... More 

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Mississauga
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our first visit much (last year) and decided to come back again. I had the duck dish last year, loved it. This time I ordered the "Julia Child recipe" dish, well, I was disappointed. My boyfriend ordered the fish, it was good. The service was good, but I felt the "tone" was condescending, particularly when I gave my... More 

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

Hi I would like to hear more about your experience with my staff the evening you were at Matisse, I don't understand the tone of condescending you talked about. I can see a tone or concern as this dish is one of the most ordered dishes on the menu. I'm glad your boyfriend enjoyed his fish dish please contact me... More 

Whistler, Canada
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61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My dad and I had a wonderful meal here last month. We were generously greeted by the owner John at the door, who continued to help us out throughout the evening. The food was terrific. Wonderfully presented and yummy tasting. I would characterize it as Classic French with a modern twist. Value was very good given the high quality of... More 

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Thank David C
John P, Owner at Restaurant Matisse, responded to this review

Hi David C, We are so happy you and your Dad enjoyed your dinner with us. Thanks for mentioning the quality of the food, our Chef works hard to locate and source the best. Hope to see you again. Thanks from all the staff @ Restaurant Matisse More 

Comox,British Columbia,Canada
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206 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic experience. I doubt you would find any better food in Vic. you may find equal. Service was very good,waiters very knowledgeable and interactive as required We ordered pre fixe with wine pairings and it just made for an excellent meal and process Room is small and dim ,it is quaint for sure Impeccable dining Reservations a must

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

Hello Islandrockin, Thank you for your comments, your right, I am lucky to have a great staff and chef they all work very hard to try and make everybody's visit to Matisse a memorable one. Hope to see you again enjoy the beautiful city of Comox & Happy Canada Day More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$17 - $25
Cuisine
French, European
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday
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?