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“Extraordinary!!”
Review of Restaurant Matisse - CLOSED

Restaurant Matisse
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $25
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Wharf Street
Victoria, Canada
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78 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Extraordinary!!”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Fabulous food...try the prix fix menu, a great value, fabulous service, fabulous ambience. My wife and I treated my parents to dinner... absolutely wonderful experience...congratulations and thank you Restaurant Matisse. Classic french tastes but without the pretense. Loved it!!

  • Visited November 2012
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3 Thank brookebrian
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Austin, Texas
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77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Perfect Paring”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We were visiting Victoria with friends from Vancouver. They suggested Restaurant Matisse for a special occasion dinner. The location is great, near the harbor and a short walk from our hotel. For the guys a jacket, but no tie, is preferred at the dinner hour.
The restaurant is small and cozy, with seating for about 35 but tables are not crowded together.
We were greeted by the owner and made to feel at home in his restaurant. Service was above excellent. We chose the paired dinner with wine pairings for each course. The food was outstanding and the wines were perfectly chosen to compliment the food.
This is a fine dining experience, so slow down and enjoy the ambiance, the food and the conversation. Our dinner was just short of 3 hours.
Be prepared for the final bill; Restaurant Matisse is expensive but worth the money.

  • Visited July 2012
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3 Thank Patrick B
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Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Classsic French with an Irish Host”
Reviewed July 31, 2012

This was our finest dining experience in Victoria and it was obvious from the other diners at this small restaurant that the locals favor it also. The host, whose mother called him Matisse because he was a wanna-be painter as a child (unfortunately no talent) does a great job to entice you with the dishes and doesn't disappoint in the quality or presentation. The wines, especially the BC wines, are nicely presented and very reasonably priced. The entrees are delicious and the desserts are magnificent.

Expect to spend at least two hours at dinner. The staff will pace you and not rush you. Very French in that regard. We had the Prix Fix menu, $52 without wine, beginning with lobster bisque, pate, halibut, pork or rabbit, and excellent creme brulee and Grand Marnier bread pudding. Be ready to spend a bit more than usual, but well worth the experience.

Reservations are probably necessary. We booked at least a month before traveling.

  • Visited July 2012
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7 Thank Jimvogt
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new jersey
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant with amazing wine.”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

We did the Prix Fix and each bite of food was like a symphony of tastes and a treat for the eyes. The sommelier was most knowledgable and the service was outstanding. Best french food ever eaten outside of France.

Visited July 2012
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8 Thank shekie
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Parksville, Canada
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71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Try the Prix Fix Menu”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

We did the Prix Fix menu with wine pairing ,My wife and I each had different courses except for the Bisque Homard ( delicious) and were paired with wines unique to the dish. You must try the pate for the appetiser and I had the rabbit loin for my main. Food presentation and timing could not be faulted. Wait staff were friendly accommodating and very knowledgeable.

Visited July 2012
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6 Thank Rogerw303
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