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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
17:30 - 20:30
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Wed - Sun 17:30 - 20:30
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I have been to Victoria for 3 of our anniversaries and have chosen this restaurant each time after discovering it about 20 years ago. The food has been superb each and every time. We found that this last visit it was a little less stuffy than we had remembered it. There was a new waiter and we... More 

1 Thank PickyInSeattle
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145 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

During our recent stay in Victoria, the hotel concierge recommended Restaurant Matisse and made reservation for us. Credit card details were required to secure the booking. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there. Our super friendly host explained the set menu and a-la-carte menu. We took the set menu but chose the main course from the a-la-carte menu for an upcharge... More 

1 Thank Vicky A
Victoria, BC, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My best friend and I visit Matisse for our birthday celebrations, usually twice annually, and it never fails to impress us. The food is always wonderful, the wine list is extensive, and service is always excellent. My last meal at Matisse consisted of a beautiful filet mignon and a seasonal Chanterelle mushroom crepe that was to die for. Matisse has... More 

1 Thank Megan B
Victoria, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

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 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

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!

4 Thank asingletonwood
Saltspring island
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

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 

1 Thank Dorothy T
Albuquerque, NM
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

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

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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
US$16 - US$25
French, European
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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?