"The Best of French dining with none of the pretentiousness"
John Phillips, the bilingual owner and maitre d' of Restaurant Matisse, is a native of Canada's East coast. Having lived and traveled throughout Canada and Europe, John settled in Victoria and has worked here for fifteen years. After ten years at Deep Cove Chalet, he comes to Restaurant Matisse with a love of French cooking and a "penchant for perfection." His passion for pairing fine wines with unequaled fine foods and the enjoyment he gets from meeting people, ensures that restaurant ownership is the ideal life for him - and that dining at Matisse is the ideal experince for "food lovers."
David Reimneitz, the co-owner of Restaurant Matisse, grew up in eastern Canada. Born into a restaurant family, he learned that a "good life" involved "good food." After studying and living in Ontario, he moved to Vancouver and acquired years of managerial experience in the restaurant business. David then moved to England where he further developed his knowledge of the European cuisine and style of dining. On his return to Canada, he located here in Victoria, extending his knowledge and experience in both the restaurant and finance industries before coming to Restaurant Matisse.