Tuesday, May 7 at 07:46 PM:
Wednesday, May 1 at 02:01 PM:
Peter Martin from Saanichton wrote:
"Thank you John for the amazing party last Saturday. Everyone raved about the food, the wine, the, service .. everything! You and your staff were great. The food better than ever. See you again soon and thanks again. "
Friday, December 28 at 08:09 AM:
Sue McCaskill from Victoria, BC wrote:
"My husband and I, and our daughter and fiance had dinner at your wonderful establishment last night. I must say, the ambience was very comfortable, the service superb, and there are no words for the food! The pork tenderloin was melt-in-your-mouth good, and the presentation beautiful. The creme brulee (excuse the lack of accent marks!)was sublime, and beautifully presented. The wine the sommelier chose for us was lovely, and complimented the food perfectly. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!"
Friday, October 19 at 02:39 PM:
Stephen Browning from Bellevue, WA wrote:
"My (ex) partner and I enjoyed one of the best dinners of our 25 years together at Matisse the last day of September, 2012. Magnificent food, delightful and informative owner/host, great wine and an intimate and comfortable atmosphere made for a perfect evening."
Monday, August 27 at 04:53 PM:
Shannon from Victoria wrote:
"John and Chris are always welcoming and warm, and we love coming here when in Victoria. Fabulous food, quiet romanitic atmosphere and great drink pairings. A must go!"
Tuesday, July 31 at 12:31 AM:
D'Cafango Family from Seattle wrote:
"Dear John, Thank you for making our visit to Victoria extraordinarily memorable. Experiencing the food and drink was wonderful but coupled with your artfully delivered service is what we will remember most. Thank you. We will return to recapture the magic of our first experience. With sincere thanks and fondness."
Monday, June 18 at 09:06 AM:
Don & Molly Swensen from Vaughn, WA wrote:
"Several years ago we were in Victoria for our anniversary. We stumbled upon Restaurant Matisse, and fell in love with it! We will be back in Sept 2012 for our 6th anniversary, and are looking forward to introducing some friends to your fine restaurant. "
Sunday, May 6 at 06:24 PM:
The President & First Lady from Washington DC wrote:
"Food fit for a President. Next visit to BC I will leave my chef at the Whitehouse. We were impressed."
Wednesday, March 21 at 02:32 PM:
Leon & Jytte from San Diego wrote:
"When one of the staff @ the Empress overheard our conversation about a below par dinner in the Empress room, the resaurant Matisse was suggested, reservations were made and our experience was extraordainary. Our next Victoria visit will be planned around dining @ the Matisse! Merci!!"
Friday, March 16 at 08:52 PM:
Luke from New York wrote:
"We enjoyed dining at your restaurant. Ecellent food and service. Thank you. Luke"
Friday, March 9 at 10:47 AM:
Dr Stephen Chappell from Virginia, USA wrote:
"I visited the restaurant Matisse several times a decade ago and have delightful memories of the food and the service. The canard roti au naturel was simply superb. I have never found a restaurant I preferred anywhere else. Merci bien, messieurs!"
Thursday, February 23 at 05:07 AM:
Monika from Romania wrote:
"I really like it, your team is simply perfect"
Wednesday, December 28 at 03:10 PM:
Mike and Jenny Towner from Maple Valley, WA wrote:
"Thank you so much for a wonderful meal and excellent service! We will certainly be back. So sorry we only found you now, but so thrilled to know you're there! "
Tuesday, December 27 at 10:48 PM:
Monica from Victoria wrote:
"Thank you for the amazing meal and wonderful service as always!! Can't wait to come back!"
Tuesday, December 20 at 11:11 AM:
Beckey from Bainbridge Island WA wrote:
"Thank you for an incredible night with delicious food and exceptional service. We had a wonderful time!"
Wednesday, June 22 at 07:42 PM:
Tom & Mary Hoag from Bellevue, WA wrote:
"Our favorite restaurant in all Canada! We always visit Restaurant Matisse when we are in Victora."
Tuesday, February 15 at 12:32 PM:
Michael Olson from Victoria wrote:
"Once again John and Restaurant Matisse know how to make a special occasion very special. Another absolutely fantastic Valentine's dinner. Thank you very much"
Thursday, December 30 at 05:00 AM:
Bob and Dana, Sun.Ergos, A Company of Theatre and Dance from Priddis, Alberta wrote:
"The delicious menu, the exquisite wines, the ambiance, the gracious service, the wonderful sense of humor, the art works – all contribute to one of our favorite restaurants, not only in B.C., Canada, North America – but the World in which we travel. Thank you!"
Tuesday, December 7 at 05:14 PM:
Josef & Zdenka from Campbell River wrote:
"Our first visit to Restaurant Matisse: perfect food, pleasant and helpfull staff, very enjoyable experience. Started saving for next visit. Who needs to go to Paris or heaven! Thanks."
Friday, September 24 at 09:42 AM:
www.4 data.ca from Ottawa wrote:
"The chairs, the plates, the table cloths, the location! everything about this place is orgasmic!"
Tuesday, September 14 at 01:35 PM:
Jean Claude from Montreal wrote:
"Absolutely fabulous! The decor, the flawless service, and the food! Seventh time there and as great as the first. Great wine pairings, and the warmest of service. That artichoke and truffle soup may be my favorite food in the world! Can't wait to return! "
Saturday, August 21 at 09:38 PM:
Ryan from Victoria wrote:
"I work at the Empress hotel in town and was lucky enough to dine with a couple of friends at Matisse one night. It was an unbelievable experience with amazing service and even greater food! Matisse is a must for all!"
Friday, July 30 at 08:36 AM:
Katie H from Vancouver wrote:
"My husband and I had great dining experience again in Matisse. Amazing food and exceptional staff members! I will see you next time of visit to Victoria!"
Tuesday, June 15 at 06:46 AM:
Mary Beth Cooper from Okeechobee, Fl. wrote:
"My girlfriends and I recently enjoyed a fantastic meal at this wonderful restaurant. We were finishing our week long cruise to Alaska before returning to Seattle. Although our food on the ship was certainly adequate, it was nothing compared to the exquisite meal we experienced at Matisse. What a perfect ending to our week of pampering! My husband is ready to visit Victoria just so he can enjoy the food I have described at your restaurant! If you are ever in Florida, you must visit our ranch and enjoy a venison feast with us! My phone number is: 863-763-7571"
Monday, February 15 at 07:03 AM:
Mike & Judie from Victoria wrote:
"Thank you again for a wonderful and memorable Valentine's dinner. Awesome menu and impeccable service. We have made your restaurant "our restaurant" on Feb 14 since 2004 and look forward may more years to come. Thank you for making it special."
Thursday, February 4 at 12:44 AM:
Katie H from Vancouver wrote:
"My fiancée and I had fun dining experience with great French food. We loved the steak dinner and the escargot. I look forward my next visit to Victoria Must place to visit!"
Thursday, September 10 at 02:30 PM:
Doug & Lucia Poffinbarger from Oceanside, California wrote:
"We stumbled upon Matisse when vacationing in Victoria on or honeymoon ten years ago. We now plan our trips in the area around a visit to Matisse. Not for nostalgia, but quite simply our favorite restaurant in the world (really). We have recommended Matisse to everyone we know who is planning a trip to Victoria. The food, atmosphere and friendly service are simply amazing. Thank you John, your friends in So. Cal."
Monday, August 31 at 10:21 PM:
Bill and Rosalind Cooper from Beaverton, Oregon wrote:
"We had our 33rd wedding anniversary dinner at Matisse. It was fabulous!! John and his staff made the evening memorable with excellent service and superb food. FYI...the lobster bisque is THE BEST!!! Also, if John suggests you try something, don't argue, just do it. You will not be disappointed. John, Roz and I are looking forward to returning (hopefully soon!). Oh, and John..do whatever you have to do to keep your chef and sous/pastry chef happy!!!"
Thursday, August 13 at 10:56 AM:
Denise Lunger from Victoria wrote:
"Thank you John for another wonderful evening (Saturday). The food and wine were absolutely exquisite - the ingredients are always fresh and a treat to the eye as well as taste. Once again the chef has outdone himself and your staff as well. Of course, you, John, are the star of the show! What would we do without you!??? Brooke - you are outstanding!"
Monday, June 15 at 10:44 AM:
David & Mary Lamb from Seattle wrote:
"I can't imagine a more perfect setting in which to enjoy a fine dinner than Restaurant Matisse. Everything is thoughtfully designed to allow the diner to focus on the wonderful food. The Matisse art on the walls (some good reproductions and some signed originals) take one away from the garish outside world. The music (clearly audible but not distracting) centers on the golden Piaf age of French popular music. Even the lighting is ideal: generally intime but with subtle extra light directed at the table so that you can appreciate the beautiful presentation of the meal. Then, of course, there is the food. I would have to go to operatic lengths to describe it. Five years ago, for our 50th wedding anniversary, Mary and I first discovered Restaurant Matisse. It was a revelation. I had the best bouillabaise of my life, and Mary found out about preserved lemon. Last week, for our 55th anniversary, we made a special trip to Victoria in order to revisit Matisse. What a pleasure! John recommended a unique dry sherry based on white pinot aged in cognac casks...light yet with plenty of fruit and a whiff of cognac. A perfect start. Then came a chilled soup made with fresh heirloom tomatoes lightly flasvored with lovage. Next a salad with exotic greens with a subtle dressing. Mine included asparagus, slices of lobster tail and avocado; Mary's salad also had a warm tart made with caramelized onions and goat cheese. Finally we were treated to a fine duck cassoulet made with lentils instead of white beans. Inspired! All this together with a lovely dry Canadian semillon blanc. We do not often have dessert, but John persuaded us to indulge. Mary tried the bread pudding, and I had the finest chocolate mousse I have ever experienced. The evening was memorable in every way and well worth the trip to Canada. We will definitely return. "
Monday, June 8 at 05:33 PM:
Mark and Holly Snyder from Seattle wrote:
"John; Holly and I had, again, such a wonder dinner and dining experience in your capable hands the 27 of last month. We are defiantly spreading the word about your establishment. We had the wonderful 4 course meal and that night you presented us with the simply beautiful 'black bread and potato soup'. I don't suppose you ever give out your recipes? Also you shared a wonder wine that smells like cognac and we are wondering the name or varity of this tasty wine. We are looking forwards to visiting you again now that you have an extension on your lease. Mark and Holly Snyder"
Sunday, May 24 at 11:54 PM:
Karen Jensen from La Chaine des Rotisseurs wrote:
"Hello John & Company- THANK YOU so much for another OUTSTANDING meal.I'm sure that I can speak for the Chaine membership at large when I say that tonight's event was one of the very best we have experienced in recent years. Each course was distinctively "stand alone." The wine pairings were thoughtfully and expertly orchestrated and,as usual, the service was superb.Congratulations to you and your whole team ! Thanks again. Sincerely, Karen Jensen. "
Monday, May 11 at 05:16 PM:
Shay from Victoria wrote:
"I loved the fine French food and the general atmosphere of Matisse. I am ten years old and been to Matisse three times and every time I enjoyed it immensely. I think it is a lovely restaurant and I can’t wait until I can go again. "
Monday, May 11 at 05:05 PM:
Birch from victoria wrote:
"Haven't been there in a while but I'm doing a school project on you and I'm saving up my allowance "
Monday, May 4 at 01:07 PM:
Mysterious Stranger from Ohio wrote:
"Never tried it but for sure going to go asap!"
Monday, April 20 at 12:52 PM:
Richard (& Cindy) from Edmonton wrote:
"What a pleasure to meet you all. To enjoy your hospitality, service and wonderful food made our weekend in Victoria MOST memorable. Brooke`s service was superbe. And to watch John work is as enjoyble as the dinner. Thank you all again. And VERY glad to meet David. Please say a warm Hello for me to all."
Monday, April 13 at 08:01 AM:
Alicia from Seattle, Wa wrote:
"I have had the joy of dining at Matisse twice so far and it has by far been the best dining experience of my life. Not only was it fantastic cuisine in a beautiful setting but the staff was the most pleasant I've encountered."
Saturday, March 28 at 10:10 PM:
Sherry Buttnor from Metchosin BC wrote:
" Our first visit to Restaurant Matisse. Great food, friendly staff, and very pleasant ambiance. What's not to love about that?? We WILL be back. "
Wednesday, March 18 at 10:31 AM:
Denise Lunger from Victoria wrote:
"Once again John - you and your staff outdid themselves. Along with Brooke's 'great' personality at the front, the wonderful food your Chef produces (yum lobster salad - to die for, escargots and mussels - comfort food, duck - out of this world and so on), fantastic wine and with you entertaining us - we certainly cannot ask for more. Thank you."
Thursday, February 12 at 06:36 PM:
Robert Brown from Boring, Oregon wrote:
"It's been eight years since my wife and I have visited Matisse (far too long). We haven't been able to find it's equal yet. Your wonderful presentations and warm service just can't be found anywhere else. I'm glad to see that nothing has changed and that the business card that i've carried in my wallet for eight years wasn't in vain. Be seeing you soon. Thankyou John."
Friday, February 6 at 01:11 PM:
John & Nancy Dziodzio from Limerick, Maine wrote:
"We toured Seattle, The Olympic Peninsula, The Islands, and Victoria for a few weeks a couple of years ago. Your restaurant still stands out as the most significant memory of our entire trip. The meal was a masterpiece; it still stands out even over our Parisian gastronomic adventures. Magnifique. We'll be back as soon as we can. Thanks and continued success."
Friday, January 2 at 04:03 AM:
Janice Ellis from Ontario wrote:
"John, thank you so much for your long distance co-operation in allowing me to add the wine as a surprise to my friend and her husband's 25th anniversary dinner ( great suggestion, BTW!!).....she told me they had a truly magical evening, and you allowed me to connect with them, and be there in spirit...if I ever make it to Victoria, I must stop by...it says a lot about your restaurant, if that's where they chose to have this very special anniversary celebration....and again, thank you so much, you were a pleasure to do business with!!! "
Monday, November 10 at 02:04 PM:
Denise Lunger from Victoria wrote:
"Thank you John and your wonderful staff for the beautiful birthday dinner. You do outshine the rest of Victoria restaurants by far. Beautiful, clean and classic food - paired with out of this world wines, Edith Piaf in the background - what more could one ask for. The food and ambience was always wonderful and it continues to do so with a new Chef. Take care, Denise and Allan Lunger"
Sunday, November 2 at 07:14 AM:
Chris & Carol Birrell from Stony Plain , Alberta wrote:
"We just wanted to say how good it was see you again last month. As always the food was excellent and John, you and the staff provided fantastic service. We hope to see you all in the spring. Thanks again."
Tuesday, July 22 at 10:47 AM:
Darcy and Kathy Palmer from Surrey BC wrote:
"We dined at Matisse on July 19/08 for our wedding anniversary. It was a superb restaurant. The service, the food and the ambiance were all top notch. John, thank you for a fabulous evening!"
Monday, July 7 at 03:01 PM:
Don & Jackie Soderberg from Farmington,NM wrote:
"Although our vacation is long over the wonderful memory of this lovely restaurant will always be with us. You made us feel so special and the food was beyond describing. Just WOW!! Fabulous Thanks Again!!"
Sunday, July 6 at 10:53 AM:
Ray and Cindy from Victoria wrote:
""touche" what a wonderful evening. Celebrating our 26th anniversay could not have been better. John you truly made our evening. And the food!!! well Filet of Beef Rossini and Steak au Poivre , are truly magnificent. "OH, ASK JOHN FOR THE WINE THAT GOES WITH DUCK"" lol-john. Chocolate truffle cake and the tarte tatin were so good we had to take extra home for later. Number 1 in our book. We will be back."
Monday, June 9 at 12:47 PM:
ERIC L. from VANCOUVER !!! BC wrote:
"The deserts will OF COURSE by my Entree and appetizer :) Crème Brulée, will start it off, followed with Tarte Tatin and Chocolate Truffle Cake <seconds, yes> And if I may....Steak au Poivre, will actually be the "desert"...mmmm. MMM. "
Sunday, May 25 at 08:51 PM:
Patricia and Harvey Ratson from Victoria wrote:
"Thank you so much for making our 11th wedding anniversary so special. From everything that we had previously heard about your restaurant, we expected a great meal, but the service and the wonderful wine pairings made it even better than we had hoped. I really appreciate your help in getting us through the meal by 9:00 - it was done so smoothly that until Harvey saw the horse, he had no idea that the whole meal had been orchestrated so that we would be finished just as the horse and carriage arrived! We will be back, to try more of your wonderful dishes and wines. All the best, Patricia and Harvey"
Friday, April 25 at 07:35 AM:
Karen Jensen from Victoria, B.C. wrote:
"John & David- Thank you so much for another memorable meal on Wednesday evening. Each magnificent dish was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. John,my guests and I were entertained, as always, by your witty interpretations of each item on your menu and your thoughtful service. Restaurant Matisse is a true credit to La Chaine des Rotisseurs. Keep up the good work ! See you again soon. "
Thursday, March 27 at 12:31 AM:
Karen Manu-Popa from Ottawa wrote:
"Hello John and David. I was thinking that Dan and I have not had the pleasure your wonderful restaurant or your company for what seems like ages now. We dearly miss our date nights at Matisse and often reminisce; right down to what we would order if only we could! Miss you both and hope you're well, Karen and Dan"
Thursday, March 27 at 12:29 AM:
Peter and Lesley Martin from Victoria wrote:
"Hi John, Brooke, et al. Great meal last nite (what else?) Good looking website too."