Comments from Food Critics and Guests
"Appetizing things do come in small packages"
Times Colonist May 2007 (read)
"Matisse gets what's important right"
Times Colonist Dec 26 2003 (read)
"If you can't go to Paris, Paris comes to you"
Times Colonist 1998 (read)
"Warm brick, yellow walls and classic French cuisine make this newly arrived petite retreat a popular Downtown addition where regulars head for chef Philippe Renaudat's duck palette and shellfish-packed bouillabaisse in saffron and Pernod broth, followed by a crème brûlée; devotees indulge in the nine-course prix fixe underpinned by choices from a cellar full of good French and California wines."
The Zagat Restaurant Guide
"Mark this address down in your little black book of good addresses, then refer to it often. Restaurant Matisse is the charming little French outpost at the foot of Yates St. with a resident Passionate Chef, a self-assured Maitre d', who also happens to own the place..."
"This past weekend a party of seven was treated royally at the Restaurant Matisse on the corner of Yates Street and Waddington Alley. From the moment we stepped inside out of the fog and drizzle, we felt warm and welcomed."
The Victoria News
"Earlier this month, you and the staff of Matisse provided Ann and I with an edifying and memorable occasion during our visit to Victoria; one of our favorite cities in all the world.The cuisine was perfect. The wine you selected was among the best we have ever shared. The most impressive facet of our evening was the personal attention that we received from you, the staff and the chef. Accept our gratitude for the extraordinary treatment that we received at your hands. We received much more than we paid for and trust that this note makes up the deficit."
Cordially, Curtiss M., Attorney at Law,
Jackson, Mississippi, June 30, 1999
"Food has never tasted so good! I shall dream about Matisse in my sleep and I shall await in
anticipation for my next meeting with fantastic service, fabulous food and superb atmosphere
that this restaurant has instilled in my soul. We will be back."