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Matisse Cafe Restaurant

4934 Wisconsin Ave. NW (Fessenden St. NW) Send to Phone
202-244-5222 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Elegant, stylish décor makes a perfect setting for the classic French-Swiss cuisine.
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Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Matisse Cafe Restaurant Restaurant Review

: Like a French stage setting, Matisse makes a surreal statement with its spacious dining rooms, curvilinear graphics and flowing designs. Even the flowers mimic the curlicues and sweeping lines of the interior. It's a three-level restaurant, but the basement is really the open kitchen, all functional and shiny. This makes a suitable backdrop for the foods prepared by chef-owner Fritz Siegfried, who is Swiss by birth, training and temperament. Look for such fine details as reduced veal stock that requires no unnecessary thickeners, twice-fried pommes frites, and an intense crème brûlée with berries. The menu changes seasonally, and may include filet mignon or rack of lamb with gratin dauphinois and French beans. Matisse caters to sedate matrons at lunchtime, power Washington at night---and anyone who appreciates haute settings and food.

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Rude treatment
by lawdoc89 on Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:35 pm
A good way to judge a restaurant is how they treat single diners. Generally they don’t like a table with one, but a smart restaurateur realizes that today’s single diner with a good experience is tomorrow’s table of eight. Ambiance and service are important parts of the experience, after all. I have eaten out enough not to tolerate being placed by the kitchen doors, or seated at a bar table for a diner. That any restaurant that would feel it is delivering by even having such a table holds its customers in contempt, and only a fool would patronize such. Sadly, after many years of eating in Matisse, watching the quality erode slowly, I had the most inexcusably rude experience there tonight. In a half empty restaurant they tried to seat me in the bar. Although I pointed out I have never enjoyed that part of the restaurant, clearly signaling I have been there before. The response was “too bad.â€
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