From Our Editors
Low key and easy to overlook, thanks in part to its location along a section of Wisconsin Avenue not known much for retail, Matisse is a little French neighborhood masterpiece. The décor and cuisine both offer a touch of inspired artistry and style, with a menu putting a nouvelle twist on French-Mediterranean cuisine. The downstairs is divided into two dining rooms, each laid with white tablecloths, soft lighting and sleek accents. The front is a bit more formal, while the banquettes and fireplace make the back dining room a cozier place to enjoy filet mignon at dinnertime or moules frites at lunch. A stylish staircase leads to the second floor, which is usually used for special events or for overflow on busy nights. But at Matisse, individual diners are likely to feel that every night is special.