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Matisse Restaurant

1300 Ocean Avenue, Belmar, NJ
732.681.7680
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Ranked #15 of 89 restaurants in Belmar
Price range: $12 - $24
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 13th Ave.
Transit: Belmar Train Station
Description: Matisse can accommodate small or large groups and any dietary restrictions. Open all year round with seasonal oceanfront out door dining. Please feel free to bring your own beer wine or champagne.
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English first
Monmouth Beach
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The original Matisse, on the boardwalk in Belmar, New Jersey, went out to sea in Superstorm Sandy. It has now been reincarnated at 10th Avenue and Main Street, still in Belmar, and is just as good as it was before the storm. While the physical plant is somewhat different, it is still pleasant, if a bit louder, due to the... More

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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The atmosphere and service is very good, but for the prices the quality of the food needs to be much better or, make it more basic and give you more. What we received was NYC prices for small average dishes. Probably a 6/10. BYOB is a bonus.

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Jersey Shore
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Restaurant now at 1000 Main St., Belmar. It is BYO which we like. Three of us went because food at prior site was good. The busboy brought one wrong appetizer so one person had to wait while 2 started. The roasted Manila clams appetizer was uninspired and tasteless. The Atlantic Clam Chowder was uninspired. The PEI mussels with sweet chilis,... More

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Belmar, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

They just open recently for dinners and we were anxious to try it on a Saturday night and it was their first Saturday night for dinner. Both our dinners were terrible. The salmon was over cooked and my husbands ribs were mostly fat. The service was excellent and they didn't charge us for our dinner which was nice but we... More

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NJ
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67 reviews 67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Just read the most recent reviews (please note that my rating above is for the previous establishment) and still can't understand how anyone could have been less than impressed by the "old" Matisse; we never had anything but pleasant experiences with the food and staff. Be that as it may... I was just e-mailed a photo of the "Grand Opening... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Matisse is no longer in business. They were wiped out by Sandy. It was one of my favorite restaurants in Belmar.

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Belmar, New Jersey
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65 reviews 65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Matisse was a victim of hurricane Sandy. The entire building is gone. No loss. The establishment was arrogant. They acted like they were doing you a favor. The portions were small and nothing special. The view of the ocean is spectacular, but does not make up for the restaurant experience.

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NJ
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67 reviews 67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Matisse got wiped out during Hurricane Sandy, and re-appeared as a food-truck on the rebuilt Belmar Boardwalk. I am trying to find out if the chef has opened a "brick and mortar" restaurant, either in Belmar or elsewhere. It was our go-to for special occasions (or when we REALLY wanted to impress folks from the big city), and we hope... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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137 reviews 137 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Admittedly in recent years I have only been at lunch. But this is great food, great service and a well diversified menu that will satisfy any taste. Today I has a special that as a crabmeat pasta and it was excellent. Kudos to Matisse!

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Belmar
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39 reviews 39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Had lunch in the new Matisse Boardwalk Grill the other day. Grilled Chicken with avocado and salsa. Absolutely delicious.

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