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“Hit and miss” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Matisse

Cafe Matisse
167 Park Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070
(201) 935-2995
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Ranked #1 of 51 Restaurants in Rutherford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $55 - $87
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Highland Cross
Description: Cafe Matisse’s mission is to provide our patrons with a fine dining experience in an elegant yet casual, convivial atmosphere. We strive to address every detail and exceed expectations to create an experience that is truly a departure from the ordinary. Chef Owner Peter Loria’s hand crafted dishes are presented in either a three or a four course grazing menu option. We look forward to providing you and your guests with a special evening to remember! Nestled in a renovated circa 1898 firehouse, Café Matisse’s elegant dining room is adorned with Matisse silhouettes and bejeweled chandeliers. Our European courtyard, complete with romantic water features, is open each summer season from May 15th through October 15th.
Maplewood, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Hit and miss”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Cafe matisse is a gorgeous space very cozy and romantic and the outside grounds are like no other but that is all can say positive about it the food is all displayed nicely but the taste and wow factor is not there for me and the service gets to personal I understand making sure that guest need everything they need but when I am out with my wife i really want to have a conversation that is not broken up every few minutes!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Scarsdale, New York
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“Best Dive Trip Meal Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

Went here on the advice of tripadvisor and our hotel concierge. This is a great restaurant that would flourish in Manhattan. It's a beautiful space at the end of a small street. The facade is a townhouse. The space inside is very nice, but the interior courtyard is a gorgeous space. This would be a great place for a special occasion. The service was impeccable- very different from the typical Bahamas experience. There were some reasonably priced wines to go along with some stratospheric bottles. The grilled octopus and salame/cheese platter were both excellent. We had flat pasta with crabmeat, which was very good. We had the special of suckling pig, which was off the charts. Even the coffee and cappuccino were excellent. We had a really good green apple crumble, which was unnecessary because a nice plate of cookies was served with coffee. The restaurant is expensive- it cost around $100 per person, including tip. If you are in the mood for a great meal and aren't put off by the prices, this restaurant is not to be missed.

Visited November 2013
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Birthday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Csfe Matisse. Elegant.modern.pleasant atmosphere
Good food e attentive servers!
Grest seafoof platter
Shrimp. Clams. Little necks. Good desset.Tiramisu. cannoli. Italian Cheese Cake.
$$$ recommended by papa Daniele Matteo Hackensack Nj USA DRGRAYBEARD.com nob.15/2013. Buon Appetito!!!!@@@
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USA
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“Little jewel box in Rutherford”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Went for dinner the other evening with friends to Cafe Matisse. Larry, the host charming & welcoming as always. Service par excellence. And the food unique small plates, beautiful to the eye and expertly prepared. Decor is very enticing and comfortable. Outdoor patio for dining in appropriate seasons, and magical decorations for the holidays. Great for special occasions or when you just want a great meal. BYO is a great plus as well.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
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“A Jewel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Fabulous restaurant. BYOB
Service was excellent, food was beyond excellent
Fixed price was worth it.

Visited August 2013
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