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“Did NOT live up to the hype on Trip Advisor”
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Matisse Restaurant
Price range: $12 - $24
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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.
Franklin Park, New Jersey
Level Contributor
17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Did NOT live up to the hype on Trip Advisor”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

We made reservations for Saturday night at 8PM. With all the positive reviews on here, we were very excited for a wonderful dinner.

The experience started on a positive note. We forgot to get wine and the hostess offered a liquor store delivery service which worked out perfectly. She sat us quickly and the views of the ocean were beautiful. Our server, Rebecca, started out very nice. She opened the wine and told us the specials. She also told us about some menu items which was helpful.

That's when the positive experience ended. We ordered two appetizers, a soup and salad and shared one entree. Every dish was just mediocre, some not good. The appetizers were the goat cheese ravioli and mussels. The ravioli were probably the best part of the meal. The sauce on the mussels did not compliment the mussels very well.

The Caesar salad was fine. We also got new england clam chowder. At first it was lukewarm so I asked Rebecca to warm it up which she did. From then on, Rebecca was absent. She never once asked us how any of our dishes were. Basically she disappeared.

Our entree was scallops cooked in lobster shells. The corn based sauce was just too strong and again, didn't compliment the scallops well. And again, no comment or concern from Rebecca. When we finished out meal, she was nowhere in site. We had to ask another waitress to have Rebecca bring us the check. When she did, she just placed it on the table without saying anything - no "how was your meal?" or "would you like dessert?" We were blown away by the whole thing and couldn't figure out what happened.

So overall a big disappointment, especially with all the hype around this place. It's not just worth it. There are other places in Belmar that are better. I won't mention them as I don't want this review to come off like a plug for another place. They are easy to find.

It's a shame too. The place does have a gorgeous view of the ocean.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank jonathanls
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Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
Level Contributor
22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“So-So Experience”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

Matisse is beautifully situated right on the beach in Belmar. The food was good - not great - but the service was slow. It was a Saturday night so the restaurant was busy but not too busy to provide better service and cleaner restrooms.

Visited July 2012
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Thank Gina00799
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Level Contributor
107 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Excellent oceanside dining with terrific service”
Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

We went to Matisse on the recommendation of our innkeeper and loved it. The food was excellent. The service prompt & friendly. I can't imagine a better location or view. Matisse is a must.

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Thank Slowhand54
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Belmar, New Jersey
Level Contributor
126 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great View, BYO, Food decent (good but not consistently), Brunch is good”
Reviewed July 13, 2012

You can't beat the view at Matisse for a nice dinner, but sometimes the food is a little off. BYO and the view make up for a sometimes longer wait for your entree or the average food. The scallops are always good. The portion size is also good.

Brunch has a nice spread. The french toast is awesome, but I prefer to have an omelet made rather than eat from the buffet bins that may have sat. Sometimes there is a good carving station, sometimes not.


Visited September 2011
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Thank MH9727
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newton, NJ
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Food and views are great!”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

This restaurant takes time in its food preparation and it shows. Good service and great food.

Visited May 2012
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Thank NJbeachgirl09
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