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Cafe Matisse

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167 Park Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070-2307 (Highland Cross)
+1 201-935-2995
17:30 - 21:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri 18:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Wayne, New Jersey, USA
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As usual Peters food shines ! Can't say enough good about Larry and all the wonderful servers either. Got in on a Saturday night but I have to say I enjoy dining here during the week much better. The noise level is much lower.

Thank Pat M
Wallington, New Jersey
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Based upon numerous reviews I have read, I was expecting an overall unforgettable experience, My wife and I thought it was very good, not great. I was disappointed in the ambience. The room is small and there is no natural place for the waiters to stand while they are waiting for you to finish a course. They stand in a... More 

1 Thank rcedz
Jersey City, United States
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

My husband and I visited Café Matisse and loved most of the food. We picked the three-meal course for 75. We were excited about trying their food since the reviews are so good. The first course was really good - we had the tacos and tuna crudo, both very good although the tacos were the best. For our main course... More 

Thank anasB6405BG
Lavallette, New Jersey
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Very disappointed. Expected the food and service to be outstanding based on some of the reviews, but it was not. We had eaten there probably 10 years ago and the food was unbelievable. It was an explosion of taste with every bite. I don't know if the chef has changed since the last time we visited. My husband and I... More 

1 Thank Aly47
Park Ridge, New Jersey
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Last night was our 4th visit to Matisse, usually for celebrations. One of prettiest restaurants ever experienced. The space feels like a cozy boutique museum inside a bed and breakfast dining room. Small but not stuffy or loud. Wait staff is stellar. Among the best dishes we have ever eaten. Seasonal menu – every dish is inviting, and expectations meet... More 

Thank Jeffrey A
Wayne, New Jersey
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114 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Our dinner Friday night was terrific. I especially loved the duck special with grilled duck breast and duck confit and the fried artichoke special. Food and service were both first rate.

Thank David G
Rutherford, New Jersey
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

We went to Cafe Matisse to celebrate a birthday and the food was delicious! The menu is fixed price for small plates of food. Between the two of us we tried 5 savory dishes and every one of them was excellent. We didn't realize before ordering, but you can swap dessert for another savory for a price, so if you're... More 

Thank Caralyn52
fort lee , new jersey
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573 reviews
388 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

The dishes get smaller and smaller . You realize that after patronizing this restaurant many years. They also seem to get very amorphous , with all the ingredients blending together like a piece of hash. Sirloin, commonly used, is a cheap piece of steak. The ever present one large shrimp. Lobster mac? Where is the lobster? Duck: the few pieces... More 

Thank lfbmonkey
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful restaurant the food is amazing I highly recommend it. Good prices as swell. Great customer service.

1 Thank junnels73
Nutley, New Jersey
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We wanted a special place to celebrate our anniversary and we were not disappointed. The staff is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. They described the various dishes in a way that made your mouth water. Each dish looked beautiful and tasted fantastic. Don’t be afraid to try something different. My wife ordered the tacos with Asian sauce and we couldn’t believe... More 

Thank joeandkathy93

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 55 - US$ 87
French, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
18:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 167 Park Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070-2307
    (Highland Cross)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Rutherford
  • Phone Number: +1 201-935-2995
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.

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North Bergen, New Jersey
over a year ago

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?