Cafe Matisse
Cafe Matisse

Cafe Matisse

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafematisse.com/
  • Phone: 2019352995x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,

    Monday: CLOSED,
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm,

    Friday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm,

    Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Peter Loria
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: On request, we will provide for special events at a location of your choice.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our main dining room can be reserved for any private event. We also have a smaller front room available for parties up to 12 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Larry 2019352995x
  • Special Events: Please call to coordinate your special event with us!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park Avenue and Highland Cross
  • Public Transit: NJ Transit Bus: Orient Way and Highland Cross. Rutherford Train Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cafe Matisse
Café Matisse’s elegant dining room is adorned with Matisse silhouette paintings and bejeweled chandeliers, very romantic and perfect for any special occasion. Our beautiful garden view is especially magical when in bloom (please note: garden table reservations are available by phone only). We look forward to providing you and your guests with excellent cuisine, great service, and a special evening to remember!

We offer our Chef's inspired Prix-Fixe Menu, three, four or five course, on Tuesday through Sunday evenings. Our special a' la carte menu is available on Sunday evenings only, excluding holidays.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cafe Matisse reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (73)special occasion (73)great for outdoor dining (58)fit for foodies (57)neighborhood gem (44)scenic view (6)hot spot (6)good for groups (5)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • The Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We went to Cafe Matisse for our 29th anniversary, and it was a great experience. Fantastic, innovative food, gracious staff, beautiful outdoor dining all combined to make for a wonderful evening. Every dish was both tasty and beautifully prepared, with the care evident on each and every plate. We dine out fairly often and I'd have to rate this restaurant as the best in Bergen County. We'll be back for our 30th.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem
    Spartanyc4
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    An awesome gem in Ruthorford NJ Exquisite dishes served in the ambiance that will delight all Perfect for a first date or even for a date night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    After years of being told that Café Matisse was the best of the best in Rutherford I finally got to experience it with my wife for our wedding anniversary and it was actually worth the hype. Portions veer on the small(er) side but every single dish was stunning and it was an education in just how good a meal could/should be. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It was our second time back to cafe Matisse. We couldn't wait to go back and they did not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful setting, average food
    beans08
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    As you walk in you are transported to a romantic getaway. The ambience is beautiful and the service was top notch. We were excited to finally try this 4 stay restaurant and ordered the 5 course tasting menu. The tuna and lobster satay had one small piece of lobster and two raw chunks of tuna that were roughly cut and the size of large ice cubes. It was presented saturated in peanut sauce that tasted like it poured I it of a trader Joe's bottle. The sirloin I ordered turned out to be short ribs,I should have caught that when the waited did not ask for a temperature upon ordering. The fish and chips was good, minus the onion dip mix garnish. Cannoli cake dessert was moist, sad that whip cream was from an aerosol can and not fresh made.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MattVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Café Matisse consistently exceeds expectations. My wife and I have been coming here for years, and the food, service, and ambiance keeps getting better!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good but a few misses
    Jeffrey
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Overall, my 60th Birthday dinner at Cage matisse was very good. A few things prevented it from going all the way to the top. The burger which obviously had great raw material (short rib, prime beef) was DRENCHED in homemade BBQ sauce. Also the Lobster and sushi appetizer had too much hoisin sauce on it. Our server was excellent. Loved the scallop dish, the halibut, and the duck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A great place for a romantic dinner or a special occasion. The food is delicious and the service can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dinner
    topspotbyob
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The layers of flavor are the best. Combination of sauces and spices are to die for. Service was perfect. One special was offered and we knew we had to have it. Selection of olives were complimentary. I still would have liked some bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In Paradise
    4lor2ann
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I love the ambiance of Matisse.I felt I was in Paris again. The service was impeccable. The waiter was very knowledgeable,patient,and helpful. I particularly enjoyed the Ch. Bass...perfect..Lemon Cheesecake was excellent. I went home very happy...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AntonucciVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I have only one word to describe the dining experience at Cafe Matisse ...... FABULOUS!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT
    Lilola21
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Another GREAT Dinner in this Romantic Diamond Restaurant, the Food keeps on getting better, thank you for making it a memorable night, Pepi A.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best
    ThreesomeVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Absolutely the best dinning experience you can have. The food, service, ambience are all outstanding and has been consistently at the level for over 20 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cutting Edge
    Eatwell
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Wonderful restaurant with top notch service and food that is perfection. Unusual ingredients, beautiful presentation and outstanding service made this evening one to remember!! Already planning a return visit with more friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fine dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Just LOVED this place! The portions are really small but the flavors are just TOO good! So it is worthed. The experience was amazing. Great service too! Will be back!!!!!!! PS: best lemon cheesecake ever!!!!!!! OMG!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavor Filled Adventure!
    John
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Absolutely superb! It really struck me the next day when I couldn't stop thinking of the many incredible flavor combinations my wife and I experienced. Not for those who value quantity over quality. What you get is a wonderfully prepared, creatively presented, incredibly delightful mixture of some of the best flavor combinations you'll ever experience in one sitting. If you love different textures, temperatures, and flavors expertly intertwined in a great 2 1/2 hour dream dinner, Cafe Matisse is the place. Highly recommend for all you foodies out there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Once again a pleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was my third visit to Cafe Matisse. I took a dear friend who was visiting, and we had a fabulous time. The waitstaff is always professional and attentive, but the experience is inconsistent (some particularly chatty, some a little distant, some just right). I like it when a waiter can "read" the table and adjust accordingly. But that's a small critique. Otherwise, the whole experience was just what I hoped to share with my friend. The food is inventive, beautifully curated and downright delicious. My friends described it as a little "o" in your mouth. It's BYO, so don't forget a bottle (or two) of wine to complement the courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A "foodies" must try!
    FickleFoodie44
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife and I have celebrated many special occasions at Cafe Matisse over the past several years and have never been disappointed. From the moment you're greeted by the GM, Larry Falcone, to the professional service, the the meticulously prepared, beautifully presented and mouth-watering dishes such as, Tuna Satay, seared day-boat scallops with foie gras or sliced sirloin and short ribs, to the outdoor garden dining (Rutherford, Paris, Italy, you decide), you simply cannot find another restaurant in Bergen county to match this experince. Bravo Chef Loria! Thanks, Larry. Please keep it coming!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very over priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The size of portions was for the kid's menu. Three courses together were equal to appetizer. The service & atmosphere are good but what is the use when you eat "dinner" & go home and eat "dinner". Very overpriced. Food portions extremely small. You are paying for the "style of serving".
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous dinner
    Lwill
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    If you have a special occasion and want to try something different this is the place. Who would think such a find in Rutherford, NJ. Portions are small but not about size it is more about the infusion of flavors. With the grazing menu you get to choose several dishes.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In a word, ...AMAZING!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I've been here countless times & Cafe Matisse remains my hands down favorite restaurant! It does so for a reason as everything about it is always impeccable - food, service, atmosphere. Can't say enough good things about this place, Chef Peter, Larry, & the rest of their top-notch staff...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grangeforyou
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    While the food is very good, the atmosphere is very pompous.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing place
    Taliakay77
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Amazing food and service and beautiful restaurant. It feels like u escape jersey and enter a whole new majical place. Really the decor is very unique and mystical. And the waiters are very knowledgable about the food and actually can give on point suggestions. Our favorite spot restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheNutritionistFoodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great place for that special occasion. Pricey but worth it every once in a while. Food and presentation are fantastic. Service is wonderful...Adrian is very charming and attentive and will cater to your every whim...some could find it a touch overbearing at times. We had a 5pm reservation on a Saturday. Had requested the outdoor patio but was told it was booked. We didn't leave until 7pm...that patio remained completely empty the entire time which was a bit baffling and disapointing. Overall, still a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of $$$- little bit of food
    KathyG13
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We were told it is a "grazing" menu - food portions bigger than an appetizer but samller than a dinne - WRONG! Very little food on the plate - I had the halibut and it looked like 2 little tater tots! You have to order the price fixe - $68 for 3 choices, $88 for 4 choices and $108 for 5 choices. This is a BYOB, so liquor was not part of the check! Included in 1 of these choices is dessert whether you want it or not. They will deduct $6 if you don't have a dessert. I found it to be extremely expensive with little to eat - I came home and had an English muffin and a Cup Of Noodles! Staff was very nice, but I won't go back.
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  • We Love Cafe Matisse!
    Brownes
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food is amazing, - and my hubby is a CIA grad. Cafe Matisse chef is also owner and with a flair for creating unique food. It's a real taste delight :) And Larry is as always the gracious host. The ambiance is romantic, and the staff is friendly, fun, foodie knowledgeable, and very professional. We come here for every special occasion like birthday and anniversary. Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superior
    wubstreet
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    There are many good restaurants but only a few great ones. Cafe Matisse stands among the best. Chef Peter's dishes are imaginative and unforgettable. Service is friendly and attentive. Our favorite restaurant for any occasion, but especially the special ones.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gardening at Night
    HMJFINEDINE
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Our first visit was on Friday evening to celebrate a birthday. It was great! We were seated in the garden outside at a great table in the back where we could soak in the whole atmosphere. It was still light and comfortably warm making it the perfect evening to dine al fresco. The entire staff was friendly, helpful, and witty. The menu was a 3, 4, or 5-course meal each at a fixed price. There were 14 small plates to choose from plus dessert. Everything sounded great that it was hard to choose. We were snacking on the delicious marinated olives during the short wait before our first course. The food was presented creatively and was very delicious. It was worth the money for a memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PMJoeA
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    An eating experience. Food was delicious and unique. Service was attentive but Not overbearing .Larry was personable and professional.Only negative was we were given a savory each and they wase taken away promptly.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming
    elena
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I was at Café Matisse several times and I will come again. Charming, food was outstanding. Summer time - table in the garden is the must.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Loved the choices and the food we selected. The service was excellent. Minor issue, wish they would replace the dead light bulbs in the chandeliers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    esag24
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The best just keeps getting better....is that possible?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summer Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    In the garden, the ambiance can't be beat. Every single dish was a fantastic creation. The spicy stuffed oysters were amazing, and the Mediterranean tuna was a novel take on tuna tartare, and it worked so well. Desserts were unbelievably good. I would just ask that there were a few more nut free options. But the single one available (a parfait) was excellent. Love it, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Cafe Matisse blew our taste buds away! Everything was perfect, the ambience, the service. Our server Michael and the rest of the crew there were exceptional. Thank you all for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Garden Dining
    derutata
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Always a treat dining here. Everything was as I expected and remembered. Friendly and efficient service. Not stuffy at all. Fabulous food Ate in garden for first time-lovely setting!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little resturant with big taste
    NYFoodSnob
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The seasonal changing menu is great and the food is just wonderful. Layered decadent creations with masterful sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Aces!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Great place. Food was excellent and exceeded reputation. Service was great, including maitre d, Larry. Overall great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tired of Idiotic and phoney reviews
    ViejoMajaderoVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Have not been to Matisse in a long time. Read the Open Table reviews. The phony ones are obvious, especially the ones touting another restaurant. So lets cut to the chase about the rest of the complainers. The place is a BYO. They have no liquor license. They can only pay the bills off profit from the food. The portions are small. The prices are high. The food quality is exceptional. Don't like this, go to a NJ red sauce (gravy) joint and stuff yourselves. That said, my only complaint was the kitchen service was a little slow, especially for a Sunday night. Everything else was fine. Wish there was a place like this near where I live.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Amazing
    restaurantlady
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I have been going to Cafe Matisse for the past several years, and it never disappoints! The food is outstanding and something that you honestly cannot get anywhere else. I also love the tasting menu, since that means I get to sample more dishes than I normally would during a meal out. Cafe Matisse is always my "go to" place for special occasions like anniversaries or birthdays because it's truly special dining.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique tasting menu
    Homecooking
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Service is top notch. Food is unique and absolutely delicious. Presentation is beautiful and the staff truly makes you feel as though you are the only customer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.