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Cafe Matisse
Cafe Matisse

Cafe Matisse Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafematisse.com
  • Phone: (201) 935-2995
  • 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 (201) 935-2995
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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 Ambiance
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The best just keeps getting better....is that possible?"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The seasonal changing menu is great and the food is just wonderful. Layered decadent creations with masterful sauces."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great place. Food was excellent and exceeded reputation. Service was great, including maitre d, Larry. Overall great place!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We loved the entire experience! Everybody made us feel special. The chef was very accommodating and stopped by our table. We will definitely go back and recommend this restaurant. We live an hour away but it is worth it!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The backyard garden is magical, the food is superb and the overall ambience is casual pampering. Add on the BYOB and you've got a delicious, enjoyable dinner - perfect for a special occasion or just spoiling yourself on a fantastic experience."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I've been here a number of times and the food is consistently very good and the service is attentive. The restaurant looks like a Matisse painting, and the outside garden is very pretty. You select 3-5 courses at different price points, one always being dessert. The portions are closer to appetizer rather than main dish size. They no longer offer bread with the meal (they need to correct this). I enjoy the way the chef combines different ingredients into a great tasting, harmonius dish. The food presentation is attractive. For a Bergen County restaurant, I think its one of the best. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "A little cramped but great food and service. Will be back for sure."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We have been to Cafe Matisse about ten times and we are always thrilled with the food and service. The combinations of ingredients always works. The three of us had a total of 9 plates and we were all purring with delight."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Like always, this Gem always comes thru, the ambience, Service & yes the Food, thank you Cafe Matisse "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Chef's tasting menu never disappoints. We had the 4 courses and we were stuffed. Staff is on top of everything."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Peter out does himself time and time again. Larry and the staff go out of their way to make sure your dining is more than you ever expected. We want to take pictures of our food before we eat. The combination of food is unique and delicious. There is no other restaurant even close to the level that Cafe has risen to. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My wife and I have been going here for years. The ambiance is unique with a very creative decor. Super pleasant staff with great attention to customer service. Phenomenal food selections that blow your taste buds away. Beautiful serene garden seating in the outdoor months. Nothing short of a spectacular experience every time. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "we did enjoyed the tasting menu, but I wasn't aware of the small portions, which I didn't mind, but one of us should have gotten the 4 choice menu, while there other,(not a foodie), got the 3 menu and shared from the wonderful selections."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Just spectacular in every way. Could be the best restaurant in New Jersey"
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Food is outstanding with artististically presented delicious gems. We tried the scallops, lamb, and tuna -all excellent. Desserts were fine, but not unusual. Service was attentive and very friendly. Ambience was low keyed with attractive decor based on Matisse theme paintings and colors. A bit pricey, but worth it."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "One of the most flavorful and memorable meals. Brilliant chef who knows how to combine flavors for masterful impact. Can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Do not overlook the baked oysters, probably one of the best things I have ever tasted. Always one of our favorite places to eat"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This was our fourth visit as we go each year on our anniversary. Exceptional food and service every time!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We've been here six or seven times. Always an interesting taste experience, with great service and the feel of a European dinner out. On the expensive side, but worth it."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Cafe Matisse is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is unique and delicious. The service if professional yet friendly. The atmosphere is playful yet sophisticated. We love sitting outside in the beautiful patio when weather permits. We use to go to Cafe Matisse for special occasions. Now, we go there to make every occasion special.."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "From the second we walked in, we were treated like fiends. The ambience is wonderful! It's warm, cozy and beautiful art to admire. The presentation of the food was spot on! And the taste - SPECTACULAR!!! I had the lobster satay, short ribs, grilled shrimp with crab risotto cake and cheesecake for dessert. Each plate was perfect! A night at Cafe Matisse is well worth the price! I'm looking forward to going back again on another special occassion!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "It took me 3 months to get a Saturday night reservation but it was well worth it. Both couples had the 3 course meal. The portions were small but absolutely fabulous. We each had 2 dinner selections and then dessert. Shrimp wrapped in ham and the short rib entree were great. The the desserts were outrageous. The raspberry parfait and the Banana creme pie were the best ever.The total bill was $185 a couple including a 20% tip which was a little high but the food was the best. Well worth it. Highly recommended! We will definitely be back"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Both he service and the food are excellent. The food presentation was only surpassed by the amazing taste combinations. The courses are not large but ample and satisfying. We savored each dish and left feeling completely satisfied. The chef is top class. All of our needs were taken care of. Elegant surroundings. Wonderful ambiance. A little noisy when full but that didn't tarnish the pleasing dining experience. Highly recommended particularly for a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Chef Peter, maitre D Larry knock it out of the park every time. Best place west of the Hudson."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Delectable and innovative cuisine. Warm and inviting atmosphere. Catering and attentive service. What's not to love?"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Been going here for many years for special occasions and when the occasional desire for a truly great night dining arises. Cafe Matisse puts together the most amazing combinations of flavors and ingredients into each dish, leaving you wanting more and more with each course. You'll soon find yourself literally wanting to lick the plate - it's that good."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Cafe Matisse is a class act. From the moment you walk in, you are in an intimate dining room surrounded by luxurious banquettes and a view of a well lit garden fountain area. There is no longer bread service but the olives made up for the carbs. We had four courses all together and were fully satisfied. Forget the naysayers talking about lack of bread service and portions. The experience all works out. Come with an open mind and full appetite. You won't be sorry: truly a four-star experience!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Seating was awful, 10 inches separating us from dinners next to us, quantity of food was embarresing for the price we paid. The wait staff was overbearing and the lack of bread and ice for our water left a lot to be desired. We would not recommend the restaurant to friends and strongly feel that Lu Nello's and Nicola's provide comparable food at greater value."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Exceptional restaurant. Easily one of the best in the state. The food and service rival the finest restaurants in NYC. My wife and I done out all the time and we love this place."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "enjoyed our dishes, though don't come with a ravenous appetite. portions are small. dining room is small and there were several obnoxious people present. definitely ruined the experience and we were looking for the check early to get out of dodge."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "One issue that turns me off immediately is sitting inches away from other guests. We were so close to the couple next to us it's as if we were all in the same party. Given the prices I would expect some room and not have to whisper to my wife during dinner. The food was interesting and for the most part very good. The portion sizes were small and our waiter warned us as we asked menu item questions that they would be. Rutherford isn't Manhattan. I would suggest the owners focus on finding a larger location where more people can enjoy their unique menu and fine service."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Inventive menu and creative dishes. However, very small portions and somewhat over elaborate sauces and combinations of foods. Not for purists."
    Dined on 3/14/2014