Cafe Matisse
Cafe Matisse

Cafe Matisse

  • 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 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
Think of us for artful cuisine and a great dining experience! Special occasions, milestones, corporate parties and presentations. Our elegant dining room is adorned with Matisse silhouette paintings and romantic, bejeweled chandeliers. We welcome private parties of up to forty-five people.

The Chef's inspired Prix-Fixe Menu, three, four or five course, is offered Tuesday through Sunday evenings. Also, our a' la carte menu option will continue to be available on Sunday evenings only through November 30th.

Our team looks forward to providing you and your guests with excellent cuisine, great service, and a special evening to remember!

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Cafe Matisse reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (84)romantic (75)fit for foodies (75)neighborhood gem (52)great for outdoor dining (51)hot spot (7)good for groups (6)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Lindsey
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in the world!!! The food is amazing and creative!! It's always a good time!! Larry makes everyone feel welcome and comfortable!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome !
    thehoots
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Loved everything about this place: the food, the service and the decor. We will certaininly go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A culinary experience
    AudiTravelers
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Eating at Cafe Matisse is an exquisite dining experience. The many flavors incorporated into each dish are extraordinary. The service is close to none that we have ever experienced, from asking if you would rather a dark napkin as opposed to the white ones on the tables to the waiter giving us a total description of each dish. The chef and his staff have perfected the presentation of each entree. You have a choice of 3, 4 or 5 courses. We were 2 couples and were all satisfied with the 3 course choice. The menu changes seasonally, and we hope to go back each season, especially in the warmer weather to enjoy the outdoor garden.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meticulous Matisse!
    JoycebentlVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Cafe Matisse has always been, and continues to be, first rate when it comes to food, service and ambiance! They always treat us special and we consistently feel welcomed and appreciated as patrons! It's our "go-to" place! Thanks again Matisse for delivering a wonderful and memorable meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joyce
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Food was very good,service excellent. Portions unusually small and prices unusually high. The price does not reflect the price. I am accustom to good food and do not mind paying the price, I usually leave sated. This is not the case. I never say never, but in this case it is very unlikely I will return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing flavors
    NJfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We will definitely go back. Cute little place with an outstanding food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service slowly declining
    Morsels
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Even a year ago, when a course was served at the table, the server would explain your dish (nice and elegant touch). Our two dishes came to the table at different times (a real no-no), no explanation. A lot of bustle - servers and busboys all over. Gone are the days when they appeared as you needed them but we're almost invisible otherwise. Our server was overly eager to pour our wine - and we ran out before our third course came. Long delays between courses is becoming more frequent (last 4 visits) - a sign that bodes badly if the restaurant is going to be enlarged as articles in the paper have suggested- a one chef kitchen won't cut it. Decor is romantic but tired, as many bulbs were out on chandeliers and some cob webs even seen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lisagrace
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The dishes were lovely, expertly prepared. Even my husband, who has a hard time with "gourmet" prepared food, enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Foie Gras!
    2foodies
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Arrive with 2 friends for a 7:30pm reservation, very courteous hostess greeted us and seated us right away. EXCELLENT foie gras for appetitizer! We wish it was more than a single small portion or available as an entree. I had the Branzino and my friends had the fish special and the filet mignon. They all were very fresh and delicious especially the fish special. We had the Creme Brulee, Chocolate Mousse, and Apple Tart with Cappacuinos for desserts. I would definitely come back again and highly recommend it to all my friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to the reviews!!!!
    mket
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    What a great place to taste and eat wonderful things. You can't get a salad, main and dessert, but you will not leave hungry. You get 3-5 prix fixe courses of unbelievably good taste treats, served beautifully, and in good timing. If two or three of you get different things and share, you get to taste most of the menu. This is a great place to eat. Wonderfully seasoned (no calories says the wait staff), incredible combinations. This is THE PLACE for foodies to celebrate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks
    Kevin
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Very good food and very attentive waiter staff. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant great; food "meh"
    ALPS
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Restaurant is stunning; very cozy, romantic and charming. Wait staff and host were gems. Wish I could say the same for the food and the "concept".All the portions are the same, so in essence they are the size of tapas. Of the 3 pieces of duck that I had, one piece was grisly and tough. The bok choi was gritty and the rice was overcooked. There is no bread, which would have been great with the wonderful olives. I'm thinking that at these prices, the food should have been a poem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining at Its Best!
    Daisey2
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This was our first visit for our 45th wedding anniversary and it did not disappoint. The service was very attentive and informative about the dishes. We tried 3 each and dessert. All were beautifully presented and tantilized our tastebuds. It was a very different, most interesting and pleasant dining experience. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always!
    esag24
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food, atmosphere and service....superb! We always come here for our special occasions or just for a special dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different
    Luv2brunchVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food is good, NO Liquor....so take something ....is nice place for especial day...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surpassed my expectations
    sga76
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We recently dine at cafe matisse for my mother's birthday. Our reservation was for 7:30 and at 5 we called them to add another guest, which they did no questions asked. When we arrived we were greated by a very friendly man and our table was already waiting. The service was outstanding and the food exceptional, every dish better than the last. The mood was very relaxing and comforting. The staff and atmosphere was extremely welcoming. I would definitely recommend cafe matisse and will be returning in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Matisse
    Jelly
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The Chef is truly an artist and the restaurant is deserving of the name. He blends taste that you can't even imagine would go together, and they explode in your mouth. We had two small plates and were completely satisfied. Left some room for dessert, and loved the dessert, but next time, I will forgo dessert for another small plate. This restaurant in not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Good food and everything went well until we are rushed out for next 7:30 pm reservation. We have been in the restaurant less then one and half hour and the manager brought a check to the table before we finished desserts. It could ruin the nice evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Evening
    njdixiedarlin
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our anniversary dinner at Cafe Matisse did not disappoint. We chose the 4 course dinner because the savories all sounded so good we could not narrow it down to two each. (Dessert must be one of the courses.) Presentation was impressive and the food was even better. We tried the Crabcake with Cheddar Glazed Shrimp, Peppered Lamb Carpaccio, Lobster, Sushi Tuna Satay and Peppered Sirloin Blue Crab Taco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, 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.
  • The Best gets Better
    Kcnj
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Cafe Matisse continues to bring amazing flavors and textures together for a pleasurable dining experience. The staff and restaurant are always top notch and being able to write about them here doesn't even begin to describe the amazing meal we always have there. Go for the 4 course option and don't be scared to try something new. Attentive, courteous and professional are the best way to describe the entire restaurant. The Best keeps getting better and hurry and make a reservation NOW, you don't want to be shutout!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best
    ThreesomeVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    If you have never been to Cafe Matisse you are missing a wonderful experience. The food, service and decor, especially dining in the garden is an expierence one should not miss. The food is absolutely and consistently wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great food and ambience. Servers very attentive to table. Small portion size but food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect
    koalaesq
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This has been my favorite restaurant for ages. I took two friends from New York City to this place, and they couldn't believe that anything in a little New Jersey town could compete with the places they ate at on a regular basis. They happily proved themselves wrong. They were smitten. They deemed it as good as, if not better than, any place in New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could be better
    lamb215429
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My first time was better than my 2nd time. No bread only olives, which I do not like, Short Ribs were not tender compared with Vesta's ER. Had the Crab Cake which was very good and the Sweet dessert which was also good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Did the 5-course meal, which I'm happy I did because the portions are not big, so I needed to make sure I was satisfied upon leaving the establishment. Although the portions were not large, the food was still good so it made up for it. Service was very good and the waitress was attentive. I'm glad I went, but considering Manhattan is right here, I will continue to go there for high end meals. Give Cafe Matisse a shot, but don't let people hype it up.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    MattVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Cafe Matise remains the best restaurant in every category in the Tri-State area!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    NapaVacationers
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We went to Café Matisse for our 20th anniversary dinner. Everything was perfect - we originally asked to be seated inside because we were afraid it might be too chilly but we decided to switch after we arrived and they accommodated us graciously. Our servers were wonderful - knowledgeable about the dishes and able to offer suggestions, etc. The food (we enjoyed the tasting menu) was amazing - every dish was wonderful. We couldn't decide which was our favorite and we can't wait to go back and try other things!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    Jefe
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a great dinner at Cafe Matisse. The food was excellent and our server Hajian was extraordinary as was the server Angela. We were very pleased with our dining experience although I would recommend an updating in the dining room starting with the carpeting and seats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite NJ restaurant
    JerseyDoug59VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Still going strong after all these years without missing a step. Outdoor garden is beautiful this time of year and there are so many interesting items on the menu it's tough to choose which 2, 3 or 4 (if your really hungry) that you want. Service as always is professional without being overbearing. A true 'Can't Miss'.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Experience
    klasmile
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Loved everything about it - the food was to die for, the interior was simply beautiful, and the service could not be faulted. I say this, despite being pretty hard to please! It's pricey, but would cost a lot more if it were in NYC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wish i could give 10 Stars
    ChrisAlm
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Absolutely amazing. A place to come back. All menu items were exceptional. Very knowledgeable personal, and warming. I strongly recommend you to visit this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what it used to be
    Mike
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Cafe Matisse has been a favorite of ours for special occasions for years but this visit didn't live up to our expectations. The service was poor (we had to ask for menus) and the menu selections relied heavily on duck and seafood. The selections were very tasty but there were very few tastings that interested us. The staff appeared to be new and didn't work as a team. Also a surprise was the closure of the wine shop, which had always been a plus when dining in Rutherford.
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  • Great way to celebrate anniversary
    Jr121
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I had heard so much about this place, but had never been. Food, service, ambiance was excellent. Always love restaurants that are BYO. We went on Sunday, so there was not a prix fixe menu option. Definitely would recommend for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow.....Amazing!
    rrosado921
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The Service is Great. The Restaurant is Beautiful. The Food is AMAZING! Flavors and combinations are out of this world. If you want to impress someone, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT! I guarantee you will be back soon for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IrkyO
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food was very original and excellent. Service was friendly and very efficient. We ate in the garden on a beautiful night. Prices are high so it is mostly for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best in North Jersey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    After a so-so meal here some months ago, Cafe Matisse is back with an outstanding meal and terrific seasonal selections. If there is a better restaurant in the area, I've not found it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AZTZ
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Have eaten at Cafe Matisse many times and the food quality, flavors, presentation and service is always outstanding, however you go to Cafe Matisse for the food. Having eaten at CM many times we can confirm we have never experienced an entree that we wouldn't recommend or order again... they are always perfectly prepared. This last visit we ordered 6 savory, Crabcake, Burger(very gourmet) , Short Ribs, Lamb Carpaccio, Pan Seared Day Boat Scallop, and Muscovy Duck with Roasted Foie Gras and Ginger Glaze and 1 sweet, Banana Cream Pie. We highly recommend all of them, however the "Burger" is only available on Sunday's. This is a BYOB which we like, although we like everything about Cafe Matisse. Expensive... but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Matisse
    cmz1250
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Overall, we had a very enjoyable evening and the food was delicious. The couple we went with had been there 3 times previous and they seem to remember the portions being just a bit more generous. Also, they remembered that a roll with butter was served to each person dining. This time around it seems portions were just a bit smaller and there was just a very small dish with a few olives in it for the table to share. As a first timer I felt the 3 course tasting was satisfying and the food itself i.e. preparation, combination of flavors, etc. etc. were excellent. We had a fabulous time with the people who were dining next to us on both sides so all in all a really great evening.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful and delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed CM for our recent anniversary, and everything was marvelous. The hospitality, service and food are all wonderful, and it is truly a special occasion treat. The four course menu is perfect; 3 savory and a dessert. The diver scallop was outstanding, along with the lamb carpaccio and short rib/lobster combo. Chef Loria has an incredible ability to integrate multiple flavors in a dish, with outstanding results. We will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Phenomenal
    Matt
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Service is extraordinary - warm, attentive and knowledgeable. And the food is treated as fine art, with creativity, vibrancy and flawless execution. Every course we tried was absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet