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
96 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (80)romantic (78)fit for foodies (66)great for outdoor dining (62)neighborhood gem (50)hot spot (7)scenic view (6)late-night find (4)good for groups (4)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • 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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    • 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
    • Food
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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
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best
    Allen
    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
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable
    SaintTee
    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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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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".
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    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.
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    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.