Matisse Ocean Front Restaurant
Matisse Ocean Front Restaurant
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Matisse Ocean Front Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.matissecatering.com/
  • Phone: 7326817680
  • Hours of Operation:
    Summer Dinner Hours:
    Open 6 Nights a Week: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
    Closed Tuesdays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Wall
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Whether your looking for the formal to the informal we can customize any menu to suite your needs. Our dedicated staff of catering professionals can help you plan your backyard bbq or sitdown wedding. Please call us for details.
  • Entertainment: Join us during the summer on Monday Nights we feature Rasta Lobsta. Live island music and lobster specialties. Check our website for upcoming entertainment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 13th Ave.
  • Public Transit: Belmar Train Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Matisse Ocean Front Restaurant
Matisse can accommodate small or large groups and any dietary restrictions. Open all year round with seasonal oceanfront out door dining. Please feel free to bring your own beer wine or champagne.
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Matisse Ocean Front Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Ocean view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    Enjoyed the Fulton Fish Market special - Two for one Fridays 5:30 - 7 pm. Great for a group as well as a couple. View of the ocean. Great service
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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  • Just wonderful! The waitress
    Jane
    Dined on 10/3/2012
    Just wonderful! The waitress (Melissa) was a doll. My friend (who actually is a chef herself) was as impressed by everything as I was. The food was simply amazing. We will most defintely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Good thing it has a view
    RichVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    Great appetizer trio special but the entrees were very unremarkable. Average service. Extremely loud tables of 10 or more made it more like a sports bar environment.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine dining on the beach
    jasonVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    If you are anywhere near Belmar NJ, Matisse is a destination dining experience. Set on the beach, you look through french windows at the surf as you dine, or you may choose to dine on the lovely deck. The service staff included a friendly greeting and quick seating, not always true when it is crowded. The wait staff was most attentive and knowledgeable. Each dish, with the exception of an on the dry side short rib was perfectly done and presented. With just a word to the waiter, we were comped for the unsatisfactory dish. This is now a BYO restaurant, and they do allow wine to be delivered to the restaurant, something we did once, and to our surprise it was not too dear to do so. We look forward to our third visit to Matisse!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a disappointment. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    What a disappointment. I have had far superior food at my neighborhood diner. I think they better rethink their cook (cant be called a chef).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The upside to this place is
    NYCDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    The upside to this place is BYOB. The downsides include inability to seat you at your reservation time, slow service, food that is diner quality at best. I would not recommend eating here. And if you do, avoid the soft shell crab - it's deep fried like KFC.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service and food choices and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    Service and food choices and quality was very good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go on a Friday.
    Lbl28
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    We hadn't been to Matisse in about ten years and after reading current reviews we were confident that it would be as good as we remembered. My cousin who was joining us was less optimistic. It is as beautiful as ever, service was attentive and the menu had a wide variety of choices. When we learned that the four entree specials were " two for the price of one" we couldn't believe it! Fortunately we were all able to order from that list which added to our enjoyment of the evening. Food was cooked to perfection. My cousin raved about the crab cakes and she is very picky. The mahi mahi was excellent as well. Go on a Friday!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambitious menu, sloppy attention
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Ambitious menu, sloppy attention to service, prices out of line for the area. We paid $33 for 4 large sea scallops. Gorgeous view of the beach. Go early unless you don't mind shouting over dinner. We paid $225 for 5 people. (BYOB and 1 desert)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a little too loud for any
    happymom
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    a little too loud for any conversation. also very dark. interesting menu, appetizers were great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place, great view, great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    Great place, great view, great food. make sure you try the watermelon lime soup!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    Food and service was excellent. Had a reservation for 4 and changed it to 6 on arrival. They were able to accommodate us in 15 minutes. Right on the Ocean. Great view. Will definitelybe back. Hope it stays open all year, not just the season.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    I had high hopes for Matisse as there are few outstanding in my area. The presentations were lovely, but the food was fair at best. My wife and I were there for dinner, which I would not do again. However, I may give it a try for lunch as the ambiance is so nice.
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  • What a great place to enjoy
    FrostyVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2012
    What a great place to enjoy great food, watching the ocean and have air contidioning to boot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food just wasn't good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    Food just wasn't good and to top it off, our waitress disappeared. We had to finally ask another waitress for our check and our waitress (Rebecca), finally came, dropped our check on the table. No "would you like dessert" or goodnight. She never once asked us how our food was, she probably already knew it wasn't good. It's too bad since the place does have a lovely view of the ocean.
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  • Lovely atmosphere. The wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2012
    Lovely atmosphere. The wait staff; however, was too eager to remove plates. They could use a bit more training.
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  • It was my first time to visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2012
    It was my first time to visit Matisse, a restaurant that I have always seen but never been to. Much to my surprise, the food was fantastic with fresh combinations of seafood. The presentation was wonderful as we sat looking out onto the ocean while dining. I would go back and would certainly recommend this upscale dining experience to friends. Thank you for great service and great food. mw
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our second time to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2012
    This was our second time to Matisse and we were disappointed. Our 1st time (back in 2007), it had a much more upscale look and feel. While it's lucky to have the great ocean view, the inside decor is really tired and in need of a big overhaul including furniture, linens, paint, etc. Won't go back until it's redone:(
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If this restaurant was located in S
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2012
    If this restaurant was located in Spring Lake it would be packed. The food was very good and the atmosphere and view was lovely.
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  • The location is great with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/4/2012
    The location is great with ocean view. The atmosphere is romentic. The service is great but the food is average.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Overall, a very good dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/27/2012
    Overall, a very good dining experience. Service was friendly and efficient even though they only had one server working the night we were there. There was a fairly long delay between our appetizers and entrees, but that just gave us more time to appreciate the view of the beach and ocean from our window front table. The food was very good. Started with the crab stuffed avocado (excellent) and the goat cheese ravioli (very good, though I thought the accompanying pineapple chutney was a bit heavy on the onions, which overpowered the fruit a bit). For entrees we had the rack of lamb (truly excellent) and the pepper crusted tuna (good, but it was not as flavorful as we were expecting). Prices were fair for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Just ok
    Retailgirl
    Dined on 6/20/2012
    This restaurant is a mixed bag and could probably be 3.5 stars. The restaurant is set on the boardwalk so the view of the beach is really very nice and romantic. Unlike previous reviews we found the service to be very good. The mixed comes in the food. On the appetizer size the only must have is the raviolis w/goat cheese. On the entrees we ordered the scallops, fried chicken and lamb chops and all were just fair. Now the deserts is where Matisse excelled. They were all fabulous, a must get being the trio of creme brulee.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch buffet surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    We've eaten here many times before but father's day was the first brunch. i usually do not like brunch buffets but was pleasantly surprised. The food was good with a nice variety. The service was spot on.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attentive Staff, Memorable Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    We really enjoyed Father's Day Brunch at Maisse Ocean Front Restaurant. When they say "Ocean Front", they mean it! It is virtually right on the beach with a wonderful view. It has an "old boardwalk type pavillion" style with huge windows that allow in the vista. The staff was friendly and attentive. Hostess Jamie called me to confirm my Open Table reservation and advise that Matisse is BYO wind or beer. Food was delicious and diverse for a brunch - omelette station, fried french toast (really yummy), carving station, crab legs, mussels, chafing dishes, salads, desserts,and more. Good strong coffee, too! Go early - Matisse does not have onsite parking. Bring quarters for parking along boardwalk, park free in town. Well Worth It!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Just wonderful
    partyof4
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    Fathers day brunch never disappoints! Great variety of food incl. a lot of shellfish Salmon, sirloin, crab legs, oysters, where can you get that for 29 pp Fantastic views, good service, just a great experience all around. We've made this our annual fathers day tradition
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • unexpectedly delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    the food was amazing, i wouldn't have expected it to be that good judging by the looks of the place, i thought it would be ok food but it was the BEST french toast i've ever had, the BEST grilled asparagus, the BEST salmon, the BEST mussels. this place was worth the 1 hour drive for me... Service isn't so great but the food makes up for it. The desserts were all pretty bad with the exception of the tiramisu (i am a pastry chef so i have high standards)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • Matisse: a work of art
    jasonVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    This was a good find on our weekend jaunt to the Jersey shore. Although we called to say we would be late, and had to wait over a half hour (it was a Saturday night) the hostess found a table for us on the veranda, great view of the ocean. The service was great, if a little slow which was fine for us, leisurely diners that we are. You should post that this is a BYO. They do have a wine/beer delivery service that was not terribly expensive, beats the usual restaurant markup. When we are in the area with friends, we will bring them here, food was outstanding, melt in your mouth calamari (a great feat), crispy soft shell crabs, and, for an oceanfront place, killer fried chicken. The relaxed atmosphere and fine food was a great combination!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view/food. Not great service.
    BTeufVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    The restaurant features a great view as its right on the ocean. The full moon over the ocean gave it a nice romantic vibe. Food was very good and the portions were all decent sizes. Only negative with this place, and it was a big one, was that the service was terrible. After taking our order we didn't see our waitress again until we needed the check. We had to stop servers just to get a refill on a glass of water. Considering this is a BYOB I have no clue as to why she was so busy considering the servers brought out all the food? Due to this we skipped out on ordering the dessert which we'd been looking forward to.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always consistently delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/30/2012
    One of our favorites especially for the soft shell crabs Many delicious dishes sold and enjoyed
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • don't match your boyfriend's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/28/2012
    don't match your boyfriend's polo.. you'll look dumb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great birthday meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/28/2012
    Food was amazing. We loved every course, and they were memorable...service was slow, which was odd since the restaurant was mostly empty...Decor is "tired" and this restaurant could look amazing given its prime location...but I would definitely return for their amazing food!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • It's all about the view! Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    It's all about the view! Nice decor and good food. The service leaves much to be desired however. The Hostess seemed overwhelmed and had difficulty efficiently seating parties upon entering leaving a crowd in the front of the room. The Waite staff were young and inexperienced; most likely college students down for the season. We had the misfortune to be seated next to a loud table of 6 who repeatedly announced " we are from Staten Island." The ocean view forgives a multitude of sins.
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    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    NJgrandmaVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    What a disappointment! It's a spectaular spot with so-so food. The tuna (which they say is the highest grade) had no taste, was tough and looked like it probably had been frozen. The mashed potatoes which were served with all of our dinners were luke warm and seemed like they had been sitting around for a while. The waiter was good but the busboys weren't well trained. The best part of the meal was dessert an ice cream cookie thing. There are far better places to have an expensive dinner, too bad because Matisse certainly has the best location.
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    scenic view
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  • All-Time Jersey Shore Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    Matisse is an all-time favorite with my family. We've celebrated engagements, weddings, friendships and birthdays here. The people, especially Jamie Velez, the manager, are always welcoming and provide super service. The food is out-of-this-world amazing. And sitting with the beach and ocean right there as you eat- priceless! One of the best restaurants around the Jersey Shore!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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  • Restaurant was great. Servers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    Restaurant was great. Servers were great. Food was great. Hostess not so much.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Serivce was quite poor. We
    jeffVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Serivce was quite poor. We were very suprised. The food was not as we remembered it. The restaurant had a strange odor. Bad overall experience.
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  • The night we went, there had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    The night we went, there had been an earlier wedding.I don't know how many people were walk-ins without reservations,but it didn't seem too busy. At first there were about six tables occupied,two hours later there were a dozen or so and service really slowed down.Two people at our table ordered sodas, one was forgotten & had to be re-ordered. We ordered 2 appetizers,and again,one had to be re-ordered. The food was all delicious, but it seemed like the staff (moving around like crazy!) was over-whelmed. We had been here for Sunday brunch,and service was a lot quicker. I don't know if this was due to having had the wedding party earlier (less staff,tired staff?) We'd go again,though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Booked a 6pm reservation.
    MogoVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Booked a 6pm reservation. We show up right at 6 and there is a sign up saying they are opening at 6:30. No call or email. Very inconsiderate.
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  • Perfect Brunch
    Flyerschik
    Dined on 4/29/2012
    I had wanted to have dinner here last year but my boyfriend is picky and there weren't many options. It seems their dinner menu has changed but we decided to go there for brunch on another getaway. The view is reason alone to eat here. Right on the beach it doesn't get anymore perfect. The selection for the brunch was good. It was a buffet and there were many salads, grilled vegetables, crab legs. They also had fried chicken, a carving table, breakfast meats and an omelet station that my boyfriend never did find. In addition there were small "special tastings" from the kitchen available. They had a granola crusted french toast that was delicious! I'm happy to also say they did charge me the child price because I've had gastric bypass!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good, innovative menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 4/26/2012
    Very good, innovative menu and food to go with the outstanding ocean views. Great for special occasion. All this and BYOB. Great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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