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Cafe Matisse, Rutherford, NJ
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Cafe Matisse

4.8
4.8
941 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Think of us for artful cuisine and a great dining experience! We are your destination for special occasions, milestones, small corporate parties and get togethers. Chef Peter Loria's acclaimed, seasonal four-course Prix-Fixe Menu is offered Tuesday through Sunday evenings. Our elegant dining room is adorned with Matisse silhouettes and bejeweled chandeliers. Also, our garden patio area awaits for a delightful outdoor dining experience. We welcome dinner parties of up to thirty-five people. Our team looks forward to providing you and your guests with excellent cuisine, great service, and a special evening to remember.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (201) 935-2995

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Peter Loria

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Rutherford

  • Cross street

    Park Avenue and Highland Cross

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    NJ Transit Bus: Orient Way and Highland Cross. Rutherford Train Station.

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Jewel Box Dining Room Experience

    Multiple dates available
    Come enjoy a romantic dining experience featuring our seasonal, Chef-inspired, four-course dinner menu. Table set beneath Italian Murano glass candlelight chandeliers reflecting all the colors of Matisse.
  • Garden Courtyard Dining

    Multiple dates available
    European Style garden seating. Botanical, elegant, romantic dining experience featuring Chef's seasonal Four Course Prix Fixe Menu. Alternate Indoor seating is available in the event of inclement weather, or at your request. This is a rain or shine experience!
  • Matisse Moroccan Themed Intimate Dining Experience

    Multiple dates available
    Come enjoy a romantic dining experience featuring our seasonal, Chef-inspired, four-course dinner menu. Cozy Moroccan themed ambiance.

What 941 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - North

    Romantic

  • New Jersey - North

    Contemporary American

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  1. JS

    JerseySeeker

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were lucky to get a last minute reservation and the experience equaled the expectations. Don’t be in a rush. This 4 course meal is served with plenty of time to savor the meal, have some conversation, and enjoy your BYOB. Everyone is seated, orders and is served about the same time for each table. Excellent attentive service. Delicious food. Enough noise so you wouldn’t eavesdrop your neighbor but quiet enough to have a normal conversation. Parking was no problem.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and first class cuisine. We will be back
  3. N

    Nick

    New York Area

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Matisse is not for everyone or for ordinary nights. It is expensive, and the food is sophisticated, but worth it. The dining room is beautiful, the service is excellent (no shortage of help here, and the staff is well trained), and the food is gourmet and beautifully presented. The restaurant offers a set tasting menu of four courses, which varies by the season. I am vegetarian, and though there were no non-meat or fish choices other than desserts, the restaurant accommodated me by removing any meat or fish from the dishes in the kitchen before serving them. Also, the restaurant is BYOB, but there is no corkage fee. My rating of the sound level, by the way, was due to one rather noisy table, which in a small dining room can make a difference. I think the sound level would be usually be moderate under normal conditions.
  4. GK

    GlennK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the tasting menu had a nice variety and each selection was delicious.
  5. ED

    EDiB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend Cafe Matisse! It is definitely a special and memorable place. Chef Peter deserves a Michelin star. It is truly an experience, food was out of this world. My husband and I were comparing it to Michelin restaurants we’ve dined at in the past. We can’t wait to go back!
  6. MK

    MarkK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food served in a great atmosphere! Loved everything about the evening!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    To long Waiting time for each course of food
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a special treat to have such and elegant, creative and, of course, exquisite meal.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. New fall menu must be experienced. Everything’s was fantastic. Can’t wait for next visit
  10. R

    Rali

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and staff! Would highly recommend to friends and family !
  11. f

    fastd

    New York Area

    95 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    excellent food and service. decor was lovely. definitely will go back again.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Super pricey but delicious
  13. AA

    foodieAA

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience at Cafe Matisse! Chef has amazing food & service top notch.
  14. MP

    MichaelP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my girlfriends birthday and I can't say enough great things about Café Matisse! The decor is chic and so romantic. Our server Adrian was superb! Chef Peter is amazing...what he has put together the creativity is out of this world! Each dish was better than the next! We can't wait to go back for another outrageous dining experience! Thank you Café Matisse for an absolutely amazing night out!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was stellar, the team at all levels are inviting and made a great dining experience even better!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always have an amazing experience at Cafe Matisse. The food is some of the best in NJ. The ambiance incredible for special dates (the garden is so unique, but inside special in a different way). Most importantly the service is impeccable. Every server becomes your friend by evenings end! Best date night in NJ!
  17. EL

    EringoLucky

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Matisse created the perfect ambiance for celebrating our anniversary with amazing food.
  18. MF

    MichaelF

    Caribbean

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a memorable dining experience. The food, service and ambience are impeccable.
  19. T

    Tess

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Food, Service , and All Around Experience.
  20. RT

    RajT

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I had dinner 3 or 4 years ago and the menu does not seem to have changed much. The waiter even mentioned they had brought back some old favorites. This is an expensive restaurant and they have a very limited menu selection. Three out of four courses were ordinary and could have been served at any good restaurant. Only my second course was creative and well prepared. Desserts that both my wife and I had were forgettable. My wife said she enjoyed two of the four courses. At the price I am not sure if I would even go for the garden seating again which was our original intention.
  21. SS

    StevenS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS spectacular experience. From food to service to ambiance, the team at Matisse is always firing on all cylinders. Loved being back!
  22. k

    kaivonr

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food is the stand out. Well presented. Well prepared. The only knock is that things from esthetics could use a freshening up.
  23. MM

    MeganM

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic tasting menu and great service remember to BYOB
  24. JM

    JonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Decided to come here for an Anniversary dinner. The food was immaculate and the service was attentive and entertaining. I could not find a single reason to complain. Great experience and a must try for any local.
  25. JV

    JuanV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect location for a special time with a special someone
  26. A

    Alicats

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Great experience. Love the crab cake and the sea bass was fantastic. Great desserts as well.
  27. J

    Jeff

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, interesting cuisine !!! Perfect for a special occasion.
  28. RG

    RandiG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been here many times and each time we go we say to each other that was outstanding!!!!!
  29. k

    kg1114

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastique! Having moved to the area a short time ago, we vowed to try each restaurant once before doubling back. Not in this case! What a find! I've never seen this restaurant on any best of NJ lists, but it should be! The food! The atmosphere (we ate outside, and it was a beautiful evening)! But mostly the service! We learned many of the people working there had been there for many years (yet they were so young!). I know these reviews usually focus on the food (which was amazing!), but we have to say, the people made the evening. They were knowledgeable, funny, attentive. I believe the owners must be doing something right for these people to be such a great reflection of what a dining experience should be. We'll be back soon!
  30. AG

    AnthonyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible celebration for our 20th anniversary. Food service and ambiance was perfection. Thank you.
  31. MB

    MyaB

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here was absolutely incredible!! One of the best meals I have ever had in my entire life. The atmosphere was quaint, quiet, and gave my son and I time to talk and catch up. The service was phenomenal! 5 STARS all around! If you're in the area, this is a wonderful place to experience fine dining and creative, delicious food. We came here to celebrate my son's birthday. 🎂🎉🎈
  32. F

    Fran

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is artful in its decor and in the presentation of the food which is of the highest quality and perfectly cooked, proportioned and presented. And, the wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive.
  33. d

    davidm

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a self-professed foodie and romantic, Cafe Matisse is the most special and unique dining experience in NJ. the food, atmosphere and service are all incredibly special
  34. DD

    DeannaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience-beautiful garden, the food, service, vibe - all 10/10! Can’t wait to go back. Celebrated my birthday and it was incredible
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed, food always amazing!!!
  36. PD

    PaulD

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing evening. Enough choices on the 4 course dinner package to please us all! The complex flavors, ambiance of the food, presentation, just fabulous! Six stars if available! Service was excellent! Ambiance is beautiful! Bravo Cafe Matisse!
  37. j

    joshuag

    Exclusive

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    Went here for wife's birthday. Service was excellent, food was mediocre for price. It's Michelin star insane price. Food was microwaved, not kidding and also prepped in advance. Could tell by the cold plates and freezing cold salad and then the lukewarm food and mildly warm plate. Clear sign of microwave. The chef should be ashamed of himself for this price. $300 for 2 ppl 2 stars, only because the service was excellent.
  38. JP

    JP16

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good however the price seemed a high in comparison to the amount of food you received. I would only recommend it to someone looking for that type of experience.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my wife’s birthday here last night and it did not disappoint! Each dish tasted so much better than any description could have ever said. The Chilean sea-bass dish just melts in your mouth, we never knew it could taste that good! The service was outstanding and Chef Peter is a genius! We will definitely return!
  40. G

    Gourmant

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    Overrated, overpriced, dated ambience, fizzled tapestry, tasteless food, below average ingredients, drab kitchen, assistant waiter not connected, no bread, no wine, BYO adds to the pain.

FAQs

Cafe Matisse is rated 4.8 stars by 941 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cafe Matisse

167 Park Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Park Avenue and Highland Cross

  • Neighborhood

    Rutherford

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    NJ Transit Bus: Orient Way and Highland Cross. Rutherford Train Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Peter Loria

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (201) 935-2995

  • 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

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