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Cafe Matisse, Rutherford, NJ

Cafe Matisse

4.8
4.8
893 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

9:30 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 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.
  • 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. (We may also be able to offer your party outdoor Garden Courtyard Seating if you are booking our 7:30 pm Moroccan Experience, weather permitting. Summer Season Patio Garden Seating Times are 5:15 pm & 7:30 pm)
  • 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!

What 893 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Contemporary American

  • New Jersey - North

    Contemporary American

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  1. A

    Aneudy

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to celebrate a special occasion. Great food and ambiance.
  2. d

    denisj

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tables were well spaced. We’re nervous regarding covid and dining in a restaurant. There is no need to worry when dining at Cafe Matisse.
  3. DP

    DaveP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We'll be back! We loved the decor and the food was out of this world! The service was excellent also.
  4. MG

    MichaelG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has been our celebration restaurant over the past decade. It is expensive...but worth it for the quality of the dishes, the ambience of it's dining room and backyard patio, and the professionalism of their staff. I am always surprised that dishes with so many ingredients, sauces, and tastes can have flavors that are so complimentary and harmonious. I also enjoy the warmth, honesty, and lack of pretension fo the staff. They add to the dining experience.
  5. K

    King

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Felt a little rushed -a four course meal they came out pretty fast -portions were little big -seemed to be to much going on with the food . Two of the courses came out warm .
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was top notch.
  7. YJ

    YJay

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    I used to visit Cafe Matisse years ago when my partner still lived in Rutherford. We loved it back then but after revisiting recently, the quality of the food seems to have diminished some. The savory dishes, while great combinations of foods and flavors we would not have otherwise thought of, were either too salty or flavorful and didn't have that "wow" factor that we experienced years ago. Similarly, the sweet dishes were also much too sweet. I still have very fond memories of Cafe Matisse and the atmosphere and staff are amazing. Hopefully the next time we visit, we're able to capture that same "wow"
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for my mothers birthday and it was just a beautiful and delicious experience. We sat outside and it’s just peaceful, relaxing and just a nice area in general to enjoy a meal with your loved ones. The food quantity is perfect considering the fact that it’s 3 courses and dessert, definitely fills you up at the end and most importantly it’s very flavorful, delicious, fresh and well plated food. Over all an amazing experience I’d love to show to more people in my life. For the dessert they even added a little candle to fully celebrate my mom which I really appreciated.
  9. PP

    PeterP

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Attentive chef, staff, great food, great all-around restaurant
  10. W

    Wandafanda

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely restaurant! The 4 course tasting menu was very filling, and very creative. By the time dessert was served we could barely eat it. But we sure did and all 3 desserts were excellent.
  11. S

    Sueze

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience1
    The food was not good. I got a dish partial cold and warm. It was a bad experience having a small gathering of friends there. The place is over priced with no ambience
  12. TG

    TimothyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing ambiance, service, and the food was really good. We will be back.
  13. J

    Jamie

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. Our favorite restaurant. Tasting menu delicious!
  14. GA

    GiannaA

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my absolute favorite restaurant! We dined here most recently for our 1st wedding anniversary. Every course is always delicious, and the service is outstanding. I also love sitting on the patio because it has the perfect romantic ambiance. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to have one of the best meals of their life.
  15. MS

    MartyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the finest restaurants NJ had to offer. Creative, delicious cuisine. Coming here for years
  16. CB

    ChillieB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Restaurant. Staff was very attentive and accommodating. I would definitely recommend this and definitely will come back.
  17. SD

    SusanD

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely exquisite! Beautiful, European old world atmosphere, delicious gourmet menu, friendly, attentive & professional staff!!! Well worth the price. Best dining experience & meal I have had in ages!!!
  18. JM

    JeanetteM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food as always was amazing with unique flavors and exquisite presentation. Unfortunately the service was a bit off. Our bottle of red sat unopened while it could have been breathing. Waiters reached over us to refill water glasses. But small things. Lastly although nothing to fault the restaurant but a couple brought a crying toddler - dressed in a gold lamee tuxedo lol. Who brings a baby to 300 a couple dining experience. 🙄
  19. JA

    JARR

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous experience…service was incredible…meal was delicious start to finish and presentation was impeccable. Menu changes seasonally, so we will surely be back
  20. AB

    AnthonyB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was attentive and polite.. I normally don't like a price fix menu but this was outstanding Great choices and flavor to our food
  21. F

    Francis

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and amazing service. Wonderful for a special occasion.
  22. J

    John

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful place to celebrate any occasion The good was superb and different There were so many choices and my husband and I tried to get different selections do we could share - needless to say we didn’t want to share!
  23. M

    Margirl7

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat here a few times a year. Out favorite restaurant. Each season's menu is delicious.
  24. j

    johnb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just try this restaurant--I promise you will not be disappointed. This is Michelin level!
  25. RL

    RichardL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a very nice restaurant and the food is really special. Unfortunately there was a women at another table that had too much to drink and was extremely loud and disruptive. The staff asked her to tone it down several times but that only lasted for a few minutes. Half way through our meal the staff was king enough to move us outside. Unfortunately again, this women decided to follow us outside and was more annoying than ever. This is a very classy restaurant and this women was out of her element there.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is truly one of a kind.
  27. L

    Loveforfood328

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! The food was outstanding, service was perfect. Been here before. It never disappoints!
  28. JC

    JonathanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with relaxing ambience, very friendly server with a great singing voice!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is as amazing as the ambiance and food. Bring bug spray if you’re sitting in the garden. Still worth it. Lovely lovely place.
  30. LM

    LynneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this incredible restaurant. The ambiance in their outside space is fantastic and the food was unbelievable!!
  31. GE

    GenieE

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful chefs menu with amazing flavorful combinations ! Friendly staff ..beautiful outdoor setting to celebrate a special occasion !
  32. GN

    GokweNetara

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Atmosphere was very nice and romantic Food was amazing. Service was excellent.
  33. A

    Alex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was just incredible! We will be going back. The service was super friendly and the food was delicious!
  34. AC

    AlexC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is incredible, first time having some of the dishes offered.
  35. CF

    CourtneyF

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We always enjoy the incredible food pairings at Café Matisse and highly recommend it for a special occasion like an anniversary if you are an adventurous eater. Garden seating was lovely, but it was chilly. Be sure to dress appropriately. We dealt with some mosquitoes, but our server was kind enough to light a citronella candle which helped tremendously.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first experience at Cafe Matisse and I will definitely return. Amazing food, awesome service and ambience. It was the perfect evening.
  37. S

    Susana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we walked in until the second we walked out we felt welcomed. Food was amazing. I loved the small portions, the ambience, and the outside garden. Thank you Cafe Matisse for a wonderful anniversary dinner.
  38. m

    mobilityjo

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful occasion celebrated with Chef Peter's incredible creations. We are so grateful to him and all the staff for many years of enjoyment.
  40. C

    Cookie

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff loved doing their job , everyone was cordial and fun

FAQs

Cafe Matisse is rated 4.8 stars by 893 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 5 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

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 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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