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About Cafe Matisse

Think of us for artful cuisine and a great dining experience! For special occasions, milestones, corporate parties and presentations. Our elegant dining room is adorned with Matisse silhouettes and bejeweled chandeliers. We welcome parties of up to forty-five people. Chef's inspired Prix-Fixe Menu; three, four or five course, is offered Tuesday through Sunday evenings. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and visit us at www.cafematisse.com. Our team looks forward to providing you and your guests with excellent cuisine, great service, and a special evening to remember!

167 Park Ave
Rutherford, NJ 07070
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Café Matisse is open five evenings a week for dinner service – we do not serve lunch.
Wednesdays: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Thursdays: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Fridays: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturdays: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sundays: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays: Closed

Cross Street:
Park Avenue and Highland Cross

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(201) 935-2995

Website:
http://www.cafematisse.com/

Catering:
On request, we will provide for special events at a location of your choice.

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

Executive Chef:
Peter Loria

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

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please call to coordinate your special event with us!

Cafe Matisse Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

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4.8

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4.8

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4.2

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Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (47)
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Good for a Date (41)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Tasting Menu (34)
Great for Outdoor Dining (31)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Cozy (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Worth the Drive (25)
Seasonal (12)
Local Ingredients (8)
Authentic (7)
Fun (6)
Casual (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

As always the experience of Chef Peter's creativity was extraordinary. There is nothing on the menu that isn't utterly spectacular.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Perfect find for anniversary dinner with my wife. Passionate and caring owner and attentive staff. Food was great too and the ambiance is a perfect balance of kitsch and beauty. I would recommend for a lovely date to anyone.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Celebrated my father's birthday tonight at Cafe Matisse. Cafe Matisse is the BEST restaurant in the NY/NJ area. Chef Peter is a food genius, from the flavors he combines to the gorgeous plating of his dishes. Your dish will look almost too beautiful to stick your fork in (almost...) but when you do, your taste buds will sing with each bite you take. Larry is an absolute joy to be around and converse with, from the minute you step in the door, to your walk out to your car. The entire wait staff is incredible. They never leave you with an empty wine glass, they have expert knowledge of the menu and give wonderful recommendations. They all are a pleasure to be around and create such a fun memorable night. If you haven't been to Cafe Matisse you are missing out... make a reservation ASAP!

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We celebrated our 45 th anniversary this week on a Sunday. Sat outside and it was really very pleasant. The staff was excellent, very attentive and friendly. The food lived up to all the rave reviews we have read. To top it off it's BYOB. It's pricey so good the special occasion.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Just a fantastic dining experience. The service was exceptional.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Attentive service. The Chef utilizes a vast array of unique and robust flavors for his mains and the deserts are to die for. Loved the terraced courtyard for outdoor dining. The Halloween décor was stylish and amusing. Its going to be one of our go to places.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Spicy, Tapas, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Creative, delicious food set in a funky yet intimate setting. Attentive waitstaff and the 3, 4, or 5 course tasting menu will satisfy and delight you. Plan to spend at least 2 hours.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Only 4 star restaurant in Bergen County lives up to its billing.

Tags: Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Very attentive staff and delicious food. Although one would consider this 'fine dinning' expect to spend $$$ for the meal. If offered the table in front of the back door, decline...
Not a comfortable table.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

This was our fist visit to this restaurant. We were told of this restaurant by a family member who said they thought it was outstanding. And outstanding it was. The service was excellent; they were all very attentive and gracious. The ambience was very attractive, with a romantic feel. The food was amazing. Every dish we had was extremely tasteful and beautifully presented. The overall dining experience superb. I would definitely highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a special dining experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Inventive and delicious cuisine all prepared by Chef Peter Loria. Our server Ahmed was excellent .

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

No fall should go without having a dinner in the garden of this restaurant. At least, I never miss one. For years, we go there in September - GARDEN IS THE MUST! - food is delicious, I like the concept of it: all small portions, all the same price.
Thanks.
We'll come again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The place is beautiful. Small but well spaced out. The outdoor area is truly something. It's a little pricey, but it was truly worth it. Delicious, different, nice.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Absolutely love this restaurant!
Cafa Matisse is unique that's what makes is special.
It's not your average restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

the place is awesome (comfortable, intimate) and they have lovely-nice super friendly staff that takes care of you the whole night without overwhelming you and being very professional. We ate in the outside garden, all the food was amazing and everything was worth it. I'll definitely go back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

I come here every year for my birthday and it just never disappoints. Each mouthful is artistry. There is no better place in NJ or NY, period.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The chef and staff clearly care about your dining experience. Not just a meal but a true experience. Items I would never dream of combining we incredible together. Looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Beautiful venue outside dining. My wife's birthday and she was very happy. Wonderful meal and service. Truly a memorable night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Cafe Matisse is an absolute gem. I would recommend it to my most jaded Manhattan foodies. I have been lucky to have been able to dine in some of the best restaurants in the world and Cafe Matisse has never disappointed in me in 30 years of special occasion dining.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Such a special place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Fantastic service, great food. Friendly staff. We had a great time

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Found Cafe Matisse a complete and pleasant surprise. While two entree courses were superb. The butter cake dessert blew me away.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Scrumptious food, beautiful presentation, lovely setting outdoors. A bit pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Cafe Matisse is such a gem! My parents have been going there for years for their own anniversary, and my partner and I have taken on the tradition as well!

Chef Peter is truly an artist, and the food is beautiful and delicious. The grazing menu changes slightly with the seasons, but I have never been disappointed or taken a bite that wasn't incredible. (Although, I highly recommend the beet tartare.. and the brown butter cake for dessert if they are available!)

The service is impeccable, and the maitre d', Larry, is always a pleasure! (He is so warm and personable - you always feel right at home when you walk in and see his smiling face.) I don't usually like to be heavily waited on, but their staff is trained so well that you don't even notice when they slip in and top off your wine (it's BYOB!), or change out your silverware. They are attentive without being overbearing, making it a seamless dining experience!

If I could give Cafe Matisse more than 5 stars, I would. Make a reservation, you won't regret it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We have dinned at Matisse many times over the years but Sunday's dinner was outstanding. Looking forward to returning!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food was delicious and ambiance was different .. they only served either 3,4, or 5 course meals where you pick from a certain menu .. the portions are a little bigger then appetizers .. it was expensive and although the food was delicious it was a bit overpriced for the amount of food that you get .. it is definitely worth a visit though

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Absolutely amazing!!! My wife and I went here for our 10 year anniversary and enjoyed ourselves. Every dish/course was a work of art and delicious. We went with 4 courses each and it was more than enough food. We can't wait to go again to sit outside and dine.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

this is a very nice venue for a special occasion. my husband and i celebrated our 51st wedding anniversary. the ambiance is perfect , very cozy . the decor is delightful , moroccan i would say , very colorful. they also have a lovely outside courtyard dinning area. if and when we make a return visit we would ,weather permitting, dine in this courtyard. food was wonderful and very unique, loved every bite. service was very warm and attentive. did i mention that the food was unique? very different, yet delicious. will return . louy

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Excellent food with excellent service. Great ambience . They can do nothing wrong.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

I don't know why we waited so long to go to Cafe Matisse. Food and service were exquisite except for when suddenly the kitchen seem to have shut down and no one was receiving food for 20 to 30 minutes. You definitely want to enjoy a slow superb meal here but that was a little too long

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Never disappoints...a wonderful experience from start to finish!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The food and Sevice was excellent l can't wait to go back the best

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We go to Cafe Matisse each year on our anniversary, and it never fails to deliver the goods. Great, creative foods served in a beautiful setting, whether you're eating indoors or out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

An amazing experience! The food was to die for, service attentive and excellent. could not have asked for more.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Place is always 5 star from the service to the food. Everyone is so knowledgeable and professional yet personaba . I work for a luxury hotel and your food and service too theirs.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food was amazing, perhaps a bit overpriced, but if you're a foodie, you'll enjoy this place for sure. Service was great and the overall experience was enjoyable. Would recommend for special occasions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

My husband and i celebrated our 2 year anniversary there. They had a grazing menu which was perfect. You can order 2 slightly bigger than an appetizer portion and a dessert for $75.00. The menu items were trending, delicious and superbly cooked and presented. It was a BYOB and they chilled our champagne. The waiter and all the other bus boys were highly attentive and informative. The interior is romantic and cozy. They had outdoor dining in the garden w/trees, shrubs and a water feature. My only complaint was that one of my meals touted a foie gras terrine which was nothing more than a melted smear. terrine denotes a mold so it was misrepresented. And I had to see a doctor for the immense amount of mosquito bites I got from being outside. Do not let the outside deter anyone from going there. It was absolutely fabulous!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Excellent! We brought our 95 year old mother (who doesn't eat much) there and she had the four course tasting menu thinking it was three. She cleaned every plate and loved every bite. We all did!

Menus is always a 3,4,or5 courses and changes with the season. This Is a good thing, as you would be hard pressed to decide on only one dish.

Expensive, but we will return.

BYOB

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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