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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cafe Matisse

Cafe Matisse
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Ranked #1 of 61 Restaurants in Rutherford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$55 - US$87
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Highland Cross
Description: Cafe Matisse’s mission is to provide our patrons with a fine dining experience in an elegant yet casual, convivial atmosphere. We strive to address every detail and exceed expectations to create an experience that is truly a departure from the ordinary. Chef Owner Peter Loria’s hand crafted dishes are presented in either a three or a four course grazing menu option. We look forward to providing you and your guests with a special evening to remember! Nestled in a renovated circa 1898 firehouse, Café Matisse’s elegant dining room is adorned with Matisse silhouettes and bejeweled chandeliers. Our European courtyard, complete with romantic water features, is open each summer season from May 15th through October 15th.
Ringwood, New Jersey
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70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

beyond reproach
if you get it, then you will want to go every 3 weeks min; that is if you can afford...

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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Orange County, CA
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“a treat when you want to and can splurge”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2011

Food was presented in small portions but each course was packed with flavor and prepared very well. The service is fancy, the place is fancy. We sat outdoors and it was lovely. We can't go often because it is steep, but I am looking forward to our next visit!

Visited April 2011
Thank cleanfreek
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Newark, New Jersey
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Favorite resto in Northern NJ, hands down”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2011

Some of the best parts of this restaurant are in addition to the amazing food! Larry, who I think was the owner, was a very good host. The decor is really fun and loud (along with the restaurant). The food was perfect. They do this kind of funny tower of goodness with a veggie and a ravioli and meat (I think there were meatless too). The desserts were AMAZING. I think I actually ate one of my favorite desserts of all time--a strawberry shortcake with a taste of balsamic vinegar. Probably not best for an intimate evening, but great for a date.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank xgoldsera
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Wayne, NJ
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2011

There's a reason why you won't find a single bad review of Cafe Matisse; its excellent. The food is inventive, flavorful and perfectly prepared. And, the staff is gracious and attentive. The decor is eclectic and comfortable and the outside garden - while closed for the winter - looks inviting. Like its namesake, Cafe Matisse is an artistic treasure meant to be enjoyed over and over again.

  • Visited October 2011
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1 Thank cjimci
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bergen county
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A Restaurant for Special Occasions”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2011

If you enjoy a "grazing" menu, you will love this place. Each dish contains six or eight ingredients which fuse to make unusual and unique tasting experiences. The staff is attentive. If you are a "foodie", you will savor the experience.

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank redadonis
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