Cafe Matisse, Rutherford, NJ: A Restaurant Review

Cafe Matisse, NJ

Cafe Matisse
167 Park Ave
Rutherford, NJ 07070
(201) 935-2995

Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  Eclectic / Int'l

Price:  Very Expensive

Note:  Four star Rating System from
1/2 Star = poor to
Four stars = Best in Class

Food Quality:  3 1/2 Stars

Service: 3 Stars

Decor: 3 1/2 Stars

Overall Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

One of the top restaurants in New Jersey

Ambiance is ideal for a romantic or special occasion

Some of the tables are spaced close together, and on busy evenings, the noise level can get a little loud.

Saturday reservations of more than seven days in advance require a $50 per/couple deposit. Cancellations processed less than twenty-four hours before your reserved dining time may result in a service charge.

Value: Good

Noise Level:  Moderate to high during peak times

Dress:  Upscale Casual

Recommended For:  Diners who enjoy a top rated, special occasion restaurant and are willing to pay more for the experience.

Not Recommended For:  Budget conscious diners who prefer traditional, casual family style restaurants.

Recommended dishes:  When available, The Black Peppered Tuna Loin, Tempura Green Beans, Pineapple Crab Fried Rice with Green Onion Toasted Macadamize Nuts, Drizzled with Wasabi Mayonnaise and Passion Fruit Vinaigrette; The Pan Seared Scallops with Cinnamon Braised Short ribs, Peach White Raisin Caramelized Onion Relish, Topped with Raisin Jam, Toasted Almonds, Raisin Jus and Vanilla Oil; and The Sliced Filet Mignon Tenderloin with Toasted Walnut Creamy Blue Cheese Bread, Baby Arugula, Endive, and Radicchio Topped with Ginger Pear Chutney, Drizzle of Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette

Liquor: BYOB, If you forgot to bring your own, there is a wine shop on site with assistance to choose the wine to accompany your meal

Restaurant Review

Cafe Matisse, one of the top restaurants in New jersey, is a destination restaurant for upscale fine dining and a great place to celebrate a special occasion or for an intimate romantic occasion.

The interior is attractive with soft lighting and features blown Murano glass chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, plush chairs and vibrant colored walls with art work by Henri Matisse, the French artist for whom the restaurant is named.

In the warmer months, ask for a table outside in their "European Secret Garden", a plush outdoor garden with fountains. The garden can also be viewed from the inside through floor-to-ceiling windows. Note: Garden/Patio reservations cannot be made on-line. You must call the restaurant to request outside dining.

Owner and Chef Peter Loria is masterful at putting together an eclectic, upscale, well executed, seasonal grazing menu, or as they refer to them as "Matisse Plates". You can choose from a price fix menu three, four, or five-course grazer portions Their grazer portions are larger than an appetizer and smaller than an entrée. There are no substitutions, just sit back and relax, and put your trust in the menu offerings. You will leave well satisfied.

Desserts are also seasonal, and if available try the Rum Butter-soaked Angel Cake with white chocolate and coconut mousse; or the Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with bourbon creme anglaise.

The service at Cafe Matisse is professional, attentive, and friendly. They take that extra step to provide excellent service. As an example of their attention to care and detail, diners who are wearing black or dark colors, are offered black cloth napkins to replace the white ones, which eliminates the unsightly white lint that can come from white napkins.

Cafe Matisse is open six days a week for dinner; Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30pm, Friday: 6:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm, and Sunday from 5:00pm. Call for closing times.

Cafe Matisse is not recommended for children.

(updated: September, 2016)

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