A “wow in all aspects”, this “transcendent”, “romantic” Rutherford BYO “hidden” behind a wine shop (where you can purchase le vin) “dazzles and delights” with its seasonally inspired Eclectic cuisine offered in grazing portions (aka “Matisse Plates”) that come in
three or four courses…a “consistently attentive” staff, “tastefully appointed” interior (with hand blown Murano glass chandeliers) and “plush” outdoor dining complete this “outstanding” oeuvre.
One of the "Top Favorites"
One of the "Top by Food"
One of the "Top by Service"
One of the "Top by Decor"
One of the "Top Outdoor"
Food: 27 - Extraordinary to Perfect
Decor: 25 - Very Good to Excellent
Service: 26 - Very Good to Excellent
New Jersey Zagat 2011 / 2012
Another honor for Cafe Matisse
The Record, “Second Helpings”
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
By: Elisa Ung
Cafe Matisse in Rutherford (left) made OpenTable’s list of the 100 best restaurants in America (the best restaurants that use OpenTable to book reservations, that is). Matisse is a frequent honoree on OpenTable’s list, having made the “most romantic” list in January and the top 100 American restaurants list last month. The lists are generated from OpenTable users’ reviews.
“Rutherford Eatery Makes List of Top 100 Most Romantic
Restaurants in the U.S.”
January 27, 2013
The selections were based on more than 5 million reviews submitted through the OpenTable website. Cafe Matisse was one of only two New Jersey restaurants selected. Read more...
“Cafe Matisse Restaurant is one of GAYOT's 2013 Top 10 North Jersey Outdoor Dining Restaurants”
The Guide to the Good Life
An Indiscriminate Eater's Guide to Food in New York City and Beyond
Cafe Matisse – Inspired Dining in Rutherford, NJ
April 20, 2012
“The dining room is the first clue to the fact that the night won’t be your standard fare. Tiny and a riot of color, the dining room mixes baroque with modern with Alice in Wonderland. The service is enthusiastic and jovial, and the atmosphere is fancy without being stuffy. World class fare in New Jersey..."
Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in New Jersey
“Dine in the "Secret Garden", a plush outdoor garden with fountains. The garden can also be viewed from the inside through floor-to-ceiling windows.”
New Jersey Leisure Guide
"Cafe Matisse in Rutherford, NJ is a precious jewel box of a restaurant that engages and thrills the senses at many levels."
Mano O Vino
Eat, Drink, Write
February 16, 2011
“If you've seen Matisse's colorful, artistic dining room, you'll appreciate how it continues outdoors with a fragrant maze of flowers and plants.”
June 12, 2010
Bergen Record.... December, 2008
The Record, January 14th, 2005
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"I'm happy to confirm that
it's true: Cafe Matisse is Excellent".
Sinclair & Anthony Giglio, New Jersey Monthly - August 2001
"One of the Years Top Ten
Cody Kendall, Star Ledger - 12/99
"...if you are in the mood to be
creative with what you eat and where you dine, head to Cafe Matisse."
"Excellent", Catherine Jones, New York Times - 11/21/99
"...this place is an incredible find
for those with discerning palates and the wherewithal to indulge them"
Cody Kendall, Star Ledger - 9/5/99
"I am charmed by the decor, ambience,
and food at Cafe Matisse. Lush flavors speak for themselves, and the warm,
pleasant surroundings enhance your feeling of well-being."
Marge Perry, The Record - 5/7/99
"Favorite Romantic Restaurant" -
"Favorite Restaurant" - 1997 & 1998
"Favorite Holiday Dining" - 1997 & 1998
Food Bytes by Rosalie Saferstein - NJ.com