News & Events

Join us at Cafe Matisse on New Year’s Eve!

Reservations Now Being Accepted by Telephone Only for our Four Course Dinner
Three Savory, One Sweet
$120 per person plus tax & gratuity
Seating from 5:00pm – 10:30pm

A credit card is required to secure all reservations. The menu is available here for your viewing pleasure. Please note that no substitutions or changes can be made to the New Year’s Eve menu.  Seating is limited.

Cafe Matisse is hiring!

We are currently seeking to fill three positions: Garde Manger, Food Runner and Server. Individuals who have a great attitude, are willing to commit themselves to learning and providing quality food service are encouraged to apply!

Our exquisite garden, in all its splendor, is open for your dining pleasure (weather permitting).

North Jersey offers many al fresco dining options

Our thanks to for including Café Matisse in their list of great restaurants offering al fresco dining. Of course, we are very partial to our enchanted European garden. It is secluded, relaxing, and the weather has been perfect to enjoy it, so why not give us a call to reserve your table at 201-935-2995.


There’s something so relaxing about eating outdoors in the summertime — almost like a mini-vacation for a few hours. Thankfully, North Jersey has scores of outdoor dining spaces sought after in these balmy months.  Read more…

NORTHJERSEY.COM | June 26, 2015
Staff Writer | The Record

A few good men, a pile of bricks and a historic mission in Rutherford

A bit of history, Cafe Matisse was once a horse-drawn firehouse. We are installing a plaque to commemorate this history that will be placed on the front of the building. More renovation and front room grand opening details to follow. See you soon!


William Carlos Williams was right: So much depends on a wheelbarrow. If anyone knew what they were getting into with wheelbarrows and bricks, they might have…   Read more…


Check out this great “insiders perspective” article by Elisa Ung at on how to secure some of the most sought after tables at great restaurants in Bergen County!


April 19, 2015
By Elisa Ung
Restaurant Critic | The Record

North Jersey’s toughest restaurant table may be the one tucked into a sweet corner of the famously romantic Café Matisse in Rutherford – on Valentine’s Day. Haven’t booked Table 5 by December? Forget about it.


Thank you John Shabe of for listing Café Matisse as one of New Jersey’s most romantic places!


New Jersey’s most romantic places: users’ picks

By John Shabe | NJ Advance Media The Star-Ledger on February 14, 2015

Thanks to Chef Carlos Valdez of Oceanaire Seafood for acknowledging Cafe Matisse as his favorite local restaurant!


Chef Carlos Valdez of Oceanaire in Hackensack talks on cooking lobster and ramen noodles

February 4, 2015
By Steve Janoski
staff writer | The Record

Thank you to author Lisa Badach and photographer Anne-Marie Caruso of 201 Magazine for featuring Cafe Matisse’s Bittersweet Chocolate Tart in the Main Dish section of 201’s February 2015 Issue!


Chef Peter Loria is quoted in this article. Thank you Steve Janoski at!


Why are cocktails so expensive and other mystifying questions about restaurants finally answered

Eating at restaurants might be familiar territory, but how they function business-wise – and the impact that has on their prices – is foreign to many of us.

January 20, 2015

Our sincere thanks to Esther Davidowitz for her recent article in the Better Living section of the Bergen Record. Chef Peter is most definitely here to cook!


The chef behind Rutherford’s 4-star Cafe Matisse answers to a higher calling

Mitsu Yasukawa/Staff Photographer

Chef/owner Peter Loria of the highly regarded Café Matisse in Rutherford says a nearly fatal brain aneurysm led to his becoming a better person.

October 29, 2014
FOOD EDITOR | The Record

Thank you to Elisa Ung for highlighting Café Matisse’ cannoli cake in her recent article for the Bergen Record. It’s our longest running and most requested chocolate dessert!


Ung: The best dishes I ate this month

July 27, 2014
By Elisa Ung
The Record

Café Matisse is proud to be a repeat recipient of the Gold Star Award for excellence in food protection from the Bergen County Department of Health Services, a mark of quality.


June 2014

The Star Ledger and NJ.comfeature our Matisse Burger. It’s Chef Peter’s fave ‪#‎SuperBowl game-day nosh.


Super Bowl 2014 food: NJ chefs pick their party spread MVPs

Pigs in jackets in blankets, guacamole with crispy pork belly, burgers with pork roll … do we sense a pigskin theme?
January 29, 2014