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french and romantic

Looking forward to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We are in our fities and looking for a substantial restaurant in terms of food quality, ambiance and would prefer something french. We will be in the West Milford area and I realize that we likely will need to drive a bit in order to find such a place. I'd like it to be within an hour? I have nothing against this area, but sadly restaurants are far and few between, and yes I love Momentos and warwick, but I need something more special!

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  1. For the best french food around, I can't say enough good things about the Chef's Table- the only thing is the ambiance is slightly lacking (it kind of reminds me of a diner with lacey curtains). However, if you are willing to overlook that- I really do think you won't be disappointed with the food and your dining experience.

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    Chef's Table
    754 Franklin Ave Ste 7, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

    1. I would suggest Cafe Matisse in Rutherford. Their tasting menu allows you to try many different dishes and includes dessert. Ask Larry to reserve a table for you in their lovely garden and I assure you you will not be disappointed. The setting is intimate with bubbling water features, stone walkways and formal plantings. While the restaurant is BYOB it has a wine shop in front that provides sampling and has an interesting array of choices. The four course "grazing" menu is $65.00, quite reasonable given the high quality of the offerings.

      Cafe Matisse
      167 Park Ave
      Rutherford, New Jersey
      (201)935-2995
      cafematisse.com

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      Cafe Matisse
      167 Park Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070

      1. +1 Chef's Table.......you won't be disappointed. It's wonderful!

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        1. re: maryanne06

          Couldn't agree more. Plus it is right off 208 and not a bad trip from West Milford.

        2. Chez Catherine in Westfield is a good choice.

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          Chez Catherine
          431 North Avenue West, Westfield, NJ 07090

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          1. re: angelo04

            I second Chez Catherine. Great food, nice ambiance, intimate setting.

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            Chez Catherine
            431 North Avenue West, Westfield, NJ 07090

          2. Saddle River Inn.

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            Saddle River Inn
            2 Barnstable Ct, Saddle River, NJ 07458