CAMAJE Bistro
CAMAJE Bistro

CAMAJE Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.camaje.com/
  • Phone: (212) 673-8184
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:

    Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm


    Dinner:

    Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 12:00am

    Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French American, International
  • Executive Chef: Abigail Hitchcock
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Late Night, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contact the restaurant for more information. We cater events up to 100 persons.
  • Entertainment: Sunday Brunch Jazz 1-3pm
  • Special Events: Each month we offer a unique experience at a custom event.
    Dark dining events are scheduled periodically.
    Check our website www.camaje.com for more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bleecker St.
  • Public Transit: Houston St (1, 2)

    Spring St (A, C, E)

    W 4 St (A, B, C, D, E, F, M)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: You may also park at Minetta Parking lot on Bleecker.
A word from CAMAJE Bistro
A hidden little gem in the heart of greenwich village. This noveau French American bistro was established in 1997 by owner/chef Abigail Hitchcock. This cozy, intimate, yet casual restaurant offers a local, seasonal menu at affordable prices. Enjoy dinner on our sofa while taking in the views of the historic townhouses of the Village and the people who live in the neighborhood.

Chef Abby's creations include appetizers like hot crab dip, socca (a chick pea pizza) served with a red pepper coulis and entrees like hanger steak, house smoked duck sandwich, and our wildly popular Banoffee Pie.
We also offer hands on cooking classes and corporate events!
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CAMAJE Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (7)fit for foodies (3)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)romantic (3)special occasion (3)scenic view (2)good for groups (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Just OK
    JustBeeVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Food is ordinary; nothing on the menu that can't be had at any number of French places in the Village--some of which do a better job w/the cooking and presentation. Service is okay. Ambiance is strange...a table against the back wall looked like a very messy office desk; the place is quire small, so anything remotely sloppy affects the look and feel. Won't go out of my way to return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable
    ilaria
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went on a night where the kitchen was given over to a guest chef for a pop up Louisiana set menu. Food was very good, but can't comment on the regular offering. Very funky and fun ambiance and decor. Service seemed a bit overwhelmed at times, but I think it was primarily due to the fact that all,the same dishes had to be served at the same time for all tables and half the restaurant was taken over by rather large parties. It is tiny, hence the noise, but thoroughly enjoyable
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • willcomeback
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The place is cozy. Abby, the owner and hostess was charming and spent time with us.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    very cute little spot, feels very french and the food is really good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 18 reviews are from the CAMAJE Bistro reviews archive.
  • Romantic little bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food and house wine were very good. Menu is limited, but creative. A French/continental feeling to the small space makes it romantic. Service excellent. Only issue was that a couple was smoking in the outdoor space in front of the restaurant, and the breeze blew the smoke into the restaurant. No problem: our wonderful waiter quickly produced a fan which blew the smoke away from us and back onto the smoking couple. We will go back again because the place had good food, friendly/efficient service and they were there to please their diners.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Great price!
    odonna
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Liked the fact that you could order from the brunch menu, prix fix lunch menu or the full menu. You could have whatever you craved. Good French food with reasonable prices. Decent wine by the glass. Went early with a reservation and were the first ones there. Hesitated to eat in an empty café but it filled up shortly. Really enjoyed the crepes and omelets. Just as good as Paris! Croque Monsieur, however, was not authentic. It is so easy that they should really not serve it as a Panini, but open-faced like in France.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great find
    TastySurprise
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This little neighborhood gem is cozy and quaint but the food was taste bud tantalizing. I had the crepes and they were dreamy. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Post Jazz Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Food was delicious and fresh and the service was charming. Even spent time chatting with Chef Abigail. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • worldtravelerVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Returned here for dinner after enjoying lunch a few weeks before. The choices are limited and they didn't have some of those listed on the menu that evening. Also didn't have my wine choice.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice dinner
    Nelson
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    My wife and I had a nice dinner. The service was very attentive and the food was tasty. Our only comments are that the portions were small and my wife thought it would have been nice to have vegetables with her rack of lamb.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • crappy service
    brunchdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    They were bizarrely slow and the server was annoyed that we asked how much longer it would be. They made us feel bad for asking. The food was okay. It felt like a second-rate experience to be honest.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unpretentious and awesome
    NYCExpat
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Had a great meal here almost 10 years ago, and for various reasons never made it back until last weekend. Now I wish we'd tried harder; it was even better than I remembered. Warm friendly atmosphere, not at all fussy, and really good food. Which for a miracle was not over-salty! (My current hobby horse - salt is a crucial taste component, but I find a lot of otherwise superb restaurants are overplaying it lately.) Ernest was great, good banter and while he was rushing, never made us feel rushed. The crostini to start were good but not mind-blowing. But the fish was delicate, perfectly toothy in the crust and delicate in the middle - perfect. My wife had a lamb tagine that was also excellent, savoury and a little sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent value and options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    Excellent value and options for the prix fixe brunch. The service was fantastic. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant, child care or school?
    MchaelVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    The place should pick one -- restaurant, cooking school or child care...wailing toddlers in the front of the tiny dining room and wine guzzling, loud cooking students taking class in the back half of the dining room. Place was cramped, even the thin staff had trouble navigating to the tables. Waiter was very friendly but the only side dish ordered with the entrees (Mac and cheese) wasn't ready by the time we had both finished our entrees. Perhaps kitchen staff was distracted with the cooking class and forgot the Mac and cheese? Or perhaps the wailing toddlers broke the chef's concentration? Food was fine but if you want to relax over dinner this just isn't the place on Friday evenings.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a special place
    SarahS
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    We got a last-minute reservation for a party of five to celebrate my mom's 68th birthday. We were seated at a nice circular table and it was quiet enough that my hard-of-hearing dad could participate in the entire conversation - a big win! The atmosphere is intimate, super friendly and casual not stuffy. The food is excellent - especially the hangar steak, the duck, and the desserts. I'm intrigued by the cooking classes and the sensory meals they offer, and I will recommend it to everyone. The owner told us they've been in business for 17 years, and it's the kind of place you hope will stay in business forever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes and No
    GingeeVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    It's hard to say anything negative about Camaje since as soon as we arrived (40 minutes too early) we were made to feel welcome. It was actually before the place was open for dinner service but our waitress invited us in, gave us a seat on the couch and served us tea. Instead of looking for some place to kill time before dinner, we were able to luxuriate on that couch till our table was ready. The service continued to be good, although I think our waitress was a bit overwhelmed when the place got crowded, and as another reviewer observed, noisy. Our food was fine but not outstanding and I found that we were a bit crowded once we were off the couch and seated at a table. So would we go back again? Yes and no.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Low key
    LoveToEat
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Just a nice place to dine on a late Sunday afternoon. Down to earth and good food. The blue cheese soup was yummy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely place, lucky find
    Pucci
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    delicious food, super-friendly and attentive service, definitely recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • intimate but casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Camaje is a small restaurant with a very friendly feel. There were two groups of 6-8 people each celebrating birthdays as we (two friends) had a meal along with one or two other tables of couples. Tasty and inventive food but with no fussiness. A great place to go with good friends to start a night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cozy village spot, just south
    runrogVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    cozy village spot, just south of the more chaotic part of Macdougal. GREAT service with a personal friendly feel. tasty apps and entrees with a really solid middle-of-the-road price point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • simply wonderful
    Spideycat
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    I've loved Camaje since it opened. The food is always superb, and the service is excellent, plus it's inexpensive. And during brunch, they've got a wonderful guitar player. It's never rushed, cozy and fresh, innovative food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food but excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    I like this place, simply because the waiters are so courteous and quick to respond to any request or inquiry. The mac n cheese wasn't that good but the steak was alright and drinks were good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.