Café Chameleon

4.4
110 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Café Chameleon offers outdoor and indoor dining, take out and delivery during the Pandemic.

Café Chameleon is the destination of choice for those seeking to be greeted with a smile, warmed with hospitality and tempted by innovative, seasonal menus. Café Chameleon is proud to locally-source its produce, meat and seafood, investing in its community while ensuring spectacularly fresh cuisine.

The recently-reimagined restaurant offers a modern contemporary atmosphere, brought to life by Trey Civitano, and Dominic Civitano, Café Chameleon partners and local developers.

The Café Chameleon bar, with its thoughtfully-curated selection of wines, spirits and cocktails, is an ideal place for diners to watch sporting events and enjoy an innovative bar menu.

Café Chameleon has been included on the coveted lists of The Top 30 Best New Restaurant by New Jersey Monthly in 2019 and North Jersey's Best New Restaurants of 2019 by NorthJersey.com.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 110 people are saying
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CorinneC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Drinks were poorly made. Apple martini lacked Apple Flavor and was red in color having maraschino cherry juice added- not sure why. No lime in Gin & Tonic.

Very poor acoustics.

Short ribs lacked flavor.

Very disappointed.

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donl
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

granted it was a Tuesday night and the restraint was out of a lot of items. Considering it is a limited (seasonal) menu it was rather disappointing. This caused much confusion when ordering as the wait staff was not kept apprised. Some of the dishes wee missing the components listed on the menu.

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gracious
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My duck was perfectly done!!! Crab Aron I I was creamy delicious!! Very selective Better than average wine list. Will definitely go back.

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ElizabethS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a comfortable setting.

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vipPicky
New York Area
151 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Both meals were absolutely wonderful. Pasta special with short ribs, and the short rib with whipped potatoes were perfect.
Food was piping hot. Butter was frozen but perhaps it needed to be as it was very hot out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must try!

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vipDavidM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All dishes excellent. Enjoyed everything

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been wanting to try and are so glad we did. A little remorseful we did not try sooner. We most definitely will be back!

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kcprice11
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food is always great but the service is very slow. They seem understaffed.

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vipFoodWineChickie
Charlotte
141 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food as always.

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viparlenej
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience1

First time to cafe chameleon. Upon entering I asked if the music could be lowered as it was blasting & not conducive for conversation. The wait staff doesn’t appear to be versed at all with the menus, for questions. It’s basically look at the menu and figure it out. This restaurant has a terrific wine & cocktail list and their chef is wonderful. Everything we ordered was well prepared & creative. The decor unfortunately leaves a lot to be desired, in fact it’s pretty bizarre. The atmosphere and the food simply doesn’t match. This and the service is the only reason I didn’t give it a 5 star. We’ll probably return in the future.

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JoannS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and attentive service !

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EdRivs
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, ambiance, and friendly service. This is a good choice for a special occasion or to have an elevated dining experience.

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Matthew
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food and such a friendly staff. A little pricy for the area but if you value fresh and delicious food it is 100% worth it.

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RobynP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is amazing. The food was delicious and service was great. We love the fresh menu that changes every 6 weeks with what is in season. We have already been back and plan to be regulars.

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vipFoodWineChickie
Charlotte
141 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal by Chef Bryan. The scallops with peas were fantastic and so was the halibut. Great cocktails and wines by the glass too.

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vipMattR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere is outstanding. The homemade bread is unbelievably delicious. Order the mussels and ask for extra bread to sop up that wonderful broth.

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BurbinYokie
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is 100% made on the premises - including the bun for my hamburger, the crab cake my friend enjoyed, etc. I thought the food was excellent. I thought the lunch menu, however, was odd. It was quite limited but didn't seem to include entree salads or soup. They did, however, have grilled fish tacos, an excellent hamburger with onion jam. I would like to try Cafe Chameleon for dinner when the menu is a bit more extensive.

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TarynL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is phenomenal, truly a diamond in the ruff and could beat so many NYC restaurants easily. Everything is fresh, never frozen and farm to table locally sourced. We started with two cocktails, both were fantastic. Their home made bread and butter was so good my mouth is watering writing this. For appetizers we had the mussels and the Foie Gras. My husband ordered the foie gras and I have an egg allergy. They surprised me with two pieces made to my dietary restriction, which was the highlight of my meal. The mussel were wonderful and the broth was so good. Dunk that home made bread into it for the best of both worlds. For dinner I ordered the snapper and my husband ordered the duck. The snapper served with fava beans which I love and seemingly never have the chance to eat. The skin has a perfect crisp and the fish was fresh and flaky.

The duck was by far the best duck I’ve had and was cooked to perfection. We finished the meal with an expresso martini for me, which tasted like adult chocolate milk with coffee and alcohol. My husband has the olive oil cake which was beautifully displayed and had rhubarb topping. I loved that the meal came full circle because they also served the duck with rhubarb. We’ve found out new favorite restaurant and I can’t imagine that this one will be topped anytime in the future.

Side note, as someone with serious egg and rice allergy, it was wonderful to come home and not be sick from dinner. They clearly do make everything from scratch and are diligent in ensuring that they make substitutions. Huge shout out to Al our server and Trey the general manager they were both wonderful, inviting and accommodating.

Can’t wait to see you again soon!

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vipMattR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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DanielL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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JoannaB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Chameleon‘s food is always stellar and the drinks never disappoint! Our favorite place!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chef has a knack for crafting unique and flavorful dishes. Service was friendly and attentive. We look forward to returning soon.

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KurtB
Cancun
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Food was excellent and the service was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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vippetem
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice gem in bloomingdale. Limited menu because it’s farm to table fresh. Service is attentive. I will be back again!!

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BruceD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was great. Appetizers of Mussels and the Seared Tuna were both fantastic. We had the Scallops and the Loin of Beef dinners. The scallops were exceptional. I did not understand the Loin of Beef dinner and went back to the menu to confirm that it said short rib. The dinner came out with a portion of short rib cooked to perfection and a portion of steak/tenderloin? that was slightly tough(maybe in comparison to the short rib) and not at all what I expected. While this may have been intentional, I would order this meal over again and again only if they doubled the short rib and kept the steak.

Staff was super friendly, courteous and the meal was not rushed. Great find.

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GlennL
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is always top notch, stylish atmosphere, host/owner is always warm and inviting!!!

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LynnB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we could have asked for. Food, staff and atmosphere were all wonderful.

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vippetem
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true diamond in the rough!!! Menu reflects true farm to table. Very clean location. Decor is very pleasing. Fresh new drinks at the bar. Food and presentation - fantastic. Service - very attentive. Right on main st. They offer tastings. Look on website. Definitely coming back!!!!

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PeterG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the start to finish it was professional and the food was fantastic. Our waiter who was behind the bar area and was sensational and couldn’t have been nicer and knew what he was doing. What a great experience

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GaryS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Restaurant is a true Gem! This was our first time and believe me, you will not be disappointed if you go. Everything was done perfectly! Highly recommend and we will frequent this place from now on.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is incredible, as well as the food and overall experience!

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DocJim
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in Bloomingdale NJ! I had happened upon cafe chameleon by googling best restaurants in nj, and i was not disappointed. Food was incredible, staff was friendly and courteous, and the bill was shockingly cheap for what i got. I will definitely return and can recommend whole heartedly

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i really cant say enough good things about my first experience here. restaurant was clean and quiet, providing a great ambiance for a date night. staff was attentive and friendly. i appreciated how our apps were spaced out from our meals, allowing us to enjoy everything and not feel rushed. everything tasted amazing, including the drinks! we cannot wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, attentive staff, wonderful food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great apps and entrees. 4 of us shared the fried chicken entree as an app in addition to cheese plate and pork belly. Delicious, but next time would double up on pork belly and skip the cheese. Tenderloin, duck breast, scallops and black cod special were all flavorful and yummy. Maybe because everything was so good that the desserts (we tried all 3) did not live up to rest of meal and thus 4+ rating instead of 5. Will definitely go back again.

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hidifi
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious! The crab cake appetizer is a must!! The burger & fried chicken...awesome! Will definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, service, owners; thoughtful on COVID and masters of their craft

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IngridP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we have ordered has been to perfection. Interesting flavor combinations, fresh vibrant food. Their Bourbon Manhattan is smokey and delicious...the only thing we havent tried yet are the desserts...maybe we need to go just for the drinks and the desserts...hmmm it's a thought worth exploring!

FAQs

Café Chameleon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 850-6969.

Café Chameleon is rated 4.4 stars by 110 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.