Café Chameleon

4.5
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44 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
Café Chameleon has quickly become the destination of choice for those seeking to be greeted with a smile, warmed with hospitality and tempted by innovative, seasonal menus created by Chef Bryan Gregg. Café Chameleon is proud to locally-source its produce, meat and seafood, investing in its community while ensuring spectacularly fresh cuisine. We welcome diners for all occasions – to enjoy an appetizer at the bar with a glass of wine, to celebrate birthdays and first dates, to taste through the seasons, or to savor dinner on with friends and family.
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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service staff, food was complex in flavor and attractively presented

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chameleon is a wonderful restaurant..The food is excellent and the service is wonderful..The owner is most hospitable and takes time to make sure everyone is happy..We will be returning to enjoy future dinners.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Service was slow at times & main dining room is loud. Otherwise food was excellent.

Café Chameleon
Responded on 9 March 2020

Thank you so much for the great rating and the feedback. We look forward to your next visit.

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AG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited this new restaurant on Saturday
and loved everything about it. Thought the food was top quality and the warmth of the owners and rest of the staff made our experience extra special. Can’t wait to go back!!

Café Chameleon
Responded on 2 March 2020

We're so appreciative of this feedback and of your visit. We look forward to welcoming you again soon Alan!

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T
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Cafe Chameleon...we have already referred friends. We visited on a Thursday evening..it was quiet...The food was outstanding as was the service. Cannot find one negative thing to say about our dinner or the service. The portions were perfect size. I especially liked the desert...Toasted Corn Cake parfait...excellent.We will be returning...soon! Thank you for a truly wonderful dinner! We wish you many years of success!

Café Chameleon
Responded on 2 March 2020

Wow! Thank you so much for this feedback and for visiting us and recommending us to your friends. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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f
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our first visit and we were very pleased. The food is quite good and fairly creative. The owners are warm, friendly and very accommodating. They jump in when the servers are busy elsewhere. The decor is very cool and evokes an old time cafe. It is expensive and it is not a BYO. However it is a welcome addition to an area not know for upscale cuisine and worth the cost. We will return.

Café Chameleon
Responded on 2 March 2020

We're so appreciative of this feedback and of your visit. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding meal as usual. Wonderful wine selection and amazing desserts. Service was attentive just not super experienced but very nice. Noise is loud but tables are comfortably placed so overall experience is excellent.

Café Chameleon
Responded on 2 March 2020

We're so appreciative of this feedback and of your visit. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't count how many times I've been to Cafe Chameleon. The reason for going this evening was to turn my friends on to Bryan's new menu. One of the best meals I've had there and that's saying a lot. Highly recommend the Smoked Trout appetizer and the halibut with Crab Butter..outstanding but not surprising for Chef Gregg who is a master of fish preparation. Dishes that my friends devoured were the Foie Gras , the Steak , and the Chicken...raves all around.

Café Chameleon
Responded on 2 March 2020

Bernie, sorry for the late reply - we're so appreciative of this feedback and of your visit to try our winter menu. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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EK
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, presentation & service were outstanding!

D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

This was our 2nd try. On our first visit the place was practically empty but our food took forever to come out. Although it was amazing. So we figured we’d give it a second try. This time was worse. We were seated right away but it was a full 15 minutes before anyone said hello and took our drink order. The wait Seattle was running past us making no eye contact. Finally when our waiter arrived she explained that someone walked out. So we had a very nice drink and ordered an entree. As we waited we saw that other patrons were getting very annoyed that some others had eaten and left even though they arrived first and their food wasn’t even out yet. Our entree arrived and this time was very underwhelming. The scallops were undercooked and the rack of pork is basically a sliced up pork chop. We felt it was very overpriced. And to top it off when I ordered a second drink it didn’t even resemble the first one I got. But of course. Same price. Very inconsistent. Wait staff needs training and the kitchen needs someone expediting. I see potential. Might give it a 3rd try. But if there’s 3 strikes we’re done.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Hostess seemed very disorganized, had several couples waiting in doorway. Acknowledged both couples and said be "right with you", then skipped one of the couples that had been waiting and went to the ones that just walked into the restaurant. Decor is very ambitious, overall okay. We were seated at a table missing flatware and stemware. Highlight was our waitress who was very good. We had cheeseboard as appetizer, I think it was 18$ for probably 2$ worth of cheese and looked that way on the plate. We had cocktails, very weak. Entree; short rib ravioli was overly mushroom taste & Halibut was okay. Sides of brussel sprouts and truffle fries were good. We passed on dessert. I guess we were disappointed because we heard great things but then again for Bloomingdale, so its probably appropriate.

EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service and owner were super friendly and professional.

CF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Despite the fact that two kitchen workers hadn't shown up (the maitre d' helpfully informed us as we were seated) and the wait between courses was...long, the food more than made up for the delays. The foie gras was perfect and the scallops were possibly the best I've ever tasted. Homemade bread was outstanding. The maitre d' was supplying everyone with free drinks to make up for the delay but truly the food more than made up for the wait. The menu is inventive, the presentation very appealing--and the food itself was outstanding. Highly recommended.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pretty high priced for the amount of food, $34 for 5-6 pieces of pork that were fairly tasteless and pretty undercooked for pork. My wife’s Arctic Char was tiny for $28. Also $8 for sides as the meals barely come with anything else. Walked out hungry. Won’t be back.

R
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I left the restaurant excited to have found a premier destination so close to home. While the menu will be changing I'd like to point you on tje direction of our selections in the event that they remain on the menu. Sea scallops and pork belly appetizers, red snapper and duck breast entrees, chocolate tart and apple turnover were all outstanding. Service by John was knowledgeable and attentive and a welcoming presence by the owners made for a complete experience. I hope this restaurant is successful so that we can enjoy it long into the future. They're located just minutes from 287 so dont let the slightly offbeat location stop you from giving it a try. More convenient than Ridgewood, Morristown or Montclair. 5 stars all the way.

FW
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My table of eight had a great time last night. Great drinks and delicious food. Some of our favorites were the pork belly, the foie gras, the roast chicken and the scallops. Pasta special with shaved truffles was amazing. Nice, welcoming staff too. Can’t wait to return for the duck and octopus.

Café Chameleon
Responded on 13 January 2020

Thanks for the feedback, we're glad you enjoyed dinner!

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Favorite place, food and wine was outstanding.

Café Chameleon
Responded on 19 January 2020

Thanks for leaving us this amazing feedback and for visiting. We look forward to having you with us again soon!

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SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing all farm to table. Everything is made on site and it shows. The service was impeccable and I loved the ambiance.

Café Chameleon
Responded on 11 January 2020

We really appreciate the kind words. We look forward to having you join us again soon!

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WL
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Let me begin with stating that I really want this restaurant to succeed. In our area there is a dearth of good restaurants. In fact, there are only three good ones, and none outstanding.We would all welcome Cafe' Chameleon's as the fourth. I hope the owners read this and make the following, very simple changes to enhance the dining experience: First, the restaurant overall (we were there for dinner on a weekend night) is overly bright - this is an easy fix - just dim the lights. The bar is uninviting as there's a bunch of clutter on it which prevent the bar from being an inviting place to have a drink while waiting for a table. While the owners clearly spent money on renovating the space, the restaurant looks like a coffee shop; the plastic placemats don't help. They should consider using linen tablecloths at night to soften its appearance and create more of a restaurant environment. Also, the tacky holiday decorations on the window sill (facing the street) contributed to the 'diner' look/feel. Finally, the service is uneven. I realize it's a double edge sword: to entice professional waitstaff there needs to be an opportunity for them to make money. Yet, in the absence of experienced servers, the service is far from smooth and lacks polish. Our young server was very earnest but at the outset, drinks (and bread) took too long to receive (despite the fact that the restaurant was relatively empty). When they were finally brought to our table, only three of the four were served. Why she couldn't carry four drinks remained a mystery. Orders were taken on an ipad - I felt like I was in Newark airport. That approach is very declasse indeed. Finally, there was another extraordinarily long wait between the appetizers and the entrees. Again, these are easy items to fix. I do wish the owners luck and hopefully they will address these items and improve the overall dining experience so we will feel excited about referring Cafe' Chameleon to friends.

Café Chameleon
Responded on 2 January 2020

Thanks for the feedback, it's well noted. Hope you enjoyed the food. Happy New Year!

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SS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious and fresh! Very happy! Drink and food were phenomenal!

Café Chameleon
Responded on 2 January 2020

Thanks so much for the kind words. We're thrilled you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to you returning soon!

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KW
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dining experience! The staff was attentive and friendly.

Café Chameleon
Responded on 2 January 2020

Thanks so much for this feedback. We're blessed with a great team and thrilled you enjoyed your dinner. W we look forward to you returning soon!

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AS
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is delicious .. with a high end flair. Give it a try

W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We expected, and had heard, that the place would be mobbed and difficult to get into considering the positive press that it has received, but we went on a Sunday with a reservation we didn't need. There were only four tables seated and one boisterous group at a high table at the bar. A significant investment was made in upgrading the space. It looks great. The food was excellent. My group of three shared an appetizer, had three different entrees and three desserts, each was delicious. The service was effusive and attentive. This represents a unique venue in otherwise unremarkable Bloomingdale. I hope it continues to draw and survive. It is nice to not have to wrestle with the foodie havens of Montclair, Hoboken or Jersey City if you don't live there.

CM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

appetizer portions too small for the prices..wines are slightly underpoured..

K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I enjoyed very much this place. I loved the service and the fact that they use all local farmers. The food is amazing, I had the ravioli. I'm definitely coming back. And...they changed their menu every 3 months...so one more reason to be back. Loved it.

DL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Was pleasantly surprised. The food and especially the service was outstanding.

K
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Very comfortable room. The chef is phenomenal. His fish dishes are always delicious as are his meat and poultry dishes. Never disappointed

GM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. I had the Pork Belly appetizer and it was amazing and another person had the soup and said it was the best soup she ever had. My steak was cooked perfect and my wife enjoyed her Halibut and said it was seasoned perfect. My wife is a chef and always finds a flaw in the food and this time she said it was amazing....We highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Definitely a hidden gem. The food and service were excellent. We look forward to a return visit.

DL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wait staff was fantastic! They were right there if you needed them but never were annoying.
Food courses were perfectly timed!
The food !!!
Perfectly cooked ! Just fantastic!
I absolutely do recommend stopping by for a Great meal!

CF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Though the meals themselves were delicious, I don't think we'd go back. We first ordered wine off the menu, only to come back and say they didn't have it so they offered another kind for the same price. They had a limited menu with only 2 other specials that evening; but a lot of seafood on the menu which most of our party doesn't eat. They did offer options which was great including a chicken, pork and beef. I opted for the sirloin. I know most chefs hate when people order beef medium well, but that is how I prefer it and if I'm paying $35 for a meal, I'd like it to come out to my liking. I even explained to our waiter that I only wanted a little bit of pink. It came out raw, sent it back; then it came out hotter on the outside, but now medium rare. I had to send my meal back a second time, where they cooked it well done (no pink at all). There were 3 pieces of sliced meat on my plate and at that point the rest of our party had finished their meals so I ate it anyway. The servers apologized profusely, but working in the restaurant industry myself, I know it wasn't their fault that the chef didn't know how to properly cook a steak to how the patron wanted it. However, they had several waitstaff on hand, the restaurant wasn't completely filled and we had to wait about 15-20 minutes for a 2nd drink as the first one apparently was given away to someone else. We left their satisfied, not stuffed which is perfectly fine, but for 3 pieces of meat (I would guess it was a 4oz sirloin steak before cooking), 3 bites of carrots and some home fried potato chips, it wasn't worth the price of the dish. I don't believe they are in the right kind of neighborhood to charge those kind of prices and not deliver on the service; which most people don't mind paying for.

D
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing choices of dishes and wine list!

NY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoy Cafe Chameleon- their food is outstanding, the service is attentive without being intrusive and the overall experience is delightful. NY and Cali

PL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. The food was top notch and the service couldn't have been better. A hidden gem in Bloomingdale.

AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent. Service left something to be desired. Expected a little more professionalism at the price. Manager said they were much busier than normal, due to exceptional review. Will definitely give it another try.

GM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

They need more help, we waited forever to get service and the food was ok. The owners were very nice but they really need to get more help, we saw people walking out because they were not being helped

K
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful dining experience! Our second time here in ten days! The pickled beet salad was delicious. I don’t know what kind of feta cheese they use, but it is delicious.
The halibut is exceptional. Perfectly cooked, with the most excellent cauliflower preparation. So satisfying. The J Chardonnay was perfect with it. My husband had the trout special which was truly special. A magnificent dinner.

NT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I would recommed but maybe not on a friday night. Food was very good but something was off in the kitchen we waited as did others for our dinner. Almost an hour after appetizers were served.

ET
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Café Chameleon in Bloomingdale is a great addition to the town. The renovation to the space is evident. The chairs are comfortable and we enjoyed spending our evening in the new space. My 89 year old mother in law was with us and she said it was the Best meal of her life! Appetizers included scallops and salads. Entrees were duck, pork and halibut. Desserts were the highlight of the meal. Don't skip dessert! Apple turnover and pumpkin pave with cinnamon donut were wonderful. We will be back.

K
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. The chef is a genius with food. The red snapper I had was perfectly seasoned and absolutely delicious. My husband’s duck was perfectly cooked. The presentation was exquisite.
The wine list was very good. There were a few wines that were higher priced, but most were midrange in price.
The owners were very charming and welcoming. We felt extremely comfortable.
We will be back.