Café Chameleon

4.7
77 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.

Since Chef Bryan Gregg joined the Bloomingdale restaurant, it was 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 77 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DocJim
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 2 January 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
1 review
Dined on 2 January 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 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, attentive staff, wonderful food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 4 December 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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viphidifi
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 2 December 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 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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IngridP
1 review
Dined on 13 November 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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and service was excellent. Would recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is OUTSTANDING.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!!

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KevinK
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Biggest problem of the night was narrowing down our choices! Really fun menu and we tried to order all of it.

Started with fantastic cocktails - aged behind their bar - and the standouts were the food gras, the pork belly, the duck, the gnocchi (which we fit in as a middle course!) and an aged ribeye cap special.

Can't wait to go again.

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KristyR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious!

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vipFoodWineChickie
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Are in the patio. Food was outstanding as always and the service friendly. The butternut squash soup, scallops, black bass and pork special we’re winners.

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DonJ
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was an amazing dining experience. My wife has had extensive international dining experiences, and she said the duck was the best she ever had. Everything is locally sourced or made in house (including the butter.) She also said it was the best meal she’s ever had in the states, and that includes many years in NYC, Boston, Miami and DC. The cab was delightful and the oak barreled old fashion was incredible. Great staff, great service and a pride in product that is rare.

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vipBladthedog10
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 2nd time there. First was only days before the COVID shutdowns so we were excited to be able to dine in there again. The meal was outstanding, the service was fantastic. Enjoyed talking with the proprietors who made us feel very welcome! Thank you Trey and Al!

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GlennL
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A hidden gem in Bloomingdale, all local food and prepared exquisitely!! Looking forward to returning agian!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t usually write reviews but have to rave about Café Chameleon! Food was absolutely delicious and so fresh- vegetables locally grown, bread and butter homemade. Plus, the owner was very accommodating and nice- it was my birthday and he treated my friends and I to a glass of Prosecco to celebrate. Highly recommend Cafe Chameleon

Café Chameleon
Responded on 21 September 2020

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

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vipRachelD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seasonal dishes beautifully presented

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vipWinecrazy
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the mussels and the scallops....wow!!!! Go for a foie gras burger.... omg you will be back for more. The food is great and the chef is a big cigar guy so bring him something good. 😎 Enjoy!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent as always! Service is great!

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vipRyanL
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great menu and wine list. Everything that came from the kitchen exceeded our expectations.

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vipDavidM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful and delicious The dishes were prepared well and all the ingredients were fresh

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DanielL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always Great! Great food, great service!
Perfect for celebrating Mom’s Birthday!

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pattyS1
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizer we enjoyed mussels and home grown tomatoes with burata mozzarella. For dinner we enjoyed scallops and sirloin steak. Along with great summer cocktails made by Al. The dessert was great as well. Definitely a diamond in the rough were trained you will not be disappointed.

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vipFoodWineChickie
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding meal on the restaurant's cute patio. Had the Jersey tomato and burrata salald and the halibut with pickled ramps and my dining companion had the mussels and the burger. Nice friendly service and tasty drinks.

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SallyD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We just wish our server had his mask on his face and not under his chin....especially when he sneezed twice. Food is very good. But I will wait for COVID to be under wraps before we go back.

Café Chameleon
Responded on 7 August 2020

First, we're grateful for your visit. Our team's working hard to create a great experience and while we take every precautions to ensure a safe environment (daily staff temp checks, etc), we had some clear shortcomings when you visited. We hadn't been made aware of this situation before reading about it here but please rest assured we addressed it and took additional measures to ensure this never happens again. Thanks for your kind words about the food and hope to have you with us soon.

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Zennobia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I went to Cafe Chameleon on a whim via Google. We were both pleasantly surprised. The food was awesome, our waiter was attentive, and the ambiance was nice. We both plan on returning!!! Awesome experience!

Café Chameleon
Responded on 7 August 2020

Thrilled to read that you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for your support and look forward to having you with us again soon.

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lovemax
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dining at Cafe Chameleon never disappoints my husband and I. Appetizers and entrees are all excellent. Deserts too. Great specialty drinks. One of our favorite places to eat.

Café Chameleon
Responded on 7 August 2020

That feedback warms our hearts! Thanks so much for your support and kind words. See you again very soon!

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RoniF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ate dinner on patio . Everything was delicious. Would recommend.

Café Chameleon
Responded on 7 August 2020

So glad you enjoyed! We truly appreciate your support and look forward to your next visit.

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KristyR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! It’s our new favorite spot for date night.

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EileenC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful farm fresh ingredients and seafood. We have enjoyed every meal and the staff is very attentive.

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AnitaD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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tln917
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpected strip-mall gem! Read about Cafe Chameleon in the paper several times and had to try it.

Located in an unpresuming strip mall, Cafe Chameleon is a surprisingly posh restaurant. With a focus on local, seasonal fare, the food does not disappoint. Everything we had was inventively crafted, well-seasoned, and cooked to perfection. Oh, and there's homemade bread (really, that's an impressive find.) Do NOT skip dessert. It was perfection. Wines by the glass are reasonably priced and generously poured.

Service was attentive and fast, and the decor was modern and comfortable. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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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AlanG
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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Teddiem
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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foodtraveler
New York Area
48 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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OpenTable Diner
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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FAQs

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

Café Chameleon is rated 4.7 stars by 77 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 bookings at the moment.