Café Chameleon

4.3
123 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 & 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 123 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.0
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Rose
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

We increased # of guests an hour before our reservation, and Cafe Chameleon was very accommodating. The space is beautiful. Our appetisers were all fantastic, and all our dinners were too! The brussel sprouts and the short rib pasta were the 2 favorites. Service was a little slow, but we were not in a rush, and Trey was so apologetic and kind, it was hard to be upset. We've been wanting to try Cafe Chameleon for a while, and we are so thrilled to have such a great restaurant close to home. We will definitely be returning

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DouglasR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My new favorite place in north jersey! Great menu and if you don't try the octopus you are making a mistake! Great drink menu with amazing drink specials! I look forward to many great nights at Cafe Chameleon!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing staff, ambiance was so nice. Highly recommend!!

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SusanR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience and food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

I had a special night planned with dinner starting a café chameleon. We had 7:30 reservations and sat at our table for 30 minutes before getting up and leaving. We understand a lot of restaurants are understaffed but having reservations and not having someone even acknowledge the table for 30 minutes was unacceptable. The third table seated after us did not have reservations but at least received water during that time. People were actually getting up from their tables to go to the bar to order their drinks. At this point, management needs to be turn patrons away without a reservation so the staff and kitchen can keep up. I dislike having to write a negative review, but needless to say, it’ll be quite some time before I even consider giving this establishment a second chance.

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AnnT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner experience! Food was delicious and presentation was great. Staff, especially the owner, were very attentive and made sure that we are enjoying our meal and the whole experience. We will be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff, service, and food outstanding!

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vipJsfirst
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience2

The food is delicious. Our waitress was lovely, but service was spotty. It seemed like there were enough people working in the dining room, but there was no rhythm to the service. Still, we’d go back again. There are definitely more dishes to try.

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LydiaP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved Cafe Chameleon. The aged tequila cocktail was beyond our expectations for a cocktail. The entire staff was friendly, attentive, and professional. The food was delicious. We had octopus as the appetizer and it was the most tender and well executed octopus I’ve ever had. We had the halibut and duck. Everything was perfectly seasoned and delicious. We will definitely be returning.

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vipfoodie
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

We have been there a few times and there is little or no improvement of the waitstaff. They are friendly but not attentive nor do they understand what they are serving. It is a shame because the food is very good, and the place is lovely. The owner is very helpful. The scallops were delicious but the cannoli cake seemed like off the shelf not made there. The steak and the Octopus were good.
It is worth going to but it is merely "eating" not "dining."

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PatC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Dinner and service outstanding. Dessert—boston cream cake seemed a bit store bought. Could have been better.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Literally so obsessed with the food; there's nothing I've eaten that I didn't love. I will say though that it is cold in the dining area, so I highly recommend a jacket or something!

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ElizabethS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was wonderful… the food, the ambiance, the waitstaff and the owner!

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CorinneC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
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 on September 14, 2021
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 on September 14, 2021
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
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food in a comfortable setting.

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vipfoodie
New York Area
155 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
143 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food as always.

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viparlenej
New York Area
31 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
143 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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MattR
New York Area
15 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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MattR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding

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DanielL
New York Area
22 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.

FAQs

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

Café Chameleon is rated 4.3 stars by 123 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.