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RJ Cafe & Bistro

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768 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443-3047
+1 203-318-8008
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A nice place to go for lunch or an early dinner, right across the street from the movie theater. Good salads-especially the Rosti salad-and sandwiches. I'm gluten free and can always find something to eat.

Thank GuilfordCommuter
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21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in Madison and wanted a sandwich for lunch before heading to our hotel. The reviews were excellent for this cafe but we were disappointed. The waitstaff was very friendly and seated us right away. We ordered within about 5 minutes, but our sandwiches (both cold, not requiring cooking) took 25 minutes to come out. People who sat... More 

Thank Christine F
Madison, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Service is always good and the wait staff are very attentive. The food is excellent and I particularly enjoy their soups. They add just a little something different to their sandwiches and I haven't had one yet that I didn't enjoy.

Thank Pber50
O'Fallon, Illinois
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279 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The RJ Café & Bistro is a great big dining experience packed into a very small area in the back of a large local bookstore. Our first visit a couple of years ago hooked us on the fare this little café serves up, and we have been regulars ever since. The atmosphere is definitely on the cozy side and reminded... More 

Thank Charlie282
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91 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very small café in back of bookstore, food is really good you must give it a try. Husband loved his flat bread and I enjoyed my sandwich. Peach ice tea and latte were also very yummy. Staff was very good attending to all of our needs.

Thank AuntieDee
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed overnight in Madison. visited the adjoining bookshop whilst waiting for a table for the tree of us. The weather was good and the outside was full, but after a relatively short wait brousing we got a table. the restaurant was busy, but service friendly and quick, most of the food was local organicand tasty, neeless to say fairly limited.... More 

Thank mike y
Madison, Connecticut
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

I have been going to this restaurant since I moved here 9 years ago. The bookstore is undeniably the best independent bookstore on the Shoreline of CT. and to have a nice quaint cafe in the back of the store makes for a perfect time of browsing and then a bite afterwards. The coffees and teas are wonderful. The salads... More 

Thank lms275
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24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

I love the bookstore and this cafe, attached, is well worth visiting. The selections were all made fresh and delicious.

Thank Linda L
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

This cafe was attached to a fascinating local bookshop which had handwritten comments on many of the books. It was very busy and obviously a meeting place for locals. The food was varied enough and I had my best ever clam chowder (and it is one of my favourite foods when visiting the States). They also did a deal of... More 

Thank JaneMay
Madison, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

RJ Julia is on the of the best independent book stores in the country. Lunch in their restaurant is terrific. A lovely day time treat. Great reads and a delicious lunch.

Thank FernBerman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Cafe, Soups, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 768 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443-3047
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 203-318-8008

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?