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“Absolutely fabulous!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of RJ Cafe & Bistro

RJ Cafe & Bistro
Ranked #9 of 49 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Madison, Connecticut
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Absolutely fabulous!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

I eat here quite often, meeting friends for lunch or dinner the food is excellent and fresh. The service is also excellent. Very friendly all the time and reasonBly priced. Love this place!!!!!

  • Visited August 2014
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English first
Connecticut
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306 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Excellent lunch food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

Though the bookstore is small and just average for an independent bookstore, the little café serves delicious lunches, made with high-quality ingredients and care. There are many items on the menu. The seating area is small, so there can be a little wait, but at least there is something to look at in the store. This will always be my first choice for lunch in Madison.

  • Visited March 2014
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Pawling, New York
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

The bookstore alone is worth the trip. Old fashioned ambiance and run by serious readers. Loved the reviews posted by the staff. Now for the food. Tucked away in back of the bookstore a tiny restaurant with interesting takes on lunch fare. We had a sensational flat bread veggie pizza with olives and capers, a salad with frisée, pears, good Gorgonzola, dried cranberries, and a light champagne vinaigrette. My friend said she had the best egg salad sandwich ever. The staff offered suggestions for local sightseeing and could not have been more gracious. Definitely worth a return visit.

Visited March 2014
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Madison, Connecticut
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“You can't visit Madison without RJ's”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

RJ Julia's is an amazing independent bookstore but not every visitor sees its little cafe that has a lovely patio. Of course, it overlooks a parking lot but so do several other coffee shops. The coffee is good, food is fresh and service is efficient and friendly. Noboby is rushed so there can be a wait for a table. It's worth browsing the bookstore and returning when tables free up. If you have children with you, go upstairs to the kid's section while you are waiting. It's a pleasant way to absorb the Madison ambiance.

  • Visited February 2014
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Madison, Connecticut
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

Food is always fresh and tasty. Service very friendly. I love this place. The only problem is it's not big enough!

Visited March 2014
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Thank Pamela B
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