Chez Billy
Chez Billy

Chez Billy

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chezbilly.com/
  • Phone: 2025062080x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours:
    Tuesday - Sunday 5:30 - 10:30 p.m.
    Sunday Brunch 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Brendan L'Etoile
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The perfect place to host your next event!
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator 8555620389

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On Georgia Ave. between Quincy St. & Randolph St.
  • Public Transit: We are located one block north of the Georgia Ave - Petworth Metro stop off of the Green & Yellow lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Chez Billy
Chez Billy is a neighborhood French bistro in the heart of the Petworth; two blocks north of the Georgia Ave. Metro Station. We are open for dinner at 5:30, Tuesday through Sunday.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Chez Billy reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (67)fit for foodies (55)romantic (42)special occasion (40)vibrant bar scene (21)good for groups (18)notable wine list (17)hot spot (13)great for outdoor dining (12)late-night find (11)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Yum
    BedaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant and the only shame is that too many folks in DC overlook this neighborhood. Hoping that changes, but would encourage anyone to make a trip over to Chez Billy. The food, plating, drinks, and pricing are all perfect. We had a party of 6 and it was spacious. Will definitely be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Funday brunch
    lucky
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    A group of us sat on the patio for the inaugural Sunday Brunch and couldn't have made it any better. Three of us had the Crab Cake Benedict and we all raved. As did the others with the French Toast, Sweet Potato Hash, burger and omelette. Not a single complaint on the food or the drinks. We all agreed we'll be back to try the dish that we couldn't decide between. Easy to get to on the Green/Yellow and super friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VIP2VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful neighborhood feel. Keeps the ambiance of a very old space (which it is). French prevails among all menu choices and our meals were outstanding. My husband loved his slightly spicy lamb sausage and my duck confit was the best I've had anywhere. The large leg was flattened and cooked perfectly with a nice crispy skin. If you go in peach season, do not skip the peach tartine for dessert, fabulous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time still a charm
    pmrthirdVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Enjoyed this place so much the first time, I had to travel into DC to try it again. Happy hour is great with many people at the bar and outside dining. Tonight's special was oysters and mussels. Both were fantastic! And the red house wine was a Bordeaux! Excellent! Love this place and worth coming too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NeighborhoodGalVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food! Great service! I've never had a bad meal at Chez Billy's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Satisfying
    1oldsrfrVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Our fifth visit to Chez Billy. These folks combine the best attributes of a fine dining experience: supreme confidence in their product, and a willingness to please. Can't wait to return!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AnnaVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Every main course should be accompanied by a vegetable; although the food is excellent, I marked it down because I didn't get a vegetable to my steak main course. It only came with fries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful neighborhood spot
    diner2
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had amazing food and great service. Sat outside on the patio after dinner for more drinks and it was divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A DC Gem
    Kitten
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We really enjoyed the ambience, the food taste and presentation and the professionalism of the staff. The food is not cheap and the portions are small but the quality is great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Petworh on the Seine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Chez Billy has nice cocktails, good food, and a connection to Petworth from before Petworth was deemed cool. The food at Chez Billy tries hard and has always been very tasty.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No Dewars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Won't likely go back unless they start to carry Dewars scotch......for us Non-Millenials...who spend a lot on food and booze!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our first visit was a great time. Had a drink at the wonderful bar before we sat down to dinner. Dinner was great, the wild mushrooms and pate's were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jab11
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As always, the food and service were excellent. I especially like how, as a frequent diner at Chez Billy's, the menu changes frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Opentable cheats on Points
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    While I am ticked that open table withholds points if you link to their website from the restaurant's site to book a table (users beware), that in no way reflects on the restaurant. I would like for this policy to be less opaque. Chez Billy made me a wonderful cocktail and fabulous skate. The folks were professional and warm, and even called me back when I called to complain on the opentable issue. Prices are moderate+, but good for the value.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal at Chez Billy
    BloomingdaleVisitorVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A group of friends took me to Chez Billy for my birthday - my choice - and the evening was a big hit. The food was terrific, service was spot on for our group of 8 and the price was reasonable. The big hits were the Merguez sausage and the Ratatouille. The steak and fries with my Steak Frites were just right. Our only complaint was that the (Friday night) jazz combo downstairs was very loud (they also seemed quite good), though things did calm down some through the course of the meal. I've been to Chez Billy several times in the past couple of months - I keep going back, hoping they will have their wonderful Tuna Nicoise on the menu again, but will need to keep trying!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cocktails and food!
    Pascal
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The steaks were excellent and we had very pleasant evening with an excellent service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect meal!
    silverpalateVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We wanted to try something comfortable yet with upscale food and interested service. Chez Billy fit the bill. Had a great meal and the waiter was great. Helpful, informed and spot on with recommendations. We went for drinks first and they have a happy hour on Saturday nights. They went upstairs for our meal. Really enjoyed the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    KnolanVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a great meal but the most notable part of our dinning experience was our the service. This is a true neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Petworth's Gem
    LawrenceofSuburbiaVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    A wonderful spot in Petworth to find great French inspired cuisine. The Trout special was fabulous as was our Ratatouille. The Steak/Frites was also very well prepared. A friend had recommended this spot and it was a perfect "in-between" for us when we wanted to meet friends who live downtown. Well worth it. The salads, apps and wines by the glass were also very good. We will be back. Server was terrific and knew the menu well. Great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • France meet Petworth
    lucky
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Chez Billy is a true find and luckily for those of us who are neighbors, it's off the beaten path enough that we can still get a reservation. I've never had a friend say a bad word about their meal and I've been going since it opened. Authentic French cuisine, solid wine and cocktail selection and the most beautiful bar in DC. The ambiance year round suits: fireplace in the winter and a patio the rest of the year. But, a knowledgable and friendly staff is key to completing the experience. It's my Cheers!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In love
    diehardfoodie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I had the duck and it was exquisite. Every dish we got was on point, delicious and balanced. Didn't like that our table was right across from the restroom (that is the only downside) otherwise, outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot in Petworth
    dcfoodie
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I had the mussels and at first I was a bit disappointed because I was expecting a nice broth fit for sopping but didn't see it. The mussels were piled high in a bucket so I couldn't tell there was any liquid until I was halfway through. But there was a wonderful dijon mustard-infused broth waiting there at the bottom for me. The waiter was very attentive but the bar was very slow preparing our drinks. Not slow enough though to keep me away. I'm definitely going back to this spot.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Surprise
    stcmaryland
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and experience at Chez Billy's and so exciting to have a destination-worthy restaurant in Petworth. Gazpacho was a savory and creamy delight. Simple and short menu that yielded a number of great dishes among our party. We shared three desserts and enjoyed them as well. "Come as you are" atmosphere is very comfortable and service was excellent with a bit of dry humor mixed in for good measure. The space is gorgeous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food & service
    Downtown
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    French food the way it should be done. Incredible depth of flavors and sizable portions. Very attentive, knowledgeable staff. Top-notch service to match finely executed food. A rare combination these days at a price point that allows for frequent visits.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Chez Billy is a hidden gem in a neighborhood that is starting to make a comeback! Have been here a few times now and have had a great experience each time. Their summer menu includes a golden tomato gazpacho with saffron, mint and feta that was outstanding! Also enjoyed the spicy lamb sausage with roasted tomato puree, eggplant, couscous and apricot. The balance of flavors on the plate and the attractive presentation all add to the experience. I highly recommend Chez Billy for fabulous food at very reasonable prices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New favorite place
    pmrthirdVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    So glad I decided to go to this establishment. I got there early and was concerned since door was locked. Opened at 530PM and was in awe of the place. It is such a great space from beer garden outside to the bar and main dining room! Bartender was extremely personable and made me feel welcomed! Happy hour included $5 drink specials, including a great Bordeaux for red wine! So many great things on the menu that appeared appetizing; I could barely decide. After much debate, I got the Royale with Cheese (burger) named after Pulp Fiction quote. It did NOT disappoint, yum! Can't wait to go back and try the mussels and the tartine aux champignons (sautéed wild mushrooms, grilled country bread, sherry vinegar and duck egg). Can't wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little gem
    Bbfood
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    It's a cute little gem for the neighborhood that has a creative ambiance that will make you feel cool. I had the salmon dish that was catch of the day. Bread on table was good but not outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Nice Meal at Chez Billy
    BloomingdaleVisitorVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I've been to Chez Billy 3 or 4 times with different groups of friends since last fall, as the food is always dependable, and everyone always has a good time. A month ago, I had the special, Tuna Nicoise, and it was terrific. I was hoping it would be on the menu again, but no such luck. We ordered, and the entrees were very slow. In the nearly full dining room, our server was well aware of our tardy entrees, and checked in with us frequently. Fortunately, we were chatting and not particularly aware of how behind schedule they were - but this was also thanks to the server, who was genuinely concerned. He comped us our glasses of wine, which we appreciated, and he was a considerable help in ensuring another pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable meal
    allane3
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    All entrees and appetizers were world class- especially the poisson de jour- seared skate an a bed of asparagus and mushrooms.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Cheapeats
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I would definitely recommend trying this place out before it gets too popular. The food is excellent and made with care, the service is attentive. I can't wait to come back and try other dishes. The pork shank was out of this world!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Really nice meal in PetWorth!
    Geister
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Everyone was extremely nice. Zuri was very knowledgable of the menu and had great suggestions. Food was delicious!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 4th anniversary treat
    Ctcorrigan29
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My husband I and booked a reservation to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary. We were greeted by a friendly server who brought us complimentary sparkling rose. Service was exactly as u would want for a romantic dinner, perfect pacing of food and waiter interaction. At the conclusion of dinner we were informed we would also be given complimentary desserts. Desserts weren't the highlight of the meal but always nice to have a special treat. Will definitely be back to check out the bar area and bring friends to this gem.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels are Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This is the second time I have ordered Mussels while dining at Chez Billy's and both times they were excellent! The portion of the plump mussels and the tangy broth was very satisfying, especially when the broth was sopped up by the fresh, warm bread!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    dinnerdinnerchickendinner
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I made a reservation with OpenTable for Chez Billy for 7:45 on a Wednesday. I was running a bit late and they accommodated nicely after I called in. I also placed a special request for a booth in a quiet area since it was an anniversary dinner. Not only did Chez Billy do that, but they also brought out complimentary champagne for me and my date after the meal! The food was fantastic. My date had the duck confit and I had the beef cheek bourguignon. For appetizer I recommend the bone marrow. Service was a bit slow, but made up for it with great food, atmosphere, and nice servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and food
    titoVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Enjoyable evening. My friend wanted French.. Near home so we did French.. New location, nice dinner and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 281 reviews are from the Chez Billy reviews archive.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Once again, Chez Billy comes through like a champ. Mother's Day, a son who had to work late - where to go? CB is a fantastic French-focused neighborhood restaurant and bar. Daine the bar tender is one of the most knowledgeable bar-keeps I've met. And not just about the drinks, but the menu as well. Clearly, when it comes to French food, and the drinks that go with it, Chez Billy has infused the entire staff with incomparable love and zest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for special occasions
    NewPetworthResidentsVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I want to love you, Chez Billy. We went for both my and my husband's birthday, and had negative experiences both times. Both birthdays were on off nights (Tuesday and Sunday) when there are lots of empty tables, but both times we were seated at the same terrible table by the kitchen door where the servers bump into you. It seems that parties of 2 are generally seated in weird places--the corridor where people walk into the dining room, by the kitchen, etc. During my husband's birthday, they did eventually make a better table by moving us by the wall, but I had to ask 3 times (and be pushy about it). One of the other 2 person tables immediately followed suit. We've learned now not to go there for special occasions.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First-timers
    ChezBilly
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The service was great and the food OUTSTANDING! Sitting at bar after dinner listening to live music was a nice ending to a perfect dinner.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All the Ambience I'm Looking for!
    Harpiequeen
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Really loved this place. It has a great vibe, quality jazz instrumental trio that was not too loud to converse, warm and unpretentious service. Cod fritters, often such a disappointment, were divine. Boudin Noir was a little boring, as was the replacement pate, but everyone loved entrees -- pork shank, beef cheeks, steak frites, and vegetarian. I really liked this place, and will come back and hang at this bar. Love the attitude at this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I wasn't sure what to expect from a French restaurant named "Chez Billy", but I have to admit the food was outstanding! For appetizers my friend and I got the pork belly rillettes and the boudin noir. The rillettes was very good and the boudin noir was exceptional. For mains, I got the fish special which happened to be a kind of bouillabaisse with rockfish, calamari and shrimp. Rather than being like a soup, the "bouillabaisse" was a silky saffron sauce and the fish and seafood were cooked to perfection. Again, it was outstanding. My friend got the duck confit which was very good. I was disappointed in the wine selection however--only about 10 bottles to choose from and pretty pricey. However, I'll definitely be back for the food!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate