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Chez Francois - Vermilion
Chez Francois - Vermilion

Chez Francois - Vermilion Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.chezfrancois.com
  • Email: matt@chezfrancois.com
  • Phone: (440) 967-0630
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, International
  • Executive Chef: Chef D'Amico
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Chez Francois' private dining room "The Parisian Room" has a 50 person capacity and overlooks the Vermilion River with views of the Vermilion Lagoons and Lake Erie. The restaurant caters to the wants and needs of their guests when events are planned in this room. Surprise birthday parties, baby showers, anniversaries, etc.
  • Private Party Contact: Chef John D'Amico (440) 967-0630
  • Entertainment: Chez Francois features live entertainment of Saturdays at Touché, the music changes each week from acoustic guitar to Latin/Jazz to Rhythm & Blues. Sportcoat requested for dining inside; tie is optional. Business Casual is requested for River Front Cafe dining.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ferry St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Chez Francois is located in a neighborhood and has street parking around the restaurant.
A word from Chez Francois - Vermilion
"If your a serious foodie" or "if romance is calling, sail on up" - literally - to this "French gem" on the Vermilion River, where the "sumptuous" menu and "professional but friendly" staff earn it the top rating from Food and Service in the Cleveland area; "well worth the drive" west of downtown , this "ethereal experience" (the perfect place to propose!") also includes a phenomenal wine list", "charming old world dining room" and "relaxing" riverfront cafe. Proper attire required. Touché a martini/wine bar was opened in 2007 and offers a "small plates" menu and a great selection of adult beverages.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "I enjoyed the whole experience!!! We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Too bad we can't celebrate our birthdays every week. Chez Francois is a special occasion restaurant, but it does it right in every way. Jim was extremely helpful with the menu for my wife with her dietary restrictions, and every step of the way, the dinner was outstanding. The food, the friendly service and pacing of the meal were very professional without being stuffy. My tournedos of beef were amazingly tender and tasty, and my wife's sea bass was outstanding. Only suggestion would be to moderate the merengue on the dessert. A minor point. Pricy? Somewhat, but just right for that special celebration."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The entire staff was very friendly and helpful with suggestions. Our appetizers were incredible. Wonderful wine list and the best Martinis around. The Stilton Blue Cheese fillets were so tender and juicy (even the one that was ordered Well Done). My lobster dish was amazing! Of course we finished with delicious desserts....the chocolate mousse was so creamy and very rich. Yummmm"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The evening was a wonderful experience. The staff made a fuss over our birthday girl. The food presentation was impeccable. It was hard to choose from such an extensive menu. We all enjoyed our choices. We watch the sun come down over the water. I would come back for another special occasion."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "A dining experience that everyone would enjoy. First class.. hats off to all those hard working people"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "MEAL AND SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING! WE WILL FIND A WAY TO RETURN FOR A THIRD TIME!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We love going to Chez Francois. Always great food and great service. We'll worth the price."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner at Chez Francois 4-3-14. The gourmet French food was fabulous and the service and attention from staff outstanding. The atmosphere and ambiance of Chez Francois is splendid and unique."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Great food, great service as always. Tournedos with an awesome Central coast Syrah. Great deserts . Their homemade ice cream Is worth a visit by itself. Expensive, but not compared to top tier places in New York or Chicago and they are in that league."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We have been here twice while travelling though Ohio. Every time we even get near Cleveland we make it a point of visiting this restaurant. Food is very special, wine list excellent, service uncompromising and the restaurant itself has a certain old world elegance and yet so romantic and intimate. We love this place and its one of our most cherished and romantic hideouts. Can't wait till we can get back again. Expensive but its all very worth it."
    Dined on 7/31/2013
  • "We have been going to Chez for many years. It is consistently awesome. The food, the service, the ambience are always outstanding. As adults we love it, and our kids love it too! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We chose Chez Francois to have a celebratory dinner for my father's retirement. Several of us were from out of town and were looking forward to a fantastic meal after a short night sleep and long day of driving. The service and food did not disappoint. The Service staff was very knowledgable and friendly. There was never a moment that we felt we needed attention that was not being given. All of the meals ordered were cooked and prepared to perfection. The roasted free range chicken was moist and the steaks were cooked exactly as ordered. We had been wanting to dine here for years and finally had the chance. We will most definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This restaurant is seasonal and has just reopened. We were there for my birthday on a Wednesday night, and there were very few customers dining at 8 pm. We were treated like royalty by a very competent and experienced staff. The food and wine was outstanding!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "A gem of a find in a small town. Outstanding service and food with a personal touch. A fine dining experience that is rare to find these days."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Favorite spot for my wife and I to have a romantic dinner. We got a table in a hide-a-way spot and had a five course meal where the server selected the appropriate wine for each course. We enjoy the artistic presentation and unique food. We never know what we will have, and after we have it -it is hard to describe. Each dish is complex, but a wonderful blend of taste, color, and texture. Always a pleasant surprise. We are served by a team of three who don't skip a beat and look after all the little details -even making sure we have black napkins when wearing black clothing."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Chez Francois is simply the BEST restuarant within 250 miles of Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati or Detroit. This would be my 7th visit and we can't wait to go back. I not only get to enjoy amazing food, ambiance and service. My biggest joy is bringing new customers to Chez and watch them experience dining at its best!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Chez Francois is always exceptional!!! The food, service and the owner Matt and chef John are wonderful!!! Can't wait to go back...."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Celebrated my wife's milestone birthday there this past Saturday evening. Dinner was fantastic. Our waiter, Michael was enthusiastic, warm and friendly. Entire experience was well worth the drive to Vermilion. Will definitely return soon."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My wife and I ate at Chez Francois for the first time Saturday. The service is really first rate. We had two servers for our two top. There was a party of five next to us and they had three servers. I've been to some restaurants with groups as large as twenty with only one server incredible as that sounds. Both of our servers knew the menu and specials backwards and forwards, both the food and the wine. We felt very cared for, but they didn't hover nor were they obtrusive. The food was beautifully prepared and presented. The portions were exactly right. We left feeling sated but not bloated. The atmosphere was elegant rustic. The restaurant is a converted sail loft so there are huge dark wood beams and exposed brick on the walls."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Individual, personalized attention. Exceptional presentation of delicious cuisine. They make an extra effort which is evident & appreciated. We'll look forward to another reason to return."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Transported back to France for a very special evening. Favorite among the many outstanding venues in the Cleveland area!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My husband and I have been going to Chez Francois for special occasions for several years. This year, we decided to go there to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. My husband ordered duck, which came overcooked. Very surprising for a restaurant with such highly acclaimed reviews. We pointed it out to our waitress, who seemed a little perturbed at us. But she did offer us a free dessert for it. Then my husbands martini had a fly swimming in it. Not that the restaurant could help a fly randomly flying in, but they did not offer to replace it even when my husband commented. All in all, not our best dining experience, even though the price tag reflected that it should have been."
    Dined on 9/10/2013
  • "The ambiance is fabulous, the food even better. They are attentive without hovering, perfect place for a great meal and conversation. Our favorite place when we are in the area and wanting a special dining experience."
    Dined on 7/23/2013
  • "I've been here a few times. I usually get the chef's tasting menu and I've never tasted anything less than amazing. Very unique dining experience for Cleveland. Great service and the owner walks around talking to guests. I live in Mentor but make the drive to Vermillion once or twice a year just to eat here. It is that special, just wish it was closer to where I lived."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Chez Francoise is the best for an evening of fine dining or for casual dining in the upstairs rooms. It has the romantic atmosphere and great selections of entrees."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We had an excellent experience we had not been to the restaurant for 24 years, definitely will return soon."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "It was our 10th anniversary and we made a great choice to go to Chez Francois. The food was very good. The service was excellent and it was great to spend a romantic evening out. Would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays, my wife and I wanted to treat ourselves to a special evening. Chez Francois provided that special getaway from the busy time and provided the means for us to thoroughly enjoy the evening. From the moment we walked through the door until we left, the staff treated us as special guests. The menu was impressive! All of our courses were absolutely delicious and the presentation of each course was outstanding. The 2 1/2 hours we were there flew by. We plan to come back, even though it's a 2 1/2 hour drive away. Fantastic!!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We visited for our 10th anniversary. Our visit started with the owner escorting us to a table and putting a Happy Anniversary card on our table signed by the staff. I stayed withe the traditional menu by ordering the French Onion soup & Filet w/Stilton. My husband ordered the seasonal specialty that consisted of several courses made with both black/white truffles paired with wine. Both dinners were unbelievable and each bite more delicious than the My husband received course after course of various preparations that ranged from standard to over-the-top delicious truffles. The courses ended with my husband having a tasting of white truffle ice cream, while I had the flambé a fabulous place that I am looking forward to going to again!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Coquille St. Jacque appetizer was excellent as were salads. Escallops of veal with fruits de mere was very dry as was the lobster topping. Scallop and shrimp were just OK. Wife's lobster thermidor was good. All in all, based on previous visit (one year ago) this was very disappointing. I would have trouble recommending restaurant to a friend, especially since cost was so high. I don't mind spending for a nice evening out if the return on the investment is equal - this time it was not."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Perhaps one of the best dining experiences of my life. I don't think I've had a filet mignon that was better that that in their Beef Wellington. And the appetizers were uniquely creative and unsurpassed."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Always an awesome experiance. Simply a wonderful experience. Their mission is to make dinner very special. They do it in an elegant understated way. Very civilized. Very comfortable. Always accomodating. A perfect evening for any occassion."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Once again Chez Francois doesn't disappoint. Everything was wonderful. The food. The service. Our family does a holiday dinner together. We used to go to different restaurants every year but once we came to Chez Francois that place became tradition. A wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Doesn't get much better than this restaurant. This is the perfect romantic restaurant for special occasion dining. Warm and wonderful and full of old world charm, this restaurant has it all. The staff are all professionals and know the right amount of attending. The wine list reads like a large novel and the food is almost an out-of-this world experience. Worth the drive. Did I mention the view on the river? Simply delightful! A must go."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "I have been to Chez Francois many times, and it is always a great experience. Wonderful food, attentive service, and a great atmosphere. If you haven't been, you owe it to yourself and that special person to go."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "If you are looking for good food with generous portions and warm service then this is the place to go to."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "For A special time This is indeed A special place."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Chez Francois is small quiet restaurant with great ambiance. Their attention to detail and quality in preparing the food and providing the experience is outstanding."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "The service was outstanding. Everyone including the bus boys knew we were there for my wife's birthday and that it was our first time there. The restaurant had a birthday card for my wife that was personally signed by all of the employees that were working. The noise level never got to high, everyone was polite and friendly, and the food was great. We had the filet and it just melted in your mouth. Before we left we were told about future special dining events for the restaurant."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Exceeded our expectations! The attention to details and flavors were outstanding. Don't pass up a chance to dine here"
    Dined on 11/26/2013