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Chez Francois - Vermilion
Chez Francois - Vermilion

Chez Francois - Vermilion Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.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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Diner Reviews
  • "Great food, great service, great wine list. What else is there?"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Never a bad experience on any level. Food awesome, service very personal and accommodating. Take out of towners to this location to impress. Never disappointed."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "OHIO'S premier French Restaurant........the food, service and atmosphere are OUTSTANDING! Matt Mars will make sure your experience is a very memorable one. HIGHLY recommend AAA+++"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "That a five star French restaurant exists, no, flourishes in Ohio would appear to be a geographic, a cultural impossibility."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Chez Francois always provides world class food and the dining room is beautiful. Only complaint was a few house flies and a fruit fly that kept buzzing our table. With it being summer, we realize these things can happen. Overall, a great dining experience."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We have eaten several times at Chez Francois & never have been disappointed. This includes occasions when there was just two of us & times when we had a dozen people in our group. The food is invariably top-notch, the staff friendly, courteous, & knowledgeable, & the wine list is extensive. The use of a notebook for the wine list is very handy, allowing an in-depth description of each vintage. This is much better than the old "point & guess" method of selection. Definitely a go-to venue for fine dining."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "What an incredible dining experience we had. The ambiance, the service, the spectacular food! I could go on an on. Definitely a special occasion place as the menu is pricey but so worth it!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "good food, very very nice setting, but obnoxiously high prices."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My only complaint is that each serving was way too large"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Reservation made on-line, but no reservation found upon entering restaurant under our name."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Dined at Chez Francois several times- always great. Except the lobster in my thermidor was very tough - was it frozen?"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience as usual. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable without being too "chummy." Food was excellent. It continues to be a very special place, where you can have a wonderful, relaxing evening over a great meal."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This was our third time dining at Chez Francois and everything was wonderful as usual. Our wait staff was awesome, the only reason I didn't give an outstanding was that we had a reservation at 8:30pm, and we didn't get to sat at our table until 9pm or after. I know they can't help if the table before sits there with their check, but an offer of bread or something right away might have been a good gesture as we were starving. This would not stop me from recommending Chez to family and friends though. The atmosphere is great for both a romantic night out or a gathering of friends that like to experience fine dining at its best. We had several first timers in our group, and they all thouroughly enjoyed their meals as well."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "All I can say is that from the moment we walked in, to when we left we were treated with grace, professionalism and kindness. No pretention, which is a big pet peeve of mine. Chez Francois is still the king of exceptional dining."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our party of four truly loves this place for special occasions. Our double-birthday dinner on a recent Saturday night had quality food and wonderful service. However, it should NOT take four hours to serve three courses and a couple of palate cleansers between them. Three hours should have been more than enough time, but wasn't. For those of us who travel over an hour - each way - for a special meal here, prolonging the experience unnecessarily is a real drawback."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food amazing. Service amazing. The experience is always 100% perfect! Thank you again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at Chez francois. The food was par excellence and the service and attention to detail was way above the usual.We had to call to make another reservation for the next day to make sure it was not a fluke and of course they held up to the same standard as the night before."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We have been meaning to try this place for some time. Decided to take my wife for dinner on her birthday and what a excellent experience. Service, food, atmosphere was above and beyond what we expected. Fabulous!!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My wife and I took a day trip to Vermillion to enjoy the quaint little town, Lake Erie ambience and an early dinner at Touche - the little brother (sister?) of Chez francois. Not only were the portions and prices more suitable for us, dining outdoors with a spectacular view of river activity made for a memorable day. Service, wine selection and entrees were outstanding in every way."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The location is very convenient for us and we drive 30 minutes to this relaxing spot, which is totally worth it. The food is consistently good and the scenic view of the lake is lovely. The selection of menu items is varied and if we do not want a full dinner, there are smaller plates and offerings that are available. HIGHLY recommended for anything, from just a casual bite to eat or a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We were disappointed that there was no recognition of our anniversary. Gift certificate from bill evenchik was not acknowledged. Called the next day and had a gift certificate mailed to us. Would rather have had the bill covered for our anniversary. All of us were disappointed."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Found this restaurant on line. Had trepidation that a fantastic place would be located in a small town like Vermillion."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "When we made our reservations through opentable, we weren't able to specify "inside dining" or "outside dining" and ended up having to call the restaurant directly. We made "outside" reservations by phone, but still weren't able to get in until 8 p.m. We showed up early and got a table on the "downstairs porch" right away, which was every bit as nice as the "upstairs porch" we would have had to wait for. Much of the food is local, all of it is incredibly fresh, and the service is impeccable. For example, the salad was local spinach, very fresh even at the end of the season, and the salads are just the right size -- not the monstrosities that many restaurants serve.We will return!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "It was a pleasant experience, even tho it was pouring rain! Lovely patio...I thought the menu offerings were a bit dated for the price."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Excited to go here. Appetizers and Deserts were outstanding. Main dishes were disappointing --- I had the Alaska Salmon special… not much flavor, not very interesting. Wonder if going the appetizer route here and save room for desert is a better option here?"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I have eaten at some very notable restaurants around the world. The meal that I had at Chez Francois was possibly the best. The food was perfect in very way, Jim our waiter, was extremely well versed in the wine list and menu as well as being friendly and accommodating. The ambience is comfortable and charming. Would highly recommend the chefs menu with wine pairing."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had not been to Chez Francois in several years. We were really looking forward to our dinner there and they did not disappoint! It was amazing and wonderful from begining to end. Our service could not have been better! Sweet Ashley was so good! The food was so incredible! We soooo loved the Gazpacho was the best thing I have ever tasted! The meal following was the BEST! Thank you for such a wonderful experience!!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food and service is always the best. Try outside dining in the summer for the great ambience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Chez Francois was a wonderful location for a very romantic dinner. The restaurant was located beautifully along and inlet from Lake Erie in the cute town of Vermilion. Our server was attentive and lively, offering exciting suggestions, and fun conversation. The food was wonderful and fresh, and the desserts were perfect. A little on the expensive side, but great for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Chez Francois in Vermilion is a destination restaurant. We had the pleasure of dining here on our way home to Cleveland from Chicago. We ate al fresco on a beautiful summer day. The staff warmly and authentically welcomed us. The food and wine service was impeccable and the quality of the meal superb. We will look for an excuse to come back here!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This is the absolute best restaurant from Chicago to NYC! In all ways! Always a great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to many great restaurants. Chez Francois is now at the top of the list. Everything was superb, as you would expect from an outstanding French restaurant - the service, the ambiance, and especially the food. A very memorable evening!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Chez Francois, although costly, is definitely worth both the drive, an hour for us, and the expense. We have never been disappointed. Most recently, our servers were Laura and Susie who were exceptionally personable. Although Chez Francois has a French inspired menu, the atmosphere remains friendly, definitely not snooty as some French restaurants are wont to be. We view Chez Francois as a 'special treat' restaurant, perfect for anniversaries or birthdays. Should you decide to make a reservation, make it early because this destination eatery books up quickly, especially in the summer."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Five star service and couldn't ask for better ambience to celebrate our anniversary. Cuisine was excellent. We have been here before and never have been disappointed. Staff made us feel special. We will be back! (Oh, by the way...this is a genuine review and not paid for!)"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Chez Francois is as good as it gets based upon any criteria. Great evening with friends."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Chez is by far one of the best restaurants in the US.. Yes, the US not Ohio.. The menu is fantastic as every option on the menu is great. Locally grown fresh ingrediants make every morsel memorable.. We each had the special for the evening and througly enjoyed our dining expereince. No doublt we will be back........."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Chez Francois is definitely a special occasion dining destination. Located on the riverfront, near Lake Erie, it's a gorgeous setting to compliment the dining experience. We had onion soup and pea soup to start, followed by wild-caught Alaska king salmon for two of us and halibut for the other member of our party. All the soups and main courses were top notch and well shared amongst the three of us. Desserts, including my favorite, a crisp rolled cookie topped with cinnamon ice cream topped with a reduction of cherries and brandy (or something similar) were similarly delicious. Service was efficient yet allowed plenty of time for us to savor each course. Overall, this was one of our top two or three dining experiences in Cleveland."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "As usual Matt and crew still have it all together after all these years, none better, add to your bucket list as a must visit."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "When you dine at Chez, expect something unique. The service, atmosphere, the preparation of your meals are all impeccable. The staff goes out of their way to insure a memorable experience by paying close attention to the details. Definitively a place to dine for special occasions!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Once again, a delightful meal on a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/1/2014