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Chez Joel
Chez Joel

Chez Joel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chezjoelbistro.com/
  • Phone: (312) 226-6479
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00AM to 4:00PM
    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00PM to 10:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 4:30PM to 11:00PM
    Sunday: 3:00PM to 9:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Joel Kazouini
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please Join us for New Year's Eve 2 Hours four course price fix menu $75 Glass of Sparkling and Party Favors

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Racine Blue line..Taylor bus, Number 8 Halsted bus.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Chez Joel
In the midst of Little Italy, Chez Joel creates the tastes and aromas of France. Featuring traditional favorites, Chef joel Kazouini offers his straightforward, expertly prepared Southern French cuisine. Chez Joel’s atmosphere is reminiscent of a true French bistro; its walls adorned with French posters and tables covered with butcher paper. The cozy environment makes Chez Joel the perfect spot for any romantic meal, and when weather permits, garden tables offer an open-air experience where you’ll find one of the most divine al fresco dining settings in the city.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was delicious and uncomplicated. The wine list is short, but has many good bottles to choose from. Great service."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were looking for a spot to fine before the Bulls game. Saw Chez Joel on Chicago's Best and decided to give it a try. Food was very good. Everything cooked to perfection. Great service and lovely bottle of champagne to go with our meal. Great experience and looking forward to returning again soon. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of food offered."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. The waiter service: the ambiance everything about it was perfect for a date night."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed the excellent food from the mushroom soup and beet salad to the bouillabaisse and filet mignon. Dessert was also wonderful (crème brulee and almond gateau.) Service was very good, ambiance made us feel we were back in Paris. A real gem."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A comfortable small French spot on Italian Taylor street. Had an excellent filet mignon. Husband wishes he had ordered mine. He had other steak on menu which was just average. The brie appetizer was just ok. Crème brûlée very good. Nice lighting. Easy to converse quietly even after a big group came in. Very pleasant."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Great date spot! Food, service and wine was a delight."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Chez Joel is a great dining experience. The food was amazing, service great, and the ambience was great! We had been there 3 times before-this by far was the best!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Mussels were outstanding . . as was the Pate! Beef was perfectly done. Would recommend for good french cuisine"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "What is there to say, but that the food, service, and ambience are very good to excellent?--This is a French bistro *par excellence*--a wonderful place to eat."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Food was excellent as always. But service left a bit wanting. Our server seemed to forget about us for oh, about 20 minutes or so. At first I thought he was being sensitive to our "catching up" with each other, but then....when he was buzzing around tables adjacent, didn't know what to make of it. I did toast my friend's bday, which led to an unsolicited celebratory dessert, so he gets props for that. But overall, the service was not what I have had on previous visits. Again, food was EXCELLENT."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We have been frequent diners at Chez Joel and were never disappointed in the food quality or service. Last Tuesday the noise level was abnormally high as a large group of diners were extremely loud, an unfortunate thing that is out of the control of the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Reasonable pricing, good food, cozy atmosphere. Menu has a nice variety for all tastes."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "My husband took me to Chez Joel on the weeknight of my birthday. Surprisingly got to speak some French with the host, wait staff were polite and helpful. We ordered the scallops (like eating delicious clouds), the broccoli puree (decent), the salmon (damn good) and the ravioli au courge (so delicious we had to send our compliments to the chef twice before leaving). Complimentary birthday glass of ice cream and strawberries - a simple and kind gesture."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Chez Joel's never fails to please. We went here for dinner on Valentine's Day. There were two seating times but the later time was booked. We ended up at the 5:00 seating, early but still romantic. The tables were set beautifully with tiny hearts scattered over the tablecloths. They had a special Valentines menu with different choices but all we're enticing. They even had a special cocktail menu which we also sampled. As usual everything was delicious. The staff is attentive without being intrusive, and the owners are always pleasant and go out of their way to make each visit enjoyable. Each female guest was given a rose when leaving. We love this place, especially in summer when the lovely patio is open. Can't wait for that!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I cannot say enough about Chez Joel. The food was wonderful, the service was the best I have had in a very long time, and the pricing was very reasonable for this kind of experience. Chez Joel is at the top of my recent finds in Chicago and I will be returning as often as possible. Absolutely wonderful experience. My wife is vegetarian and I am an alpha carnivore. It is hard to find places where we both have a truly fantastic experience. Chez Joel definitely worked in that regard the Risotto was amazing for her and I of course had a steak and frites. We paired the cheese plate which was wonderful with the Semillon it was perfect. I can't think of a better place for "date night"."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Afficianados of low key French bistros will be happy with Cez Joel. Those who don't have a lot of experience with French bistros will probably want to know that the atmosphere is classy and intimate... a good place for quiet conversations over some very well prepared standards of French cuisine. Good place for a casual (but classy) meal, a date, or renewing acquaintance with an old friend from out of town."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food and service excellent but i object to not being warned about the limited menu for double price on Valentine's day..."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I checked out this spot with my sisters for Restaurant Week. The food was amazing and the options are varied enough that we could be could be daring or safe as ventured into the French menu. The waiter was helpful and patient with us as we made our selections. It is a bit pricey for my everyday, but I will add it to my list for a fancier evening. The ambience was vibrant, which I love and in Little Italy, which is a nice change-up from the many North Side restaurants."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "It's now become a tradition for my boyfriend and I to go to Chez Joel for our Valentine's day. The place was booked for Valentine's day two weeks in advance and so we settled to go there the next day. The food is amazing and the desserts are to die for. We also love the atmosphere, the cozy feeling, and again the deserts. The staff is friendly and attentive and we'll definitely go back for more celebrations. I'm on a vegetarian + seafood kick this year and I found plenty of delicious options. My boyfriend, a carnivore had the filet and love it."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Have been here before and came again for Valentines Day. Was not disappointed. Great restaurant, a little pricey, but really well fit for that special occasion dinner. One of my favorites places in Chicago!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My partner and I dined on Valentines day and left stuffed, thoroughly impressed, and a little buzzed. Everything was wonderful and perfect. From the wine to the dessert it was just an extremely special night. Aside from the over-the-top holiday decor, it was an evening I would love to relive."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food is very good here. Well prepared dishes with that French twist that makes it unique but not overdone. The duck was really good and juicy. Salmon was awesome and escargot was great. For French food I would definitely go here again. Ambiance was really nice too. What you would expect from French bistro. Classy is a simple and tasteful way."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Chez Joel is a real gem. The restaurant reminds you of a real French Bistro. The food was outstanding. From the imaginative salads to the Cornish hen and lemon sole - every bite was tasty. The wine list is well thought out and we selected a very nice one which we enjoyed the entire night. Service was excellent and we were not rushed. We will return."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I proposed and she accepted! So, we will always return."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have been wanting to go to Chez Joel and finally found the right time. We went early on a Saturday night and were only the second table seated in the whole restaurant. Within 30 minutes, however, nearly every table was full. We ordered two appetizers--calamari and escargot --and they were both very good. For our entrees we shared a filet mignon and the asparagus risotto. It was simple straightforward preparation and we could not have been happier. We added on the pommes frites and I would go back if only for them! They were delicious. Finally, we finished off our meal with a perfectly prepared creme brulee. A very nice evening and a very nice meal."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I've been coming here for years but haven't been back in about 9 months. Glad to see that standards have been maintained. Coq au vin was delicious as was my friend's lamb shank. Wine list is classic french and very good value either by the glass or bottle. Always enjoy this restaurant and look forward to warmer weather when the back patio is open."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Our waiter and manager both treated us extremely well!! Even treated me to a special drink to celebrate my birthday!!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "My friend and I had the most wonderful dinner in the Heart of Chicago's Little Italy! Who would guess amongst the Italian restaurants that there would be a quaint French restaurant! Escargot, Salmon, and the most delectable Creme Brûlée was slowly devoured to save every flavor."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "First time and really enjoyed it. I would certainly go back for lunch and/or dinner. What a treat."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Everything about this quaint restaurant from the ambiance to the valet attendant was superb! Outstanding! The entire staff is clean, neat, friendly and knowledgable. We really enjoyed our evening…..look forward to going back."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "I used to come here quite often for many years and it was nice to return. We all enjoyed the fresh, crusty and chewy french bread, for starters. Presentation of salad and soup was very nice. Entree presentation also very nice - food had wonderful flavors, cooked to our request, and generous! All in all, we all enjoyed ourselves very much!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "With so many new restaurants to try, I had not been to Chez Joel in several years. I went back on a snowy night and loved the warm, comfortable atmosphere, great service and great French cuisine. A good Cote du Rhone and lamb shank entree made for the perfect winter dinner!!!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "My husband and I honeymooned in Paris. We now live in University Commons, so we were delighted to discover our little taste of France in walkind distance. We come at least once a year (usually on our anniversary) and pretend everyone around us is speaking French. Laaaugh. Great doppeleganger for ambiance and some menu items...escargot, duck, etc"
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "A wonderful neighborhood spot with great food and service. We go here often, especially for special occasions."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Dinner for NYE was incredible! We had the most wonderful time sitting in the window watching the snow fall and feasting on delicious food. I took my parents who are from out of town and are major foodies and they loved every bite. The experience was one we will always remember. Thank you for the food and fun!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Always have a nice meal here. Service was excellent and they are very accomadating"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We found our little France favorite place in Chicago's little Italy neighborhood. Great food and service just like Paris!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Everything was delicious and the place is adorable. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Philip prvided excellent service. Chez Joel never disappoints. Lovely dimmed evening ambience. The side salad was my appetizer. Grilled calamari and steamed green beans served as my entree. The apple marzipan puff pastry tart was dessert. Calamari was a bit tough, the meal was very good. The husband enjoyed calamari as an appetizer followed by the duck breast and leg entree. He had the almond gateau for dessert. When making our reservation, I mentioned that dinner was to celebrate our 32nd anniversary when making the reservation, and they brought us complementary toasting flutes filled with champagne to have with dessert. It was a lovely surprise! Philip provided very good service, unobtrusive yet attentive."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We have been to this restaurant a half dozen times and each time it impresses."
    Dined on 12/11/2013