Chez Joel
Chez Joel

Chez Joel

  • 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: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Chez Joel reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (75)romantic (69)special occasion (53)fit for foodies (47)great for outdoor dining (37)notable wine list (22)great for lunch (18)good for groups (5)great for brunch (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Meet with friends in a lovely setting.
    alba
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The wait staff never rushes you through the meal . They seem to sense your pace and accomodate. Food is always delicious and there is always room for their desserts. Go in good weather and enjoy the lovely outdoor setting. Valet all the time too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CHEZ JOEL WOW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was the first time we went to CJ. The food and service was spectacular. It was a real treat to relax, be in a wonderful ambiance, and enjoy each others company dining on awesome food. The service was spot on.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    les frites c'est bonne et j'adore l'ambience. Quiet and romantic with great service and food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First-rate French Bistro!
    FoodyoneVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The best coq au vin we have ever had! Delicious salads, wonderful onion soup, and great tomato based sauce on the mahi mahi! All this plus great desserts in a charming Bistro setting! First-rate French Bistro!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro gem on Taylor St.
    Pati
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I was looking for a classic charming bistro to entertain my niece who had never had French food. We were both very satisfied with our dining experience. The bistro has old fashioned charm, great service and food perfectly prepared. We had their specials, one was mahi mahi and the other salmon. Absolutely delicious! Next time I hope I have room for dessert. They make tarte citron, my favorite. It was a very pleasant place to have conversation. Hard to find places where the noise level isn't painful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Find in Little Italy
    ProperPorpoise55
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This place is not at all a stuffy or pretentious French restaurant. The food is very straightforward and approachable, yet exquisitely prepared. Our meal started out with a bread basket that contained some of the finest bread my companion and I have ever had. Our appetizer of warm brie with apricots and honey were sublime and, as expected, the sauces served with our main meals shined. The port wine reduction with my steak was sweet and flavorful, but I especially liked the rich, cognac peppercorn sauce. Our molten chocolate cake dessert was flavorful and extremely well-executed. Add to all this the congenial and professional staff and you have a truly exceptional dining experience. Far superior to the overpriced, frenzied tourist traps.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food and service were as they always are, VERY GOOD. Our waiter Spiro was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lamb shank!
    dissappointedVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    One of the best lamb shanks I've ever eaten. Have been going to Chez Joel since it opened fourteen years ago and it just keeps getting better! Go. Enjoy a real French meal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well-Run Beautiful Restaurant
    BrianFVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great wine/great food/great service. Some of the food was exceptional, like the escargot and lamb shank. I couldn't give them 5 stars because the French Onion soup and the Duck Confit had so little flavor (it was good not great). Getting these dishes up to par with the rest of the food would definitely make this a 5 star restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great French food
    Godfrey1000
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I've been to chez Joel at least half a dozen times and tried different things each time. Never a bad dish. My favorite is escargot or scallops for appetizer and chicken for dinner. But can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marcia
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This was a dinner with friends, some of whom had not seen each other for several years, so we very much appreciated the ability to converse. At our request, the server reduced the volume on the background music and, after several offers to review the menu and specials, told us to let him know when we were ready. We were there for over 3 hours and never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best French restaurant
    Jeje
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    You should go without any hesitation! This restaurant is the best French of Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and romantic setting!
    CstacyVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We always like to go hear for a romantic night and good food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forever wonderful
    ClpgVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We haven't been here in a while but should come more often. Every items was delicious. The food was hot and the service excellent. They continue to be so consistent. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tres bien
    Pilotsview
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Perfect. Outstanding dinner from start to finis. A feast in every sense of the word. If available, the gâteau au chocolat blanc et crème fouettée is fabulous. Wait staff knowledgeable, attentive and pleasant - excellent timing throughout the evening. Ambience perfect for a romantic repast or an intimate evening with close friends. Will recommend and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were told it was great.
    TeddyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    It was alright, although my wife's duck was burned. It is a nice place. The waiter was great! Really good service and nice. He was spot on with the wine selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Excellent seasonal menu selection. Attentive service. Always good value for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find
    shirley
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I was surprised to find a French restaurant on the South Side and to find said restaurant on Taylor Street in an area known for great Italian food was doubly surprising, Simply put, the food, outdoor patio, and wait staff was all that my husband and I could ask for. Since we live in Beverly, a French restaurant on Taylor Street is a lot shorter trip than traveling to the North side.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Toolwoman
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was great. Looked luscious. Pate outstanding. We celebrated three birthdays at the same time. Service was good, but could have been a bit more attentive - although serving outdoors seemed to be the problem. All in all great time....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food, service and ambiance; totally wonderful, a transport to France.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food had no taste at all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    we ordered the linguini and the beef with mushrooms. Both dishes tasted like all was just broiled, very bad, won't be coming back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The staff are always friendly without being familiar, the food is always top notch, and the atmosphere is always pleasant. What more could you ask?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noname
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Always a pleasure! The outside garden is a gem, the food is consistently good and the service excellent. I highly recommend Chez Joel!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great all the time
    CstacyVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We love the food and to be able to eat outside when the weather is good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bon appetite
    Elle
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The service was timely, the space was cozy and the music related to theme of the restaurant. I enjoyed my Pear-is cocktail, the cheese platter was designed perfectly and the flavors were excellent, the entree was well seasoned and the finale dessert of puff pastry covered with chocolate shared by two was memorable. I will consider this my neighborhood gem, to treat myself or with my husband at least once a month
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in beautiful garden
    ChicagoDiner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    French themed menu. Duck with orange sauce was scrumptious. Filet mignon done perfectly. Vegetable sides were crisp. Garden setting makes it feel like Paris. Moderate prices make this place a bargain. They treated us nicely on our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eddyjjr
    eddyjjr
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    CHEZ JOEL wonderful as usual!We had a guest from California who loved it. Our waiter was wonderful. Sorry , did not get his name. This is one of the best outdoor gardens in Chicago . We will be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tony
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was my first time here and I was impressed on all levels from the food, service and setting. I was looking for something in the area that was not Italian and what a find! My guests were equally impressed. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What a perfect birthday dinner we just had! From the unctuous mussels in herb cream sauce to the fork tender lamb shank in sumptuous gravy; the meal just hit on all of the right notes. The birthday mini creme brûlée was the right final note to accompany the parting espresso. Great service, great ambience, just a perfect meal. We'll definitely be back the next time we're seeking high quality bistro food in a fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Champagne
    DutchieVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Been to chez Joel a few times. Every time was great, indoors or outdoors. Food always consistent. Staff always friendly and accommodating.however they did not acknowledge receipt of allergies for one of our party.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top Notch
    Gronzila
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I've come to Chez Joel 3 times. Each time the same. Great food, impeccable service and a very comfortable venue. This is a gem. One of my favorite places to go.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot for Romantic Dinner
    Maria
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is the place to go for a romantic outdoor dinner in the summer. They have a lovely garden out back, and the ambience is perfect. The food was excellent, and the prices were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date restaurant!
    Umurs
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Definitely recommend to anybody. Very decent, good food, good service, good ambiance. Of course, it is not very economical but still prices are not horrible. They also gifted us a desert and champagne because it was a birthday event.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eddyjjr
    eddyjjr
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Wonderful Chez Joel. We love this place for outdoor dining. we will have guests from California coming late this month and plan to come back. It was a beautiful night. Our waiter was very nice, did not get his name. A handsome French man. He went out of his way to accommodate a special dietary need for my friend. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • guest
    foodieek65
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    great garden and good french food. would be nice if the menu would change a bit
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bon appetit
    hungryhungryme
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    great food! sevice and everything was awesome! i would def. come back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit disappointed
    MJ07VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I picked this place to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. Given the raving Yelp reviews, I was expecting to walk away very satisfied. The mussels was good, as others mentioned. But both my duck confit and my boyfriend's steak frites were over-cooked (well-done for duck confit instead of medium and close to well-done for steak frites instead of medium rare). We got the chocolate fondant as dessert, which was OK. All in all, I would say it was an OK experience. The restaurant is very cute though; brings me back to Paris a bit.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 67 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 627 reviews are from the Chez Joel reviews archive.
  • Neighborhood gem...
    mooresyVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Had been wanting to get to Chez Joel for dinner for quite some time but i had never quite worked out, so was glad when i was finally about to get there a couple days ago. We were immediately greeted and seated in the outdoor area which is spacious and comfortable. We ordered our appetizers, my the grilled calamari and he the escargots. Both expertly presented and delicious on taste. The calamari especially went so well with the pesto and other flavors on the plate. I then ordered the steak frites and he the Coq au vin. When i got my steak it was slightly over cooked and so we ended up switching and i was glad i did cause the chicken was juicy and so full of flavor. Do not miss their crispy paper thin fries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chez Joel continues to please
    toledofoodies
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Whenever we're in town we always make it a point to visit Chez Joel. Not only do we find it consistently good, but so do our friends. If you are looking for a small French restaurant with good food, you'll find it here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food, great experience!
    IndianaFoodie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was our first time dining at Chez Joel and the experience couldn't have been better. The staff was very flexible with our reservation since we were running a bit late and were still able to accommodate us with outdoor seating on a perfect night to eat outdoors. The courtyard dining area is quaint and well shielded from the street with only the loudest vehicles reminding you that you are in downtown Chicago. The food was simple, hearty French inspired cuisine that hit the mark with each course and our service was attentive yet not invasive. I would highly recommend this gem to anyone seeking a quality dining experience. We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.