Chez Joel
Chez Joel

Chez Joel

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chezjoelbistro.com/
  • Phone: 3122266479
  • 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
123 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (87)romantic (73)great for outdoor dining (70)special occasion (60)fit for foodies (47)notable wine list (25)great for lunch (21)great for brunch (12)good for groups (8)late-night find (6)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • 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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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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.
  • Always Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Chez Joel is one of our favorite spots in the neighborhood. Food is always well-prepared and of a consistently high quality. Our server was very professional and approachable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Chez Joel never disappoints with their menu or their service. Excellent price points
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great evening out
    Glory
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    After waiting for service (there was a big party outside). We settled down to eNjoy good French food in a relaxed atmosphere. Generous wine pour and friendly service added to the pleasant ambiance. Be sure to get valet parking.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Excellent food and service. Perfect summer setting. Excellent menu selections.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FABULOUS!
    joane
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Absolutely charming french restaurant in tge middle of Taylor street. Beautiful outdoor patio with chandeliers and all. Very attentive wait staff, we had Agnes...she was awesome. The food was delicious! Cant wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    rkassnel
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent food. It's one of our go-to places in the neighborhood. Wonderful ambiance inside, but there is also an intimate patio. It's great to live near a place like this.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dining Value in the City ?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Chez Joel keeps getting better and better. The changes can be incremental, but lovely -- for example the new flooring, mirrors and bar. Like the changes in decor, the changes in food are subtle but constantly improving -- for example the regular fish specials and the desserts. All in all, this is a restaurant filled with grace and beauty. And the food is as good as almost any place in the city. For the price, you cannot find better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunchtime find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Just enjoyed another wonderful, delicious lunch/reunion with a good friend. Chez Joel is lively enough to stimulate diners, quiet enough to permit a good conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NickyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was excellent, as always, but the noise level was horrible. We couldn't have a conversation among the four of us. It made the evening's meal tough to digest.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oustanding
    LoveGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The only word I can give this restaurant is outstanding. This was our first time at Chez Joel. We had read many reviews and decided it was worth the drive from the north suburbs. We were not disappointed. Our server gave us some suggestions and every one was right on target. My friend had the Lamb Shank and I had the Duck, both were superb. Their Escargot and Caesar salad were also very good and their dessert was equally as good. We would highly recommend this restaurant. The only negative is that it gets very noisy when it the restaurant is busy. Hopefully, the next time we go we can be seated in the garden. They closed it because of inclement weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem!
    HisLordship
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    A terrific evening on the terrace, from a perfect martini through luscious almond cake. 4 different entrees among us were each delicious, and original.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • corkieVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We have been going to Chez Joel for 40 years and are never disappointed in anything about this restaurant. At lunch they have a PreFix menu and it is delicious and very filling. My pet peeve in restaurants is overdressing the salad. That never happens at Chez Joel. Seasonings are perfect. Nothing is over salted. Another pet peeve. All in all, Chez Joel is a keeper in our books.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Find
    citycharm
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    A restaurant frequented by local crowd but welcoming to new faces as well. Very energetict indoor dining room. Outdoor dining majez you forget you're still in the city. Food is outstanding with impeccable service. Ask for Ibby; she's charming!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem!
    DNishi
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our nine year old requests Chez Joel and outdoor dining for her birthday, and is never disappointed. The outdoor seating is great, even in the rain, and the food is always perfectly done.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What A Great Find
    Frankie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was my first time at Chez Joel as well as my birthday and I couldn't be more pleased with the experience. The service was above and beyond expectations; the food and preparation was excellent and the only negative I have is the garlic frog legs were not reminiscent of the typical way it is prepared in France and I found the sauce sour and not tasty. The moules were absolutely wonderful; the steak frits were beyond our expectations and done perfectly. A birthday surprise of a perfect crème brulee and a glass of bubbly. I can't wait to return and enjoy a little taste of France.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Service too rushed
    mikenspikeVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Loved the food--steak and ravioli--but the service was a bit pusby and rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming bistro
    OrangetabbyVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We tried Chez Joel for the first time last week, and per the great reviews, it did not disappoint. They gave us glasses of champagne (a nice touch) per our note that it was our wedding anniversary. Food was well prepared and ingredients were fresh. Chèvre salad was well dressed, although the tiny piece of toast with chèvre was a bit on the stingy side. Duck and special halibut were both very good; however, the plating was overwrought with lots of swipes of sauces and bits of this and that. Simpler would be better. Final little peeve--the air conditioning controls were directly over my seat, so at one point in the evening the host abruptly reached over my head for the controls. A little unnerving but overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good solid French cuisine
    GMY68
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    It's not a fancy menu. there's no "fusion," no "small plates," no pretense. Just good French cuisine in a warm and inviting setting. My husband's lamb shank was amazing and my steak frites delicious. Great service--friendly, knowledgable, prompt but not pushy.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • romantic garden setting
    yummilicious
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This was a wonderful find. Had to take a taxi but well worth it. Spiro and company were great. Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Loved the patio. Perfect night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always feel welcome!
    CstacyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We really enjoy having dinner, and sometimes lunch, here! The staff is always professional, personable, and helpful! The food is always great! We love to sit out in the garden, weather permitting! It's so pretty, relaxing, and romantic!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chez Joel
    foodie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    It is a charming little place nestled in little Italy. The food is always delightful as was our salmon and sea bass. Dessert was the yummy profiteroles. Wine list is good. A nice place to have a great meal without being rushed. They were very busy so service was slow, but okay for us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    foodie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The size of the restaurant is a nice feature. The quality of the food preparation is excellent with a nice menu that hints of high French cooking, without being overly expensive. I appreciate their willingness to do plate splitting in the kitchen. I was with someone who had not been there previously and will definitely return as I will.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.