Chez Francois - Vermilion

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
"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.
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SH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere. The food was great but just not sure it was worth the high price tag.

RC
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!!

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KR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Katey in the bare area was attentive and right on point!
Seating was 40 minutes late.
The waiter brought checked with me for the appetizer and still bought the wrong one...
I still tipped generously and Will return.

DB
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Francois is the overall best dining experience in NE Ohio - the ambiance, attentiveness and attention to detail are unmatched. What a lovely place to celebrate!

CN
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the very best, if not the best, restaurant in the Cleveland area. The truffle dinner especially is truly a gem worth carving out an evening for. It's all so wonderfully put together.

M
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Francois never disappoints. Excellent cuisine, attentive service without frills. One of the proprietors, Matt comes over to talk to the patrons. Civilized and relaxing, A throwback to a more elegant and relaxed dining experience.
We Love it!

R
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was unbelievable good. Very quiet and cozy- we loved it

DR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was decorated in traditional fall/ halloween colors, very festive.
We had reservations and were seated imeditley with a view of the river.
Our waitress was very knowledgeable of the vast wine selection and the menu as well. She helped us select an excellent wine as well as several food items.
The food was fantastic; very flavorful and beatifully garnished.
The desserts where heavenly.
We had a wonderful time and will return !!!

CA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The staff was very friendly. I booked this over a month in advance so that it would be a special night for my boyfriends birthday. We got a air b nb for the night just to come. I made a requests a month in advance for a nice table with a great view for the occasion.

When seated with were sat at a small table that sat 2, in a corner. When other couples of 2 were seated at a 4 top.

The bottle of wine requested they did not have. The scotch at the end of the night requested did not have.

Then at the end of the night. I the server was said to me “are you going to take the bill, because it is his birthday and all” then still slid the bill to him and said “but I’m old fashion”
Very uncomfortable.

BZ
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from start to finish. Highly recommended, even if you live way on the East Side!

F
Cleveland
68 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best!
We have been to Chez Francois several times, usually for special occasions and we chose to stay in Vermilion rather than drive the hour home. The staff there is always fabulous, the chef magnificent and innovative. An unsurpassed wine list in Northern Ohio. And always a wonderful overall experience. You cant go wrong with the regular menu however usually the specials feature local seasonal items that are prepared in ways you have never experienced before.Well worth the drive weather you stay out there or not. I would highly recommend it!

JI
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the greeting when we entered until we departed the entire staff was extremely pleasant, knowledgeable and courteous. The attention to detail is amazing. They truly know how to make your evening special.

CO
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez François Is a United States treasure here on the north coast of Ohio. Unassuming and modest on the shore of Lake Erie You are transported by the Attention to detail from service to wine selections to the incredible food #treatyourself #lifeisshortorderthefoie

CL
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special occasion when we eat at Chez. The service is impeccable and very personable. Food is excellent.

TK
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening Saturday night was wonderful!!! Every aspect about it was wonderful!! We ate upstairs in the Bistro and loved the atmosphere,food,waitress everything was wonderful!!! Thankyou for a memorable evening!!

RJ
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant deserves its reputation as "The Best Restaurant in Ohio." I took my girlfriend for her milestone birthday, and from the moment we entered until our server gave us a hug on the way out. We enjoyed browsing for our favorite cocktail on the iPad menu, and when they arrived, they were expertly mixed. Lobster bisque was heavenly. We could not finish our generous entrees, so we took the doggie bags home for a delicious reprise the next day.

Chez Francois is pricey, but worth the splurge.

KG
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Quiet, leisurely, romantic meal!

r
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasant surprise. This was our first trip to Vermilion and we were not disappointed. The restaurant was a joy to behold. The view, the table service, the entrance way, and the gorgeous windows. The service was outstanding and the friendliness genuine. Food was great too.

OT
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding meal, presentation and service. We requested a table change which was accommodated without question. Our servers were knowledgeable and assisted with any questions we had.
Special place.

MS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Francois is a special restaurant. I look forward to the next special occasion to celebrate there

MF
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Plan some extra time to review extensive wine list!

LD
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One in our party had difficulty with stairs - the staff helped navigate us into the restaurant smoothly and effectively.

Dinner was very good - the view of the lagoons and the rising moon spectacular

LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and Food were exceptional. The menu selections were traditional French but made use of locally sourced ingredients as well. Staff could not have been more accommodating.

H
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special evening with family and long time friends at our favorite place when we come to this area-owner an excellent proprietor who is welcoming, fun, great at managing all the details of making his restaurant a deliciously wonderful evening in any season. We had never been in the area in the fall, and their decorations are spectacular! Don’t miss it!

PW
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no clambake better than this one! And no restaurant better than Chez Francois!

DB
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Had no idea that the menu was limited to a clambake on the night we dined there (10/4). We would not have dined there had we known. We would have chosen a different evening. My wife does not eat clams. The entree was a stuffed lobster and a lobster claw. It was just OK. Certainly not the quality you would expect from Chez. Bottom line was we had an unpleasant surprise.

j
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived on a special event day which limited our menu choices, but it also opened our experience to new dishes. It was the most luxurious clambake we've ever had! Food inventiveness and service were impeccable.

PD
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the most amazing food experience. Everything was top notch...service, ambiance and of course the food! We did the Clam Bake, which we had not done before. It was wonderful!!! Highly recommend Chez Francois. It has been our favorite for years!

B
Cleveland
31 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily the premier restaurant in Ohio or PA The food is amazing.

DG
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go once a year in October for our anniversary. It is the best place in Ohio. The staff are over the top friendly and helpful.

B
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

40th Anniversary dinner. Absolutely the best restaurant in Northern Ohio!

CI
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This visit we ate on the upper patio with the Touche' menu. Beautiful view in spite of the weather being a bit rainy and chilly (the kind staff loaned the ladies cotton throws to wrap around our shoulders) and delicious food. I had the lobster quiche - amazing. We will be back.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience!!

TH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner for an Anniversary. Great Service!!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I brought my grandson who was visiting me so very special for me.

J
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is always fantastic. Service was friendly and answered all questions. Just took a little while to refill drinks, and took a little too long to get bill once we were done eating.

JS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. First time for our friends orig. from NE OH, now in VA were in town so the four of us could celebrate (all four, same day and yr. and very good friends) to celebrate our 48th wedding anniversaries.

OT
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding ftom beginning (amuse bouche of butternut squash soup with goat cheese foam) to end ( cherries with vanilla ice cream and cherry liquer).

KY
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is an excellent special occasion kind of a place. Always a treat to dine there. Very pricey, but the best food ever, especially the lobster bisque.

BG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

It is a special place for sure. We have been going for special occasions and live an hour away but the drive is worth it. I was just a little disappointed in how I was treated by the staff. Our food was delicious.

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