Chez Francois - Vermilion

4.9
2085 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(440) 967-0630
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Chef D'Amico
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ferry St.
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Parking details
Chez Francois is located in a neighborhood and has street parking around the restaurant.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Francois is consistently fabulous food, service and atmosphere!!

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Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

No Valet. Surprised me. Had to walk a bit. Lots of steps to restaurant and not clearly identified outside.

Otherwise, excellent presentation, quality of food, and service.

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DT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Leah and Nathan took excellent care of us. It was a very enjoyable experience. Thank you.

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GM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance , incredible service with delicious and creative courses to go along. We had a great evening and will return !!

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C
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff was great. Made my son's birthday special. Attentive, informative, and enthusiastic. We'll be back!

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S
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has to be one of the finest restaurants in Ohio. It is truly a first class, hidden gem! The waiters are the classiest I’ve ever seen!
The staff could not be more solicitous! They are there for your every whim and desire.

The food is exceptional and creative. The sauces are outstanding. The presentation is picture perfect.

They enabled us to gave a wonderful celebration!

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MC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was excellent. Our waiter couldn’t of been more helpful and we took his recommendations and loved everything we had. Would definitely recommend for a special dinner.

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B
Cleveland
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at this gem of Ohio. We will be back.

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A
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a most wonderful meal for our anniversary. The ambiance, food and staff was top notch. We enjoyed ourselves very much! Can’t wait to go back.

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P
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Chez is a gem on the wonderful waterfront in Vermilion, Ohio. Elegant and fabulous food.

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H
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 57th anniversary. The meal meet all of my wife's dietary restrictions and was superb. The service was perfect. We never felt rushed.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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ST
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Perfect service! HIGHLY recommend!!

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BB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and had an unforgettable experience. The service was the best I have ever had. The food was amazing. There is not a single bad thing I could say about this restaurant. It is worth every penny.

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BT
Cleveland
47 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best choice for a romantic dinner on the west side. Worth the drive and never disappoints. Matt and his staff have perfected what you want in a dining experience.

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KR
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Chez Francois did not disappoint. Everyone at our table of four enjoyed their meals and the service was impeccable. Lobster bisque is particularly delicious!

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JD
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt and his team have never disappointed, ever! Dinners are amazing and the presentation is like art work

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RG
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the details of our night. From a birthday card signed by the staff to a great birthday dessert the night just felt special. The staff was attentive, the pace was just right and the food was exquisite. Thanks to Matt and the team for making Natalie’s birthday one to remember!

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MC
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent and our waiters were both friendly and attentive. We were celebrating our 12th Anniversary and they made it special.

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MM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! The food, venue and service made for a great dining experience. I highly recommend Chez Francois for any special occasion. Also the bar upstairs makes great drinks.

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OT
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience! Worth the price and the drive.

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OT
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great night out for an anniversary dinner. Our server, Omar, was fantastic. He was attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. The food was unique and very well prepared. We enjoyed every aspect of our meal, from appetizers and drinks through the final dessert. Highly recommended for a special night out.

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t
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service with great atmosphere. There is a lot of attention to detail, which really enhances the dining experience.

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AW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an outstanding experience. The food and service are phenomenal and worth the drive from Toledo.

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Z
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, informative, extremely polite, and elite service. The care that goes into the customer experience and food is unmatched. A very strong sense of pride is apparent in all aspects of the dining experience. Exquisite food and service.

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D
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At least once a year, my women friends and I come to Vermilion to enjoy the sweet little town and its small shops. We also have dinner at the real attraction which is Chez Francois. There is a reason why Chez has been around for so long. The food is great, the ambiance is fabulous and we always enjoy our little getaway. Thanks for being there Chez Francois.

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C
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Service was terrific, very polished; dining room restful, relaxed, sparkling, very pretty Halloween decorations. Free corn soup pre-appetizer was delicious. Salad was overrun with dressing. Lobster-Ravioli special appetizer was tasteless, so was veal-lobster-scallop-shrimp main course; veal breading gooy. Lobster in both dishes was overcooked and tough. Mousse-cake dessert was great! This was our third visit to this restaurant; once per year. Two years ago visit was wonderful, a year ago not bad, this one poor.

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LD
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lauren was our server and she was phenomenal! Chef John's food presentation was tremendous and the meal was the best I've had ever. No restaurant I've been to tops Chez. John and Matt blow the competition out of the water hands down. I would recommend Chez Francois to everyone. Thank you for making my dad's 70th birthday so special. We will definitely be back!!

Lisa DeVito

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l
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience for our anniversary. Thoughtful professional wait staff that truly cared about our comfort and date night. Fabulous food and cocktails. Will 1000% return!!!

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C
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual Chez Francois hits it out the park with their daily specials and regular menu. Service is extraordinary and it is worth the drive from wherever you are!

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Cleveland
62 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt this is the finest dining experience and well worth the drive. Both quality and creativity of food and service all in a magical setting. Susie as server is the best and Matt aa the GM is so tuned into the customer. We love this place both summer time on patio or inside the amazing room. Thank you for keeping your tradition alive.

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TG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Couldn't be more disappointed. I called from Florida a week in advance to make reservations for my husbands birthday. We were flying in for this occasion. Got there at 730pm for our reservation, met by an extremely rude gentleman who asked what we wanted. That alone is appalling. They did not have our table ready and just left us in their doorway for 20 minutes-no one ever came to check on us. We made the decision to leave. After all we had heard about this restaurant, so disappointing-we will not be back.

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BB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best! You can never go wrong eating at Chez Francois. It is truly an unforgettable dining experience!

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary here, and we will definitely be back for many more. Our waiter Michael was so great and knowledgeable about the food, restaurant, and area. Can’t wait to come back for more amazing food!

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BL
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Francois is the hidden gem of Northeast Ohio! As soon as you walk in the door, you are made to feel like royalty. I love dressing up for a dinner date and not feeling out of place - the dress code helps with that. The service is incredible. You never, ever feel rushed, but they are so attentive and are there immediately whenever you need something. And the FOOD. I could go on forever about the food! We ordered the artichokes stuffed with alouette cheese as an appetizer - divine. My husband had the NY strip steak for dinner, and the steak "snob" that he is, he said it's one of the best he's ever had. I had the sea bass special in the miso sauce. I could eat it a million times over. And, of course, since it was our anniversary, we ordered the molten chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream. Perfection! I would recommend Chez Francois to anyone seeking a special occasion dinner or, really, just anyone who wants a really amazing meal and outstanding service. Five stars five times over!

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l
Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This a wonderful restaurant. I wish I lived closer so I could go more often.
The food is terrific. Wine list best around.
You need to take the trip.....It is worth it.

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k
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch everything....ambiance, wait staff, food, experience!

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MD
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and both times for our anniversary. This truly is a dining experience. The ambiance of an authentic French farm house with wooden beams and exposed brick is wonderful. The wait staff is fantastic. There is a dress code for the dining room as this is a fine dining experience. You are addressed as sir or madam by the wait staff. Our waiter’s knowledge of the menu stressing the importance of locally sourced items was excellent and he was able to suggest a nice bottle of French wine that paired very nicely with our dinner selections. Last year we did the tasting menu with wine pairings and that was outstanding. With 5 courses, you need to arrive hungry because the food and wine pairings are delicious and you won’t want to waste any of it. This year we opted for the house made ravioli and zucchini blossom appetizers, the house salads, lobster thermidor with a petite filet and beef Wellington entrees and the cherries jubilee for dessert. All were prepared to perfection. We were full but not overstuffed. The dining experience takes 2-3 hours but is well worth the price and drive from Akron. It’s an experience that will have you returning for your next special occasion. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a fine dining experience. You won’t be disappointed.

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EB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. They made a special night so much nicer. Great Staff, Great Food, Great everything.

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TK
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I worked in the kitchen at Chez Francois when I was in high school, and this was my first time visiting as a customer 29 years later to celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary. The food and atmosphere was outstanding. It was better than any French restaurant I’ve visited in France. I also took a tour of the kitchen (exactly as I remembered it) and met my old boss, the owner John D’amico. He is a great guy who frankly overpaid me as a high schooler. My wife and I had the 6 course dinner and it was a great value. It was also a great experience for our special night (we were there about three hours). I will definitely return and recommend it for any special occasion.

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