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Chez Francois - Vermilion

4.9
1861 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Waterfront
"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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Love coming here! The staff is so kind. Never feel rushed when we go to Chez Francois.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Went here or an anniversary dinner. Food was outstanding, service was just as good. Attention to detail was evident. Very classic, clean setting by the river in Vermilion. A terrific place for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Overall this is THE place to dine. However this time we found our waiter “Omar” to be condescending and just dripping with the “I know more than you do” attitude.
In reality, his wine service (which he believes is perfect) was FAR from it. He missed many of the wine service protocols that any trained server should know.
He was far more impressed with himself than we were.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We truly enjoyed every aspect of our evening at Chez Francois. Each food and beverage item was a delight

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Our "farewell dinner" for my mother this past Tuesday was, as usual, outstanding! The service, ambiance and food was second-to-none as we have come to expect when dining at this lovely spot in Vermilion. We were seated immediately and the wait staff was at our table within seconds of being seated. The two servers were professional, courteous and extremely knowledgeable regarding the menu, specials and the history of the restaurant. We were not rushed during the course of the evening and we enjoyed our appetizers, salads, dinners and desserts in a leisurely, relaxed manner, savoring every bite! We look forward to our next dinner at Chez Francois later this summer--always a treat and very much worth the 45 minute drive from Lakewood! Thank you.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I had the pleasure of treating my mother and daughter (soon to be mom) for Mother's Day 2018 to the Chez Francois experience! Itcwas well worth the drive from Cleveland. Our table was prompt and service was acceptional! Mom and daughter had the perfectly seared and temped fillet i had the flaky Hog Snapper, delicious!! We'll be back soon to check out Touche`

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Always a memorable experience, nothing is ever missed, a real gem

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s’ day

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Chez Francois is always a five-star experience. Wonderful food and attentive service!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

50th Birthday and everything was wonderful from the valet to the service plus perfect food.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We have been to Chez Francois several times and it has always been outstanding. The service is good, they do not rush you through your dinner. This particular evening they were not busy so it was very quiet. When there have been large groups, their conversation level has not been too loud or distracting. We like to go in May to avoid the tourists starting in June.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Just an overall great night with my wife. They make you feel like you are only the people in the place. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Only one word can be used for this restaurant EXTRAORDINARY. Absolute perfection in every way.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Food and service is fantastic. I love that couples dress up. Men are required to wear a jacket.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Located in Vermillion, Chez Francois is quite a drive for us (hour+) as we live in Geauga County. Nevertheless, we make the drive out to this restaurant once or twice a year because we always have an exceptional meal delivered with first rate service.

The atmosphere is a bit formal (jacket required for men) but very unpretentious - which I think is a great combination.

Our most recent visit was for my wife's 60th birthday. I mentioned that her favorite dessert was banana cream pie, and the chef agreed to prepare her favorite dessert to help celebrate the occasion - a wonderful surprise for my wife and a very gracious gesture on the part of the chef.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

It's so nice to be treated like we are special and then add fabulous food and wine, I can't imagine anything better. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

As always, Mr. Mars and Mr. D'Amico provided a top-flight experience. I could have made a meal out of just the amuse bouche (an English pea soup with a red pepper foam). I will continue to return there for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Love this restaurant! Always the best service and best food.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We have been going here for 6 years now, about 3-4 times per year. Never once have we been disappointed. The food is amazing, service is superb, and the decor is elegant. I recommend Chez Francois to anyone! You have to get the lobster bisque!!!

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Wine, atmosphere and service were great. Entrees, not so great, flavorless. For the price I expected more. I guess you’re paying for the ambiance and service.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Never disappointed! Great way to kick start our warming season!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Everything to perfection, best restaurant in the world.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First time dining here. Recommended by a friend and experience was wonderful. It is i the pricey side but given the quality of the food, service and ambiance I did not feel guilty paying the tab on this dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

This, consistently, is one of the outstanding restaurants in the U.S. Never fails.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Beyond expectations!!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Chez Francois - for the 3rd year in a row. We enjoyed a wonderful meal served by a personable server. Everything is quality with Chez - it's classy, comfortable and the food and service are second to none. If you haven't enjoyed this experience, it's time to make your reservation!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Fantastic dinner. Very special meal in a lovely setting. The service was fantastic and food was delicious. This is a first rate restaurant that we would love to return to for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent! Our food and service was exquisite! Congratulations to the owners, chef and Roger our waiter.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The attention to detail and helpful/competent servers made this evening a delight! Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

That’s fine dining establishment is unparalleled in every aspect from ambience to service to the food and it’s presentations. This restaurant operates at the highest level in all categories to perfection.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

first time at the restaurant, visited for Easter day, the setting is wonderful and likely even more amazing in the summer given the restaurant's location, lovely service and food

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Romantic, we enjoyed over 3 hours and 4 courses.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We had the 5 course chef tasting menu with wine pairing. It was wonderful. Each course was delicious and the wine pairings were perfect. It was a well-paced meal with excellent service and a vibrant atmosphere. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

More than fabulous as ALWAYS! Our favorite place to dine bar none. John's and Matt's efforts always exceed our expectations. Well worth the cost and the drive.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food and sevice was impecable. Wine list ,best everarond.felt quite at home.very cordial staff.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My wife and I celebrated her birthday at Chez Francios. This is our go-to restaurant for truly outstanding French cuisine. Everything from the cocktails, wine, appetizer, main course and dessert was outstanding. The atmosphere is old-world charm with a great view of the water. The service was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. It's a little drive from Cleveland, but well worth it!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

From entering the doors of Chez your experience starts. Matt Mars and his staff go above and beyond to make your dining experience amazing. The ambiance is lovely. The wait staff are professional and informative. The food is always amazing. Don't forget the Bananas Foster! Bravo.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Went to celebrate a special occasion! Exceeded expectations! Everything was delicious! Very memorable experience. The dinner was definitely one of my top 10 best meals.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We chose the 6 course meal and would absolutely recommend this option. It was a superior experience and each course offering was divine both in presentation and taste!

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