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Chez Francois - Vermilion, Vermilion, OH
Chez Francois - Vermilion, Vermilion, OH
Chez Francois - Vermilion, Vermilion, OH
Chez Francois - Vermilion, Vermilion, OH
Chez Francois - Vermilion, Vermilion, OH

Chez Francois - Vermilion

4.8
4.8
2183 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, International
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (440) 967-0630
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Jacket Preferred
  • Executive chef
    Chef D'Amico
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Chez Francois can accommodate all of your special event needs.
  • Private party contact
    Matthew Mars & John D'Amico: (440) 967-0630
  • Neighborhood
    Vermilion
  • Cross street
    Ferry St.
  • Parking details
    Chez Francois is located in a neighborhood and has street parking around the restaurant.
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • An Italian Wine Dinner

    $165.00 per person

    Mar 24, 2024 only
    An Italian Wine Dinner Featuring A Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri WIne Tasting with Robert Fatica 5:00pm on March 24th
    An Italian Wine Dinner Photo
  • Bordeaux Wine Dinner

    $245.00 per person

    Jun 2, 2024 only
    Join us at Chez Francois for our Bordeaux Wine Dinner Sunday, June 2, at 5p
    Bordeaux Wine Dinner Photo
  • Pahlmeyer Winery Dinner

    $165.00 per person

    Apr 18, 2024 only
    Pahlmeyer Winery with Doug Miller from Gallo April 18th at 6:30p
    Pahlmeyer Winery Dinner Photo

What 2,183 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 2.3Value

NoiseModerate

2,183 Reviews
  1. AnnS

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service! We ate in the 555 room and it was cozy and quiet. Nice place to celebrate special occasions! Thanks for making my birthday dinner extra special!

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  2. Terry

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Comfortable elegance...yes you have to wear a jacket guys (tie optional), but the "snootiness" ends there. Chez has earned its stars through delectable food and first rate service. Expect to pay at least $150 for a regular non-event dinner for two (or more depending on alcohol extras and gratuity), but worth it. The upscale rustic setting on the Vermilion River just adds to the experience. Enjoy!

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  3. PamW8

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful as always! Great quality ingredients and preparation. The staff are phenomenal. Matt and John you do a fabulous job as always. We are very grateful that we have such a superb restaurant in our area !

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  4. JakeM

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best ever! Food is so good. The lamb was as good as it gets.

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  5. Skis

    Cleveland

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Service is perfect. Appreciate the attention to detail and the excellent recommendations by our server Roger. Always a special evening.

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  6. Theaterfan

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything from the aperitif to dessert was amazing! Exceptional service and beautiful ambiance. Best restaurant in the Cleveland area!

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  7. ErinS

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Just wonderful always!

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  8. MarkC

    Cincinnati

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not an everyday place, but I can’t think of a better special occasion destination. If this place was in NY or California it would be a two-star. Not an exaggeration

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chez Francois is absolutely one of our favorite places for a really special occasion. The food is amazing and the service is even better. Matt and his crew are the bomb!

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  10. Kimser

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a table of 9 on the day after Christmas with some traveling from Toledo & others traveling from Cleveland. The staff of Chez Francois could not have been kinder or more patient when the oldest in our group decided that we should sit at a different table than they had already set. It was changed back without hesitation at my request & we enjoyed a phenomenal meal with outstanding service in a beautiful setting. This restaurant is worth the drive & always has been. We relaxed, enjoyed each other & our surroundings, & had one of the best restaurant experiences any of us can remember. We chose entrees ranging from the special seafood choices to the classic steaks & we all ordered different desserts that were to die for as well. The entire waitstaff was knowledgeable, patient, professional, & friendly. There is nothing I would have changed (other than my dad's attempt at a new table!) & would recommend this to anyone for a superb meal in a warm, pretty setting being attended to by top notch professionals.

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  11. Lorraine18W411

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a lovely find. We stopped on our drive from Chicago to NY. Matt provided a jacket so we could dine here. They were just so accommodating. Matt stopped by later and chatted with us. Food was great. The friendly, efficient service provided by Lauren and Alison was superb. Even though it was very busy with what looked like many birthday and Holiday celebrations, we could still converse. A truly memorable evening. We hope to dine here on other drives.

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  12. NotYourKidFromMoTown

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chez Francois could only be improved by being located a bit closer to home. The 2-1/2 hour drive there just ads antica........pation. It's the drive home afterwards that is tough, but their excellent finishing coffee helps.

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  13. Mikeb

    Cleveland

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most perfect 50th Anniversary we could of experienced!!!!!

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  14. EileenG

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the ambiance, food and service!

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  15. AnnS

    Cleveland

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fabulous evening and worth the hour drive to get to you!!!

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  16. StephanieF

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best dining experience I have ever had! The food and staff are amazing!

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  17. FryrKing

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional as always we are never disappointed. My wife and I had the Truffle Prix Fixe menu for the third year in a row and it was as amazing as the first. Omar and Michael took great care of us and Omars knowledge of the wines that were paired was informative and entertaining. Love this place.

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  18. KentB

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous as always, we enjoyed everything about our dining experience that was a celebration for our anniversary. Very special. Worth our trip from Pittsburgh. Thank you.

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  19. JonD

    Cleveland

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    unreal as always. Thanks so much to Matt and John for always making it worth the trip

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  20. ScottH

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and atmosphere. The food was great but just not sure it was worth the high price tag.

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  21. RachelC

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous!!

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  22. KevinR

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  23. DayB11

    Cleveland

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  24. Chris

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  25. Minuteman1

    Cleveland

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  26. Ruthann

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and the food was unbelievable good. Very quiet and cozy- we loved it

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  27. DavidR

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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 !!!

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  28. CassieA

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  29. BZfromAuroraOH

    Cleveland

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience from start to finish. Highly recommended, even if you live way on the East Side!

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  30. Foodman

    Cleveland

    82 reviews

    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  31. JayI

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  32. COCOCREATE

    Cleveland

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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

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  33. ClaudiaL

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a special occasion when we eat at Chez. The service is impeccable and very personable. Food is excellent.

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  34. TammyK

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!!

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  35. RobertJ

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  36. KathyG

    Cleveland

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service. Quiet, leisurely, romantic meal!

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  37. rjsltd

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  38. JerB

    Cleveland

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  39. MichaelS

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chez Francois is a special restaurant. I look forward to the next special occasion to celebrate there

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  40. MichaelF

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Plan some extra time to review extensive wine list!

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FAQs

Chez Francois - Vermilion is rated 4.8 stars by 2183 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Chez Francois - Vermilion

555 Main Street, Vermilion, OH 44089

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Ferry St.
  • Neighborhood
    Vermilion
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, International
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Jacket Preferred
  • Parking details
    Chez Francois is located in a neighborhood and has street parking around the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef D'Amico
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (440) 967-0630
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Chez Francois can accommodate all of your special event needs.
  • Private party contact
    Matthew Mars & John D'Amico: (440) 967-0630
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