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Chez Francois - Vermilion

4.8
4.8
2239 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French, International

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

  • 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: (877) 925-0181

  • 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

What 2,239 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. LL

    LLTerry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  2. PW

    PamW8

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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 !
  3. JM

    JakeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best ever! Food is so good. The lamb was as good as it gets.
  4. S

    Shipsk

    Cleveland

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Service is perfect. Appreciate the attention to detail and the excellent recommendations by our server Roger. Always a special evening.
  5. T

    Theaterfan

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the aperitif to dessert was amazing! Exceptional service and beautiful ambiance. Best restaurant in the Cleveland area!
  6. ES

    ErinS

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Just wonderful always!
  7. MC

    MarkC

    Cincinnati

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  9. K

    Kimser

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  10. LW

    Lorraine18W411

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    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.
  11. NY

    NotYourKidFromMoTown

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  12. M

    Mikeb

    Cleveland

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most perfect 50th Anniversary we could of experienced!!!!!
  13. EG

    EileenG

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the ambiance, food and service!
  14. AS

    AnnS

    Cleveland

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fabulous evening and worth the hour drive to get to you!!!
  15. SF

    StephanieF

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best dining experience I have ever had! The food and staff are amazing!
  16. FK

    FryrKing

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  17. KB

    KentB

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  18. JD

    JonD

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    unreal as always. Thanks so much to Matt and John for always making it worth the trip
  19. SH

    ScottH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service and atmosphere. The food was great but just not sure it was worth the high price tag.
  20. RC

    RachelC

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous!!
  21. KR

    KevinR

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 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.
  22. DB

    DayB11

    Cleveland

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 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!
  23. C

    Chris

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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.
  24. M

    Minuteman1

    Cleveland

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 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!
  25. R

    Ruthann

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and the food was unbelievable good. Very quiet and cozy- we loved it
  26. DR

    DavidR

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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 !!!
  27. CA

    CassieA

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  28. BZ

    BZfromAuroraOH

    Cleveland

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience from start to finish. Highly recommended, even if you live way on the East Side!
  29. F

    Foodman

    Cleveland

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 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!
  30. JI

    JayI

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  31. CO

    COCOCREATE

    Cleveland

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 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
  32. CL

    ClaudiaL

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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.
  33. TK

    TammyK

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 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!!
  34. RJ

    RobertJ

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    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.
  35. KG

    KathyG

    Cleveland

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service. Quiet, leisurely, romantic meal!
  36. r

    rjsltd

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 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.
  37. JB

    JerB

    Cleveland

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 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.
  38. MS

    MichaelS

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chez Francois is a special restaurant. I look forward to the next special occasion to celebrate there
  39. MF

    MichaelF

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Plan some extra time to review extensive wine list!
  40. LD

    LennyD

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 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

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Chez Francois - Vermilion is rated 4.8 stars by 2239 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ferry St.

  • Neighborhood

    Vermilion

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

  • 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: (877) 925-0181

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