Chez Francois - Vermilion

4.8
2035 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Worth the Drive
"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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OT
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding! Thank you Matt and Leah!

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TS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. One of the best dining experiences in northeast Ohio.

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PS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect experience every time. Short rib entree outstanding!

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RG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! Thanks, Matt! Spent our 45 th anniversary with you folks - a memorable dining experience, as usual!

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RL
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Dining at Chez Francois is always among the best meals/evenings out of the year for my wife and I. The amazingly prepared dinners are always outstanding. The staff are all so friendly. I would have scored them a 5 across the board were it not for two issues: #1 - every other time I was here, service was exceptional, 5 stars. This time, our server had 7 tables. Way to much to allow for the best experience to everyone. A two-person $350.00 dinner commands better service. As a result, we easily spent an extra un-needed hour here. I'm hoping this was an exception and not the new-norm, else that will impact my dinner location chioce. #2 - Not sure when Chez Francois came out with plastic laminated menus, but you aren't TGI Fridays... offer a nice leather or fabric bound menu. The plastic menu was a distraction and turn-off for me.

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DR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The billing is correct. It is a one of a kind experience. My wife and I will always remember hee birthday dinner this year

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KH
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The entrees at Chez François were fabulous. We had the Beef Wellington and Lobster Ravioli. The dishes were excellently prepared and presented.

The appetizer of the pate was mediocre. The pate was dry and disappointing and we did not eat much of it. Based on the price I would have expected higher quality.

Our waitress was very attentive.

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The more we travel, the more we appreciate coming home to such an exceptional, excellent restaurant and staff!!! Always perfection!! Nothing quite compares!

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TB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were planning on a visit to this restaurant for a number of years. We finally found the time and occasion to visit and it did not disappoint. All the write-ups and reviews were true to form. Both of us ordered specials of the day (veal chop and soft shell crab), well prepared and tasty. I especially liked the barrel aged cocktail that was recommended by our waitress Suzi. Will definitely stop by again when in the area.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here and we were celebrating a birthday. Everything was great : atmosphere, food, wine. Would definitely go here again. It is pricey but worth it.

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OB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated my wife's birthday on our first visit, but it won't be the last. Nathan and Dave were superb waiters and the food/wine were served professionally and personably. Quite a hidden gem you have there in Vermilion!

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TF
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are few (if any) places in Ohio that can match Chez for the food or service. And the wine list! Outstanding all around.

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OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time at Chez Francois, have had this on our must eats for awhile. Enjoyed the tasting menu and wine pairing - all were delicious and seasonal! Will be back for sure.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was beautiful and it was the perfect setting to celebrate our first anniversary. My entree was not prepared very well, (ordered lamb, and the fat was not rendered so it was not pleasant to eat). I expected a bit higher caliber for the food based on reviews.

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F
Cleveland
63 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Francois continues to amaze . Really one of, if not the best, restaurant in NE Ohio. Would compare to many of the great restaurants around the Country.
From the service, to the food, wine list, local ingredients, innovative cuisine, atmosphere and every other aspect of the dining experience, they exceed expectations. Would highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a fabulous dining experience!

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KM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

The food presentation was very good and the service was very good but I have to say at over $700 bill for 4 people, its extremely over priced, I have traveled around the world and ate at many fine dining places and this was the most I have ever paid for a dinner, sorry but this is Ohio not Paris.

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R
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been to this restaurant many times to celebrate our anniversary. Unfortunately this time did not live up to past experiences. Must of had a different chef working that night. Food wasn’t quite up to par. Still a nice restaurant though. The flies were terrible on the patio.

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TS
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful one year anniversary dinner. We are never let down or leave hungry. Thanks again for a fantastic experience.

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CB
Cleveland
89 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate on the deck, right on the river, and it was perfect. There was a big crowd because the weather was perfect and it was Labor Day weekend, but the service was pretty good and the food, as usual, was outstanding. It was a perfect way to celebrate our 51st anniversary.

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RT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I've dined at your restaurant for years and I had an anniversary dinner on the deck last Saturday. On this occasion though I was surprised and disappointed. Now you allow the water taxi to pick up and drop off? Guests who march up the pier and through the gate awkwardly wind through the tables adjacent to that gate. It is invasive and Matt knows better. My conversation with my wife had to stop as troops of reservations came up and down the pier. The table nearly in front of the gate complained... to politely in my opinion. And one of your guest, done with dinner and heading back to the taxi, sheepishly apologized to that table as he pasted through. That should tell you the depth of the problem. This smacks of a dash for cash (squeeze a couple more meals into the schedule) and I expected more from you. Take that table out or lose my business in the future. Feel free to have Matt call me.

Rich Toohey
330.621.6249

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

My go to romantic dinner I’ve been goin here for 3 yrs now it’s a hidden gem in Ohio love it so much i looked forward to every anniversary spending it there

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L
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection.

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m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service was outstanding. Had lamb and it was delicious and VERY tender. Wife had Beef Wellington, which is not on that many menus anymore and said it was outstanding.
Evening finished with bananas foster- amazing!

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SS
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to Chez for over 20 years and have never had a bad meal. The food, service and atmosphere are the best. Matt makes you feel very welcomed. I have dined all over the world and this is my favorite restaurant

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Appetizers and dessert were very good. The main courses were not particularly special. We had duck breast and veal. My duck beast was a little tough and there was not much flavor. Surely not what we expected at these prices. Also interesting that we arrived at 5:30 and our first course did not arrive until after 7:00

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RI
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

WOW. A few people recommended this restaurant for a special occasion, so I used my husband's birthday as an excuse... And everything was amazing! The food, the service, the style... Beautiful place with gourmet food.

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FS
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at Chez Chez Francois - Vermilion. The ambiance was very nice and the service was excellent. We enjoyed the amuse-bouche and the soup was excellent.

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EN
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food excellent! As a guest who has only been there twice, would like a sign or two directing me towards correct entrance and check in location

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MW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were absolutely impressed with the service from the reservation gal to the server refilling the water glasses and especially those waiting on us directly. The food was Five Star all the way! A truly spectacular evening to remember.

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J
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great adventure to Vermillion and Chez Francois for four of us from Cleveland! We loved your restaurant - food, ambience, and service. It was a perfect weather night - clear, not too hot. We were on the lower patio with stunning views of the river and lagoons in one direction and Lake Erie in the other.

It was the food and friendly service, however, that made our visit remarkable - everything cooked to perfection and presented superbly. Your bar offerings were unique, especially the Vesper Martini! We will see you again!

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RB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant that was well worth the drive. The service and food were exceptional. Will definitely go back.

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C
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable. We were treated as special guests from start to finish! Food was incredible, service is incredible, details to fine dining incredible...wow.

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S
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service with a very helpful and friendly staff. Food was on point and delicious serving sizes were great.

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PS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding- food and wine were great. An excellent dining experience

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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D
Tallahassee
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The night couldn't have been any more perfect!

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M
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with a beautiful view. Indoor seating is also very charming. Food and service were both excellent. Fine dining with a French accent. Perfect restaurant for a special occasion.

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NF
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The area was so scenic at sunset, service was great, and the food was top notch. It is easy to see why people drive to this hidden gem from so far away. Thank you for a great evening out!

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OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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