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Chez Francois - Vermilion

4.9
1814 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
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"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.
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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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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place. My husband is about to get surgery for cancer and we wanted to close out 2017 in a romantic fashion knowing it will be a while before we can do that again. The food is actually a 5, but the appetizer, which was a shrimp cocktail dish in a cheese fondue, burned my mouth when it was served. I did not say anything when it happened because I still had it in my mouth when I was asked about it and was doing everything to avoid burning other parts of my mouth my speaking. I just nodded. Regardless, I would go back AGAIN and AGAIN! Thank you for making our New Years Eve special. I LOVE the chef, wait staff, etc. Note to self...cheese holds heat...think back to being a child and eating a hot piece of pizza...ouch!

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic food ! Second to none service ! One of a kind restaurant ! Unforgettable!

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

The owner, Matt, greeted us and escorted us to our table. The staff was very attentive, the wine was incredible, and the food was delicious! There is no better place around Cleveland!

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Saji (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent in every way, as usual! Love that Matt comes around to greet each table like an old friend coming to welcome us for dinner. Thankful this gem of a restaurant is close to us.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

I went here with my wife and expected a lot based on what I had heard of this establishment. The actual experience exceeded our expectation. The food was tremendous, our server was awesome (Roger) and we just had an all around great experience.

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BizLunch (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

This was a special occasion get-together with visiting dear friends who had been to Chez Francois before and couldn't wait for us to experience it, too. On one of the coldest nights of the year, we enjoyed the warmest, unhurried evening in this beautiful gem of a restaurant steeped in history. The food, the service and overall ambiance could not be better. At the end of the evening , Matt the owner stopped by our table and pulled up a chair and answered all of our questions we had been wondering about the history of the place. That was a very nice way to finish out the evening! If you want a truly memorable dining experience, you won't be disappointed with Chez Francois on the water in Vermilion!

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Never Disappoints. Wonderful food, service and atmosphere. You really need to experience this Ohio treasure.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

The food is Great!

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vipMike (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

A little too noisy, veal chop was only so-so, while the “veal castle” was too breaded; not really worth the price nor the hype for a Christmas dinner with family. Too bad.

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OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Terrific! Best restaurant in Northeast Ohio. Food is excellent. Service is knowledgeable and friendly. Wine list is superb. All in a beautiful setting.

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Mars4b (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Both the food and service was outstanding.
The filet was one of the best I’ve ever heard.
The staff was very attentive. We will definitely be visiting again.

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vip2shoes (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Without a doubt best dining experience for anyone within 50 miles or more. Worth the drive.

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MarkC (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Dinner for 6 at the best restaurant in the state. Expensive, not an everyday thing, but worth the $$ when you want a special meal. The wine list is amazing - massive and fairly priced. Our whole evening was seamless. Atmosphere, service, food and wine all impeccable. Entrees for everyone, shared appetizers and desserts, and 4 bottles of wine (no clunckers) for ~$700. Have that same meal in New York or SF and you would pay 2-3 times the price. We're lucky to have a place like this in the Cleveland area.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

We absolutely loved Chez Francois and had been wanting to go there for a few years but never quite managed to get there.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Great time, my wife and quests had a wonderful time and will return again

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Best restaurant in Ohio - well, I haven't been to every restaurant but by far this is the most classy dining experience you'll ever have. Great location - great seasonal décor.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
2.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Our evening was meant to be a special night for our 85 year old mother, however, it didn't turn out so well. When we arrived there was snow packed along the curb so she had to climb over the snow and ended up falling. Luckily I had one of her arms secured with mine but it was slippery and down she went. Needless to say she was very wet and shook up. The rails leading down to the restaurant were snow covered and my sister had to clean them off with her own gloves because my mother needed something to hang on to. That should never be especially with the prices that are charged at your restaurant. All that should have been taken care of. We have dined at your restaurant over a dozen times and one of my daughters had her wedding reception there. The food is very good but the price has skyrocketed and unfortunately because of that and the fall of my fragile mother we won't be returning.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

Our waiter Omar was outstanding. Highly would recommend him.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

We have been coming here since the new owners took over about 20 years ago. If anything they have gotten better.

Quality, service and quantity are all better. They would be 6 star today.

Hats off to the two gentlemen who own the business and pay personal attention to its operation.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Chez Francois is a very nice restaurant to treat yourself to. If your looking for a unique place for fine dining, this place is for you. The food is excellent, the atmosphere is excellent, and the service is excellent.

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vipCLEdining (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Our first visit to Chez Francois will have us returning in the future. We entertained friends there to celebrate some special milestones in their lives. The ambiance of this restaurant reminded us of some country restaurants we visited in France. The view overlooking the river was spectacular, and was supplemented by a clear December evening with the festive Christmas lights from both the restaurant and the neighboring residences reflecting off the water. The restaurant staff was fantastic from our arrival to the finishing touches at the end of our dining experience making this a very special occasion. The wine and dinner offerings were substantial and varied, and the veal and lamb dishes we ordered were prepared and presented creatively.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Chez Francois as a place where my wife and I love to go and celebrate special events and occasions. the food and service and Ambience is always stellar and the food is always excellent. be prepared the menu is pricey but you get superb food!

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Just an amazing dining experience, with delicious cuisine, excellent choices from appetizer to dessert with phenomenal wine list. The service is impeccable. It is pricey but worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Always the best! We’ve been going there for years and it is always an enjoyable evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

The atmosphere is elegant and cozy, the decorations are beautiful, food amazing, and the staff is attentive and knowledgeable. Matt, the owner, is welcoming and ensures quality service to all patrons.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything was beyond our expectations starting with the appetizers and ending with the dessert! Will be back!!

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Summer (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

The food, service, and atmosphere was outstanding. This is the third time for me and have always experienced one of the best meals and time spent. I drove an hour, but would drive longer if necessary. I also would like to comment that the decor for the holiday is beautiful.
The birthday card that the staff signed was so special for our daughter. She loved it as well as the wonderful dessert wishing her a Happy Birthday. Thank you again for a great time.

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David (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

My wife and I love this place, one of the few places my wife eats her meal the way it is served. Meaning she doesn't add anything like salt to it. You will never find a wait staff that explains your entire meal to you the way they do. I've heard it so many times, but I let them go because they all seem so passionate about it.
The Madre D is one of the owners and enjoys getting to know his customers, we have eaten here when well knows are also there and he treats everyone like your the most important person there.
If you are the kind of person who believes you get what you pay for, then Chez Francois is a must, you won't be disappointed.

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Sergio (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Everything was as it was billed. The most exceptional part of the experience was the service. The food was very good and you do not go away hungry. The price adds up quickly however and dinner, appetizers, desserts and 2 glasses of wine will take you north of $200. The evening was grand in every respect.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

Awesome food, ambiance, service! Our favorite restaurant ever!!!!

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