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About Chez Francois - Vermilion
"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.
Vermilion, OH 44089
Contemporary French, International
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Chez Francois is located in a neighborhood and has street parking around the restaurant.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Chez Francois - Vermilion Ratings and Reviews
We found the evening a complete pleasure. Good food, Nathan and Josh were better than good, as was the bartender (we were early - but he took care of us and arranged our reservation earlier. /we plan on coming back in March for a Birthday and we just might make it a regular place to visit on our anniversary. The Grey Eagle and Pocahontas
Compared to what it should be capable of, our first experience with Chez Francois was a severe disappointment. From the smoke that drifted over from the small crowd huddle outside the entrance to Touche, to the mandatory descent of an awkward set of stairs, to the lack of acknowledgment of our arrival for several minutes, and finally to being asked the same "are you celebrating anything tonight?" question several times (the answer to which was provided at the time of reservation), the first impression was a complete fail. Table service was a bright spot, and there are no complaints with it. The food, unfortunately, was overall mediocre. The salad was good, and nicely presented. The veal "medallions" were breaded (!) much to our surprise. Had they had any taste it would have helped, but alas they were bland. The trio of the sea were each slightly overcooked, thus chewy and added nothing to the meal. The sauce was good, and while I generally prefer to taste the food and not a sauce, in this case more of it would have been appreciated. The dessert, a chocolate mouse tort, was good. The atmosphere was busy but not chaotic, and while loud it surprisingly did not interfere with table conversation. But it was not romantic, and from what I could see there was only one secluded table in the main room.
Even at our favorite restaurant, The Refectory in Columbus, Ohio, we have on a couple of occasions tried something that was not to our expectations but the greeting, service, and atmosphere has never disappointed. Perhaps we just chose poorly on this meal at Chez Francois, but to find something so mediocre on a menu in this type of restaurant is...baffling.
Once again well worth our drive from Toledo as we celebrated our daughter's successful completion of graduate school studies and receipt of her Master's Degree.
My wife, daughter and I have always enjoyed Chef John's prix fixe, sampling one of everything and 'sharing our plates', of course, so we can experience the full spectrum of his exceptional creations. Superb cuisine!
Thanks to all for another very memorable event with excellent and attentive servers. We'll be back!
We had a wonderful dinner with a group of eight friends. We wanted a more casual setting so the restaurant was very accommodating and put us in Touche (the waterfront Bistro area was reserved for a private party). The food was very good although service was a tad slow. My only other complaint is that our server was a bit pushy in trying to get us to order more expensive bottles of wine than we preferred. Otherwise, the setting was wonderful. Chez Francois is definitely a special place, it is worth the extra drive to get there.
This is the perfect restaurant for a special occasion. We’ve been here many times and it didn’t disappoint. Everything course from beginning to end was perfect! The thing I like about this restaurant is you always get a very high quality experience in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
I have dined here and many fine restaurants in the US. By far the food, service and ambiance at Chez has been the best most consistently. I cannot say enough about how great the food has been over the years and how gracious and kind all of the people have been.
I took my wife out for her birthday. We had the Chef Tasting menu, it was fantastic. We had great service from the staff. They described the wine with each course in detail. We are very open to trying different foods. It was a great dining experience.
This is my third time at Chez and it is incredible! From the excellent and enthusiastic service to the mouth-watering food, this is one of my favorite restaurants. This was my husband's first time here and he was blown away and he usually doesn't sit for more than an hour at a restaurant and we were there for over four! We had a splendid time and I give it 5 STARS!!!!! I can't wait to go back.
We appreciate dining in a restaurant with class. One of the few places that maintains a dress code. Our servers were attentive and knowledgeable without rushing us through our dinner. We also appreciated being able to converse without competing with loud music. Every course was perfectly prepared and served. It is worth the trip to Vermillion.
Everything at Chez Francois is first rate; from the background music to the desserts. While the Beef Wellington is a traditional staple, the French cuisine here is given an updated twist based upon fresh local ingredients. The charming ambience together with the stellar food and service make CF hard to top.
I took my partner to Chez Francois for his birthday dinner this past Wednesday night. Like previous visits, our dining experience was superb! Elegant ambiance, an attentive and professional server staff combined with amazing gourmet French cuisine made for another lovely, memorable dining experience. If you have never dined here, the drive to Vermilion is very much worth it as there are no other restaurants like Chez Francois in the region. We reserve Chez Francois for very special occasions through the year and every time we are truly amazed at our wonderful experiences there. Thank you!
this was a good place to celebrate our anniversary. the staff was quite nice and we were able to dine out of doors on an evening in october !! the food was good.....not great. the duck was fatty. did not enjoy it. the prices are high....#54 for salmon and most apps were about $25.
the drinks were good and moderately priced. we enjoyed it because of the view and the romantic atmosphere. i would to make the trip again (over an hour for us) but am glad i went.
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