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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.

555 Main Street
Vermilion, OH 44089
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, International

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

Cross Street:
Ferry St.

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(440) 967-0630

Website:
http://www.chezfrancois.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Chez Francois is located in a neighborhood and has street parking around the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Chef D'Amico

Additional:
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

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.9

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (108)
Waterfront (86)
Romantic (83)
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Good for Anniversaries (81)
Worth the Drive (79)
Creative Cuisine (72)
Good for a Date (72)
Notable Wine List (72)
Good for Birthdays (65)
Scenic View (58)
Fit for Foodies (50)
Quiet Conversation (43)
Authentic (40)
Great for Outdoor Dining (40)
Local Ingredients (40)
Cozy (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Business Meals (22)
Tasting Menu (21)
Seasonal (20)
Good for Groups (16)
Fun (11)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
People Watching (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 7 days ago

We had a wonderful meal. Service was fantastic. We will visit again!!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, People Watching, Cozy, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 7 days ago

Fabulous french cuisine. Over the top service. Definitely a special event destination.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Outstanding restaurant, as always. Truffle entrees especially good

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was my first time to Chez’ and I will tell you that I was not disappointed. The food was delicious; the service outstanding. I can’t wait to go back and I would most definitely recommend to friends and family.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent dinner with long time friends. Our waitress, Susy, was the best!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

we come at least once a year. we enjou the atmosphere and the wonderful food. the help is fantastic, they make you feel as though you are the only ones in the room

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Our first visit to this renown restaurant was for a birthday celebration, and it was a wonderful dining experience! The food was delicious, and beautifully presented.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

We are new to Ohio and had heard about Chez Francois from several people. We tried it out for a rare date night and were extremely impressed! Awesome food, fantastic service, quiet. Definitely will go back!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary and were seated at a very romantic table. Susan did a phenomenal job of making our evening extra special. We will definitely return in the near future!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Service was excellent and friendly. Noise level was higher than preferred. Food was excellent and enjoyable. Never felt rushed (and actually felt courses could have come a bit closer together). Overall an enjoyable evening. Bring your check book

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Very good experience when we dined on the 26th. Returned two days later and it was less enjoyable. Service was spottier and the noise level was higher.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary at Chez. Food and service were more than outstanding. Our waiters, Nathan and Josh were very attentive. Great evening!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Toledo)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had a fantastic experience for our 41st wedding anniversary. The food, wine & service was outstanding!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toledo)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Always a special treat for my husband and I. Not a place for young children but a romantic dinner destination.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We went to dinner for our anniversary. It was beautiful and rustic. The service was outstanding. Our meals were excellent and the wine list is impressive!

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a perfect evening with outstanding service, delicious food all in a setting of outstanding proportions!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

an excellent dining experience , wonderful from beginning to end.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our expectations were high and we were not disappointed. Staff made us feel special.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Come here once or twice a year and it is always Great! Just back from a week in Paris and Dinner here is as good as the best we had in France. Will be returning soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Waterfront, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Food is outstanding. Few hiccups with front of house, but wonderful place to dine!

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Drive across country two times a year...always plan to have dinner...excellent evening...very easy going with everything done right...probably going 7 years now and never disappointed

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.
Thank you,
D&D

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary. This was our first time at Chez Francois and it will not be our last. Our reception and service was excellent. The food was outstanding. The overall experience exceeded our expectation. It was a lasting memory!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food, service and atmosphere are just superb! Just can't beat Chez Francois! Nathan and Tyler were great as servers.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Fantastic as always, that's why we keep coming back

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Perfect dinner from start to finish! Service matched the impeccable meal. Can't wait to come back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing service, staff, and food. Great menu, had the almond flower hogfish with caramelized apples. Was amazing.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Waterfront, Cozy, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Dinner was amazing as usual. Lobster bisque is a must. Soft shell crab was the best we ever had. Thank you!

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