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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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4.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.9

ambience

4.9

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (86)
Worth the Drive (72)
Romantic (70)
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Good for Anniversaries (68)
Waterfront (67)
Creative Cuisine (57)
Good for a Date (56)
Notable Wine List (56)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Scenic View (46)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Local Ingredients (35)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Authentic (32)
Great for Outdoor Dining (30)
Cozy (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Seasonal (21)
Business Meals (19)
Tasting Menu (19)
Good for Groups (13)
Fun (11)
People Watching (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 3, 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·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!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

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

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·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.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic, Cozy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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·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.

Tags: Waterfront, Seasonal
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive
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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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