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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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