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For 2
Date
Sat, 4/21
Time
10:00 PM
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Chez Francois - Vermilion

5.0
1839 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
"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.
Additional
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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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Everything to perfection, best restaurant in the world.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First time dining here. Recommended by a friend and experience was wonderful. It is i the pricey side but given the quality of the food, service and ambiance I did not feel guilty paying the tab on this dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

This, consistently, is one of the outstanding restaurants in the U.S. Never fails.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Beyond expectations!!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Chez Francois - for the 3rd year in a row. We enjoyed a wonderful meal served by a personable server. Everything is quality with Chez - it's classy, comfortable and the food and service are second to none. If you haven't enjoyed this experience, it's time to make your reservation!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Fantastic dinner. Very special meal in a lovely setting. The service was fantastic and food was delicious. This is a first rate restaurant that we would love to return to for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent! Our food and service was exquisite! Congratulations to the owners, chef and Roger our waiter.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The attention to detail and helpful/competent servers made this evening a delight! Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

That’s fine dining establishment is unparalleled in every aspect from ambience to service to the food and it’s presentations. This restaurant operates at the highest level in all categories to perfection.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

first time at the restaurant, visited for Easter day, the setting is wonderful and likely even more amazing in the summer given the restaurant's location, lovely service and food

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Romantic, we enjoyed over 3 hours and 4 courses.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We had the 5 course chef tasting menu with wine pairing. It was wonderful. Each course was delicious and the wine pairings were perfect. It was a well-paced meal with excellent service and a vibrant atmosphere. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

More than fabulous as ALWAYS! Our favorite place to dine bar none. John's and Matt's efforts always exceed our expectations. Well worth the cost and the drive.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food and sevice was impecable. Wine list ,best everarond.felt quite at home.very cordial staff.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My wife and I celebrated her birthday at Chez Francios. This is our go-to restaurant for truly outstanding French cuisine. Everything from the cocktails, wine, appetizer, main course and dessert was outstanding. The atmosphere is old-world charm with a great view of the water. The service was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. It's a little drive from Cleveland, but well worth it!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

From entering the doors of Chez your experience starts. Matt Mars and his staff go above and beyond to make your dining experience amazing. The ambiance is lovely. The wait staff are professional and informative. The food is always amazing. Don't forget the Bananas Foster! Bravo.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Went to celebrate a special occasion! Exceeded expectations! Everything was delicious! Very memorable experience. The dinner was definitely one of my top 10 best meals.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We chose the 6 course meal and would absolutely recommend this option. It was a superior experience and each course offering was divine both in presentation and taste!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I felt that my wife’s sixty-fifth birthday was a very special moment. I wanted things to be perfect. After spending some time weighing the top restaurants in the Cleveland area, I selected Chez Francois. The reputation of this restaurant, long preceded it.

We arrived and were warmly greeted with a small-town-town vigor. We were ushered into the ambiance of a room reminiscent of a Parisian suburb with soothing artwork on every wall. The table immediately underscored the occasion with a birthday card signed by the staff. My wife was overwhelmed.

We could hear our soon-to-be waiter reciting the menu with an informed precision that only a trained chef could provide. This engaging chap was the preamble to a perfect meal. We complimented him on his presentation and told him it reminded us of Topolombampo Chicago. He immediately shared his recognition of Rick Bayless.

Then the food! Oulala! Starting off with Escargot Basilic, the perfectly cooked treat sat quietly in bath of rich butter, hinted with garlic and basil.

Followed shortly by the House salad, we were dazzled by a delightful presentation. Imagine a clever ring of a thin slice of cucumber slivered with a mandoline and packed full of fresh, flavor packed lettuce, tomato and onions.

We then turned our attention to Carré d’ Agneau à la Provençal ( luscious lamb). So tender... beautifully resting on creamy, white mashed potatoes, touched lightly with bright carrots and your palate gets exactly what it deserves. Wonderful!

Saying goodbye and good night, Francois gave my wife a single candle and two delicate macaroons with Happy Birthday “ spelled in chocolate.

Delightful!

Dr. Reg

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

What an outstanding evening... From start to finish everything was 1st rate. One of the owners stopped by to check on us a few times and even the wait staff was A#1. We had Josh and OMAR... These guys were on their game! OMAR was extremely HELPFUL working our way through the menu. The food was Amazing! What a generous Chef. Presentation and flavor was OUTSTANDING. It was our Anniversary and they got us a card and all signed it. What a truly unforgettable evening. Thank -You soooooo much.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Always great. 5 course dinner with wine pairing, a Great way to go.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our family has dinned with Chez for over 20 years. Matt, his professional staff of Servers and Chefs, undoubtedly some of the best in Ohio. Regardless if we are there celebrating a special occasion or a night out with friends, we leave feeling great and stuffed! This past Saturday, my wife and I enjoyed the Lobster Therm (for her) and the Chef's signature 5 course for myself. Excellent presentations perfectly cooked. Complements to the Chef! But special complements for our Server Lea and her partner Josh. Their knowledge of how the food was prepared makes the experience more personalized and Lea complemented the meals with excellent choices of wine. Well done!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great dining experience from start to finish. Outstanding wait staff combined with great food. Simply awesome. If you want the best dining experience near Cleveland this is the place.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Outstanding in every respect. Not just a fine meal, an experience.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Absolutely fabulous experience! A trek for us but worth the 2 hour drive!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

The food is Great!

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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