Chez Francois - Vermilion

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French

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"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.
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LLTerry
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable elegance...yes you have to wear a jacket guys (tie optional), but the "snootiness" ends there. Chez has earned its stars through delectable food and first rate service. Expect to pay at least $150 for a regular non-event dinner for two (or more depending on alcohol extras and gratuity), but worth it. The upscale rustic setting on the Vermilion River just adds to the experience. Enjoy!

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PamW8
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! Great quality ingredients and preparation. The staff are phenomenal. Matt and John you do a fabulous job as always. We are very grateful that we have such a superb restaurant in our area !

JM
JakeM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ever! Food is so good. The lamb was as good as it gets.

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vipShipsk
Cleveland
38 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Service is perfect. Appreciate the attention to detail and the excellent recommendations by our server Roger. Always a special evening.

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Theaterfan
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the aperitif to dessert was amazing! Exceptional service and beautiful ambiance. Best restaurant in the Cleveland area!

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vipErinS
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just wonderful always!

MC
vipMarkC
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not an everyday place, but I can’t think of a better special occasion destination. If this place was in NY or California it would be a two-star. Not an exaggeration

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Francois is absolutely one of our favorite places for a really special occasion. The food is amazing and the service is even better. Matt and his crew are the bomb!

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Kimser
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a table of 9 on the day after Christmas with some traveling from Toledo & others traveling from Cleveland.
The staff of Chez Francois could not have been kinder or more patient when the oldest in our group decided that we should sit at a different table than they had already set. It was changed back without hesitation at my request & we enjoyed a phenomenal meal with outstanding service in a beautiful setting.

This restaurant is worth the drive & always has been. We relaxed, enjoyed each other & our surroundings, & had one of the best restaurant experiences any of us can remember.
We chose entrees ranging from the special seafood choices to the classic steaks & we all ordered different desserts that were to die for as well. The entire waitstaff was knowledgeable, patient, professional, & friendly.

There is nothing I would have changed (other than my dad's attempt at a new table!) & would recommend this to anyone for a superb meal in a warm, pretty setting being attended to by top notch professionals.

LW
vipLorraine18W411
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a lovely find. We stopped on our drive from Chicago to NY. Matt provided a jacket so we could dine here. They were just so accommodating. Matt stopped by later and chatted with us.
Food was great. The friendly, efficient service provided by Lauren and Alison was superb. Even though it was very busy with what looked like many birthday and Holiday celebrations, we could still converse.
A truly memorable evening. We hope to dine here on other drives.

NY
NotYourKidFromMoTown
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Francois could only be improved by being located a bit closer to home. The 2-1/2 hour drive there just ads antica........pation. It's the drive home afterwards that is tough, but their excellent finishing coffee helps.

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Mikeb
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most perfect 50th Anniversary we could of experienced!!!!!

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EileenG
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance, food and service!

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vipAnnS
Cleveland
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous evening and worth the hour drive to get to you!!!

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StephanieF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience I have ever had! The food and staff are amazing!

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FryrKing
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as always we are never disappointed. My wife and I had the Truffle Prix Fixe menu for the third year in a row and it was as amazing as the first. Omar and Michael took great care of us and Omars knowledge of the wines that were paired was informative and entertaining.

Love this place.

KB
KentB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always, we enjoyed everything about our dining experience that was a celebration for our anniversary. Very special. Worth our trip from Pittsburgh. Thank you.

JD
vipJonD
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

unreal as always. Thanks so much to Matt and John for always making it worth the trip

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere. The food was great but just not sure it was worth the high price tag.

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vipRachelC
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!!

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KevinR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Katey in the bare area was attentive and right on point!
Seating was 40 minutes late.
The waiter brought checked with me for the appetizer and still bought the wrong one...
I still tipped generously and Will return.

DB
vipDayB11
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Francois is the overall best dining experience in NE Ohio - the ambiance, attentiveness and attention to detail are unmatched. What a lovely place to celebrate!

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ChrisN
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the very best, if not the best, restaurant in the Cleveland area. The truffle dinner especially is truly a gem worth carving out an evening for. It's all so wonderfully put together.

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Minuteman1
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Francois never disappoints. Excellent cuisine, attentive service without frills. One of the proprietors, Matt comes over to talk to the patrons. Civilized and relaxing, A throwback to a more elegant and relaxed dining experience.
We Love it!

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Ruthann
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was unbelievable good. Very quiet and cozy- we loved it

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DavidR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was decorated in traditional fall/ halloween colors, very festive.
We had reservations and were seated imeditley with a view of the river.
Our waitress was very knowledgeable of the vast wine selection and the menu as well. She helped us select an excellent wine as well as several food items.
The food was fantastic; very flavorful and beatifully garnished.
The desserts where heavenly.
We had a wonderful time and will return !!!

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CassieA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The staff was very friendly. I booked this over a month in advance so that it would be a special night for my boyfriends birthday. We got a air b nb for the night just to come. I made a requests a month in advance for a nice table with a great view for the occasion.

When seated with were sat at a small table that sat 2, in a corner. When other couples of 2 were seated at a 4 top.

The bottle of wine requested they did not have. The scotch at the end of the night requested did not have.

Then at the end of the night. I the server was said to me “are you going to take the bill, because it is his birthday and all” then still slid the bill to him and said “but I’m old fashion”
Very uncomfortable.

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vipBZfromAuroraOH
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from start to finish. Highly recommended, even if you live way on the East Side!

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vipFoodman
Cleveland
68 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best!
We have been to Chez Francois several times, usually for special occasions and we chose to stay in Vermilion rather than drive the hour home. The staff there is always fabulous, the chef magnificent and innovative. An unsurpassed wine list in Northern Ohio. And always a wonderful overall experience. You cant go wrong with the regular menu however usually the specials feature local seasonal items that are prepared in ways you have never experienced before.Well worth the drive weather you stay out there or not. I would highly recommend it!

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JayI
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the greeting when we entered until we departed the entire staff was extremely pleasant, knowledgeable and courteous. The attention to detail is amazing. They truly know how to make your evening special.

CO
COCOCREATE
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez François Is a United States treasure here on the north coast of Ohio. Unassuming and modest on the shore of Lake Erie You are transported by the Attention to detail from service to wine selections to the incredible food #treatyourself #lifeisshortorderthefoie

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ClaudiaL
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special occasion when we eat at Chez. The service is impeccable and very personable. Food is excellent.

TK
TammyK
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening Saturday night was wonderful!!! Every aspect about it was wonderful!! We ate upstairs in the Bistro and loved the atmosphere,food,waitress everything was wonderful!!! Thankyou for a memorable evening!!

RJ
vipRobertJ
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant deserves its reputation as "The Best Restaurant in Ohio." I took my girlfriend for her milestone birthday, and from the moment we entered until our server gave us a hug on the way out. We enjoyed browsing for our favorite cocktail on the iPad menu, and when they arrived, they were expertly mixed. Lobster bisque was heavenly. We could not finish our generous entrees, so we took the doggie bags home for a delicious reprise the next day.

Chez Francois is pricey, but worth the splurge.

KG
vipKathyG
Cleveland
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Quiet, leisurely, romantic meal!

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viprjsltd
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasant surprise. This was our first trip to Vermilion and we were not disappointed. The restaurant was a joy to behold. The view, the table service, the entrance way, and the gorgeous windows. The service was outstanding and the friendliness genuine. Food was great too.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding meal, presentation and service. We requested a table change which was accommodated without question. Our servers were knowledgeable and assisted with any questions we had.
Special place.

MS
MichaelS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Francois is a special restaurant. I look forward to the next special occasion to celebrate there

MF
MichaelF
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Plan some extra time to review extensive wine list!

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vipLennyD
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One in our party had difficulty with stairs - the staff helped navigate us into the restaurant smoothly and effectively.

Dinner was very good - the view of the lagoons and the rising moon spectacular