Chez Francois - Vermilion

4.9
1893 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
"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 4 days ago

Perfect as always. Spot on service, food, & atmosphere. Always a welcome relief to see a dress code enforced

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Best restaurant in Northern Ohio. Lovely view on Lake Erie, wonderful food, great wine, etc.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Chez Francois is my very favorite restaurant so it was a “no-brainer “ for my twin sister and I to choose it to celebrate our 75th birthday with two good friends. Tim was our server and he did a superb job of making our evening special although when he described the food the words tumbled out of his mouth faster than our 75 year old brains could comprehend! The amuse-bouche of asparagus soup with Montrachet cheese foam was terrific- very flavorful - the spinach salad although overdressed was yummy. My appetizer was the soft shell crab - one of my favorites but after the first bite I thought “uhoh” - not good - not crisp and a flavor that was off-putting- so the dilemma became do I tell my sister who had ordered the dish as an entree? I decided not to - mistake! She took several bites and said “This is terrible!”
Tim took it off our bill. Then I took a bite of my entree - veal chop - also terrible - tough and overdone and covered with a gloppy sauce - sitting on a risotto that was equally bad - I was soooo disappointed! We had excellent macarons for dessert - thanks to the pastry chef - honestly it was a Tuesday night and there were only four tables so I’m not sure the chef was even there!?! I think the crabs were frozen and I think the veal chop was reheated. This is unforgivable at such a fine restaurant- I will of course return as often as I can and hope to have more positive experiences!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Exceptional food in a beautiful setting. Totally recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We love the casual atmosphere of Touche and the excellence of food. Better than downtown Cleveland overrated restaurants. Our favorite!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Chez François is worth the one hour drive from the east-side of Cleveland. The proprietor, Matt Mars, along with Executive Chef D’Amico, continue to provide quality food time after time. From the moment you're greeted, to the time the check arrives, you realized the service is just as exceptional as the food. Touché Chez François!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Everything was outstanding from start to finish ...the only thing I would change would be the chairs at our table. We were seated on the porch with the iron back chairs. The tables to our right and left appeared to have different more comfortable chairs...

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We have been here many times and have never been disappointed! Everything about this restaurant is wonderful! Highly recommend a night out here .. just allow for a few hours because this is an experience!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I had the Seafood Medley. It was the best I have ever had. Just got back from 2 weeks in Ft Myers and 3 weeks in Hilton Head. This meal blew them away!!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

I started a tradition in 2017 of taking my granddaughters to Chez Francois to celebrate my birthday. We all love the food and it is a wonderful opportunity to create very special memories.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

I just wish the server Would have more eye contact with his guest . At the beginning When going over all the chefs special plates. Then sounding like a recording (eye contact ) so Important ... you want your guest to feel inviting:)

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

My wife and I chose to spend our 55th anniversary at our favorite restaurant and it was everything and more...from our knowledgeable waiter to the fabulous food it was a joy.We hope to be back next year for another adventure in dining.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Chez Francois offers the oenophile a welcome oasis in the region’s forsaken fine wine desert, while bestowing upon us a geographic blessing from the heaven's preeminent winemaker gods.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This is the best restaurant that I've been too in Northern Ohio! The staff, food and atmosphere were perfect.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We celebrated our 42nd anniversary at Chez Francois, and the dining experience was heavenly! Our meals were delicious, and the wine pairing suggested by our waiter was perfect. Chez Francois is well worth the drive for a memorable night out!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Fantastic, as always.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Amazing. Came for my mom’s birthday and she couldn’t have been happier! Escargot and artichoke appetizers were my favorite parts of the meal. Cannot go wrong with the rack of lamb! Service was a perfect balance between attentive but never overbearing. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Birthday dinner- very romantic. Excellent thoughtful menu and much more reasonably priced than I thought. Delightful-cannot wait to go back

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The PreFixed menu was superb. Our new favorite restaurant in the Cleveland area.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

My wife and I ate here recently for her birthday dinner. We had a great table on the downstairs patio overlooking the Vermilion River. Service was impeccable all night long with a team of servers taking caring of us, but they were never obtrusive. We had a seasonal mushroom appetizer along with a prosciutto stuffed quail breast to start. Entrees were lamb chops and snapper. Had a bottle of Kistler chardonnay from a wine list that may be one of the most extensive in the Midwest. Prices here are not for the faint of heart, but the ambiance, food, and service might just justify the cost.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Best restaurant between Chicago and New York. Matt has cultivated an amazing experience that goes beyond dining. Our server Leah was attentive, knowledgeable, and so gracious. We used the menu as a guide and she offered suggestions and pairings to create, complement, and customize a unique evening of flavors and frivolities.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Not enough adjectives to describe our experience. Made our special occasion ( my retirement) even more special.

Can’t wait for our next visit.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Wonderful!!! Enjoyed every minute!!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We had a great experience. Great location,service and food. The dress code gave of the feeling of going to an special place, although no everyone was wearing a jacket. Fully recommend it, we had a great time.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We were impressed by the wine selection. The drinks were outstanding. The service was excellent. We dined at a comfortable relaxed pace. The food was amazing. Everything was done to perfection. We recommend the quail and lamb chops.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Awesome. Food was excellent

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Excellent food, wine, service and atmosphere! Definitely one of the must do's in Vermilion and the entire greater Cleveland area!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

First time there. Out in the casual dining, looking at the river boats going up and down the canal. Wonderful dining experience ambience was great,service was excellent. It has to be the best restaurant in Ohio

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

This place is pricey but worth every penny. Food arrival is paced just right so that you can enjoy everything from a appetizer, entree, and dessert without rushing. The staff is great. They are friendly and knowledgeable about the food being served. Great place!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

This is a first class restaurant, the food, service and ambiance are outstanding. We sat outside on a beautiful day which enhanced the occasion. The wait staff was polite, thoughtful and very accommodating. I would recommend this experience to anyone who enjoys fine dining.

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Snapper was good but the coating was a bit mushy. Mashed potatoes were like mine. Asparagus a bit over done.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

As always, a culinary delight! The minute you walk in the restaurant you feel the warmth of staff and environment.
Then the professional explanation of the wonderful entrees, culminating in a delicious meal.
A hidden gem!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Love coming here! The staff is so kind. Never feel rushed when we go to Chez Francois.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Went here or an anniversary dinner. Food was outstanding, service was just as good. Attention to detail was evident. Very classic, clean setting by the river in Vermilion. A terrific place for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Overall this is THE place to dine. However this time we found our waiter “Omar” to be condescending and just dripping with the “I know more than you do” attitude.
In reality, his wine service (which he believes is perfect) was FAR from it. He missed many of the wine service protocols that any trained server should know.
He was far more impressed with himself than we were.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We truly enjoyed every aspect of our evening at Chez Francois. Each food and beverage item was a delight

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Our "farewell dinner" for my mother this past Tuesday was, as usual, outstanding! The service, ambiance and food was second-to-none as we have come to expect when dining at this lovely spot in Vermilion. We were seated immediately and the wait staff was at our table within seconds of being seated. The two servers were professional, courteous and extremely knowledgeable regarding the menu, specials and the history of the restaurant. We were not rushed during the course of the evening and we enjoyed our appetizers, salads, dinners and desserts in a leisurely, relaxed manner, savoring every bite! We look forward to our next dinner at Chez Francois later this summer--always a treat and very much worth the 45 minute drive from Lakewood! Thank you.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I had the pleasure of treating my mother and daughter (soon to be mom) for Mother's Day 2018 to the Chez Francois experience! Itcwas well worth the drive from Cleveland. Our table was prompt and service was acceptional! Mom and daughter had the perfectly seared and temped fillet i had the flaky Hog Snapper, delicious!! We'll be back soon to check out Touche`

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Always a memorable experience, nothing is ever missed, a real gem

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