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Chez Joel, Chicago, IL
Award-winning

Chez Joel

4.8
4.8
2543 Reviews
$30 and under
French
In the midst of Little Italy, Chez Joel creates the tastes and aromas of France for. Featuring traditional favorites, Chef Joel Kazouini offers his straightforward, expertly prepared Southern French cuisine. Chez Joel’s atmosphere is reminiscent of a true French bistro; its walls adorned with French posters and tables covered with butcher paper. The cozy environment makes Chez Joel the perfect spot for any romantic meal, and when weather permits, garden tables offer an open-air experience where you’ll find one of the most divine al fresco dining settings in the city.
Chez Joel Since 1999

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 226-6479
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Joel Kazouini
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy / University Village
  • Cross street
    May Street
  • Parking details
    Valet at Dinner: $7
  • Public transit
    Racine Blue line..Taylor bus, Number 8 Halsted bus.
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,543 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    French

2,544 Reviews
  1. PaulM

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great little bistro. Going on our restaurant rotation since Kikis closed

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  2. Chgohunt

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A long time favorite bistro. Wonderful to share with friends. The outside patio is truly a gem in the city. Everything was so well enjoyed. Looking forward to my next return.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Pate and escargot were very good as was the corvina fish special and coq au vin. Service was disappointing as they forgot to bring one appetizer til questioned and never had a waitress before say “read it in the menu” when asked about a certain dish.

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  4. Anderson

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic, one of the best restaurants in the city.

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  5. LisaE

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat outside. Lovely surroundings to go with the great food.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was underwhelming. French onion soup plated well but taste was lacking by a lot. Mussels were okay but sauce was not good, duck was undercooked, lamb was also okay.Flavors of everything seemed watered down. Wine list was not accurate either. I would not go back.

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  7. RaviM

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good. The service was mediocre- our waiter was unfriendly. curt, and dismissive.

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  8. TomV

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Neighborhood gem! It's been around 20 years for a reason. Consistent, not fancy, delicious French food.

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  9. PamelaH

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The outside patio was lovely and quiet! Both food and service were very good. One thing however: when telling about the specials for the evening, they need to mention the PRICE. We ordered the lamb chop special (hsving not asked the cost) and the price was $48, which is way above the price point of their other main courses!!!

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  10. Happy

    Chicago

    114 reviews

    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant and its cozy outdoor patio. Starting with the fresh, warm bread, we enjoyed a delicious salad, lamb shank and hamburger. They offer all the classic french selections and valet parking.

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FAQs

Chez Joel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 226-6479.

Chez Joel is rated 4.8 stars by 2543 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Chez Joel

1119 West Taylor, Chicago, IL 60607

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    May Street
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy / University Village
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet at Dinner: $7
  • Public transit
    Racine Blue line..Taylor bus, Number 8 Halsted bus.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Joel Kazouini
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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