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For 2
Date
Tue, 2/20
Time
7:00 PM
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Chez Joel

4.6
1228 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Special Occasion (40)
  • Good for a Date (39)
  • Neighborhood Gem (39)
In the midst of Little Italy, Chez Joel creates the tastes and aromas of France. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Dinner:

Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00PM to 10:00PM

Friday & Saturday: 4:30PM to 11:00PM

Sunday: 3:00PM to 9:00PM
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Phone number
(312) 226-6479
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Joel Kazouini
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Parking details
Free Valet Parking for lunch 11:00am-3:30pm, Tuesday-Saturday.
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Public transit
Racine Blue line..Taylor bus, Number 8 Halsted bus.
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Special events & promotions
Please Join us for New Year's Eve
2 Hours four course price fix menu $80
Glass of Sparkling and Party Favors
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 1228 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDocc (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

My favorite place to go for great food and service!

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vipReedOftain (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great ambiance, great food and service. Thank you Joel and Maggie. Southside forever

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

This place was an amazing experience. The food was outstanding, better and more authentic than any other French food I’ve had in the U.S.. The service was delightful and the ambiance is charming. Highly recommend for any occasion!

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DaniSe 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The food was overall pretty good, with the exception of the escargots, which were VERY salty.

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Delighted (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Steak and salmon were both delicious. Wines were excellent. Service as always was friendly, professional, and not obtrusive. Brought two other couple along. Both are planning to return, as are we.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely fantastic. I love this place.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Absolute favorite restaurant! I have been coming since I was a child to special family events and now celebrate wedding anniversaries with my husband here. The food is sinfully good, I have never had anything that wasn’t amazing. The service and owner are fantastic. The decor and thoughtfulness of every aspect of the restaurant is great. A must go!

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MattP (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Pleasant service, great food for the cost, drinks were to die for, cute restaurant, and ultimately an incredible date night. Will return for many more memories.

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Marilyn88 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent French bistrot-style food, attentive service, lovely ambience!

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CarolL (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

I love the relaxed feel of the restaurant. The service was well-timed and friendly. The menu for restaurant week was a great variety for those wanting a meat or meatless option. I would love to return to explore more of the menu. The mushroom soup with truffle oil was amazing. The salad was refreshing. The Mussels and sauce they were prepared in were amazing. The steak was very tender. I loved that the cremé brûlée had the right touch of sweetness.

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BobKowalski (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

It was my first time here and I was pleasantly surprised with how full we left after enjoying the restaurant week menu options. I recommend the escargot, the sauce it comes in is delicious. The salmon was also excellent. Our server, I think Agnes is her name, was very nice and attentive.
The only downside was another server, who looked like Wario, was very rude to a busser that accidentally dropped silverware. The server yelled at him on the floor and seemed to be agitated with everyone he worked with. It was very unprofessional, I hate to see people treat their co-workers like that.
There was also a really cold draft coming from somewhere, possibly a back door of the restaurant.
Overall my date and I would come here again to enjoy the good food and romantic atmosphere.

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LeslieS (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

First time at Chez Joel with my partner, we were due for a nice date night and decided to give this restaurant a try during Restaurant week. No regrets what so ever, every one was very friendly and helpful. Plus the food was amazing in our opinion. We had the Cornish hen and NY steak strip, as our main course and everything was cooked as asked and came out in a timely fashion. We definitely will be going again.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Fabulous as always! We have been going here for years and it is wonderful every time!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We think of chez Joel always for a special occasion because the food is delicious, the ambience festive and the service very attentive. We’ve never been disappointed.
Even though this is not our immediate neighborhood, we never feel the drive is burdensome. The valet service is efficient and reliable.

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RAGG (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The escargot was good, but not amazing. My husband’s salmon was out of this world - done to perfection. The steak I ordered was tasty too. Desert was simply divine and I would definitely recommend trying the creme brûlée. I was a little disappointed with the French 75 cocktail I ordered but that’s because I like my cocktails on the sweet side. Overall, this place is a neighborhood gem and a definite repeat!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

This place is very amazing and cozy! Excellent service paired with excellent food! We will be back soon ! je t'aime❤️

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vipKathy (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The food and service at Chez Joel was very good. I was disappointed that I could not use my Dining Reward Card because they did not know how to process it. I hope Open Table will instruct all of their participating restaurants on how to process the Reward Cards. This experience will not stop me from returning to this restaurant.

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vipMichelleC (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Restaurant was packed so the noise level was high but we were seated immediately, the food was great and our server Amber was very attentive.

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vipDocc (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

We had a great meal but our waiter was very busy with other tables so we had to keep waiving him down. It was good but not as good as it’s been in the past.

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NormtheFoodie (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

The food is amazing, the ambiance is great and the service is awesome. You will not be disappointed.

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