Chez Joel

4.7
1553 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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.
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LS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Dined outside- beautiful ambience, despite being right on Taylor, it wasn't too loud. Food was tasty, but took quite awhile for the entrees to come out and the pomme frites and mashed potatoes were lukewarm on arrival.

A
New Orleans
217 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great truly French restaurant. We liked pretty much everything we had there.

SG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Chez Joel is a gem on Taylor Street. Great food, wonderful service and their outdoor patio is beautiful!

AP
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere with amazing, honest food. By honest, I meant authentic French cuisine without the "modern" or "small plate" flash. Definitely will come back to try everything else in the menu!

a
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very romantic atmosphere. Food was excellent. The service is second-to-none.

LM
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came to Chez Joel for a business dinner. We ordered escargot and grilled octopus for appetizers. Both were very good,.The bread they serve at dinner was too good. I think I ate 3 pieces. Our salad was nice and I had a cocktail that was a Pear-is ( tastey). For dinner I ordered the Coq au Vin. It was very good but the ratatouille was exceptional ( as a side). For dinner we had the almond cake ( very good also) and we had a couple bottles of a french red blend of wine also. The ambiance was so cute. I loved the chandeliers that hung from the trees. The prices were reasonable. I liked this place very much.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spot on service and we each enjoyed perfect dinners. Thanks for the memories.

BP
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Walled in courtyard is wonderful of a fair weather night. Food is always excellent...certainly not inexpensive but the place is fantastic. Our waiter Omar was attentive and very nice.

B
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I like this restaurant very much. The food is well prepared, presented, and represents excellent value for money.

I tried the garden for the first time and liked the relief from the loud noise inside when the main dining room is full.
The only thing that marred the outdoor experience is having a seat quite close to the air-cons at the back. You can’t see them, but you certainly hear them when they crank up, but still a lot quieter than the dining room at 8:30 on a Saturday night, and so loud to prevent conversation.

WY
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I came here for our birthdays. The food had generous portion size, bold flavor, and elegant presentation. Our server was very friendly and attentive.

J
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After theatre- We Love it there

A
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Nothing better than sitting on the patio under a huge tree eating great food. Tried a salad never had before and now on my list.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for a long overdue dinner with my roommate who had returned from Egypt. The dinner went seamlessly, in a way that I haven’t experienced in years—and we will certainly be back.

J
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant from the food to the decor and the service! So good, I ate there twice in one weekend! Don't miss it if you travel to Chicago!

DF
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, as always!

CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a real treat. We love this place. Food and service always top notch.

CD
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was terrible.. Probably wont go back.. Very disappointing

c
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I always feel like I’ve left the US when Im there. Love the ambiance- delicious entrees. The lake perch was fabulous. The house salad is awesome and the wine list great. They also know how to do justice to a French 75. Highly recommend.

s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, nice ambiance, fantastic wine

YB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location. Food and service were top notch. Would definitely return.

AM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating kids’ last day of summer classes!!!

AB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent traditional French bistro.

G
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went on a Wednesday evening, we ordered from the pre fixe excellent I had the soup others gad the salad very nice size. Desserts were excellent! It wasn’t crowded we visited for over 2 hours. Stormy night otherwise we would have sat in the garden.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is delicious, but the server could be more polite

W
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is very quaint and warmly decorated. Food was well prepared and paced appropriately. Will definitely be back.

DK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Chez Joel--so warm and cozy and the food is always excellent.

u
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hey small bistro reminds you of Paris. Food is outstanding value. Service is impeccable. Definitely a repeat destination

RB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say? The Coq au vin and the special beet salad was outstanding! I had the special of the night, white fish and the sauce was incredible. Desserts were over the top! The outside patio made it a truly delightful evening. I love this place. 5 stars for sure every time!

JD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food and service!!

G
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

This was our second visit. Such a lovely European cozy dining experience and a wonderful outdoor patio. I think the food is really good but we had some serious issues both times with kitchen delays and fish and steak.overcooked. These are flaws in otherwise a lovely place.

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly memorable and outstanding dining experience. A romantic spot with extraordinary service and food. My guest and I had the prix fixe special (French Onion Soup, Steak Frites, Creme Brulee). All prepared wonderfully. And served with style. Loved it!

ND
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect summer spot with a secret garden for dining. One of the few restaurants that asks how you want your salmon done. It's been a personal favorite for many years!

FU
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cute inviting location. Was able to sit outside in their courtyard, wonderful...like an outdoor bistro. Food and service was excellent. Definitely would go back.

DH
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Can't believe we waited so long to revisit. Only weak spot was that we were seated outdoors and experience an unpleasant odor that seemed likely to be from some process involving asphalt nearby, but we never saw the source. One hopes only a temporary glitch, certainly curable by sticking with indoor seating.

FS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A solid, if not safe and traditional French menu is brought to the table by a great wait staff. Everything I ordered I enjoyed and the outside patio was a wonderful surprise.

J
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic old school charming French Bistro. Very good wine selections with all of the classic bistro fare including frog legs which were excellent.

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy to visit our favorite Chicagoland restaurant last week. We were definitely regulars when we lived in the Chicagoland area. Now we live out East and tell everyone who plans to visit Chicago to stop by this wonderful establishment. Last week we visited Chicago, and the first place we stopped was Chez Joel. We had a lovely time and the food was amazing as always. Thank you Chez Joel for a beautiful evening. You will always be our first stop in Chicago.

OT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. So enjoyed the experience!

d
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed Chez Joel. My wife and I were in from out of town and having a casual Sunday evening dinner. Chez Joel was perfect. We appreciated the menu selections. The baked brie with honey and fruit was an especially good appetizer. The food, service and atmosphere were all very good. You leave thinking that the entire dining experience was very comfortable. I will recommend this restaurant to others.

o
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved our dinner. Went to celebrate a graduation knowing noting about the restaurant and ended up loving everything about it. Small dining room, lovely decor and wonderful service. Everything about the night was great.

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