Chez Joel

4.8
1806 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1806 people are saying
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vipMP7699
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable with heaters — and good wine!

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Tessa
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience start to finish. My friends and I sat on their patio, which is both spacious and quaint, and we were impressed by the wine, food, and excellent service. They have lots of reasonably priced yet interesting red wines by the bottle. We chose two in the $50-60 range and loved both. The mussels were the BEST— my group ordered another round as soon as we tasted them. We also ordered the baked Brie, filet mignon, and coq au vin and it was all top-notch. It was a really lovely experience and I am excited to take friends there again soon!

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MrsBickers
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambiance and service were terrific. It was my fifth or sixth time at the restaurant, and as always, was very pleased, as was my dining companion who had never been to Chez Joel before.

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BobbyC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cant believe we haven't eaten here before. Lovely place with lovely ambience. Food was wonderful as were the cocktails. Will certainly be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The manager seem to visit every table but ours. Not sure if that was because we were the only black people there but it was off putting.

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vipJLP530
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great dining experience, the food and cocktails are delicious, the service is great and the atmosphere Is perfect. One of our very favorites! I can’t get enough of their mussels! Absolutely love it here!

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vipStuart
Chicago
135 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good meal and price

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vipHappy
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful, warm outdoor setting in which to enjoy delicious French food. They do all the classics well.

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Kristie
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking for a restaurant with outdoor dining due to restrictions and came upon Chez Joel and all of the 5 star reviews. Lovely outdoor space, stellar service, and fabulous food. We’ll definitely return and have already recommended this restaurant to several friends!

KB
KimB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered this darling place a few summers ago and it has become one of our favorites! The best patio in Chicago! And the food is fabulous, authentic french bistro. And to top it off, our server, Maggie, is just the best.

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vipluv2dine
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to be at Chez Joel this past week. The French martini, beet salad, duck entree and creme brûlée was just what the doctor ordered! Thank you to the chef and staff for making it a wonderful evening for the four of us.

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GingerY
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

The outdoor garden at CJ is enchanting! Service was less than great this time around--but I refuse to complain about it in this time of COVID since I know staff are working under difficult circumstances. Food was good as always, but my steak was a bit overcooked. Such a great spot!

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vipMP7699
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our guests loved the meal and the service and the ambiance.

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Delicious
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and fantastic service. Great place for a date night. Great place to take guests that enjoy food.

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Rene
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, loved the distance between tables in the outside patio and the heaters keep guests warm. Excellent food as usual.

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CallieS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Went there for my boyfriends 30th birthday and everything was perfect and special. Waiter was great and they brought ice cream with a candle for us to celebrate. Thank you!!

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vipKevinH
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and rock-solid service. We loved sitting outside in the beautiful courtyard! We will be back!

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OttoT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and an enjoyable evening. Outdoor patio was charming and the music added the right mood.

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vipjayzee
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The loveliest of patios, the most attentive and friendly service and the most exquisite food. Oh, the mussels! Love love love!!!

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vipAnnetteA
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Joel has always been a favorite of ours and we love their outdoor terrace. They had the terrace dining down long before the current pandemic rules on restaurant dining. I strongly suggest giving Chez Joel a try if you have the urge to go out to eat but want to be on a large charming terrace outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husband and I ate at Chez Joel on Sunday evening, October 11th. We ate outside. The tables were strategically placed in order to allow for plenty of social distancing. There were heaters close to all of the tables. Upon request, the wait staff would turn on the heaters. My husband and I both ordered the coq au vin. As usual, it was excellent. The price of their food has gone up a bit. I suppose this is due in large part to the pandemic. The ambience was great. Overall, I greatly enjoyed my meal and the outdoor seating.

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DavidW
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and friendly service. Excited to come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing outdoors set up.. highly recommend!

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RodolfoE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and outstanding service, as always. Our waiter Mag as welcoming kind as always, and she took care of us explaining us the menu and making sure we didn’t need anything. I love Chez Joel

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vipmurph
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Joel's outdoor space keeps getting better and better. In addition to the lovely chandeliers, they've added outdoor heaters, which are perfect for chilly nights. The frog leg special appetizer is my husband's favorite and the steak frites are fantastic. The waitstaff is top notch. This is truly a neighborhood gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice patio!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They gave us two glasses of champagne after learning of our celebrating our anniversary there. Everyone was very kind. We’ll be back. One note: there are literally no cabs to be found when you’re done with dinner. Either drive yourself or you’ll have to call an Uber.

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vipMP7699
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Joel now has heaters on the patio. On the chilly evening when we had dinner recently, the heaters were great. Dining was as comfortable as it was on a pleasant summer night!

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vipChicagoro
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most charming outdoor patios in Chicago. Fabulous food and excellent service!

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Tianasarce
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place , love everything about it.

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vipRuthie
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at a restaurant since the pandemic began and it was perfect. The food, the atmosphere, the service and the safety precautions. It was my birthday dinner and I can’t imagine anything more perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a wonderful place. A little gem on Taylor Street. Everything from the ambiance to the food was perfection!

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vipJay1039
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot off the beaten path! Frog legs to die for. Service was outstanding.

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vipMP7699
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, our meal was excellent. Likewise, service was friendly and prompt.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Joel’s ambiance is quaint. The outdoor courtyard is very nice and the food is delicious. I would go back again and there are quite a few things in the menu I would like to try.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a birthday dinner at Chez Joel today. Lovely outside courtyard dining. Quiet atmosphere, one of the nicest outdoor dining settings. They also have a nice indoor dining room as they are able to open their front windows to give it an inside outside appeal. We ordered French onion soup (me) and frog legs (him) and both were very good. We shared a bottle of Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc. For our main course I ordered linguine with fruit de mar which had numerous clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari and scallops. Delicious. My husband had the halibut which was the fish of the day which included garlic mashed potatoes and veggies . He was very pleased with it. I got a complimentary dish of ice cream for my birthday. My husband had sorbet and we topped it off with cappuccino. Very friendly service. A pleasant evening for sure and not just for special occasions. We hope to be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Best experience under recent conditions. Service was warm, ambiance was fantastic - good energy, and food was delicious. Thank you Chez Joel for helping us forget the stress of the times for a while:). Our sitter was Carlos I think? Amazing:).

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christopherh
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely wonderful dinner. Service was impeccable and thoughtfully paced. My wife and I shared the warm Brie appetizer (outstanding) the salad maison (perfect combination of sweet and bitter). I enjoyed the breast and confit of duck (perfectly prepared and served. My wife had the butternut ravioli and was thrilled with her meal. Finished with creme brûlée and champagne. A perfect meal in my book. I highly recommend Chez Joel.

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ArmandA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Joel is my go-to place for a nice evening. On top of all the usuals, we reserved a place for two outside but it was misting out. Although they have umbrellas out there, they were most accommodating by letting us have an indoor table.

The duck is my usual favorite but I switched to the lamb shank and was not disappointed. My guest had the fish of the day and loved it. We had the polpi appetizer and it was terrific--very tender.

This was my 3rd dinner there in about 6 weeks.

MP
vipMP7699
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our outdoor experience on a cool night. Great meal!

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 1806 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.