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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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!
Our guests loved the meal and the service and the ambiance.
Fantastic food and fantastic service. Great place for a date night. Great place to take guests that enjoy food.
Great atmosphere, loved the distance between tables in the outside patio and the heaters keep guests warm. Excellent food as usual.
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!!
Fantastic food and rock-solid service. We loved sitting outside in the beautiful courtyard! We will be back!
Good food and an enjoyable evening. Outdoor patio was charming and the music added the right mood.
The loveliest of patios, the most attentive and friendly service and the most exquisite food. Oh, the mussels! Love love love!!!
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.
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.
Fantastic food and friendly service. Excited to come back!
Great food, amazing outdoors set up.. highly recommend!
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
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.
Very nice patio!
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.
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!
One of the most charming outdoor patios in Chicago. Fabulous food and excellent service!
Awesome place , love everything about it.
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!
This is such a wonderful place. A little gem on Taylor Street. Everything from the ambiance to the food was perfection!
Great spot off the beaten path! Frog legs to die for. Service was outstanding.
As usual, our meal was excellent. Likewise, service was friendly and prompt.
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.
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.
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:).
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.
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.
We loved our outdoor experience on a cool night. Great meal!
Amazing ambiance. The food is really flavorful and worth the vale. Their risotto is absolute love and so is the drink- moulin rosè, if you are a rosè lover, a neat little twist!
Their garden outdoor is gorgeous for dining and the staff is warm and their service welcoming. Will definitely be returning. Great for cozy birthday celebrations.
This place is so beautiful! We sat outside for my dad’s birthday... the courtyard was breathtaking! Ursula took such care of us and the food was impeccable.
We enjoy special occasions (first summer outside dining, anniversaries, celebrations etc) at this restaurant. The French music is an added benefit!
Great food, service, & ambiance. Only downside was no cups for kids. We'll definitely be returning.
Food was excellent as was the service.
It is a beautiful garden setting. the food is always consistently good. I had the fish of
the day and it was excellent. Waiter was very good remembering small details like dressing on the side and no potatoes. Waiter and staff were in masks Pderfect summer evening
This is my favorite restaurant on Taylor Street which is primarily known for its Italian food. It’s elegant without being pretentious or snobby and the food is outstanding. It had been quite awhile since my last visit here and I’m glad to see it hasn’t changed. There aren’t many intimate French bistros like this left in the city. Hope they can survive this pandemic and stay around a long time. Support this neighborhood business!
Very good food and service. Nice bistro feel.It's a regular for us.
One of my very favorite restaurants in the city of Chicago... SO HAPPY to be back!!!
We try to always celebrate our anniversary in Chez Joel’s garden and are never disappointed. The warm Brie appetizer was lovely. The scallops were rich and flavorful. The duck was moist and delicious. Everything is always beautifully presented, and the service is excellent. We appreciated the masks and social distancing for this our 55th anniversary!
Outstanding French food and French wine.
Chez Joel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 226-6479.
Chez Joel is rated 4.8 stars by 1795 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.