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About Chez Joel

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.

1119 West Taylor
Chicago, IL 60607
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

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

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 226-6479

Website:
http://www.chezjoelbistro.com/

Public Transit:
Racine Blue line..Taylor bus, Number 8 Halsted bus.

Executive Chef:
Joel Kazouini

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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

Chez Joel Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (46)
Special Occasion (33)
Romantic (31)
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Good for a Date (31)
Great for Outdoor Dining (29)
Authentic (28)
Cozy (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Casual (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Business Meals (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Seasonal (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Healthy (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 3 days ago

Our first visit on a friend's recommendation. It's now on our list of top Chicago restaurants!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My wife and I went for a romantic evening. The atmosphere was very inviting and relaxing. Service was excellent as was the food. It was some of the best French cuisine I’ve had in a long time. I would highly recommend this place for anyone crazing a taste of France or a romantic evening.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This certainly was not what I was expecting when we walked in. I read many reviews before reserving & no one mentioned how small & crowded it is. We both ordered Coq au Vin. It was hard to eat with so many small bones; hazardous. Loved the Olive Tapenade served with the french bread. The French choux pastry, served with the Profiteroles, was stale & hard.
Nice addition to neighborhood, just not for us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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service4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The service and food are always outstanding with staff who are very patient when groups are deeply engaged in conversations. A wonderful place to share food and ideas!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Seasonal, Authentic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We've dined here many times, but this time it was a disappointment. Very small table, inattentive service. Duck, which is usually delicious, was overcooked.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Been going to Chez Joel for at least 10 years Great place. Attentive owner. Great outdoor eating weather permitting.
Would be great if menu would change

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Chez Joel never disappoints. You can always count on delicious food, excellent service and a charming atmosphere. We have dined here many times for lunch and dinner and always come away very satisfied and very glad we dined there. I

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic
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food5
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service5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had high expectations for this restaurant. Our server did a very good job. However, some of the dishes we ordered lacked flavor. One of the desserts was a disaster because it was burnt and bland. My portions were very small and the mashed potatoes were cold. This restaurant has potential but the manager must pay close attention to what is done in the kitchen.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The quality of the food is outstanding, and the presentation is excellent. Great value. Highly recommend all fish dishes, and the mussel appetizer is amazing. Rich and delicious. We will be back.

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 (Northern MI)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My favorite secret in the city!

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Chez Joel is a cozy, romantic spot serving excellent food Staff remembered that we were celebrating our anniversary and brought us a lovely dessert. We will return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

have eaten here a number of times, primarily for personal reasons with my wife and friends but also this week with business clients. The meals are excellent, prepared as requested with a nice variety of choices. The French influence has a strong positive influence on their offerings. This past weekend they opened the windows/doors to the sidewalk and had a wonderful breeze blowing through the main room. I noticed for the first time that they had a secluded outdoor dining area fenced off from the sidewalk. an excellent choice.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and a perfect outdoor space. This was perfect for an anniversary dinner. Highly recommend the quality French food with casual elegance.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had a great meal, sitting on the outdoor patio. Food and service etc were excellent.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Nothing but sublime! We loved it all. The green beans, steak, and pomme frites were perfect. The first dessert (chocolate with raspberry and ice cream) on the menu was fabulous. The garden area was so nice for dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

It's not hard to imagine that you are in Paris when dining at this restaurant. The atmosphere,
food and service have never disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Chez Joel is a lovely neighborhood gem, French bistro in a traditionally Southern Italian neighborhood.
Very good French food with delicious flavors and beautiful presentation!
Valet parking is available and paid street parking on Taylor. North and South of Taylor street, parking is strictly residential.
Highly recommend Chez Joel.

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

The cheese plate had some French cheese which was unusual, the main course was authentic, and the vanilla bean birthday ice cream was the best I have ever eaten.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Always enjoy Chez Joel. Wonderful food, good service and a very pleasant staff.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

All good! Great place

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Very accommodating with change in party size, great atmosphere!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We had a reservation for 5 people at7:00 pm last Saturday, and called the restaurant to let them Know we would be a half hour late. They were very gracious and said they would save our table. When we arrived we were shown right to our table. The server was friendly and efficient. They did not have the wine I ordered, but the substitution they suggested was excellent, and within $2.00 of the price of the requested wine.

The food was excellent and the presentation lovely. Our water glasses were never left empty as is the case frequently in busy restaurants.

It was our daughter's birthday and the serve having overheard our toasting her, made sure she received a special dessert treat, which we did not request. Very thoughtful gesture.

Our daughter and her husband suggested this restaurant because they had been there before and liked it. We think it is a great restaurant and are bringing out-of-town guests there this weekend.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Dined in the lovely outdoor space for the second weekend in a row. Wonderful, authentic French bistro; reliably super food and s great service!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was great, the service was poor.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Have eaten there many times and the food quality is consistently very good.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

A lovely simple, authentic French bistro, reasonably priced with a lovely outdoor space. Nice wine list. It has never failed to impress.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Awesome evening at one of my favorite local restaurants- French music, great food, excellent bottle of cabernet- romantic and cozy patio seating- Perfect!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great dining experience start to finish. Food and service fantastic.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (London)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Simply terrific! This place exudes quality and class!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Chez Joel has been a summer destination for lunch, for my friends and me for many years. It's the perfect spot for a civilized ladies lunch. Reasonably priced French wines by the glass. The $22 prix-fixe lunch has to be the best bargain in Chicago.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

FABULOUS dinner! Will be back and am recommending to everyone!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Chez Joel is always good. It has a great patio, contributing to the informality. It started to rain towards the end of our dinner, but we stayed outside under an umbrella. It was a good spot. Waitress was great; food was excellent.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

If you like classic french food....

First timer who will certainly be back. Our group started with a plate of pate, escargot, and salads. All wonderful. One of our party tried the lentil soup. Delicious. Our entrees were bouillabaisse, filet topped with foie gras, squash ravioli, duck breast and confit, and coq au vin. All were very well prepared. Deserts were creme brulee and ice cream. Wine was reasonably priced and good.

Service was attentive bordering on "are they rushing us" attentive. Intimate setting. Patio loked nice but down pour sent everyone scurrying indoors. Staff handled it perfectly.

Great experience. Great food. Reasonably priced. Recommend it highly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

It was good.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Got this recommendation from a friend and it was incredible. Would go back in a heartbeat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food as always, great service, outdoor dining reminds me of being in New Orleans!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

It is always a joy to visit Chez Joel. Not only is it in the neighborhood but the food is excellent and the service is superior. Thanks for being so.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This is a simple and casual French inspired bistro. The menu offers various bistro staples that are sure to please anyone. The owner takes great pride in his place and he is attentively making sure everyone is enjoying themselves. It really is a very enjoyable place with great food and service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Chez Joel is obviously one of the best French Bistros in Chicago, having visited most of the them and therefore we are able to compare. Wait staff is great and food quality and value is second to none.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

My wife and I dined on Friday night in the garden. The food is excellent and the selection offered very good. The wine list always impresses me with the prices generally reasonable and selection reasonably broad. The service is great with no desire to rush. Still a really nice French restaurant in Chicago.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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