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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/

Parking Details:
Free Valet Parking for lunch 11:00am-3:30pm, Tuesday-Saturday.

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, 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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (40)
Good for a Date (39)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
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Romantic (37)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Cozy (30)
Authentic (26)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Business Meals (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Fun (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Casual (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 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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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely fantastic. I love this place.

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 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·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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vip
 (Chicago)·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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vip
 (Chicago)·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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vip
 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Always the best French restaurant in Chicago. Hidden gem!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Beautiful, quaint, French bistro with great tasting food. First time there and cannot wait to go back. Food was wonderful and the portions were just right. Went for restaurant week and enjoyed what they had to offer on the menu. Will surely return and order off the regular menu next time. It looked great!!!! It is, however, very small inside. Tables are very close together. I find that to be like restaurants in Paris. The small places were always the best. This is one of the best in Chicago as far as French food and atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We dine here often and enjoy our experience every time, both inside and outside.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

9 of us came for lunch during restaurant week. The menu is fabulous, the food is delicious and the service is impeccable. Chez Joel never fails.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Dinner was good but we got charged for two Evian bottle of water. We did not know nor informed that water was part of the check.
Otherwise the meal was good

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The mussels and frites were excellent! Charming decor. Will go back

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

A lovely and romantic bistro celebrating French food. Good portions, great service, and aptly priced!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food was outstanding as usual! Great place w/ a great atmosphere. Have always had a good experience here.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We always love Chez Joel, but often forget to go back. Restaurant Week was the perfect reminder and the menu was great.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Was there during Restaurant Week and really enjoyed the visit. The escargot were delicious, although a tad on the small size. The onion soup was very good. Our entrees were salmon and cornish hen. Both were excellent. For dessert we had the chocolate mousse. You feel like you are in a small bistro in France. The service was excellent. Only one thing to beware of...if you don't want to pay extra for the "specialty" waters (Perrier or Evian) be sure to decline when they come over and ask you which you would prefer.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food very good service a bit cramped. Valet is good service and great price.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very good food! You really feel like you've entered a cozy little restaurant in France. Waiter(esses) were very helpful and friendly. Only downsides were that it was pretty noisy and got very hot as it is a small, crowded restaurant. This made it a little difficult to enjoy the food and conversation at times. However, overall a very good spot for a date night out!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We've been to Chez Joel several times, and we love it. We were there this time for Restaurant Week and thoroughly enjoyed it -- what a great value! The food was excellent -- my husband had the steak frites, and I had the salmon. The service and ambience were also lovely.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My wife and I loved it and will definitely come back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This was my first visit to Chez Joel and was very impressed. The waiter was wonderful, always checking to see if we needed anything. I highly recommend the Onion soup, best in the city. Really good food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great experience at Chez Joel. We were greeted by the host when we arrived and immediately taken to our table. Our server was very attentive. The two of us shared three dishes: the beet salad, grilled calamari, and filet mignon entree. The portions were plentiful, delicious, and reasonably priced- it was perfect for two people. We shared a bottle of wonderful white cotes du rhone during dinner. Overall, enjoyed our experience, it was our first time here and we will return!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We loved everything about this restaurant! Wonderful selections, carefully prepared and served with every attention to detail. At the end of our dinner as we were leaving, I smelled the beautiful yellow rose on our table ... and the host gave it to me to take home. A lovely memory from a truly lovely experience!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Great food, ambiance and service - will definitively return and recommend to friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Each of us enjoyed our dinner. The fixed price menu is outstanding for value and the selection. We had the Salmon, Scallops, Steak Frite and enjoyed them all. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We love this place - excellent delicious quality food all around

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Consistently exquisite French bistro. Wonderful wine list, great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Fun
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