Small and cozy restaurant. Gracious staff welcomed us with courtesy, and the food was delicious.
This is a French gem in the heart of Little Italy. The food was amazing French comfort food. I had the coque au vin, my wife had the filet, and my son had the steak au poivre. If I went back, I'd order the steak au poivre - All were mouth wateringly delicious, but this was my favorite.
very over rated. We were greeted by a loud waitress who announced we could pick a table but not a window table as it was reserved, although I had reserved a table and requested a window and did not get a window table. I guess you have to know someone
Food is always wonderful. Ambience is lovely and we can't wait for the patio to open. Agnes is is a wonderful server!!
The food was lovely as always!
1st Anniversary. First time being at your restaurant. It was amazing. We had the best freaking waitress. She was awesome. She was very nice friendly and told us what everything was on the menu. We will be back later on when it’s s little warmer. She told us to come back to experience the patio on the side of restaurant.
We dined at Chez Joel as part of celebrating our wedding anniversary. The food there was great as always. The Red snapper my wife had was perfectly done. The steak frites was great as well. I had the escargot as an appetizer but was a bit disappointed because the snails were so small. Even so, the dessert was perfect and the server brought us a complimentary glass of champagne at the end of our meal to mark our occasion.
Intimate setting with excellent food and great staff. Perfect for date night.
We've been here several times over the years and it never disappoints. Great little French Bistro in the heart of Little Italy. We were enjoying our selves so much that we blew off the Hawks game we had tix for and just enjoyed the night! Hawks Won!!!
The quail was very tasty and so was the coqavin.for appetizer we tried the calamari and the escargot both outstanding,can’t wait to go back especially when the weather is nice to sit in the patio dining area.thanks for a very tasty meal.
Desserts are amazing! Save room
They NEVER disappoint! Great service, Great Food, and Friends. This is the place!
Great service, excellent suggestions. We had the steak au poivre and duck, both prepared exactly as ordered. The Baked Brie was even better than I expected.
This is one of the classic bistros in the city; good value, excellent food. The steak frites and
the rack of lamb are superb.
We have dined at Chez Joel on many occasions and are never disappointed.
Best French restaurant in Chicago! I would recommend the Escargot app and Duck entree. Will definitely be back.
Chez Joel is always excellent. I had the house salad for the first time, which was great. Everything else was excellent also. The service was a bit slow, but it likely was not her fault. I sent her away for a while while I enjoyed my wine, and it took a while for her to get back. She was very pleasant though.
Service was very good. We arrived early and Sam at the desk was so helpful and made us very comfortable. We sat at the bar for drinks and appetizer when shortly after our table was ready. Food was very good.
Over the years, we've never been disappointed at Chez Joel.
Chez Joel presents French bistro fare in a creative manner with beautiful looking and delicious tasting ingredients. Friendly, efficient staff.
The best French restaurant in Chicago. Truly, Chez Joel is a taste of Paris on the prairie.
Everything was so delicious ! We will be going back soon
Happy we could get a table for two at 7:30 on short notice. The waiter was friendly but there was a definite problem in the kitchen. Long wait for the shared first salad course. And even longer wait for the entree. The lamb shank special was dry. My wife's sea bass was perfect. Dessert, warm almond cake, which I ordered without ice-cream because I am lactose intolerant, also came long after the expresso was served (not very good espresso). Why serve the coffee right away so that it is either cold when the cake comes or I have finished it?
Love this place ! Took my wife for her birthday , they gave us best table in the house , very romantic , gave free desert and champagne. Wonderful night .
Was hoping for more. Menu looked great, but the food fell a little short of expectations... dessert was burned on bottom and parts of top, pastry was chewy and not flakey. Very nice people.
We’ve been celebrating special occasions at Chez Joel for many many years and once again it was memorable. Food, service and ambiance are outstanding. The owner sent us two glasses of champagne to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Needless to say we will definitely return for a delicious dinner in the near future!
Food was delicious, well presented,and lovely. Tried mussels for the first time as recommended by other diners. Very delicious! Sauces we're great. Can't wait to come back to Chicago to try other dishes. We had the rack of lamb and red trout. Beautiful and delicious. Be sure to get the creme brulee.
Excellent food, excellent atmosphere, attentive service, very authentic French food. Would recommend and would return to try the other menu items that looked great.
Second time here and was great again! We had a wonderful evening! Thank You!
My favorite place to go for great food and service!
Great ambiance, great food and service. Thank you Joel and Maggie. Southside forever
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!
The food was overall pretty good, with the exception of the escargots, which were VERY salty.
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.
Took my 11-year old daughter here for Valentines Day. I was a little concerned it wouldn't be kid-friendly, but the servers were so incredibly attentive to us and especially to her! We both loved the pre fix menu. While they were very timely with each course and in checking on our table, we never felt rushed. It was a wonderful experience, and I will definitely be back!
Absolutely fantastic. I love this place.
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!
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.
Excellent French bistrot-style food, attentive service, lovely ambience!