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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
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (34)
Special Occasion (30)
Romantic (28)
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Good for a Date (25)
Cozy (22)
Authentic (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Business Meals (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Casual (5)
Fun (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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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·Dined 6 days ago

We love this place - excellent delicious quality food all around

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Chez Joel is consistently wonderful. Authentic French food, reasonable prices, lovely atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is THE best French cuisine and dining experience in Chicago!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Chez Joel is always a treat! The food is incredible. The feel/atmosphere is always cozy and wonderful. Perfect for all times of the year. It's more than a neighborhood gem - I would recommend it for anyone visiting Chicago.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was one more memorable dining experience at Chez Joel. The elegant Christmas decorations complemented beautifully a sumptuous dinner of meticulously prepared fish entrees with a terrific Caymus wine and the best service. We wish Ahmed and everyone at Chez Joel a Merry Christmas and much prosperity, success, and happiness in the New Year!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Our second visit to this restaurant and it did not disappoint. The dining room was full and cozy, but the noise was not overwhelming. The atmosphere was festive and welcoming. Our waitress appeared to be one of only 2, but she was incredibly efficient, with the just the right amount of attentiveness. The courses were nicely paced - we did not feel rushed but also were not waiting too long. She made a great wine recommendation. Our food was well-prepared, with distinct flavors. The bread was very good - nice combination of crusty and chewy. Our appetizers and main courses were excellent. We even shared a dessert, which is rare - and it was worth it. Overall a great dining experience and we look forward to returning.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

It was our first time but several friends recommended it. They were right. We had a wonderful meal. The room was filled so we were happy we had a reservation. Food was excellent quality and prepared in an authentic French manner. Our waiter recommended an excellent cocktail, followed by delicious salads. We had the rack of lamb and the duck confit. Both were done perfectly. We spent a leisurely evening; never rushed. We will be back for more.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Fantastic food and wine selection! Everything tastes great at Chez Joel! My wife and I go there one or two times a year. It’s great food at a reasonable price. We lived in France five years and this food reminds us of our favorite restaurants there.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

A charming restaurant...good food thoughtfully prepared and attractivel presented. A wait staff that is alert, but not intrusive...a place to dine, a place to linger and a place to come back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

AWESOME - FILET MIGNON MEDIUM WITH DELICIOUS SAUCE PREPARED TO PERFECTION WITH MASHED POTATO AND GREEN BEANS (MY FAVORITE SIDES), APPLE TART FOR DESERT - HEAVENLY. GREAT SERVICE. WIFE HAD PEPPER STEAK - SHE LOVED IT.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Always a treat! Authentic food and French restaurant experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Chez Joel is always perfect.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our dining experience at Chez Joel was outstanding. The food and ambience were outstanding!! It’s a very romantic atmosphere and the service was top notch!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent French classics at reasonable price

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Good value. Tables a bit close to one another but worked iut

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Everything was fabulous. Highly recommend. I love French food, and this was like being in Paris

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Nicely located French restaurant down in little Italy, not far from downtown. Restaurant has a nice Parisian feel, not too many seats, with good spacing with a unique French style and a small "sit-at-bar". Menu is very French with a biased to traditional French cuisine. Started with the French Onion soup (Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée), which was just OK, too sweet, very bland (no beef stock, in fact no stock used at all), overall really disappointed signature dish, the chef needs to really rethink this dish. The warm brie cheese (Fromage de Brie Chaud) was nice, but again, the plate was red-hot so this had been re-heated, please don't do that.

The salads are very nice, they can be rather predictable and boring (to be honest) in Chicago, but this walnut salad (Salade Maison) was nicely presented with a nice complex mix of flavors. The Steak Grillé au Poivre (Peppered steak) was nicely done, just pink, with great shoe string fries.

Didn't do the deserts or coffee.

Wine list is fairly comprehensive, could do with more variety, with more influence on French wines by the glass, no-one really recommended any vintage with the order (or before), so that was a little disappointing.

Overall it's a nice restaurant, just needs to check the menu a little more and tighten up on some of the dishes, reasonably priced, easy to get too, not too crowded because of the space between the tables.

Overall a good choice, but not sensational.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Maggie, our server, is excellent. Ask for her!! And the pre fixe meal if you order before 6:30 PM is worth every penny!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Good French bistro food, well prepared and delicious. Good value. Great service and ambiance

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fabulous and delicious. I am from Michigan. I will definitely be back when visiting Chicago

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Loved it as always! Great food and good wine. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great dinner as always. Special attention paid to those having dinner. Recommend.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We have been to Chez Joel many time. It is always always a pleasure to dine there. Our wait staff were fabulous as was the food on a busy Saturday night.

Neighborhood gem in Little Italy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Love this place. We come here all year round!

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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (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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