Chez Joel

4.8
1991 Reviews
$30 and under
French
In the midst of Little Italy, Chez Joel creates the tastes and aromas of France for. 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.
Chez Joel Since 1999

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1991 people are saying
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melvinap
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, and attentive service, marred by a very loud party. (Obviously not the restaurant's fault, and host apologized as we left.)

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egkjcm
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was fabulous and everyone was super nice. We really enjoyed ourselves

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Ambrose
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An old favorite that never disappoints. Great food, impressive wine list and attentive service.

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vipBobD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Evening with good friends on the outside patio. Good food and service in perfect weather

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MichaelD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed atmosphere; great food; and very good service. Will return.

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constanceg
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing authentic food with a gorgeous atmosphere !

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vipMWJ1
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and often go for special occasions… Lovely classic food in the most beautiful garden!

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DaKameen
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food. They are very accommodating for dietary restrictions. Slow but quality service. Don’t go here if you’re in a hurry, but maybe that’s perfectly fitting for a French bistro? They kept the fresh bread flowing while we waited for our food, and the wines that we had were tasty. The server was able to provide wine recommendations based on our requests.

I am already looking forward to a return visit! If you go while the weather is nice, try to get a spot on their outdoor patio!

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Kandi
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic, especially at night. The food was delicious. The service was excellent and friendly. Be aware if you sit near the front and the windows are open, the noise from the traffic can get loud.

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vipCHEEZENINJA25
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Service needs immediate attention. Hopefully Chez Joel can bounce back with then next crop of workers. 😊😊😊

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vipLetseatout
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 50th anniversary celebration was made more memorable by our choosing Chez Joel. Our attentive waiter provided excellent service. The menu variety made choosing difficult but our selected entrees did not disappoint and were prepared to perfection. The outside patio provided a perfect summer evening hopefully to be repeated soon!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was fabulous- recommend any soup they prepare - I had the cauliflower and turnip with truffle and it was dreamy. Great atmosphere. 💕

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vipBorisS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place, really enjoyed our dinner with friends here. Food is really good, very tasty. We enjoyed outside seating. Service was outstanding. One could rarely find this combination these days, so it was a pleasant surprise, at a reasonable price.

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Susie
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipDave
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and ambiance was very romantic

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MathiasB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down my favorite restaurant in Chicago. Can't recommend this place enough.

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Tastyrosie
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING.. The garden feels like you’re in Paris!

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vipBriguy
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Despite making a reservation two months in advance we were not seated outside. Waiter started clearing dishes before everyone had finished their dinner. A pet peeve of mine

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vipBaldegl
Chicago
106 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

What a delightful outdoor oasis on Taylor St. It has been our pandemic goto restaurant. The food is reliably very good and the wine list is reasonably priced..

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chez Joel was an amazing experience. The food was absolutely divine. The only thing that would make it not a 5 star experience was it was quite hot in the restaurant,
But it was also 90 outside! We enjoyed it tremendously.

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mfmp
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Chez Joel, but had never sat outside before. Lovely

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vipLovefood
Portland
77 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I think of salad dressings in terms of seasons of the year. Winter requires a heavy covering spring a lighter covering summer virtually none at all and fall an increasing covering as the season aims toward winter. So a heavy Apia of salad dressing would be winter. My salad had summer. Otherwise we have been patrons since 2021 when we moved to Chicago and we return whenever we visit now.

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vipAnita
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One more unique birthday celebration at Chez Joel yesterday!! Everything was exceptional—food, wine, service, ambiance. Above all, the owner Ahmed’s passionate attention to and loving care for his customers!

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MKRender
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Joel's is a great place for dinner with family , friends or special occasions. The food is sooooo delicious and staff are outstanding with service. Thank you!!

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vipCarolL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food with well-rounded menu in a cozy environment. I would go back in a heartbeat!

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AnnieMB
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit and it equaled the first. Friendly staff, delicious food and wine. Slow, no rush atmosphere. Even the valet parking is good. This has become our favorite French restaurant.

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vipMP7699
Chicago
127 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ever week since outdoor dining opened up again, we have enjoyed a Wednesday evening dinner at Chez Joel. It is a special place—excellent food and wine, friendly attentive servers and a welcoming atmosphere.

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DocAR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience with great service and food. Our server was personable and pleasant. Very attentive and engaging with my fiancée and I. This is a great location to have a date night. I found the ambience very reminiscent of a French cafe but upscale and romantic. I thoroughly enjoyed the menu items. The French onion soup was superb. I definitely recommend this restaurant for experience, value and feel without being too “over the top”. The pricing was fair and not too expensive. The food tasted great, plates were warm and everything was clean!

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vipLaraineS
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are only a handful of French restaurants in Chicago and this is one of the best. The menu is large enough to offer up some of the most typical French dishes but is notable for its excellence of preparation and authenticity. Two of us had the bouillabaisse and two had the duck a l’range and we were all delighted with our selections, which were delicious. The wine list is large and reasonably priced and we enjoyed a fine Sancerre and a wonderful Médoc. The chocolate mousse dessert we shared was beautifully presented and delicious as well. Both the service and the ambience were excellent—we ate in the beautiful outdoor patio, which was surprisingly quiet given that every table was occupied. I highly recommend this restaurant and i know all four of us will return. If you can’t get to France, this is your best option.

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vipNuNu
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the garden which is just spectacular. The weather was perfect. Our service, Nancy, was super. The food was delicious. A wonderful evening out.

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GailP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, attentive staff, lovely surroundings. Chez Joel is a perennial favorite!

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vipjoncarol
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service.

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FarhadA
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Small space for the number of tables they managed to fit within the space. At any other time, this would be fine. However, during the pandemic, the tables could have at least been separated by 3 feet. The waitress was ok, but indifferent and seemed to be pushing their specials. If so, they could have had a specials of the day menu, since they had more than 5 items. Food was ok, but not excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food, great service, but the bugs on the outdoor patio were terrible. My family came away with dozens of bites on our legs. The citronella candles were insufficient to keep them away. I’ll definitely be back, but sadly will not be able to sit on the lovely patio.

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TheLeahys
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good. Only issue was the amount of flies and bees back by our table. Otherwise perfect night

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AlexM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 22-year wedding anniversary. Once again, we had an amazing experience and the food was exquisite. We love the staff and look forward to returning soon.

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LeslieN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I have eatern at Chez Joel twice in the last week. The first time, it was amazing - all the food was great, service very good as well. Last night, the service was a bit slow, the salad less popping fresh than earlier in the week, the calamari was cold and kind of tasteless and didnt seem fresh - and the hamburger was really good. I love this place and will for sure return, but did want to report the inconsistencies in my two recent experiences.

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GeneA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

I ordered the steak. Not up to expectations. (I've dined here before.) Sauce was bland; steak was tough and nearly tasteless. I should have chosen the risotto. Hoping for better next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Joel never disappoints, one of the best restaurants at Chicago. Highly recommend.

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SteveS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food in a great room or nice garden setting.

FAQs

Chez Joel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 226-6479.

Chez Joel is rated 4.8 stars by 1991 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.