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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (40)
Special Occasion (30)
Good for a Date (29)
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Romantic (28)
Authentic (24)
Cozy (23)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Business Meals (11)
Casual (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Groups (6)
Bar Seating (3)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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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vip
 (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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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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vip
 (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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·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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