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Chez Joel

4.7
1260 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Tuesday - Friday: 11:00AM to 3:30PM

Dinner:

Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00PM to 9:00PM

Friday & Saturday: 4:30PM to 10:00PM

Sunday: 3:00PM to 9:00PM
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Phone number
(312) 226-6479
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Joel Kazouini
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Parking details
Free Valet Parking for lunch 11:00am-3:30pm, Tuesday-Saturday.
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Public transit
Racine Blue line..Taylor bus, Number 8 Halsted bus.
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Special events & promotions
Please Join us for New Year's Eve
2 Hours four course price fix menu $80
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 1260 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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.

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food is always wonderful. Ambience is lovely and we can't wait for the patio to open. Agnes is is a wonderful server!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The food was lovely as always!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Intimate setting with excellent food and great staff. Perfect for date night.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

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!!!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Simply magnifique!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Desserts are amazing! Save room

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

They NEVER disappoint! Great service, Great Food, and Friends. This is the place!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This is one of the classic bistros in the city; good value, excellent food. The steak frites and
the rack of lamb are superb.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We have dined at Chez Joel on many occasions and are never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Best French restaurant in Chicago! I would recommend the Escargot app and Duck entree. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Over the years, we've never been disappointed at Chez Joel.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Chez Joel presents French bistro fare in a creative manner with beautiful looking and delicious tasting ingredients. Friendly, efficient staff.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

The best French restaurant in Chicago. Truly, Chez Joel is a taste of Paris on the prairie.
Merci!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Everything was so delicious ! We will be going back soon

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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?

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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 .

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent food, excellent atmosphere, attentive service, very authentic French food. Would recommend and would return to try the other menu items that looked great.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Second time here and was great again! We had a wonderful evening! Thank You!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My favorite place to go for great food and service!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Absolutely fantastic. I love this place.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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