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.
Chicago, IL 60607
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00PM to 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 4:30PM to 11:00PM
Sunday: 3:00PM to 9:00PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Valet Parking for lunch 11:00am-3:30pm, Tuesday-Saturday.
Racine Blue line..Taylor bus, Number 8 Halsted bus.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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