About Chez Francois - Vermilion
"If your a serious foodie" or "if romance is calling, sail on up" - literally - to this "French gem" on the Vermilion River, where the "sumptuous" menu and "professional but friendly" staff earn it the top rating from Food and Service in the Cleveland area; "well worth the drive" west of downtown , this "ethereal experience" (the perfect place to propose!") also includes a phenomenal wine list", "charming old world dining room" and "relaxing" riverfront cafe. Proper attire required. Touché a martini/wine bar was opened in 2007 and offers a "small plates" menu and a great selection of adult beverages.
Contemporary French, International
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Chez Francois features live entertainment of Saturdays at Touché, the music changes each week from acoustic guitar to Latin/Jazz to Rhythm & Blues. Sportcoat requested for dining inside; tie is optional. Business Casual is requested for River Front Cafe dining.
Chez Francois is located in a neighborhood and has street parking around the restaurant.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Chez Francois can accommodate all of your special event needs.
Chez Francois - Vermilion Ratings and Reviews
This is a higher priced restaurant for s ...
This is a higher priced restaurant for special occasions. The ambiance was pretty good, the service was excellent and the food was superb. The background music, however, was annoying.....it was Spanish/Mexican.....in a French restaurant?? It should have been nice French music throughout the track......not just once in awhile. we DO plan to return, and hope that the music is improved.
Went here for the first time for our ann ...
Went here for the first time for our anniversary. We made the experience our anniversary "gifts". My husband and I each had the tasting dinner to be able to try a variety of items with wine pairings. The food and wines were delicious, but it is pricey. My husband's corn soup and scallop was probably one of our favorites. Also, I was a bit concerned from the prices and dress code it would be a bit stuffy, but the staff made us feel very comfortable. The ambiance is well balanced...cozy, yet spacious enough we didn't feel like we were on top of another table. It was just us enjoying our anniversary. All in all a great place for a special occasion.
I was a bit disappointed in the gouging ...
I was a bit disappointed in the gouging pricing. The main dinners are 30-45$ which I was ready to pay up for a nice dinner. The specials that me and my husband got were $65 each with no warning from the server!!!! I felt like a bait and switch when we got the bill. I understand the restaurant is expensive, but gouging the specials is uncalled for.
The menu was extensive, and as I have a ...
The menu was extensive, and as I have a shell fish allergy there was plenty to choose from for people like me.
Strip steak was excellent with the mushroom sauce.
Red snapper special with the Ohio peach sauce,my Wife loved it!
Our server, Susan, was very personable, engaged in conversation, helped with our menu choices and even offered to take photos, which we appreciate as we hesitate to impose.
Outstanding atmosphere and service - per ...
Outstanding atmosphere and service - perfect, really. Attentive to every detail without hovering. Friendly without being familiar. Very old money feel.
For the price, though, the food was not outstanding. Some things were excellent - cocktails, dessert. Some were very good - lobster, lobster ravioli. Some were mediocre - beef Wellington. And that's "mediocre" by any restaurant's standards, not Chez Francois standards. I realize that you don't go here for interesting, cutting-edge cuisine. You go for old-fashioned, refined French food. Fair enough. But then the quality should be uniformly outstanding, and it wasn't.
Still, we would probably go back to see if it was a one-night problem or if that's just how the place is.
Our waiter, Omar, was very friendly and ...
Our waiter, Omar, was very friendly and helpful in making our choices. The food was excellent as always. Customers should be aware that "still" water is not the same as "tap". The young man getting water did not ask us if we wanted tap. And when we asked for a lime, we never got it. The overall experience is worth all the stairs you must climb to get in and out.
Matt Mars ,Chef DAmico and staff, Leah O ...
Matt Mars ,Chef DAmico and staff, Leah Omar, andJosh are the 5course subliminal addition to every dining experience at Chez Francois...
They provide the Canvas for creative culinary excellence from what otherwise would be a common prepared pallate .
Viva La Chez Francois...
Raymond M Klimczuk
This restaurant was all and more than wh ...
This restaurant was all and more than what we had imagined. The service was excellent, and the food was prepared perfectly. I had the Chilean Sea Bass and my wife had veal tenderloin medallions with seafood and mushrooms. French press coffee and chocolate torte to end the night. Omar and Irena made us feel like the only ones in the entire restaurant. If you go with an open mind that it will likely be more expensive than you usually pay, but that this is a special night for you, you will not end up with buyer's remorse. Remember, you get what you pay for and here you get the best!
We dined at Chez Francois with friends, ...
We dined at Chez Francois with friends, and both of us were celebrating an anniversary. We've always wanted to dine at Chez Francois and have heard so many wonderful things about it so we thought this was an excellent opportunity. It certainly did not disappoint! The restaurant was beautiful and perfect for friendly conversations. The food was outstanding. There were so many choices it was hard to decide. The four of us had different entrees all were exceptional. Timothy, our server, was very knowledgeable and pleasant, giving us much opportunity to savor each part of our experience from wine to dessert and after dinner port. It was wonderful going to a restaurant and seeing everyone dressed up. That is very rare today. It was a wonderful dining experience and I'm sure we will dine there again.
My friends and I have made a tradition o ...
My friends and I have made a tradition of coming to Chez Francois once a year on the Friday after Labor Day. Chez Francois never disappoints. The outdoor patio is beautiful. The views are breathtaking and we keep thinking we should buy a place there.
Highly recommended for that special occa ...
Highly recommended for that special occasion!!! The food was amazing! We went to celebrate a anniversary and vowed to eat there every year for that special occasion.
Save time for a walk to Lake Erie after/before dinner.
We came for dinner for our 30th annivers ...
We came for dinner for our 30th anniversary with another couple and it more than exceeded our expectations. We were afraid it might be a little on the "stuffy" side but everyone from the waiter who picked us up at our hotel to the hostess who drove us home after a great night was friendly, knowledgeable and helped make it a night to remember. The waiter and waitress were awesome and we would definitely recommend this to our friends and are just waiting for another occasion to come back!
A visit to Chez Francois for dinner on t ...
A visit to Chez Francois for dinner on their gorgeous waterfront patio is something we plan for each year. The weather cooperated and our party of six celebrated the end of summer in style. There really is no place to compare this to. The service is warm and highly professional, the setting is awesome and the food awakens all the senses. It was a memorable and special night. Can't wait until our next visit. It's high end and worth every penny.
Dinner @ Chez Francois over Labor Day we ...
Dinner @ Chez Francois over Labor Day weekend was the perfect exclamation point to mark summer's end. We hadn't been in many moons (a group of East siders) and it was well worth the drive: Extensive wine list; incredible appetizer and entree selections (zucchini blossoms stuffed with lobster were divine) and the pace of service was impeccable.
We won't wait so long to return next time!
People have been recommending this resta ...
People have been recommending this restaurant to us for years. It definitely lived up to it's reputation. One person in our party is a very picky eater and she was very happy with her choices. Everyone's food was wonderful. They did not have the bottle of wine we ordered, but the wine that our server recommended in place of it was really good. Something we hadn't had before but will definitely order again. Our server (I wish I could remember his name) was exceptional. By far the best server we have ever had.
We ate at Chez for dinner and selected t ...
We ate at Chez for dinner and selected the 6 course menu with the wine pairings and we loved every course. This is a must-go place for a special occasion or if you just want good food and a great view! Highly Recommend!!
Chez Framcois is my favorite for a speci ...
Chez Framcois is my favorite for a special occasion. If you enjoy delicious French cuisine, outstanding service and a beautiful waterfront view, you will not be disappointed. We love dining on the patio which is more casual than the main dining room, where men are required to wear jackets. The menu is not as extensive, but the quality of the food and service are the same. This restaurant and staff are so good that, when we were leaving around 9:00 from our 7:00 reservation last Sunday , the waiter happen to mention that the power went out at 4:30 and they were using a generator for power! We had no clue!
Very fancy and the same time relaxing pl ...
Very fancy and the same time relaxing place. I definitely would return to celebrate special occasions. The all dishes ware art of the cooking. Service was well-timed and friendly, wine list was very well done with many different options and choices. The desert was unspeakable. I think, we have to start with desert, than have a dinner next time. Highly recommend!!
An amazing place - special and unique - ...
An amazing place - special and unique - great ambiance, great service, amazing food and beverages. Can't thank our chef and hosts enough. Went for our 20th Anniversary with good friends, I can see us stopping by for a bite on the upper patio.
We have dined at Chez Francois many time ...
We have dined at Chez Francois many times and are never disappointed. The food is amazing, and the service is perfect. Their wine list is extensive and the cocktails are creative.
On this occasion, the three of us had different fish. The flavors of each dish were outstanding and the presentation made the meal even better.
We rave about it to our friends and encourage them to visit Chez when in Vermillion.
Chez Francois is by far the best restaur ...
Chez Francois is by far the best restaurant in all of Cleveland and the surrounding areas.
The food is always excellent, wine list has a wonderful variety of wines. The staff is so well trained, and that stands out. This has been our special occasion restaurant for many, many years, and will continue to be. This was a wonderful birthday dinner.
Matt has the right formula!
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