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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.
Vermilion, OH 44089
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.
Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Chez Francois can accommodate all of your special event needs.
Private Party Contact:
Matthew Mars & John D'Amico: (877) 925-0181
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Chez Francois - Vermilion Ratings and Reviews
We had a wonderful first visit and Anniversary celebration. Mathew was very cordial and came to our table to greet us and wish us a happy anniversary . Our team of servers were very attentive and made our dinner memorable. We were so pleased we made another reservation as we have friends coming from out of town and will look forward to our next visit and evening of great food, drinks and hospitality!
We were pretty excited to dine here for our first time and heard a lot of great things about the restaurant. The ambiance and location were no disappointment and we would return again for those attributes. We each ordered the same main dinner entree, a strip steak au poivre which was prepared fine however the flavor was mediocre at best. Temperature of the steak was timidly warm. I expected the food to have that "wow" factor and it didn't.....
Cocktails were good.
We enjoyed an outstanding dinner at Chez Francois this past Tuesday evening with my mother, visiting from Iowa. We have enjoyed many dinners now at Chez Francois and they all have been simply elegant and amazing dining experiences. The ambiance, food and service are absolutely second-to-none! We live in Lakewood and dining here certainly is worth the drive, and we look forward to our next dining experience later this year. Thank you!
It was Mother's Day and we took my 86 year old mom out for a special dinner.
It was perfect.
They seated her with a view although we asked for inside. The atmosphere was elegant, service was attentive, food delicious, wine awesome and reasonably priced thanks to the owner whom helped us choose and moms night was perfect!
We definetly would return!
Went for my wife's birthday. Expensive? Sure. But we had two of the best entrees we have ever had anywhere (my wife had beef Wellington and I had a veal chop with wild mushrooms and risotto.) Probably the best restaurant I have been to between New York and Chicago.
Lovely experience from the time you enter the door and are greeted by Matt and seated. Knowledgeable, earthy staff. We are fortunate to have Chez Francois in Cleveland. Congratulations to the owners Matt and John for 30 years offering an experience not just a meal.
We have dined here many times before, it is always a great experience. The service is wonderful and the dinners are always delicious. Great service and a very nice atmosphere. We dined on the deck which was perfect, can not wait to come again. Thank you for a wonderful time.
Just had another great meal at Chez F. They aren't cheap, but you get what you pay for.
Everything is excellent but I think the wine list is extraordinary - as good as you would find in
NY or SF but with better markups. Desserts are another highlight. Their homemade vanilla ice cream is the best I've ever had. They pair their desserts with dessert wines and their homemade lemoncello is amazing. As with most great restaurants, the details make the experience.
Everything was perfect except for our main entree, which was a pricey lobster dish. Very disappointed
I could not cut lobster and the sauce was limited as was the seafood it was supposedly stuffed with. Should have said something but did not, so that's on us. Otherwise we hope to go again but choose more wisely and asking more pertinent questions as to how our food is done,
The attention to detail, regarding both food and service, is exceptional. We experienced a delicious meal in a relaxed and quiet setting that was perfectly paced for our enjoyment. Our evening at Chez Francois was one of our finest meals and finest dining experiences ever.
Amazing food- lobster ravioli, beef wellington, filet mignon, and chocolate mousse torte. Absolutely amazing service- the owner came and sat down with us at our table and talked with us; our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable with great recommendations. Can't believe I've waited this long to try this restaurant. I will definitely be back!
Our entrees were exceptional. I normally order the escargot for an appetizer but upon hearing there was Oysters Rockefeller I ordered that instead since I haven't had it for quite some time. I was very disappointed. There was so much spinach and bacon I couldn't find any oyster. The shells were large as they normally are but there was absolutely no oyster flavor. We had a great table for 2 against the wall which should have been quite private. A customer at the next table spent his whole meal sitting sideways hanging over the passing area. He was constantly rubbing his head back towards our table. It was very upsetting. I felt like I needed to move my food closer to the wall due to this head rubbing. He was also annoying with his conversation (louder than needed) and cursing. He seemed to be a regular at the restaurant and knew the manager and serving staff. My husband and I eat here at least once a year. We have loved the drive and atmosphere on all other occasions. We didn't want to complain in front of the customer and have to spend our meal sitting next to him knowing we complained. I was unfortunate.
I have been coming to Chez Francois since I was about 7 years old. I learned dining etiquette there and how to enjoy an authentic French dining experience. I try to go every year for my birthday. It's 30 years later and it is still what I look forward to most for my Birthday, and any other occasion I can think of. It is an experience and a pleasure.
Exceptional cuisine with an exceptional view. The beef wellington melts in your mouth along with the artichokes. The banana foster was unlike any that we have ever tasted with a delicate sweetness followed by a gentle warmth that does not overwhelm. The service was polite, timely and provided some educational value regarding the history surrounding the restaurant. Overall, Chez deserves its stellar reputation.
As always, an extraordinary dining experience, this time made particularly marvelous by our serving partners, Roger and Josh, who offered up fine suggestions on both the food and the Wine. We both had the lobster thermador in a garlic wine sauce, beautifully presented in an eater-ready mode. The salad and dessert were equally enjoyable.
The restaurant is as French in style as its name suggests. Nestled waterfront on the Vermilion River close to Lake Erie, the ambience is classical French country intimate, with its brick walls and hanging florals. The service is impeccable and the food and massive wine and beer lists are incredible. There is a dress code, which also sets the tone that a night at Chex Francois is not just a nice out-to-dinner: it is an experien
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