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
My wife and I each enjoyed five courses ...
My wife and I each enjoyed five courses as we celebrated the 45th anniversary of our engagement. The pacing of the meal was excellent, and every bite was exquisite. The waiter and his assistant were delightful and attentive. After the main part of our meal (rack of lamb for her, filet of beef for me), we shared Bananas Foster (absolutely to die for!) and Irish Coffee. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly before heading off for a B&B for the night. Well worth our 75-minute trip each way to sit back and relax!
It's been a while since we made the trek ...
It's been a while since we made the trek from Cleveland to Vermillion and CF did not disappoint. Service was efficient, professional, and cordial. Food was beautifully presented and flavors were wonderful. Our only surprise was one of the desserts. One in our party wanted a very light dessert and so ordered the lemon souffle. What we received was not a souffle, but a lighter, airy lemon cake. The speed at which it arrived should have been the first clue of a different souffle recipe. Normally restaurants that do souffles tell you that it takes a while to bake. CF's version is served cold and seemed more of a summer dessert. It tasted fine, but was not what expected. They probably should rename this offering. We will definitely go back and recommend CF to friends. The dessert was a minor issue.
This restaurant lands in the 'Best of NE ...
This restaurant lands in the 'Best of NE Ohio' lists for good reason! The food is beyond compare, the atmosphere is amazing, the wait staff are attentive and extremely knowledgeable and the menu is delicious. I've been coming to Chez for years and am NEVER disappointed by a meal!!
Enough cannot be said about the service. ...
Enough cannot be said about the service. Service such as this pairs nicely with the delicious drink and cuisine that Chef Francois provides it's patrons. The Manhattan's and Old Fashioned's we had were expertly crafted. It will be quite some time before I find another drink as well made.
As cliche as it is, I always have the duck in French restaurant's. This dish was exceptional and stood far above any other plates I've had in the past.
The dessert was served with a mouth-watering port, thankfully. After all of those drinks, I was grateful and appreciative of the delicious coffee, french-press of course.
An absolutely fabulous Christmas dinner. Your decorations, staff and excellent menu truly meant the evening to us. Thank you.
My family and I have come here many time ...
My family and I have come here many times for special occasions. The ambiance is very romantic and wonderful, whether you are on the outside in the summer overlooking the lagoon or inside. Decor is always elegant and lovely. Food is just fabulous every time. It is fairly pricey but proves " you get what you pay for " and we've never been disappointed. Despite the Atmosphere and siohusticatuon of the food, staff are all down to earth and trying to make sure you have a terrific time. Very highly recommended and worth the drive from Cleveland.
Fantastic restaurant! French menu-very ...
Fantastic restaurant! French menu-very authentic-varied offerings-different price ranges, but would be considered more pricy than others. A lot of ambiance. Excellent wine list. We go their for special occasions several times a year.
Attended this beautiful restaurant in Ve ...
Attended this beautiful restaurant in Vermillion on a weeknight in December. They have a nice selection of beer, wine and cocktails. Many enticing choices on the menu for appetizers and entrees. After narrowing down to a handful, I followed the waitresses' recommendations and had the the lobster ravioli appetizer and the beef wellington (a house specialty). Both were delicious. Strongly recommended, and my favorite restaurant in Northern Ohio during my 13-month extended stay.
I had a fantastic dinner with a work col ...
I had a fantastic dinner with a work colleague over the holidays. It has to be one of the best dining experiences I have had and I live in Atlanta where we have a large number of high end dining options. Will definitely be back again.
The lobster Bisque and Wellington filet ...
The lobster Bisque and Wellington filet were fantastic. I would recommend this location for special occasions. I think anyone would find this place to have exceptional food and beverages. Can't wait to visit this summer.
We go every year for our family holiday ...
We go every year for our family holiday celebration. It's an hour drive to the restaurant and we were in the midst of getting almost 20" of snow which made our drive a lot longer. It was still worth every minute. The food is presented impeccably and tastes wonderful. The service staff was personable, professional and perfectly timed. As always we never leave disappointed. Thank you for the 7th straight year for making our family celebration a time to remember!
This was a restaurant recommended by a f ...
This was a restaurant recommended by a friend and a pleasantly unexpected treat. Service was great - giving helpful guidance on the menu. The food was splendid: I had the Beef Wellington, my favorite dish! It was done to perfection. Dessert was a delicious chocolate cake. The wine list is extensive and contained too many nice bottles to choose from. All in all an experience to be repeated.
Chez Francois used to be a 5 star restau ...
Chez Francois used to be a 5 star restaurant. It's still quite good but missing that extra special touch that makes it extraordinary. We just weren't greeted the way we used to be. The bartender was just not very friendly. I got the special veal chop, which just didn't seem to pair well with risotto. I'm missing the old WOW factor I used to feel when visiting Chez Francois.
The experience was unforgettable. This ...
The experience was unforgettable. This was my 4th dinner and it just gets better. They offer such excellent food and able to talk about it that you have a difficult time deciding on what to order.
The staff is professional and welcoming. Very warm and comfortable environment.
It was our anniversary and we shared it ...
It was our anniversary and we shared it with our friends. Everyone had a wonderful time. The food was magnificent as always, the staff very welcoming. Thank you for helping to make this a special day, everyone at Chez Francois.
As usual, we were treated well and the f ...
As usual, we were treated well and the food was excellent. We did forget to request our very favorite waitperson, Leah, but were well cared for by her capable fill ins. Our only regret is that we waited far too long for this reservation after having last eaten at the Chez. Must improve on that scheduling gaff. Well done.
Everything -- the cocktails, the food, t ...
Everything -- the cocktails, the food, the wine, and the service of Nathan and Josh, the ambiance -- was incredible!! My friend and I had an amazing time, and we were treated like kings! I always love Chez Francois, but this time, the experience was even more outstanding!!!
This is the best restaurant in Northeast ...
This is the best restaurant in Northeast Ohio. My wife and I went with the Truffle Dinner Menu and were not disappointed. Each course highlighted either white or black truffle in a balanced and delicious dish. It was impossible to pick a favorite. The staff was friendly and attentive allowing us to enjoy our at our leisure. Chez Francois is a must.
As always, the service was exceptional w ...
As always, the service was exceptional with John & Frank doing their utmost to make our evening as enjoyable as possible. The food was excellent & exactly as we expected. The entire night was a food lovers paradise & made or anniversary one to remember with great delight. I highly recommend Chez Francois to satisfy ones palate.
Thank you to Matt, Chef John, and the st ...
Thank you to Matt, Chef John, and the staff for another unforgettable evening. As always the truffle dinner was extraordinary, but that is what this place does best. The extraordinary with their food and service. It is so nice to have a place to still be able to dress up and go out for a long relaxing dinner.
As always I cannot wait to come back soon.
The best ; top of the line destination ...
The best ; top of the line destination restaurant. I wish it was closer. My wife and I recently celebrated our 20 th anniversary . I contacted Chef John D'Amico regarding some white truffle additions he prepared for my wife off the menu. He actually took the phone call !! Try that in other 4 star restaurants. Front of house maitre d' and sommelier Matt Mars is always gracious and knowledgeable about all wines and entree pairings. Reminds one of the now closed Charlie Trotters
My rack of lamb was made to perfection a ...
My rack of lamb was made to perfection and arrived at our table in a timely manner. As a Chef, I am critical on food preparation, but this experience truly exceeded my expectations. I give the entire visit five stars. I really enjoyed it.
The entire experience was excellent. It ...
The entire experience was excellent. It was our anniversary dinner. Leah was a delight and incredibly attentive. Everything was prepared with great attention to detail. We came from Delaware to enjoy this room. We would recommend this establishment. Well done! Thank you for a precious lasting memory.
One of our favorite destinations.....we ...
One of our favorite destinations.....we go at least once a year and don't mind the long ride because the dining experience is always special. Food awesome plus beautiful setting. Service excellent. We shall return.
My husband and I had a phenomenal time a ...
My husband and I had a phenomenal time at Chez Francois. It is now the number one restaurant on the top of our list. The love and care given to the food and the knowledgable and attentive service makes your feel pampered from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Each bite was delectable and savored. Overall, it was such a lovely and memorable dining experience!
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