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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.
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
Had an 8:00 reservation, did not get seated until after 8:30. Hostess was very friendly and apologized for the delay. Once seated, the waitstaff was friendly, knowledgable, and attentive. Appetizers were excellent, especially the sweetbreads.
The main courses, however, were both disappointing. My breaded veal was soggy and the sauce lacked flavor. My wife had a steak, which she said was alright, but no different than what she could order at a chain restaurant for half the price.
Overall, it was a pleasant evening, but the food fell well short of what we expected. Given the number of quality restaurants around Cleveland which consistently serve an excellent meal, I doubt we'll be back.
It was our first time there and we were celebrating my eldest son's 40th birthday. Our waitress was fantastic , the atmosphere was perfect, the wine and food was marvelous. We ate for 3 hour and had wonderful conversation. i have not done that in years. we will be back!
We came to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. We asked to be seated outside because the weather was perfect. Service was excellent, food was great, and the overall experience was wonderful. Highly recommended. Traffic was "challenging" because road along the restaurant is under construction, but we managed to find a spot very quickly (valet was not out yet when we arrived at 4:45). Lovely dining experience!!
This was the second year we dined at Chez Francios celebrating both our anniversary and our friend's also. We enjoyed it so much the first year we decided to do it again. It was another wonderful experience. The food was exceptionally delicious and the noise level was just right for pleasant conversation. The wait staff was superb. I would highly recommend this restaurant and I'm sure we will be back again.
Simply the best!
As someone who has experienced the best dining experiences, my wife and I happened to be in the Cleveland area for a few days and made it a point to have dinner here. We enjoyed the 6 course prix fixe dinner, paired with wines and, as usually happens here, had our expectations exceeded again!
I tell people that Chez Francois is the best French restaurant between New York and Chicago and after many years, still stand by this statement.
If you are within driving distance, don't miss the opportunity to experience the best!
My husband and I went to Chez Francois to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The quiet ambiance, friendly staff and outstanding food and wine did not disappoint us. Also, we never felt rushed to eat, so spent a good three hours enjoying cocktails, appetizers, entrees and desserts. We will definitely return to celebrate important occasions.
The service was great. With a minor hick up.. our waitress was very nice and apologized for having not mention the off my new specials and brought us samples instead. We waited for our table after several emails and phone calls about being on time. My steak was simply terrible. I was embarrassed at how bad it was and did not mention it.
They may have forgotten to make my meal and hurried up and microwaved my steak and tossed it on the grill for affect.. But no au poivre to be found on my plate. NONE !!!!! Really didn't matter because the steak was raw. My wife's soft shells were a greasy cold mess. Save the trip and money...
Surely the chef was off duty on Friday September 8, 2017.
It was unanimous amongst our party of 4 that
dinner at Chex Francois was a great, great disappointment . We were completely blindsided by the lackadaisical service and blandness of most dishes. It was a 3 hour of unfulfilled expectations.
Warning signals came early. First the waitress mis-poured the wine tasting leaving dribbles down the glass with no apologies nor attempt to wipe it clean. Then the Amouse Bouche was tepid and ahi appetizer dry.
We were still hopeful since after all this was Chez Francois . Each and every dish suffered shortcomings, the soft shell crab was mushy, and egg on the tartare hard cooked. But overwhelmingly the food was flavorless.
At a adjoining table two diners were heavily salting the lobster and shellfish medley dishes.
We were seated at 6:30 and finally signed the $500 plus check at 9:30. Sad and disappointed.
First time to dine here but wont be our last. We made reservations for the outdoor patio seating but with a scheduling conflict the owner seated us in the formal dining area even thou we were dressed casual and sat to chat with us (turns out we have mutual friends). Our waiter (s) were superb, answering all our questions with recommendations and guided us through our choices. They were out of the wine we chose and were upgraded at no extra charge. The food was above excellent and the portions hearty (couldn't order desert). The whole dining experience was AA++ and felt like family. We will be back often.
Separately, we have been looking forward to dining here for several years. Celebrating a special birthday, we took the time, drive and stayed the night in Vermillon just to dine at Chez Francois. The ambiance, the table setting and the lighting was perfectly romantic. Ordering the wine took a bit of time, but once it arrived it was very nice. The lobster bisque was exceptional...the carpaccio was not impressive with tasteless mushrooms. The main courses have mixed reviews. The Veal dish with a scallop, a shrimp etc was very, very good and the flavors nice. The shellfish dish which included lobster, scallops, shrimp, mussels, little neck clams (all in there shells) over pasta. It was very large and intimidating when it arrived at the table, but it was pretty and it made a statement. After delving in, it was one of the worst shellfish dishes I have ever had. The lobster was dried out and no flavor. The scallops tasted old and mussel were small and also no flavor. The best part was the 5 little neck clams and the 2 shrimp. I wanted to order a pizza when I left, I was starving as I did not eat much of the dish, it was that bad. I felt embarrassed and bad as I was on a date.
The worst part came later, when our night ended early, due to my upset stomach.
The servers worked in teams. One half of our team was excellent-the other was not very good. She talked us into a crime brûlée dessert which was also terrible and not warm but gooey and cold. Also, our service seemed to take quite a bit of time. We were the last ones out after 3 plus hours.
All in all, I am not so sure we will be back. If we do give it another try, I would order a non-seafood dish. Shell fish seafood restaurants are best on the east coast and it is always a risk to order in the Midwest...even a t $40-$50 a plate. One would have thought it would have been fresh and fabulous.
The ambiance, the wine, the bisque, the view and the company (I was with) made this visit worthwhile. The food not so much.
No where compares to Chez Francois. And rare to find this level of restaurant anymore. Spectacular experience and it is that from start to finish. Service, Food ( authentic French Cuisine) totally unbeatable. It's so memorable. And our server Susie - was fabulous.
Was recommended by a friend. Absolutely superb! The atmosphere was great and I loved the dress code and I wish more places had that. It creates an extra piece of class to that livens the atmosphere immensely. Our server, Sam was informative, patient and recommended all the right foods for us. I have never been to a french restaurant and she explained everything in detail. We chose the chef signature special which was paired with wines. Wonderful!
My husband loved his white corn soup. I loved the amuse Boucher of fresh pea soup. I wished they had offered it for dinner. The salad was delicious but tiny. My husband had beef Wellington which he loved. Pricey for a small portion but everything there is pricey. I ordered a lobster appetizer in puff pastry With currant sauce. It was inedible. Pastry was rubbery, tasteless, and the dish was sitting in a pool of sauce that was overpowering in flavor. The waitress saw I wasn't eating it, took it away and said she would get me an artichoke appetizer which would come quickly. That was also awful. Two tiny artichokes overwhelmed with goat cheese inside breaking and on a sauce. I hated it.
Superb service, excellent quality wines by-the-glass, first class wine list, excellent use of local farm-to-table produce. Masterful French cuisine, including pate du maison and soupe a L'onion. Excellent presentations and preparation of both filet and lobster. Fantastic Belgian mousse, cake & ganache dessert. Will definitely drive 2 hours for this experience again. Thank you.
We were celebrating our 18th Anniversary. When we arrived for our reservation we were given our choice of romantic cubbies/tables. They also laid an Anniversary card on our table. Susie our server was absolutely wonderful and fun! Very attentive. I had the sea bass was amazing and melted in my mouth. My husband had a seafood dish which he also thoroughly enjoyed!
And we had a great Chocolate Mousse for dessert that came out with a candle lit and happy anniversary written in choc.
Very special evening!
Annual anniversary dinner at Chez Francois. Food, service, and ambiance are all excellent.
Not an inexpensive evening, but a great place for a quiet celebration. Wine list is extensive and owner will recommend something if you are unfamiliar with wine.
Nice touch from staff - got an anniversary card signed by the entire staff.
As always, the food and service here was exceptional. On this visit, the service was particularly amazing. Please add the zucchini lobster blossoms to the regular menu! This is one of the top two or three restaurants in the Cleveland area and never disappoints.
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