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/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
Absolute gem!! Took my wife and sister t ...
Absolute gem!! Took my wife and sister there. My sister had never dined there. She was duly impressed with food, service and ambiance. Sat outside and weather was perfect! Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Can't wait to return.
A Bit of Paris in Vermilion, this restau ...
A Bit of Paris in Vermilion, this restaurant may be pricey but worth every penny. Fabulous food and ambiance, especially in the summer as it overlooks the lake. Service is solicitous but never pushy. Absolutely my favorite restaurant in the greater Cleveland area; I've never had a bad meal and always feel so glad I choose to return here.
We had gone to Chez Francois the year be ...
We had gone to Chez Francois the year before and just loved it. So we decided to go again. Unfortunately, our experience was average, except for the service. We did not consider the food to be 4 star and, in fact, one person in our group was served cold food. Sad to say we may not go back again as there are too many other places to experience.
We went on a friend's recommendation, an ...
We went on a friend's recommendation, and enjoyed the meal, service, and ambiance immensely. There were absolutely no negatives to the evening's dinner, wine, and gracious, friendly, knowledgeable wait-staff. Would absolutely pass this recommendation to others; in fact, we already have. Well done!
This dining experience was the first for ...
This dining experience was the first for me in some time at this restaurant. It was just as good as what I remembered from the past, updated to reflect current trends and preferences. A great place! I wish it was closer to Shaker Heights but I suppose its remote location is part of its charm.
We have been to this restaurant many tim ...
We have been to this restaurant many times in the past. Service was impeccable but sadly we were disappointed in our entrees. The appetizers, salads, dessert and drinks were wonderful but the entrees seemed to be overly ambitious which resulted in masking the flavors of the specific fish dishes we selected. Perhaps the chef wants to make fish dishes for people who do not like the taste of fish?
Chez is one of most favorite restaurants ...
Chez is one of most favorite restaurants. We are fortunate to travel and experience fine dining around the country and Chez is certainly on top of our list. Matt the owner is fantastic and has built a fabulous business in a small quaint little town of Vermillion Ohio. The atmosphere is a rustic,sopfisticated french theme. Very classy and quaint. Did I mention the food and service which are an 11 on a 10 scale. We dined there last week to celebrate my wife's birthday and we had one of the nicest evenings we have ever experienced. Omar our waiter was a rock star as he made many wine recomondations to pair with our dinners. We always enjoy Chez and there is no doubt we will be back soon.
Chex Francois has always been our annive ...
Chex Francois has always been our anniversary celebration place. The ambiance, the service, and the always exceptional food make it well worth every cent we pay for the experience; we love it! ( and this is our 40th year celebrating our anniversary here!)
this is our third visit to chez francois ...
this is our third visit to chez francois. We attended the Bastille Day dinner a couple of years ago which was phenomenal and have enjoyed the outdoor dining several times. There is no better waterfront dining that I can think of. The view is magical, the food is excellent and the wait staff are well trained and friendly.
We were celebrating a very special anniv ...
We were celebrating a very special anniversary. Everything was first rate, the food was terrific, wait staff attentive and very professional it couldn't have been any better. 5 stars and the best in the Cleveland area.
When you walk in the door you are totall ...
When you walk in the door you are totally inside of a French Restaurant. Albaolutely impeccable service, food, wine and attention to detail. You are never rushed and are allowed to savor the moments--even between the courses. It is something everyone must experience.
The dining experience at Chez Francois i ...
The dining experience at Chez Francois is supterlative in all respects: food, wine selection, and service. The service is particularly fine -- friendly, warm, attentive, and gracious. There are no missteps here, and it is a lovely atmosphere to spend celebrating a special occasion.
Plan to stay for at least 3 hours, and relax and enjoy the superb food and beautiful atmosphere.
My first time experience and I was floor ...
My first time experience and I was floored by the extraordinary service and attention to culinary detail. I recommend this restuarant as an absolute requirement for tasting some of NEO's best food and experiencing a bit of European elegance.
The whole dining experience was delightf ...
The whole dining experience was delightful. our waiters, Omar and Jordan were courteous, knowledgeable, professional, and fun to talk with. Omar was very knowledgeable on wine, and food pairings, and made recommendations that enhanced our dining experience. Rodger, who was attending to guest on the river front patio stopped by our table to greet us, and then made excellent dessert recommendations that topped off a great dinner.
As far as the dinner itself is concerned, the French don't know what they are missing.
We will be back.
Our evening was amazing! Our server Nat ...
Our evening was amazing! Our server Nate was exceptional. He is passionate and truly loves his job. The service was flawless! Our meal was so delicious and perfect! I expected a good restaurant based on the reviews. We discovered a hidden treasure in the city of Vermillion, Ohio that is a rare and wonderful discovery in this day and age! Our sincere praises to everyone at Chez Francois. We will return!
Our dinner at Chez Francois last Tuesday ...
Our dinner at Chez Francois last Tuesday evening was once again outstanding! My partner and I were there with my mother to celebrate her birthday and the staff/servers did a great job! My mother was presented with an elegant birthday card signed by staff members to start our dining experience and we ended with her dessert being served on a festively decorated plate that also had a lighted candle. The service was second-to-none as our every need was immediately taken care of by the attentive and cordial servers. They did a fine job explaining the menu and specials for the evening, giving their recommendations, some of which we tried and glad that we did! The courses were presented beautifully and the food preparation was outstanding! Our seafood platters were absolutely fabulous, piping hot and generous regarding portions. We were not rushed through the courses and thus enjoyed a leisurely birthday dinner celebration. Chez Francois is one of two top restaurants in NE Ohio that we cherish for special occasions and we look forward to our next dining experience with gusto! Thank You!
While enjoyed our meal, we did feel sick ...
While enjoyed our meal, we did feel sick when we got home. Our friends who went there a few weeks ago also commented and warned us they felt sick after. Also, we knew it would be "expensive." but it seemed very expensive for what we got. Overall, love the location...but likely will go to other places closer to home in Avon. Thanks
We have dined here many times and we are ...
We have dined here many times and we are always impressed by the management, wait staff and of course the amazing chef. We have traveled extensively in the USA and Europe and Chez Francois rivals the best of the best. The ambiance indoor and outdoor is different both both are wonderful. The wine list is extensive and the mixologist is terrific. We recommend without reservation.
A thoroughly delightful evening. Very hi ...
A thoroughly delightful evening. Very high quality food and wine as well as excellent service from Omar . First visit after many years. Certainly won't be the last. My complements to all the staff. A unanimous conclusion by all 4 diners.
The attention and knowledge of the wait ...
The attention and knowledge of the wait staff was impeccable. We had 2 ladys waiting on us, from pairing wine with our dinner to dessert and coffee they knew their stuff. This restaurant is A-1 in every way! We will be going back soon! Very unique menu!
The view was very scenic. My wife's sea ...
The view was very scenic. My wife's sea bass was way over priced and dry. Not very tasty, very ordinary. The presentation of the food was fine but the sea bass definitely need some type of sauce. My spinach pasta with shell fish was also below average. Dry, boring, unacceptable. I have had both meals at other restaurants where they were prepared much better with a far superior taste. For a one time visit for the scenery it was good but I would never recommend Chez Francois to anyone for the food!! We dine out a lot and there are many far superior restaurants both sea food and otherwise elsewhere!!
We had a party of 8 on Friday night July ...
We had a party of 8 on Friday night July 29th for a retirement celebration. The reservation was at 6:30pm. We actually arrived at 6:15pm we called the restaurant and they welcomed our earlier arrival. Timothy was our waiter. Drinks, appetizers and salads were timely received. Shortly after 8pm the salad plate was cleared and we anxiously awaited the main course.......it did not arrive until after 9:30pm...........the serving staff, owner/manager did not in any way acknowledge the fact that we waited over an hour+ after the salads were consumed for the main entree. IT WAS SHOCKING....my husband and I had been there 2x before and found it to be the 5star restaurant that it is marketed to be. This time was so below par that I was embarassed to bring 6 other people to experience sub-standard service and ultimately overlooked the fine cuisine because of this extended wait for the entree. The owner was on premises, did not DO ANYTHING to rectify the true inconvenience. Not even "I am sorry for your wait......NOTHING....AGAIN SHOCKING. Sorry Chez Francois you bill yourself as the best restaurant for all the things that matter.....food, service, ambiance. Not so. Thanks for making my strong recommendation an embarassment. $1,000 later........................
We arrived prior to our 6pm reservation. ...
We arrived prior to our 6pm reservation.
We both ordered the 6 course dinner.
It took way to long in between courses that were offered a free drink but only took coffee at the end of our meal instead.
Taking over 3.5 hours for this dinner was not acceptable at all.
Something must have been not correct in the kitchen that night.
Also thought the soft shell crab course had way too much butter that I could not eat it without getting sick.
Marvellous ambiance with world class men ...
Marvellous ambiance with world class menu, food , service and wine selections. Easily finest dining experience in northern Ohio.
Serene setting with very knowledgable staff. They know what they are serving and happy to explain preparations and techniques. Huge selection of wines with emphasis on European varietals.
I love the relaxed feel of this place an ...
I love the relaxed feel of this place and the tentativeness of the staff. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The cream-corn soup was to die for and my wife's lettuce salad was refreshing. Service was well-timed and friendly, the wines were affordable, and the deserts were amazing.
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