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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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
Incredible dining experience!
The best dining experience you can imagine. From the front of the house to the food and service, it can't be beat!
Our evening this past Friday at Chez Francois was wonderful. April is a slack time of the year for a summer restaurant, but a great time if you are seeking a great dining experience. The wait staff has time to linger and offer recommendations. There is no push to dine and dash so the table can turn over. We had a leisurely 2 1/2 hour meal - champagne cocktail, starters, mains and dessert, all well prepared and presented. The black cod with Asian greens and miso sauce, though not what would be expected from a French themed menu was spot on! My wife's chicken breast with fruits de' mer was equally good. That said the pièce de résistance was the plain vanilla ice cream with a complementary framboise cordial! Chez Francois is not for everyday dining. It is great place for an outstandingly well prepared and served meal. They care about food, service, ambiance and most importantly the diner!
The special occasion was my retirement party with my family and friends. I rented a limo to drive us to your restaurant and since I had previously been to your restaurant, it was where I wanted to have my retirement dinner. Everyone in my party absolutely loved the restaurant, the service, the food, etc. and I just want to thank you for everything. You made the night complete. Thanks again.
We have been at Chez Francois many times. It never fails in food or service. I only wish it was closer to us (one hour plus).
Meets and exceeds expectations
We went to Chez Francois for our anniversary and enjoyed a lovely glass of wine, fantastic food and excellent service. For the two hours, we felt like we were on a very relaxing mini vacation.
What a delicious and well served meal!! Our new favorite place!
The Gold Standard which all other restau ...
The Gold Standard which all other restaurants should be judged against !! Never disappoints.
I was pleasantly surprised, that on a cold, week night, while working out of town, I could find such a wonderful and relaxing dinner location! I started in the attached bistro and wine bar with a nice cheese tray and a glass of fine Cabernet, followed by a small plate of a perfectly prepared fish dish! I will certainly come back here when I am hungry or just need to crash.
We celebrated my Birthday with another c ...
We celebrated my Birthday with another couple. Despite many Summer's of vacationing in Vermilion in the summer months, I had never experienced CF. It did not disappoint. From the lovely ambiance to the fabulous food & service. It was a special memorable night indeed. We will be back.
Birthday for my Daughter
For a second year I have brought my daughter here for her birthday, the food and staff always excellent
Leah and Josh were excellent
Leah and Josh were excellent
From the time walked in the door till we left, perfect! Our wait duo were prompt courteous, informative, friendly and right there if we needed them. Their service was outstanding. To food was excellent, we ordered French onion soup, oyster Rockefeller , lamb chops and veal medallions. Everything was cooked perfectly. Came out hot and a beautiful presentation. Good drinks too! I would highly recommend this restaurant and was worth the 45 minute drive!!
Simply my favorite high end dining exper ...
Simply my favorite high end dining experience. Been going to this location since 1972, and as Chez for 30 years.
We enjoy fine Restaurants. This was hand ...
We enjoy fine Restaurants. This was hands down the best dining experience in this part of the country. We are not downplaying all the wonderful experiences in this area, but this was simply amazing. They go the extra mile including flowers if needed and service that is beyond exceptional. What a perfect evening. Recommendations from us include Lobster Thermodore and the Beef Wellington.
First time and with a reservation for 11 ...
First time and with a reservation for 11. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was amazing, the service was amazing. I am going to make a reservation for the summer so we can be seated with a view of the water, maybe next time just my husband and I. A+A+A+
A Romantic Gem
My husband and I dined at Chez Francois for Valentine's Day and it was the perfect evening...our dinner was lovely and the setting was romantic and intimate.
Our server, Leah, was amazing. This was ...
Our server, Leah, was amazing. This was our first foray into French dining and Leah helped us navigate the silverware and the various dishes. The atmosphere was wonderful. A truly fine experience that we hope to replicate in the future!
Simply amazing all around! I have been h ...
Simply amazing all around! I have been here before and there is no comparison.
Best Dining in Norther Ohio
Chez Francoise is a great restaurant. The food is fabulous, wine list is exceptional, staff is knowledgable and the overall ambiance is delightful. No better place to take your sweetheart on Valentine's Day!
Went to Chez Francois for Valentines Day. They are closed January through the middle of March but are kind enough to open for this one special day. And do they ever make it special. Unlike their regular menu this dinner was prix fix. But several choices including vegetarian and vegan were available. The amuse bouche was a cucumber soup, I wish I could have had a whole bowl. My appetizer was a lobster quiche. I kept saying to my wife "I cant believe how much lobster is in this". It was amazing. My entrée was duck, prepared perfectly in this sauce that whatever I say wont do it justice other than it was great! My wife had a mushroom ravioli to start and the sea bass, both as spectacular as mine. Their wine list is unbelievable. Great selections from Napa, Bordeaux, Burgundy and elsewhere. Something for everyone in every price range and if you wish...bring your own for a small corkage fee. And the best part of the experience was Lauren, our server. She was terrific. Knowledgeable about food and wine, attentive, but not obtrusive, just perfect. I have always loved Chez Francois, they never disappoint. And no I don't own the place, I just love it there!
My husband and I have been visiting Chez Francois for about 3 years now! We love the atmosphere and the people! I would like to think we have become regulars! Almost every server knows us and always take the time to stop and say hello! They are always so welcoming! Chez Francois atmosphere is super romantic and cozy! I would recommend anyone who is looking for delicious food and an amazing wait staff to my a reservation!
My wife and I go there for special occasions. It's expensive, but we have never been disappointed. We don't mind paying more when the quality is high. The service is always outstanding.
Restaurant Canceled Reservation
I made a reservation on December 31st at 7pm using opentable.com. Chez Francois called me the day before my reservation and said my reservation was not valid. They explained it was an error and I was on a long waiting list.....I will never eat there or use the opentable.com service again. Next time I will call the restaurant personally.
After hearing wonderful things about Chez for many years, we decided to try it out for our anniversary dinner. We're so glad we did! The location is darling, and it was beautifully decorated for Christmas. I can only imagine the view during the summer! We were treated like royalty the entire evening, and the attentiveness of the staff is noticeably superior. They were also extremely helpful in picking wine and food. Everything that came out of the kitchen was hot and delicious. I had veal with seafood, and my husband had duck breast. Both were executed perfectly. I was very pleasantly surprised that each entree came with an amuse bouche and a salad, which is almost unheard of anymore. The raspberry dessert was also out of this world, and super fun with the tableside flame :) The desserts come with a small pour of dessert wine, which was also a pleasant surprise. The menu is on the higher end price wise, but I really felt like it was a good value given the portion sizes and the extras included. The wine list is extraordinary. If I have to pick on something, it would be that they did not acknowledge our anniversary, which is their thing (they usually bring complimentary dessert out for special occasions). We noted the occasion in our reservation like our friends suggested and they asked us if we were celebrating anything when we arrived, but it was forgotten from there. But, this did not impact how we felt about the experience at all, and we hope to go back very soon!
Always a Great Experience!
An evening at Chez Francois is never disappointing. I've always said this restaurant is the best between Chicago and New York! From the moment you walk through the door until the time you leave, everything is done just right. Atmosphere, food prep, platings, flavors as well as the service from Matt the owner to the rest of the staff, everyone ensures that you enjoy yourself and experience the best! All the best to Chez Francois for a successful 2016!
Gem of northeast Ohio
Food is a++ Solid classic French / fine dinning. Staff was good....though seems a bit off their high standards on this visit (good but not outstanding). Music was a bit campy. I come here for the food and service. Food was an a, service a b. Second visit where they were out of stock on digestif selection. Update selection if you are not going to stock it.
Another excellent food and wine experience
A visit to Chez Francois will be our new family tradition instead of buying expensive gifts. The food and wine were outstanding and our waitress (Lauren) was amazing.
This place can do no wrong. Amazing eve ...
This place can do no wrong. Amazing everytime.
We had heard so much praise for Chez Francois for so long and finally made the journey to Vermilion for my wife's birthday. It was truly one of the best dining experiences we've enjoyed. It was a Thursday night a week before Christmas and the restaurant was not at all busy. I doubt, however; that we would have received better service regardless; with the exception that Matt had the time to sit at our table and add to the evening. The restaurant has a full menu; but we really enjoy opportunities to have the Chef's Signature Dinner whenever offered. We always get to taste foods we otherwise would not have ordered; and you won't be disappointed here. The special feature was "Truffles"; which meant a very rich and tasty dinner. It began with scrambled egg cooked in truffle butter, garnished with black truffles and truffle oil and then placed back in the shell. Really neat!!! We proceeded to enjoy scallops, quail, veal and ice cream all infused in some way with truffles. Saying it was delicious doesn't do this dinner justice! We also believe that the wine pairings are a must with these dinners. Again; the experience was made that much better with Matt pouring and teaching us about the pairings. Vermilion is a summer town; and we can't wait for our return for the summer experience at Chez Francios. http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g51082-d462536-r334018067-Chez_Francois_Restaurant-Vermilion_Ohio.html#
expensive , food and service was outstanding
expensive but the food is outstanding. Service is the best I have had in any restaurant. Never feel rushed
We have been wanting to try Chez Francois for some time as we had heard great things. We were not disappointed it really lived up to its reputation.The Restaurant which was quite busy still felt cozy and was beautifully decorated for the Holidays.Our servers were very attentive and our meals were outstanding the portions generous and we left no room to try the house made desserts. Next Time
5 stars all the way
Matt and John, with their team make a visit like an evening of welcome and hospitality in their own homes. Thank you to a leader in Tables100.
my go to special occasion restaurant
Great ambience, great service. And an extraordinary wine list with moderate pricing. The best vanilla ice cream I've ever had. You couldn't do any better in New York or Chicago. Not cheap, but worth every cent.
We have an annual family holiday dinner ...
We have an annual family holiday dinner here and every time is better than before. Excellent food. Excellent service. I've never left wanting for more!
The Real Deal
We have been to Chez Francios many times and they never disappoint. We enjoyed their truffle tasting meal and were delighted all the way down to the truffle infused dessert. My husband and I are bourbon fans and were thrilled to see such a quality collection of incredible selections from the elusive 12 year Pappy's to unique orphan barrel selections. As for the service, no one does it better than they do! We laughed the evening away and I'm embarrassed to say that we closed the place down that night. A definite must for date night or any evening you just want to eat wonderful food and be treated special.
Birthday Visit & Dinner
Excellent location, service, setting - 1st time patron. Had lobster thermidor on nightly special. Very good, but lacking in full taste and a bit heavy on the accompanying mushrooms. My wife had sweetbreads but one of three medallions was very thick and fatty. French onion soup was best she has had over time. Wine suggestion by our server was spot-on. Overall, a satisfying experience. We plan to go again and would recommend it to our friends.
Thank you for another magical evening
Matt, John and the staff once again exceeded our every expectation. We took some friends with us who had never been to the restaurant before. They told Matt before they left that it was more of an experience than a meal and that it was the best that they had ever had. The staff is great, the food is great and I cannot wait to go back
It was as wonderful as everyone said it would be. Best drinks and wine list in NE Ohio
Exceptional service, wonderful food
My siblings and I took our parents to Chez Francois for their 40th wedding anniversary. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough -- I loved our waitress, the food was incredible, and the restaurant itself is beautiful. It was the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion and I appreciate how hard the staff worked to make it a memorable evening for my family.
Arranged a special event dinner at Chez Francois. What an absolutely wonderful experience. The staff never hovered and every person we spoke with was exceedingly knowledgeable about the menu and preparations! Every course was deliciously presented and a feast for the eyes and senses. Chez Francois truly made the evening a magical and memorable celebration!!
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