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Chez Joel

1119 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4222 (University Village / Little Italy)
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Ranked #439 of 8,296 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $40
Sun 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: University Village / Little Italy
Transit: Racine Blue line..Taylor bus, Number 8 Halsted bus.
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Champaign, Illinois
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208 reviews 208 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Went here Sunday night...was immediately greeted warmly and seated outside in the garden..Really have nothing new to add that others haven't said but thoroughly enjoyed the experience.. Bread so good with choices of tapenade and salted butter. Our appetizers were very satisfying...Grilled Calamari and the Escargots. My entree, Steak Frites was slightly overcooked to medium when i prefer medium rare... More

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117 reviews 117 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Upscale neighborhood bistro with nice patio and good food. Gets a four because the ambience, wine and service were excellent (5) most food items 4s with a few 3s. For appetizers try the mussels, tomato salad and grilled calamari (latter not for everyone). House salad was large and delicious. Coquille St Jacques, though, only so so. Asparagus risotto very very... More

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Omaha Ne
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We went with another couple and had a great evening. A small little restaurant with white table clothes and good service .It was a very friendly place and we had an excellent waiter. The menu was more of a old style french menu but very good. Two of us had a sea bass special over potatoes with a nice assortment... More

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Benton, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Moved away from Chicago a couple of years ago, but for many years frequented this restaurant. The food was always amazing and the service just as great. I do really miss this wonderful neighborhood restaurant.

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La Porte, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Been a big fan of Taylor Street dining for years. Never patronized Chez Joel because it seemed out of place -- who'd have thought a French bistro in an Italian neighborhood would be any good. On a whim, stopped in last week and was thoroughly delighted. The food was excellent, the drinks varied, and the staff friendly. Will return soon.

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Chicago, Illinois
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

A friend and I went to Chez Joel on a Thursday night and had one of the best dining experiences ever. The small romantic seating area is lit by a gorgeous chandelier and is attended by a wait staff that is professional, personable, and attentive. Our waiter told us the day's specials, took our drink order and gave us time... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

After reading reviews, reserved for a special dinner. Food quality, wine and portions were below average for Chicago French restaurants, though prices were somewhat above average. Escargot overwhelmed by taste of Pernod, steak was small, with lots of gristle and fat. Very noisy on weekend night, conversation challenged. Warning: menu online does not match menu in restaurant. Maybe they do... More

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Cary, North Carolina, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Wonderful food, atmosphere and service at this cozy Chicago neighborhood restaurant The steak was outstanding and the side dishes very well prepared and delicious. Great place for a quite business meeting

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Chicago, Illinois
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53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

My husband had been with a group and suggested Chez Joel for our anniversary. The room is lovely and, at least on a Sunday evening, it was quiet enough for real conversation. Much of the conversation at neighboring tables was in French. The service was perfect; the food was solidly delicious. The tarte aux pommes was a triumph. We spent... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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76 reviews 76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

A wonderful find on Taylor Street. Very warm environment. Menu had all the classics. I had moules mariniere and duck; my dinnermate French onion soup and coq au vin. The folks next to us started with escargots. Nothing fusion here just very well prepared food with excellent service.

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