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Chez Joel

#226 of 8,465 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
University Village / Little Italy
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1119 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4222
Racine Blue line..Taylor bus, Number 8 Halsted bus.
312-226-6479
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 39
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice Ambience and Friendly Service, Average Food

Chez Joel has a nice ambience but is somewhat cramped; especially will be felt if all the tables are full. We were fine at our table until the one next to us got occupied and their chairs rammed against ours as they sat. Waiters arre friendly and helpful. The food is average. Food was nicely... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
nadacik
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Chicago
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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67 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicago
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Chez Joel has a nice ambience but is somewhat cramped; especially will be felt if all the tables are full. We were fine at our table until the one next to us got occupied and their chairs rammed against ours as they sat. Waiters arre friendly and helpful. The food is average. Food was nicely presented, but I did not... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

My son attends UIC. I started going to Chez Joel when I would visit him, and leaving late (say 8:30 to 10:00pm) looking for somewhere to eat. I've eaten there 4 times over 2.5 years, and every time it was fantastic. When he obtained his Masters degree we went there for our celebratory dinner. The staff is always first rate.... More 

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Oak Park, IL
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I were especially pleased with Chez Joel when we had dinner there the evening before Valentine's Day. It is charming and intimate with nicely prepared dishes with French touches. The service was attentive and caring--no waiting even during busy Valentine's Day, and no rushing you along--so you can talk and have a relaxed meal. We sat in... More 

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Skokie, Illinois, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The place is small. The host was friendly. We were seated right away and also we were waiting for our party we were offered the menu. In some places they would not seat you until everybody in your party is here. Waiter was friendly and offered to order drinks while we were waiting for our friends. The food was good... More 

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

Charming French restaurant in Little Italy. Easily made reservation through Open Table via Trip Advisor, and table was available promptly at reserved time. Service was outstanding and very individualized. It might not seem like much, but they kept my tea glass refilled without me having to ask. That's huge for me. Food was very fresh and outstanding quality. Restaurant also... More 

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Bowie, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Chez Joel is a french bistro tucked in among the many Italian restaurants on Taylor St. We were visiting in the neighborhood and stopped in on an early Saturday evening without a reservation. They offered my wife and I space at their small zinc topped bar. The room was pleasantly full of people with thankfully a very low sound level... More 

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East Peoria, Illinois
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Great menu and excellent quality food. They offer both a prix fixe menu and a la carte. Ordered the pureed mushroom soup as an appetizer and the salmon for main course. Both were excellent. This was a business lunch, but I plan to return with my spouse.

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We've been dining at Chez Joel for many years and it is one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago. It is a beautiful restaurant - their attention to detail and decor is spot on. It's very cozy in the winter with a romantic vibe. In the summer, there are French doors that open up onto Taylor Street and they have... More 

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Deerfield, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great French food with a Moroccan flair . Found the food and service here to excellent. Great layers of flavor from the appetizers through desert. The sauce that the mussels were cooked in was the best I've ever had; everyone at the table soaked it up with the crunchy baguette that accompanied the meal. Excellent wine recommendations and attentive but... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We visited on a Saturday night with friends and had a reservation. We were seated immediately at our specified time having just arrived ourselves. The goat cheese salad was very good, 3 of the 4 of us had that the other "special" salad was just OK. My Steak Frites was very tasty but a little chewy in spots; my wifes... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1119 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4222
  • Public Transportation: Racine Blue line..Taylor bus, Number 8 Halsted bus.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
  • Neighborhood: University Village / Little Italy
  • Phone Number: 312-226-6479

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?