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1119 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4222 (University Village / Little Italy)
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Ranked #369 of 8,413 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Neighborhood: University Village / Little Italy
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: Racine Blue line..Taylor bus, Number 8 Halsted bus.
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English first
East Peoria, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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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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Champaign, Illinois
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228 reviews 228 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
12 helpful votes 12 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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Additional Information about Chez Joel

Address: 1119 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4222
Phone Number: 312-226-6479
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: French

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