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Chez Joel

#492 of 8,181 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
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3:00 pm - 10:00 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
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    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
A 95th Birthday Celebration

In October we celebrated my mother's 95th birthday at her favorite restaurant, Chez Joel. The atmosphere is so warm and inviting, and the food is always terrific. It has been that way for many years and I hope that Chez Joel remains for many more years to come. Karan W.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 17, 2015
nrwchi
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Harbor Springs, Michigan
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Harbor Springs, Michigan
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

In October we celebrated my mother's 95th birthday at her favorite restaurant, Chez Joel. The atmosphere is so warm and inviting, and the food is always terrific. It has been that way for many years and I hope that Chez Joel remains for many more years to come. Karan W.

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Wisconsin
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210 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We had a reservation for 2 and last minute changed it to 4, which they accommodated on a very busy Saturday evening. It's located near Little Italy, and they have valet parking which is a plus for the area. We sat next to the window, it was a great view. It's cozy, dimly lit, and for being completely packed, we... More 

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2 Thank GattoViziato
Phoenix, Arizona
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Recently came here with family friends. Our service was delightful. Our waitress made excellent recommendations. The bread and baked bree was delicious, as was the butternut squash ravioli. The drinks were perfect. And the desert was the most delicious finish. The restaurant was simple, cozy, quiet and perfect for a good conversation. Simply decorated and beautiful. The entire meal was... More 

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2 Thank Kari J
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

We were in this neighborhood and did a search on Open Table and found this lovely little French restaurant. The warm Brie appetizer was delicious and my gluten free salmon dish was great. The service was great too!

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2 Thank Greg H
Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

I was really torn between 4 and 5 stars on this one. We went here this week and ordered off the restaurant week menu which was a really great deal! The meal started off some great wine (there were tons to choose from)! The first course was delicious with the soup of the day (mushroom) and escargot. Definitely recommend both... More 

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2 Thank AllisonJoe623
Greensboro, North Carolina
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57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

A French restaurant in Little Italy? OK I'm game! It's simply my new favorite restaurant in Chicago! Quaint, romantic but I would also have no problem having a business dinner here as well. Great service! Typical French fare but prepared impeccably! Nice wine list! Even if you are staying downtown its well worth the short cab ride to Little Italy/Taylor... More 

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2 Thank CtownRon
Chicago, Illinois
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71 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Quaint little Bistro near UIC and Taylor Street with well priced tantalizing menu options. They have a charming out door garden for dining outside. The arugula beer salad and ravioli entree were both well presented as well as appetizing. This is a recommended place to dine for a quiet dinner with friends and beats all of the other so called... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Well served, well proportionated plates. Limited chances to have a garlic-free meal. PROs: fine environment, low light, French touch, honest service (declaring what can be done right away and what has pre-cooked parts). CONs: definitely loud with full occupancy, rather highly priced. Very good for business, romance, friends.

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West Chicago, Illinois
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668 reviews
342 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Ten of us gathered to catch up and enjoy the wonderful food offered at this lovely restaurant. We stared with appetizers of calamari and pate which were fresh and pasted nicely. I had the risotto with portobello mushrooms and asparagus but I shared with my neighbor who had the red snapper and they were both nicely plated and delicious. Others... More 

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1 Thank sue o
Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

A French Restaurant in an Italian neighborhood?! Well, they pull it it off! The sauces are rich and delectable. I had the duck and my Lady Friend had the chicken. We had mussels for an app. Les desserts were EVERYTHING encompassing the lore of French pastries. One of my favorite places in the city.

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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: Romantic
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?