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Chez Joel

#532 of 7,814 Restaurants in Chicago
#580 of 8,578 Places to Eat 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
Closed now
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 40
    Excellent
  • 23
    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 visit to Paris

Expectations for a French restaurant are always high, and Chez Joel didn't disappoint. You walk in the door and feel you are walking into a cafe in Paris. It is intimate and very romantic. But the test of a restaurant is how good is the food, and it passed the test. The food was authentic, well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
sophiedogdaddy
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Lutherville, Maryland
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Lutherville, Maryland
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Expectations for a French restaurant are always high, and Chez Joel didn't disappoint. You walk in the door and feel you are walking into a cafe in Paris. It is intimate and very romantic. But the test of a restaurant is how good is the food, and it passed the test. The food was authentic, well presented and as good... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Food is at best mediocre and the people are really not bothered with the customers. We went for lunch and the place was more or less empty. That gave us a bit of scare but well, some reviews were good. I chose a poulet aux champignons and was served without the jasmine rice which was noted on menu. My wife... More 

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Pasadena
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150 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

is simply amazing here. The French onion soup & cheese plate was very good . We had Duck, Steak & Lamb. Sides were mashed potatoes and fries. The fries were so-so. They have a large wine and Beer including 2 French beers. Ask for the front table by the open window. Water and complimentary bread served which comes with butter... More 

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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is food that tastes has if you're tasting these things for the very first time. The food here is wonderful. These are things I've had many times before in all my travels but they taste so much better. For example I've had escargot all over the world, this is the best I've had, and so on and so on.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Everything about chez Joel was great ! Starting from the service to the food (I had the butter squash ravioli which I highly recommend),they were yummy ! Loved the cozy atmosphere of the restaurant.

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Chicago
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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
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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
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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38 reviews
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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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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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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?