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Chez Francois Restaurant

555 Main St, Vermilion, OH 44089-4001
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Ranked #1 of 40 Restaurants in Vermilion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Ferry St.
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  • English first
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English first
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Not busy the evening we visited. Service top notch. John our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. Presentation of food was lovely as well as delicious. Extensive wine list. Signature dish is the Beef Wellington. 3 in our party had it and raved about it. I had the rack of lamb and it was wonderful. The decor inside is dark... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

As a first time casual visit, we ate on the outer deck which has wonderful views. My wife and I tried the lobster stuffed zucchini blossoms, and they were excellent. My wife ordered scallops and I tried the perch. It was breaded in such a fashion that it had absolutely no flavor, and the sides/garnish it came with did not... More

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Ormond Beach, FL
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We were taken toCchez Francois for our fiftieth anniversary by our sons and families on Saturday, August 30. The restaurant has tables inside their elegant dining room and outside on a patio adjacent to the Vermillion River so diners can watch the slow procession of boats while they dine. We dined inside, which is a more formal setting. The restaurant... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

As French gourmets, we have been dining in many outstanding restaurants in the US and in Canada. Chez Francois has been most disappointing. Our appetizers (lobster en croute and scallops) were casual. My husband's meal, classic French lamb, was well realized but totally lacking originality that you would usually expect in this range of price. My meal (sole with almonds)... More

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My wife and I joined my business partner and his wife for the Italian wine tasting dinner at Chez Francois on August 14th. Not only was the food spectacular as is par for the course but the wines that accompanied the meal were equally special. The stories about each wine and the regions in Italy where they are produced capped... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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75 reviews 75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Enjoyed a beautiful summer evening with friends. We can early and had a table with great view of the river and the boaters. Drinks were fine, appetizers were delicious.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Food was great and service excellent. Don't come here if you want a quick meal. They give you plenty of time between courses . Our dinner lasted 3 hours but we were in no rush. Expensive but was the perfect anniversary dinner.

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Grand Island, NY
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85 reviews 85 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Great location, we loved sitting on the patio overlooking the river, but 3+ hours for dinner was just ridiculous. It's not that we were wined and dined all evening while slowly savoring each course, but rather we were basically ignored most of the night .... While the table next to us was fawned over by the owner. The kicker was... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Celebrated a birthday so we decided to splurge. Excellent food and wine list. We ate outside to enjoy the view and wonderful weather. Service was excellent. we were surprised to see a "jackets required" sign at the entrance, not what we were expecting but it didn't seem to be enforced (we were dressed for dinner but my husband didn't have... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We love coming back here every year. It's not what you'd expect being so far outside of a city (west of Cleveland). It's gourmet and romantic. The food is always wonderful and perfectly prepared. The seafood is fresh and served many ways. I love the shrimp martini (dig to the bottom to stir up the goodness) and the soft shell... More

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