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Chez Joel

#673 of 7,468 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
University Village / Little Italy
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1119 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4222
Sun 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a gem! Chicago cousin brings her out of town guests here and I was the lucky one this time. The specials were spectacular. Best salad in a long time!

Thank Mimiinthecity0407
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went with friends for a dinner and was excited to see that Bouillabaisse was on the menu, a particular favorite of mine. As I do not drink or eat anything containing alcohol I checked with our server who said he was sorry but it contained pernot and it was not possible to provide it without the alcohol. I then... More 

Thank LEBennett
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are big fans of French cuisine generally, and Chez Joel specifically was very good on our last visit, years ago. This visit was average. It started out well -- the restaurant gave us last minute seating, at the bar. It is a tight fit; some might say quaint. The cocktails -- a Saint Honore and Kir Royal -- were... More 

Thank MichaelTheWanderer
Hinsdale, Illinois
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188 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Wow! Had the Prix Fix. Salad or soup. Entree and dessert. Multiple options for each category. French onion soup for each of us. Feel obligated to order this pretty much anywhere I find it. Then the steak Roquefort for me and salmon for my wife. Creme brûlée and profiteroles. And we started with some brie and apricots. I mention it... More 

Thank BDAD68
Indian Head Park, Illinois
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Excellent food and atmosphere. Escargot was the best I've had in a long time. My first time there but I will definitely return.

1 Thank FifiRee
Chicago, Illinois
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107 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

We returned for dinner with friends, after having visited prior in early fall. Everything that I remembered was the same and even better. The salad with tomatos, onions and blue cheese was divine. The smoked salmon and French onion soup were great starters. The house special risotto with mushrooms was spectacular and all topped off with a chocolate bomb for... More 

1 Thank Raphael L
Winter Haven, Florida
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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016 via mobile

Our visit to this little French Bistro was great. It is on Taylor Street and its in the little Italy neighborhood of Chicago. I know a French bistro in an Italian neighborhood, but it works. The service was impeccable. The food was excellent and prepared as the menu indicated. Next time in Chicago, we will make point of visiting again.

1 Thank Thomas W
Harbor Springs, Michigan
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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.

3 Thank nrwchi
Tuscany, Italy
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262 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 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 

3 Thank GattoViziato
Phoenix, Arizona
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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 

3 Thank Kari J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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

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