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Chez Joel

#691 of 7,464 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
University Village / Little Italy
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1119 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4222
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The best place I have ever eaten in USA!Unique kitchen and service!Thank You!You have made my day!We selebrate now our anniversary and visit the place for second,but hope not for last time!

Thank Stoyan K
Chicago, Illinois
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120 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although we had tried to go to the Pilsen food fest fare, we were unable to find parking. Since we were somewhat west I suggested a return visit to Che JOEL. We were lucky and able to get a table by calling ahead. This was our third visit and had the opportunity to sit outside in a lively bugless garden.... More 

1 Thank Raphael L
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33 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Family-owned bistro with a bistro-oriented menu including chilean sea bass as well as the more traditional coq au vin & lamb shanks . The paté appetiser was excellent although the grilled octopus was a little tough. The wine list is adequate AND is very reasonably priced. Although the restaurant was full, (thunderstorms meant that the patio was closed), the service... More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 June 23, 2016

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 June 21, 2016

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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132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 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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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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120 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
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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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78 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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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

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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, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
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?