Chez Joel

★★★★☆
  • 1119 W Taylor St

    Chicago, IL 60607

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  • 312-226-6479

About Chez Joel

Hours
Tuesday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Friday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM Saturday From 04:30 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 04:30 PM To 10:00 PM

Food

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Really an unsung restaurant in Chicago. Highly recommended for stellar french inspired dishes and cozy ambiance

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★★★★★

Really an unsung restaurant in Chicago. Highly recommended for stellar french inspired dishes and cozy ambiance

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Lax and inattentive service, an ill-informed server, and a soggy serving of pototoes made our dining sometimes a trial.

A large party soon dominated the small room, and made any and all conversation at all the other tables a real chore or simply an impossibility. Requests to the management to intervene were met with shrugs, insulting accusations and indifference. The rowdy party of nine trumps our party of four?

The food, basic French bistro often with an unorthodox North African slant, is worth the trip, but the ambiance was torture and we could not suffer the migraine level of noise and left quickly.

After two such painful experiences, we shall leave the restaurant to the Large Party crowd. Adieu.

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★☆☆☆☆

Lax and inattentive service, an ill-informed server, and a soggy serving of pototoes made our dining sometimes a trial.

A large party soon dominated the small room, and made any and all conversation at all the other tables a real chore or simply an impossibility. Requests to the management to intervene were met with shrugs, insulting accusations and indifference. The rowdy party of nine trumps our party of four?

The food, basic French bistro often with an unorthodox North African slant, is worth the trip, but the ambiance was torture and we could not suffer the migraine level of noise and left quickly.

After two such painful experiences, we shall leave the restaurant to the Large Party crowd. Adieu.

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Chez Joel is a great romantic spot in little italy and it wont make you break the bank. Their entrees will run you anywhere from $12-$22. My personal favorite is the lamb shank, but mainly because I like lamb but I'm terrible at cooking it myself.

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★★★★☆

Chez Joel is a great romantic spot in little italy and it wont make you break the bank. Their entrees will run you anywhere from $12-$22. My personal favorite is the lamb shank, but mainly because I like lamb but I'm terrible at cooking it myself.

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Dined there last night with my wife and friends and the food was tremendous all around. I had the Lamb shank and it was by far the best. The place itself is very well put together and the service is top of the line. I would tell anyone who is looking for French Cuisine this is the place to go. My best regards to the whole staff there.

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★★★★★

Dined there last night with my wife and friends and the food was tremendous all around. I had the Lamb shank and it was by far the best. The place itself is very well put together and the service is top of the line. I would tell anyone who is looking for French Cuisine this is the place to go. My best regards to the whole staff there.

Pros: Food, atmosphere, service....

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excellent dishes; great martinis; welcoming atmosphere; convenient to UIC campus and downtown; valet parking.

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★★★★★

excellent dishes; great martinis; welcoming atmosphere; convenient to UIC campus and downtown; valet parking.

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I called to make a reservation for Valentines Day on 2-12-04 , the man who answered the phone suggested 7:30 I was suprise that time was available considering it was 2 days away so of coarse I took it, and he took my name and number... When I called to confirm my reservation a different man told me it was a bus boy who had answered the phone when I called and wouldn't honor my reservation. I asked to speak to a manager, but there wasn't one available. They had my name and number and never bothered to call. I made plans else where and had a great time!

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★☆☆☆☆

I called to make a reservation for Valentines Day on 2-12-04 , the man who answered the phone suggested 7:30 I was suprise that time was available considering it was 2 days away so of coarse I took it, and he took my name and number... When I called to confirm my reservation a different man told me it was a bus boy who had answered the phone when I called and wouldn't honor my reservation. I asked to speak to a manager, but there wasn't one available. They had my name and number and never bothered to call. I made plans else where and had a great time!

Pros: found better place

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I was flying in for V-day weekend and due to a reservation mix-up at another restaurant I found myself reservationless on thursday afternoon for a friday dinner in Chicago. This place bailed me out at the last second and it was the best meal of the weekend. The restaurant is small and very romantic and does well with simplicity. There is nothing over-the-top about Joel's but they do everything with class and they definitely show you they care about your business. And the food is top-self. Even for those who dont think French food is all that. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE.

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★★★★★

I was flying in for V-day weekend and due to a reservation mix-up at another restaurant I found myself reservationless on thursday afternoon for a friday dinner in Chicago. This place bailed me out at the last second and it was the best meal of the weekend. The restaurant is small and very romantic and does well with simplicity. There is nothing over-the-top about Joel's but they do everything with class and they definitely show you they care about your business. And the food is top-self. Even for those who dont think French food is all that. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE.

Pros: AWESOME

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Everything --from the casual yet elegant atmosphere to the pates and the bouillabaise-- was exceptional. The restaurant is somewhat out of the way if you are staying downtown, but, considering the prices and extraordinary quality, well worth the taxi fare.

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★★★★★

Everything --from the casual yet elegant atmosphere to the pates and the bouillabaise-- was exceptional. The restaurant is somewhat out of the way if you are staying downtown, but, considering the prices and extraordinary quality, well worth the taxi fare.

Pros: great food, moderate prices, very good ambiance

Cons: location

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Many of the wait staff speak French, which is charming. The menu is interesting, you would like to keep coming back to try everything. The food itself is wonderful.

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★★★★★

Many of the wait staff speak French, which is charming. The menu is interesting, you would like to keep coming back to try everything. The food itself is wonderful.

Pros: GREAT FOOD, CHARMING, OUTDOOR SEATING

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The other three members of my dinner party really enjoyed their dinner (leg of lamb & steak (2), respectively). Unfortunately, I'm vegetarian and there was nothing on the menu I could eat. The chef accommodated my meal requirements by making a nice pasta and grilled vegetable platter. Our dinner was in celebration of my best friend's birthday. We placed an order for a small birthday cake from the kitchen. It never arrived but the atmosphere was lovely and everyone enjoyed themselves despite the snafu. I would definitely consider going back the next time I find myself in Little Italy.

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★★★★★

The other three members of my dinner party really enjoyed their dinner (leg of lamb & steak (2), respectively). Unfortunately, I'm vegetarian and there was nothing on the menu I could eat. The chef accommodated my meal requirements by making a nice pasta and grilled vegetable platter. Our dinner was in celebration of my best friend's birthday. We placed an order for a small birthday cake from the kitchen. It never arrived but the atmosphere was lovely and everyone enjoyed themselves despite the snafu. I would definitely consider going back the next time I find myself in Little Italy.

Pros: Atmosphere, No wait w/reservation, Attentive staff

Cons: No vegetarian fare

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Though it seems unlikely escargots found a way to Chicago's Little Italy, they most certainly did---and to great success at this charming bistro. Yes, the noise level may soar on busy nights, but the food is so good, it's easy to cut theā€¦

 

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