Chez Joël Bistro

1119 W Taylor
Chicago, IL 60607


Already a misfit among a multitude of pasta joints, this unassuming bistro further veers from the pack due to its blissful untrendiness. But the mature crowd is in on the neighborhood’s big secret: bold French flavors served at palatable prices by an au fait—yet unstuffy—staff. An arugula salad soars to unexpected heights, thanks to warm honey mustard dressing and chewy figs; the lamb shank is fork tender and is paired with irresistible mashed potatoes; and the requisite steak frites deliver with buttery grill-marked meat and a mound of satisfying fries. Seek out the quaint patio on summer nights and bask in the simplicity of it all.


Dishes We Liked

Salade Gourmande with arugula, Belgian endive, chicore frisée, pecans, and dried Mission figs ($8.50); tuna tartare special ($11.50); steak frites with garlic butter and pommes frites ($24.95); braised lamb shank with wild mushroom fricassee and mashed potatoes ($22.95); spaghetti aux fruits de mer with mussels, clams, shrimp, and scallops ($19.95)

Additional Information

Price: $30-$39
Cuisine: French
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Noteworthy: child friendly
wheelchair accessible
Hours: L Tue-Fri, D Tue-Sun. Br Sat.