Chez Riverfront Café

Voted Second Best Waterfront Dining in America!

Power and Motor Yacht Magazine voted our Riverfront Café second best waterfront dining in America, before we even renovated! I wonder where we would be ranked now? If you did not visit us last year, then you might not know the Riverfront Café has been completely renovated. We replaced the wood deck with a beautiful brick patio, the awning has been replaced by a permanent roof, and we have enclosed the patio with sliding glass doors. The glass doors allows us to enclose the patio during bad weather or have an open air café like we have had in the past. This year we have added an awning to further cover us from inclement weather.

Twenty-three years ago when we first opened Chez François, we had a vision to create a casual but sophisticated, alfresco, riverfront dining experience. We’ve succeeded. In fact, we think we offer the only upscale, waterfront dining on the Northcoast of Ohio.


What is appropriate attire?

As mentioned, casual but sophisticated. Shorts are fine, golf or boating attire is also fine, please no tank tops or swimsuits.

Do we take reservations?

Absolutely! The café is busy Tuesday through Sunday. If you are interested in dining outside, it is wise to make a reservation.

Is the menu the same inside and outside?

Yes. We offer an outdoor menu that is very similar to the indoor menu but with a few lighter entrees. The Seasonal Specials Menu is the same indoors and outdoors.

Do you have boat slips available?

Yes! We can accommodate boats up to 63 feet in length & the water is about six feet deep by our slips. We also take reservations for your boat. The Vermilion Public Boat docks are located next to the restaurant. They offer overnight accomodations as well as electricity and water. (440) 967 – 7087.

What hours is the café open? The café hours are the same as the indoor dining hours except on Saturdays when we open at 4:00 pm.

Is the Café ever open for lunch?


What is the difference between inside dining and outside dining?

Pure and simple the outside is informal, the atmosphere is more relaxed and perhaps a little louder at times.

Is there smoking?

No. With the recent non-smoking laws that were passed we will not be able to offer smoking at the Riverfront Café, however we will offer an outdoor smoking area as part of our upstairs expansion.