Les Nomades

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Contemporary French
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  • Quiet Conversation
One of Chicago’s finest dining experiences awaits you in this elegant town home setting that balances formality and friendliness. Your dinner may be paired with fine wines, as uncommon ingredients come together in perfect harmony. In operation since 1978, Les Nomades remains true to its distinctive character as an oasis of civilized tranquility amidst the bustling activity of its Streeterville location. Culinary creations delight the most discriminating palates. Savor Sautéed Foie Gras, or Lobster Ravioli with seared scallops; Roasted Breast and Confit Leg of Duck, or Duo of Roasted Partridge and Bison. Artisan cheeses are extraordinary and the pastries are sublime.
Please keep in mind that proper attire is required including a jacket for gentlemen.
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C
Los Angeles
156 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Special occasion venue. Wonderful traditional French fare. Lovely presentations and outstanding attentive service. Hard to find elsewhere these days.

O
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The service is great but the menu is a little outdated and portions are small. I ordered Dover sole and got two 3 inch pieces of the end of the filet for a very high price point. When I ordered it I was expecting to get a full fillet instead of what looked like scraps. If you're looking for a 70's experience dining with lots of elderly people this is the place for you.

Y
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous...Hard to find a class act restaurant anymore. This is perfect. Elegant dining at its best. Loved it, Will return.

JF
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

there is no other restaurant in Chicago like Les Nomades. everything about it is outstanding, the food is incredible ( our dover sole was out of this world), the service is impeccable and the ambience is one of a kind. For sophistication and quality dinning there is no place even close.

A truly great restaurant.

CT
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Les Nomades is formal -- jackets for men -- not the more casual connotation of its English-name, the "nomads". Yes, the restaurant is for travelers and us more sedentary types, too. The menu is formidable, as french as foie de gras. Which it serves in two types, seared and a poached chilled torchon.

Nomades offers two prix fixe meals: four courses with appetizer, second course, entree and dessert, and an option that adds both a fish entree and meat or poultry. (Don't tell the waiter I said this, but he may also offer to serve you a la carte.) Many portions are not huge -- this is not an Italian restaurant after all -- but the offerings are gracious, classic french of exquisite quality. My fish was the evening special sole with richer sauce than I'm used to with sole, but amazing. Sweetbreads for my wife were the best she's tasted, including in Paris.

Do not miss dessert. While Nomades' tarts, flourless chocolate cake or Grand Marnier soufflé are not original, here they are wonderful.

The waiters appear, disappear and reappear when needed, and somehow, they sense when.

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience for a special occasion

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We live in the neighborhood, and this is our special occasion restaurant. The food is delicious. This is a top notch traditional French restaurant.

k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant, great menu, great food, nice wine list and great service from reception at the door to the table itself. Just a pleasurable dining expeience and we will be going back.

L
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and service

AS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday
Excellent

m
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

delicious food and great treats for intermezzo & amuse bouche & dessert. Lots of stairs. I was very surprised with a birthday treat too.

DF
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food terrific. The staff recognized our anniversary. Very special

BN
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We three asked for Chef's Whim, 5 courses, and we each got a different dish. Gorgeous food, lovely service, great wines.

d
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal, but pricey. However we can honestly say it was one of the best meals we have ever had. Each course was delicious and unique. I like that it was a prix fix menu, where you get the choice of what you want for each course. There is the option to order a la cart but I think the multi-course meal is totally worth it. Service was warm and welcoming. We will absolutely dine here again.

c
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delightful and delicious. Super accommodating. While they have an extensive wine list, our server did not push anything. When told that we wanted a lighter red wine with a price that started with a “1”, he suggested a pinot noir at $110 that was a wonderful accompaniment to our meal. We spent three hours there, but the time passed so quickly as we savored the food, soaked in the atmosphere, and were pampered with unobtrusive service. My only comment, and this may be me, is that the tasty sauces on the halibut and duck confit seemed a bit too strong and didn’t let the fish/duck flavor come through fully. We will return!

JJ
Tahoe
21 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

When you seek an extraordinary dining experience, this is the place. Excellent ambiance, superbly trained and knowledgeable service staff, gifted kitchen execution. This is a must-visit restaurant.

EA
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food. The four course menu we selected was outstanding along with the wine pairing.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service

k
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to Les Nomades many time and we have never been disappointed. Rather, every component of every dish is superb. Classic French cuisine at its best!!!!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated our 25th anniversary at Les Nomades 7/20. The ambiance is lovely, beautiful flowers, soft antique lighting. Mary Beth Liccioni welcomes all guests. The food was inventive, so full of flavor and beautifully plated. We look forward to returning on our next special occasion.

RS
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our twenty fifth wedding anniversary at the restaurant. The service was friendly and unobtrusive.
The menu had a large prefixed menu to choose from or go choose the number of courses to choose.
Overall just a wonderful dining experience.

NS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful, everything I had hoped and more. Will be back.

K
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We used to enjoy Le Nomades for birthdays and anniversary celebrations when we lived in Chicago. Our first time back since we moved away 10 years ago and it is still wonderful. Service and ambiance like very few restaurants in the US these days. A complete pleasure to enjoy again.

PV
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Les Nomades defines "fine dining." The requirement that men wear jackets is refreshing in this day and age of men wearing shorts and backwards baseball caps at dinner. The food was, as usual, impeccable, as was the service. We love this restaurant.

JJ
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An exceptional meal, every morsel delectable. Impeccable service in a lovely venue. The mushroom soup was a highlight of an extraordinary meal.

CH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Elegant as usual. Excellent food and service and wine recommendation was right on.

e
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Not cheap but probably the best restaurant in town. Much better than Alinea or the Everest room. Excellent traditional French cuisine in an elegant setting.

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They made our anniversary feel very special

HB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was absolutely wonderful! All courses were excellent, but the Crispy tempura soft shell crab appetizer was the highlight of the meal.

The waiter was exceptional and the noise level was good. My family and I were easily able to talk without noise from other tables bothering us.

It is expensive, but well worth it for a special occasion. (We stayed at Hotel EMC2, which is right next door, to make it even more of a special occasion.)

I highly recommend Les Nomades and can't wait to go back.

YH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s magical and perfection!

ST
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Oh dear. This place tries so hard to be upscale but just comes across as awkward, stuffy and pretentious. $65 for 2 gins with flat tonic water and a kir royale - are they actually joking?! Snobbery of expense doesn’t excuse poor quality. From the minute we walked in we felt very awkward and unwelcome - 5/6 people who worked there near the entrance way but had to wait for several awkward seconds before one person came from the back and greeted us. Just plain odd. I should have trusted my instincts and walked straight out again.
The most expensive meal we’ve ever had (relatively for the amount of people) in Chicago and so so disappointing. Menu idea was nice, with different prix fixe menu options. Appetisers - pate was ok, risotto was alright, foie gras...meh like processed into a weird shape. Deuxieme mushrooms soup was tasty at first but overall far too salty and truffle was non-existent. Short rib main was a tiny tiny piece and the duck was very gamey and again all far too salty which detracted significantly from the dishes. Cheese was lovely but then, they didn’t have to do anything to it but put it on the plate. We also got a post menu melon soup and mignardises which was a nice touch but again nothing but simply “ok” which for the price is terrible. As a total foodie, I will pay exceptionally well for exceptionally good food but this is astronomical prices for mediocre food at best.
Honestly, having spent the better part of twenty years on and off in France...it is weeping at the shocking misuse of its cuisine at the ridiculous prices that are charged here. Cheaper to go to France and eat there and fly back again.

R
New Orleans
45 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In my opinion, the best restaurant in Chicago. In this unfortunate era of "casual dining" and sloppy dressing, it is wonderful to find a restaurant that actually has a dress code and maintains an elegant surrounding for its guests. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting outstanding food and service in a beautiful dining room. Easy to highly rate this restaurant.

CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I can't say enough good things about Les Nomades. It is everything I look for in a special occasion restaurant. The staff are delightful, the food is extraordinary, the presentation is perfection and it's such a treat to be able to have quiet conversation while enjoying a lovely meal.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Very quiet atmosphere. Enjoyed our dinner and would return

HS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

w
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of Chicago's best restaurants. The food and service are always excellent.

TS
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Interesting menu, well prepared food, nicely presented. Excellent, attentive staff. Invitingly atmosphere. Yes, there is a price point; but, it's worth the whole experience.

K
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is absolutely my favorite restaurant. The food, ambiance and staff are truly amazing.

HT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Les Nomades is a classic and unique dining experience.

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b
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience

Uno de los 5 mejores experiencias culinarias de mi vida! Hacen falta estrellas para calificarlo

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