Les Nomades

4.8
1588 reviews
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Contemporary French
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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L
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service

AS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday
Excellent

m
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 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 August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BN
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on July 30, 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 July 27, 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 July 27, 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 July 26, 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 July 26, 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 July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service

k
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 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 July 20, 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 July 17, 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
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

K
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on July 13, 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 July 13, 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 July 13, 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 July 12, 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 July 5, 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 July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made our anniversary feel very special

HB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 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 July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s magical and perfection!

ST
London
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 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 June 28, 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 June 25, 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 June 22, 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 June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

w
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on June 20, 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 June 20, 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 June 19, 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 June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience

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

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J
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service and food was fantastic. Highly recommend the experience.

S
Chicago
93 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best French food in Chicago. Straightforward classic cuisine. I had the assorted pates-perfect.Four small pates. That and the best soufflé in America makes the evening. Very fine reasonably priced wine list if you know French wines.

KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Les Nomades continually delivers everything you would want in a great French restaurant.

AT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. I was a bit scared by all the silverware but did not feel judged. Great wine offerings. I absolutely loved the mushroom soup, and asparagus risotto. One item from each course was perfect. The lamb is perfect. Even my date who doesn't like lamb was very impressed. My only complaint was the grand mariner souffle was way too alcoholic for me. Go with the passion fruit!

MS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

First, the food was fantastic. If you're in the mood for a great meal, absolutely go. If, on the other hand you are also in the mood to enjoy the company of friends, go anywhere else. We have dined out with the same couple at least 10 times a year for many years and last Saturday at Nomades, we were "shhh'd" for the first time. The restaurant really isn't that quiet but the occasional laughter at our table was too much for management and they told us to keep it down. We're all in our middle 50's but we brought the average age down by a lot. Mostly old fossils who don't appreciate anyone enjoying each other rather than just the food. The place is a bit full of themselves. We made a mental note to come back when we're 80 and using walkers... To top off the evening, we waited for 20 minutes for our car at the restaurant's valet station. One final bit is the guy with the shaved head who seated us was smelled like an ashtray. Disgusting.

RF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took girlfriend for her Birthday, she loved it. Great place for a special event!

DC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience

b
New England
258 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Les Nomads has possibly the best food in any high-end restaurant I have been to in North America. It compares favorably with Michelin-starred restaurants in France. It is definitely a special occasion place as it is expensive, but each course was delightful. Starting with the amuse-bouche of a delicate corn soup, then an artichoke terrine, a crab salad, roast duck breast with a confit leg, and a passion fruit souffle for dessert, it was all exquisite. There is a prix-fixe menu with many good choices, and the atmosphere is lovely and romantic.

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