Les Nomades
Les Nomades

Les Nomades

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lesnomades.net/
  • Phone: 3126499010x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Roland Liccioni
  • Dress Code: Jacket Required
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Les Nomades offers a second floor dining room for private events accommodating up to 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Nicholas Butera 3126499010x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St. Clair
  • Public Transit: Michigan Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Public lots are also available at the corners of St. Clair & Ontario or Fairbanks & Ontario as well as street parking.
A word from Les Nomades
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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Les Nomades reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (82)fit for foodies (75)romantic (73)notable wine list (59)neighborhood gem (22)good for groups (7)hot spot (3)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Always a wonderful evening! Both the service and food are impeccable. One of the few restaurants I would return to every time I am in Chicago!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • One of the finest dinners yet.
    DebbieDuck
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Delightful quiet ambiance, superb but expensive wine list, attentive service and excellent dinner preparations. Will be back ASAP.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was simply outstanding.
    TARatko
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    From the time you enter the small, but very elegant, space, to the end, it is all I imagined it would be on our first time there. The service was outstanding, quiet, knowledgeable, unobtrusive yet everything was taken care of with a level of professionalism and polish that is rare these days. The food - outstanding. I chose the sauteed fois gras (wow!), the mushroom soup (bowl licking good...), duck breast and confit (delightful) and the molten flourless chocolate cake. My wife chose the asparagus salad, stone crab salad, braised beef shortrib entree and pumpkin creme brulee - all outstanding. We both chose the wine pairings which were generous and excellent to our tastes. Of course, this quality does not come cheap, but you get what you pay for here. It's worth it. Period. Les Nomades would fit very well in Lyon, France.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nomadic French tastes: Perfect
    Splendid
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I am no stranger to great French food in France. This was not French food in France; it was in Chicago in at "Les Nomades" for a reason: it had all of the earmarks of a French classic meal, but with that additional probing desire to take it beyond which it did. My traditional foie gras was paired impecably with a sweet wine to complement without being a sauternes. My good friend got the asparagus risotto, the likes of which he had never tasted. Paired with a white wine we would share for the fish course, it was perfect. We both had red meat for the main, paired with a Margaux--pricey but perfect. We shared cheese and the Passion Fruit dessert for a menu finisher, again just right. Lovely; splendid. Immaculate service, care, joy in tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply amazing
    DaveInChicagoVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food and service were outstanding, yet unpretentious. The wine list was a work of art; so many choices to fit every budget. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Without flaw
    Theo
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Les Nomades is our favorite restaurant by far. It has never disappointed in any way. The service, food presentation and preparation, menu choices, ambiance etc. are all perfect. It is not inexpensive but all is so good you don't care.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Idliboy
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    First time- been meaning to go there. Service was outstanding. The food was good, but, I was expecting more from other reviews. Maybe my expectation was too high. There was no rush for us to leave even though we were the last customers. Fantastic service.
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    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Best restaurant meal in ages
    wolfcookerVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    What a fabulous place. After trying several wait months, buy a ticket, molecular gastronomy circuses, Les Nomades is like going to heaven. You have several choices for each of 5 or 7 courses. What a concept. The food is beautifully presented and tastes amazing. there is an exceptional list of wines by the glass, quite reasonably priced. The service couldn't possibly be better, always there but non intrusive. This is the best restaurant in Chicago.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Lovely spot
    MMKM
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had no idea that this was the old La Francais chef/owner & were so pleasantly surprised to learn it was. I can't remember last time we had such outstanding food, great service & an exceptional wine list.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Excellent
    8523
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Everything about Les Nomades is great. Chef Roland Liccioni and owner Mary Beth Liccioni have managed to give expression to their vision without corrupting authentic classic style -- which is maintained fundamentally in the cuisine and ambience. For me, Les Nomades' attention to classic excellence, makes it simply excellent!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet & Lovely
    NaplesNativeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Classic French cuisine, very traditional, formal, delicious food, extensive wine list, excellent service, very quiet...almost too quiet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    notgr8
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Found 'by accident' in walk on street. Interesting menu prompted us to try it. Not disappointed. Food is excellent: well prepared, beautifully presented, person-sized portions. Service is impeccable: unobtrusive, efficient, courteous. Noise level low, even as more patrons arrived. Altogether a very much enjoyed dining experience. Will certainly return when in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • expesnive--but worth it
    highlands
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    the food was very good and out of the ordinary, the service was great, it was very expensive $200 plus per person.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Paula
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    For the most expensive meal we've ever had, (with 2 glasses of wine and 2 beers about $190 each with tip) my husband and I were a disappointed. First, we were seated next to a group of 10 having a wine tasting even though we had had reservations for at least a month. The service had started out great, but once that group arrived we were not their priority + it got very noisy. Also, although none of the food was bad, it was just OK. The presentation of each plate was, as you would expect, very nice. We've even had better dessert soufflés, usually my favorite at other restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • i was underwhelmed
    caroleVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I did not think much of this meal. It was OK....not bad ...but not worth any of the brew haha. the room is nondescript and the service was good. however, the food was not stand out. i dont think it is up to par or worth it. I know that is cruel but just my opinion.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great place for an anniversary dinner. The food and service was outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    In the current environment of "small plates meant to share" which arrive at the table when it suits the kitchen it is a true pleasure to dine at Les Nomades. Elegant, discreet and seductive. Having to be properly attired is part of the experience. We appreciate what they do there and look forward to returning. Just exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love everything about this place!
    MikeBikerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We love this place! Everything from the moment you walk in and are greeted by Mary Beth (she even came out to the car to greet us and walk us in) is wonderful. The staff are all wonderful as is every plate of food. If you go in the winter time the fireplace only adds to the ambiance. Best dining experience in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mooresyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Hands down the best dining experience i've had in a long time..service, flavors, relaxed pace of the evening..standouts were the sauteed fois gras dish and asparagus with truffle as well as the loup de mer special
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous
    kacyrole
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We have dined here several times, always for special occasions, and have never been disappointed. This is a lovely restaurant with excellent service and outstanding food preparation and presentation. It is rare for me to read a menu and wish I could order everything because it all sounds so delicious, but that is the case at Les Nomades. We asked our captain to pair wines by the glass with our menu selections and they were all perfect matches. We look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive with very mediocre food
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Was in Chicago for a few days last week and decided to try Les Nomades. Good: the restaurant has an elegant decor and good service. Bad: the food was very mediocre. Extremely disappointing given the high price. I don't mind paying up for good food, but Les Nomades is very poor value. I will not return and would not recommend it.
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    MartiniVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have celebrated our last 2 wedding anniversaries here, very romantic! So love to get dressed up for dinner & this is the place for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a Favorite
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have been going to Les Nomades for many years. Almost every trip from DC to Chicago includes a dinner here. It has to be among the most beautiful restaurants around and every dish is exquisite and delicious. When you book a table it is yours and you will want to spend time there. Cannot say enough about this very special place.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding as always
    Vinny
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is one of the very best dining room in Chicago. It is more like a private club that it used to be. The tasting menu has extensive choices for each course which is a pleasant surprise since boutique restaurants tend to have smaller choices so that they can present the few things that they do very well. It is hard to have vast and varies list of choices, about a Dozen for each course. The service also befits a private club. The wait staff is formal but understated. In my book this place should have two Michelin stars. It is way better than the Everest room to w.hich it is sometimes compared. I consider only Spiaggia as it's equal. While it has great view it does not have the ambience of Les Nomades
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Place
    Willy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    There are too few places like this left in the city. A wonderful ambience that makes you feel special the minute you enter. Excellent food and attentive service complete the package.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely superb
    felipe
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Best dining I have had in a long time. The food is excellent. The service and ambiance are perfect for dining out with a loved one or a group of friends. Great wine selection. Staff was very courteous and helped make our dinner a most memorable experience. The diners that night all looked decent, classy and proper without being snobbish. Oh, don't forget to order the souffle. Need I add that the cost of the dinner makes it even better? Check their website.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • best french restaurant
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is our 6th time at this restaurant and we are never disappointed. The food and service are some of the best in the city of Chicago. We often go for our anniversary and always have a memorable time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We selected Les Nomades based on other reviews from OpenTable. As the title suggests, it was a good dining experience but not a great one. The service was excellent, attentive and courteous. The wine list was extensive and we received wonderful assistance in making a selection. The food was good and beautifully presented. But we had expected better given the reputation, reviews and price. Perhaps we came on a bad night.
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  • Always 5 star
    DBPatentVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    If there is a better restaurant in Chicago, I have not found it. Les Nomades is not trendy, nor avant guard and certainly not cheap. But it is elegant and fantastic. It is always our choice for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Les Nomades BYOB
    OneTinyMint
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Visited for our Anniversary. 2nd visit, but first on a Thurs for BYOB night. Very few patrons which is why they promote their no-corkage policy for Thursdays. Service was down from previous visits, possibly also because of the 'slow' night. Instead of breads being offered individually by waiters, there was just a bowl of bread placed on the table. But the level of the cuisine was up to par. Portions always just right. Temperature perfect. Strangely, the shaved black truffle had very little flavor and the foie gras enriched sauce for the sweetbreads tasted like the bordelaise served alongside for the rib eye. But those are small disappointments. The balance of the meal was delicious and the ambience is always serene and elegant.
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  • A Special Place
    ElegantEvening
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Not living in Chicago, we cannot visit Les Nomades regularly, but we try to make it a priority each time we visit the city. I have been a guest at the restaurant for at least 15 years and have never been disappointed. The greeting is warm, the service is unobtrusive but attentive, the menu provides a range that should please nearly everyone, and the food is excellent. I have introduced several people to the restaurant and they now share my enthusiasm.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • High end in every way.
    EmmyVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We always come here to celebrate. We always enjoy ourselves!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent dinner
    Jasmine
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were celebrating and the dinner and service was superb. Thank you for the divine evening.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at LesNomades
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We have dined at Les Nomades a number of times and this time was equal to what we recall. We had the four course meal which was very adequate for us. Each course was creatively and carefully prepared. Each course was delicious. The meal seemed perfect for a Pinot noir, so we asked the wine steward for his recommendation of three wines that I had researched and ended up with a Louis Jadot 2009 Gevrey Chambertin. It was superb with the meal. It was a real treat to be back at Les Nomades.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    A small romantic dining room, outstanding service and food, large offering of French wine. Makes for a wonderful meal.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was beyond belief!
    Foodlover54
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We are foodies and dine Chicago feverishly. Les Nomades did not disappoint! The food was amazing! Our server was extremely Knowledgeable about the food and was perfectly attentive without being stuffy. It was great! I recommend it to the toughest critics!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • compliments to the chef
    bliss
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everything was prepared perfectly, fresh & delightful, the service was impeccable. Love this place!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues to be a gem
    TexmexVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Walking through the door one is transformed back in time to the glory of fine dining. The service, the selections and ambience impeccable! We had the best pate and duck confit outside of f France.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 837 reviews are from the Les Nomades reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I dine at Les Nomades every now and then for business or a date with my wife. It's great for either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nourriture fabuleuse
    Scallywagkween
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The best French restaurant I have ever enjoyed and I have been to Paris!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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