The food is excellent. It’s not faddish and to me that’s a plus. Offerings include sweetbreads, breast of duck and inventively prepared fish. Mind-boggling desserts. To say the wine list is deep is an understatement.
This was our first time at this restaurant. It was FABULOUS! My wife and I had a romantic dinner taking time out of our busy lives to just relax. We tried some new foods: sweet breads (delicious) homemade pate (yum). We tried some premier wines for a treat. Our waiter was kind and helpful to us in choosing our courses. We finished our meal satisfied yet not overstuffed. We loved the intimate atmosphere and the choice of music : soft guitar. It was a perfect evening! Thanks to the staff who made it a wonderful experience!
If you want classic elegant dining, Les Nomades is probably the best in Chicago ... But the best in classic elegance doesn't come cheaply.
Romantic. Delicious. Enough said
After a hiatus of too many years, we returned after asking ourselves, “What was our best Chicago food experience?” Our memory did not fail us—Les Nomades is a treasure. Impeccable service presented flawlessly prepared classic dishes with Chef’s own modern flair. Escargots, sweetbreads, veal, menu standards, were paired with unexpected sauces and accompaniments. A good selection of half bottle wines affords opportunity for fish and flesh connoisseurs to be well-satisfied.
Les Nomades was recommended to us by friends in Indianapolis, and we said we would try it the next time we were in Chicago. WOW - it exceeded our expectations. Cozy setting with a wood-burning fireplace, exceptional food (asparagus risotto, king crab salad, short rib, flourless chocolate cake), outstanding wine pairings and fabulous service. We will definitely be back!
This was our first time here, and we will return!
Quiet, comfortable atmosphere, and the service staff absolutely fantastic.
Food was great.
Incredible food and superb service.
Remains one of Chicago’s finest . The food and service are simply excellent. The service is attentive but not pretentious. It is pricey but worth it if you desire a dining experience rather than simply a meal.
This traditional French restaurant is a welcome relief from the abundance of trendy small plate places. Over the decades Les Nomades has maintained high standards of food and service in a quiet, sophisticated setting. Please consider giving them your business.
Food, service, and ambiance were superb. We had a very nice time. We hope to visit again in the future.
What a terrific dinner. The service was only eclipsed by the quality of the food. From the amuse bouche clear through to the souflet for dessert, it all was wonderful. Even the per course wine pairings chosen for us were excellent selections that matched up perfectly to our tastes and the food selections.
Had dinner there for our anniversary. Everything was spectacular. The service was impeccable. And the food was outstanding. Rave reviews for a phenomenal restaurant. Thank you
Start to finish perfection!
We have celebrated a number of anniversaries at Les Nomades and we have never been disappointed. The service is impeccable from the moment you walk in the door. Wine suggestions were excellent. Everything had so much flavor. THANK YOU!
Classic French cuisine. Roland is a master saucier! Food and service always spot on. One of the best restaurants in town and highly recommended!
My husband and I dined here for our anniversary. The cuisine and service were both outstanding, and we appreciated that the dining room was very quiet. An elegant setting for a special night out. We would definitely return!
If you are 35 and under this place is not for you.
One of the 5 top French Haute Cuisine restaurants in the U. S.
A culinary tour de force.
Wonderful experience. Impeccable service. Delicious fine dining. Will be back!
Excellent, unpretentious, classical european dinning. We loved it and the bar area with the wood burning fireplace for cocktails is perfect. Felt like we were back in Europe.
The food is very good. It just lacks that little bit extra spice/flavor to make it truly outstanding. Having said that the sweetbread and beef was truly outstanding. Wine list is excellent and the service outstanding. Prices are very reasonable given the quality so it overall highly recommended.
I can’t recommend this place, extremely disappointing. Food was less than average, low quality and way over-priced. The restaurant is old, quaint and sleepy. Average age of patrons seems to be 65 plus which is likely how this place has so many 5-star reviews. The patrons seem to be regulars / return patrons that dine here. Definitely a good place to go once your tastebuds and smell receptors stop working as all the dishes lacked flavor, complexity and impact. Nice people that own / work here. However I paid $600 for a disappointing tasting menu, dessert and 1/2 bottle of wine. There are so many alternative high end French (and non-French) restaurants in Chicago that are fantastic, this isn’t even close to being on the list. One of the few times I’ve been to a restaurant and up ended disappointed because of the disparity in price vs. the food and experience.
Not sure where to begin - - - - exceptional, outstanding, amazing! The food was perfectly prepared. The service was spot on. The ambiance was romantic and cozy. Over the top quality and experience. Really enjoyed everything about this new favorite!!! First time enjoying the great restaurant! Expensive, but what a treat!!
Magnificent as usual. French at it’s best. Enjoy the experience every time.
Wonderful! Very expensive, but worth the price
The food was excellent and the service was as well. I had been here once before and was equally impressed. It is not inexpensive but worth the $$ for a special occasion. The only suggestion I can make is that some of the decor is a bit dated for a restaurant of this caliber
My wife and I returned to Les Nomades to celebrate our anniversary. We had another fantastic evening. Food continued to meet my HIGH expectations - hard to chose best dishes between my seared foie gras, wild mushroom soup with truffle foam and duo of veal and sweetbreads - guess I’ll have to go with the amazing soufflé! Service and ambience were also refined and engaging.
The food was exquisite; service was attentive; and the ambience was perfect for our special occasion
We've been dining here for years, it's always been a treat for us, and it's never once disappointed. The team here at Les Nomades are at the top of their game - they set the bar for all facets of excellence. VERY highly recommended.
A throwback to authentic formal French dining. These types of restaurants don't really exist anymore, and that's a shame. The wine list is extensive, the staff are very friendly yet professional, food is beautifully served.
This is for an elegant night out. Gents, put your jacket on. It's a wonderful dibing experience.
Don't let the jacket requirement keep you from one of the best meals in the city. Fantastic French cuisine with fresh ingredients and innovative preparations. An outstanding wine list and service to match will not leave you disappointed. Don't discount the bar either!
We've celebrated our 20th anniversary @Les Nomades and we had an outstanding experience.
The chef exceeded all the expectations we had in regards to having true French Food in Chicago.
The beef ribs and the mushroom risotto were my favorite picks, while my wife loved the King Crab.
I took my wife here to celebrate her birthday. The staff was amazing, very helpful and very personable. We started with sparkling rose which was outstanding. With the first half of the meal we each had a glass of Sauvignon blanc recommended by the staff and was excellent. First course was the artichoke terrine and asparagus risotto. Both were wonderfully prepared and presented. Second was the duck consommé and warm lobster and shrimp salad. Both again absolutely fantastic. Then we each had a glass of red French wine also recommended and was wonderful. And for the main course the roasted duck and duo of slow roasted veal and lamb. Hard for me to say which I preferred. The duck was truly amazing. And then dessert, pastry assortment and praline mille-fueille both again wonderful. All of the meal was so well prepared with amazing presentation and such tremendous attention to detail. The incredible amount of time and effort to prepare and present each course was noticed and so appreciated. The suggested wine pairing was perfect with their amazing wine selections. It was an evening to remember and will certainly repeat when we return to Chicago.
We had to dine at Les Nomades, run by the former proprietors of much loved now departed Le Francais. The restaurant has a lovely garden entrance and it's old style, in a narrow room. It is classic traditional French food in the grand style served by an army of waitstaff. We were seated immediately and then perused the menu with champagne. The menu is prix fixe for four courses. For starters, we had grilled calamari in a crustacean broth with tomato and fennel confit and the scallop with the stuffed zucchini blossom and julienne of snow peas. We moved on to the classic salad lyonnaise and the mixed greens with grilled peach and had the poisson du jour for the main course. For dessert, we went with the fresh apple tart with green apple sorbet and a chocolate soufflé. The wine list is absolutely incredible; we went with the Cuvee St. Emile Trimbch Reisling from 2009. If traditional French dining in the classic style appeals to you, this is the place for you. It's romantic, quiet and elegant. It is not inexpensive but we felt it was worth every penny.
The food and service were outstanding. The decor is a bit dated, but that’s a minor complaint. It was a nice intimate spot for a special occasion dinner.
I had such an amazing time celebrating my anniversary here everyone was so kind and professional. The food service was fast and the food was amazing. My favorite part was the surprise cake that said happy 3 year anniversary. It was definitely worth the price. I will definitely be returning for another special occasion.
excellent friendly service, great food, we chose to have wine's paired with our courses--> well worth it. thank you
This was one of the best dining experiences of my life. Good menu and wonderful service.