Chicago >Food & Dining > Les Nomades
222 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061141.893648 -87.621791
Friday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:30 PM Tuesday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 09:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Near North Side, Central
Les Nomades is an lovely upscale french restaurant right downtown. Their escargot is a bit modern with roquefort and a tomato coulis.
Dissapointment Ala Mode – Disapointment allamode - - 2010-06-05
After months of looking forward to using a very generous gift certificate at this restaurant I was expecting the best. Not so much! I was dissapointed immediately with the drab decor of the room and discovered that at ALL tables someone had to face a wall. The place looked old and dreary, frankly much like the customers. The evening continued to sink as tiny tiny amounts of food kept apearing on large plates. The chef had gone to great lengths to make not much look like something. It was somewhat tasty but no where near the $400 bill for just two people. Over all the place is HIGHLY overated. I wouldn't recommend it or return! Ever!
Classy – Tables are a little close but I still love this place for its sophistication and civilized service. The food is always well prepared.
Best elegant dinner around – One of the best fine dining experiences you will ever have. We have been here at least a half dozen times and have never been disappointed. The food and service are always superb. The waitstaff is always on top of everything without being "in your face". There aren't too many places that are worth this much money! The wine list is extensive and has something at every price. The decor is understated- you feel like you are eating in an elegant home. Put it on the top of your list for your next special occasion.
Wonderful experience – When my sister came to visit, I took her and her family to Les Nomades. I was concerned about how it would go because my sister lives in New York and has frequent access to many wonderful restaurants, and so she is not easily impressed. I am happy to say that both the service and the food were outstanding. We had a wonderful meal and I was very satisfied with the experience. I would definitely go back.
Fine French Dining in a Quiet, Civilized Setting – Our party of four loved the hushed atmosphere in this comfortable, intimate Streeterville townhouse this evening. The clientele at Les Nomades are Chicago's upper crust: established, wealthy, and mature. The new menu under Chris Nugent has a great mix of wild game and fowl, along with signature dishes. We were greeted with knowledgeable, friendly waiters who made us feel at home. Everything at this restaurant has a hand-picked, custom feel to it; even the olives in a martini or the whole grain sourdough bread served in the bread basket. The cuisine soars here, from the amuse bouche of smoked salmon, a sweetbread puff, and a tiny mushroom soup terrine with white truffle foam to the melt-in-your-mouth venison loin. While the portions are small, the flavors are large and satisfy. If you have an appetite, I would opt for the 5 course meal at $112. Among our choices, stand outs were the langoustine and scallop appetizer, the asparagus with poached egg, the hearty lamb portion, and the amazingly light and airy passion fruit souffle. The fish courses were delicious, but rather small, and we all wished there had been more than just two options on the menu. A minor disappointment was my veal loin: ordered medium rare but arrived medium well. The wine list was overwhelming and 90% French.
The service was about 90% perfect, but there were some tiny issues that detract from a restaurant of this quality. While our decanted wine and water was constantly filled, we did wait a bit between our fish and main course, and then waited to have our main course plates cleared. The diner next to us was disappointed that her red wine was served chilled. These are small quibbles, but when everything seems to be designed for a perfect experience, little things stand out.
Dessert course included an extra plate for the table of tiny homemade chocolate mint candies, orange jellies, mini meringues, and cookies. Expect to spend over $200 per person with tip.
Fabulous Food and elegant atmosphere – Just ate there for a special occasion and the food was absolutely fantastic! I loved the lobster appetizer and the venison was the best I ever tasted! The service was good, but waited too long for the 4th course which made the dining experience over 2 1/2 hours! Too long for me to sit. The dessert was just okay, they overcooked the flourless chocolate cake. Based on the other reviews, wish I tried the souffle for desert!
Disappointing service – Les Nomades may have the cuisine to compete with the big names, but the service is flawed.
We waited over 5 minutes after seating to be greeted by a waiter for our initial drink order. Between courses, an assistant waiter brought the wrong silverware (knives for the meat course when the soup/salad course was next). When I went tothe restroom, a busboy removed my napkin - didn't fold or replace it, and I had to ask for a new one.
We waited over 10 minutes after the main course for the cheese plate. We ordered coffee immediately after the main course, and I had to remind an assistant waiter to bring it to us.
I expect and shrug off lapses like these at a $20 restaurant. When the dinner runs $90-105 without drinks as it does at Les Nomades, there is absolutely no excuse for this kind of experience.
Great French Food outside of France – I have been to France several times and eaten at some of the best places there. This food was as good if not better than the french food that I have eaten in Paris.
Couldn't have been happier! – We went to Les Nomades on Thursday evening for a special occasion. From the moment we walked in the door, everything was perfect. We were seated immediately in a beautiful dining room. The wine list was extensive. The food was fantastic; each course was a well-presented combination of unique flavors. Delicious! I would especially recommend the souffles. The service was impressive. We had at least three different servers attending to our every need. They were friendly and more than willing to answer our questions. Don't get me wrong, the dinner was expensive, but definitely worth it. Les Nomades made our special evening absolutely perfect.
did not like the food – Oredered rack of lamb (rare) and duck breast (medium) for entries and carrot soup and lobster tail for appetizers. Lobster was good, the soup was nothing special, but the entries left us dissapointed. The food was severely undercooked and tastless. I like rare done meat, but this lamb was RAW. The duck was supposed to be medium, but I would not even classify it as rare, it was almost raw. The people there were very nice and took the duck back and cooked it a little more, although it still was not close to medium cooked. We had the same type of entries recently in Eiffel tower restaurant in Las Vegas and Les Nomades food was a parody compared to that. Undercooking is just part of the problem, and the meat quality was not so good to begin with. The restaurant is very small and felt a bit too crouded.
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