Les Nomades

Haute French cuisine near Michigan Avenue
From its location in a former townhouse to the fresh flowers placed throughout the restaurant, Les Nomades is nothing but low-key elegance. And despite being a mere croissant’s throw from nearby Michigan Avenue, the serene spot is secluded and intimate for those seeking a romantic getaway within the city.

That’s not to say the French haute cuisine is an afterthought, though. From rack of lamb in a delicate artichoke soubise to perfectly roasted venison loin with puréed kabocha squash, the chic restaurant’s prix fixe French fare is expertly prepared and perfectly fits the restaurant’s elegant atmosphere.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The sophisticated dining space is housed in one of the few remaining 19th-century townhouses in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.
  • Large groups are adequately accommodated with enough space to host 44 people.
  • Bordering Lake Michigan, there are plenty of sights to see post meal. A rich mix of hotels, restaurants, high-rise condo towers, office buildings and cultural attractions are just a few.
Things to Know
  • The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended French restaurant sits on a side street off of Michigan Avenue, home to the famous Magnificent Mile shopping district.
  • Les Nomades is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday evenings, and it is closed Sundays and Mondays.
  • Be sure to call ahead and book your table at this Chicago hot spot — reservations are highly recommended for dinner here.
  • The cancellation policy requires that you provide a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. Typically, for parties of six or more, 48 to 72 hours’ notice is required, depending on the night of the week.
The Food
  • Chef Chris Nugent designed a nourishing four-course and a five-course tasting menu for Les Nomades’ upscale clientele.
  • Dishes like scallop with squash, chorizo and black garlic and roasted duck with quinoa, pearl onion and green peppercorn sauce are just a few of the appetizing offerings.
  • Save room for dessert. The irresistible list of treats includes an impressive selection of soufflés, alongside other classics like flourless chocolate cake, chocolate tart and crème brûlée.
The Look
  • Originally created as a private dining room in the late 1970s, this formal French eatery has a warm and homey feeling despite its refined reputation.
  • Les Nomades makes a conscious effort to maintain the building’s refined aura.
  • Its townhouse location lends warmth to the dining room, which is accented with fireplaces and fine art that lines the walls.
Jacket/tie required
Reservations recommended
Valet parking
Getting There
222 East Ontario Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611
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