Fig & Olive, Chicago

A relaxed yet elegant environment

A relaxed yet elegant environment

Nigel Gillingham

Located in Oak Street, one of Chicago’s high end retail streets, Fig and Olive provides a perfect spot for a light lunch, informal get together or business dinner. The restaurant is part of a group of 8, with branches in New York, LA and Washington. The Chicago outpost like the others, takes inspiration from Provence where its founder Laurent Halasz originates.
Trading over two floors, Fig and Olive uses warm materials to create a relaxed yet elegant environment. Natural limestone and terracotta ceilings are softened further by giant rosemary and olives trees flanking the bar area.  The first floor benefits from a large marble bar, seating 30 people, a lounge area and a crostini station. Whilst the upper floor restaurant has a 30 ft long open kitchen surrounded by 150 bottles of olive oil and a roof top terrace.
Dishes are based on Mediterranean flavours, with influence from the Rivera & Costal regions of the south of France, Italy and Spain. These seasonal ingredients can now be enjoyed at home, as Fig and Olive has developed a strong retail focus on line, with sales of infused Olive oils, vinegar, goods from the pantry and of course olives and figs.