About Le Colonial - Chicago
Chicago, IL 60611
Le Colonial transports guests to another time and place, vividly recapturing the beauty, romance and spirit of 1920's French-Colonial Southeast Asia. Le Colonial invigorates the senses with exquisite décor and savory authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Le Colonial offers two unique dining options: The first floor dining room is adorned with louvered shutters, woven rattan chairs, potted palms, slow-moving ceiling fans and nostalgic black and white photos of turn-of-the century life in Saigon. The upstairs lounge includes a spacious, fully stocked mahogany bar, plush couches for enjoying light fare, dining tables and a veranda, for keeping warm in winter and cool in summer. Complete with unique, delicately prepared Vietnamese cuisine, Le Colonial is the perfect setting for an after-work social or a romantic evening for two.
Vietnamese, Asian, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Late Café Lunch: 2:30pm - 4:00pm *Summer only/ weather permitting/ Café only*; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is available for $16. Public lots & street parking also available.
Chicago El & Bus Route 22,36,151,156
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Le Colonial is celebrating 13 years in Chicago’s gold coast area on rush street. This noted up-scale french-vietnamese restaurant transports guests to another time and place, vividly recapturing the beauty, romance and spirit of 1920’s French colonial southeast Asia.
Le Colonial - Chicago Ratings and Reviews
Le Colonial has been here for a long time but it is still an excellent choice. With delicious, French Vietnamese food and excellent service, it makes for a wonderful evening. Why go with so many good choices in the area? The food is exceptional and the personal and professional attention of the staff make it special, still.
Perfect experience for someone trying to branch out of the norm. I got there a little early to sit at the bar where I was greeted and given great suggestions about drinks and special foods le colonial has to offer. When we got to our table the menu was very foreign, however the menu touring by Terry was fantastic. Every question my group had was a quick and easy answer which made the experience all the better. Our party ended up getting a few recommendations Terry had mentioned. I was blown away when I tried the shrimp curry. I took the plate after everyone was done and it took all of my will power not to lick the plate. I could have if I wanted too, the tables were not on top of each other and it felt like we had a ton of room to talk, eat, and people watch. Overall amazing experience. I was a bit nervous in the beginning to try something new, but I will be back soon and often to get number 27 (shrimp curry).
We only went for dessert and wine. Loved the atmosphere! We didn't care for our desserts. Totally thought we were going to have these amazing desserts but they were flavorless and mine was so dry. Good news is that the wine was delicious!! I would for sure go back there to try dinner but, not dessert.
We love Vietnamese cuisine and eat it about once a week. There were a couple of disappointments. 1. I noted gluten free on my reservations. The menu was complex and it was impossible to tell if something was gluten free. After several iterations of asking , the server asked if I wanted a gluten free menu. It would have made it easier had I had that from the beginning. I would also have expected a server in such a nice place to know more as well as know how a dish might be modified. Service in general was not great. 2. They forgot my wine and after reminding them 3 times, it was delivered. 3. They forgot my son's dish completely. It was not brought out until we were almost done with our food. They were terrible with water refills. 4. Some of the dishes were great and others were very mediocre. One dish was just luke warm. Shrimp were overlooked. The duck was delicious. 5. It was over $400 for 5 was pricey given the service and quality of he food. The atmosphere was nice. The drinks and wine were good.
Returning to Le Colonial after 2 years and the experience was awful. The food was horrible (no flavor or over salted), the waiter (though nice enough) had no idea what he was doing, the busboys stopped in every 2 minutes to spill water or grab half finished plates all while speaking completely incomprehensible english, and all at the VDay special of $75/pp for the same food they normally sell for less. To add insult to injury, they automatically included 18% tip. I usually leave more than that, so its not about the money, but how it was presented--typical tourist trap approach. Not sure what happened to you Le Colonial, very sad.
We love Le Colonial, and have been many times, whenever we visit Chicago. I especially love the decor and atmosphere (Vietnamese/French Colonial), but also enjoy the interesting up-scale Vietnamese food. The menu is varied, and I usually get either the salmon or trout wrapped in a banana leaf. Both are delicious! If you have a sweet tooth, the Vietnamese coffee is great, and also the banana beignets.
A group of 4 of us went to Le Colonial during Restaurant Week. Such a lovely setting. The Cha Gio appetizers we had were delicious. Even though they were fried, they were light and airy. The chili limi dipping sauce was great, and we followed our server's instructions to wrap the spring roll in a lettuce leaf, add some garnishes, and then dip. Perfect! The Goi Cuon appetizer was also wonderful. We all enjoyed our entrees - 2 of us got a chicken dish with rice, one a noodle pot with mushrooms, and the other a beef dish. We all got to bring some food home and it was just as good the second day. The sorbet dessert was a fine way to end the meal. Refreshing times ten! The wine that we ordered was reasonably priced and went well with the courses. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a flavorful fresh tasting meal in a cozy elegant setting.
Had a cast of 7 for my wife's B-Day and all were happy with food which I regarded as exceptionally creative and well-considered as to flavor, presentation and portion. Waitress went to great lengths to help my nephew, saddled with significant REAL allergies (I am a physician and find much of the attention given to this subject very tiresome given how many "allergies" are more imaginary than real) to find suitable choices. Only sl misstep was distinctly poor espresso, an all too common failing, but especially disappointing when dealing with a venue with French roots. Allegedly, per my niece, the chilled coffee drink (Vietnamese coffee?) was also a dog. Will be back!
Le Colonial is always a wonderful experience. We had opportunity to taste the 3 course menu for Restaurant Week and were not disappointed. The food was excellent and although the place was full, you can always have a conversation. My favorite part is the decor.
I've dined at Le Colonial more than a half dozen times, and it is always a delight. Cuisine is lovely, and service is attentive but not obtrusive. My experience in Chicago has encouraged me to go to the sister restaurants in San Francisco and Manhattan. Standards are consistent coast to coast. Highly recommended.
The food was excellent. We went for Chicago Restaurant Week - only qualms are that we were seated 20 minutes past our reservation time and each course took an extended amount of time to come out. So we left about 2 1/2 hours after we arrived. Not ideal. But again, the food was delightful and the decor is fun and different.
Le Colonial is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. My favorite server, Francisco, was our waiter. He is the best; always smiling, very accommodating, and passes along his favorites on the menu (and they're spot on.) The food is always good, plus the ambience is lovely - very romantic and different than any other restaurant in Chicago. Number #1 and #4 for appetizers (spring rolls, one rolled in sugar cane) are delicious!
Another perfect evening at Le Colonial. From the moment you enter the restaurant you are greeted with warmth. A beautiful space and exceptional service. Dinner was delicious. We were a party of 5. We ordered several appetizers to share and each ordered an entree. Everything was delicious as usual. We will be back again soon!
Empty, yet we were seated next to kitchen door and traffic. Delicious food and attentive wait staff were a plus. Dark wood privacy screens and palm trees set a cosy tropical mood. Vintage photographs throughout were an interesting feature. Many families with young children were there for Sunday brunch and were accommodated well by the staff.
It's rather dim when dining on the second floor, difficult to read the menu or even see the food. Tables are rather close together, I almost fell over going to and leaving from the table. Other than that, this is a wonderful place to dine in regards to both food and service.
Much too cramped, in appropriate music for the scene (we are in a fine dining establishment, not a night club) but the worst part is the staff that run food to your table. I went to the restroom and was nearly run over by one of these staff members - apparently his job is more important than the fact that I was a paying customer. He actually clipped me and didn't even stop to apologize. And the same thing happened when exiting the restaurant and still no apology - and this was a completely different person. Overall, is say the staff there are generally snobby, arrogant and rude which is a shame because the food is delicious. I won't be returning and I wouldn't recommend to others.
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