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About Le Colonial - Chicago
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.
Chicago, IL 60611
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 is a great restaurant for a tasty dinner in a fun atmosphere. It feels special but isn't extravagant a the same time. A nice combination. On the food side, this visit didn't disappoint, but the service was lackluster. Our server was mostly okay, but the table staff made us keep our dirty appetizer utensils for our main course. For a good restaurant with fairly expensive prices, that should never be the norm. Clean silverware is easy to provide.
I mentioned when I made a reservation that it was our anniversary and asked for the same table we had several years ago. That accommodation was granted. The food is very unique and always tasty. Service started out slow, I believe because there were too few servers for the crowd. But, it improved as the night went on. Great location. There is a nice lounge upstairs too, if you get there in time to grab a couch.
The food was excellent and our servers were very attentive. Just one thing marred an otherwise very enjoyable experience. When I made the OpenTable reservation, I specifically noted that I was celebrating my guest's birthday. Despite that, there was not any acknowledgement of the birthday by the restaurant during the meal. Either the restaurant doesn't pay attention to OpenTable messages, or the restaurant doesn't believe in acknowledging a guest's birthday even when asked to do so. But for that disappointment, I would have given the restaurant top scores in every category.
Congested, busy, loud, as only a popular restaurant in a busy city can be. We loved it! Energetic, noisy, bustling. Make a reservation or you won't get a table. Interior is dark wood, flickering candles, palms, fans, shutters, feels tropical too. Food is fancier than typical Vietnamese food, but totally fresh & delicious. We had stuffed shrimp beignets, Pho, sea bass, shrimp, and chocolate mousse cake. Very nice wines by the glass. Our window seat faced Rush St and the shops, which were closed that night. We enjoyed the Gold Coast Chicago location. Attentive service was exceptional.
Truthfully, I was disappointed. The food was just not good enough. I was really looking forward to an celebratory evening with overseas friends. I went away feeling I needed to apologize for the poor quality of the food. It was lackluster and uninteresting and tasteless. The Chilean sea bass was awful. This is my third time eating at La Colonial and likely the last. Sigh...
Mothers Day Brunch for 9. Perfect round table for conversation. The Manager and staff were extraordinarily accommodating to our family group. Very attentive, informed and attentive staff. The presentation and timing for various courses was impeccable. Great menu with choices for all pallets and dietary requirements. All in all, a wonderful experience executed under challenging circumstances given the Mother's Day context!!
Amazing service, food and ambiance. Tables are a bit cramped though so be prepared that there will be people sitting on both sides of you. And if you sit by the wall and want to go to the restroom you will have to pull the entire table out in order to get out. For me it did not matter but people who want a lot of personal space might not like it. Still 5 stars are well deserved.
Tables are very close together. Wait staff 'stalk' a bit which for me was uncomfortable. Food was not presented with any flair. There was just a whole lot of chicken on a plate with a little bowl of dipping sauce. No presentation. Talk low as you are right on top of your neighbor. Did not see the bill so not sure of the value/cost.
The overall experience of this place was fine. Nothing crazy stood out to us. It was a very basic dinner. I'd only come here if everywhere else was packed. I don't think I would come back again, not because anything in particular was bad but it was just a very basic restaurant.
I would highly recommend Le Colonial! Food was great, the atmosphere is awesome, and the service was outstanding. It's got a unique vibe compared to restaurants in Gold Coast/River North - perfect for a special occasion or date night. It was raining the night we came, but I'll definitely be back for dinner on the patio.
I'm not a stranger to Le Colonial, but this was an especially good experience. We had a great server - he advised me on an entree when I was undecided between two, and when he noticed that I had stopped eating, he asked if I wanted him to bring me the other entree instead (I was just full - the food was SO good). Very attentive without being intrusive.
I have wanted to dine at Le Colonial for some time now. My only disappointment was that I waited so long! Four of us tried 3 appetizers, tuna tartare, monkfish and beef spring rolls all fantastic. I also ordered the Pho. Never had it before, it was my highlight of the evening. Had to eat most of it with a fork, but the broth was complex and delicious. I had the Chilean sea bass, melted in my mouth. All in all a wonderful evening. Thanks to Alfredo and his team for great service without being annoying. This will not be our last visit to Le Colonial!
I have been coming to Chicago for the last 6 years on a, very consistent basis..I have had many a great meal in all of the restaurants that I have dined in. However, this meal made all the past meals pale incomparrison to the food and service I had at Le Colonial...This was the best food I have ever had in this city..Period. I cant eait to come back again in June.
I ordered the duck was expecting something much better. I've had duck many times in many restaurants it's usually melt in your mouth delicious . This was dried out and overly gamy with skin that was not crispy at all . Almost like it was warmed up in a microwave. Some pieces, I couldn't even chew. The dipping sauce was a watery bland concoction that didn't help .Very disappointing. My wife had the shrimp curry which was a definite improvement over my meal. Beautiful restaurant , just don't order the duck
It has been 15 years since we went to Le Colonial and looked forward to going back for our 25th Anniversary. I made the reservations about a month in advance for a weeknight. When we got their the host tried to seat us on some run down weird, super hot space on the 2nd floor near the windows. BTW, the first floor is the only place to get a table at this place. The 2nd floor is step down from the 1st floor, and the ridiculous seating area near the 2nd floor windows is horrible, the ambiance and their inability to control the temperature is just awful. Do not sit there.
The food is okay, much of the menu items all looked the same. The appetizers tasted the entree, the same seasonings, etc. Too much shrimp on the menu. The tapioca dessert was horrible and should be taken off the menu, it was like porridge. Very disappointed in the dinner, pretty expensive for a very average meal and experience. FWIW we did ask to be moved to from our original table on that that hot ugly porch and they moved us to a 4 top table on the 2nd floor which was just meh.
We were in town for the weekend only and looked at everything withing walking distance of our hotel. We wanted something different than we would get at home or on any of our other travels, so we selected Le Colonial because of what we found for reviews and the different selection.
Our waiter really helped answer all of our questions, and also helped select a wine that he thought would work for what we were wanting with our meal. The entire staff was very attentive and courteous. They helped explain what was brought to our table and made changes to the Pho, so that it wasn't too spicy for one person and normal for the other.
Everything about the experience in Le Colonial was worth it. So many different options, that it is easily a place we could come back to, if we are in Chicago again.
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