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Le Colonial - Chicago
Le Colonial - Chicago

Le Colonial - Chicago Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lecolonialchicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 255-0088
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm *Summer Lunch starts at 11:30am*, Late Café Lunch: 2:30pm - 4:30pm *Summer only/ weather permitting/ Café only*; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese, Asian, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Executive Chef: Chan Le
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oak
  • Public Transit: Chicago El & Bus Route 22,36,151,156
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for $12. Public lots & street parking also available.
A word from 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food was trully excellent, the ambiance of the restaurant is really nice and very well fitted to the name. I strongly recommend to try it."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Le Colonial has a wonderful interior: all throw-back tropical savoir. Service is efficient, non-intrusive. But the food: what a letdown. Our monkfish appetizer was so overbearingly spicy, any fish would have sufficed. Our other appetizer - crab and asparagus soup - was an odd egg drop-like (Vietnamese? Come on!) soup with little to no flavor, except mild stock-like taste. Had this bland liquid met the fiery monkfish in the galley somewhere, these appetizers might've been something. Our main course - bass in sauce - was borderline bland and uninteresting. Clearly this place is all about the ambience; our sense is, the food, like the colonialists' concern for the wellbeing of the people they subjugated, has long been secondary."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I have been twice so far this summer; once with my girlfriend to celebrate a birthday and once to host my family from out of town. Both times the food has been wonderful, particularly the grilled shrimp appetizer and the Sup Do Bien bouillabaisse."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It is hard to say whether we were more impressed with the helpful and courteous wait staff or the feeling that we had been transported to French Indochina of the 1920s, but the one thing that is certain is that every bite of food was prepared brilliantly. We left feeling like it would take a number of visits to run out of delectable choices."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It has been 10 years since I lived in Chicago, but I had to come back and eat here one more time and it did not disappoint. The food is refreshing and delicious. The service and ambience is outstanding. It is a mix of urban sophistication and vacation retreat...a delight."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Still the best Viet-French fussion in Chicago, and Inever found its better in the US, or outside France for thag matter. Food impecable, nice setting, and received us nicely on busy Friday night."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We and another couple dined at Le Colonial for the first time on a Thursday evening. From the moment we entered, we were treated like everyone who worked there was glad we came! Our waiter Terry was perfect for a first time patron as he expertly guided us through the menu. This restaurant is perfect for sharing plates. Terry suggested sharing the Pho soup. Delicious broth filled with tender pieces of beef and cellophane noodles and fresh scallions. Then to an appetizer of chicken "ravioli" Vietnamese style. Again delicious, tender and served in a vinegar based sauce! Instead of ordering an entree per person, we order their special pork fried rice, a chicken curry dish and a beef and noodle dish. ALL were awesome. Will be back soon!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food is light and fresh and full of flavor. The atmosphere is peaceful and romantic. One feels special while dining in such a lovely place. Our waiter guided us ably to a great dining experience."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I have heard of this restaurant but have never been. Finally, after repeated recommendation from friends, I tried it w/ my son and a friend. LOVED it!! great food and innovative cocktails. The ambience is superb. We chose not sit outside but I could see that that would have been great as well. Service was excellent too. I love the location in this trendy gold coast area of Chicago."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We loved our food on Saturday evening. It was a great spot for dinner. We wanted something cozy and good but not stuffy."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Le Colonial never disappoints. Outstanding food, atmosphere and service. It is so nice to go to a restaurant where they take all three elements of dining equally important--and service is definitely a standout."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant twice and each time it was great. The food is a little different from what you will find elsewhere. It tends to be very favorable but not overly spicy. The service was outstanding and the atmosphere almost a little old fashion, meaning nice. We had a variety of dishes and everyone was uniformly pleased, including a friend who is not normally adventurous and does not like spicy food. I will look forward to a return visit."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I am in town for a conference and happened upon Le Colonial while strolling in the city. My party and I were in the mood for Asian food and were seated outside. The French Vietnamese cuisine was light, full of complex flavors and absolutely delicious. The wine list was impressive and our waiter provided impeccable service. Highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We have been 4 times in the past 2 weeks and love it each time: lunch & Dinner. We had our adult children with different tastes all giving great reviews for the food. Sitting upstairs is a great location next to the bar with lounge chairs. Something to suit everyone and fun to have a taste of Vietnam in our own backyard!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This restaurant was highly recommended to us for its food and ambiance. Overall, we had a great experience here, but what would have improved it further would have been if it had upheld its own policy of "appropriate attire required" (hanging in the entryway). There were couples in shorts, and notably a guy with a backwards ball cap and flip flops."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Loved all the items that we ordered for our dinner! Generous serving size! Very unique menu!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "After many great meals over the years, my wife and I were disappointed in every respect. It's no longer on our Top Chicago list"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "They cater for the rich. There was a Lamborghini parked right outside. The vehicle owner would rev the car obnoxiously and have his car alarm as well. It definitely put a damper on our lunch. I wished that someone from the restaurant would have said something. Other than that, food was great as usual."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food at this French-Viatnamese restaurant is very tasty and the service is impeccable. This is a very classy restaurant and every visi to this one and the one in San Francisco has been second to none."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We were fortunate enough to get a table upstairs on the balcony overlooking Rush Street on a perfect night in Chicago. The service was excellent, and the food was good, but not as special as I remember it being when they first opened. Overall it was a very nice experience but a little pricey for what was served."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Most impressed by the spring rolls and the rice. The pork fried rice was amazing. Entrees were good, not great. Our waiter was terrific; a great help in navigating/comprehending the menu."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Attentive wait staff excellent food great atmosphere!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Overall very good to excellent experience. Service was top notch. The restaurant was listed as French-Vietnamese but it was more on the Vietnamese side. There was a wide variety of choices on the menu and portions sizes were perfect. Appetizers were good for sharing at the table. Food taste of the entries was very good but not out of this world."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal. The service was perfect. The water glasses were never empty. The waiter was brilliant. The food was exceptional. I will return to this restaurant when I'm back in Chicago. You can actually have a conversation. Everyone was incredibly friendly. Oh and the food. It was A++"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Nothing at this time. Always plan to visit Le Colonial during our visit to Chicago."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Beautiful atmosphere. It's what makes me want to return more than the food. Disappointed we could not go upstairs due to party. We both thought trout was underwhelming. Wouldn't order again. Thought tofu veggie stir fry was good. Service was very good."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Maravillosa. La atención excelente de parte de los meseros!, y la comida deliciosa."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Chinese food in lovely surroundings.Our food was bland and the rice had no flavor."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I had an outstanding experience here thanks to my waiter, who was highly intelligent and attentive. The food is very good as is the atmosphere. Highly recommended for a taste of Vietnamese fusion."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Our dinner club went to Le Colonial for the first time this past weekend and loved it. The ambiance was perfect, the waitstaff was attentive and knowledgable and the food and drinks were amazing. We had nothing but great things to say about it. Thank you for the wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The sea bass was amazing! The service was amazing also!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food and service second to none. Decor is possibly the best we have ever seen anywhere. and we are not youngsters. The ox-tail soup is addictive and is a must try."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants and I was ecstatic to have my in-laws try this place out...extremely happy that they had a gluten free menu for my mother in-law...but the food was fantastic for everyone. Every time I come I am happy that my favorite appetizer Chia Gio is still present and delicious - although I wish it was also served with a side of vermicelli noodles! But every dish on the menu is fantastic! Keep up the fabulous consistency!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I have literally eaten at Le Colonial 2-3 nights in a row on some visits, so I am technically "a fan," as are most of my close friends. This time, I brought my beau and was so excited to share this little gem with him. A little disappointing. Don't get me wrong, the food was still delish... but the service lacked, well... service. In short: 5 min wait for menus, talked into a different appetizer which wasn't as flavorful as my original choice, very cool and they ran out of blankets for outdoor seating, 15 min wait for drinks, appetizers delivered on top of the entrees, no checking on us, flatware removed from our appetizer plates and plopped on the table so that we would reuse, etc."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My only worry from other reviews was that this was just expensive Vietnamese food, a type of cuisine typically lower in price. I eat plenty of pho and have even been to Vietnam. This is really good food! It is excellently prepared, well-developed flavors, each dish w/ its own distinct flavor and level of spice. The bouillabaisse was exquisite. Too bad I don't live in Chicago, I'd be back just for that dish. To be clear, I do not consider what I ate fusion in any way. The French occupied Vietnam for a time and their cuisine has traces of techniques and flavors from France in it."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Eaten here on many occasions and always impressed. However this visit was marred by our server who was abrupt and unfriendly. Rolling your eyes behind the customers back is very poor. The dinner was good but we felt rushed. My guests were quite disturbed by our servers attitude. It ruined the experience."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Sat at the bar and was given great recommendations. This place always good an on my short list of where to eat when in chicago."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "excellent waitress, very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions. Food was delicious. Will definitely be going back to try more options!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Le Colonial remains among the best. Impeccable service combined with unique, delicate flavors. We eat here everyone time we visit Chi ago and are always very pleased we did. Our favorite."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food is more Vietnamese than French with several sweet & spicy choices, excellent spring rolls, seafood, chicken, beef and noodles -- interesting but definitely something for everyone on the menu. Atmosphere is wicker/palm not too dark (though the bar area is) and energetic -- not overly loud unless you are seated next to someone shrill who has had too many drinks. Servers are excellent -- just grade-A and top notch. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/10/2014