Le Colonial - Chicago
Just a little too dark insideJust a little too dark inside the restaurant, otherwise a wonderful meal.5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMUnbelievableA wonderful experience all around. Great space. Food was innovative and just fabulous. Had a difficult time selecting, and we were not disappointed. Service was prompt and very friendly.
A great night!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMTable was small. We were theTable was small. We were the only table that didn't have flowers, and when I asked for them they were supplied. Food was OK. Too much lettuce, pork was dry. The upstairs bar looked like it was Saigon in the 20's. Very cool.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMNeighborhood GemI found this wonderful restaurant when I lived in Chicago 15 years ago. For the last 14 years, I have lived in Michigan. Every time my husband and I return to Chicago to visit, we ALWAYS make it a point to eat at Le Colonial. It is our favorite restaurant in all the world. Now that we have 2 children, we even bring them, and they love it! It's not a restaurant great for kids, but with ipads and smartphones, it helps everyone else eat in peace after they're done. Unique combination of flavors, beautiful presentation, and excellent ambience. Don't forget dessert!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for vegans and omnivoresHard to go wrong with Le Colonial. As a vegan who regularly eats out with friends from all over the dietary spectrum, I'm always on the lookout for places with something for everyone. The food here is delicious and beautifully presented, and the decor and ambiance feel a bit like going back in time. The restaurant is very elegant without being fussy. It's lovely for dinner but I'd also recommend it for lunch, when things are much quieter and you can sink into the atmosphere a bit more.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMA classicI use to be a regular at this restaurant several years ago and gradually stopped to try all of the new hot spots. After my perfect dinning experience, it is back on my list of "must" haves.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMNever disappointsThis is truly a gem of a place. I have enjoyed it as both a business entertainment destination for clients who want to have sligthtly more creative dinner option and also go their for a romantic special evening. The food is consistently spectacular and the service is great. Easy to navigate the menu with slight nudges from the staff. Makes French Vietnamese food very accessible and easy to enjoy its glory. Have been there 7 or 7 times and everyone has always walked away glowing from a slightly more adventurous and extremely tasty night out. No doubt, will be back again and again.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMmemorable experienceLe Colonial is a charming spot with interesting food, great ambiance and service. Everything we ordered was delicious--try the sugar cane shrimp appetizer! We look forward to returning for another memorable dining experience.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful RestaurantThe food was exquisite! I will caution you that when the server tells you that a dish is spicy, what they mean is that it´s very spicy. We love spicy food and we have a saying at our house when we make a very spicy dish - "we can´t make this dish for company." Some of the dishes we had fell into that category. The good news is that they have a wide and varied menu that will satisfy anyones tastes.
The Summer Rolls at Le Colonial were the best we had ever had. I also recommend you try the Pho. Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup made with a hearty broth and rice noodles. But save your appetite for the main courses, especially the sea food.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect evening!We had spent the evening before at the Purple Pig and honestly thought that there was no way that could be topped. We were wrong! The perfect blend of Asian (Vietnamese) and European (French) that we love! Perfect place to spend our 5-year anniversary.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMexcellent special birthday cakeexcellent experience food wonderful waiter pleasant . special birthday dessert with candle. will dine there again5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely restaurant, livelyLovely restaurant, lively food and fun to go to. Upstairs bar is a romantic setting for two.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMQuiet relaxing spot (NO backgroundQuiet relaxing spot (NO background music or TV's, even in the bar) with good food that seems both familiar and different - more Asian than French. Good for a romantic evening. Food is fresh and well prepared - some other commentators have said portions seem small - we had plenty to eat. Emphasis on seafood dishes. Nice wine list although a bit on the pricy side. Will go again.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMService and food was impeccable!Service and food was impeccable! I'm so glad that I found this place, even better when I requested a reservation the same day. A must go to.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMSpectacular food, excellentSpectacular food, excellent staff, perfect surroundings, could not have asked for anything else.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMBooking was a breeze usingBooking was a breeze using Open Table. I needed to make a date change and that was no problem. We arrived at Le Colonial for an early dinner before a play. The neighborhood was charming, and we were seated at a corner table so we each had a view of the lovely room. Our waiter was very helpful when we asked about amount of food, and wanted to share the most traditionally Vietnamese food. ...a delicious spicy beef salad, veggie rolls, and a trout with vermicelli, cocoanut milk, cooked in a banana leaf that was fabulous. Also each had dessert which put us nearly over the edge but it was delicious.....cocoanut macaroon with cocoanut sorbet substituted for vanilla ice cream. It was a find!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMEclectic and delicious foodI took a friend to Le Colonial for her birthday, and she said it was one of the greatest experiences she had in a while. The wine selection is good, but the food was surprisingly eclectic and delicious. I will definitely go back for special occasions.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMNever a disappointment whenNever a disappointment when I am visiting Chicago.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of my favorite places.One of my favorite places. I had not been to Le Coloniel in 10 years, but was delighted to go back. It lived up to all of my memories.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe atmosphere was elegantThe atmosphere was elegant and personal for this type of dinning experience. Our service was exceptional and old world. Our needs were anticipated and we felt our service was unobtrusive.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMA Hidden GemOne of the most romantic restaurants in Chicago! Second visit here for great food, relied on sugestions from the bartender and wait staff for their favorites, great vibe and decor. Go early and enjoy the upstairs bar before dinning. Le Colonial has made my favorite places list.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMLe Colonial has consistentlyLe Colonial has consistently been a treat whenever I am in Chicago.
The quality and presentations of the menu items are always top-notch.
It also has a intimate feel without being stuffy and pretentious.
All of this is is delivered without breaking the bank.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMTony is a fabulous host. TheTony is a fabulous host. The only restaurant in Chicago to which we return regularly is Le Colonial. It is always special and makes us feel like we are on vacation; the food is excellent and the service is lovely.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMOur favorite restaurant in ChicagoThis is our favorite restaurant in Chicago and the maitre'd is one of the reasons. Raphael seems to know all of his clients personally and greets them by name. He checks by to see how each diner is doing. I cannot say enough good things about him. The food is great. It's fusion French/Vietnamese and no matter what we try on the menu, we are always delighted.
Thank you Raphael for always making this so special!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent for the palate..The food here will not disappoint , I was truly satisfied with every dish we ordered. I will be going back!!4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMI loved the ambiance--veryI loved the ambiance--very chi-chi. Four of us had lunch and my dish was absolutely delicious. The others said theirs was fine. I believe it depends on what is ordered. I won!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMYumAlways a pleasure to visit an "old friend" like Le Colonial. This visit I had the beef pho and it was absolutely divine. Good tasting, fresh and wonderfully prepared French Vietnamese with top shelf service. What more could you ask for?4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWhenever I am in Chicago,Whenever I am in Chicago, I try to get in to Le Colonial. They accommodated a group of 8 and we passed dishes family style so that we could try all the delicous dishes. Great wine selection too. I highly recommend this place. Love that Raphael is still there as the welcoming host.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMRomanceGreat special occasion spot. Food & drinks were amazing. Tip: sit on the upstairs patio if you can. It's enclosed but has a view of The city.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious!!Went here before going to see Book of Mormon (5:30 reservation gave us enough time to cab it down to the theater and still enjoy a leisurely dinner). Our service was impeccable, and the food was absolutely delicious! We shared a shrimp spring roll and bowl of pho, my husband had the basil chicken dish and I had the seafood bouillabaisse dish - all we would get again. We finished off our meal with the banana tapioca pudding and chocolate torte, the latter was one of the best I've had. Never had an empty water glass, and the waiter never pushed us or appeared unless we needed or wanted him. We had a pricey dinner tab, but it was well worth every bit and we will definitely go back next time we're in Chicago!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely atmosphere and reliablyLovely atmosphere and reliably good food and attentive service. Always a pleasurable dining experience at a nontrendy, warm and understatedly graceful and romantic spot that has added to the neighborhood for many, many years.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMA must visit restaurant. EverythingA must visit restaurant. Everything was delicious especially the sea bass. Lush setting too3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWe loved Le Colonial so muchWe loved Le Colonial so much we went back the next night. The food is fresh and flavorful, although my entree was so large I could only eat part of it. The ambiance is intimate.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional food and service.Exceptional food and service. I've been here several times, tried a few items on the menu that I had never had and everything was just exceptional. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city for ambiance and outstanding food.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMPresentation of the food wasPresentation of the food was good, but there was nothing special about the cuisine, tasted like any other mom&pop restaurant.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWe met another couple there.We met another couple there. We were seated at a wonderful table at the front of the restaurant (front window)and had wonderful service. The food was delicious. My only complaint is that the noise was a little over-whelming (there was a particularly loud woman there whose voice carried REALLY loudly).3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWe thoroughly enjoyed ourWe thoroughly enjoyed our dinner during Chef Week. The food is elegant and delicious. The service was very attentive. The restaurant is so beautiful and unique, that I felt transported in time to 1920's Vietnam!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ambience, great food,Great ambience, great food, great service, conversation friendly. Guests are made to feel welcome and valued. A definite favorite.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMTransported to IndochineI took my boyfriend to Le Colonial during Chef's week as a special treat. We both enjoyed our meals very much. The grilled trout wrapped in the banana leaf was especially good. The best part of Le Colonial is the ambiance - it truly is one of the most beautiful and romantic dining experiences in the city. Lovely and highly recommended!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMReally a great restaurant.Really a great restaurant. Nice bar area upstairs. Food was fantastic. Can be a romantic dinner for two, but some of the tables are too tight together causing almost a picnic table feel where you are with other guests. Still, great food, great service and great restaurant.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMVisited for lunch. If youVisited for lunch. If you wish to have a window side table, you should give them a heads up. Ordering reservation on line did not work to get the window side seats. The staff were fabulous. A bit slow to come back take order and offer the check. Now that I visited a couple of time for lunch and one time for late dinner, I would certainly recommend here for lunch. Food is good; I want to believe they know how to accommodate low-carb diet.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely delicious. AttentiveAbsolutely delicious. Attentive service. Couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to celebrate a birthday with friends. Very grateful for the recommendation for us out-of-towners.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMHave not been to Le ColonialHave not been to Le Colonial for some time and am glad to report that the restaurant is still excellent from a food, service and ambiance perspective.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother great experience atAnother great experience at this wonderful restaurant3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our second time toThis was our second time to Le Colonial. The food is really wonderful and the staff is very friendly.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceGreat experience entertaining friends from out of town. A little loud for intimate conversation, but great food and excellent service.3/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant has been aThis restaurant has been a favorite for years. The food is consistently very good. The atmospheere is romantic and quiet. The bar area upstairs is a hidden gem. Great place to stop even if not dining here.2/3/2013 12:00:00 AMI have been to Le ColonialI have been to Le Colonial for lunch twice and I liked it. My main reason was to try out Bouillabassie they offer only for dinner. Just like the review by other people, the dish was fantastic. We visited late at night after a ballet performance, but still, the servers were attentive and service was excellent. Very romantic South Asian flair. I would love to go back there again, maybe next time for a full dinner.2/1/2013 12:00:00 AMLe Colonial remains my favoriteLe Colonial remains my favorite restaurant in Chicago.1/20/2013 12:00:00 AMA quiet place and a greatA quiet place and a great place for a business meeting or a quiet break from shopping. The food is consistently very good.11/19/2012 12:00:00 AM