Le Colonial - Chicago
Le Colonial - Chicago

Le Colonial - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lecolonialchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3122550088x
  • 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: Vegetarian / Vegan, Vietnamese, Asian
  • 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.
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Le Colonial - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
304 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (187)fit for foodies (175)special occasion (154)neighborhood gem (138)great for outdoor dining (76)hot spot (50)good for groups (46)notable wine list (44)great for lunch (44)late-night find (25)scenic view (25)vibrant bar scene (22)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Very good experience
    xxxx
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Enjoyable evening with very good food. While not rushed, felt that waiter was somewhat pushy.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the Pho
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Hard to find Good Pho but le colonials is very good. I wish they had a large bowl option but they only offer a "starter" size
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Appetizers, Salad and Entree's to die for! I had the Sea Bass...melted in my mouth - I highly recommend it!
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  • Classy setup - good food
    ChicagoAMJ
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Classy set up in the heart if the city. Service was great, food could have been better but desserts rocked
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Imaginative and tasty
    CAFoodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Enjoyed our dining experience at Le Colonial very much. Wait person was awesome, friendly, efficient, knowledgable, and made great recommendations. Loved the salad rolls and the spicy monkfish appetizers. Jumbo shrimp curry with eggplant was a standout, such a delicious sauce! I will definitely be back to try more dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great food experience ! I love it ! Totally recomended for a well done enjoying food experience, the waitress tips was awesome and me and my wife had a great meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Apps arrived in under 5 minutes. The "ravioli" were cold and unedible. Entrees came after another 10 minutes. It's clear they want you in... then out so they can get others at your table. I wouldn't go back ...not with so many other options in the area.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    BorntoTravel
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food delicious, wait staff very knowledgeable, service great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • being transported back 100 years
    Razzledazzle60302VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Meet someone for the first time. We had a corner of the upstairs to ourselves until after 9 pm when the crowds came in We had our drink. I my ice tea Since I stopped drinking alcohol I have become a consesour . This was some of the best strong without being bitter, The food was good Love finger foods which you have to share. Tells you your comfort level with a person in a hurry. We had a great time. Most items were at or exceeding expectations. The atmoshere was great the food was good but if you want real Vietnamese food you would go to Vietnam Resturant at Kenmore and Argyle. Nevertheless were else can you go to be transported to a different era and time And feel that you had the place to yourself at least till 9:30 pm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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  • What a surprise!
    AZ4298
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent! I was wonderfully surprised - can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot, food used to be better
    jmquint
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I had been in this restaurante a few years ago and I regreatly find that the food is not as memorable as it used to be.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Pleasant Experience
    ApotheosisVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Like most Rush Street area restaurants, if you are driving, it might take a couple passes to find it and figure out the Valet parking available. Once inside it is well worth it. The Maitre'd was very professional, patient and our table was ready right on time. The food was excellent, the service outstanding. First time there, and I really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food inventive and delicious.
    lunching
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had a wonderful meal here from the hostess choosing a lovely table to the waiter helping select a well balanced meal. We already recommended it to many folks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    olia
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I have been here three times for special occasions and we are always blown away. The meals are pricy but not unusually so given the location and surrounding establishments, and nevertheless it is absolutely worth it for special occasions. Amazing food, excellent service, great atmosphere - we've never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exquisite menu
    elizabeth2651
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Amazing food. Everything melted in my mouth. Fresh, unique, flavorful, colorful menu. Staff was amazing and accommodating to my moody choice of seating. 100% satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hardeep
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great service, amazing ambiance & delicious food. Worth every penny spent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    bren
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This is the first time we have been disappointed dining here. The food is good but the service this time was subpar. It ws so dark we couldn't read the menu and the server could have cared less. It was very cold upstairs and we had to leave our jackets on. Finally after asking another server if he could close the door to the patio we felt a little warmer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Vietnamese
    evanston2
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great Vietnamese food - fun and delicious. Great location tucked off of Michigan avenue with peaceful outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OmahaFoodie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Everything we ordered was amazing. Our waiters knowledge of the menu was very good and his suggestions based on what we told him were spot on. We will make this a return visit every time we visit Chicago. We ordered appetizers, entrees, dessert and coffee (we don't drink alcohol) We were drinking sparkling water and diet soda and never felt rushed to reseat the table for customers who might order expensive wine. (like the table next to us! OMG) Our waiter was obviously a foodie who enjoys his job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Once again superb
    StateStreeters
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I really love Le Colonial. It is a warm and intimate with just the exact level of service, very attentive without being intrusive. I planned a Girls Night Out and from cocktails to dessert we were supremely satisfied. I highly recommend for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUM!!
    ChicagoJunkie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This was our second visit to Le Colonial. After our first, we had decided that no visit to Chicago would be complete without dinner at Le Colonial. That is now written IN STONE! Food is exceptional, as is the service. I had made a special request through Open Table to be seated on the upper terrace and noted that we would be celebrating my husbands' 60th. I was pleased that we were indeed seated on the terrace and dessert came complete with a candle and a heartfelt "Happy Birthday" from our server. After our 3rd trip to Chicago this year, I am even more of a "Chicago Junkie"!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Place Highly Recommend
    SchmucksOnTheTown
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a romantic late evening dinner for 2. The place was packed but surprisingly the sound was rather muted. We enjoyed a couple of appetizers with our pre dinner drink. The entrees were excellent. I had the Ca Nuong (salmon) which came with rice noodles and fresh vegetables on the side. I loved it. My wife had the Ca Hap which was sea bass in an garlic/ginger broth. It was delicious as well. I would recommend Le Colonial to anyone looking for a wonderful dinning experience. My one drawback would be the narrow staircase up 2 flights to the bar or restroom. They also do not validate for parking which is right around the corner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food not quite as good as before
    bgourmandVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have eaten at Le Colonial many times and love the decor and atmosphere, but felt that the food was not up to par this time... hopefully a one-time problem! My trout was overcooked and overly salty. Hope they will pay more attention to quality of the main courses.
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  • A favorite
    hampsteadcarrie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I love the atmosphere -- truly does feel like being at someplace like Raffles in Singapore (and the Sling here is good). The food is interesting and always beautifully prepared. I went with a large group, reserved shortly before our lunch there, and all was ready for us and we were greeted with a warm welcome and never rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eccellente
    Giandomenico
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Siamo stati in Vietnam ed abbiamo mangiato in ottimi ristoranti. Devo dire che mai abbiamo gustato una cucina vietnamita così gustosa ed appetitosa come quella del Le Colonial. Complimenti.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    Genevie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Really, a $100.00 dollars for dinner that tasted more like chinese take out than upscale french vietnamese. When asked for entree advice, our waiter was absolutely no help. Our appetizer course of spring rolls were over fried. Our beef entree was dry and had absolutely no reference of taste as described on the menu. Also, is the only accompaniment to any of their dishes carrots and radish? Finally, our signature cocktail was overly sweet to the point where my daughter didn't even bother to finish hers. What a huge disappointment for my daughters birthday dinner. One of the reasons I didn't bother to complain so as not to spoil her celebration. I will admit the ambiance is very nice. To bad the food side can't represent it better.
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  • Le Colonial Is So Elegant
    QuasiVeganFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    From the minute you walk into Le Colonial you are enveloped in the most beautiful and exotic decor. Rafael or Tony greet you, and these men really know how to make every single guest feel important. The cocktails and wine lists are exquisit. There aren't too many places I opt for a mixed drink, but this in one of them. We started with my favorite appetizer the Bo Bia. These are soft salad rolls that might sound boring, but they are anything but. I could devour almost anything dipped in Le Colonial's sauces - especially the peanut sauce that accompanies this dish. As a main course I look forward to their signature whole crisp-seared snapper. Not a morsel was left on my plate. It's worth noting Le Colonial has a full vegan menu 2.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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  • Delicious!
    ChitowngirlVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My friend and I both got seafood dishes paired with white wine. We also started off with the spring rolls. We were very content (and full) at the end of the night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SKIDGE
    Skidge
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The restaurant was as good as we remembered -- food was prepared excellently, service was attentive, prices were reasonable. Booking on-line, not so good -- a week before our rez we requested seating upstairs but the 4 of us were put at a small table next to the kitchen! Next time, we'll make the rez with the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best French Martinti
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I love Le Colonial. I just feel good going there. Delightful ambience. Great service. Great food. The best French Martini in Chicago! Really!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and Yummy
    AMBChicagoVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This restaurant reminds me of Colonial Asia. The decor is beautiful and the food excellent. I dined with a friend who had not been to the restaurant in years. We shared that fried spring rolls that you wrap in lettuce leaves, add the carrots and cilantro and mint and then dip in a lovely sauce. For our entree we both had the pho. It is a lovely soup with noodles and slices of beef. You can add a spicy or sweet sauce to it. We both went for the hot sauce. Delicious. Our dessert was a mango sundae. The vanilla ice cream was beautifully rich and creamy and the mango topping was sprinkled with almond bits that added a nice flavor and crunch. Absolutely delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful restaurant with warmth
    aalb
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Le Colonial has a warm, beautiful atmosphere. Our server was charming and helpful. The wine list had several interesting selections, including many Rieslings that complimented the cuisine. Two dishes were superb, the other two very good.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • One of my favorite
    hrose
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I think Le Colonial might be my favorite restaurant in the city. Excellent food. I always feel like I'm on vacation when I'm there, because the atmosphere and décor is exotic and relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Chicago Fav
    WhyanicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    As a "local" Chicagoan, this place continues to stand out was one of my favorites. Great ambiance (ask for seating upstairs and if the weather's nice ask for a terrace seat), incredible French-Viatnamese food. The sea bass and red snapper are amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Me and my boo loved it 💓
    Missemily69
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I'm visiting my long distance booty call from the south. I wanted a romantic but unpretentious locale for our date. Food was bon and terrace seating was superb. Recommend the sea bass. And some of dat ginger sauce was to die for. It is delicious with everything so don't let those waiters take it from ya! After dinner me and my boo drank at lounge
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le Colonial
    Smitty
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Excellent food, mood and service. If you are looking for a special place with great food this is it. Large portions make it perfect for groups of 4 or more. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere indifferent food
    NEJ3
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is a very popular restaurant with a lovely atmosphere but the food was just not worth the money. It could have been so good but was in fact was boring, uninspired, lacking in any kind of flair in taste and presentation.
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  • gold coast gem
    modernartgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant to dine in when we visit Chicago!!! My husband likes to try new places but i say why go anywhere else? Beautiful food, professional and knowledgeable staff, great wine list and fabulous Gold Coast location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Southeast Asian Downtown
    DCGlassblower
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Le Colonial serves up a mix of southeast Asian food in an interesting, slightly Victorian setting. The service is good, and the food portions are large. The quality of the food is very good, if not particularly innovative. Most of the customers are well-heeled with a little attitude to match, but the staff is welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great all around
    robyn
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Beautiful interior, perfect service without being pushy or pretentious and wonderful food. I am from New Orleans where we have vietnamese, and french, but nothing that combines the two to this level.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.