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
345 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (218)fit for foodies (186)special occasion (184)neighborhood gem (154)great for outdoor dining (102)notable wine list (59)great for lunch (57)hot spot (50)good for groups (43)late-night find (36)scenic view (33)vibrant bar scene (32)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Nice atmosphere indifferent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Vietnamese cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great colonial ambience and outstanding vietnamese food. Good wine list
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST Vietnamese
    YvonneVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    They are the Nordstrom of restaurants because their customer service is IMPECCABLE. You are immediately greeted, respectfully and genially checked on, and given the most sincere service you could ever want. The ambiance is beautiful and classy. What's even better is that the food is phenomenal. Some of the dishes (specially the pho) is a smaller portion than at other Vietnamese restaurants; however, the quality is clearly superior. Furthermore, the price isn't bad for what you get. My lunch of an appetizer, pho, and tea was about $20 which is nothing to frown about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exotic Taste of Asia in Chicago
    starvingartist
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The decor in this restaurant transports one immediately out of Chicago and into an exotic locale: French colonial Vietnam. The food almost measures up to the delightful atmosphere, but sadly the service is only average. There is an interesting cocktail selection and my martini was fabulous. We had a variety of food, including appetizer, salad and three entrees. All were very good, but none were outstanding or particularly memorable. The wait staff were courteous but slow. We had to wait a rather long time for the waiter to take our drink orders, almost to the point that we thought we had been forgotten. Overall a nice dining experience but perhaps not as good as expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second meal in this restaurant
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My first experience was in San Francisco. The food was spectacular. French Vietnamese--unusual flavors well prepared. The one in Chicago was just as good. Excellent choices on the menu. It is food you do not find elsewhere. Reasonable prices. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disgruntled
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Been to the restaurant many times. Very disappointed in the food and service, and they sat my party of four (made the reservation weeks ago) literally in the doorway to the front entrance. I will not return - ever.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    French Vietnamese food in a lovely ambiance. Very knowledgeable waiter - on target with recommendations. Caring service - delicious food - wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Night
    StateStreeters
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What a delight, an engaged and interested waiter who was attentive but not overbearing. The food was wonderful from the cocktails to dessert. A new go to place for special moments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great all-around
    Ljtfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I hadn't been to Le Colonial since 2010 and wondered if it was still as good. It was, just as I remembered! Friendly but restrained, refined service. The food - fantastic. I had the tofu salad, which has the most incredible mix of flavors, and textures. My boyfriend said the pho was a bit too sweet. The shrimp-wrapped cane sugar was perhaps the best app ever. Light but satisfying, just what a girl wants for a romantic dinner! And it amazes me how the restaurant can be full, and vibrant, and yet you can hear your date and have a quiet conversation. I will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EatinveganVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Le Colonial continues to be a great place for a special meal. The atmosphere takes you back to a different time, and the servers are attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. The Vietnamese food is always good, and there are even several vegetarian/vegan items on the menu. Great place for groups or romantic dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant evening
    Tanbark
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had wonderful appetizers, & my sister's entree (chicken in a curry sauce) was superb. Mine was only okay (shrimp, scallops, calamari, vegetables, & rice noodles -- mostly veggies & noodles).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sally
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Le Colonial is the perfect spot for a lovely lunch. The food is fabulous and the service is, too. You can hear each other talk without yelling and yet, the environment is lively and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing place
    pholover
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Came here for dinner with my gf and her sister and I was not disappointed. The environment itself was very nice but lets get to the food. We all started off with the pho and wow it was incredible. The broth was rich and beefy with a nice herb-y finish while the beef itself was melt in your mouth fantastic. We also got the rice paper dumplings which was a bit of a let down flavor wise, it was just a little too light with not a lot of chicken flavor or any other flavoring as well. For the entree I got the filet with the shrimp and tomato rice pilaf and salad. The steak was incredible and like the meat in the broth it melted in your mouth which went well with the rice. however the salad was a little too sweet for my taste.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food...
    MattSVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The place remains a local gem. I was absent for a number of years and returned to identical and better fare! The service was pushy and more concerned about the popular dishes then the actual recommendations of the chef(hidden gems) but overall a great time. It was a bit on the pricy side as well...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambiance for Vietnamese Food
    JoeNg
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The Pho was excellent. The rest of our meal was very good. We sat outside so the service was lacking but having stepped inside, the ambiance was that of a 5 star restaurant. I would come back... if I lived in Chicago but I know there is one here in NY as well so I will be trying them out. Gluten Free options are available and the Pho is gluten free when ordered without the plum sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EssdVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was awesome. Service was great. Wait staff were friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still strong
    Bill1234VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The restaurant remains a fun evening out. The ambiance is striking on entrance, and the host's greeting is pleasant, if not a little cool. The starters were varied, and our waiter made some great recommendations. The menu is somewhat limited, but the fish selections are tasty and well prepared, especially the trout dish. All 5 of our entrees were enjoyed, however the shrimp entree was slightly too spicy. The vietnamese coffee was a great finish to the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always pleased with Le Colonial
    SunshineVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I have not been to this restaurant for 2-3 years. This past Monday evening, I was treating a friend from out of town to dinner and decided to make reservations through Open Table. I selected Le Colonial with a special request to sit outside in the upstairs balcony. As reservations were early pm - my wish came true. Service at this restaurant impeccable! The food is creative and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A different option in Chicago
    MrJoe
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I was looking for something different in Chicago and I found Le Colonial. I never thought it would be so good. Food was interesting in terms of different flavors and ingredients. Service was very good. If you go there, my advice is to share dishes so you can try different things.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    fantastic
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    First dined here 15 years ago, and it's still as wonderful and memorable as it was before. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor service
    northshoregalVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We have enjoyed Le Colonial in the past - and, as a result, have returned on several occasions over the years. That being said, this most recent experience was marked by inexperienced waitstaff offering us items NOT on the menu, returning with that information, getting the subsequent orders wrong and no acknowledgement of the compounded errors. This will certainly impact on our interest in returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cmo12
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The restaurant is decorated in a very charming and interesting way. I was a bit disappointed with the food. I thought it was very similar to other Asia restaurants I have been to. I expected something more exotic. My martini was excellent though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RoostVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Vietnamese at its finest. Love the spring rolls, fried rice and jumbo shrimp!
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  • Very cool but with crazy prices
    steelytrip
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The atmosphere is really spectacular - for a good date or special occasion it's hard to beat. The food is very good, but for the money it needs to be the best Vietnamese food you've ever had in your life. It is not that. But as long you know that's what you're getting into, don't hesitate. It's a great night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    PHYKO
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Upon arrival, my gf and I were seated off kind of in a corner where I guess initially the server forgot about us. Thankfully though, our food came out pretty fast. My review on Asian food would be biased because I am Asian and I would have to say even for fusion food, it was mediocre. I can understand why a lot of people would like to try this place because the French aspect makes it fancier than it really is and the ambiance really gives sort of a luxurious feel. Aside from the few bugs I found flying around and the hair in my gf's rice this place was ok.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant, excellent food
    Rodrigo
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We were surprised with the quality of the food and the great service. We reserved via OpenTable and at the time we arrived everything was ready, with actually more than one option of table to sit. Certainly recommend, it was the best restaurant we went in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rachlinski
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food was excellent and service was truly amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special needs
    Doll
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    It was disappointing to have indicated on my Open Table comment section that I had food allergies; gave my list of allergies to the wait person, who showed it to the chef; received my dinner with chives in it that were on my "NO" list; and was not given an option for rice, but was served white rice - brown would have been preferred (or don't they have any brown rice in their kitchen?). I won't rush back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicago must
    Hmandela
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A friend from Chicago told us not to miss it. He couldn't be more right. Very nice decor, amazing dishes. DO NOT MISS THE FRIED RICE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never changes
    sloopy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have been coming to Le Colonial for over a decade and it never changes in the sense that it is still a special place each visit. The atmosphere is inviting, the tables are spacious and you never feel crammed in; the service is impeccable and the food...oh the food. So delicious. I have travelled to Vietnam several times and always seem to compare the food I have there with this restaurant. Hard to find anything on their menu that isn't authentic and simply delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    Kurt
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I am visiting from Belgium and I selected the restaurant because I wanted to invite my Vietnamese friend who is living in the US. The food was excellent and I was very much impressed about the interior design of the restaurant. It was very authentic and it really felt like being in Vietnam one age ago… Very original and the food and wine was superb !
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Beach Has Nothing on Chicago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Took two Miami friends to LeColonial. Sat outside on a perfect evening. Miami's South Beach may have thongs to admire, but Rush Street in Chicago has throngs to admire. The food was great. Service perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent as usual
    gregorioweb
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Dining on the balcony by a warm summer day is a fantastic experience, with a colonial feel as the restaurant wants to transmit, and it works out. Since the food and the wine are excellent, this makes this restaurant quite special. Was my last day in Chicago, after 15 years working in the windy city, and I chose this restaurant (while I did many Chicago restaurant over all this time), that says it all. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For Outside Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The hidden gem here is the upstairs balcony, which technically is outside but with an ample roof structure that protects the area so much that you get the benefits of an outside view but with sufficient protection from the elements to cut any chill, wind, drizzle, etc. It is relatively small, so it also cuts the noise from the main part of the restaurant (which can be lively) to a conversation-conducive level.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too bad!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My husband and I took 2 friends to Le Colonial, where we go every time we come to Chicago (we are from Virginia). But this was the last time: although I made a reservation, I could not get a table downstairs. The reception was unfriendly. The wine and the appetizers (esp. Vietnamese Raviolis) were excellent, but all four entrees were really mediocre. I did not recognize the cooking we used to love. Sorry to have to tell you that it was our last time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Michael
    Adman
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Great food and service. I had the bouillabaisse which is outstanding. I will come back here every time I come to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some of the wait staff needs work
    JandL
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The server that started at our table was rude & very unhelpful. I think she realized that we were not too happy with her because suddenly we found ourselves with a different server. Thank goodness. Second server much more helpful and pleasant. Overall most of what we had was good but not over the top delicious where you can't wait to get back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.