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
308 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (190)fit for foodies (172)special occasion (164)neighborhood gem (137)great for outdoor dining (86)great for lunch (49)hot spot (48)notable wine list (47)good for groups (41)late-night find (32)vibrant bar scene (28)scenic view (26)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
  • French Vietnamese cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great colonial ambience and outstanding vietnamese food. Good wine list
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    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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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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!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a must when visiting Chicago
    VictoireVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    When we lived in Chicago, we always took our out-of-town guests here to dine on the best French/Vietnamese dishes. When we return to Chicago, this is always a place we have to return to. I have my favorites...#4 Chao Tom and #31 Ga Xao Cari the combo of curry sauce and mango in this dish, makes it my favorite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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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.
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    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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    • 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
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    • 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).
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    neighborhood gem
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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
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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.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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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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    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
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    • 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