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Le Colonial
Le Colonial

Le Colonial Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lecolonialnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 752-0808
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch is served in the main dining room Monday through Friday
    12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Dinner is served in the main dining room Monday through Sunday
    5:30 - 10:30 Sunday - Thursday
    5:30 – 11:00 Friday – Saturday
    The lounge is open at
    Monday through Sunday
    4:30 - 11:30 Sunday - Thursday
    4:30 – 12:00 Friday – Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese, French, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Ronald Wingwee Hsu
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have hosted events off-site, where we provide food for larger scale events, consisting of passed hors d'oeuvres and buffet-style dinners.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our lounge, located on the second floor, is the ideal setting for private events. For small groups (of 30), we screen off the rear lounge with palm trees to create a semi-private area. Larger groups may rent the entire lounge for cocktail parties or dinners.
  • Entertainment: Music in Lounge
  • Special Events & Promotions: inquiries online are available at: http://www.tripleseat.com/venues/new-york/le-colonial-1

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lexington Ave
  • Public Transit: E to 53rd/Lexington
    4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available at 153 E 57th Street.
    20% discount for Le colonial guests from 5pm to midnight everyday.
    Don't forget to ask for your parking ticket stamped.
A word from Le Colonial
Le Colonial is a truly delightful culinary experience. Like stepping into French Colonial Southeast Asia, this two-story restaurant, designed by Greg Jordan, consists of a main dining room with louvered wall panels, colorful tile floors, and vintage photos of Vietnam. Upstairs is an elegant, but lively, lounge serving a full dinner or just appetizers and cocktails. The lounge serves as an ideal setting for private parties and business dinners. Chef Ronald Wingwee Hsu serves an authentic Vietnamese menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Un bell'ambiente che contribuisce all'atmosfera gradevole. Il cibo buono ma non eccezionale."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We ate an excellent meal here. We shared the appetizers and main courses across the four of us. Best appetizers were ribs and vegetarian spring rolls. Best mains were shrimp and scallop salad and the tenderloin. Recommend the ho chi Minh shuffle cocktail."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Should have ordered from menu for a more balanced review. The pre-fixe was being offered after restaurant week. Not very interesting. I always return to Le Colonial in Chicago, though. NYC seems to have less menu options."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "After celebrating their 25th anniversary it still is a top ranked restaurant. Consistency is the key. Now offering a $22 price fixe lunch and a $38 price fixe dinner all year long. This is a WINNER"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Went in late not know about it on a Sunday night, it was low key with great music, the service was incredible and very accommodating. The food was great and so was the wine. I don't normally write reviews but this place was such a great experience I had to."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Ambience and decor is great. Service is impeccable. The menu is creative and interesting and the food is superb."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Except for the banana desert, which was burned, the food was delicious and the service and atmosphere wonderful. This restaurant has maintained its standards over the years."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Friday August 15, 8:30, We have been going to Le Colonial for many years, always fantastic and never has disappointed us. The service this time was very poor, the matre d that has been there forever has left and it is very noticeable, he was fantastic. It took a very long time for menus, a even longer time, waiving down a waiter to have cocktails. We wanted to order wine with dinner and I had to go up to the podium and request someone come to the table, when she arrived she was very helpful, but what a mess of service for the evening. It seemed there were very few staff working, this trip found a empty bar with a very lonely bartender."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great food and polite service...helpful suggestion, good setting."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My wife and me had a great lunch. Food first class, a lovely warm atmosphere. We did a "Restaurant Week" lunch but spent almost two hours there. No pressure. No 'being rushed'. The folks looking after us were superb. Will go back and try out the full menu soon. I recommend this place."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I used to really live this place but lately I feel they've gotten very over priced and many dishes are quite bland. We came for restaurant week and had the summer rolls which are consistently good and the salmon with vermicelli which was flavorless. Too bad."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Food was very very mediocre. I used to like this place a lot as I love their decor and atmosphere. That still stands but food was nothing to talk about, maybe because it was during the restaurant week? Wine seems overpriced - our Oregon Pinot Noir was decent but no point of having nice but rather expensive wine for so-so food.. No rush to return anytime soon - if I do, it will be just for drinks."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had dinner here during Restaurant Week. We had: - cha gio vit crispy duck rolls: pretty much what you'd expect, but delicious - suon nuong lemongrass and soy grilled ribs: very good - shrimp galanga: prawns had excellent flavor and the sauce was incredible - ca hoi la vong salmon: salmon had a perfect crispy skin - tapioca with banana for dessert: great texture, flavor could have been a little more complex, maybe some cardamom? - the wine pairing, which included a Chardonnay, some Cotes du Rhone red, and a Muscat with dessert: delicious and well-paired, stood up to the somewhat spicy food The prices seemed high but the dining room is gorgeous and very comfortably scaled."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Came here for lunch during restaurant week. We got there just before they closed the kitchen (dinner reopened later). The service was still very friendly and accomodating. The hostess was more pressing about me ordering, even though my companion was late (I had to order for him). Everyone else was quite lovely and the food was delicious. Will definitely be back to try the upstairs cocktail lounge."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I thought the place looked alright. The waiter was very nice but they seemed to be rushing us. We had not finished our dessert and they brought us the check. And the place was not crowded. The food was not all of that to me. I have eaten Vietnamese food and I have tasted better. I think this is just a tourist trap."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Wonderful atmosphere. The decor is outstanding the the food offers a surprising twist of flavors. Wish the portions were a bit larger because every dish was so tasty we were happily willing to overeat. Even the chocolate ice cream we had for dessert was better than most premium ice creams. Le Colonial is a bit pricey, but well worth it. Everyone should eat there at least once in their lives. It's an experience."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The reservation was made for six. The staff was attentive, always present. The service was prompt and impeccable. The food was exquisite: beautiful to look and even better tasting. My colleagues, all non Americans, were very impressed with the decor and of course dishes which they all crossed- tasted. I'll recommend it to friends and family and, I will definitely come again.""
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Nice relaxing dinner. Small dishes were very tasty. Try to stay as authentic as possible. Friendly staff."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I had heard of Le Colonial and finally went there for lunch. The reservation was made for four. There was no wait. The staff was attentive, always present. The service was prompt and impeccable. The food was exquisite: beautiful to look and even better tasting. The chef was accommodating to a parent with a strict no salt intake: she is very picky, an excellent cook and could not stop raving about her dish. Kudos!! I'll recommend it to friends and family and, I will definitely come again."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Great food, atmosphere and service! The ambience is pleasurable."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Le Colonial was a great choice for Restaurant Week - Summer 2014. The decor is like being in a fancy, 1920s New Orleans restaurant and the food is fantastic. I was part of a party of 3, and each of us selected items from the dinner RW menu. Two of us got the wine pairings. The servers were attentive and very nice. There was no lag in turnaround time between courses, even though it was quite busy while we were there. All in all, I will probably visit this restaurant again!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went here for restaurant week. The food was very good. Nicely spiced but some of it wasn't hot, it was warm but not hot. Service was attentive and I loved the decor. We will be coming back here to try the full menu."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Always wanted to try this place, So we took advantage of restaurant week. The food was incredible, the decor is gorgeous, feels like 1950s old Hollywood movie. We were so impressed by it we had after dinner cocktails in the lounge upstaires. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This was one of the best restaurant week selections. My co-workers and I like to try different restaurants for NYC restaurant week. This was by far the best experience. The food and service were fantastic. The atmosphere was relaxing and not overcrowded. Will definitely go back to check out full menu."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Le Colonial had excellent decor and the food was far from average."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Delightful ambiance, wonderful food and excellent service."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Restaurant week menu is not that tasty, might be better in other dishes, but if you try it that wayis not executed consistently with its brand"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Le Colonial has the ambiance and decor of French colonial Vietnam, with louvre red windows, fans, and a pressed brass ceiling. The food was very good, but I would not say exceptional. Still, a pleasant and somewhat unusual experience. Good for a long dinner and conversation. My friend and I tried two,of their special cocktails, which were excellent."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We were a group of friends who were getting together with a friend who had moved out of town several years ago. We had a nice quiet corner in the front of the restaurant. The service was excellent & the food wonderful. We were able to sit & eat & catch up without being rushed. The wait staff even took pictures for us with multiple phones & cameras."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Great food and service. Very creative. Excellent service."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "they never disappoint. consistent lovely dishes. Nice atmosphere"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Always a delight and an oasis of calm in the midst of a busy NY. Food preparations are wonderful and the service makes you feel special. Have always enjoyed a lovely lunch or dinner there."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Appetizers, main courses and sides were all excellent, served in an elegant setting. We would certainly go back."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This restaurant is one of my favorite and for restaurant week they out did themselves. the food was great as usual and the portions were very generous. The choices were outstanding. Truly a great meal every time I go there."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The potted palms and ceiling fans are beginning to be tired, but the food is delicious --the appetizer of baby back ribs was especially tasty. Everyone's pleasant, but at the height of lunch hour it is on the noisy side."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We have been coming to Le Colonial for the nearly two decades since we were in Vietnam to adopt our youngest daughter. Although the menu and staff has, of course, changed over the years, it has always reminded us of the best about Saigon and Vietnam--ambiance, food, and service. We live in western Massachusetts and only get to New York once or twice a year, but Le Colonial is always a destination and has always brightened our stays in every way."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I have been going to Le Colonial for years and the food and flavors of herbs and spices were fresh and made the palate sing. No more. The food is fresh but the the flavors and sauces that were so special are gone. The soft summer tools were fresh but served with a peanut sauce that was blah. The crispy spring rolls had no taste and the sauce not good. The seafood medly with noodles was extremely bland . The only dish we enjoyed was the spiced duck which was well flavored and very good. What a great culinary loss overall."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "On tony East 57th Street, Le Colonial is a lovely place to have a respite from all the heavy-duty designer shops. The ambience, with its palm trees, really feels like a get-away. The food is lovely. We took advantage of Restaurant Week special pricing."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Food and service were good ...the real glitch is the lack of courtesy demonstrated by the hosts, [especially the shorter one, whose name I do not know]. When asked for a different table he was lacking in the social skills required to attend the issue...He did comply, but with no grace and definite annoyance... He strutted the room, asking the required question, even of us, [is everything all right?] never making eye contact or waiting for a reply.. A real downer in an otherwise pleasant, if noisy room."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Le Colonial is typical in ambience/decoration for a French Vietnamese Restaurant. The food was very similar to what I have recently had in Viet Nam. Crispy rolls filled with pork and accompanied with lettuce leaves, carrots, cilantro and mint. Everything to make for a tasty appetizer. I would definitely return for a dinner since I only tried it for lunch."
    Dined on 7/28/2014