Le Colonial
Le Colonial

Le Colonial

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lecolonialsf.com/
  • Phone: 4159313600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.



    Our Lounge is open daily at 5:00 p.m. Sunday - Wednesday closing at 11:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday closing at 2 a.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Vietnamese
  • Executive Chef: Tree Khuu
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music: Monday - Friday from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
    House DJ: Friday & Saturday nights from 10:00 - 2:00 a.m.
  • Special Events: Happy Hour
    Serving in the lounge & bar
    From our Happy Hour Menu: Selected beers $4, cocktails/wine by the glass $6


Getting there

  • Cross Street: Taylor and Jones
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: $6 for the first hour $2 hours for each additional 1/2 hour. $18 maximum.
A word from Le Colonial
Delight your guests in an evening of fine food and exotic cocktails at our unique venue just off Union Square. Travel through the tropical elegance of 1920s French Colonial Vietnam amidst the sway of palm trees and glow of candlelight. Take in the live music in our lounge, relax outdoors on the veranda or patio, gather friends and family to celebrate a special event or simply treat yourself to a night on the town. Enjoy a variety of event spaces for small intimate groups of 10 to as many as 500 people in the heart of downtown San Francisco.
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Le Colonial reviews from OpenTable diners
186 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (98)fit for foodies (97)special occasion (92)neighborhood gem (69)great for outdoor dining (59)good for groups (53)notable wine list (28)vibrant bar scene (22)late-night find (20)hot spot (14)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (5)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Savor this!
    Visitor
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had a delicious pre-theater dinner at Le Colonial last week. Attentive, professional service by a waiter sensitive to my allergies who found a slight deviation that allowed me to enjoy a salad. Outstanding food, especially the Sea Bass and Shrimp Curry with tamarind. We were raving about it two days later and plotting an early return. The setting and decor takes you far away in a Raffles mood. If you love Vietnamese food, my advice: go to Le Colonial soonest...
    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.
  • Very cool place
    travsg
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Ambiance, food, service are all very, very good. Really cool place with high quality food, flavors and experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorite restaurants!
    SunshineGirl
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I had the Chilean sea bass. Each bite was a burst of flavors...absolutely scrumptious! My husband had the pork shoulder. The sauce was to die for! We loved the ambience, the service, and the décor. One of the best in San Francisco!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails
    lovethaifoodVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We are foodies. Had several really great meals at Le Colonial. This one was no exception. The food is simply dazzling. This was a birthday dinner and we had an app, a salad, and three main courses and shared. All were fit for royalty. The sea bass is a dish we've had before and it repeated its performance. We love this place. It is a pricey, but you get the value and taste for your money. We'll be back for another ocassion. Not sure why my review nickname is "lovethaifood"- must have used that once and can't get rid of it!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the high price
    bayareadiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was good, but not remarkable and not as would be expected for the high price. My spouse would have appreciated to have been told that our appetizer and her choice of entree were essentially the same dish, so she could have ordered something else. I enjoeyd the dessert but wish it was served with the espresso that came at least ten minutes before. This place probably caters more to tourists than locals.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy Dinner, As Usual
    BarbiVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at Le Colonial. As usual, we ordered the potstickers and they were delicious. My husband, as usual, had the fish wrapped in banana leaves...and he told me it was delicious. I ordered, as usual, the shrimp in coconut sauce...and it was delicious. Sad to see that the ice cream that we usually order, our favorite ice cream flavor (chocolate/coconut?) is no longer offered. Excellent and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    DobiVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had the sea bass wrapped in banana leaf. Supposed to be the signature dush. Fish was overdone and tasteless.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently a great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I've been fortunate enough to dine at Le Colonial several times, so it's about time I provided feedback. The French-Thai fusion menu is one of the best I've ever encountered. Better yet, after all these visits, I can happily say there is not a weak link in the entire list. Upstairs cocktails first--the house brews are original and tasty--is the way to go, even if it is one of the special dance night events pulsing over the balcony. I mean, who can get annoyed at enthusiastic (and nattily dressed) swing dancers as you sip a signature mojito? The dining room can be tight on space, and it's testimony to the ambiance and food that it's busy without being overwhelming on a Monday. But the food... the food. All of the food. Special event venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Same as what I remembered
    ladiesweekendVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I haven't been in several years but when my college roommates came to town for a reunion, I thought Le Coloniel would be a nice choice because of their location. I knew we'd be shopping in Union Square and I remembered how beautiful the patio was. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Transported to 1920 Saigon
    Misscebu
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This place is fantastic! The decor and ambiance are exotic and mysterious, the service impeccable, the food- simply divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, but decent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I took my gf here for her birthday. The drinks were good, if expensive. Some dishes, like the pork belly, were very tasty, and others (like the spring rolls) were nothing special at all. Our waitress provided par service but was unable to give us recommendations. For the price, I would've expected better food and better service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In need of basic service skills
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food is excellent, and that's why you should come here. But for an upscale restaurant, they have forgotten some basics. The waiter didn't know anything about the drinks list, they were out of 1/3 of their by-the-glass wines, and it appears they have no sommelier since there are random dogs listed among some great $500 options. A half bottle of champagne and a whiskey took 15 min to arrive, and they tried to serve our appetizers before our drinks. Other than these few service inconveniences, the food was spectacular. I would love to see this chef open a food truck.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced/unauthentic Viet food
    cornutz
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    one of my regretable dining experiences yet as the food first and foremost was overpriced ($250 dinner spent for family of 2 adults and 2 young kids) and even worse didn't taste as good as a corner Pho shop where I would be more fullfilled spending only $40. Food were in very small portions, so much so that my wife and I wanted to go eat a Banh Mi sandwich after our dining experience; Lobster specialty was unseasoned and plain with barely any salt, Banana fish had an unusual taste and smell, Ca Kho To plate is normally cooked with Catfish but Salmon was used instead and it didn't taste right, plus it was overly oily. I also struggled to get a refill on my Coke drink as well. Not very diverse and certainly not for a Vietnamese dining family.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice venue, medicocre food
    LoveSFDining
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The location was convenient for pre-theatre dining. The building is lovely and the staff professional and courteous, but the food was mediocre. We ordered the glass noodles with crab and found two small pieces of crab! Flavors were pretty bland--we have much higher standards in this foodie city!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Le Colonial-Outstanding!
    CesarT
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have not dined at Le Colonial in 2 years and on Saturday night, I was not disappointed. The service was outstanding, staff attentive and vibe was great! Some notes - their Ca Hap La Chuoi (Steamed Chilean sea bass wrapped in banana leaves) was incredible - the Chilean sea bass and glass noodles were cooked to perfection in their banana leaf package; ; Ca Thu Nuong - the Grilled Ahi tuna was perfectly seared and at first I was skeptical about the pairing of fingerling potatoes with Ahi, but it works! and finally we included their Com Chien Le Colonial -wok-fried Jasmine rice w/ fried egg, etc. - solid as always. For dessert, we had their bread pudding-an item our waiter kindly suggested , plus Vietnamese coffees. Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner at Le Colonial
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our server recommended great dishes. All of the food was wonderful. Very nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmostphere
    SFdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food could have been better for the price we paid, but atmosphere and service were great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent and interesting food. Great staff. Patio is lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok, but not outstanding
    cloudy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We came here several times before we got a little disappointed last Friday. Chef's appetizer platter was very average, some selections were dry. Almost like they were a little old. Prawn curry for main course - not good. It used to be really tasty, this time it was watery and tasteless, very surprising. We had 4 other main courses, they were good. Overall - not as good as it used to be, sadly.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find
    Diningwithkids5
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Delicious food and nice quiet atmosphere. Not suitable for dining with kids, but great for romantic dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Takes you back to Saigon
    PamelaD
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Lovely ambiance. Attentive service. The food was good, but not remarkable. And a bit pricey.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had a lovely evening , dinner was perfect and service very nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • memorable ambiance so so food
    WesMelone
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I had an early dinner with an out-of-town friend I had not seen for years. We sat outdoors under a canopy of flowering trees with the sound of trickling water fountain. Service was courteous but the waiter we had was a bit rigid. The food was perhaps least memorable. French Vietnamese is my favorite food and I have been to Le Colonial many times previously. It seems that their food has gone down or I got picky. Nothing was bad per se, but nothing sparkled either. The ambiance made up for what was lacking in food, though. A cup of tea would have sufficed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Colleen A.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This was our second dining experience at Le Colonial and it was again fabulous. The food is wonderful. The setting is quiet and elegant. We very much enjoyed our evening. We will definitely return when we next visit SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food our first night in SF
    snbvt
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was delicious. There were wonderful options to choose from. The service was excellent. Happy we found this place.
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    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LeColonial's great ambiance & food
    Maryann
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Truly Le Colonial is a special occasion gem of a restaurant on tiny Cosmo Place just near Union Square. That's part of what makes it so special! Harkens back to the olden days in what I picture Vietnam to have been. The upstairs lounge feels so tropical and lush, and is a very comfortable place to relax and have a drink or while waiting for your table. The dining area in the outside courtyard is my favorite place to dine because of all the natural light and tropical feel. And THE FOOD is and always has been extremely tasty, creative and exquisite - coconut prawns, ahi tuna, brussel sprouts and glass noodles. Le Colonial is a quiet respite in a very active part of town. I love dining there every time I do so. Great for quests, too
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite for visiting friends
    jodol
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Le Colonial is the restaurant I always recommend to visitors. It has an interesting ambiance, unusual but delicious menu, and an excellent mixologist and bar upstairs. The live vintage-style music (Mon-Thurs) is not over-amplified (as one finds in most other bars) and there is an entertaining set of dancers to join or enjoy watching.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit on the sweet side
    EddieVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food at Le Colonial, at least what I ordered, seemed on the sweet side, although it was very well prepared. But sweet Asian food is one of my pet peeves -- I really like things that are more savory.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brussels Sprout...
    NJO1815
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Must try the brussels sprout dish... Could not decide the best dish... all always taste great...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Facebook Approved
    luv2travel
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Having received numerous recommendations to try Le Colonial from friends via Facebook, I was interested to see if it would live up to the test. It did with flying colors! I was even more excited to know the restaurant was within walking distance from our hotel, Hilton Union Square. It made for a pleasant 3 block walk from our hotel. We made a 9pm reservation and decided to eat indoors even though outdoor seating was available. The staff and service were excellent and very knowledgeable about the menu. There were four of us in our party so decided to order several appetizers which were all excellent. The waiter surprised us with the most delicious dessert, chocolate brownie after hearing it was a special occasion for us. 5 stars thanks FB!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • might be slipping
    DiningDuoVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Have had dinner here at least 4 or 5 times and this latest time was very mediocre. On top of that, our waiter tried to up-sell us more food several times which is always a major turn-off for me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome classic restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Le Colonial is one of my favorites in SF. The food is always fantastic. The service is great. And the ambience is always pleasant. It's a neighborhood gem! I recommend it to all my friends. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kim4325VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We ordered and shared Cha Gio Tom Cua, Banh Xeo, Goi Ca Thu, Ca Ri Tom and Ca Hap La Chuoi dishes. The food was outstanding, very authentic and flavorful. I was especially impressed with service and how attentive the waitress was. She was very helpful in helping us selecting some of these authentic Vietnamese dishes. The also had a nice music band playing upstairs by the bar. It was a joy to hear some swing musics with great dancers. I will definitely come back and try different dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Had this recommended to me and took a client there for dinner and was amazed at the ambiance and the food was terrific. The portions were not huge so keep that in mind if you are going there very hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Franco-Vietnamese restaurant
    Berkeley
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This is an excellent restaurant within easy walking distance of Union Square, set behind Post St. Food, service and ambiance all very good.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique experience in a hidden spot
    mrbear
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This restaurant is slightly off the beaten path near Union Square. Walking through the front gate, I felt transformed into a different time. They have open air tabels in front, and a variety of experiences in the inside. We had called ahead to let them know we ran into traffic and would be a little late. When we arrived 20 minutes after our scheduled time, they had canceled our reservation. However, since they were not full at the time, they offered to seat us. Took a little negotiating to get a good table. Once seated, they treated us well. The menu had some unique dishes I hadn't seen outside of SE Asia. We had the sea bass in banana leaves and the Surgeon. Also had the crab cakes. All Excellent! Definitely recommend!
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, but not incredible
    Fizzle
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We ate an early dinner last Saturday. The food was good but not exceptional. The seafood potstickers were disappointing (too doughy perhaps), and the brussel sprouts were too sweet. The ahi main dish was excellent. The restaurant was empty when we arrived, so one loud-talker across the room could beheard distinctly. On the flip side, the tables are very densely packed, so there is zero privacy once it gets busy. Service was excellent. Lastly, it is close to Union Square, so it was a great spot for pre-theater dinner especially because it has parking.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so great!
    janandjune
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We wait so long for someone to come and take our orders. The food is ordinary and pricely.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    ApsaraDudeVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I've been to Le Colonial in NYC and was expecting something similar in SF. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. The building looked cool from the outside but the outdoor dining area has back alley views and was not well decorated or appointed with plantings. The interior looked dark, cavernous and claustrophobic. The crispy Dungeness crab rolls in lettuce was tasteless and I didn't note any crab. The shrimp with vegetables main course was anemic with few tiny shrimp and an equal portion of eggplant, mushroom and onions. If it weren't for the rice I had to order and pay for separately, I would have left hungry, not just disappointed. SF is full of great restaurants. I would recommend going elsewhere.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mergatroyde
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I love Le Colonial in Manhattan, and I've just discovered that Le Colonial in San Francisco is just as special. Warm, inviting Victorian-era decor; a fantastic walled outdoor space (with cozy heat lamps and a glass roof); a supercool upstairs lounge with live jazz -- I would go even if the food were medicre. But the food is spectacular. I have eaten everything on the Manhattan Le Colonial menu more than once, and it is all fresh, interesting and delicious. The menu in San Francisco is almost identical, and the food is equally delectable. Some reviews caution that some dishes would benefit from a higher level of spice, but I've found that the addition of chili-based sauces, always offered, brings up the heat when I'm in the mood. A+++!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet