The renovated Le Soleil is
The renovated Le Soleil is a a great restaurant. The menu has been stripped down to one page of very tasty and well-prepared items, although the Chef, when asked, will prepare favorites from the older menu such as Crab Fried Rice (awesome). The decor has been updated as well. The prices are a bit higher but still reasonable. And the restaurant is now packed most of the time, indicating that people will pay a bit more for nicer surrouindings, and a menu where every item is special.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic and delightful Vietnamese
Wonderful Vietnamese cuisine without MSG! Le Soleil exceeded my expectations - the food was delicious and the service was impeccable. The chef is a genius and gently coaxes out maximum flavor of the food by using fresh premium ingredients, and classic cooking techniques.
3/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Le Soleil specializes in excellent food, well prepares and very tasty. A neighborhood restaurant with a great kitchen.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everyone in our party really enjoyed their meals. I have been coming here for many years, however, and miss their less "fancy" menu and related pricing. But this is a crowd pleaser!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a special treat! All
What a special treat! All the food was outstanding and the service couldn't have been more accommodating! Looking forward to a return visit.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's back & it's GOOD
Several previous incarnations of Le Soleil struggled and failed, but we have been back to the new one three times and love it!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
It made my Father's Day
We have been coming to Le Soleil for some time now. Food is always solid. Service is prompt and polite.
As a business owner myself, I am glad to see that there are people out there that really care.
It really was a finishing touch to my already great Father's Day!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
There was two of us for lunch and we ordered 4 dishes- an app, a salad, a soup noodle and a rice plate. Everything was super tasty and I wanted to order more but was too full. I must come back to try everything. Sooo good :)
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Time, Very Impressed
For a Sunday lunch, after walking down from Golden Gate Park and thru the farmer's market in front of the restaurant, this was a great place. The food was wonderful - get the shrimp rice krispies! crunchy outside and creamy smooth inside; beautiful presentation on skewers. Hubby had 2 bowls of the coconut chicken soup - alluring notes of 5 spices gave it that very "asian" flavor. Chef/owner came out to talk about his dishes, which as a foodie/diner, you always appreciate.
We would go back to this one when we are in town.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience. Interesting combinations and really tasty. Our party of 6 all enjoyed our meals. The stand-outs were the curry short ribs, the vegetarian curry and the glazed Sea Bass.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Niece came to run in marathon and we wanted to eat near where she was staying. Used Google search and found this place. Took a chance and was very pleased. Staff was very friendly, food excellent.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great taste, good presentation
Had dinner with small group of family and friends. Menu offers choices for meat, poultry, and seafood lovers as well as vegetarians. We ordered several appetizers and had beef, lamb chops,short ribs,grilled portobello, and spicy chicken coconut soup. As advertised, the menu is a fusion of French and Vietnamese cuisine and a very good at at!
I've got to try all the entrees we have ordered and liked each of them, although I found caramelized lamb chops a bit dry on the outside per my taste, but the meat inside was done perfectly well. My favorite was "shaken beef": really good balance between traditional Vietnamese take and French souse.
Staff is very friendly and attentive.
Excellent place for a dinner and a conversation!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty & Refined Food
The food here uses high quality ingredients, wonderful flavor profiles and presented in a sophisticated manner. Favorites include shaking beef, the miso cod and imperial rolls. The rice crispy shrimp appetizer is also interesting with a very crisp outer coating that shatters and a shrimp paste filling that contrasts well. The tea selection is also wonderful - my favorite is the jasmine tea with a lovely floral fragrance (exactly what you expect from jasmine tea) and a light flavor. If you are in this inner Richmond neighborhood, Le Soleil is a place you should seek out. We are likely to become regulars.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dinner at Le Soleil was, as always, a great treat. Our favorite dish was the carmelized sea bass, the best I have ever had. It was excellent with large, flavorful chunks that melted in your mouth. Whoever selects their wines is a connisseur and, although the list is not long, it is all-star. We chose a sauvignon blanc that was rich, fruity and like velvet on the tongue. Vietnamese coffee capped the evening. Dinner was made very special by our waitress, who was extra attentive and friendly.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasty and reasonably priced
Good food with nice authentic and interesting favors. Everything was pleasingly plated and presented. Water glass was kept consistently filled. Server was very attentive. Fish was cooked to perfection.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The joy of over-the-top service
The woman who served us was, without a doubt, the best either of us has ever experienced. The food was outstanding.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Total of six for dinner. Two families of three each counting one pre-K child in each family. The restaurant is not optimized for children (e.g. no kid's menu, no crayons, etc.). There were at least two other tables with young children.
Summary. We really enjoyed the food. I do not understand why the lines for Burma Superstar are as long as they are and I do not understand why more people do not come to La Soleil. We had a terrific meal.
Shaken Beef and Eggplant were particularly nice. Service was a bit slow after we got through dinner. Dessert seemed to take forever and when it came, the two dishes we ordered for the table came out separately - ten or so minutes apart (when you are managing two kids, this is noticeable).
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM