Le Colonial - SF

4.5
3149 reviews
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Vietnamese
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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San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was beyond beyond. The service was wonderful. And the food presentation was instagrammable. We will go back for sure!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking some of your valuable time to provide fellow consumers with your rich perspective. We appreciate the feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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SO
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A true international and classic SF experience. Creative food and a location that makes one feel as though it's a secret.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded 4 days ago

It was a pleasure to have you as one of our guests and hope to have the same opportunity often in the future. We appreciate your kind words about our staff and how you enjoyed your visit.

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

I have been going to this restaurant for many years. When it takes 90 minutes to get dinner, something is seriously wrong with the service and management. I had to go up to the front desk twice to ask first for the other half of our appetizer order, and then to ask if they were actually going to serve us dinner.

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V
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and friendly and unpretentious service - highly recommend

Le Colonial - SF
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for visiting with us. It is always pleasing when our customers elect to write a review so our future customers can see what we are all about… thank you. We appreciate your comments about our pricing, service and products.

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KB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience with the service making suggestions to accommodate the table, perfect engagement during client dinner with party of 5 and food quality outstanding. We had appetizer sampler for 5 and we all chose chilean sea bass ~ outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Menu, meals were amazing and service was great

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you for visiting us. It's always nice to learn that we have exceeded expectations and especially on such an important occasion as your event. We never lose sight that you, as all of our guests, especially now due to the wonders of the web, have a range of options available to you when seeking out a business to meet your needs. Therefore, your praise today means more than ever.

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JC
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pork skewers were amazing, as were the Filet Mignon Neef Cubes.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on July 10, 2019

Every review like yours helps us get the word out that we represent great value and caring service. Thank you

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C
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Stick with the restaurants specialties and you can't go wrong. The sea bass in banana leaf was delicious as were the garlic shrimp noodles. However, avoid the appetizer sampler. It sounds wonderful, but for the price at $16 per person for five mediocre bites, it is outrageously overpriced for what is offered. The same can be said for the wine list. A simple, quite adequate Provencal rose which would sell for less than $15 a bottle just about anywhere was marked up to an eye popping $47 a bottle and it was one of the least expensive wines on the list. Pick and choose carefully and you can have a lovely evening, good for quiet conversation in a beautifully appointed setting.

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J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FLAWLESS food. Every single bite was worth the trip. Made our special occasion that much more special. We had and highly recommend the Filet Mignon Cubes (known as "Shaking Beef" at most vietnamese restaurants), brussels sprouts that were spicy and sweet, garlic noodles, coconut rice, pot stickers and spring rolls. A couple of people in our party had drinks and all had desserts. Out the door for $320 (before tip, it was $260 for 4 people). We will definitely be back!! Well worth it.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on July 5, 2019

The first thing we do each morning as a service team is check out and review our reviews. What a way for us to start the day....that is by reading what you wrote about what we offer the public and the manner in which we serve....our greatest asset....our clientele. Please revisit us time and time again and feel free to introduce yourself so that we may thank you in person.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Le Colonial brings you to Saigon! The food is incredible, the service is fabulous and the ambiance is wonderful! I highly recommend it! Plus there is a parking lot so parking is not an issue!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on July 5, 2019

We are honored by the review you posted about your experience with us. While we are constantly told face to face how much customers enjoy our service, it takes a very special person to proclaim to the online world that they should check us out. You are one of those individuals and we are proud that you do business with us.

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San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a pleasant place to dine. The food is very tasty and the service is efficient and friendly. The atmosphere is beautiful, with several different venues that offer a range of experiences. The outdoor dining is protected from the wind, has heat lamps, and feels more 'old world' than just sitting on a sidewalk. The bar upstairs offers options also. Portions are ample and we were very pleased with our dining experience. It is also a haven from the noisy restaurants that are too common in SF.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on July 2, 2019

Every day we count our blessings that our business attracts such nice and kind hearted patrons like you. That you would take your time to so generously honor our staff is totally appreciated. We are believers that within each review one gets a glimpse of the character and quality of the reviewer as well as that which they review. That being the case....we can only hope that our business is near the quality that you represent.

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SO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I used to go to Le Colonial a lot but hadn't been in a year or so. The quality of the food has gone way down, nothing was good. The service was great, the wine was superb but the food was really bad.

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VV
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out. ..awesome dinner

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 28, 2019

That you would choose our business for such an important family occasion is quite pleasing to us. Even more rewarding is the reaction that you indicate that your entire party had regarding your visit with us. Wow...does this make us happy. We believe all guests should both expect and receive a high level of service. Thanks for sharing your memorable experience with others.

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VW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Excellent crab roll and papaya salad. Seabass entre was dry and lacked seasoning, Duck was cooked perfectly but was too sweet via sauces. Cocktails were nice. Waiter was thoughtful. Lovely setting.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 28, 2019

We consider reviews by actual customers to be an important part of our business because it reflects upon how well we serve our customers. We will continue to work extremely hard to please everyone who comes through our doors.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was good, atmosphere was nice, service was good, price was high

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 28, 2019

By your own words you gave our business a so-so rating. Please email me what it would take to get a five star rating in terms of what we are not doing so we can continue to improve. As to pricing, we are competitive with other fine dining restaurants.

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P
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for French Vietnamese food in a quiet atmosphere. The quantities are substantial and the dishes are beautifully presented.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 27, 2019

Thank you so much for your recent visit and subsequent wonderful praise. Feedback, especially from such well-spoken customers like you, is not only invaluable to those researching businesses like ours, but is also important to us. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your comments and feedback with us. Thanks again.

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M
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We had not eated at Le Colonial for about a year, in the past we enjoyed our meals there.

Maybe we had a off night as it was a Sunday evening.

The waiter was robotic, no warmth or smiles, never came by to check on out food or if we needed anything else.

I requested the Halibut to be cooked all the way through, it came roasted to a solid brick...over cooked. My wife's sea bass was better without much flavor. The fried rice was flavorless and dry.

There are to many excellent restaurant choices in SF for us to return to Le Colonial.

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KB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the most hidden gems in SF. Food is to die for. Service was better than good. Ambience is great. Their cocktails are fun. Slightly pricey but what in SF isn't? I keep coming back when I go to theater or just meet a friend or relative who is visiting SF. Enjoy

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 24, 2019

We deeply appreciate your very positive review of our business. We are very pleased that you got to enjoy many favorite aspects of what we have to offer. It is always most rewarding to hear directly from our customers and especially those willing to provide their positive perspective with the online world and beyond. Please revisit us soon and often.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s our go-to! Fantastic food and great dinner spot for visiting guests.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on July 2, 2019

Thank you for selecting us and for revealing your positive view of our business with others. We strive to deserve accolades like yours every single day and we will never tire of hearing that we please our treasured customers and clientele

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b
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

We have dined here several times and this will be our last. The service was poor, long breaks between courses, and multiple times there were plates not cleared. The appetizers were bland- I had to ask for dipping sauce to give flavor to the spring rolls, the papaya salad barely was dressed and sea bass was mushy. The cheesecake was the highlight . It was our 5 year anniversary and there was not even a hint of congrats. Shame on you all around

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 27, 2019

We appreciate that there are many competitive businesses to ours and therefore we are delighted that you visited us. This is all the more reason why we are very saddened that you did not have the positive experience that you and all of our clientele deserve. Regarding your situation, I humbly ask that you provide us with another opportunity to validate that our reputation for a world class experience is deserved.

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c
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

very noisy and very average food--would not recommend

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 28, 2019

Thank you for writing your review of our business. We are very concerned with the experience you describe. Rest assured that all reviews, especially critical ones, are treated as top priority by me and our staff. We owe our very existence to how our clientele regard us and we will continue to do everything in that relentless pursuit.

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RH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience from the decor to the food to the service. Ordered the sea bass and it was unbelievable. Also don't pass up the crab cakes.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 24, 2019

What a terrific review. You covered virtually every aspect of what we think a customer should be evaluating when choosing a business such as ours. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks again

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here several times, and to the Chicago branch. I love to make a meal of their appetizers. My favorite is the pork belly. This time I had the Beef soup as well which was fantastic. The service is fine and friendly. It seems more expensive than I remember, but that seems true all over San Francisco. The place always reminds me a bit of the Raffles Long Bar in Singapore.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 24, 2019

Thank you for both your patronage and for posting such generous comments regarding our business. We work very hard to ensure that we please wonderful customers like you. Thank you for validating that we are accomplishing that goal.

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v
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food! Great hidden location!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 21, 2019

I would like to extend on behalf of our entire organization our gratitude for your continued patronage. Your comments regarding our business is most appreciated. We are thrilled that you feel led to share your comments with fellow consumers. Thank you.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with a smile!!!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 21, 2019

I see that you visited our business last week. We appreciate your conveying thoughts with fellow consumers who hopefully might be our future satisfied customers as well. As you probably realize, consumer reviews are the number one determinant for influencing other consumers. Thanks and thanks again for your patronage.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little pricy, but no complaints about any of the dishes or the service.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 24, 2019

Suggested Reply Thank you for your kind words about Le Colonial. It is always a great pleasure to hear that we are serving our customers well. We look forward to serving you again soon. Gratefully,Le Colonial

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SR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Almost Excellent experience as we have come to expect and appreciate. Food was perfect. Terrific ambiance. Only less than perfect experience was our server. She must have been having a bad day. Just a bit edgy and frustrated but not sure why. We will be back!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you for taking some of your valuable time to provide fellow consumers with your rich perspective. We appreciate the feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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GS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I was so disappointed, I took my son for a special evening. The server was inexperienced and out of her depth. I go to Le Colonial in Chicago very often and also NYC. This experience was much lower than either of those locations. The menu is a bit different, but when a server is disinterested, uniformed, rude, and clueless, the experience takes on a new low.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing place to celebrate an anniversary!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 13, 2019

It was a pleasure to have you as one of our guests and hope to have the same opportunity often in the future. We appreciate your kind words about our staff and how you enjoyed your visit.

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 9, 2019

Thank you for recently recommending our business and for sharing with the online consumer community your positive experience. Please introduce yourself next time you visit as we would like to extend our appreciation in person

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This is the third location I’ve tried Le Colonial. I must admit every time the restaurant is more attractive to look at than the food is tasty.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 11, 2019

We consider reviews by actual customers to be an important part of our business because it reflects upon how well we serve our customers. We will continue to work extremely hard to please everyone who comes through our doors.

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D
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the food and ambiance at ale Colonial. The jazz combo playing in upstairs bar was an added treat.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 11, 2019

Thank you for visiting with us. It is always pleasing when our customers elect to write a review so our future customers can see what we are all about… thank you. We appreciate your comments about our pricing, service and products

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j
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never fails to deliver a great meal and ambiance. We did the appetizer platter for two at $32 and soup for dinner, which was $14 each. It was delicious.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 2, 2019

Thank you for visiting us. It's always nice to learn that we have exceeded expectations and especially on such an important occasion as your event. We never lose sight that you, as all of our guests, especially now due to the wonders of the web, have a range of options available to you when seeking out a business to meet your needs. Therefore, your praise today means more than eve

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P
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A WONDERFUL DINING EXPERIENCE
This was our third visit. We have enjoyed them all. But, for some reason (maybe that it was our anniversary), this visit was the best. All of the components of a great dining experience were present:
•Food: Fresh, high quality ingredients perfectly prepared and nicely presented on quality tableware. Compact menu with Vietnamese classics with clear French influence.
•Ambiance: Interior appears to have been transported from 1930 Saigon. Subtle Art Deco influences. It’s soothing, yet somewhat exciting. It can get a bit noisy if the restaurant is full (mostly hard surfaces throughout). But, for whatever reason, the noise seems less intrusive than most other places.
•Service: Professional, knowledgeable, and efficient without being stuffy.
•Overall, Le Colonial manages to feel “special” and it delivers on all counts.
It is a bit on the expensive side, with most entrees $30 and up. Appetizers/salads/rolls range from $12 to $16. Non-entrée servings are more than enough for two to share.
Full bar with standard SF pricing and a multiple award-winning wine list (wine book, actually). I didn’t review the entire list. But, from what I did review, it appears that prices start at $50. We had a very nice 1916 Talbot, Monterrey County, Pinot Noir for $55.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on June 5, 2019

Every review like yours helps us get the word out that we represent great value and caring service. Thank you

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LP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been wanting to try a Vietnamese place with a different Vietnamese flare... If the makes sense and this place gave us a religious experience!

Everything we tried was devine! And we recommend, you must try the pork belly and the garlic noodles!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on May 28, 2019

We are honored by the review you posted about your experience with us. While we are constantly told face to face how much customers enjoy our service, it takes a very special person to proclaim to the online world that they should check us out. You are one of those individuals and we are proud that you do business with us.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience. Expensive.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on May 28, 2019

Every day we count our blessings that our business attracts such nice and kind hearted patrons like you. That you would take your time to so generously honor our staff is totally appreciated. We are believers that within each review one gets a glimpse of the character and quality of the reviewer as well as that which they review. That being the case....we can only hope that our business is near the quality that you represent.

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SG
London
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Nice atmosphere but disappointing Pho, and over priced

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WC
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as always....our favorite spot in the city.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on May 28, 2019

That you would choose our business for such an important family occasion is quite pleasing to us. Even more rewarding is the reaction that you indicate that your entire party had regarding your visit with us. Wow...does this make us happy. We believe all guests should both expect and receive a high level of service. Thanks for sharing your memorable experience with others.

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m
Key West
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large dinner and everything went well, thanks to attentive staff, effecient food preparation
so we di dno have to wait long for each course and of course the food was delicious.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you for selecting us and for revealing your positive view of our business with others. We strive to deserve accolades like yours every single day and we will never tire of hearing that we please our treasured customers and clientele

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AC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent restaurant!!!
Loved it!!! Great ambience, delicious food, beautiful restaurant and great service!!!!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on May 22, 2019

We deeply appreciate your very positive review of our business. We are very pleased that you got to enjoy many favorite aspects of what we have to offer. It is always most rewarding to hear directly from our customers and especially those willing to provide their positive perspective with the online world and beyond. Please revisit us soon and often.

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