Le Colonial - SF

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$31 to $50
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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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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Serving limited A la carte Menu & Chef’s Specials. 721Lounge Opens at 345pm with – No Entertainment Credit Card required for parties of any sizes with $20/person cancellation fee with 24 hours’ notice.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 3260 People Are Saying
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MR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit and our party of four loved it!!!
Service was great also. Jed was great!

DW
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute you walk in until the minute you leave, the experience is always wonderful. The service is five star, the food is unique and was very good. It’s a little gem in the city, so if you get a chance to go, I highly recommend it. We had the Seabass in banana leaves which was delicious, the garlic noodles and several of the other dishes. We’ll be back!!

DD
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food was amazing. Will definitely return for special occasions. It was raining on the night we went, but would like to sit outside on a night with nice weather.

CG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Because of the ambience and the high prices on the menu, we were expecting something exquisite. The food was good, but not excellent. The soup, tasty but a bit too salty; the vegetables and sauce with my halibut dish were delightful, but the fish itself was dry; my husband's steamed bass in banana leaf was the only dish that came close to expectations. If I were to rate the restaurant on the personnel alone, I'd give it top marks. They were courteous, friendly, accommodating....

CD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a special experience. The food - all of it - was spectacular. Best crab cakes I’ve ever had. Everyone loved their dishes. The service was equally terrific. Attentive but low key, no request was a problem, water was kept filled, questions were promptly answered, timing of delivery and presentation was perfect. We LOVED it and will be sure to make Le Colonial a stop any time we are in the area.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing. The place is beautiful. Maybe it was because we weren’t dressed up (jeans and jacket), but after we told them we’re cold and had been hiking all day they sat us towards the front door in a beautiful window with a crazy cold draft. I spent most of the dinner trying to stay warm. The food was incredible however. I’ll definitely bring visiting friends here for the experience :)

MS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food & service are always exceptional! My friend with thier friends & me will always come back !!

P
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We have enjoyed dining at Le Colonial many times. Our last dinner there was delicious! We enjoyed the Sea Bass wrapped in banana leaves, the stir fried brussels sprouts, the noodles with Dungeness Crab, and the Pot Stickers. The only disappointing part was the table where they sat us. There were many other great tables available but we were told those were all reserved, even though most remained empty 2 hours later when we left. I hope the restaurant staff is able to get a better handle on managing reservations and seating.

AB
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splendid upscale Vietnamese Restaurant. Excellent quality ingredients and presentation from the chef and lovely cocktail compilation from the bar. We ordered the appetizer sampler which was AH-MAZING. I ordered the chicken curry which 9/10 but the prawns noodles were INCREDIBLE!! Would recommend 100%!! Big thank to the Algerian/French waiter who was impeccable in his service and so kind.

DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Favorite place in sf, absolutely enjoyable. Highly recommend

LD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for that business dinner with a flare for good mix of tastes. There was something for everyone, vegetarian to meat lovers. Timing of the dishes spaced well to allow us to share in some great wines and attentive staff. Still a favorite for the mix of french and asian.

FL
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect table. Delicious food!

ST
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in San Francisco. The crab rolls appetizer should not be missed!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing ambience, music, bar and a place for business dinners. It really has everything you need from a romantic dinner to client entertainment.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic experience!

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated an early thanksgiving with my family here. As always, the service was excellent. The fish in banana leaf and fried spring rolls were delicious, accompanied with coconut rice and followed by coffee filled donuts. The cocktails were pretty and tasty. All in all a good dinner with great ambiance. This is one of my go to spots in SF for special occasions.

N
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food is getting inconsistent these days. Personally I'm not particularly fond of this season's side vegetable preparation with mango, pineapple, tamarind, etc. because I'm not a fan of sweet and sour sauces. The duck breast I had is also over cooked so it's chewy. The clay pot salmon is also underwhelming because the fish is overcooked but the sauce and flavors is not cooked through into the fish and guess what a sweet sauce again. It's sad to see the new chefs are adding so much sugar nowadays. The side dishes are delicious.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere and wonderful service from Soledad
Food not as fresh and full of flavor as it could be

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. Le Colonial is a gem!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on November 12, 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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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing! Highly recommend.

T
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistent and delicious, great cocktails

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

An all around great experience in a delightful setting. The food was, as usual, excellent, except for my favorite garlic noodles which were not up to their typical standards.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on November 12, 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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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great- impressive for our OOT guests.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was cold, service patchy and the noise is high. Won’t go there any more

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great food in an awesome setting. It was a quite night as it was Halloween but will be back

RK
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Le Colonial!!! It’s definitely one of my favorite places in San Francisco. The Brussel sprouts are soooooo special!!! We also love the snapper and the sea bass. And make sure to save room for the dessert. The banana thing is to die for!!!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Le Colonial has been a must meal on each annual/semi-annual visit to San Francisco for the past 6 years.
Most disappointing experience this time. Ambience was wonderful as expected as we entered for a 8p Sunday evening reservation. Restaurant was packed mostly with ateendees from my own 8,000 person Surgical Congress. Disappointed that each speciality offering ordered would be reported as not available sequentially after order had been placed; understandable given the crowd size. Our real disappointment however was the absolute lack of the expected delicate Viatnamese flavors present in all of the three dishes shared by our party; this would extend even to the seafood fried rice. All food was reduced to the level of a take out menu from a small establishment in Chinatown. Le Colonial is now off my list.

B
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciously prepared, presented and tasting food. This is the fourth time I've been here and I've never been disappointed. Very elegant surroundings and feels like I would imagine a nice restaurant in colonial Vietnam would be.

NB
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Five colleagues and I walked to Le Colonial during a business trip. The restaurant was located down a side alley, so we laughed about it being "hidden" and it actually was a hidden gem. The servers were attentive, but gave us time to enjoy our conversation and meal. We all enjoyed an appetizer plate, drinks, and entrees that included lemongrass chicken, halibut, pork shoulder, prawns and garlic noodles, and fried rice. Everyone really enjoyed the experience. With tip, the meal was $502.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on October 29, 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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F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

anniversary

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on November 12, 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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a
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice place to go to get away from the "city feel" and enjoy delicious food. Vietnamese food is a favorite of mine and this menu provides a lot of choices.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on October 26, 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
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le colonial remains my go-to restaurant. Never gets old and always intriguing and new discovery every time! Superb cocktails (my fav Ah Nhi’s ghoast) and try the sampler! Sea bass in banana wrap is tried and true dish. Papaya salad, spring rolls, are all elegantly made and spiced perfectly. And the green beans...

AA
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a unique and romantic atmosphere, a fantastic place to take your partner for date night...so many trendy restaurants nowadays are so loud and lit up like a warehouse, Le Colonial recreates the classic golden age experience with fresh, inspired recipes. And the cocktails are out of sight!

AF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service1ambience4

The food was pretty good considering Vietnamese food is so hard to find in the city, but the service was absolutely terrible! We were a group of 6 and the total meal took 3 hours (20 mins just to get the bill). Great ambiance and decent food, but disappointed by service .

TD
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Definitely recommend

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on October 14, 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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IR
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really authentic looking decor. The food was wonderful. The red snapper served whole, lightly battered, fried, and seasoned with lemongrass and a ginger was superb. Flaky but never oily. Service was spot on. The wine list ample and affordable. Overall a delightful evening.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on October 14, 2019

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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TT
Dallas
113 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Worst service with good food.

Very disappointed. We waited for an hour for appetizers and another hour for our main courses. The restaurant was not busy at all. And I now know why.

F
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service we had a blast a lot of fun

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on October 15, 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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NN
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and professional staff. Our waiter was super helpful and welcoming. Food tasted great. We enjoyed everything that we had ordered, and especially the sample dessert! Highly recommended

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on October 24, 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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B
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always come here for dinner before going to the Geary St. Theater to see an A.C.T. play. The service here is excellent, welcoming and helpful. We shared the shrimp potstickers, as our appetizer, and they were delicious. My husband had a seafood curry that he said was very tasty. I had the crabcake appetizer as my main course and the crabcakes were yummy. We shared the coconut rice. For dessert, we shared two scoops of ice cream. My only complaint is that the dining room is way too dark. I had to use my flashlight to read the menu. I highly recommend this restaurant for delicious food and wonderful service.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on October 9, 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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