Le Colonial - SF

4.5
3176 reviews
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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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BG
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Just so so. The food was slightly generic and uninspired. The ambience and service are nice, though.

BE
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always make a point to dine here whenever we come to San Francisco and are never disappointed. In this occasion we invited my wife’s nephew and his fiancée, both recent transplants to the Bay Area from the Washington D.C. metro area. The service the food, and the ambiance were perfect. They will be returning; my only regret they will have more opportunities to dine than my wife and I.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded a day ago

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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RR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Le Colonial on Saturday night! We had a lovely corner table in the main dining room. The service was very attentive and the food was delicious. We have the pot stickers and dumplings for appetizers and both had the sea bass wrapped in banana leaves. They were all perfectly prepared.
We did not have dessert but did enjoy the Vietnamese coffee! Great night out!!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded 5 days ago

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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w
Des Moines
27 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, romantic setting. Great French-Vietnamese cuisine.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded 3 days ago

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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NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was so good! really big, cool space. Gota get those donuts for dessert!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded 5 days ago

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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KB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and the band upstairs was terrific. Kudos to the bartender who went out of her way to be accommodating

Le Colonial - SF
Responded 6 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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SM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good value and too much food using the Travelzoo voucher. Service was attentive. The room was too dark to see the menu and bill comfortably. Enjoyed the accessible, tasty rack of lamb, crab balls, and chicken soup.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded 6 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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DB
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and happy hour at the bar was a nice surprise. Wait staff was very friendly and prompt. Had a great dinner and would go back for business or fun.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded 3 days ago

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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MB
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous evening at Le Colonial. The food was delicious and the staff amazing. They even managed to handle an extremely loud and obnoxious man at the table beside us. We were very impressed

Le Colonial - SF
Responded 6 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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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience overall for birthday celebration!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded 6 days ago

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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BJ
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely hideaway in the heart of the city. We enjoyed a delicious Vietnamese-style meal in a high-end venue, where we were impressed with the attentive staff and the comfortable surroundings. It's a splendid place for a date.

LM
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food and service.
The location is a little bit scary, surrounded by a lot of homeless people and nearby an ally.
Despite that you will be served with good appetizers and a delicious vietnamita noodles soup.

AL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have loved this venue. Nothing has happened to change my opinion.

I
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Colonial has been our favorite restaurant for years and last Tuesdays reminded us why. It was excellent as we remembered. The service, ambiance and drinks and food were exceptional. Very surprised that most people we told we were going to Le Colonial had never been. The French Vietnamese fusion talking about elevating Vietnamese cuisine!!! Complements to the chef is all we can say. Thank you for keeping the quality consistent thought the years.

E
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Shrimp curry had 4 shrimp, a slice of mushroom and a slice of eggplant and a LOT of potatoes. Good spices , but not a good balance.

JA
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited with a friend who had dined there last year. Everything was terrific. Amazing service, excellent and varied menu and food and very reasonable by SF standards. Beautiful outdoor dining atrium and spacious indoor dining. The garlic noodles were the best I'd ever tasted.

DB
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Another fine meal. I’m from the East Coast, and whenever I’m in SF I stay at one of the many hotels near Union Square.

Le Colonial is walkable from any of those places, and has late seating, so it’s very convenient. I Love the ambience. I expect a character from a Graham Greene novel to appear any moment. This is probably my fourth visit over the past three years.

The food is very good, and upscale but nothing especially spectacular. It’s “mom cooking” if you’re Vietnamese
Mother went to culinary school.

M
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!!

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SB
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exactly everything the site stated. Every person thought their meals which included different appetizers, three different entrees and three different deserts were delicious and definitely worth recommending. I will make this restaurant one of my go tos for sure. Very convenient for parking.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded 6 days ago

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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MW
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A really beautiful ambiance and good Vietnamese food

CC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Old school fine dining for an affordable price.n The restaurant is beautiful and very large. Great for a date and groups. The food is not new or exciting, but it is reasonable for the price and quality. A few of the dishes showed up luke warm because they insisted on serving the whole table (we had a large table) at the same time. The wait staff was not friendly at first but opened up after we received our entrees. They also have a fun bar with swing music upstairs. Overall, I would return; BUT the restaurant lacks the luster to become a regular favorite.

MS
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

There is definitely better food elsewhere, but the ambiance is lovely.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded 6 days ago

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience was really cool. The service was excellent as was the food preparation. We will be back!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on July 22, 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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JW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as usual! Love this quaint restaurant!!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on July 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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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service!

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on July 22, 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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JM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Main entree portions very small for price. Not like before. Once waiter realized we weren't ordering wine, ordering cocktail instead, we never really saw him again, and balance of meal was atteneded by busboys.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on July 22, 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.

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VJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I brought my wife to Le Colonial for an anniversary dinner. The food and the service were exceptional. The staff was attentive and very pleasant. This was my fourth time eating at Le Colonial. I had had client events there in the past. It was the first time my wife dined there and she thought the food was some of the best she had ever tasted. We both look forward to returning to Le Colonial soon.

Le Colonial - SF
Responded 6 days ago

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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A
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
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 on July 17, 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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SO
San Francisco
35 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 on July 15, 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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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.

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

Excellent food and friendly and unpretentious service - highly recommend

Le Colonial - SF
Responded on July 15, 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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KB
Los Angeles
7 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.

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.

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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T
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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d
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.

VV
New York Area
27 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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