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About Le Colonial - SF
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.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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.
(721 Sutter Street is our alternate entrance for Bar & Lounge)
Taylor and Jones
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Live music: Monday - Friday from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
House DJ: Friday & Saturday nights from 10:00 - 2:00 a.m.
$6 for the first hour $2 hours for each additional 1/2 hour. $18 maximum.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Le Colonial - SF unveils new bar bites menu. Join us in our lounge to sample chef ‘s new bar bites menu! Our new bar bites menus features small plate selections of delicious Vietnamese inspired dishes.
Le Colonial - SF is available for private parties such as weddings, receptions and anniversary or birthday celebrations as well as for corporate events or business dinners.
Le Colonial - SF Ratings and Reviews
This is one of my favorite restaurants in SF. Usually the food is outstanding but I was a little disappointed with it this time. The beef in the spring rolls was dry, tough and tasteless. The broth in the shrimp, scallop and fish dish tasted kind of weird.
I will definitely go back but hope the taste improves.
Food was excellent. Drinks were excellent. Only caveat would be re: the service. Our waitress was a bit rude (she incorrectly placed an order for a friend I was dining with—but I heard her order the crab cakes, not the fish rolls—and she tried to blame it on my dining partner...). Still, the food far outshone the slightly less-than-welcoming service.
Our Uber driver recommended Le Colonial to us when we were visiting SF - he said it's hidden down an alley and if you didn't know it was there you'd never find it. He's completely right, but I'm so glad he recommended and we went looking!
Was a fantastic experience, exquisite service and a unique dining experience from a group who eat out a lot in New York and Los Angeles. Give it a go, you won't regret the hunt to find it!
We enjoyed our anniversary meal very much! The host and wait staff were elegant and gracious, and made it special. The food was better than most in that price range. The brussel sprouts and GF crab cakes with mai tai and mojita was a lovely start. The lemongrass chicken came with lotsa vegies and was sublime. The sea bass in banana leaf with sweet potato noodles and vegies was divine. When the waitress incorrectly brought me a second drink the host came back with it as a gift. Very special place, classic environment but top notch in modern dining. Only minus was- The desserts looked meh.
Our service felt rushed like we were in a low-brow restaurant; she was asking for our dinner order before even serving our drinks. We were all given the other person's beverage and one non-drinker was mistakenly given champagne(!) instead of the sparkling water ordered. My salmon was cooked perfectly, but the plate was over-sauced, including the vegetables. Our appetizer was bland and underwhelming. Worst, my coat was knocked on the floor twice by the staff and yet I was not offered the coat check service they have available. I normally love this restaurant and leave this review to be constructive. Overall, I was disappointed and will go elsewhere when we have company in town. Maybe it was an off-night, but yikes. We've had much better experiences in the past. Saving grace was that the cocktails and wine were great (best mai tai ever) and our conversation saved the evening. I'll go back, but will try somewhere else next time.
We were surprised and delighted to see the lovely interior and taste the delicious food of Le Colonial. Truly a neighborhood gem and a fun surprise to discover in an otherwise dark alley. We felt like we had stepped into another time and place - like Paris or Miami. Everything was fantastic. Only negative interaction was with one particular waiter who seemed disgruntled and refused to ask the chef about a potential dessert alteration for an allergy. ("Well, I'd need to go talk to the chef about doing that, so.... just coffee then?"). Really inconsistent with the rest of the staff, who were great, and the otherwise lovely ambiance of the establishment.
Le Colonial will impress you right when you walk in and go up the stairs. You will see a grand patio with lush plants, plush sofas and outdoor dining tables as you pass through on your way to the main entrance in front. Unfortunately, that left us wanting more and we were disappointed right when we walked in and saw that spacing was cramped and the noise level was very high. The decor is classy with a mix of Vietnamese and French motifs, but the main reason we came was for the food, which overall disappointed. We had crab cakes for appetizers, which were very good. The entrees we had were the Bo Loc Luc (Shaken Beef) and the Salmon with papaya salad and mango sauce. We wanted the beef cooked medium well and somehow that came out charred on the outside. The dish was also a bit over salted. The salmon dish was just okay, nothing that stood out. The best part of the meal was the dessert crepe we had, which was very soft, smooth and went well with the sauce. When the best parts of the meal are the appetizer and dessert, it just leaves you wanting, especially when the bill comes to a bit over $100. We would go back only to try their pho, but other than that not much else.
We picked up a friend from SFO who was passing through on an international flight. We made reservations at Le Colonial for 10:45 PM. This is their last seating. Once I made the reservations online, the restaurant called me right away to let me know that the kitchen closes at 10:45 pm and to try our best to get there by 10:45 pm. We dashed over and arrived right at 10:45 pm and although we were warned ahead of time, we were rushed to place our orders. Our waiter was pleasant and tried his best to be helpful. I think the restaurant should reconsider their last seating to allow their customers more time to order. I literally had 5 minutes to decide what to order and it was a little bit stressful. Maybe they should make their last seating at 10:30 to avoid the rush. The food we ordered was delicious. Thankfully, I have been to this restaurant a hand full of times over the years. Can't go wrong with the cubed filet mignon and the sea bass! The fried rice, noodles and appetizer platter are all wins. Enjoy your visit and try to avoid the last seating OR know exactly what you're going to order ahead of time.
We always go here before attending a show at the Geary Street Theater. We shared a yummy appetizer: fried shrimp and scallop rolls. My husband ordered the steak and had to return it...the meat was very tough! He ordered another main dish which was very tasty. For my main course, I had the mini crabcakes, an appetizer....very nice! We were seated, for the first time, in the back dining room...quiet, nice service...but very dark! Good place for a tasty dinner!
A very secluded gem[was Trader Vics, way back], great flavors are abundant, as part of a French/Vietnam interpretation---The CHEFS Appetizer , Is not to be missed[5 items, for two people ]---Tate, our server was a real pro, and very helpful!!! --Simply, a great food and wine experience, and worth my very rare , complete 5 star rating--J--
Met up w/ inlaws from LA so it was already a special evening. 3 of the 4 of us r vegans which was accommodated beautifully. All the food was well prepared w/ lots of flavor. There was a mixup on one order which was graciously handled. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Can't wait to return.
We were visiting SF from LA for a 4 day weekend and one of my co-workers highly recommended having dinner there. We re so happy we did.
Here's what we enjoyed:
The tasting platter
Service was exceptional
I recommended this place to another co-worker. Hope they came.
Look forward to our next visit!
We were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere of this restaurant. There is outdoor dinning on a patio with heat lamps as you enter; the inside space is also much nicer than your average Vietnamese restaurant. The prices are also above average.
I was disappointed, however, with the food. I expect French Vietnamese food to have more French flair. Also, usually Vietnamese food has much lighter sauces and incorporates more fresh vegetables than Chinese food. At La Colonel, the dishes and sauces seemed much closer to Chinese fare. My tofu dish came with a very heavy brown sauce. The veggies we're cooked and suspended in that heavy sauce. The dish was served on lettuce that was limp. The tasting appetizer entree (for 2 that my partner wanted to try) had spring rolls, another fried vegetable thing and spare ribs.-- not enough Viet items. The cocktails were $15 dollars but very good.
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