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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.

20 Cosmo Place
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Vietnamese, French

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)

Cross Street:
Taylor and Jones

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 931-3600

Website:
http://www.lecolonialsf.com/

Entertainment:
Live music: Monday - Friday from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
House DJ: Friday & Saturday nights from 10:00 - 2:00 a.m.

Parking Details:
$6 for the first hour $2 hours for each additional 1/2 hour. $18 maximum.

Executive Chef:
Jean-Paul Peluffo

Additional:
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.


Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (35)
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Good for a Date (30)
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Creative Cuisine (30)
Authentic (26)
Good for Birthdays (23)
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Pre/post Theatre (21)
Cozy (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Healthy (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Fun (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
People Watching (7)
Spicy (7)
Business Meals (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2018

This place is over-rated. I found the menu and flavors limited, a bit tired. Overall, Le Colonial fails to deliver a unique gastronomic experience the way other places honing on the flavors of Viet Nam (Brodard Chateau, as an example) do. What a disappointment!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 11, 2018

My party of four visited during a busy time at the restaurant but it never felt like we were rushed or unable to talk to one another. Everyone enjoyed the food a great deal. I had the Pot au Pho, which was the most sublime pho I've ever tasted.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Just had a wonderful dinner at Le Colonial! We ordered the Chef's sampler for appetizers, which included two different rolls, dumplings, tuna and pork ribs, all of them were very good, each with a special flavor. For main we had the lamb ribs and a side of fried rice; the lamb was so soft and the flavours were amazing! Finally we had the layer crepe cake, a bit sweet but with an espresso you have the perfect combination. Definitely a place that I would recommend and would love to visit again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

A unique and elegant restaurant, in an unexpected location and building. The food was outstanding!

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Hits the spot for reliable Vietnamese food. Cocktails are great. Go for the lamb and the shaking beef dish. Didn't have the bananas foster, but it looked spectacular and others I know recommend it.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 2, 2018

It was a great New Years dinner

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent food with refined dishes and a lot of variety
The atmosphere was very nice for NYE. Too bad the service was a bit long (although the staff indulged with a free glass of champagne to compensate for the waiting)

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Took way to long for our food, the staff was very lost and confused all night, and the food was horrible for the cost.

I would never recommend this place to anyone

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were referred to this place by the hotel staff. Never would we normally walk in a small dark alley and we had second thoughts, but we are glad we took the concierge word for it's worth. What a fantastic experience. Great food, excellent service and a true fun place. It transports you to another time in another location, we loved it.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and service! The rack of lamb is outstanding.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Pushy , service person , wanted us to order before ready several times ,,
Wanted to turn table
Long time before drinks arrived
Wrong food order delivered

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We enjoyed a spectacular meal at Le Colonial to celebrate our engagement. The restaurant made it an especially memorable evening and treated us to glasses of champagne and a great corner table. Highly recommend the brussels sprouts! Thanks so much for being so gracious!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The drinks are fabulous, the desserts are fabulous, the service and ambiance was really good, but the dinner entrees were simply... OK
I went to Le colonial in Houston and it was amazing, too bad this Le Colonial doesn’t have the same menu

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent evening out. Beautiful old-world building featuring tasty Vietnamese dishes. Appreciated when requested quiet table with reservations, the restaurant followed through.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We got seated in a separate dining room at a long table when we had requested round. The waiter spilled water all over me and was rude when we asked for a round table, which they said "had a reservation" and never ended up occupied.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Always one of my favorite restaurants in SF❣️ The Spice of Saigon is a wonderful gin and muddled peppercorn cocktail and the sea bass and Brussels sprouts are must haves❣️❣️❣️

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

The food is incredible, the service outstanding and the atmosphere in both the restaurant and lounge vibrant. I will definitely make the drive to SF to come here again!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 20, 2017

F9d was very good. Excellent fish and chicken and sweet potato dishes. The sea bass literally melted in your mouth.
Service was pretty mediocre. Not very attentive.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Absolutely love this place. My friend told me about it and I was more than impressed. Such a beautiful restaurant, great ambiance and very good food. We had some lovely and unique cocktails to start, followed by delicious crab and shrimp fried rolls - enough to share. Were eating light after a late lunch. Ended with soup and an amazing dessert. I will be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Menu could use some updates but they changes the sides, vegetables of the entrees and did a good job. Maybe it's time to try some daily specials. Execution of the dishes are good and solid. Already enjoy the food, the ambulance and the atmosphere here. Hate to it being left behind in the SF restaurant renaissance!

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Don't eat here!! The quality has diminished greatly over the years and the customer service is terrible. Dismissive attitudes and very unfriendly. Meat was tough and tasteless and vegetables were soaked in oil. Definitely not worth the high prices especially with so many wonderful restaurants in San Francisco. I also found the restaurant to be dirty. Lighting is dim to hide the cracks, grimy floor, chipped paint. Le Colonial needs a make over! They have been around for too long without making any updates. Don't waste your $$$$$ on the food or disappointing experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food. Excellent service. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Met an old friend from out of state here for a get together. They loved it and it was great to come back to an old haunt for me!

Our waitress was kind of a joke though. She seemed nice enough but not a well trained server. She basically served food across the table instead of by our side... more like you'd see in a diner vs a nice restaurant. My husband ordered a beer that he had in the bar upstairs and she said that they didn't serve it downstairs in the restaurant. Period. And when asked if he could order it she said she was too busy to get it.

We decided to eat family style and when we asked how many entrees we should order (party of 4) after we had already ordered a few appetizers she said 2, no 3, no 4... there wasn't much thought or advice there. She did eventually bring my husband that beer he wanted but then seemed like she wanted a big thank you.

That said, all of that made for lots of laughter and fun at her expense. It truly was funny! My husband is a veteren of fine dining, I am a veteran of the service industry as well and my old friend works in the international hotel industry so this comment is all coming from a place of plenty of experience. We made a comment to the manager as well who seemed to not care that much.

At the end, I'll come back b/c I have good memories of my early to late 20s with my friends, the location is beautiful and its just a neat spot. Hopefully it was her first week and she's still learning. We by the way, did not tip very well and hope that she understands why.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very slow service. Sat us uncomfortably close to another couple in an area that had an abundance or tables. Finished our first round of drinks and ordered another, they didn’t arrive until we were finishing dinner. Paid a premium for good food but sub par service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Fabulous rack of lamb and unintrusive service! We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We brought friends as our guests, all of us San Frandiscans then or now - they had never been, but have traveled extensively in Asia, & loved it, living in SF they will doubtless come again. We will come for BDs, anniversaries, etc...very cool, wonderful! Many thanks, the Burtons

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great food, worst service we've ever had dining out in SF. Totally unacceptable treatment, won't be back.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Some of the worst fine dining service I’ve had in a very long time. I will definitely not be coming back here again.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was very tasty. The place was pleasant and cozy.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food was really disappointing. Only 1 out of the 3 dishes were decent. The green beans were insanely over salted (and I am a salt fiend) they went crazy with the fish sauce and then a lot of salt. The tofu curry was one of the worst asian meals I've ever tasted. It was what I call lazy curry where you just add a fistful of curry powder at the end of cooking and it's over-cumined and grainy and raw tasting. It was just weird. My husband will eat anything and he could hardly choke it down. The sweet potato noodles were good, but nothing special. The best thing was the dessert with caramelized bananas and ice cream. If I had not wanted to just have a nice time I would have sent it back. We go out about 1 a year for a date like this, so this was kinda sad.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Very good food preparation, dishes done well, flavorful, and enjoyable. Comfortable ambiance and noise levels. Service respectful, especially when dealing with some delays in the prep area.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The service was excellent, the parking was great. The food flavors were very good, however I ordered a New York steak, very chewy, lots of grizzle.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The menu differs significantly from its sister restaurant in Chicago and the limited options in every category including: appetizers/entrees/specialty cocktails was extremely disappointing. If you’re a lover of Le Colonial Chicago like I am...then skip it’s SF Cousin.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My wife and I went to Le Colonial for our anniversary and prior to attending a play. Even though we arrived late, we were seated at a special table set up for us. Our server, Melissa, was a gem. She knew the menu, made suggestions and made sure that we got our dinner in time for us to make our play. The meal was excellent and the pricing was fair. We will definitely come back when we can relax and enjoy both the atmosphere and a less rushed meal.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service was terrible. It was almost 30 minutes before our server ever came over and acknowledged us. We placed an order right away a cocktail and some appetizers and the main course. Within minutes the appetizers arrived. In any dining experience, you should at least have an opportunity to have your drink first before the food arrives.The food was all very tasty.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Terrific! A consistent favorite!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our meal was delicious, but our server was slllllllllllow.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Past its prime. Went there after reading Bauer's review since not much was opened on Thanksgiving night other than hotel restaurants. Food was fair, not bad, but way overpriced for what it was. Ambiance is in serious need of refresh. Service was fair to good. Not going back. Better off going to slanted door.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I love this restaurant, it brings you back in time with the decor. My only issue was that I had looked on their website and yelp page and found nothing mentioned about corkage fees. So I called the restaurant and asked what the corkage for thanksgiving would be. I was put on hold while the person checked. They informed me $25 per bottle, which I was fine with. I showed up with a few bottles and they informed me that corkage was allowed on holidays. When I informed them that I had called to confirm before I lugged 4 bottles across town and told something different they acted as if I was lying to them. I was told that everyone knew the policy, clearly not everyone did because I was put on hold for 10 mins while they asked. They could have handled this differently. This is the hospitality business. Suggestion would be that have the guest buy a bottle off the menu and allow one bottle with the corkage put on the bill. Up your corkage to $35-$40 on the holidays. And this would solve your concern about making money on wine sales.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Absolutely an amazing place with wonderful food and staff - will definitely go back in the future

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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