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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vipKringros
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I went during the happy hour and had some noodle, summer rolls and coconut shrimp. They were all amazing. I had it with sparkling rose....delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this Vietnamese Restaurant & you will also.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and ambience. Our server was fantastic. Loved the wine selection.

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Kaywhy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable! Great service and everyone said their food was delicious. Just disappointed about the two bottle cork limit for a party of 6 celebrating a birthday.

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KatyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This place has been around for a long time and I usually eat at the bar on the top floor. This was my first time eating in the restaurant on the main level. The food surpassed my expectations. Service was pretty good too. I will definitely be back.

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DavidW
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Location slightly off track but don’t be put off.
A must visit restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fav restaurant in the world 😎👍🦓

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vipbill
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this restaurant. Food, staff and atmosphere all rate at top of San Francisco cuisine

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kskus99
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oustanding cocktails, food and service. Wonderful ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place great food!

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ClaireJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Colonial is one of the most exceptional restaurants in San Francisco. Food, ambiance and service are top-notch. You feel physically transported back to another era and time gets to stand still while you enjoy a lovely meal with people you enjoy spending time with! Recommend it highly for a special date-night, time spent with your grown children and anyone who wants a beautiful dining experience in SF.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Tucked away and private we had an awesome time and meal here.

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TahaE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was good. Filet (luc Lac) was ok. Sea Bass was excellent but quantity was minimal. The garlic noodles and fried rice were fantastic and so we're the desserts. Appetizers (crab cakes and pot stickers) were ok. Ambiance and decor are fantastic. The restaurant is however packed and space between seats were too tight especially for the price. The band upstairs had a super fun band. Service was very good. Overall very good but not as good as seven years ago or the Chicago version.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Nice restaurant and food was good. People in there were not loud like so many other restaurants nowadays in SF. Service was a little slow.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience2

There was a large crowd waiting at the front when I got there (it was Valentine’s Day). I didn’t mind waiting till we’ll after my reservation time for the table, but I feel that someone should have explained what was going on. For at least 20 minutes, no explanation was given.
Waitress was great.

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CAJOREGMO
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great date restaurant. Very crowded, but it was Valentine’s Day.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Worst Valentines Day dinner ever out of 20 years worth of them. Getting a table, even with a reservation, was akin to getting a seat on the last US plane out of Vietnam when the war was ending. Awful, awful, awful. Ruined our Valentines Day for the low price of $250.

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vipdavidM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They took too many reservations for Valentine’s Day and made it a horrific experience and ruined what should have need a manically evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Valentine Day Massacre- I’ve been an Open Table member for more than 15 years and I’ve never seen such a distaster of a restaurant.

After being there for an hour and a half and still not getting g our entrees we went to another restaurant.

Before we did I shook the sad excuse for a manger named Howard and thanked him for the meal we never had.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was packed (it was Valentines Day evening) so the staff was a bit overwhelmed. The wait for our table was a bit longer than I would have liked, but smaller parties were seated quickly. The food was amazing’ I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Justin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Dishes were mediocre (sea bass and lemon grass chicken). Neither had much flavor. Dishes took an extremely long time to come out. Our waiter did bring us complimentary champagne and a dessert, but in the end the cost for the meal was not worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Went here for Valentine’s Day. Arrived at 7:35pm for a 7:30pm reservation. Was asked to get a drink while we waited for a table. Got a drink, went back downstairs, got seated. Ordered a bottle of champagne and an appetizer.

Appetizer was served within 10 minutes, but then we waited over an HOUR for our entrees. Never once, did the waiter check in with us or explain the delay.

After becoming frustrated, we saw the table next to us also didn’t have their food. Apparently they had a 7:15 reservation.

We looked around and NO ONE had food.

We cancelled our entrees, asked for the check, was comped our appetizer and we left. Got burritos on the way home from “dinner.”

Will never plan a dinner on Valentines again.

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AurelioL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Service terrible and food old not what it’s used to be never again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentines Day

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GigiB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love this place! Have had several special occasion dinner parties here. Exotic feel, mixed ages and ethnicities...just like SF. The bar upstairs with the ample dance floor and fabulous music cannot be beat in SF.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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MKinSF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dining at Le Colonial is always a treat. The ambience is great, and different from newer restaurants which are all starting to look the same. The old, wooden, colonial "home" in which you are dining is lovely - even as it can bring up thoughts about the negative aspects of, ahem, colonialism. The food is very good. The cocktails are spectacular. Enjoy a lychee martini, served as ice cold as it should be, as you ponder whether to have their specialty sea bass cooked in a banana leaf or something else from the Vietnamese-ey menu with a (colonial) French flair. You are not coming here for a bowl pho (though you can have it as one course) or banh mi, but you will get some classic Vietnamese flavors throughout this menu.

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Oneironaut
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

For $150 for an app, 2 entrees, and 2 cocktails, I would have expected the food to impress me more. Our server's attentiveness was hum-ho. The décor is excellent, and the hostess who seated us was friendly, but for the price, maybe not worth the trouble.

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vipTobyK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience and cannot wait to go back!

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DJDEQT14
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Server hovered way too much and we felt unnecessarily rushed.

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vipBarbi
San Francisco
140 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always come to Le Colonial before going to a play at the Geary Theater. We always share the potstickers for our appetizer. Yum! The food is always delicious and the service is always excellent. The only problem is the lighting. The dining room is rather dark but the woman's bathroom is very dark and thus dangerous. Why does it need to be so dark?

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Disappointing. Firstly this Le Colonial can’t hold a candle to Chicago’s Le Colonial. Not even close. It occurs to me that perhaps these are not sister restaurants as I had assumed. That’s my fault. This poor review is largely based on the terrible and incredibly rude waiter. He actually ruined our meal.

Sucks because I had really bragged up the restaurant to my colleagues. And while we were all happy with our food in the experience was pretty awful.

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viperinc
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Never skip an opportunity to enjoy Le Colonial, especially the unique SF location. Always a great meal.

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vipEurofoodie
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a very mixed experience. The Coconut Scrimp was excellent, crispy and succulent. The Pork Ribs were also extremely tasty. The salad and chicken broth not so much. It’s a lovely restaurant but not worth the price.

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WilliamM
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing night. Nothing could have been better. We appreciated everything they offered.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited during Restaurant Week for their 4 course meal. Choices were great, especially since 1 in our party is GF. Cocktails were yummy, and can't think of anything to criticize!

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vipMicheleR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I especially want to compliment our server, Jose. He was very attentive and made sure our experience was the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious the place just seems like it needs a little bit of a facelift!

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vipCinnamonandcloves
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our 2020 Dine About Town dinner to Le Colonial. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. I had Goi Du Du Tom Nuong (Green Papaya Salad), Tom Dua (Coconut Shrimp), Bo Luc Lac (Marinated Filet Mignon Cubes), and Bananamisu (Lady Fingers marinated in chocolate and rum) for dessert. Delicious, beautifully presented. Service was excellent.

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vipHappyinSF
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service. We enjoyed every dish. Appetizer sampler plate was a good way to start our meal. Everything was delicious & beautifully prepared.

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