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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.


Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

join us for Thanksgiving dinner and enjoy an enchanted evening of fine food, cocktails and music. Our chef has created the perfect fusion of French & Vietnamese specials.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Serving limited A la carte Menu & Chef’s Specials.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Details TBD

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

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (28)
Good for a Date (25)
Special Occasion (24)
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Creative Cuisine (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Authentic (17)
Cozy (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Fun (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Healthy (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Notable Wine List (5)
Business Meals (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Live Music (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Vegan (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

The food and service were excellent, and the atmosphere was very pleasant. The restaurant is only a couple of blocks from the theatres on Geary, so it is a great spot for before or after the theatre.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

Love the ambiance and the efficiency of the servers. Drinks were delicious as well as the dinner.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Outstanding! Decor & atmosphere were inviting and comfortable. Banh Xeo was incredible. Our waitress acceptional.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was our second visit to Le Colonial. This time we ordered the Rack of Lamb for Two which was excellent. Beautiful restaurant in a very quirky location - well worth finding. Food was amazing.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The appetizer was great, but the main course was too salty, sweet and spicy, I couldn’t eat them without rice.

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had an incredibly delicious meal in a setting right out of a by-gone era. I cannot speak highly enough of the experience and will be returning to enjoy some of the other meals on the menu.

Tags: Healthy, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food, service, and ambiance!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Service was horrible

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Le Colonial is one of our San Francisco favorites. Lovely ambiance & great (and creative) cuisine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good Overal, little pricey. nice to go once a year. atmosphere always nice. Noisy when we were there

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Sensational! Never disappoints.

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Pho was outstanding. The host was not at all obliging. Declined to seat at the table we picked even though the place was half empty.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent service. Fantastic waiter who made excellent recommendations. Food was top notch. Atmosphere gorgeous.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent food and service in a wonderful setting that used to be a Trader Vics

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great Vietnamese experience in a beautiful setting. Le Colonial is the perfect place for a celebratory dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent in every way. Can't wait to go back! I especially enjoyed the appetizers, we had the ahi and the spring rolls.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Old Saigon feel dining complete with palms and ceiling fans, specialty cocktails and extensive menu. Food excellent. Our server however seemed bored and rushed us along.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Authentic, Spicy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The appetizer platter was great. Cocktails were creative. Rack of lamb--outstanding

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

A very special evening after seeing "American in Paris" - excellent everything! We'll be back ....

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Fun, Bar Seating, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were celebrating a birthday for a party of 6. They put us in the back room facing their clean up area.
They should have put us in the main dining room.
We eat there a couple times a year. I will not go back. Service was not good either. Good just ok

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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--

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great ambiance, excellent food, attentive service. Transports one to another time and place, delightful.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Vegan
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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
The drinks
The meal
The dessert
Service was exceptional
Great atmosphere

I recommended this place to another co-worker. Hope they came.

Look forward to our next visit!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great server, asked for no onions and kitchen delivered wonderful, flavorful food! Birthday desert was comped. Really nice evening!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Service and food taste were outstanding. Disappointed with portion size. Not a very good bar up stairs.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Have brought guests here many times. Never disappointed. Food is a cut above.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Such a great atmosphere! Loved this place. The food was good, but they seemed understaffed. Service wasn't great. It took a long time for them to take our drink order. Then the waiter was attentive, but seemed really rushed and flustered.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Pretty good, but given the many options in the area, Le Colonial does not stand out. The restaurant essentially offers Vietnamese cuisine with an upscale twist. Unfortunately, the focus seems to be primarily on making things sound and look fancy rather than adding something that would elevate the food above and beyond your average Vietnamese Pho kitchen. In other words, take your friends or colleagues to Le Colonial for the setting, the cocktails, the nice presentation, but don't expect to be blown away by the food. Most of it is okay, but far from special.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Unique place. Throw back to the days of Trader Vics, polynesian type bar restaurant. Appreciate the different levels on which to dine which allows one to tailor their experience: covered patio (light), upstairs bar (dark), dining room (dark-candle-lit). Seems to be a comfortable venue for older folks, which is nice insofar as low noise level.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

First off, 98% of the menu is gluten-free at this Vietnamese/French influenced restaurant. I was so thrilled that it took me awhile to choose what to have as opposed to most restaurants where I only have a few options! While it is a bit expensive, it was worth it. All the food we had was wonderful; the waitstaff wonderful and didn't bother you if you had just taken a bite, they waited until it was proper for you to answer them! Now that is a new one on us. Fun cocktails, menu and dessert menu. We didn't have dessert as we were full. You can so easily share items as they are generous. Definitely going back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

First time trying Vietnamese food and it was better than expected! Food/ Ambiance/ service were perfect. Amazing tuna tartare and chocolate cake desert!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

It was a wonderful meal we had it there on Saturday evening. We sat in the patio, very pleasant. Our waitress was very friendly and professional, in fact everybody was very friendly. The food was very yummy and definitely we will be back! Thank you!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food was fantastic. The service was amazing. I absolutely will go back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We arrived about 30 minutes early, so went upstairs to the bar, ordering drinks and 2 appetizers. There were only 2 other tables in use, but our appetizers were given to another table. It took quite awhile to get replacements, making us late for our downstairs reservation. No offer of any comps for the wrong service/late food was offered or given.
When we finished our appetizers, we checked in at the front. The downstairs had only one table seated. We were placed directly next to this table, a quite large party ( 8 chairs I think) that included 2 infants and several young children. We very quietly asked to be seated somewhere else, not trusting that our dinner would not be interrupted with loud chatter and crying. The person seating us loudly asked us why, standing right next to the large group, and then with poor grace seated us only 2 tables away. I was amazed at the lack of care he displayed and seemed to indicate we should just take what ever was convenient to the staff. We were obviously a couple out for a nice dinner, not expecting a family restaurant atmosphere.
If we had not come from a distance, been hungry and without our own transportation, we would have walked out. Our meal was only fair, the lamb was raw in the middle, not medium as ordered. For the price and the obvious un-busy state of the house, it really should have been perfect.
Le Colonial has been a mainstay in our SF restaurant book. It is now out of our book.

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