Le Colonial - Chicago

4.8
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4712 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Vietnamese
Le Colonial, Chicago's famed Vietnamese institution, is a celebration of the seductive spirit and vivid flavors of 1920’s French Colonial Southeast Asia. Heralded as "an escapist’s paradise," Le Colonial recently moved from its location of over 20 years on Rush Street to Chicago’s iconic Oak Street. Le Colonial features a dining room, an all-season terrace overlooking Oak Street, a bar and lounge, and The Monkey Parlour (a private dining room with seating for up to 12 guests).
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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Le Colonial will offer all of your favorite items as well as several specialties. The $85 per person menu includes an amuse-bouche, appetizer, entreé, festive dessert selection, and coffee or tea. *Excludes tax, gratuity, and beverages.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 4712 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.8
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the restaurant. All flavors are delicious and ambiance is exquisite!

LB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had dinner at Le Colonial three times this week and loved each of the experience. By far, my favorite restaurant in Chicago and I send everyone I can.

Raphael and team do a wonderful job! Thank you!

2
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We visited the new location, and thought the space was nice, but were disappointed that the menu seemed pared back. But the food and service were good.

M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and beautifully presented food. Great ambiance.

AP
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

George was a great server. Food was delicious and fresh. Loved the Thai chili margarita!

JB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic fusion of Asian and French cuisine as ever. Every choice was great.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fine all around. Only issue was serving staff continually bumping my chair! Stopped after I got our server to intervene. Will return-a unique ambiance.

AK
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday celebration for our son at Le Colonial this past weekend. Their new space on Oak Street is so gorgeous, rich, romantic and warm....it really transports you to another place. The food as always was amazing and the wine list is good and affordable. We had a lovely table overlooking Oak Street which was perfect.

C
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely our favorite! We always make it a point to go here in Chicago. We were apprehensive when they moved from their charming location around the corner but they have accelerated with this new space. We love it!

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Will be tops on our list for our next visit to Chicago!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way.

m
Springfield
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always dine at Le Colonial when in Chicago. I was sad to see they moved, but when we discovered it was just around the corner I was relieved. When we actually arrived, I was abundantly impressed at the execution of style in the new location. They really nailed the aesthetic and ambiance of the restaurant.
I was really disappointed not to see bouillabaisse on the menu. It is the best dish ever. Please bring it back!!!

g
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Subpar viet food at super premium price.
Ingredients seem to be top notch.
Service is great.

4
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday at a lovely booth in the corner of the back room. Very romantic and quieter than most tables.
Food was outstanding and restaurant listened to my request for a dessert with candles- chocolate gelato with chocolate candy rounds with a candle on top. He loved his celebration at Le Colonial as did I!!!!!

L
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely everything was fantastic! So yummy and so beautiful!!

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife is Vietnamese and she absolutely loves this restaurant. Can’t wait to visit Chicago again. Try the ca bam. So yummy!!

S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. We highly recommend the brussels spouts and bok choy sides.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We requested a table next to the window but this didn’t happen. Otherwise great.

KP
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and lovely atmosphere.

f
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Le Colonial every time we visit Chicago, which is once a year. They basically do everything right with no detail left to chance. The food and service is incredible and very consistent, the surroundings are spot on Colonial era Vietnam. I can not recommend this experience enough.

M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service. You can enjoy a table or hang out around the bar. Great ambiance; great value for the money considering the fancy Oak street address.

R
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always a treat. We loved the food, service and atmosphere. Our waitress was so helpful with ordering suggestions. And the food was wonderful.

OT
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch! Service was wonderful! Good delicious!
When I asked to be seated by the window the hostess was so sweet.
Thanks!

p
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food still great after ten years of annual get together... portions are rather small and not conducive to sharing however

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfection as usual!!!!

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Service was terrible. I called to let restaurant know. Was very disappointed bc food was amazing and this was a special birthday celebration.

MR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants in Chicago! Love all of their food and the service is excellent. I often just stop at the bar for a delicious Lychee Martini and appetizers.....great way to end a busy day.

HM
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not inexpensive, but worth the price for a great meal and excellent service.

KL
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While I feel like the old location had more of the Humphrey Bogart look, this space is very nice. I loved the lounge area. Food is delicious. I should go there more often!!!!!!

IT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picked Le Colonial for a work dinner, and everyone absolutely loved the food! Good wine choices and cocktails too.

KE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Loved the food. Will come back

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food5service5ambience1

Tables are on top of each other

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We have been a few times since the move to the new location, the interior design is a huge step up and the food has definitely improved considerably, the service is inconsistent, not least because often the servers are simply too busy to provide the service they should. The other side of this coin is that there are way too many covers being squeezed in. Especially in the strip overlooking the street it’s obviously impossible for all tables to have four people eating at each table at the same time. So everyone is shuffling for position and trying to be polite but basically feeling very uncomfortable and not enjoying it, or ending up in an argument. The space ratio is not much better elsewhere. So lots to offer, but obviously you need to take a few tables out, or as the novelty wears off, folks won’t bother.

AB
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Le Colonial continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. I’m disappointed that the shrimp beignets aren’t on the menu any more, but there are still many other items I love. It seems there’s been a bit of turnover among the wait staff, and unfortunately, our service wasn’t as great as usual last weekend. But overall, it was a very enjoyable meal.

B
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank u for setting up a round table to accommodate all 9 of my guests!
I would have liked to have known that we should have ordered desserts for everyone bc the Birthday desserts sent out were not ordered by the birthday guests! This made it very awkward!
Otherwise, it was a lovely afternoon. With good food & ambiance.

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special as usual! One of the best stop in Chicago.

N
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and service. The only negative is we felt a little rushed.

LD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely experience with their professional waitstaff. Now located in their new space it offers an inviting atmosphere and the food is delightfully delicious!

NA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The experience would have been improved had the waiter not been cold and perfunctory. The room was no longer very full, but the attitude was to have highly speedy interactions.

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