Le Colonial - Chicago

4.8
4485 reviews
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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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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.4

A formal French-Vietnamense restaurant in the Gold Coast that's not the coolest place in town but is quiet, well-run, and good.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 4485 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. The food was Veye tasty and the service was nice and professional.

P
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Le Colonial previously. This time food was not 5 stars as before. Okay and unspectacular dishes Not every time can Resturant hit home run. Even this special restaurant can be average sometimes. We will be back

H
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Waiter (Dmitri) was insincere and approaching unpleasant. Luckily other staff were helpful and pleasant. Food was excellent. Music was odd - Please no thumping backbeat while eating in this setting,

EC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

So noisy couldn’t have a conversation and tables crowded . Almost knocked over drinks at next table when try to squeeze in and out. Ribs were delicious but nothing else.

JB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best pho ever, anywhere. Even better than in Vietnam itself!

a
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Missing some menu items like beignets and trout wrapped in banana leafs. Please, bring them back.

s
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful flavors and ambiance. The scallop salad is fabulous!
The restaurant restroom needs attention.

P
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new location and valet parking option. Food was superb, as always.

H
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

The design of the restaurant sets you up for an elegant dining experience but the staff fails to deliver. I was very disappointed. The food is nothing special and the service is not gracious.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant.
One entree was cold and the other entree was spicy when it requested to be mild.
The free dessert for the occasion was appreciated.

F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We were very excited for our visit to the new location. Upon arrival, we were greeted and sat immediately. The waiter approached our table and it seemed that he didn’t want to be there, was brusque and boarder-line rude. Our food was dropped off and we never saw the waiter again except to pay the bill.
The food was exceptional and we will absolutely give it another try, but we expect much better service and treatment!!

AN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I have been going to Le Colonial for years. The new space is amazing.

I am missing some of our favorites off the old menu.

Biggest complaint is that it took close to 25 - 30 min maybe longer for our appetizers, it took the waiter a while to followup and figure out we hadn’t received them . The main course arrives rather swiftly after we ordered.

R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the scallop salad. We were disappointed to see the BBQ pork dish has been removed from the menu.

M
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was wonderful our only negative was we felt rushed through our meal so they could turn over the table

G
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and service very good. A bit loud for me and for a good conversation. We were seating in front area but I think the inside dining room was a bit quieter. Beautiful place. Definitely recommend

C
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Was not sure I would love it as much as the old one. It is spectacular!!!

EJ
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice food and atmosphere

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

favorite restaurant in chicago

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, great good.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance, food and service

f
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg food is the best always

OT
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Wish the birthday desert was included and wait staff was not that friendly.

AO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the ambiance of the new location is astounding. Food and service was on par with many years past experience. An excellent dining experience

DZ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love this place, everything was excellent except there were quite a few large bones in the red snapper but they did warn us there might be. Been coming here for years and it never disappoints.

F
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING !!!

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience. Excellent service, delicious food and drink, beautiful setting.

OT
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick lunch attending conference.
First time at this restaurant.
Excellent overall.
Very satisfied!!!
Highly recommend!

A
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Great experience. Highly recommend!!!

LF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We miss the

PS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved! amazing food and ambiance.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

The entre dishes were seriously sub par I think the menu has changed since moving locations - I had guests from Europe - one dish was so spicy my guest could only eat the shrimp- the duck entre was just plain duck with nothing else on the plate not even garnish - $$$ my dish had so many peppers & onions you couldn’t get a worse dish - my other guest ordered the filet it was so over cooked it was like leather - seriously how do you get away with i?? $350 later & not one thing was memorable stunningly disappointing! Its a pity it was my go to for out of town guest!

j
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like the new location, but loved the old one. Food was all fantastic

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New location is very nice. Outside balcony seating, quiet inside seating plus a great bar area.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and view

R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and delicious food with sooooo many amazing choices. Pho was wonderful (and I’m comparing it to the Pho I had in Vietnam). Service was impeccable. I will definitely return to this restaurant next time I travel to Chicago.

JP
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were rushed and the experience was definitely not worth the high price. Nice ambiance, however.

TO
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new location is classy, light, bright and opulent...love it!!

FD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! We had the beef and duck dishes, both very good, but the beef was particularly amazing! Very tender and delicious flavor. From reception to wait staff, all were helpful and pleasant. Add that to the lovely ambience and you have a wonderful dining experience. My favorite Vietnamese restaurant!

A
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. We ordered and received our food with minimal wait time. The service was phenomenal! We were checked upon multiple times throughout our dinner.

JL
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New location feels comfortable. Food quality and service remain high. Very enjoyable place for meeting and getting caught up with a friend

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