Le Colonial - Chicago

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4168 reviews
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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 at 937 N. Rush Street to Chicago’s iconic Oak Street. Located on the third floor of the building, Le Colonial features a dining room, bar and lounge, private chef’s dining room and an all-season terrace overlooking the bustling Oak Street.
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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.
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JL
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the new location. Excellent service same great menu with additional new items. LeColonial never disappoints

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

My husband and I dine here a few times a year and always have excellent dining experiences however on this evening the men at the table had the same steak curry entree and were very disappointed by it. My sea bass special was as usual very excellent. We love the new restaurant and we’ll give it another try. It may have just been an off night. Everything else was top notch

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f
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and impeccable service. Setting also very "colonial"!

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N
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Same consistent service, quality of food but very very noisy. Surprised because it’s new construction and should have been a serious consideration in the design.

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j
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was another great birthday meal. I have been going there for years. Now, it’s a little different since they moved but still beautiful, great atmosphere. I could eat there every day.

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SB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. New restaurant space is beautiful.

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m
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new location is fantastic. Be aware the menu has changed. Even though they no longer had the two dishes we normally order, what we did have are our new favorites. It is our cannot miss lunch spot every time we venture into the city

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Since the new opening, I have more than enjoyed Le Colonial and have taken several friends and recommended it highly! This last time was a disappointment because of the service. We were rushed.
He did not listen. Got the rice wrong SEVERAL times and forgot to give my guest tea. It was the only
time I felt hurried and we both went away feeling great about the food and ambiance but sad about the
service. Other times when it has been busy as it was this time, I never felt rushed. This was a disappointment.

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B
Chicago
120 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Colonial relocated about a month ago and their new setting retained all the charm of the old location but with a more modern and elegant iteration. It’s bright, airy & sophisticated. The food is still outstanding, as is the service. A few popular items are missing from their new menu, but other than that, I’d highly recommend Le Colonial.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Francesco was fantastic and helped us with what to order based on our tastes and preferences.

Only drawback was your drinks. The ratio of mix/soda to alcohol was out of balance and ended up tasting a bit weak and diluted.

However.....we’ll be back.

Dave B

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D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LeColonial is such a nice place to eat for both lunch and dinner. High marks in my book.

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

Beautiful space, amazing food

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m
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The place has character but it was downhill form there. The food was like your average Chinese takeout at twice the price. The waiter was awful. Not familiar with menu. Dismissive. Would walk away before we were even finished ordering. Overall very disappointed.

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New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. The meat was cooked perfectly.

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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Waiter was a snoot, refused to wait on us timely, made snide remarks, had terrible suggestions, and was just plain rude. We have been there a number of times. This older waiter is always rude. Food used to be excellent. Ordered beef rare, and it came well, but he did not even ask whether dinner was good. Will not go back, too bad.

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AS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about this place even more after they moved to new place and updated menu . Everything on a menu is delicious . Highly recommend.

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

The food was great and the service was too. Would definitely go back again

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

Great restaurant and will definitely be going back.
Good luck at the new Oak street location.
Everything here was truly outstanding.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great. I like it.

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4
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Not at all the peaceful romantic ambiance of the original

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AB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Have been a regular for last 10 yrs at least twice a month.
First time yesterday to the new location
Fine location/ decor and ambience very good
Service as always excellent with familiar faces
BUT Shocked to taste the food
Total disaster of the established dishes. With changed recipes

To be sure , it is not the change in menu.
BUT the chef has changed the recipe for the same dishes including the soups
Disgusting and disappointing
I asked if the Chef was different. But that is not the case
I get the feeling that he is trying to make it more of a Chinese flavor / touch
I though this was the iconic French/ Vietnamese cuisine , I was familiar with and a long term patron of Le Colonial
The CHef needs immediate course correction to restore the original recipe of the famed dishes which made Le Colonial ,Le Colonial
I certainly won’t be going back till that happens and would not recommend others. Who I know have been going there for a while to do that either
I hope the Chef. Gets the message loud and clear
“ Don’t fix things which aren’t broken “

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s
Chicago
152 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Le Colonial! Everything was perfect-food and service.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New location is bigger. Food was fantastic as well as the wait staff. Great about giving us suggestions. Great experience

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LR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant that has done a magnificent job with it's new space. Still feels like the original with beautiful new finishes and details.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great!! Absolutely delicious. Unfortunately we were not happy with our server. Preauth was totally avoiding our table.

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A
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was fresh and light, with lots of fresh herbs and wonderful sauces. Some of the food was too salty. It was busy at lunch time and reservations are recommended. The new decor is reminiscent of the old location, but refreshed, more spacious with much natural lighting and windows. Many of the favorite dishes are still on the menu, with a few new modern additions, especially for the drinks menu.

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful new rendition of a Chicago Gold Coast classic.

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AG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Continued sensational food in the new location. The design of the new restaurant is glorious and the designer captured all the magic of Vietnam!

Food has always been exceptional and that has been continued in new location!

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the new location! I was nervous that it would lose it's vibe. Bar area is really cool. Next time I want to eat in the bar.

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TB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! We ordered the Pho, Crispy Red Snapper, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Each dish had a variety of complex flavors that made each bite better than the last. The new location was beautifully designed which gave us a tropical vacation vibe. Service was impeccable. Overall outstanding!

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MS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

First dinner experience at Le Colonial (have been there before for lunch). Great ambiance and interesting menu (but wine list could be wider in the more affordable end of the spectrum). Food was consistently very good, including a couple of soups, a couple of curries and a noodle dish, but none of the dishes (maybe with the exception of a dessert) was truly excellent. Service had ups and downs (previous service at a lunch experience was excellent, though): Waiter forgot an appetizer and white wine was too warm ad he still served full glasses before chilling it more. Not a world-class experience, and only an OK value, but overall a restaurant to enjoy.

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F
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We heard it was better than the previous location so we were eager to experience the new one. The space is stunning and the food good. However we had a very bad experience. First, the noise in the restaurant was unacceptably loud. I would have thought the owners would have installed some type of noise abatement material in the ceiling to prevent people from screaming at each other. We literally could not speak to each other it was so loud and our ears were ringing until the next day. Although we made our reservation almost 3 weeks prior, we were treated like a walk-in. Our table was right beneath the wait staff station, and it was one of the smallest dinner tables we'd ever seen. The waiter had to move the table decor in order to fit our appetizer and then dinner plates. There should never be a table in this location of the restaurant. My husband had to keep moving his head to avoid being bumped. The waiter was not very knowledgable and barely knew the menu. Normally we would have a slow and enjoyable meal, but we rushed through so we could get away from the noise and the uncomfortable seating. This was not what we expected AT ALL!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new Le Colonial does not disappoint. The interior space is spectacular. I prefer the dining room to the “patio”, although that will be great when the weather gets warm. The food is outstanding, and the cocktails are delicious. The service is top notch. Hurry and go!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to return!!!!

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m
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was so sad to see the old location close, but think the new is, dare I say it, even better. We loved the ambiance. The menu has the old favorites, but feels updated in some way I can't put my finger on. Amazing cocktails and great wine choices. Was happy to see it so crowded and vibrant on a Monday night. We will be back!

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U
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We were very excited to try the new Le Colonial. The ambiance is stunning! However, they may have been short-staffed on the Monday evening we were there. The service was super slow and our food arrived tepid, but it took so long in arriving, we didn't want to send it back and wait even longer. May be growing pains in opening their new location.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new location!!

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MK
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New location is beautiful! Service outstanding! Food was amazing as usual

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NP
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner, would definitely return! Would recommend to my friends. 10 stars

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JK
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A spectacular redo of a great restaurant. The rooms are a perfect throwback. Loved it and will return.

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