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About Le Colonial - Chicago
Le Colonial transports guests to another time and place, vividly recapturing the beauty, romance and spirit of 1920's French-Colonial Southeast Asia. Le Colonial invigorates the senses with exquisite décor and savory authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Le Colonial offers two unique dining options: The first floor dining room is adorned with louvered shutters, woven rattan chairs, potted palms, slow-moving ceiling fans and nostalgic black and white photos of turn-of-the century life in Saigon. The upstairs lounge includes a spacious, fully stocked mahogany bar, plush couches for enjoying light fare, dining tables and a veranda, for keeping warm in winter and cool in summer. Complete with unique, delicately prepared Vietnamese cuisine, Le Colonial is the perfect setting for an after-work social or a romantic evening for two.
Chicago, IL 60611
Vietnamese, Asian, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Late Café Lunch: 2:30pm - 4:00pm *Summer only/ weather permitting/ Café only*; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is available for $16. Public lots & street parking also available.
Chicago El & Bus Route 22,36,151,156
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Le Colonial is celebrating 13 years in Chicago’s gold coast area on rush street. This noted up-scale french-vietnamese restaurant transports guests to another time and place, vividly recapturing the beauty, romance and spirit of 1920’s French colonial southeast Asia.
Le Colonial - Chicago Ratings and Reviews
I've gone to this restaurant a couple of times a year for the past decade. I've had lunch and dinner there on both weekdays and weekends. My meals have been consistently good and the service as well. A friend of mine who is a serious vegetarian likes it as much as I do. BTW, it's really pretty.
Another in the growing pantheon of noisy restaurants which make it difficult to easily have a conversation. Service staff very friendly and helpful. Food was good and the menu offered a nice selection across the board, but it is pricey.
Despite the pluses, the noise level and cost will mean I most likely will not return.
Cozy and romantic low key setting evocative of French-Vietnamese bistro but food is disappointing and the place seems tired and n need of a menu refresh. What was once innovative cuisine is now commonplace. The seabass was overcooked and the sauces could have been more nuanced and flavorful. The bouillabase had no depth of flavor. Waitstaff was very attentive.
Excellent haute-Vietnamese cuisine with an interior decor to match. Sit on the upper level with its intimate bar, lounge, and terrace dining, complete with lots of potted palms, and you will feel transported to 1900s colonial Indochine-française. Tropical cocktail menu makes for a good place to start. Service was a little off on our visit ... long wait between our appetizers and main course. Waitress said the kitchen was backed up, though our neighbors, who ordered after us, finished their meal and paid before we received our entrées. Silver lining: a lot of tables turned over at this point, and things became much quieter. Highly recommend.
It’s been years since I visited Le Colonial, but only because I hadn’t been frequenting Chicago. The place and food (I had the bo bia, tuna tartare and chicken & asparagus fried rice) were as good as I remember. Like visiting an old friend, it was so comfortable...and the cuisine was creative and delicious. So glad I returned. I won’t wait so long to do it again.
The food was delicious and the drinks were refreshing. They have a vegan menu with several options for vegetarians and vegans. Very helpful servers. Love the French -Vietnamese decor-the downstairs has elbow to elbow seating which can be a bit awkward but I prefer it to the second floor which has dance music playing throughout and is a bit less decorated. This place hasn’t changed in decades and that’s a good thing. Yum!
We were celebrating our anniversary, having remembered this place from years back. Unfortunately, our memory will be tarnished by our recent experience. While we arrived on time, we were escorted upstairs (which is more like a lounge than the dining room downstairs - not what we were seeking for an anniversary dinner) to another host station and told that our table was not ready and to have a drink. We went to the bar and I tried to order a relatively standard drink these days which the bartender looked confused about and had no idea how to make it; his attempt was poorly executed and I could only drink half of it.
Once we were seated 10 minutes later (ugh...), it took another 10 minutes for our server to greet us. By the way, although I mentioned our anniversary in the reservations, neither the host staff nor our server even acknowledged it. When the server came, she didn't have much to say about the menu and her lack of engagement was amazing... I've had better service at an airport restaurant. Needless to say, we found the food edible but uninspiring, basic without any presentation or accompaniment to balance the dishes - other restaurants on the Chicago scene make a better case. The host finally came by at the end - I was expecting him to congratulate us on our anniversary - nope.... he simply asked how our meal was and scurried to the other patrons' tables as if pollinating flowers.
Given this experience and the other now established restaurants in the Gold Coast, I believe this one has had its day for us. Very disappointed.
I was juggling a few weekend reservations and made an error when switching my Friday Le Colonial reservation to Saturday. I intended to have a 5:30 reservation on Friday or a Saturday reservation at 7:00. I made the day switch but not the time. So we arrived an hour late for the reservation on Saturday, and thought we were early! Le Colonial could not have been more accommodating and gracious. Rather than turn us away or point out the missed reservation, they offered seating at the bar. They apologized for the inconvenience and the host even sent over a first drink. All of this was so above and beyond considering the error was mine alone. The food and drinks were terrific. Our bartender/waiter was attentive. The bar area did get a little crowded and noisy closer to 8, but that is to be expected at such a popular restaurant. It was so good, I'm returning this Friday. And yes, I double and triple checked the reservation time already!
We have been here many times. This time I tried the filet mignon and shrimp entree which was excellent. We all loved our meals. Service is superior. They are extremely attentive and caring. I had even put on our reservation that it was a birthday and without reminding our waiter he presented dessert with a candle.
The service was excellent. There was no rushing at any point. They KNEW when we were ready to order and ready to leave and made us feel welcome the whole time. Had lunch w two soups the PHO and the chicken soup both excellent and split the salmon entree which was also outstanding. Try the Vietnamese tea! The chocolate cake too. Very friendly and accommodating.
WOW. I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and it was fantastic. The downstairs is quite formal, whereas the upstairs has a much more colonial Vietnamese feel. Loved the palms and decor, and we were sat on the patio, which was just extremely cool.
The food was perfect. We started with banh uot (grilled beef rolled in noodles), which was delicious. Our mains were ca chien Saigon (whole filleted snapper), which was delicious, and ga xao cari (chicken, mango, cashew, pepper, eggplant yellow curry), which was delicious. Then, our server brought us out a popular Thai dessert after finding out I'd lived there for a while, and it was decorated with chocolate and a candle for the bf's birthday.
I had a saketini and he had the lemongrass one (and then I had the lemongrass one, too) and they were delicious.
Our service was wonderful - Pat was our server and she was very attentive and friendly, and also we chatted about Thailand for a long time.
I do think it was a touch expensive, but also I'm a cheapskate so there's that to consider. Overall it was just a fantastic evening.
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