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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.

937 N. Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Oak

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 255-0088

Website:
http://www.lecolonialchicago.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available for $16. Public lots & street parking also available.

Public Transit:
Chicago El & Bus Route 22,36,151,156

Executive Chef:
Quoc Luong

Additional:
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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We will offer a 3 course menu for $75/person (excludes tax, beverage & service). Cancellations must be made by Friday 12/29/17 at 5 p.m. or a $50 charge/person will be applied.

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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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (87)
Romantic (86)
Creative Cuisine (84)
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Special Occasion (78)
Fit for Foodies (65)
Good for Anniversaries (62)
Authentic (60)
Neighborhood Gem (54)
Cozy (51)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Good Vegetarian Options (49)
Business Meals (44)
Great for Outdoor Dining (38)
Quiet Conversation (38)
Great for Lunch (30)
Fun (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Worth the Drive (27)
People Watching (25)
Healthy (24)
Spicy (23)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Notable Wine List (18)
Casual (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Hot Spot (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Bar Seating (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Scenic View (10)
Vegan (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Tasting Menu (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Organic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
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Kid-friendly (2)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

It was nothing special. I ordered Salmon it was too pink inside, sent it back and it came out well done. Staff was not friendly.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

When ever we visit Chicago Le Colonial is aways a must go for my wife and I.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

We love this restaurant. Come here whenever we are in Chicago

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We love this spot. Great food and drink. Sit upstairs if able.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Dry spring rolls mushy snapper warm Pinot noir

Totally overrated based on this experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

This restaurant is a gem in its current location--please don't close! If you must move, do try to keep the decor and ambiance that make it so special.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Our dinner was delicious, but the service was outstanding. Michale the Maitre D’ is so kind and has a wonderful personality.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent dining experience. A group of 6 , we were taken care of quickly & flawlessly. Food is outstanding!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 4, 2017

So good! Had the bouillabaisse and it was delicious! Appetizers of spring rolls and pho were also great! Hubby thought the cellophane noodles that came with his meal were dry, but otherwise all was great!

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Spicy
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

My husband and I come here a few times a yr. and have for the past 6. The experience is the same each time, superb. Nice romantic atmosphere. The staff remembers you and we just love Pat and Raphael.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

it’s vietnamese, nothing super special, fresh ingredients, but the prices are a little much. maybe i’m spoiled by solid vietnamese in portland that much more reasonable...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always perfect for every occasion! I take all my out of town guests here because this is a flavor and ambience that you can’t get anywhere else.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fabulous food and service. The meal was amazing. So many great options for a great meal!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Always a lovely time here. Ambiance is so unique compared to a lot of the newer spots. Classic and always yummy.

Tags: Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great place with interesting cuisine to celebrate a special occasion!

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Food was not great, one expects really tasty good food for the price they charge. Service was good and the place is nice, but somewhat small. Have been in the New York branch before and it was much better.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Disappointed
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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Love the food! People that serve you are really friendly.
Maybe they could put a little bit of more light in the restaurant and the courses could also be spaced a bit more. But love love love the food!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Consistently great food and service—love the Sup Ga! Truly a neighborhood gem!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The food was excellent and the service attentive. Unfortunately we were seated by a support structure and had no visual of the restaurant or its ambiance.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Good flavors and good service. But for the maitre d’ sitting us right next to the kitchen, when the place was still relatively empty (again with an open table reservation) the place did a nice job.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Organic, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Amazing
Amazing

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great ambiance, was our anniversary and the host was promoted to serve us on the house some rose. Had great fun! As always, will recommend it to friends and family. Amazing food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful meal & service. Upstairs dining room is a bit too dark.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

One of my most favorite restaurants in Chicago... NEVER DISAPPOINTS!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent cuisine with great ambience and service that is both friendly and efficient.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Rafael is a gracious host and the waitstaff are attentive without being overbearing. Le Colonial is a must whenever we travel to Chicago.

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 (México)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Beautiful and private place to enjoy a great meal. Amazing service and great atmosphere. Felt like I was in another city.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Nothing short of amazing! The food was flavorful (even the iced tea), the service friendly and the ambiance and location were perfect. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Celebrated a special B-day. Had been here before while visiting Chicago. We love this spot and food. Excellent Red Fish and Salmon!

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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