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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

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (93)
Creative Cuisine (84)
Romantic (82)
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Special Occasion (76)
Authentic (69)
Fit for Foodies (69)
Good for Anniversaries (67)
Neighborhood Gem (56)
Cozy (56)
Good Vegetarian Options (50)
Business Meals (49)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Quiet Conversation (39)
Great for Lunch (31)
Great for Outdoor Dining (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Fun (25)
Worth the Drive (25)
Healthy (24)
Good for Groups (23)
People Watching (23)
Spicy (22)
Hot Spot (19)
Notable Wine List (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Casual (14)
Comfort Food (13)
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Bar Seating (11)
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Scenic View (8)
Vegan (8)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

I have Celiac's Disease and cannot have gluten. Le Colonial was FANTASTIC with allergies! So accommodating and didn't make me feel like an imposition at all!
You can also filter their menu online for certain dietary restrictions and they list what the changes are to the dish to make it GF.
I was very impressed with the service and on top of that, the food was delicious!!
Two thumbs up; we will be going back there!

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Vegan, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined 6 days ago

The food, service and atmosphere were wonderful! I can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food at a good price. The only thing was that even though we had a reservation they gave us our table 20 minutes after the booked time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful food! Great service! Will go back again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

I've been going to Le Colonial since it opened. I had my wedding rehearsal dinner there in 1998 and I still keep coming back! I love how they don't change a thing in their decor or menu and everything is consistently excellent with superb customer service. It also draws a well-mannered, well-dressed crowd of all ages.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very good, healthy authentic French Vietnamese food. Good wine list. Ask for window table.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We always stop here (with a reservation) on our annual Christmas shopping trip. In over ten years, I’ve never been disappointed!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Love this place. Only reason I didn't give 5 Stars all around is I don't particularly enjoy the upstairs outside dining area, inside is better and more romantic.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We love this restaurant and chose it for our Anniversary dinner before a concert. We requested a table at the window and thoroughly enjoyed the people watching along the avenue. The food is always interesting and the choices will satisfy most any diner. The only negative was the placement of a loud party (only 3 people)directly behind me. What we hoped would be a romantic anniversary dinner turned into a woman on her cell talking about nothing and very loudly while trying to impress! She was actually seated closer than my wife! The host should be more considerate when placing these individuals/parties near a couple enjoying their own conversation and looking for a quiet time. There were many other tables available.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We have never had a bad meal, the food is some of the best in the city and very underrated. The pork ribs are out of control. The Pho has perfect broth and top quality meat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Spicy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Fantastic every time. Love the shrimp and eggplant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Arrived right after they opened on a Sunday at 11:30a, so no wait. The place is beautiful, very well appointed - classic, so we were concerned might be “too” casual. Nope, the host sat us no problem. Limited time, so we split the Shrimp stuffed beignet appetizer. Yes, shrimp stuffed beignet. Amazing. Three of us had the pho, one had the shrimp dumpling in clear broth. Incredible flavor. Best pho I’ve ever had, hands down. The...best. Authentic, fresh, depth and complex (the ox tail broth is money). Highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wow, what a meal! Top 5 in Chicago for sure. We were blown away with how great the Vietnamese food was, and we know we will be back for more. They are also great with allergies!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Table was ready when we got there, service and food was amazing! I highly recommend this restaurant. Food is cooked to perfection!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Outstanding food! We have eaten there a few times and each time the food has been great. The PHO is extremely tasted. The Spring Rolls are superb...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Pretty evening lighting and Indochine prewar ambience. Food excellent and abundant for sharing. Always dependable and festive.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Wonderful as usual. Never disappoints!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 1, 2017

A first-time visit despite having been to Chicago numerous times. It was outstanding and will now be a regular choice on future trips as there nothing to complain about at all.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Always love le colonial, tho the prices are a bit steep for dinner. Great ambience and service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great food! A must for me every time I get to Chicago. Good steaks can be found anywhere but great French Vietnamese food can only be found at a few places, and one of those places is LeColonial!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Delicious Food and Great Service! I will always return here.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food but the bar was a mess. I sat at the bar and had them make my drink three times and couldn't drink it any time. In the end they still charged me for it even though I walked away with the drink barely touched and just went to my table and ordered wine. The food was delicious but I wouldn't order a cocktail here again. Ridiculous!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food was fantastic, but the loud volume from the speakers spoiled the otherwise cosy environment

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excelente servicio y atención

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Fantastic food and space. However, the service was not exactly what I was expecting. Our waitress seemed very uninterested in us right from the get-go. She didn't really explain much, acted like she didn't want to serve us, and didn't check in on us often. Once we arrived, we ordered some appetizers and cocktails and had to flag her down 10 minutes later to order our main dish. It seemed as if she thought the appetizers were our main dish! The most frustrating thing was that she was just giving this service to us. With the other tables by us, she spoke in a different tone of voice, checked back with the tables regularly, thoroughly explained their different options, etc. I'm not sure what her problem was with us - we were extremely polite, didn't ask for any special accommodations, thanked her (and the staff) for everything, and tipped well! It was disappointing, especially for an anniversary dinner. However, I'd still recommend this place for the food. It's worth trying!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Glasgow)·Dined on November 27, 2017

This was our third time eating in Le Colonial and it did not disappoint. The food was exquisite and presented beautifully, the staff were very friendly. The subtle flavors and the perfectly matched ingredients provided a wonderful gastronomical experience. Will be back again when in Chicago.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

A Gem. Classy and tasty!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have been enjoying Le Colonial since they opened some 20 years ago. The food is consistently fabulous and fresh. Excellent service and knowledgeable staff. We tell everyone to go there. Love it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Organic, Authentic, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Love this restaurant and think of it as a special place to celebrate a birthday or other special event. The ambiance is uniquely old Colonial Vietnamese. A bit tight and somewhat unkept but still charming. I did not like sitting on the upstairs enclosed balcony and prefer downstairs but nonetheless it was okay. Truly the food is what I most enjoy. The flavors are so different both one dish from another and from the flavors at other Asian restaurants. The curry chicken, sea bass and barbecue pork were each delicious and discreetly unique. I love going there with enough people to be able to share dishes. Portions are large and generous enough that three appetizers and three entrees were plenty for four adults. I have learned that not everyone shares my delight in this restaurant but I look forward to returning again snd again. So many more dishes to try.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food and atmosphere - always a must when visiting Chicago!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

we have eaten here many times. this time the food was outstanding, as was the service. our only complaint was that we were seated upstairs in a very dark location. had to use our cell phone flashlights to read the menu and eating was a bit of a visual challenge.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was pretty good. Not great. And we payed $75 for 2 veggitarian appitizers a veggie fried rice and a salad. WAY over priced.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Outstanding as always. Had a seat by the window and enjoyed watching the holiday shoppers and partiers.
Had the snapper, incredible. Spouse had the steak. Also fantastic. Spring rolls as appetizers. Great list of wines by the glass.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Outstanding authentic Vietnamese dishes. Possibly the best pho I’ve ever had. Filet was cooked perfectly, duck was excellent with fish-based sauce. Fast (but not too fast) service, and friendly wait staff. Will return again soon.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Montana)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I really adore La Colonial because it's gorgeous, chic, with great food. It's now my favorite restaurant in Chicago because in total, it's perfect. The size is just right, I love Vietnamese food, and I felt like I was transported into the exotic ambiance of Vietnam.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food was fantastic. If you’re a fan of Vietnamese food but want something with a little more atmosphere, this place is for you. The food is authentic and is what you can find at many hole in the walls. It’s presented better here though. The food reminds me of home.

The service was good, but not stellar. The servers felt cold and distant, rather than friendly and inviting.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Business Meals
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 20, 2017

One of the best meals we have had in a long time! Was the perfect finale to our week in Chicago!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Loved the food and drinks, I will say that the I felt the waiter never came around.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Ribs were over cooked and dry.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This place never disappoints. Lots of great dishes but give the pho a try sometime. Delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good for a Date
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