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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Le Colonial will offer all of your favorite menu items as well as several specialties for each course. The $75 per person menu includes an amuse-bouche, appetizer, entrée, dessert, and coffee or tea.*

*excludes tax, gratuity, and beverages

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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

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (91)
Romantic (74)
Creative Cuisine (70)
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Special Occasion (69)
Fit for Foodies (67)
Good for Anniversaries (63)
Authentic (57)
Cozy (56)
Neighborhood Gem (51)
Good Vegetarian Options (42)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Business Meals (38)
Quiet Conversation (34)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Great for Lunch (31)
People Watching (22)
Spicy (22)
Fun (21)
Hot Spot (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Healthy (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Casual (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Vegan (8)
Scenic View (7)
Seasonal (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Organic (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Lovely scale and atmosphere. Excellent food. Different from the many fusion, new American, etc. restaurants.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent South Asian cuisine, ones transported to a colonial past enjoying tremendous tastes!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 4 days ago

Our server Sam was excellent and all staff very attentive! My mango margarita and ginger margarita were unique, fresh and delicious! Our appetizers were excellent, lettuce and herb wrapped spring rolls and tuna tartar! My husband had duck which he loved and I had the trout with mushrooms. We return here every time we are in Chicago.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We love the balance of ambiance and noise level. It is always energetic but never so loud that you have to raise your voice to talk to the person across from you. And the food never disappoints. I don't think there is a bad item on the entire menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Been coming here sporadically since it opened 20 years ago. Always good food and service. Nice bar upstairs if you can get a seat. Loved the entrees- filet mignon and Chilean sea bass dishes. Appetizers just okay - chewy ribs and a monk fish salad thing that we wouldn't get again.
The dishes are great for sharing so you can try many things.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Outstanding! An oldie but a keeper! Keep going back

Tags: Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

As always, Le Colonial didn’t disappoint. From Rafael greeting us at the door to our water’s service, the night was wonderful. I took the waiter’s suggestions on items and he was correct every time. Thank you for keeping my favorites on the menu! Catherine

Tags: People Watching, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This is my favorite Non-steakhouse restaurant in the city...Just flat out amazing.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The Bouillabaisse and the Sea Bass were outstanding due to the depth of the flavors. The service was attentive and thorough. A great experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This was my fourth visit to Le Colonial. My first was years ago, right after it opened. The quality of the food has declined drastically since then. I always order the same dish: a stir fry mixed vegetable/tofu recipe. It was very high quality the first two times I ordered it. Lots of succulent chunks of tofu with perfectly prepared vegetables. On this most recent occasion, I had to hunt to find two thin strips of bland tofu. The vegetables were soggy and overdone. I miss the old Le Colonial.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Always love Le Colonial. It is our go-to restaurant when in Chicago. Lots of great flavors and fun to eat family style.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

My wife and I came here for dinner on Sunday. The service was well tailored and professional. The space was comfy and well decorated. At the time the noise level was fairly quiet yet there still seemed to be a positive energy coming from the service staff. Our server was succinct and still appeared to enjoy her duties. Would gladly come again and recommend to friends and family

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants in the neighborhood. We love the food, atmosphere and the service is always great.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

This isn't the first time that I've sat down enjoyed the exquisite food that Le Colonial has to offer. The staff is professional and friendly; I feel as though they take the time to make the dining experience the best as possible. Even better their manners and professionalism to not rush customers or interrupt when in conversation is more than appreciated.

I know I will be returning here. The atmosphere, the food, the hospitality are just a few of the reasons why this is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Chicago.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The Lemongrass Martini was outstanding and the trout cook in banana leaf was one of the tastiest I’ve had. Great experience. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Michael Wilholt was amazing. So personable. Made us stay an extra 2 hours

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We made a reservation to celebrate my husband’s 40the birthday - I mentioned this to the host when making the reservation and while they called me to reconfirm the reservation a day before my visit.
Birthday or the occasion was never acknowledged, the SVG martini was terrible - had one sip and let my waiter know that Indus not like it - his response, shrugs his shoulders - did not want to remake the drink.
Food was mediocre at best.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

You’d be missing out if you didn’t come here

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Birthday dinner. Host was great, waitress friendly and attentive. Had the duck, which was tender and delicious, but the steak was ordered medium rare and was received very over cooked on the steak and shrimp plate. Staff was engaging and helpful.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

As always, the food and ambiance was perfect! Two years in a row this has been my chosen birthday dinner spot.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fun, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was very good once we got it. The front desk did not not act on our vegetarian request, however, our server was very thoughtful to our needs once we told him. He gave us their vegan menu, which is great that they have, but it would have been better if we had been given that menu when we were first seated by the hostess.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Old-world in all the best ways. This is just great food and great dining in a warm atmosphere. Was surprised by the bar area on the second floor. Wouldn’t mind returning for a cocktail upstairs sometime!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Lovely holiday lunch! Service was excellent and this place always feels so special because of the beautiful atmosphere.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Room is beautiful but uncomfortably crowded with tables packed so close together that the staff has to continually push their way through chairs. Knocking into customers seemed to be something of a game.

Other than the appetizers, the food was so so and not anywhere close to being worth the high prices.

Overall a big disappointment.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Our first time. Very pleasant evening with great service and good food.
Will go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Un clásico de Chicago. Espléndida comida. El mejor servicio visita obligada.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

I had a good time. We were celebrating our anniversary. Enjoyed every bit of it...

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Beautiful ambience and wonderful service. Food is sensational!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great service and amazing fusion food! 💯💯💯 recommend

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food is consistently good, it's the perfect date restaurant. Plan on spending about $100pp.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Still beautifully executed creative food in a special setting

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I have been coming back to Le Colonial for 5 or 6 years now, and have not once had an experience that was less than great. From the head of the house (who has been with them for 25 years), to the talented wait staff who accommodate every need and know the menu forwards and backwards, to the kitchen staff (the head of which who has been there more than 30 years!!), this team HAS IT DOWN and executes with such incredible consistency and seemingly effortless grace and hospitality. What an experience. Amazing, romantic space as well. Easily one of my favorite restaurants. I will be back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food is always great here! My girlfriend and I took the day off and went shopping all day and stopped in for a bite. The veggie rolls, beef wraps and tuna tartar are amazing! Will be having the Pho next time! Can't wait to go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Very good food, but smaller portions than ever before (last ate here 2.5 months prior to this visit). Also, very loud clubby music. More than energetic, loud.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I've been wanting to eat here for years and I finally had the opportunity when an out-of-town colleague requested something that is "classic Chicago" with unique food. It hit both marks. Our waiter was amazing and our table up front against the windows, lower level, was perfect. Love the Vietnamese décor. Thank you!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy
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 (Montana)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We were visiting Chicago for our anniversary. This is as a terrific loop location. The ambiance was lovely and the French-Vietnamese cuisine was unusual and delightful. The only downside of our experience was our waitress who seemed visibly annoyed either by our presence or her job. She was efficient but joyless and unwelcoming. We appreciated the fast service although we couldn't help but feel she couldn't get us out of there fast enough. No lingering over our anniversary drinks. I would recommend this restaurant for the location and gate and just hope that you get a happier Wait person.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 18, 2017

My wife and I went to Le Colonial for our anniversary dinner during our trip to Chicago. We were a bit early, but got seated promptly upstairs. The decor and ambiance is very good and it is quiet which we appreciated. As for the food, we had the pho which was fantastic. We stuck to a few appetizers of which the tuna tartar and the monkfish was very good. We did not quite care for the grilled baby back ribs. Too dry. The dessert was pretty good. Overall, a good experience and we would go back just for the pho!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

There were a few things that really put me off about this dining experience. The first and most important is that we were sat at a table that you literally had to move out of the way to sit at and we were way too close to each other. At a table that was too small to accommodate us. This was especially annoying since we arrived at 5pm and the restaurant was empty with plenty of seating that was much better than where we were put. Our original server came to the table once, then never came back and was replaced with someone else (who actually did do a good job). Finally, I truly believe this restaurant is overpriced for the type of meal served. I had an Asian beef dish that was $30 and quite a small portion, and as it was very good, it was a dish that was really not worth more than $15-20 max. Overall, I think this restaurant is very beautiful, and I would recommend it for the ambiance, but I will not be returning.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Absolutely amazing. I am from the Chicago area and have since moved away. Every time I'm anywhere near Rush St I make sure to eat here. From the staple menu items to the chef's selection, this place always over delivers. I most recently brought my girlfriend here and blew her mind. The staff paid special attention to everything and made sure her first experience would be unforgettable. They truly earned another lifetime customer. Thank you.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

If they lead you upstairs in a month with an R in it, head for the door. Froze to death, ambivalent food did not help recover the evening.

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