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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

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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (82)
Romantic (69)
Special Occasion (61)
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Good for Anniversaries (59)
Fit for Foodies (56)
Creative Cuisine (56)
Cozy (55)
Authentic (47)
Neighborhood Gem (43)
Quiet Conversation (39)
Good Vegetarian Options (38)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Business Meals (32)
Great for Lunch (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Spicy (22)
People Watching (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Healthy (19)
Hot Spot (19)
Fun (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Notable Wine List (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Casual (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Vegan (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Scenic View (6)
Seasonal (6)
Organic (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
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vip
 (Northern MI)·Dined 2 days ago

We Absolutely Loved our time with you! Look forward to our Next Visit!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Belated Valentine’s Day dinner. Delicious in every way! Drinks are innovative and tasty. The food was delightful!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Always a special evening at Le Colonial! The Staff, food and ambience are always amazing

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Great place to meet with friends or business associate for lunch or in the evening

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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was excellent, but the with the waiter I had, it was the most embarrassing experience in life. I went there for Valentine's Day, along with a special female I was dating. She said it was her fav place, so we went. Dinner was great in the beginning. It's the end of the night and I get the bill. It was for $173, a lil more than I expected, bc the waiter charged me for the 2 $75 plates (holiday special) when I clearly didn't ask for that. He insisted he did it that way bc he was saving me money, so I agreed. My date decided to be considerate and offer to pay the gratuity fee of $23, bc even she thought the bill was high. And she never pays. When the waiter came for the check, I clearly told him to charge $150 to my card and 23 to hers. 3 minutes later the waiter brings the check, this is when ish started hitting the fan! The waiter had split the check down the middle and charged us both $86.50. My date then had started to complain quietly to the waiter about the mistake. I told her to calm down, it was a simple error, and he would fix it. So he took the check back, and went to fix it. I looked at the corrected check he brought back, and everything looked fine. Then he says my card was debited fine, but her money won't be credited back on her card until 12am. That's when my date got furious, bc she thought they weren't going to credit her at 12am. Right after that, my date stormed out, left me, n took an Uber home. I'm not rich, so I rarely go to nice restaurants like this, unless it's special like her. I'm sure it didn't help that i was a black guy with a beautiful European woman. So the snobs that were being nosey in this restaurant probably automatically assumed the issue was that I couldn't afford the bill. Never have I ever felt so low of a man until that point. All bc one stupid mistake on the check. Luckily she is still dating me bc she realized she overreacted and I got her some nice things from Victoria Secret for the holiday, she said she loved it.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Overall we had a disappointing valentine’s day dinner here. I had been wanting to try the restaurant so made a reservation well in advance. However neither the website or the two people who called to confirm my reservation ever told me it was going to be a prix fixe meal. I don’t generally mind this on busy nights like valentine’s but the quality of the food just wasn’t worth it. The cost was $75 per person and the meal selections were mostly from the regular menu, at which I priced out our selections to be worth a maximum of $50. My fiancé enjoyed his calamari appetizer but I found my beef to be not of the best quality and then the curry I had as my main was quite bland and really nothing special. They also included an automatic gratuity so with a cheap bottle of wine our meal came out to $250 for the two of us. Service was good but the food was just not worth the expense.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Another incredible meal at our favorite restaurant. The Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu offered many sumptuous options. Le Colonial is a Chicago gem!

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

We were disappointed to find that the valentines dinner was a preset menu. We come here often and enjoy ordering a variety of menu items to share.
Our dinner on 2/14/18 was 75.00 person which is much more than we would have spent ordering off the regular menu. Overall this was our worst dining experience at Le Colonial.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 5 days ago

One of my favorite Chicago restaurants. Consistently great food. You have to have the Monkfish appetizer and the trout cooked in the banana leaf for an entree!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food for someone slightly adventurous/foodie oriented. Suitable for families

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Ever reliable Le Colonial on Gold Coast. Super service, consistent good food. Lively already early evening, booking ahead is a must. Well recommended anytime as a quality place to eat. Love the Raffles style interior.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good food and service

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Absolutely delicious! We loved our dinner and plan to go back very soon.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for a Date, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We visit this restaurant every time we're in Chicago. Great for celebrating our anniversaries.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Flavorful, aromatic fresh cuisine. Truly enjoyed it. Excellent, friendly server. Do the first floor. Glad they participated in Resturant Week so I could try it. Will become a frequent visitor.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My neighbor and I went for Restaurant Week and were delighted at the selections offered, the uniqueness of each dish, and we thought that even regular pricing offered value.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Nice food and service

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Host tried to put us at a cramped interior table on main aisle when more favorable tables near the window ere available. Server never introduced herself, or spoke to us again after our order. Fish stew included crab claws that required you to put your fingers in to the hot stew to find them and remove, and then proceed take the meat out of the claw and place it back into the stew. Filet was fatty and not cut into smaller pieces to facilitate use of chopsticks. Very lazy kitchen!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Le Colonial never disappoints. The atmosphere of this restaurant is so inviting and warm with a touch of the exotic. The Restaurant Week menu was a fantastic value, with each of us (4 diners) ordering different dishes and tasting one another’s. My favorite was the tuna tartar and the sea bass wrapped in banana leaves. The food is inventive, with interesting combinations of ingredients, and beautifully presented. The bottle of wine we ordered was excellent and reasonably priced. Last, the service is attentive and friendly- a great balance. I highly recommend Le Colonial.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

This is a fabulous restaurant. Everyone was welcoming and the cuisine is wonderful. A very elegant setting as well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

3rd time in 6 months that we dined here...its simply the best.

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·Dined on February 5, 2018

The atmosphere was great and it was very quiet, although I suspect that was because we were eating lunch there on a Monday in February. The food was good but I think my favorite thing was actually the coffee for dessert. We were there for Restaurant Week and I definitely want to come back again for the regular menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

It was a slow super bowl Sunday night at the restaurant. It took about ten minutes to be greeted. Our server seemed flustered from the beginning and forgot to bring a lot of items to the table. I've dined here before and had a great experience. This time it felt like a rip off. The only good service we got was from our busser.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We loved the restaurant. It was quiet which is very important to us. We are tired of all the loud restaurants. But also the food was outstanding. We happened to go in during restaurant week so the value was exceptional. The martinis were unusual and delicious. Will definitely return

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was blahh

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Pho was way good. The rest was decent. We were a bit upset that many of the items for restaurant week were sold out. There was a big birthday party right next to us. They were having a good time. When they left, the host came to apologize. I don’t think there was a need- parties are supposed these be loud ( if they’re good). Perhaps they should have some sort of partition to mute sound of partygoers??

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Not only did our waiter forget several times to put in our food and drink orders (that resulted in one of us not having an entrée), he added drinks to our bill that we did not order. Towards the end he had another server come to help him since he was struggling with our orders, she wasn't any better. Food was good but I would not go back based on the service received. Tables were also really on top of each other where we kept getting knocked into by the wait staff - including one of us getting a dirty knife dropped all down their back.

Tags: Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The host was very obviously and openly annoyed by the fact that we had our 2 year old daughter with us! He rolled his eyes and made it very uncomfortable for us!
The food was OK, but the service was not great.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

When I sat down, no one brought me a menu until I had to ask for one. The waiter was also rude and removed my second serving of tea without even asking.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Sadly, the time has come to close the doors and make way for a better use for the space. Below mediocre. We could have gone to any neighborhood Thai or Chinese or Vietnamese restaurant in the city and had 5 times better for 5 times less. Maybe back in the day when no one had had Asian food, it could have been interesting. Good night Le Colonial.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great for lunch!

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Left a special request on opentable to have a dessert brought out for my boyfriends birthday, however they did not see the request or follow through. Still an overall 5 since food and atmosphere was great. All workers pay great attention to detail

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Ordered the shrimp for Restaurant Week. It was just, meh. In contrast, the salmon with rice noodles that my guest ordered was a great preparation and a wonderful mix of seasoning with ginger and etc. Not sure about the mousse cake - I think they made it too sweet but the mango ice cream is the thing to try and Le Colonial is the place to get it :)

Tags: Vegan, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Though we don't get here very often it never disappoints. Starting with the cocktails to dessert everything was flawless. Another sign of a quality restaurant is never having to ask for water glass to be refilled.
Merci

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great Restaurant week offerings. Food is always solid - nice place

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We have enjoyed this restaurant across a span on years. It is consistently reliable for excellent food, a lovely room/atmosphere, and professional yet warm service. It is moderate in price with a broad and uniquely authentic Vietnamese/French colonial food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Went for Restaurant Week. The food was a good value and tasted good, nothing spectacular, just good. I’d only go back if I was already in the area. Definitely not good enough to justify coming back to pay Gold Coast parking rates for food quality I can get at most Vietnamese restaurants in Chicago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We went in for restaurant week and it was great. I very much enjoyed trying some new dishes and the atmosphere of the place is aways amazing.

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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Definitely special occasion type pricing which makes it an excellent deal for restaurant week. Restaurant week $44 dinner was fantastic. Super cute ambiance, the tartare with chips was delicious, the grilled trout was outstanding, and despite being super busy b/c of restaurant week, they were able to balance more than acceptable service. My friend got the salmon from the $33 dinner which was good but not very exciting ... more "typical" Vietnamese in that it was "fresh" tasting with minimal spices. She definitely would get the grilled trout next time. Overall I would def go back!

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