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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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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??
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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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