Le Colonial - Houston
A lavish downstairs dining room is adorned with period photography, overhead fans and leather banquettes, and flanked by a Parisian-Style sidewalk café. A dramatic staircase leads to a second level lounge, where a large bar, mahogany millwork and plush seating create the perfect atmosphere for cocktails and light fare. Custom louvered shutters surround the west veranda, while an additional terrace on the north side is fully enclosed and features additional dining tables. The Lotus Room, anchored by a mural created by Swedish muralist Jonas Wickman rendered in gentle tropical tones, seats up to 14 for private dinners and wine tastings.
Dress code is business casual.
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Loved it. Really nice!
We went there on Valentine’s day. It was a great night and the food and drink were awesome. It was very romantic ambiance. I really recommend it.
I am a Vietnamese food lover and enjoy and get a great taste satisfaction from eating at the local low end Vietnamese restaurants than at Le Colonial. I feel like I just paid for the environment and ambiance but definitely not the food.
Good food and friendly service. Main hostess particularly helpful in arranging for us to move away from a very noisy group. Atmosphere was strange - an odd mix for Valentines Day of couples, larger noisy parties and groups of businessmen. Air conditioning on at full blast and DJ playing decidedly unromantic music, loudly, in the bar area. Worth a visit for the food, but little else.
The preset valentines menu was robust, but ultimately was a lot of the lower end menu items. Also, there were a lot of bodies in the restaurant so it was uncomfortably hot. Other than the creme brûlée the desert selections were trash. I love this restaurant just not for Valentine’s Day.
Food was excellent. Service was awful. We were avoided by our server. Never saw the guy after he took our order for anythong..water, the check..anything!! I still would recommend the place but dont expect good service.
We went for Valentine's Day and I was not sure what to expect since it was a limited menu. We were very pleased that we each had a choice of a small plate, large plate, and dessert. There were lots of choices in each category. I had the chicken dumplings and my husband had the ceviche to start. For our main course, my husband had the short ribs and I had the shaking beef. Both were excellent choices. The shaking beef was more of a salad than I expected, but it was delicious! We both opted for the lavender infused vanilla creme brûlée and agreed it was an excellent choice. The restaurant can be loud and they definitely had the tables packed in to accommodate Valentine crowds but the service was great. Nice touch as they gave me a single rose as we were leaving.
Great food. Martini not to my liking. Appetizers brought out before martini was finished. Seemed like tables were being rushed.
Beautiful restaurant. Great food. Fairly relaxing atmosphere; not too loud. Great service. We love it and go there often.
Delicious food and half price bottles of wine on Mondays. The only downer is it is very noisy when the restaurant is full.
A little pricey but good food. Place is very nice Bar area is gorgeous.
Really poor spot for tables of 2. People inside banging drums made it even Moreno difficult to enjoy dinner with my date.
Great place for any occasion.
All around fantastic
The food is very good and the service is excellent. I will recommend it to friends.
We very much enjoyed our main courses (Boc Luc Lac and Lamb chops). However the La Colonial salad was very plain tasting, just lettuce with a bland vinaigrette - was disappointed and I would definitely skip it. The chicken dumplings appetizer was ok, but did not stand out to us. Enjoyed the ambiance.
Overall very nice. Food was awesome, very nice ambiance; a little loud for my taste but still very pleasant.
We sat on the upstairs porch - which is my favorite spot. However, there was a bachelorette group that was so loud that we had to lean across the table to talk to one another and we were 3 tables away. A screen to "protect" the rest of the diners from large groups would be a good idea!
Our server, Stephen, was excellent.
Another wonderful meal. First time upstairs at the bar before dinner, great mixologist.
Everything was great EXCEPT the sour host who greeted us. Shocking that she hasn’t been trained to greet guests arriving at front door with saying hello. She just stared at us and behaved arrogantly as if waiting for me to speak. Like why was I there? Perhaps she could have said hello?! Slight smile maybe? Feeling like I was welcome? Then seated us in darkest part of restaurant instead of near windows even though tables available. We eventually got table changed. I’ve been to Le Colonial 4-5 times including hosting a private event in the Lotus Room. This is the first time this has happened. Not sure what to think. May go back but not sure. Have told many friends to go but now my friend who was with me for her birthday may hesitate to return.
We enjoyed another very pleasant lunch at Le Colonial, starting with a glass of wine.
I love Le Colonial! It’s become a birthday tradition now between my friends (we love the sparkler on the birthday cake they give you!) Everything on the menu is amazing, but the duck is an absolute must try! Make sure to pre order it as well, they only keep so many.
The service is always impeccable and the food absolutely delicious.
Always a favorite and consistently good food. The fusion of French and Vietnamese flavors really work well.
The service was a bit slow for hosting a business lunch. It took about an hour and forty five minutes with out dessert.
Overall was a nice lunch.
Good but not excellent
Great location and nice decor. Food was ok and level of service lacking. We expected a higher end dining experience. The bar upstairs seemed to be the happening place to be.
Birthday celebration. Great service and awesome food. Nice afternoon had by all!
First visit for each of us. Two were food technologists who really complimented food! Others of us loved it!!! Challenging for ADA parking was only drawback
Food was the best ever!
Fantastic. Can't wait to go back. Food was delicious. Service was perfect. Cocktails yummy.
Le Colonial was recommended by many friends as a new and hot restaurant. We visited last Monday.
First turn-off: despite an nearly empty restaurant at 6pm, we were asked to sit at a tiny table for 2 (18 inches x 3 ft). I asked for a larger table, and was obliged.
Second-turn-off: we ordered martinis to start. Bartender "overshook" martinis, producing gin flavored water. When we asked for a second attempt, the next rendition was worse than the first attempt. Any novice bartender knows that clear alcohols like gin and vodka should not be shaken. We do not mind shaken martinis- different flavor, but okay. I was surprised to see the second attempt fail so miserably.
Third turn-off: nearly every dish was okay, but needed tweaking to be good or very good. For example, the ravioli were bland - needed spices, salt etc. The fried shrimp eggrolls were the best thing we ate that night, but also needed more spices or herbs. The curry shrimp begged for chopped basil in the curry (we hand chopped the garnish to enhance the dish). The "signature" fried rice was not memorable - most like a cheap Chinese take-out, w/ non of the flavors described on the menu recognizable. The "Gailan" side dish had perhaps 1 sprig of gailan mixed amongst broccoli and bok choi.
Fourth turn-off: the bill was very confusing - dishes listed w/ Asian name only, bad martinis charged and later refund as "do not like." If I had known there was this category of "do not like," it should have been applied to all dishes, and I would have owed only for the wine.
Over-all, did not live up to its hype. It tried to be upscale, but fails miserably
Always an excellent experience. Consistent service and a great place to bring visitors from out of town. Thank you.
Fabulous meal and atmosphere. We had a wonderful waiter and plan to visit the next time in Houston.
Wow love it....dont go there!!
Appetizers were delicious. Entrees were uneven. Service was good but slow. Cost was high for what we got although it was a nice venue and you do pay a bit for that. Overall I’d say it was good to very good but not great. For these prices I want great
Great food, decor and environment reminiscent of French colonial Vietnam. Only negatives were the main entrees arrived when appetizers were still being enjoyed. Otherwise a great evening and excellent food.
We sat upstairs with a view over River Oaks Dist shopping. Sparkling lights and pretty shop windows.
Food was magnificent.