Le Colonial - Houston

4.7
1145 reviews
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$30 and under
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Vietnamese
Le Colonial is a celebration of the seductive spirit and vivid flavors of 1920’s French Colonial Southeast Asia, located in the heart of one of America’s largest and most diverse cities.

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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M
Houston
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Really nice!

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RR
Houston
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

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.

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AC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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MK
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

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.

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DH
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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M
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Martini not to my liking. Appetizers brought out before martini was finished. Seemed like tables were being rushed.

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LS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Great food. Fairly relaxing atmosphere; not too loud. Great service. We love it and go there often.

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KT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and half price bottles of wine on Mondays. The only downer is it is very noisy when the restaurant is full.
Great ambiance.

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AB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey but good food. Place is very nice Bar area is gorgeous.

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S
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Really poor spot for tables of 2. People inside banging drums made it even Moreno difficult to enjoy dinner with my date.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for any occasion.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around fantastic

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j
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is very good and the service is excellent. I will recommend it to friends.

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GR
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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MB
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall very nice. Food was awesome, very nice ambiance; a little loud for my taste but still very pleasant.

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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DJ
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal. First time upstairs at the bar before dinner, great mixologist.

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MG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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KN
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed another very pleasant lunch at Le Colonial, starting with a glass of wine.

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AW
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is always impeccable and the food absolutely delicious.

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BL
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite and consistently good food. The fusion of French and Vietnamese flavors really work well.

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m
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Mom’s B-Day

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good but not excellent

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

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Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Great service and awesome food. Nice afternoon had by all!

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GS
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was the best ever!

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AJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Can't wait to go back. Food was delicious. Service was perfect. Cocktails yummy.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

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

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r
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience. Consistent service and a great place to bring visitors from out of town. Thank you.

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MM
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal and atmosphere. We had a wonderful waiter and plan to visit the next time in Houston.

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k
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow love it....dont go there!!

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D
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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

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HG
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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MA
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat upstairs with a view over River Oaks Dist shopping. Sparkling lights and pretty shop windows.
Food was magnificent.

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