Le Colonial - Chicago

4.7
3906 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Vietnamese
Le Colonial is a celebration of the seductive spirit and vivid flavors of 1920’s French Colonial Southeast Asia. The restaurant 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Vietnamese, Asian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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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
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Phone number
(312) 255-0088
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Quoc Luong
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Cross street
Oak
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Parking details
Valet parking is available for $16. Public lots & street parking also available.
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Public transit
Chicago El & Bus Route 22,36,151,156
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, 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.

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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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, festive dessert selection, and coffee or tea. *excludes tax, gratuity, and beverages

Monday, December 31, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.4

A formal French-Vietnamense restaurant in the Gold Coast that's not the coolest place in town but is quiet, well-run, and good.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 3906 People Are Saying
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SC
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! Amazing food and service. As an added bonus, they know how to make good adult beverages!! FIVE YUMS!!!

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OT
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

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B
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always enjoy good food & ambiance at
Le Colonial! Hoping it will continue once they move to their new venue on Oak St..
Birthday luncheon for my daughter!

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TM
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and excellent service led to a great business meeting. This restaurant is top notch.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food and service convenient location

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p
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Got together with medical school classmates... our 8th annual at Le Colonial

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DS
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Le Colonial is reliably very good in terms of food service and ambience. I have been here 3 times when we come in from out of town and have never been disappointed

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PP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Unfortunately I had to wait 1 hour to be seated. I had made my reservation several days in advance. Drinks was good and food was ok.

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SF
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Loved the food and drinks however tables were way too close and it was hard to talk to each other, our table was also crooked which made it a little difficult to enjoy our experience as we were worried about knocking off food/drinks.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding dress shopping !

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l
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique delicious cuisine! Highly recommend!

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CL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service & ambiance! Definitely will be back!!

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RJ
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is one of the best in Chicago. We have always been treated extremely well. The service is the best.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is unique and always good. We had a wonderful evening there.

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DM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much enjoyed the intimate atmosphere and the delicious food.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversaire très bien

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the place!! Its one of our very favorite places in Chicago!! Love the ambiance and old style Asian colonial atmosphere. Hopefully the new location will be as good!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Unfortunately the food was not even remotely good. Service was okay. Nothing to remember. I would never go back just due to how expensive it was

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CT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible! One of my favorites in the world!! Top 10 list for sure!

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M
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Chicago, never disappoints. Highly recommended

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DZ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite Chicago restaurants. Great food and ambiance. The Vietnamese coffee is a desert all by itself!

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PK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food, good service, too dark to read menu or see food when it was served.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Two women dining out are not given the same attention/service as two men or even a man with a woman.

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VC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service, nice ambience ..... been going there for 25 years and counting ..... no regrets whatsoever

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G
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There are plenty of great places to dine in downtown Chicago but if you are looking for something really special this place is a gem. Le Colonial offers a perfect blend of French and Asian inspiration that will please the taste of the most discriminating foodie.

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JB
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious! Great business meal, appetizers to share were perfect (egg rolls, spring rolls, calamari) and I ordered the salmon served on rice noodles. Fantastic!

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CC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant smells heavenly the moment you walk in. Tables are intimately close together, which somehow adds to ambiance rather than feeling too tight. I had the trout with mushrooms, which was delicious.

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M
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd time to visit and I am always happy with the food and service

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent experience! We have eaten here for at least 5 years together and love the food, the ambience and the service every time. Recommend the upstairs for date nights and/or special occasions. It is our favorite restaurant

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b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing date with amazing with food.

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AM
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Colonial has been and will also be my all time favorite restaurants. Great food! Great ambiance and bar scene.

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HS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Solid choice for a great lunch venue. Will happily return the next time I am in Chicago

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CJ
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

This is one of our very favorite restaurants in Chicago. We make it a point to go there each time we're in town. We were seated on the second floor, on the front "balcony" as requested and as has always been our preference. I described the noise level as "energetic", which I guess is Open Table's way of saying it was over-the-top loud, to the point that we couldn't carry on a conversation at our table of 4. The food was excellent, as always and the service was reasonable, though not as good as in the past. Honestly, I understand that a restaurant has no way of controlling the volume of its' clientele...I just consider this a result of a booming economy!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Our server did not check on us after we got our food, the issue was that I have a food allergy that I communicated and the item was all over my main and side dish. We finally flagged someone down to fix it and we had to wait, one of us with food and another waiting.
They did nothing to address this issue. Won't go back.

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TO
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent dining experience! The food was outstanding!

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f
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant with genuine colonial feeling.
Very good grilled trout with mushrooms & peanut curry sauce (+).

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p
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Its been a while since we have been to Le Colonial and it impressed us again. Great option if you are looking for something a little different to the steak houses etc.

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Nashville
79 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently the most professional and attentive staff and the most delicious food. I know that I could never perfect the oxtail broth for the pho.
We are not from Chicago, but whenever we visit, it’s one of our first food stops! Obviously, the waiter remembered us from months ago😊

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LR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as always. I highly recommend the red snapper and share! Gets a little crowded during busy hours so be prepared to wait a little if you don’t make reservation in advance. Service was also outstanding! I highly recommend this place for a group lunch/dinner and be adventurous with your order ;-)

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Girls night

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