Le Colonial - Chicago

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4323 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Vietnamese
Le Colonial, Chicago's famed Vietnamese institution, is a celebration of the seductive spirit and vivid flavors of 1920’s French Colonial Southeast Asia. Heralded as "an escapist’s paradise," Le Colonial recently moved from its location of over 20 years on Rush Street to Chicago’s iconic Oak Street. Le Colonial features a dining room, an all-season terrace overlooking Oak Street, a bar and lounge, and The Monkey Parlour (a private dining room with seating for up to 12 guests).

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

Food, as always, was super, but this time we had a VERY bad server. He took our appetizer order but apparently forgot to give it to the kitchen. About an hour later, when our entrees were served, we refused them and called the Captain. He apologized, comp'ed the appetizers and from then on we had a new server. We viewed this as an anomaly to the usually great service we receive at Le Colonial.

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b
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such a cool place. Even the new space is done quite nicely. Decor is spot on. Food is fantastic. Service was a bit slow even though we had 4 different servers. Get the snapper.

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MA
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new place is great. This has always been a special restaurant for us and we are so excited that it is still the same great restaurant, but in a new location.

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Terrible waiter, worse service. The waiter forgot one of our orders. When it was brought, after a long wait, it was the wrong order. The next order for the main course tasted terrible and when I ordered something else they again brought the wrong dish. I gave up and left. To make matters worse, the manager was indifferent.

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

Graduation from college

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KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Service great
Food decent
Beautiful space on a beautiful street

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MW
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food and good service however I am not going to write a 50 word review

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g
Chicago
139 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The new Le Colonial location turned out to be as good or better than the old one.
We had a very nice time. The service was not that good and the cocktails are small,
but each dish was tasty! Its definitely a repeat, and would recommend.

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BB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, friendly staff, great ambiance.

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LE
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I would have recommended it a year ago. I had the whole fish which I adore but the guy who deboned it had a bad night which made mine bad. Spent most of the time removing them myself.
Plus the old place was way sexier. But hey, what do I know.

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R
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were visiting Chicago and this was a fantastic dining experience. Restaurant is beautiful, food unusual and fantastic and our food server was as good as we've ever had. Only negative is that we do not have Le Colonial where we live.

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g
Central Coast
41 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LeColonial is the best restaurant I’ve ever experienced. From the beautiful new establishment, furnishings, noise level & wait staff.
It was amazing!
We travel all over the world. And by far this restaurant, service & meal was amazing! Kudos to the entire team at LeColonial.
We’ll be back!
Thanks,
Gayla

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Great food and wonderful new space but the service has been lack luster since reopening.

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i
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious. Service was not very attentive. Glasses sat empty, slow to take orders. Server was friendly. Ceviche was my favorite item and the Vietnamese coffee was a fabulous end to the meal. Worth coming back again.

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G
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time in the new space. Ir was beautiful and the food was better than before. Really nice cocktail selects as well. We are coming back. Although the outdoor space is gone we still felt part of the beautiful weather. The service was excellent; cheery and pleasant with knowledge of the food and suggestions as well.. Reservations are a must, but they always were in the past

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b
New England
255 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We loved the old Le Colonial on Rush Street. Since they have moved, they obviously enlarged quite a bit. They lost the charm, I think, but it was still good. We sat on a kind of porch area by the windows which was pleasant, only some extremely loud other diners made it difficult to hear our own conversation (alas, a common problem these days!) The new venue is less intimate and perhaps the menu is smaller.

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RL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had not been to Le Colonial's new location on Oak Street. They have not lost a step. The food and service are wonderful and the atmosphere in the new space is very inviting.

The noise level can be quite high at times, but that does not take away from the overall experience.
Le Colonial is a real Chicago dining gem for special occasions or anytime. We look forward to returning.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere is lovely...elegant but not stuffy at all! Food and service were fabulous! While the food was out very quickly, we never felt rushed! Would highly recommend!!

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SK
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their food has been always consistently sumptuous, exotic but easy enough to enjoy. Service and ambiance are better than the ones in SF or NYC. I love their new location on Oak street. So sensually elegant filled with abundant sunlights.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic new location!

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SM
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic new restaurant. I’ve been there now about 3-4 times and it gets better and better. The place was totally full today at 2. Hostess told me there are locals that are coming every day. Great Alsace rose brut. Perfect restaurant!!!

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LW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent, as always.
The new restaurant does not have quite the same ambience as LeColonial when it was
on Rush Street, but still a delightful experience.

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CS
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fab food. A little pricey.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Colonial’s new space is wonderful and the food and service are as good as always.

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FP
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Miss prior location, but new spot is elegant, service is professional and food suburb as always. One of a kind Chicago dining option! Will recommend and enjoy in the future

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k
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely table in back room, great service and delicious food. Great evening!

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great really enjoyed - a favorite restaurant

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TZ
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance
What a gem
Food and service was great

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SM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new location! Food fabulous and the bar area is great!

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A
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience. I am never disappointed! Love the new location!

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M
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average. This place it is not amazing but it is not bad either. Lots of tourists.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous setting, delicious food, excellent service. Le Colonial is back in my favorites list!❤️

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I
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The new space is absolutely amazing!!

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d
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and very comfortable space, with delicious and creative cuisine. We loved it!

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KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Such high expectations as I loved the old location. My two friends and I all dressed well were shown to the back table that happened to be extremely wobbly and I was constantly bumped into by the waiststaff. The service was terrible-upon ordering other glass of different wine-the server was about to “top off” the old glass without even realizing it was different. Also-after clearing away our dishes, left a piece of lettuce on the table which was still there even after dessert and coffee. There are many other fabulous options in the city, RL immediately comes to mind, that I will not be going back anytime soon.

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious and gorgeous space! The menu is now much shorter but the selections are still great and the quality of food is amazing still.

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SB
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Well prepared and presented by knowledgeable and thoughtful staff

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AF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the place, the food, the service and the staff. The price is correlated to the experience.

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MC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food at reasonable prices! Speedy cooking and the environment is really nice

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RS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was improved loved the new restaurant, the service was excellent as usual

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