Le Colonial - Chicago
What Insiders Are Saying
A formal French-Vietnamense restaurant in the Gold Coast that's not the coolest place in town but is quiet, well-run, and good.
Our server was extremely sassy about gluten-free options. Don’t be a place that openly promotes gluten-free food on your menu and then be difficult when people have questions or concerns about their auto-immune disease and the safety of their meal. Also- my pho tasted like nothing. My sisters dish had flavor but was chewy. I was stunned that the food was that bad. This place has been around forever.
I like to eat here whenever I visit Chicago! Lovely place, cozy and great food!
The ravioli is my favorite dish (nothing to do with italian ravioli despite the name). The deserts are also delicious, specialy the passion fruit chocolate cake and lemon tart.
We were told that they are moving to a new location and I really hope that they don’t loose the great atmosphere they currently have!
They have to open their new restaurant asap!!!!! We love it there. Hope the new one is as good as the old one
Was a terrific place since it opened in 1995 or even before
Another wonder dining experience at Le Colonial.
This restaurant is a quaint jewel in the Gold Coast. Beaten tin ceiling, fans, palm trees, white cloths. Totally a British Colonial, feel. The service is prompt and the food is delicious. Don't try to pronounce the names of the dishes just tell them the number. The best thing is that the menu is not overwhelming. A nice selection of dishes in each section. It is on the pricey side, but well worth it. Don't miss the upstairs bar and lounge. One only problem is the bathrooms are upstairs and it's a long steep flight. No elevator.
This is the Go-To place for my wife and me about once a month. We can count on the highest quality fare and knowledgeable, pleasant, unpressured service.
Our particular thing is to order wine, 3-4 starters and a serving of the chicken fried rice ... and call it a meal. As it definitely is with the variety available. We usually order at least one fish starter (the tuna tartar), ravioli, and then improvise. If you go with others, the kitchen will simply increase portions for the number of guests if you want to share. Which you almost certainly will!
Le Colonial is a little exotic, a fine blending of French and Vietnamese cuisine, with predictable dishes and a very pleasant atmosphere that is a step removed from The Usual no matter how many times we go. In this crazy world, that is a very good thing.
Authentic Vietnamese/colonial French setting. Good tasty balance in flavor and fresh ingredients.
The BEST Oxtail soup I have ever had. Service is always impeccable.
We had dinner here one year ago and it was one of the best meals I have ever had. We were looking forward to coming back. But this year the experience was disappointing. The food was just OK, and the service was decent but they forgot my dessert. They also had issues with their grill so some items on the menu were not available. The prices are too high for average experience. We won't be back.
It used to be a fantastic place, with the move the chef and staff looked broken and the food was anything but special. It became a really expensive Chinese restaurant without anything special so bad.
The table an atmosphere felt cramped. Service was moderate. Food was disappointing compared to our earlier experiences with this restaurant. Not sure if I’ll go back.
My sister had been raving about this place for years. It did not disappoint. Very good food, good wine list, good service. A trip to Chicago will include a visit to this place!
Light entrees packed with flavor. Great wines too!👊🏼👊🏼
Always a wonderful dining experience.
Terrific food and ambiance! The shrimp beignets are not to be missed!
I went to Le Colonial Chicago. The food was delicious and fresh, not heavy. It was so good that my wife and I returned two days later with one of her colleagues who loved it as well. We had beef rolled in a very light noodle with fresh greens and we had shrimp with asparagus and whole red snapper with a lightly sweet sauce that was delightful. I wish we could take this restaurant back to Bloomington, Indiana with us.
Very dark atmosphere. Food was very good and service was great. Would go back.
Fabulous dining experience!
It was really disappointing to get a total of three items only for $75, which includes dessert. Frankly that amount to $25 per item which is ridiculous. In the very least, in addition to an appetizer, soup and salad should have been served.
We enjoyed the creative vegan options at our New Year's Eve celebration. Never has tofu tasted this good. This restaurant has THE recipe for tofu! Excellent service as well. Our table was placed next to a wall with a chilly downdraft, but this was a minor complaint in an overall lovely experience.
We have been to Le Colonial numerous times; we even had our wedding party dinner here. Every single time has been wonderful with great service, couteous people, delicious food, and a beautiful atmosphere. However, we had booked a New Years Eve late lunch scheduled at 2:45. We were bringing our guests from Scotland here for a special meal, and we had talked up the food and restaurant so much and were extremely excited to share one of our favorite restaurants with them. Unfortunately when we arrived at 2:45, the
maître d' rudely told us that we had 15 minutes to order because the kitchen was closing at 3. When I told him we had called and booked the special New Years Eve menu, he told me I was wrong and that I was getting a better deal ordering from the regular menu anyways. The entire experience went downhill from there. Our waiter was rushing us, the appetizers came out tepid at best, and it turned out to be the worst experience ever. Having spent over $200 for the four us, I would expect friendly and welcoming service. I’ve never ever been disappointed in the food, but it was mediocre at best. The maître d' was rude and so unprofessional, and I was actually embarrassed by the whole experience beginning to end. I wish I would have gotten his name because Le Colonial customers deserve so much better than him! Next time we have guests from out of town, we won’t even consider Le Colonial. We had a phenomenal experience at Monteverde where the chef, Sarah Grueneberg, personally delivered our desserts to the table and met our out of town guests, all because I asked her to. We had an amazing experience at Piccolo Sogno as well. Le Colonial was a huge disappointment, and clearly Chicago has so much better to offer than this restaurant!
I had wonderful time with my boyfrined! The food was AMAZING! the sever was nice and friendly!
IT was my first time to visit! I will love to recommend all my friend!
We had a great time. Yet, I would not recommend sitting on the balacony. It is too loud. Other tables dominated and it was difficult having a conversation at our two top.
Trout was awesome!
Just wonderful. Our server was fabulous. Meal was paced perfectly. Loved the salmon dish and trout in banana leaves.
It will be very sad to see this restaurant close in a few weeks. I know they will he moving nearby but it won’t be the same. They and I have been there since 1996. Food and service was exceptional. Samuel is an excellent server. He is helpful, prompt, nice, positive, and likes his job. He’s an excellent representative of the restaurant.
Told staff about my cashew allergy and received a meal with cashews added to it. Makes me unsure if they cooked my plate separate from dishes made with cashews. Food was delicious, despite the stomach cramping after. Probably won’t eat there again, but I wish I could
Absolutely freezing because our table was close to the front door. Every time the door opened we were shaking. Other guests at nearby tables just as irate. Not an enjoyable time.
Great location, nice house on two floors with character. The food was just a bit above average or vietnam restaurant in the US. The service was OK but lacked knowledge. Price was reasonable for downtown Chicago
One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Food and service are always consistent. Can’t wait to see new location!
Amazing, great service and awesome ambiance!!
For 20 years, the Asian-French fusion flavors, presentation, selection and experience continues to impress,
We had seabass, pork and duck. We have had seabass at every visit and it is a star on the menu. Pork was also outstanding. Cocktails are also amazing, and service is always memorable. This is a do not miss restaurant in Chicago for a special night out.
Summer on the balcony is a romantic experience.
One of my favorite places in Chicago. Great food in a nice atmosphere. They are moving soon to a new location around the corner, so it will be fun to check out what's new.
Really disappointing experience. Way too many tables crammed in here. Not comfortable to have a conversation. Some food forgotten. No beer list.
Recommend you request a 2nd floor table by the window with a view (if you're able to climb stairs). Generous portions. Great quality. Vegetarian and gluten free options available.
Always amazing food. The chef is great at keeping the same taste and flavor over these years. My wife and I had our engagement party here, over 12 years ago and the taste, flavor, were exactly the same. Looking forward to coming back again... for SURE!!!
Le Colonial has long been one of our Chicago faves. Tonight was different, our waiter acted like he could care less about us, our dinner and our evening out. We asked about food recommendation, none, “we have had the same menu for years”, he served our wine then spent the rest of the time waiting on 5 young ladies. My wife had salmon which was very undercooked. No one ever checked on our food or asked us if we wanted second drinks. Our bill was dropped off, our romantic evening out was over in 1 hour 10 minutes. Maybe it’s good you are moving, maybe it’s time for a new Waite staff?
Food honestly tasted like something you could have gotten from a grocery store. Both of the main dishes my table received (Mi do bien, and the salmon) completely lacked any kind of taste. We also got dessert hoping that this would at least be good, sadly it was not. We ordered the creme brûlée which was cold and partially frozen... In addition to the food not tasting good at all the wait staff rushed our table along far too quickly. There was a server who would stare down our table and as soon as we set the silverware down he immediately took our plates. He was also standing uncomfortably close to our table the entire time. Would never recommend anyone to go here. Better off going to a local mom and pop shop, guarantee their food would have flavor for a quarter of the price.