Le Colonial - Chicago

4.7
4021 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.

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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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

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EC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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SM
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonder dining experience at Le Colonial.

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

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.

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CT
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic Vietnamese/colonial French setting. Good tasty balance in flavor and fresh ingredients.

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CF
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST Oxtail soup I have ever had. Service is always impeccable.

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G
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

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EP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

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DL
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

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.

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JC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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M
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Healthy,
Light entrees packed with flavor. Great wines too!👊🏼👊🏼

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MC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful dining experience.

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E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and ambiance! The shrimp beignets are not to be missed!

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L
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very dark atmosphere. Food was very good and service was great. Would go back.

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KJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dining experience!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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C
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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SF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

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!

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JK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

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SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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W
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trout was awesome!

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F
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful. Our server was fabulous. Meal was paced perfectly. Loved the salmon dish and trout in banana leaves.

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SM
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

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

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JP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 1

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.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!!!!!

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t
Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

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

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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s
Chicago
146 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Food and service are always consistent. Can’t wait to see new location!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing, great service and awesome ambiance!!

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MM
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MS
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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LK
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Really disappointing experience. Way too many tables crammed in here. Not comfortable to have a conversation. Some food forgotten. No beer list.

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e
Milwaukee
31 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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E
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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N
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

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?

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A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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