Le Colonial - Chicago

4.7
4392 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Vietnamese
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  • Good for a Date
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  • Special Occasions
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.
What 4392 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First rate french influenced Vietnamese cuisine in an stylish venue in the heart of the Gold Coast. On cooler night the terrace windows are opened to provide fresh air and lower to noise volume. Do be careful visiting on hotter summer nights. If the windows are closed the noise level can be a bit high.

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FS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food in an excellent setting. Great service too.

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Naples
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing decor. Highly trained and pleasant wait staff. Terrific food!

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Y
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always attentive from the time you walk in until the time you leave. food is always fresh and just the proper amount. near home so we dine here often. highly recommend!!!

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G
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The space is beautiful and the food exceptional. We tried a lot of different items and each were extremely well presented and absolutely delicious. Our service was wonderful, especially our main server Patricia. She’s a gem. Can’t wait to go back

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent lunch for our wedding anniversary! The only odd bit was that our server who started with us must have left or went on break but we were never told and a different gentleman started waiting on our table half way through the meal. I would have expected a quick introduction for the hand off. Aside from that-great space and food. We will be back.

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VC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top quality ingredients prepared and presented with excellence. Impeccable texture and flavors. The decor, layout and ambiance transport you in another time and place.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We will definitely go back. All our dishes were great. No complaints!!!!!!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The lounge truly offers a completely different experience from the dining rooms. You feel as if you are in an international setting and not in Chicago. Both rooms offer tremendous service and without question, exquisite meals. I was as impressed as I’ve ever been dining out. Great experience in every sense.

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PR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Ordered the duck and was very disappointed. Had the scallop and shrimp ceviche as an appetizer and it was outstanding. Could have skipped everything else and ordered 3. The other courses were good not great. The ambience is terrific. Very lovely! Service very good. They gave you enough time between courses not to feel rushed.

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SM
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! I love it!!!

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SZ
Atlanta
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the chicken curry and it was amazing! Service and ambiance outstanding! Love , love, LOVE this restaurant!

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a
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding! We had a mini reunion with our nephew and met his partner after we all realized we were in Chicago at the same time.. Our “quick lunch” grew into late afternoon and we never felt even slightly rushed. Phenomenal food and service. We look forward to returning the next time we are in Chicago!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food awesome spot for lunch

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great anniversary dinner. Good food, great scene and great location.

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S
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Some of the greatest little gems inspired from a Vietnamese based menu also pulling from other Asian cuisines. The most perfect chicken and mushroom raviolis, carpaccio with great salad bed and seared scallops served on a large salad were amazing. We tried the house special crispy red snapper which was also very good. Highly recommended again. Great job guys, thanks

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MC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely time with an early dinner. The wait staff was attentive and great with directing us in ordering. Beautiful restaurant. My 2nd time at new location. Order the Duck!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We took our son and had a great dinner. Being Vietnamese, we have always been impressed without their authentic interpretation of classic Vietnamese dishes. We had the egg rolls, spring rolls, stuffed rice noodles/“ravioli”, pho, lotus root salad, beef carpaccio, the full snapper, banana pudding, chocolate opera cake, and coconut panna cotta. I was hoping for flan, but everything was excellent.

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R
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an absolute gem!
In every way.

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S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, the service and food were spectacular! Everyone was welcoming and the menu offers something for everyone!

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

It was our anniversary. We had a late reservation. We arrived a little early. We were reminded 3 times that we had 10 min to order before the kitchen closes. 3 times! Twice before we sat down. Why take reservations that late then? The quality of the food has declined significantly since we were there last and way over priced. New location isn’t nearly as charming. We were so rushed. We redid our anniversary dinner somewhere else the next night. Will not be back.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 5

The food was marginal for what you end up paying. Our waiter seemed board, entitled and spoke in one or 2 syllables. Odd service considering the price levels. Hopefully, this review can assist in him receiving some much needed coaching. We ended up leaving him a 15% tip when we always leave 25% normally. The last tip we left that small was about 15 years ago.

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T
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We loved it! We also want to,come back to the bar. It was full when we left, but we thought it was beautiful!

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TN
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

what a wonderful new location and what fabulous food. A must try in Chicago

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PF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A fun night. Good food and drinks.

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MS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a surprise. This will be our new go to place when we come DT.

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B
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

First time at the ‘new’ venue in Oakstreet!
Ambiance is very tasteful decorated, the food is great, service is nice however our waiter was a bit grumpy.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Espectacular!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Authentic food with nice decor

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JM
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We knew the restaurant from its previous location. The decor and space is even better in the new location. The menu has been updated and the food is superb.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent! Long time patron!

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m
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

we were fans of le colonial at its previous location, but at the new one, not so much. the table we were given was very close to other diners. the noise level was high, not energetic like i checked in the review(the closest choice you allowed), but loud. loud enough that a conversation required speaking loudly and was therefore overheard by people nearby. the food was ok. service was very good. new location, though they tried to replicate the old, is missing the cozy feel of the former.

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JC
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Having been a fan of the old location I was a bit anxious about the new location ... but they totally made it even better. I will be returning again and again. This place transport you to another place and time. I was waiting for Humphrey Bogart to come walking in.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Fun place &great food! Patio is beautiful, however 2 top tables are really close to each other. Inside atmosphere has a great vibe.

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OG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is very good, the service was excellent, great p,ace! I just wish the host would offer better table instead of the worst. We had to ask for another table, not the one next to the kitchen . Other then that everything was just great.

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All the food was great but the seabass was spectacular. They have great happy hour deals up at the bar too.

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LT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful upscale restaurant. Great food with small portions. Excellent service.

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f
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for lunch. A beautiful restaurant, elegant without stuffiness. Wonderful service, delicious food, felt like I was back in Hanoi. Really a lovely experience.

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r
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been a frequent quest to this wonderful establishment since 1997, yep, that’s a long a time, and I never had a bad meal or experience there. The snooty hostesses not withstanding.
The new space is beautiful, elegant, they did a good job keeping the old charm intact.
I proposed to my wife there, and been going back every year for our anniversary, and will continue to for many years to come.
We usually start with the spring rolls, and a couple drinks. For the main course we ordered the filet mignon and the chicken curry with a side of crispy red snapper. lots of food but how could we just pick one thing.
Mango sorbet with mango sauce for desert and a double espresso to rap the night up.
See you next year guys and thank you

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was wonderful

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