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“Delicious food with a calming atmosphere ” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Le Colonial

Le Colonial
937 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611-1422 (Gold Coast)
3122550088
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Ranked #54 of 7,756 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: French, Asian, Vietnamese
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
Cross street: Oak
Transit: Chicago El & Bus Route 22,36,151,156
Description: LE COLONIAL IS CELEBRATING 15 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. THE SECOND-FLOOR MAIN BAR, LOUNGE, AND TERRACE ARE ADORNED WITH PLUSH COUCHES, WOVEN RATTAN CHAIRS, AND POTTED PALMS. BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS OF TURN OF THE CENTURY LIFE IN SAIGON SET THE STAGE FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT."LE COLONIAL IS AN ESCAPIST'S PARADISE, A CLEVERLY CRAFTED RE-CREATION OF THE CIVILIZED YET EXOTIC WORLD OF FRENCH INDOCHINA. HERE IN ITS TONY OAK STREET ENVIRONS, LE COLONIAL HAS ONE OF THE LOVELIEST DINING ROOMS IN THE CITY -- AND THE SECOND FLOOR LOUNGE IS A SULTRY, SEDUCTIVE COCKTAIL DESTINATION.”
Daniel Island, South Carolina
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357 restaurant reviews
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171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
“Delicious food with a calming atmosphere ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Le Colonial is a real treat. Vietnamese food with a flair of excellence. Try the spring rolls and the chicken stir fry - amazing. Let not forget the service that exceptional. Thank you Terry for the great service and recommendations!

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Irvine, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Exotic, Delicious & Elegant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Our experience was top-notch. Reservations netted our party of 6 a good table and an excellent server. It's a white linen kind of place with a rich, colonial French Vietnamese ambience and menu. The food was excellent and very fresh. We were downstairs as a large private event had taken over the top floor, but we liked our seating. Service was attentive. Throughout the evening we felt very relaxed and well-taken care of. A member of our party was gluten free and the kitchen staff had no problem accomodating. Dishes that were memorable include: Bouillabaisse with coconut saffron broth, Ca Song - tuna tartare, Chao Tom - grilled shrimp wrapped around sugar cane.

Heartily recommended.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Pho is so so and the service is excellent.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I had Pho. The meat is too thick and the soup does not have too much flavor. I am disappointed. But the crab meat salad is pretty good and delicious.

The server is excellent.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Lincolnshire, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great ambience-good food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We were fortunate enough to get a table upstairs on the balcony overlooking Rush Street on a perfect night in Chicago. The service was excellent, and the food was good, but not as special as I remember it being when they first opened. Overall it was a very nice experience but a little pricey for what was served.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Cleveland, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Simply great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Whenever I am in Chicago, I try to find time to come to this restaurant. The food is excellent. And it's been that way every time that I have visited over 15 years. Service is very good without being intimidating or overbearing.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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