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“Simply great food” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Le Colonial
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Ranked #50 of 9,356 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.”
Cleveland, Ohio
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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Simply great food”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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653 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
“A perfect mix of Asia and France”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is our last night in Chicago and we weren't disappointed just first rate food booked to perfection .

The team help you decide food your taste and wine to match .

The place is in a lovely building beautifully restored to blend with the fishes served

Worth going

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FL
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Really enjoyed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We went here on a rainy evening in June and could only get a table upstairs in the bar area. There are dining tables there as well. The atmosphere is cozy and the food is fresh and delicious. Service was friendly and efficient. We will return next time in Chicago which will be soon.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Nice building, go else where for food.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014

Wife and I on business for dinner. Convenient on Rush St, It was a steak house previously they set up shop without much change. Place is nice inside call it Chinese with linens. Service is fast and not particularly friendly. This is just Chinese with lemon grass. Food is way over priced and not that good, there's a lot of Chinese, food in Chicago that better and less expensive. I was not impressed. Not a memorable meal nothing outstanding.

  • Visited June 2014
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Cary, NC
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86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Superb Meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014

Six college classmates met for dinner at Le Colonial, and we all raved afterwards about our meal. We shared two dumpling type appetizers. My entree was a jumbo shrimp and asparagus dish, perfectly cooked; several women ordered chicken curry. Jasmine rice accompanied the entrees. We found our dishes to be very well seasoned and a melange of interesting spices and flavors. We shared a lemon curd tart on shortbread crust for dessert which was delicious. Our waitress was particularly helpful in guiding us through the extensive menu, making suggestions and getting the level of hotness tailored to our individual tastes. What a delightful evening! Le Colonial was definitely the most interesting meal we enjoyed during our four days in Chicago, and I plan to return next time I visit Chicago. While the website for the restaurant portrays the restaurant as an oasis of peace and quiet, it was crowded and quite noisy, so conversation was not always easy.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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