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Ranked #115 of 5,693 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $80
Cuisines: Asian, French, Vietnamese, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Taylor and Jones
New York City, New York
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266 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Beautiful restaurant that provides very good services and food. Wine list is stocked with nice selection but is over priced. Food is artfully prepared with nice sized portions and quality ingredients. Service is top notch. The upstairs bar was very nice and has live music. Would highly recommend this restaurant to any one.

Visited September 2012
Thank pmny
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent Food”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

We visited Le Colonial for drinks and snacks and was pleasantly surprised at the great food and service, the cocktails and wine where very good and with the food we ordered more because it was so good. Live music is a must to watch along with the dancing.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Tracie987
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121 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Wonderful French-Vietnamese food”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Went here with two business colleagues. We'd all recently arrived in town, hadn't eaten much all day and were ready to fill the void. I had been to Le Colonial in Chicago - and the atmosphere was similar: quite south Asian with the ubiquitous ceiling fans (even in cool San Fran). Attentive service, helpful, friendly, with good humor and patience. We started with the Appetizer Tasting Platter - plus a plate of heavenly pork belly. All were delicious, varied..but the star was the pork belly. Then we got several other dishes: lamb chops, prawns, brussel sprouts, asparagus. All were very good. The flavors are hard to describe, but each dish had a combination of ingredients, spices, additions that made each uniquely delicious. The lamb chops were especially good. We shared a single dessert, the apple beignets with gelato and a caramel sauce - amazing! I am not big on dessert, but this was wonderful. This was a lovely dinner with, basically, no negative notes. I didn't pay - but the prices seemed reasonable too.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank lynx46
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Sierra Foothills, CA
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53 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere but missing several elements”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

Le Colonial is a place you should try for yourself. Yes, it is a near-hidden location if not for the neon sign off Cosmo Place and Taylor. Second floor patio room evokes old Hanoi without the hot, steamy evenings. Arrived on the button, early in the evening, not many diners. Dress code sign noted on the wall (a nice change), greeting was initially warm, BUT then we got the glare and disdainful look from a very judgemental host gentleman (ironically) the moment he spotted the stroller with a sleepy little girl in it. Yes indeed, we had arrived, as always, with our well dressed, well-behaved child reared on every conceivable fine dining experience in the last 3+ years; a child who has probably had 1 behavioral problem dining with us in literally hundreds of evenings out. (By the way, Its not exactly hard for a child to be be quieter than 95% of the imbibing adults in most "hot spots" of SF where the DB level approximates an airport runway). She was perfect this evening, as most times. Onward- atmosphere- excellent. Service- beyond attentive- almost too much. Gluten-free was definitely appreciated here! Food not Vietnam authentic, not very good value, smaller portions, but tasted good. Cha Giao rolls were very tasty. Fish OK, with unique sauces. Wine list OK, but way, way too pricey. Server was very friendly and fast. Everything seemed a little too fast, too rushed to get people in and out. Not unusual in the City, but some places manage it better than others. Overall, nothing to bring me back again, cuisine nothing earthshattering, a bad glare from a host who judges people with kids, totally turned us off. I'm glad we went- one time. Next.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank Nevis15
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Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Overpriced, undersized and pretentious”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

True to form we arrived without reservation and was upon our request seated by a window table normally reserved for parties of four as informed by one of the hostesses.
The two hostesses and what seemed like a server for every three tables plus a couple of manager types would and should ensure more than adequate attention to the few customers in the restaurant, had it not been for the ongoing chit chat amongst the staff.
After ordering the wine we were now ready to dine.
The "Pho Ga" described on the Le Colonial menu as aromatic chicken broth with sous-wide chicken breast and cilantro arrived streaming hot and tasty. The sous-wide chicken breast was actually not very sous-wide and hard to find among the bean sprouts.
The second course: "Cha Gio Chay" described on the menu as crispy vegetarian Buddha rolls did not conjure up images of a well feed, happy Buddha at all, as these 4 rolls were the size of my little finger.
Amazingly these tiny rolls contained, according to the menu: Taro,Tofu, Jicama, Shiitake mushrooms and sweet ponzo -- all at the same time.
The third dish ordered was "Bo Tai Chan" even tinier rolls of sliced beef Carpaccio with crispy shallots, toasted peanuts, nuoc cham and lime juice.
Again, considering the portion sizes vs. the menu prices, a complete insult but the chef must be happy with the 5 percent food cost achieved through ridiculously small portion sizes although it'll probably not result in repeat customers.
To quote Brillat-Savarin: "Been there three times; first, only and last!"

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Susur
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