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Le Colonial

Vietnamese Restaurant$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
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  • Cooper H.
    "I highly recommend the pho as well as the spicy eggplant side dish."(9 Tips)
    Crain's Chicago Business
    "Sweet and spicy seared monkfish"(3 Tips)
    Superb
    "Awesome.We loved the Sup Do Bien and the shrimp-stuffed beignets!"(3 Tips)
    Angie S.
    "Try the Lychee Sangria!"(2 Tips)
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  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJune 4
    Been here 5+ times
    Banh Pho Xao with Beef: Rice noodles sautéed with soy sauce, bean sprouts, green onions, red peppers & garlic chili sauce, served beef. Beautiful and tasty.
  • Bee C.
    Bee ChelseNovember 14, 2016
    The vegan coconut curry is delicious!The vegan spring rolls were also yummy: you take the lettuce, cilantro, mint, carrots & jicama and wrap it around the spring roll. Double layered & adds freshness!
  • Arslaan A.
    Arslaan ArshedSeptember 25, 2014
    Great atmosphere is amazing. Sit upstairs or on the balcony. The entrees taste more like Chinese food though.. I'd recommend getting several small salads
  • Paul G.
    Paul GallagherAugust 30, 2014
    Great speedy service, tasty food and cocktails. Good atmosphere. Nice decor. I'd happily return. Try the shrimp and asparagus.
  • Rishad T.
    Rishad TobaccowalaAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Start with filet mignon salad. Move to sauted jumbo shrimp and house fried rice. End with mango and vanilla ice-cream . Two folks can share for a light affordable meal. Also red snapper excellent.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJune 4
    Been here 5+ times
    Cha Gio: Crisp, fried spring rolls of shrimp, pork & asian mushrooms, with chili lime dipping sauce. Good way to start a meal.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 11, 2012
    Got an adventurous eater? Break tradition and opt for Bun Thit Nuong: Vietnamese-style barbecue pork with angel-hair pasta, tossed in a lime-garlic sauce and topped with kid-pleasing crushed peanuts. Read more
  • Reserve
    ReserveJanuary 28, 2016
    Le Colonial serves French-Vietnamese cuisine on tropically inspired menus that spotlight fresh seafood, vegetables and herbs. Read more
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 26, 2012
    Go for the lovely colonial Vietnamese decor. Stay for the bistro-meets-Asian eats, including bouillabaisse, filet mignon with yams, and excellent sweet curries. Read more
  • Christina B.
    Christina BowersFebruary 23, 2012
    The salmon here is amazing. Served medium rare and flaky, tender, and delicious. Big serving size too. Side vegetables are Vietnamese flavored. Savory excellent dish.
  • felicia
    feliciaSeptember 13, 2014
    pho broth was a little sweet for my taste, and they put all the fixin's in for you. small bowl, fancy place.
  • Myra R.
    Myra RubinSeptember 4, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Been dining here for many years. Love all the food. Ordered the trout wrapped in banana leaf w/ curry sauce...delish! Try Eternal Spring cocktail and Lychee martini's...Say hi to Nikki "StarTender"
  • Cooper H.
    Cooper HenkelSeptember 15
    Incredibly fragrant and fresh, like good Vietnamese cuisine should be. I highly recommend the pho as well as the spicy eggplant side dish.
  • Philly G.
    Philly GJanuary 5, 2014
    The beignet appetizer is a must. The seafood entree was enough for 2 and spicy goodness. Banana wontons for dessert!
  • JD
    JDOctober 16, 2014
    Great place for a business meeting. If your order states it is spicy on the menu be sure you can handle spice!
  • Ari
    AriAugust 9, 2014
    Great atmosphere. Banana lead trout and the tofu was great. Duck was average. Vietnam coffee great desert.
  • 👹 Michael B.
    👹 Michael Boaz 👹January 1, 2013
    This place is great, if your looking for a cocktail start off w a eternal spring. As an Entree try 41. Lemongrass Chicken.
  • Janet L.
    Janet LedbetterMarch 8, 2013
    Try the spicy cold beef salad. And check out the bar upstairs. Great place for a romantic date.
  • Tablet Hotels
    Tablet HotelsMarch 6, 2013
    This fusion restaurant effortlessly blends French and Vietnamese cuisine. Summer is a perfect time to eat here and dine outside.
  • Zee A.
    Zee AJuly 3, 2012
    Food was Delish, had the chicken and lemongrass an the mango sundae was awesome I had it without the cashews
  • Nikole F.
    Nikole FuquaMarch 20, 2015
    Large portions to share with a group! Very cozy
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisJanuary 7, 2016
    Fried spring roll was delicious, as recommended. It's a really nice place. Great cocktails too. 
  • Vaughn A.
    Vaughn AllenAugust 10, 2014
    Food is good. Atmosphere is amazing. They really make you pay for that atmosphere.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityDecember 20, 2010
    Shopping on the Mag Mile? Escape the crowds by grabbing a cocktail in Le Colonial’s sexy upstairs lounge, filled with over-stuffed sofas, Oriental rugs and antique furniture.
  • Teresa
    TeresaOctober 13, 2014
    Appetizers are delicious! Definitely try the ravioli and pho.
  • Angela H.
    Angela HolmesOctober 1, 2013
    Long one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago-Such a classically elegant dining room serving amazing food!
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 22, 2015
    Come here for decent pho bo and cha gio.
  • Cody M.
    Cody MarshallDecember 31, 2010
    As a vegetarian, I can say that they had a few great options for me, but I have to add that for a veggie meal it is significantly pricey.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJanuary 23
    Been here 5+ times
    Upscale French Vietnamese cuisine; haven't had anything I didn't like
  • Molly L.
    Molly LynnJune 12, 2016
    Fantastic atmosphere. Can't go wrong on the menu!
  • Lewis W.
    Lewis WilliamsAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Have dinner with NIKKI at bar Tuesday thru Saturday. She's Scottish :-)
  • Jayne S.
    Jayne SpottswoodApril 23, 2014
    Excellent menu for everyone, including vegans!
  • Superb
    SuperbJune 13, 2012
    Vietnamese fine dining? Awesome.We loved the Sup Do Bien and the shrimp-stuffed beignets!
  • Kseniya M.
    Kseniya MakarovaMarch 9, 2016
    Scallop salad killed it. Doubt you can go wrong with anything
  • Matt M.
    Matt MorogMay 30, 2016
    Really good food. Patio seating is picturesque.
  • Adrian K.
    Food was excellent. Always eat here when I visit Chicago!
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Sweet and spicy seared monkfish is an excellent starter to share, served with sesame crackers. Read more
  • GERALDINE C.
    GERALDINE CAVAGNONFebruary 23, 2010
    I loved everything about that place: food (french -vietnamese), music (french lounge, gotan project), service, decor...
  • Sam T.
    Sam TroyMarch 4, 2015
    Amazing food especially the Pho 👍👍
  • Justine
    JustineSeptember 7, 2011
    The lobster bouillabaise is a blast. Share it with someone you love
  • Benji G.
    Benji GreenbergAugust 9, 2014
    Get the crispy banana wonton for dessert.
  • Nate L.
    Nate LongMay 22, 2010
    Some of the best Vietnamese you'll find in Chicago. Great restaurant week menu, too.
  • Varsha S.
    Varsha SheteDecember 18, 2015
    Best spot for Vietnamese food with French influence
  • Mark S.
    Mark SJanuary 12, 2016
    I recently had a negative experience at this restaurant this past weekend. As most of the reviews read it's not the food that's the problem; it's the piss poor service that's the problem.
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanJuly 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the monkfish, been eating it for more than a decade and I never grow tired of it! @FIJIhunt
  • Jared K.
    Jared KaplanMarch 7, 2010
    Ginger marinated duck with tamarind sauce is amazing- want to take bottles of the sauce home with me!
  • Parham E.
    Parham E.January 13, 2013
    The scallop salad is a must.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoMay 30
    Been here 5+ times
    Did I forget to mention they have tasty and refreshing cocktails?
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoFebruary 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The sup do bien is to die for.
  • R K.
    R KAugust 8, 2014
    Lovely food and ambiance...
  • Emily D.
    Emily DoolittleApril 12, 2013
    When in doubt, order the trout. Worth it!!
  • Ajay K.
    Ajay KulkarniOctober 23, 2011
    Make sure you close out the meal with Vietnamese Coffee
  • Shaun R.
    Shaun RudySeptember 3, 2012
    Oxtail soup and Bo Sate. Uhhh-mazing..
  • MJ C.
    MJ CaoOctober 6, 2016
    Fancy Vietnamese. Not as good as authentic Vietnamese.
  • Julie C.
    Julie CollinsOctober 26, 2010
    Eternal Spring libation, monkfish app, trout in banana leaf with curry sauce. Absolutely divine.
  • Scott F.
    Scott FortuneSeptember 3, 2012
    Bouillabaisse is outstanding
  • Angie S.
    Angie SorgeSeptember 7, 2010
    Try the Lychee Sangria! Delicious!
  • Designkitchen
    DesignkitchenMarch 23, 2010
    Romantic and fun, make sure to request seating upstairs.
  • Lizette P.
    Lizette P.February 20, 2011
    Pho is the best on a cold day!
  • Heather R.
    Heather RepinskiMay 14, 2016
    Pho hits the spot
  • Gurhan C.
    Gurhan CamDecember 21, 2014
    Lychee Sangria
  • Mariana A.
    Mariana AguilarApril 23, 2016
    Great Menu!
  • Jackie
    JackieMay 26, 2014
    Get the pho
  • Mark K.
    Mark KlopfensteinNovember 14, 2015
    #27! Is delicious
  • Dev P.
    Dev PApril 11, 2011
    Average food with a great setting.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HAugust 8, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the appetizer beignets.
  • alec s.
    alec smoliakAugust 5, 2016
    rather disappointing
  • Vik K.
    Vik KuttappanSeptember 6, 2013
    The food was meh
  • Stefania S.
    Stefania SolaDecember 8, 2014
    La ensalada con aderezo de tamarindo y el salmón! De postre el macaroon de coco o el Mousse de mango 😍👌
  • Stefania S.
    Stefania SolaNovember 24, 2014
    Todo delicioso!!!!!😍
  • Lev O.
    Lev OborinOctober 23, 2012
    Французско-вьетнамская кухня, приличные коктейли, приятный интерьер. Название только неприятное.
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