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Le Colonial

Le Colonial

Vietnamese Restaurant, Lounge, and Asian Restaurant$$$$
Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco
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  • Jerwyn A.
    "The crispy duck rolls and seaboards entree are delicious"(3 Tips)
    Cody C.
    "Amazing rib appetizer, great take on fillet mignon"(7 Tips)
    Tessa A.
    "I'm still thinking about the amazing pork belly dish..."(5 Tips)
    Paul
    "Really excellent 1930's Gypsy Jazz."(2 Tips)
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  • SFist
    SFistSeptember 11, 2015
    The new menu will be taking shape over the next couple of months, but here's a hint: a mashup of Vietnamese pho and French pot-au-feu served tableside, and a spin on riz au lait. Read more
    Upvoted May 15
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    One of my top ten favorite restaurants in the country. One bite of the Thit Kho Nuoc Dua (Coconut Water Braised Pork Shoulder) or the Bo Bit Tet (Grilled Ribeye) and you’ll know why!
    Upvoted May 15
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin ReillyJanuary 29, 2015
    Skip the formal dining and head upstairs to the lounge. Comfortable seating with a full menu, excellent service, and live jazz. Try the braised brussel sprouts or anything with crab.
  • George G.
    George GaylJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Upstairs is where it's at. And if you like tequila and spicy things, order a Pura Vida - You will not be disappointed. For food, the Brussels sprouts are killer. Favorite bartenders: Moses & Phil.
  • Vyoma
    VyomaMarch 20, 2014
    Everything we had was amazing, esp the brussel sprouts, duck spring rolls and fried rice. Really flavorful food and a unique ambience. Would go there again and again
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksNovember 24, 2014
    Travel to French Colonial Vietnam in the 1920’s with this exotic Vietnamese fusion. Enjoy the tropical dishes and then take part in an evening of live music and entertainment. Read more
    Upvoted May 15
  • Emma P.
    Emma PintoNovember 5, 2014
    Pork belly, excellent! Also very good green papaya salad, the filet mignon, which seems to be everyone favorite's, lacked of flavour. The best: brussel sprouts!
  • Avin N.
    Avin NarasimhanMay 30, 2015
    Excellent little spotted tucked into an alley. Get a bunch of rolls and the appetizer sampler to share, the small bites were better than the mains
  • Vinny L.
    Vinny La BarberaJuly 3, 2012
    Had the spring rolls, lamb chops and brussel sprouts. All were some of the best dishes I've had, anywhere. I highly recommend you try as much as you can.
  • Le Colonial S.
    Le Colonial SFAugust 10, 2014
    Lemongrass Chicken two ways: roasted breast and sautéed thigh meat with spring onions, rainbow chard in coconut cream.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckSeptember 16, 2015
    Don't forget to check out the lounge upstairs. Also avoid the filet mignon and the sea bass and go spicier stuff
  • Le Colonial
    Le ColonialAugust 11, 2014
    Lemongrass chicken two ways: roasted breast and sautéed thigh meat with spring onions, rainbow chard in coconut cream
  • T
    TDecember 14, 2016
    Seabass cooked in banana leaf was great, my friend got the pork shoulder which looked amazing too, skip the rolls and go straight for their entrees
  • Hailey C.
    Hailey CrowelOctober 13, 2012
    Loved the spring rolls, papaya salad, and the crepe. If you've got room, I loved the lemon cake - not too tart, just very refreshing.
  • Nina V.
    Nina VirFebruary 22, 2015
    For vegetarians: canh chua chay (veg pho), bo bia chay (fresh spring rolls w peanut sauce) and xu bruxelles (brussels sprouts)
  • Jerwyn A.
    Jerwyn AustriaJanuary 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The live music on Mondays is a delight. You're instantly transported back the 1920s. The crispy duck rolls and seaboards entree are delicious
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranJuly 6, 2015
    Banh Xeo, Bo Luc Lac, and seabass wrapped in banana leaf was delicious. Beautiful restaurant for a special occasion.
  • Paolo
    PaoloJune 13, 2016
    Good food but the establishment is past its prime. It's only an echo of its once excellent and stylish self. Goodnight, Le Colonial.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuMarch 17, 2013
    Get the filet mignon and flourless Vietnamese coffee-infused chocolate cake; Le Colonial was my favorite cocktail
  • Zal B.
    Zal BilimoriaApril 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    No cover on Fridays before 11 pm. Great music on Friday and Saturday nights. Starts with mainstream hip-hop and Top 40 stuff and typically moves into the 80s after 12-12:30 am.
  • Nirav S.
    Nirav SanghaniOctober 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Live gypsy jazz upstairs on Mondays from 7p to 10p. Not a Lindy Hop venue but the band and bartender really like dancers.
  • H K.
    H KJanuary 25, 2015
    Try pork belly appetizer (3,4 pieces) and filet mignon blocks. Very delish.
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KDecember 21, 2015
    Vietnamese bouillabaisse...amazing. Great ambiance.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HFebruary 22, 2015
    Brussel sprouts and lamb chops were a fantastic combo. Great food!
  • Bethany C.
    Bethany Crystal2 weeks ago
    The upstairs lounge is a perfect end to a long day in the city
  • Venita M.
    The duck spring rolls are super yummy! Brunch on Sunday is very nice, particularly if you are able to sit outside. :)
  • Donald W.
    Donald WilsonFebruary 2, 2012
    Jivey little spot. Can't say much about this place other than it is great (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Cassondra F.
    Cassondra FunkJanuary 12, 2012
    come every Wednesday to hear the Cosmo Alleycats! Their lead singer Emily Adams is amazing!
  • Meghana D.
    Meghana DharSeptember 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the lamb chops! And the Brussels sprouts appetizer -- amazing
  • Karolina S.
    Karolina SzczurJune 27, 2013
    Signature drink and lemon panna cotta are worth dying for.
  • Keegan Y.
    Keegan Y-VOctober 22, 2011
    A hidden gem in downtown SF, cozy up with a good drink and enjoy your night.
  • French Tuesdays
    French TuesdaysMarch 9, 2012
    Le Colonial has live Jazz music every weekday from Monday to Thursday 7PM to 10PM in the upstairs Lounge Bar
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobinsonAugust 28, 2014
    Delicious duck breast. A lovely off the beaten track venue.
  • Nishant B.
    Nishant BhattMarch 8, 2015
    Cocktails are amazing. Tropical drinks with real fruit juice. Brussel sprouts and shrimp fried rice are required sides.
  • Cody C.
    Cody CushingJune 29, 2013
    Amazing rib appetizer, great take on fillet mignon
  • Michael Y.
    Michael YouensJanuary 15, 2011
    Love theit filet mignon dish - so tender and flavorful - I could have it every night!
  • Neal B.
    Neal BlaakOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice lounge area to enjoy the Martini Brothers during week nights.
  • Michael Y.
    Michael YouensMarch 11, 2011
    It's hidden in the middle of Cosmo Alley, just look for their neon blue name above the street.
  • S M.
    S MCSeptember 21, 2012
    Hot spot for dancing. Food is also delicious, but a bit pricey.
  • Teresa F.
    Teresa FJuly 8, 2012
    Save room for dessert. Flour less chocolate is a must!
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiJuly 12, 2015
    Pricey but good date spot. The duck is delicious.
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoMay 19, 2012
    Try the Stir-fried lobster - Omg - so good!
  • Chris
    ChrisOctober 14, 2011
    Not just Vietnamese, but French Vietnamese! Fabulous!
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranJuly 6, 2015
    A fusion restaurant that stays true to Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Pitawan T.
    Pitawan ToomFebruary 12, 2014
    Great swing dance on Wednesday night!
  • K. S.
    K. SageSeptember 1, 2014
    The coconut prawns are AMAZING!
  • Fran S.
    Fran SuApril 5, 2016
    Beautiful atmosphere. Enjoyed the duck.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicJanuary 4, 2016
    Location of the restaurant is hard to find.
  • Alexandra S.
    Alexandra SartoriJune 1, 2012
    Try the Le Colonial drink! Fannnntastic!
  • John F.
    John FlippenOctober 20, 2011
    Wednesday band upstairs in bar is swinging good times!
  • Claire 🐻 O.
    Make a reservation on Savored to save up to 30% off! Read more
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin Chen December 15, 2013
    Get their drinks!
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoMay 19, 2012
    Try the Pork Belly - Delicious!
  • David S.
    David SmithJuly 13, 2012
    Do NOT miss the Brussels Sprouts.
  • Tessa A.
    Tessa AuzaMarch 8, 2012
    I'm still thinking about the amazing pork belly dish...
  • Abhishek
    AbhishekFebruary 22, 2015
    The food is excellent! Try the lamb chops. Do not miss the Brussels sprouts! For dessert try the Sour cake with coconut sauce. One of the best food I have had!
    Downvoted Apr 24
  • Brittany C.
    Brittany CustinJanuary 7, 2014
    Egg rolls are a must!
  • Angela O.
    Angela OsorioJanuary 8, 2014
    Try the Cucumber Gimlet -
  • Paulette P.
    Paulette PovarSeptember 19, 2012
    Brussel sprouts to die 4...yummy
  • DJ Latin Prince ✔ 
    DJ Latin Prince ✔ November 12, 2011
    #one of my favorite spots in SF..!
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoMay 19, 2012
    Try the Fried Apple Bignet - Love!
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoMay 19, 2012
    Try the Lychee Cocktail - Happy Friday!
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongMay 2, 2012
    Filet Mignon is great!
  • Jesse W.
    Jesse WeissmanJanuary 16, 2011
    Get the crab cakes, you'll thank me later.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseMay 2, 2012
    Banana split here is ABSURDLY good
  • Paul
    PaulJanuary 7, 2010
    Every Monday night 'Le Jazz Hot' plays in the lounge. Really excellent 1930's Gypsy Jazz.
  • Jen K.
    Jen KeeganFebruary 19, 2016
    I asked the waiter for recos and he told me what they didn't have anymore.
  • Peter B.
    Peter BergDecember 6, 2009
    Definitely a cover charge on weekends, but good drinks and dancing.
  • Sherwin G.
    Sherwin GonzalesFebruary 12, 2012
    Pura vida. Your welcome.
  • Tom W.
    Tom WangOctober 10, 2010
    Sea bass is the best in the city
  • Charbay W.
    amazing spring rolls & soups... love the fusion action!
  • Dj Slick D
    Dj Slick DJuly 10, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Friday Nights at Le Colonial with JAM Artist DJs: Dj Slick D, Remeddy, Rich Era, Greg J.
  • G K.
    G KJuly 20, 2012
    Thursday night jazz
  • John L.
    John LedfordJune 8, 2010
    Get the filet minion wok fried cubes!
  • C. P. B.
    C. P. BisgaardAugust 11, 2013
    Pork belly app
  • Ishtmeet S.
    Ishtmeet SahniAugust 13, 2014
    Need to dressed formally , shorts not allowed.
  • Vadim L.
    Vadim LitvakDecember 19, 2010
    There's a dress code: no sneakers, no hats, no hoodies. Keep it classy.
  • Namita B.
    Namita BSeptember 27, 2009
    apparently there is a cover on Saturdays but I have my doubts... but the music is good!
  • Peter C.
    Peter CataldoFebruary 14, 2011
    Brussel sprouts!!!!
  • Phil J.
    Phil JeudyNovember 13, 2009
    Good for some nice dance with your fiancée!
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MarshallJuly 29, 2010
    Lobster FTW!
  • Marc M.
    Marc McCabeApril 21, 2013
    This place blows
  • Ardail S.
    Ardail SmithNovember 26, 2009
    FAB food, $$$ Read more
  • Quinton W.
    Quinton WallDecember 15, 2011
    Don't bother. Food and service was subpar
  • Mauricio G.
    Mauricio GarzaSeptember 17, 2016
    Los cubos de filete mignon, una delicia. Subir al bar y oír música en vivo, no te lo puedes perder!
  • Layla A.
    Layla A.June 20, 2013
    تكرم النعمه 😞
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