Le Colonial, the critically acclaimed Vietnamese restaurant, draws in crowds of people who crave their Bo Bia Choy (delicate, fresh salad rolls with ... More
Le Colonial, the critically acclaimed Vietnamese restaurant, draws in crowds of people who crave their Bo Bia Choy (delicate, fresh salad rolls with spicy chile dipping sauce) and Tom Rang Me (sauteed giant black tiger prawns). You can find a variety of entertainment in the lounge, ranging from live jazz to hip-hop beats, depending on the day of the week. Try a specialty drink like Honeydew- and Pineapple-infused Vodka, which is the perfect way to round out the evening.
Loved Le Colonial! It was wonderful from the time we arrived until the time we left! The restaurant is quite elegant, the service was terrific and the good was wonderful! I especially loved the calamari appetizer and the beef cubes were a spectacular entree'. Perfectly seasoned and tender. Loved it!!
This is by far the worse place I've eaten at. My mom cooks authentic Vietnamese food so I am very critical when it comes to Vietnamese cuisine. But that doesn't mean I'm not open to try things. For this place, I chose the simplest dish on the menu because it is the best way to know if the restaurant is any good or not. I ordered the cube filet mignon and it was the saltiest thing I ever tasted. If you can't get a simple beef dish right, what else can be wrong. I think when chefs start mixing flavors together, in this case, French/Vietnamese, they should make sure it compliments one another. The only good thing that came out of my dinner was the mango dessert. This place is not pricey, they're overpriced for the quality of the food being served. The only compliment I have to give is the decor, especially the outdoor patio. If you are looking for great-tasting authentic Vietnamese food, try Hai Fong in San Bruno, you will love it.
Went with my wife and Mother and all our dishes were delicious. The dishes were well cooked and spices and flavors perfectly melded together. The atmosphere of the resturant gave you the feeling of not being in San Francisco anymore. Be warned that Le Colonial is pricy, but a great place if you want a night out.
Located secretly in downtown San Francisco, this restaurant eludes the typical hustle and bustle of the city by hiding in a quaint little alley. Area heaters are set out on the gorgeous balcony sitting area, and the atmosphere is nothing short of perfection. The appetizer I ordered was this roast duck spring roll – it made my eyes pop open and go “wow” when I had my first bite. I highly recommend that to anybody that visits Le Colonial to try it, given you’re not allergic to ducks or any ingredients in it. (Grin) The lobster there was absolutely amazing, and it probably rank in the top three best lobsters I have had in my life. The juiciness and texture of the lobster was completely even, in and out, and the garnishes and broth complement it really well too. The biggest disappointment was the steak, although it was still quite alright – it was just not all that impressive compared to the rest I ordered. I recommend a business casual/dressy/dressed-up dress code for this restaurant.
French Vietnamese for those who don't venture East
By A Yahoo Contributor, 2/8/07
Great for mother's days and unique dinners if you do not venture out beyond steak too often. The decor is beautiful and the service is pleasant. I am hoping it will reinvent itself though. They have thrown promotional parties there with DJs occasionally and the upstairs is nice for a drink in between the Clift and Tunnel Top.
I've been to the Le Colonial in Chicago, as well as this location in SF, and in both cases, I found the food underwhelming. It's *good* but it doesn't seem like it gets the TLC to really take it over the top. The prices, however, do make it over the top. For me, that's not a great combination. However, the colonial Vietnamese ambiance, which isn't easy to achieve smack dab in the middle of San Francisco, makes for a great vibe. I love the outdoor foyer/lobby area. Generally, this is a good place to come if: a) you are from out of town b) have folks in from out of town c) you are out for an upscale night on the town (I'm not sure if the dinner-to-cocktails segue is easier to make anywhere in SF.)
You can defintely count on a good night out here. The restaurant is lively, the food is tasty (altho not knock-your-socks-off amazing), and you can rely on very good service. After you finish dinner make sure you head upstairs to the bar for late night drinks and dancing where they play cheesy - but also very fun - pop music.
I was hoping for a romantic dinner for two. Now I realize I could have stayed home with a TV dinner and Gino's Pizza rolls and had better food. The service was good and our waiter was helpful. But our disappointment started with the bland rolls and our salty unimaginative entrees. Who serves raw cherry tomatoes without any dressing as a garnish? If you want a great Vietnamese experience go to Bong Su at Folsom and 3rd.
THis place has everything you need for a great evening out.
A great bar upstairs if you would like a cocktail before your meal. If you want a smaller, lighter meal, have it upstairs.
A nice dining room, with SUPERB food. Try the lamb chops or the fish dishes.
And if you're there with a group of people on the weekend, end the night with a drink and potentially dancing upstairs.