Centerstage - Chicago's Original City Guide

Virtual L ®

Virtual L Locations Near Le ColonialWhat's near Le Colonial?

in Gold Coast or Chicago or Clark/Division on the Red line

Chicago Bars
By Styles
A to Z Directory
Nightlife Guides
User Reviews
Chicago Dining
By Style
Restaurants A-Z
Dining Guides
User Reviews
Find an error?
Are you the owner?
Tell Us Here

CRUMB and FestFile is Centerstage Chicago's Weekly E-Newsletter.
Enter your email to get
our weekly newsletter:

Le Colonial

View Map937 N. Rush St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 255-0088
View Website
Details Find What Else Is Nearby Le Colonial User Reviews New Year's Eve Chicago Deals

Editorial Review of Le Colonial

The popularity of Le Colonial, Rush Street's fanciest Vietnamese restaurant, proves that some things are worth dressing up for. While Seven jeans are as fancy as the dress code gets at many surrounding establishments, even seven year olds don't show up to Le Colonial without their glad rags. There's no denying that this place screams fancy, though not in the nondescript, bleached tablecloth kind of way.

It's hard to describe Le Colonial's decor without throwing in the word sultry: the ambiance is, after all, designed to evoke the romance of 1920s Saigon. The main dining room boasts rattan chairs, oriental rugs, banana trees and a detailed copper ceiling laden with slowly whirring fans. Upstairs, a candle-lit bar and lounge hide behind potted palm leaves and an outside terrace extends just beyond.

If you can pull your eyes from the decor to the menu, expect to find Vietnamese cuisine with French heart. The pho, an oxtail soup with rice noodles, beef tenderloin and aromatic herbs, is a popular starter, as is the spicy beef and lemongrass salad. First courses include the chao tom (grilled shrimp wrapped around sugar cane with angel hair noodles and a mint and peanut sauce) and Vietnamese spring rolls filled with shrimp, pork and mushrooms. Entrees run the gamut from roasted chicken with lemongrass and lime dipping sauce to grilled filet mignon served with sauteed shrimp and tomato rice pilaf.

Saying bon appetite over a meal from Le Colonial will cost ya, so consider a visit here a once-in-a-while occasion. The good news is you can wait a while to bring your fancy garb to the dry cleaners: You won't be needing it again anytime soon.

Average cost: $21-$30

Centerstage Reviewer: Jennifer Berg

User Reviews

Read other people's reviews and post your own opinion about Le Colonial too!


5-11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 5 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday, 510 p.m. Sunday

Directions to Le Colonial

Our directions are included with our maps of Le Colonial
Le Colonial was mentioned in these articles...

Tasty Tax Relief, 4/15/10
Save a little dough with these sweet and savory tax day deals.

Easter Brunches, 3/25/10
Save your energy for the Easter egg hunt, and let these Chicago spots cook brunch for you.

Labor Day Deals, 8/28/09
It may be called Labor Day, but we think it's time you took a load off. Relax at one of these local spots.

Holiday Cocktails, 12/12/08
Take a break from shopping to enjoy one of these comforting concoctions.

A Ginger Zinger, 6/24/08
Le Colonial's upscale Vietnamese fare demands a high-class cocktail to match.

Goi-geous, 1/11/05
I've had an infatuation with these Vietnamese spring rolls since I first tasted them years ago.


chicago, metromix