Le Colonial

Where
20 Cosmo Place, San Francisco , CA
Call
415.931.3600
Web
Le Colonial Website
Tags
Restaurants, Vietnamese Restaurants
Hours
Mon-Wed (5:30-10pm)
Thu-Sat (5:30-11pm)
Sun (5:30-10pm)
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Executive Chef Kellie Nguyen-Rabanit moves into position at Le Colonial from within, where she's been utilizing her Vietnamese heritage and formal culinary training to turn out consistently popular cuisine at this swanky Theater District throwback to the French colonial era in Vietnam. Love the outdoor patio and the cinematic interior design, even though it's a cookie-cutter of the Le Colonials in LA and NYC. Over cool cocktails and well-chosen wines, we recently enjoyed excellent service (only a shellfish fork missing here and there - nothing to freak out about) and frankly, pretty fabulous food. Of course, raw oysters with a minted ginger granita are a long-time favorite, and happily still on the menu. While her sizable cold salad of shaved banana blossoms, prawns, peanuts and ginger ($12) may satisfy more than stun, Rabanit's butter-tender lamb chops with toasted peanuts, scallion oil and peppered lime sauce ($33) had us lolling about in a meat-induced ecstasy that's all too rare.

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  • Le Colonial

    Same Grand Veranda, Slightly Better Food
    11/07/2008 by Tracie Broom

    These days, serving upscale Vietnamese cuisine is by no means a pioneer move. But when Le Colonial opened its San Francisco branch in 1998, the concept was still fairly new. $10 cocktails with fresh i...  More »

  • Epic Dining, Fall 2002

    Chez Papa, Beach Chalet, Café Riggio, Le Colonial
    01/21/2004 by Tracie Broom

    Our tireless research teams have checked out a number of established chefs in new digs, and new chefs in establishments we dig already. From the neighborhood bistro to an expense account fantasyland, ...  More »

  • Le Colonial

    High Design Conquers the High Art of Haute Cuisine
    01/21/2004 by Tracie Broom

    There is no debating that Le Colonial is a beautiful space. The atmosphere is swank-conservative; the interior consists of creamy walls, dark wood moldings, potted greenery, and high ceilings. The out...  More »

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