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Le Colonial

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149 E 57th St, New York City, NY 10022-2101 (Lexington Ave)
+1 212-752-0808
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17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:30
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:30
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New York City, New York
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had been to this restaurant in San Francisco many years ago and I was excited to try it again here in NY. Although the ambiance was lovely, the food seemed tired and uninspired. In fact, I thought it was more like Chinese food for old people. There was no spice to it and the dishes we had were overcooked... More 

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The interior is stunning and the location prestigious, but the service is slower than molasses - we waited for an hour just for appetizers. Moreover, if it's Vietnamese fare you want, there are so many better, more authentic and less expensive options all over town. It's a shame, because for the prices @ Le Colonial, it simply doesn't live up... More 

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New York
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love the interior and feel of the place. Vietnamese food in a nice relaxed environment among tropical plants. Not the best Vietnamese food i've ever had but I love the smaller portions and care in displaying it versus being thrown on a plate. The spring rolls are incredible!!

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Milan, Italy
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

French Indochine cuisine is coming to be very fashionable these days throughout any large global city in the world. Le Colonial has been around for decades now, and still serves pretty good french colonial fare in a really wonderful setting. I have to admit, having been a client for the past 20 years, that quality has not certainly moved upwards,... More 

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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent dinner at this wonderful mid town restaurant. Recommend you arrive early and head to the upstairs bar for cocktails and get a little sense of colonial Asia Food is excellent as we Always put the food choices in the hands of the chef. The spring rolls are wonderful the lettuce wrap dumplings yum. For the mains don't leave without... More 

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Potomac, MD
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This beautiful restaurant is decorated as a restaurant during the French colonial period in Vietnam. The food is excellent and the waiter was very helpful in our choosing selections. The restaurant offers a fixed price 3 course dinner that is a good deal if you are going to order one of the three entres anyway. The chicken dish is excellent... More 

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Docho D, General Manager at Le Colonial, responded to this review

We were so happy to read about your wonderful experience at Le Colonial and can’t thank you enough for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! Best Regards, Docho Dochev General Manager More 

New York City, New York
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143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

The food was wonderful and in general the staff was, too. Unfortunately we managed to get the one waiter that wasn't up to par, multiple times forgetting things we ordered, and getting non-vegan things into vegan orders. The hostess was very apologetic, but if it wasn't for the great work the kitchen does, I might not go back.

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3 Thank NYCAngels
Docho D, General Manager at Le Colonial, responded to this review

We were terribly sorry to read about your previous experience at Le Colonial. Of course there are no excuses for a lack of service, but we are so glad that the kitchen was able to make up for it with an impressive meal. We hope you will choose to dine with us again soon so that we might provide you... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Don't go here for authenticity. It's some version of Asian fusion food. One of which actually reaemnles or tastes like the real thing. Having said , the food is great tasty and good service. It's expensive though. Some starters and a couple of mains with a bottle of wine amongst three of us set us back by about 400

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Docho D, General Manager at Le Colonial, responded to this review

Thank you for dining at Le Colonial and for taking the time to write your review. We’re so glad you enjoyed our take on Vietnamese cuisine and we hope to host you again soon! Best Regards, Docho Dochev General Manager More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Le Colonial seeks to evoke the atmosphere of French colonialism in Vietnam prior to 1954. It offers a very elegant interior of a classic French restaurant, serving high-end Vietnamese food. While the food was good, it is overpriced for what it offers. The service was mediocre. Had to repeat several times order of a second glass of wine, which eventually... More 

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Docho D, General Manager at Le Colonial, responded to this review

We can’t thank you enough for dining with us and for taking the time to write your review. We’re so glad that you enjoyed the food and atmosphere but were sorry to hear you had to wait on that glass of wine. Your complete satisfaction is our prime concern so we apologize for making you wait. Best Regards, Docho Dochev... More 

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91 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Gorgeous atmosphere and super service as well as terrific food. I especially liked the pho with a wonderful beef flavor and filling. Plan to come back again.

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Docho D, General Manager at Le Colonial, responded to this review

Thank you so much for dining at Le Colonial and for taking the time to write your review. The pho is a house favorite so we’re glad you enjoyed it and hopefully we can host you again soon! Best Regards, Docho Dochev General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
Vietnamese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 22:00
Monday
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:30
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:30
Thursday
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:30
Friday
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:30
Saturday
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 149 E 57th St, New York City, NY 10022-2101
    (Lexington Ave)
  • Public Transportation: E to 53rd/Lexington 4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th Street
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-752-0808
Description
Le Colonial is a truly delightful culinary experience. Like stepping into French Colonial Southeast Asia, this two-story restaurant, designed by Greg Jordan, consists of a main dining room with louvered wall panels, colorful tile floors, and vintage photos of Vietnam. Upstairs is an elegant, but lively, lounge serving a full dinner or just appetizers and cocktails. The lounge serves as an ideal setting for private parties and business dinners. Le Colonial serves an authentic Vietnamese menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables.

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Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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