20 Cosmo Place, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410937.788396 -122.412361
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Downtown
Expected surprise! – Took my wife for my 49th B-day to a place expected to be exclusive, which it definitely was; pricey - yes, tasty - you bet! Hard to find is actually hidden, somewhat secluded, yet close to the top center. Like an oasis of a kind. Decor - stylish and appropriate to the name. Very tastfull and interesting, not boring. In my wife's words, the waiter just charmed her from the start with his relaxed, leasurely, yet knowledgable approach. Food - OMG! I never thought that beef could be soooo tender, melts in your mouth. Or fish in a banana leaf - you could eat it raw. Plus a lots of other interesting stuff, of course... Highly recommended!
Definate recommendation – Just came home from Le Colonia - WE LOVED IT! Service was fantastic (ask for Daniel's table). It was mother-in-laws 79th birthday. They brought out a dessert plate with Happy Birthday in chocolate - tall thin candle - was great. We took two kids (9 & 12) and two adults and one senior. No problem with older kids - they made extra effort for them. Great place for out of town guests. Decore nothing like you have seen before. Great lighting - everyone looks fantastic. Get the beef salad - could have eaten two. Not great for younger children (a older couple would not sit next to us - their loss). Was nervous about after reading very old reviews - they were all wrong. I will go back soon.
Horrible service, rude servers, horrible manager, below average food – This place is the epitomy of customer disservice. Made a reservation for a group of 14, includying high executives and journalists on November 2007, printed out the confirmation e-mail and arrived 5 minutes early. Had to wait outside for almost 40 minutes because they couldn't find the reservation, was unwilling to join tables for us and did not offer any type of apologies. Manager was unprofessional, unprepared, screamed at us, blamed us for the mix up and left. Food quality was below average for the price, service was no better than a McDonald's. Will never come back.
Mediocre asian/french fusion cuisine. – Seriously overrated for food and atmosphere. Food was just average and the atmosphere was one of crowded, noisy din. Service was below average and the host/hostess were rushed and distracted.
Overall, we could have done better.
great drinks, good music – Le Colonial has a live jazz/swing band on Thursday evenings. It's a fun place to have a cocktail and shake your tailfeather after work. No cover charge or drink minimum required. Food is expensive, but tasty.
The California-style Vietnamese cuisine and opulent French-Colonial setting make this a popular downtown destination. – In Short
An immense dining room with natural wood paneling and slow ceiling fans evokes 1920s French-Colonial Vietnam. The large menu is an imaginative mix of traditional Vietnamese flavors and Western ingredients. Miniature crab cakes or lime juice-marinated beef tenderloin are popular starters. Entrees include grilled rack of lamb with a lime-pepper dipping sauce and the steamed sea bass seasoned with ginger and lemongrass.
fun saturday night crowd – arrived to late to sample any of the renowned menu but had a fabulous time dancing with friends. the crowd was diverse and friendly. and the staff was great! especially the bartenders.
nice downtown "scene" – most dishes are very large so i'd suggest not getting too ambitious with the menu...the cold spring rolls are good but to be honest, most of the food wasn't too memorable either way.
i think what seems to stand out the most for me with the experience is it seemed like this was where all the dressed up hotties like to be seen. the food is pretty good and the service gets the job done, but the only thing that really stood out for me was the dramatic and beautiful entrance and the people to look at while i'm there. the tables are not very private and it's noisy with bar music from upstairs and lots of people walk through the restaurant. one definitely has the feeling of being "observed". it's a very loud, crowded and busy place on the weekends.
Best Vietnamese in the City – I went to Le Colonial last Thursday with a few close friends. The decor was lush with an exotic foreign feel. I was tempted to sit on their outdoor patio because of the awesome weather, but we opted to sit in the main dining room instead. We were seated promptly by a very personable hostess. Our waiter was extremley helpful and informative and directed us towards ordering "family" style. This was much more fun for the whole table as we got to choose an array of many things. We started with fresh spring rolls filled with poached prawns. They were fantastic with mint and served with peanut sauce. Though I am bit of novice when it comes to wine, the French Sommelier helped us pick wine that was both good and in my price range (which was a pleasent surprise). The cubes of beef tenderloin and the lamb chops were the two best entrees that we ordered. Both portions were enourmous, with the lamb arriving with five chops. The service was well timed and there seemed to be a large amount of support staff running around clearing, bringing food and always kkeping us refilled.
I had always heard that the lounge here was amazing, so after dinner we went up and saw the thursday night swing band perform. Though by 9:45 it was pretty crowded we were able to get a table a bit away from the band and the dancers and got drinks from a cocktail waitress. It was nice not to have to fight through the people at the bar. we had a relaxing couple of cocktails and saw some fantastic dancers.
I will definitely be coming back soon, probably for my birthday. The place had a great atmosphere.
Terrible service – Neat place, very interesting menu - but beware of BIG service / management issues.
We arrived for our reservation on-time at 8:45. We were seated right away. The waiter was good. Our order was taken promptly, and our drinks and appetizers were brought in good time. We finished our appetizers by say 9:10 (up to now, we really hadn't been paying attention to the time and we were in no rush).
At 9:40(!), the waiter first came to apologize for the fact that we hadn't been served our entrees. He apologized again around 10:05 (yes, folks, these are real times!). By 10:15 (over an hour after we had finished our appetizers), we were sufficiently ticked off that, even if the entrees had ever arrived, we wouldn't have enjoyed them anyway, so we asked for the bill for our appetizers and drinks. The one smart thing they did was not charge us for anything.
The waiter was very apologetic and could only keep repeating that he didn't know what had gone wrong - but never once did the maitre d' or management appear with either an explanation or an apology. They were conspicuously absent as we left - one and a half hours after we arrived and with no entrees!
It was an unforgivable performance for what pretends to be a first class restaurant.
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