Great Setting - Excellent Food.
Le Colonial is such a pleasure to visit. The dining room and patio are so beautiful, it feels like you are in a different world.
I ordered a mojito, the filet mignon and the delicious rice. Everything was fantastic!
Beautiful setting for a lovely night of dining. Celebrated my Birthday here last night. Wow, a treat for sure. The drinks were tasty, the food over the top delicious and the atmosphere an equation for a successful night. Try the Banana wrapped fish dish, the fillet migon cube and the Jasmine rice-sensational! Not to mention the artfully prepared banana split dessert.
Customer Service Has Never Tasted So Good. I have not had such EXCELLENT customer service since I dined out of state in New Orleans @ Nola.(An Emmeril restaurant) Let me begin with this: I felt transported back in time to a trading post in a productive era by walking down a Tenderloin alley. The decor was french w/ asian flair & old world accents. (we were told this was the old Trader Vic restaurant) The hostess was prompt & gracious while leading us to our seats. My guest & I sat at a rear booth that gave a picturesque view of the whole dining area we were in. Our server was instantly at the table offering beginning beverages. Also, a step behind was a man I assumed was the owner greeting us warmly & asking us to enjoy our meal. I asked our server to begin with what he thought was appropriate. He brought a signature Pura Vida which teleported me to a tropical local. The subtle jalapeno hint was not overpowering & fresh. My guest received a light cucumber gimlet which disappeared & before she could ask for another the server said he needed to remedy the issue, quickly bringing another. He then discussed the finer points of the menu & then spoke on the specials. We asked him to put down what he thought we'd appreciate.(Crazy, right?) He said the specials were the perfect "surf & turf" & dashed off. In between the wine master(sommelier), came to see what we had ordered and decided we needed a white as well as a red to try. (Who am I to protest?) I knew I'd be sitting for awhile. He returned with a crisp Gewurztraminer & a Pinot Noir.(it did not agree with me) When I told him that it was not my taste & I was more of a Zin girl, he vanished & returned w/ a fruitful Zinfandel. First came the tasting platter. Best thing on that plate: the mini drummettes & spring rolls w/ lettuce wrap. Honorable mention to the pork ribs w/ 5 spice. Out came the next special dish, a melt in your mouth ahi tartar on avocado w/ taro chips. We could not decided on the eggplant or the coconut rice & the server said he would bring both. The egglplant had so much extra on it, people who dislike eggplant would have ate it! The rice is something you just have to go try for yourself..no word...no words... As for the perfect "surf & turf, that consisted of the BEST lobster I have ever had in my life, over baby bok choy & an infused butter. The cut of steak was so lean & seared to an exquisite medium rare(I didn't even have to ask)& it could be cut with a butter knife. Now I wish I could stop there, but where would I be without desert? I thought by sharing one, we wouldnt feel so guilty. Get the picture of what you think a banana split is out of your head!! Le Colonial has revamped it so splendidly you won't miss the old version. (4 kinds of ice cream, handmade chocolate & carmel, bananas that have a sugar carmelized on them so clean that you will dream about this snack) Also, the bus staff were fast & effecient. Soon as the plate was completed it was gone from the table. There was NOTHING negative I can say about this meal. I kept thinking & thinking but there is NOTHING. The worse thing in the restaurant (not their fault)was some obnoxious man that was dining at the table adjacent to us that was saying highly inappropriate things & almost got knocked down when he was inhibiting my passing by standing in my way. (I actually had to push him out of my way)The server was polite when I would have thrown him out. Other than that I was suprised, because the crowd was a mix of twenty & thiry-somethings locals. I would have guessed it was more of a tourist spot, but as I began hearing Dj beats from upstairs(yeah, they have a dance lounge..to be reviewed @ another time),it struck me as a SF secret hangout.
POOR TASTE. POOR TASTE! We ate at Le Colonial tonight and while the food was stellar, I was very put off to see an 18% gratuity added to liquor I ordered separately. Yes, in addition to two bottles of wine, I order a $185 bottle of champagne and 2 - $150 bottles of desert wine for the table and when the bill came they had added the 18% to my $450 bill in addition to adding it to the $700 food bill - POOR TASTE! To top it off the valet charged $14!!!
Excellent Dining Experience. We found this restaurant in the Zagat book in the Tower at the deYoung Museum. Excellent!! We chose from the waiter Daniel's suggestions. The sea bass and pork chop entres were fabulous. The service was perfect: informative, non-invasive, prompt and genteel. Wonderful dining experience that rivals the 10.0 meal we ate at The Luxor in Las Vegas.
Diamond in the rough. All around chic. Great for a leisurely dine or a happy hour snack. The decor is exquisite and the service top notch. But be warned: they serve up a devilishly delicious scorpion bowl but if you aren't careful it will sting you! It's one of the finest cocktails around but just be sure you have enough people to enjoy it with!
TO DIE FOR MELT IN YOUR MOUTH YUMMY!.
Keep this place hush hush!! All I can say is this was the most amazing treat I have experienced in the city thus far!!
Came here with a party of 12 and ordered everything on the menu! including before and after drinks... so we all had a bite of something... I can not say enough about this amazing restaurant.... just do not tell anyone...
Unbelievable food, impeccible service.. My husband, 4 yr old son & I recently visited San Francisco for the 1st time - we are from the Wheeling, WV area and are appreciators of amazing and interesting food - but for us to find either, we have to drive 1 1/2 hours to either Pittsburgh, PA or 2 1/2 hours to Columbus, Ohio. For us, SFO was foodie heaven. On Sunday July 13th, we had been walking throughout the city, clutching our Fodor's guide when my husband said "Let's try this place." and off we went. Up some stairs to the beautiful outdoor atrium where some people were dining - my first impression was that we were not dressed well enough, but I saw a few others in jeans so we were ok. We were seated quickly and my son promptly fell asleep on the wall seat next to me. (Lots of walking likely took it's toll - but this was good because he was quiet.) Our waiter was Daniel and I agree with another reviewer - he was wonderful - service was perfect, he knows the menu, smiling, pleasant - could not ask for a better server. The menu has so many interesting dishes that it was difficult to pick. We started with the Banh Cuon (Steamed rice noodles stuffed with ground chicken and woodear mushrooms served with bean sprouts and chillies, nuoc cham) and Goi Cuon Ca Thu (Seared Ahi tuna summer rolls with rice noodles, English cucumber, cilantro, basil, red leaf lettuce served with ponzu sauce). IS YOUR MOUTH WATERING YET? THESE WERE JUST THE APPETIZERS! For dinner my husband had the Ca Hap La Chuoi and I had the Bo Luc Lac - we also had an extra side of Tau Hu Xao Thap Cam. My filets were the most tender beef I have ever had in my LIFE. EVERYTHING was amazing - but I have to mention the dessert, too: Coconut Panacotta- Delicate coconut panacotta served with carmelized pineapple and a pineapple sorbet. It was scrumptious - not too sweet but fluffy, smooth and delicious. We were treated very well, though we likely looked like tourists. Daniel was wonderful - NO COMPLAINTS from us. Expensive & worth it!
Good Food, Very Bad Service.
The last time I visited Le Colonial SF was for my partner's birthday. It was a group of hotel sales managers and meeting plannera from the Bay Area. They were less than cordial to our goup. The hostess was extremely rude to begin with and was even ruder to one of our guests. She tried to ask the hostess for directions for her boyfriend who was on the phone and the hostess told her to tell him to check the website.
While upstairs having cocktails, the doors were open and it was a chily San Francisco night so we closed the doors. One of the staff came up to our party and said "those doors will remain open". There were a thousand other ways it could have been said. The server we had however was very nice and an excellent waiter. He seemed a little embarassed by some of the other restaurant staff.
A group of mine wanted to host a party of (20) for a dinner. I made reservations and had requests in order to get them paid in advance. No one ever called me back. When i called to ask what was happening a week later the girl on the phone told me her manager was out and that she wasn't sure they were holding my reservation any longer. I asked her if there was anyone else that could assist and she seemed put out. I told her that I would just cancel my reservation if they couldn't accommodate. She then said that I was rude and she didn't have to put up with it. Needless to say I cancelled my party of (20).
BOTTOM LINE: The food is good but nothing to write home about and the attitudes of some of the employees is awful. If you want great French Vietnamese food, Slanted Door is a much better option. Happy Dining.
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