20 Cosmo Place, San Francisco, CA 94109
Le Colonial San Francisco is the brainchild of partner, Jean Denoyer who launched enormously successful Le Colonial restaurant in New York. Jean Denoyer was excitied to bring this distinctive style of Vietnamese cuisine and ambiance to San Francisco. Since 1998 Le Colonial restaurant has claimed the legendary address 20 Cosmo Place (off Taylor Street, between Post and Sutter), formerly of Trader Vic’s fame. Jean Denoyer continues his legacy of highly acclaimed restaurants around the country.
The atmosphere at Le Colonial evokes the tropical elegance of French Vietnam in the 1920s. Designer Greg Jordan, whose celebrity clients include Donald Trump and Pat Riley, has used patchwork tile floors, shuttered windows, antique lamps and rattan furniture set among palm fronds and lazily swirling ceiling fans to instill a sense that one has been transported to turn of the century Indochina.
In addition to the intimate main dining area, Le Colonial has an outdoor veranda offering sanctuary from the bustle of the city. The upstairs bar and lounge provides a relaxed salon ambiance with its faded oriental rugs, decorative bamboo birdcages, low wooden tables and comfortable couches. The lounge is ideal for tea, cocktails, appetizers or casual dining while enjoying conversation with friends and listening to live music.
The Vietnamese cuisine at Le Colonial features the freshest and highest quality ingredients possible, culled from the bounty of produce and ecologically farmed meat, game and poultry found at farms throughout the Bay area. Diners choose from a savory selection of French-Vietnamese dishes, many of which can be served family style. The carefully chosen wine list is divided into Old and New World wines including many local California vintages.
Our new bar bites menus features small plate selections of delicious Vietnamese inspired dishes. Whether you would like to indulge in a nibble with your cocktail or to make a light meal with great variety our new menu has something to fit the bill. From spicy nuts and mixed chips with spicy aioli to Stuffed Black Mussels or mini Vietnamese sandwiches we are sure you will find a great dish or dishes to enhance your enjoyment of our full bar. Small plates range from six to twelve dollars.
Le Colonial teams up with Laurent Manrique…
Laurent Manrique has been working with us as chef consultant, and commented, “I have had the pleasure of working with the founder of Le Colonial, Jean Denoyer back in New York city in the early 1990s, and now with Chef Jean Paul Peluffo, General Manager Andre Cortes and their team. I am working with them to return Le Colonial it to its original focus – the menu changes are very subtle and pleasing to the palate. I’m certain Le Colonial is headed in the right direction!”
Laurent Manrique, is a French restaurateur and Michelin-starred chef. Currently overseeing projects in New York and San Francisco. He was the Corporate Executive Chef of Aqua, an upscale seafood restaurant in San Francisco, where he earned 2 Michelin stars in 2006, the first time Michelin came to the San Francisco Bay Area, and again in 2007 and 2008. For several years, he has overseen the Cafe de la Presse, located on the corner of Bush Street and Grant Avenue, as well as two wine bars: Blanc et Rouge, Rouge and Blanc & Aquitane Wine Bistro in San Francisco.
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007-2015