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Round the corner onto Cosmo Place in old world Nob Hill and you'll find yourself in front of an grand colonial mansion housing the aptly named restaurant Le Colonial. Le Colonial is a glamourous throwback to another era where dinner is served on a tiled patio under vaulted tin ceilings and a jazz singer croons in the lounge upstairs. Fare is French inspired Vietnamese, cocktails are well crafted, but really it's the ambiance that is unsurpassed. The fact that it's one of the few places in San Francisco to specify a dress code (casual elegant) should tell you something about this elegant oasis. Welcome to your new favorite dinner spot, glamourpuss!http://lecolonialsf.com
20 Cosmo Place (off Taylor) between Post Street and Sutter Street.
- For a (big) nibble of everything, try one of the prix fixe menus ($45 or $55) which come with a selection of entrees, appetizers, sides and a dessert platter. Delicacies include Cha Gio Tom Cua (crispy rolls, Dungeness crab, shrimp, pork, wood ear mushrooms, nuoc cham) and Bo Luc Lac (wok-seared filet mignon, sweet garlic soy sauce, pickled red onion, crispy shoestring potatoes, Kaffir lime dressing). Vegetarian options are available.
- Must haves include their coconut rice and signature cocktail, Le Colonial (Grey Goose l'orange vodka, passion fruit puree, up).
Know Before You Go: Weekend nights in the lounge often feature a DJ spinning dance hits and packed (sometimes irritating) crowds. For a more intimate experience, dine downstairs or visit the lounge on a mellower weeknight.