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Step Inside Le Colonial, River Oaks' Hot New French-Vietnamese Stunner

Piping hot and pretty

Amy McCarthy is a reporter at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

Before you even walk in the door at this spanking-new River Oaks District restaurant, it's clear that you're about to be transported to an entirely new world. Le Colonial is a place where Vietnamese cuisine meets French sensibility that comes from the latter country's decades-long occupation of the former. Evocative of a well-kept, high society home, the space is fresh and vibrant. Hues of brown, green and gold punctuated by black wicker chairs, rich woods, and ornate tile floors. The downstairs offers extensive seating for small groups as well as a few banquettes for casual gatherings. A three-seat bar is ideal for killing time as you wait for your perpetually late plus-ones. A second-floor lounge (accessed via stairs or inside elevator) is bookended by a private dining room – The Lotus Room – and a large mahogany bar with plenty of seating for watching the games while enjoying a cocktail or two. Lush seating, potted plants, rich carpets, and whimsical birdcage décor complete the space while an open-air balcony and glass-enclosed porch offer additional dining options. Step inside Houston's hottest new restaurant, and be prepared to behold a whole lot of beauty. PRO TIP: Valet is $3 at lunch, $6 at dinner, or you can self-park in the adjacent parking lot. Reservations are highly recommended.