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Kualao Restaurant

134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 215 777
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good49%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food is not too much wow but I think it is one of the best for the tourists because the taste is ok for everyone. The premium menu is big and suitable for more than 3 persons.

Thank Tessa_Nguyen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant has great hardware but the food served here is average. Laotian cuisine is served here accompanied by Laotion music and traditional dance. I can locate better Laotian cuisine elsewhere but I reckon I was paying for the environment and entertainment.

Thank Concierge3725
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

the reataurant serves authentic lao food, to complete the offer was a series of traditional lao dances accompanied by live lao musical instruments.

Thank edlinanthonya
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Came here 13 years ago and the place is still going strong. Slightly pricier than elsewhere but setting and service worth is it and it offers a wide range of dishes, all of which were delicious. They also had some folk dancing and Lao music...More

Thank DollyBirdScotland
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Went here on the hotels recommendation. While I was not disappointed, I was not overwhelmed. The food was good and the entertainment a nice bonus. The price point is higher than other traditional Laos places, but it does include traditional dancing. We had the chicken...More

Thank Mya N
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Good quality Laos food, nice and clean, staff are friendly and tentative, seems to be local favourite

Thank Jnhang
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We were quite skeptical approaching Kualao, often restos with local dances mean poor food and touristic environment. Instead Kualao offered a delicious dinner with local taste and exquisite food. We enjoyed the Mekong fish and the chicken curry. One of the best in Vientiane and...More

Thank marco241974
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Dined at Kualao on our first day in Laos as part of the included set lunch meal with our Buffalo Travel tour. We did not order from the menu or see the price. It was an enjoyable selection of well presented food, and the beer...More

Thank traveller5605
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This a good restaurant, especially if you are in Laos for the first time. Good introductions to what Laso food is like. Staffs are really friendly and attentive. Highlight of the evening is the music show and little dance they put on for us. Overall...More

Thank AirMaxton
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Dear AirMaxton, Lovely review. Many thanks for taking the time to let us know that we're doing something right. We will be sure to pass on your compliments to the staff! They'll be delighted to hear it.

Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Went there as part of our workshop dinner. Food was amazing. It is local and very tasty. The music and dancers were a nice treat too.

Thank Ludo-Owen
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Dear Ludo-Owen, Many thanks for taking the time to let us know that you've enjoyed your experience. We will be sure to pass on your compliments to staff, who make it all possible!

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Price high compared to other parts of country but worth a try
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
  • Location: Asia  >  Laos  >  Vientiane Prefecture  >  Vientiane
  • Phone Number: +856 21 215 777
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Kualao is not just a paragon of Vientiane hospitality, but is also a charming example of French colonial architecture and a treasury of the finest, authentic Lao cuisine.


Kualao Restaurant is Vientiane's most popular, internationally recognized, up-scale and authentic Lao food restaurant, where both local and visiting diners bask in an ambience that flawlessly reincarnates the romantic and sophisticated atmosphere of early colonial French Indochina.

Kualao is discretely, and conveniently, nestled on the corner of the city's landmark That Dam Intersection, which is known for the famous 'Black Shrine' stupa that sits at the center of the nearby roundabout.

The restaurant is housed in a charmingly elegant, vintage villa that, until only decades ago, formed the residential estate of French colonial officials. The restaurant's exterior epitomizes architecture 'a la francaise', invoking thoughts of the society parties, business deals and political intrigue that must have taken place there in the colonial era. The interior, however, whispers the soft Lao overtones of a traditional Southeast Asian interior. The distinctively patterned textiles, the rattan wall rendering, the discrete lighting, the traditionally glazed ceramic plates and the elegant golden cutlery is distinctly Lao and has been fused with modern, international essentials, such as a fully stocked wine cellar and an English language version of the menu.

The harmonious blend of East and West is typified by the beautiful female hostesses in their traditional, multi-colored Lao Sinh skirts and the male 'garcons' in their formal, western-style black trousers, white shirts and bow ties.

In its days as a prominent colonial estate, the Kualao building played host to Vientiane's elite society. Now, as Vientiane's most prestigious Lao restaurant, it is still the perfect place to meet, relax, enjoy sumptuous food and impeccable service and be captivated by enchanting Lao entertainment.

You cannot truly say you have experienced the best that Laos has to offer unless you have dined at Kualao.
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