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Kualao Restaurant

134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 215 777
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Overview
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good49%
  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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CUISINES
Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
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Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch during our day your of the city. It was recommended by our guide. The service was friendly and efficient. The food was excellent. We had a green and a red curry. Both full of flavour and colour. Would definitely eat here...More

Thank Gary F
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

Thank you for the lovely words. We are pleased that you had a great experience and that the food and service were good. We would love to have you again as guests!

Reviewed 2 August 2016

If you are in Vientiane, visit Kualao Restaurant that offers nightly live shows from 7:30 to 8:30 pm with instrumentals from 7 pm. The show features traditional musical intruments, singing and dancing. Familiar tunes from S E Asia are also played using the traditional instruments....More

Thank Boon_1968
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

We appreciate the words of praise and are sure that the entire staff (musicians, waiters and kitchen staff) will appreciate their hard work not going unrecognized! Thanks again for the nice comments. We would love another opportunity to serve you in the future!

Reviewed 26 July 2016

If you are looking for a bit of Laos culture during your visit to Vientiane, this is the place to go! The food was authentic Laos food, and was delicious. We went about an hour before closing and the main room was quite full of...More

Thank Chrissy S
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

Big thanks for your kind words. We recognize that some of our staff are not able to effectively communicate in English, however they are trained to use body language to try to understand you! I'm glad that things worked out. I apologize for any inconvenience...More

Reviewed 22 July 2016

must visit to have great evenings with honey filled music and dance. Check with them for the timing of Dance /music before check in for the evening treat , have a wonderful moments with family and friends !!! in this joint.. walking distance ( approx...More

Thank ANANTHARAMAN1964
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

We appreciate the kind words! Please come again in the future. We would love another opportunity to serve you.

Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed the lao traditional dishes with colleagues. Building is nice, and you can enjoy seeing traditional dance with music. the location is in the center of city, and at the corner of the street. Easy to find out.

Thank Ktrktr2015
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

Thanks for the encouraging words. Please come again in the future. We would love another opportunity to serve you!

Reviewed 12 July 2016

Recommended by hotel, but overall disappointed. First the good: Traditional music and dance show was outstanding, performers were talented, lots of fun, engaged with the crowd. But, compared to other Lao meals we had, this was very substandard - yesterday's meal warmed up in the...More

Thank David L
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

Thanks for the honest words. I will pass on your comments to the musicians. They will appreciate them! We are sorry that you had a poor meal experience. We would like to assure you that we never use microwaved, old/leftover food. This would be against...More

Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

I was part of a large group that reserved the section by the stage, so I'm not sure if the music and dance performances are part of a regular routine. There were primarily two dancers supported by a band of local instruments. Food was also...More

Thank loveDCA
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

Thanks for the encouraging words. And yes, there is a traditional music and dance show every evening. There has been for over 20 years! Please come again in the future. We would love another opportunity to serve you.

Reviewed 1 July 2016

This restaurant serves very traditional Lao food. One item on the menu states "This dish is not suitable for the inexperienced" but we did not try it. There is traditional music and dancing but we sat away from the small stage area as we wanted...More

Thank Pjacko
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

Thanks for the encouraging words. Our prices are generally satisfactory to many of our guests. Please keep in mind that we do have costs that are not incurred by many restaurants of a similar concept such as rent in a preserved colonial villa situated in...More

Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

We read some reviews and walked 15 mins in the humid weather to this amazing place. Ordered a sautéed pork in coconut milk , fried noodles with beef and sweet and sour shrimp soup. The flavors was explosive.. It stimulates every sense of our taste...More

Thank Leeky L
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

Thanks for the explosive words of praise! #commentgasmic Please come again in the future. We would love another opportunity to serve you!

Reviewed 5 June 2016

We had not heard of this restaurant but our guide insisted it was the best, the place where state visitors are taken when in town. We found it elegant, tastefully decorated, with an extensive menu of wonderful local foods. Service is attentive and prompt, and...More

Thank cataractophile
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2017

Wow! Your comment just made our day. Thanks again for supporting Lao food and our humble restaurant. I will make sure that our staff get to read your kind words, which will surely provide them with great encouragement. I'm so pleased that you found the...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Meals
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, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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Description
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.

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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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