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Kualao Restaurant

134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane 0100, Laos
+856 21 215 777
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Overview
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good49%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“larb” (7 reviews)
“soup” (7 reviews)
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CUISINES
Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane 0100, Laos
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61 - 70 of 232 reviews

Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Don't miss here if you want to try an authentic laos food. Good taste and rather best service. Must try!More

1  Thank Daoaksorn
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Dear Daoaksorn, It's a pleasure to be appreciated. Thank you, truly. "Good taste and and rather best service." May I add that it is YOU that has good taste, and that you have done us a great service by recommending us. Please visit us again...More

Reviewed 17 November 2016

When visiting Vientiane I wholeheartedly recommend that you make time to experience authentic Lao food and music/dance at this location. Set near the centre of the city, this restaurant is located inside a restored French colonial mansion. While a bit cramped for room, this place...More

Thank TravellingManOz
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Dear TravellingManOz, What a joyful read and among the best comments we've had so far! Our musicians have been with us for over two decades so their skills are unparalleled. They are masters of their art and it shows in their performance. Our musicians have...More

Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Fantastic food and fantastic service. The service manager Ms Mee aranged us super service and a wonderful evening with a amazing Lao traditional entainment show. Her English is perfect and care for us perfect. Thank you for the wonderful evening and excellent food Oliver

Thank Olih777
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Dear Olih777, Thanks for your feedback. It's amazing to hear from happy guests! I will also pass your compliments to our service manager. I'm sure she'll be delighted.

Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Had the pork larb, veggie spring rolls and red beef curry! Wash it down with some fine French red and this place is a hit for lunch!

1  Thank JWTPaine
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Dear JWTPaine, Which French wine did you try? We have so many good ones! Please do try the Pinot Noir from New Zealand the next time you're here, it's one of my all-time favorites. Thanks again for supporting us and for the wonderfully kind words.

Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Laos cuisine with set menu and a la carte options. The set menu is a good option if you are unfamiliar with laos food as it offers small portions a variety of foods for you to try. Laos traditional music from 19:00 and Laos traditional...More

Thank parkren
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Dear parkren, Thanks for your comments. I wouldn't say that tourists are our main target market. While tourists do make up a sizeable part of our business, the majority of our clientele is actually locals who prefer a nice atmosphere to enjoy a home-cooked meal....More

Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Incredible experience in Laos. Very good food and friendly staff (Mee). She explain the dishes and how should we eat the local food - with hands, except for the soup. Nice place to see a bit of the culture.More

1  Thank Marcelo P
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Dear Marcelo P, Lovely to hear that you had a great time. I will give Ms. Mee a pat on the back for being such a great customer service manager! I will also pass your compliments to the other wait and kitchen staff. Please come...More

Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped in when the restaurant we looked up was closed--and what a great treat! The beef larb was a stew with a smoky taste and wonderful herbs, the crispy chicken with mango chili sauce was a treat --and it's a delight to eat your...More

1  Thank Cynthiared
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Dear Cynthiared, So thoughtful of you to write so nicely about us! And how wonderful you describe the food, if I do say so myself! Please come again and let us have the chance to serve you once more.

Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Great place to enjoy both food and the culture. The waiters are all nice and wear Laos traditional clothes. I came around 7 PM, and they were performing traditional music and dances. I ordered Set menu, but it's not my favorite.More

1  Thank ramskid
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Dear ramskid, Thanks for your feedback. Please come back so we can serve you some of other chef recommended items, if the set menu didn't meet your expectations. While I, personally, love all the dishes, I would highly highly recommend the Mok-Pa (Mekong river catfish...More

Reviewed 19 October 2016

The restaurant is situated in a French colonial house, lovely building but very spartan and "grey" interior, distinctly lacking warmth. It appears that the main patrons are large group of European tourists brought by their Lao guides. There is a performance by good musicians on...More

Thank Viktor S
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Dear Viktor S, Kind thanks for your honesty. Just to let you know: while tourists do make up a sizeable part of our business, the majority of our clientele is actually locals who prefer a nice atmosphere to enjoy a home-cooked meal. Perhaps, on that...More

Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

A very nice local place. Live music and dancing. Reasonable priced wine and of course delicious food. Very attentive service.

Thank travelswithali
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thanks, ReneePerth! We do have a well-selected wine list! If you're ever back at the restaurant, please do try the New Zealand Pinot Noir. It's my favorite. I will pass on your compliments to the kitchen and wait staff!

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
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 0100, Laos
  • Location: Asia  >  Laos  >  Vientiane Prefecture  >  Vientiane
  • Phone Number: +856 21 215 777
  • E-mail
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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