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Kualao Restaurant

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134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane 0100, Laos
+856 21 215 777
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11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
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Sydney
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23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2014

Our group of 8 was taken to this restaurant for lunch while In Vientiane, we were expecting a better experience after his (tour guide) glowing reports but were sadly disappointed. After being escorted to our table, we were given 5 menus for 8 people then asked to order before people had a chance to review the menu. Next beer arrived,... More 

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1 Thank touringduoSydney
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear touringduoSydney, Sorry to hear that the experience was below your expectations. We are at least happy to know that the food was tasty! The beer should never have been served "hot," of course. At the very least, it should have been submerged in an ice bucket. It is true that sometimes cold beer does run out because of sudden... More 

Port Macquarie, Australia
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215 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2014 via mobile

We had lunch at this restaurant with a group of 24 people, wait staff were very efficient at ensuring our group had been provided drinks before serving a number of courses of excellent food. Each meal was served with a smile and great courtesy. I thought this restaurant was very organised, friendly and provided great food. Highly recommended.

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Thank nerney1961
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear nerney1961, Many thanks for your lovely words. Will relay your message to the staff. We are sure that they will be pleased that they have been complimented as efficient and courteous! Also happy that you enjoyed the food. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, Kualao Management More 

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240 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2014

The kualao restaurant is located in a renovated house in central Vientiane, close to the Presidential palace. Yes, it caters to tour groups, but it also attracts locals - so the food is genuine Lao. We liked the look of the place and asked for a dinner reservation in the afternoon. We arrived at 7 pm to be shown to... More 

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Thank Tony E
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Tony E, Thanks for your kind words. Yes, we cater to both locals and tourists. Our cultural show appeals to both groups. It's pricy, but hopefully worth it! Please do let us know if there was anything that you would like to see improved. Cheers, Kualao Management More 

Nanoose Bay, Canada
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120 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2014 via mobile

We don't usually go to "cultural shows" but decided that this restaurant looked interesting enough to try. The food was relatively good - chicken curry was excellent but the Lao pork stew (supposedly stewed all day) was disappointing (the pig must have been awfully old - the meat very tough and chewy but the sauce and vegetables were good). We... More 

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Thank Judy L
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Judy L, I am a personal fan of the mesmerizing hand gestures of the dancers as well. I agree that the chicken curry is fabulous. And yes, we'll talk to the musicians about their smiling! The Lao pork stew issue - we would like to clarify that only the bones and vegetables have been stewed all day. Freshly sliced... More 

Klang, Malaysia
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2014

My title says it all. They serve really good black sticky rice. It's rather pricey by Laotian standard. This seems to be a hangout place for government officials in Laos. There was a musical performance which was really intriguing for a curious tourist like myself.

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Thank Walao
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Walao, We highly value your opinion and are exceptionally pleased that you enjoyed the food and ambiance of the restaurant. Yes, the dark sticky rice is quite pleasant and in our book, price is an indication of quality. We hope to see you again the next time you are at our humble restaurant. Thanks, Kualao Management More 

Vientiane, Laos
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136 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2014 via mobile

Everything you need to eat in Laos is here! Nearly 10 years living in Laos and first time here... simple wow!

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1 Thank Sean W
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Sean W, It's never too late to come to Kualao! We loved your comment. Thanks again for supporting authentic Lao cuisine. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, Kualao Management More 

Vientiane, Laos
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2014

This is your typical tourist oriented restaurant. However, if you're only here for a night or two then it's worth a try because you get a reasonably authentic traditional dance perfomance and if you choose the mixed platter then you get a great taste of most of the better known Lao cuisine.

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1 Thank James W
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear James W, We're glad that you had a decent time at the restaurant. If you have any suggestions on how we can make it less "touristy," please do let us know. We say this because it may surprise you that well over half of our customers are locals (Lao people). Thank you for taking the time to leave comments.... More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2014

Maybe the most well known restaurant in Laos. It is mostly directed for tourist, but also some locals enjoy it. Menu has plenty of local delights, but perhaps those meals are not very spicy. In the evening they have traditional Lao show with band and dancer.

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2 Thank BarangPP
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear BarangPP, We are pleased that you left some nice comments. Thank you very much. We wouldn't say that the restaurant is the most well-known, but having been in operation for 20 years, we can confidently say that most people have heard of us! Our meals are typically tailored to the individual's taste buds - if you like it spicy,... More 

italy
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198 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2014

Perhaps this is the Lao cuisine, or not. I didn't like the taste of the food, that was not I was expecting after having read the other Trip Adivisor reviews.

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Thank piantin22
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear piantin22, We are saddened to learn that the food was not for you. If you could let us know what it was in particular that you disliked about your experience, we will try our best to improve it. Thank you for taking the time to leave comments. If you would like to speak with us privately, please do not... More 

Hanoi, Vietnam
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124 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2014

want to discover Lao's food, my friend and i decided to visit Kualao restaurant thanks to good feedback on tripadvisor. It's over our expectation. I see many Vietnamese work at Laos and came here to enjoy the dinner. Delicious food with nightly life traditional music. Very nice, you should try it.

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2 Thank AnnaCandy
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear AnnaCandy, It pleases us immensely to learn that you had a nice time at Kualao. We wish to serve you again in the near future. "Best Restaurant" - wow..we can sleep well tonight, knowing that we are at least the best to at least one person! We look forward to serving you again. Thanks, Kualao Management More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Cuisine
Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane 0100, Laos
  • Location: Asia  >  Laos  >  Vientiane Province  >  Vientiane
  • Phone Number: +856 21 215 777
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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