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Kualao Restaurant

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134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 215 777
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
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18:00 - 22:00
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Pyongyang, North Korea
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2015

The food is very good, the colonial house that hosts the restaurant is impressive, the old Jaguar parked in the entrance adds a retro' touch to the atmosphere and the music and traditional dances are captivating. Nevertheless, this place looks too much like a place where colonies never disappeared, and also like a kind of living museum, where one can... More 

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

Dear lucelucilla, This is the first time we are hearing an opinion like this. The comment is bitter-sweet, just like you said of the restaurant! Many people often appreciate the interplay/mixture of French colonial architecture and Lao decor. The fact that it IS a "living museum" is the reason why many people come. There are rich and amazing stories behind... More 

George Town, Malaysia
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229 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2015

In a bungalow with ample parking. Cosy especially in the night with the lightings. Food was average especially for those who had not really taken local foods. Mainly for expats, tourists, and locals entertaining clients.

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

Dear kok seng y, Thank you for taking the time to comment. Can you tell us what exactly about the food and service that you did not enjoy? Thanks, Kualao Management More 

Kota, India
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2015

good food, ambience and you can also enjoy the Lao traditional dance for the dinner if booked well in advance. Staff is very courteous and polite. Good value for money.

Thank Sonam86
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Sonam86, Thank you for the kind comments. We are glad you enjoyed your meal and time with us. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, Kualao Management More 

Hobart, Australia
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48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2015 via mobile

After spending some time in northern Laos, we went to this restaurant for up market local Laos food. Well this place was filled with 60 plus year old American tourists there to see the live show. The food was like a western Chinese take away. There was nothing close to the Laos food we had eaten. This place was a... More 

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

Dear Hobartfamily, We are saddened by your dissatisfaction with the food. Can you tell us specifically what you ordered that felt like Chinese take-away? Please let us know so we can improve our food and services! Contrary to popular opinion, well over half of our clientele is locals who enjoy Lao food. Perhaps it's this time of year is the... More 

Santa Clarita, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2015 via mobile

Wide menu, delicious food and good range of prices for all budgets. Highly recommended restaurant in the heart of Vientiane.

1 Thank Longhorns1995
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Longhorns1995, Thank you for your kind words and the recommendation. We look forward to the next time that you are at the restaurant! Thanks, Kualao Management More 

Singapore, Singapore
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125 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2014 via mobile

The restaurant was big and spacious. There was a group of musicians playing live traditional music. I first thought it was very similar to Thai's but then I realized that menu is mixed between Thai and Lao food which is good. I love the option of having the unrefined red sticky rice which has high nutrients and tasty. I also... More 

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

Dear nattana, Thank you for the kind comments. Yes, it is unfortunate that mosquitos were there even in an air-conditioned room. It is sadly a common sight. However, we shall try our best to limit their propagation within our restaurant. Thanks for the insight. We appreciate your coming! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, Kualao Management More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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425 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2014

This is a nice clean restaurant with good food and a band with Aspara Dancers. We had a delicious 5 course meal . A good Lao traditional evening- really enjoyed the food and entertainment -my only gripe was that we could have been done with another hour or so as the band and dancers finished at 9 o'clock !

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

Dear Brandylady, Lovely to read your comments, we wish we could extend the band's time past 9pm. However, it is customary to eat Lao food early and finish early as well. Thus, ending at 9pm is quite late already since they've been playing since 7pm. The band also have daytime duties and we tend also to want to give them... More 

New York City, New York
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203 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2014

GREAT food--terrific service-nice surroundings---and it's a family run business. The son-in-law is so attentive--and his English is perfect as he lived and studied in the States for many years..

Thank David M
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear David M, Superbly pleased to read your kind compliments. Wonderfully glad to have welcomed you to the restaurant. Hope to see you in New York City someday! Sincerely, Son-in-law, Kualao More 

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23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 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 

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.

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Brunch, 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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
  • Location: Asia  >  Laos  >  Vientiane Province  >  Vientiane
  • Phone Number: +856 21 215 777
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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