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Kualao Restaurant

134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 215 777
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good48%
  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“steamed fish” (3 reviews)
“larb” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 2:00 pmAll hours
Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
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Reviewed 25 February 2016

Came here for dinner on the 1st day of Chinese New Year. Food were tasty but portion was very small. Its a fine dining restaurant with live traditional music performance.

Thank Yeikloen
Aditta K, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2016

Dear Yeikloen, Thank you for your kind comments. We are glad that you enjoyed the meal!

Reviewed 16 January 2016

Probably one of the best resturant in town. Great service and we all was happy with the food. Good entertainment.

Thank Egil_Nordby
Aditta K, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2016

Wow! We are so honored to be given this prestigious title of "probably one of the best restaurants in town." Thank you for your most gracious comment. We hope to serve you again in the future.

Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

We thought yesterday's visit to Makphet might've revealed the best food in Lao. Then we had lunch today at Kua Lao, and discovered an even higher standard. A huge range of magnificent, authentic Lao dishes are on offer - including such challenging delicacies as steamed...More

1  Thank CMCReading
Aditta K, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2016

It puts a smile on my face and the faces of all my staff to read a comment such as this. What a wonderful thing to say. You're so kind! We hope to be able to carry on the tradition of serving good quality food...More

Reviewed 30 December 2015

This is one of my favourite restaurants in Laos for authentic tasting Lao dishes and also includes some traditional Lao music and dancing. I enjoyed all the dishes that was ordered and as per my Laotian friends I did order and try the special fish...More

Thank Clem_6701
Aditta K, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2016

Amazing comment. I'm truly glad that you enjoy yourself each time you come, which demonstrates our consistency in bringing out the best of Lao cuisine every time for everyone! Our fish make up some of our finest dishes.

Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

Worthy a try. Typical Lao food while the traditional performance is great. Slow dance is very interesting. Average per person is 150k kip for us.More

Thank song m
Aditta K, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2016

Thank you for the nice comment and recommendation. We hope to see you again in the future so you can sample more dishes and more dance types. Laos is multi-ethnic, as you know and at Kualao we feature a medley of traditional dances from the...More

Reviewed 16 December 2015

Kua Lao and Kop Chai Deu were the two restaurant I was recommended. The food was good and service was excellent. The staff was so attentive. There was a traditional dance during the meal that I found interesting.

Thank AnnQ710
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Ann_Ng710, Thanks for your awesome review! I will pass your compliments to the kitchen and wait staff who very much deserve the praise.

Reviewed 29 November 2015

Recommended by our hotel for upscale local food. You can't miss it. It's a big yellow colonial style building right at the junction. Not your typical restaurants for backpackers like I see elsewhere in Laos. We paid $48 for a large set meal with 8-9...More

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

Dear Siti R, It's now our 23rd Anniversary, this year (1994-2017)! The large set menu is a favorite among our many guests, and I'm glad that you were able to get a table. The VIP room is usually always full. That room is famously nicknamed...More

Reviewed 28 November 2015

The restaurant is not local street food. It's a very good restaurant so it's a bit expensive but the food is sooooooooooooooooo good. You should order the papaya salad and other local food here.

1  Thank Nalinee N
Aditta K, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2016

I love it when commenters express themselves verbally on the web! It is soooooooooo good to hear your beautiful comment, Nalinee N. We can't wait to serve you again during your next visit to Kualao.

Reviewed 28 November 2015 via mobile

Had the papaya salad. It was made with fermented fish oil which I thought tasted gross. Ordered another one with regular fish oil. It was OK but not as good as I have had elsewhere. Also had the chicken larb. It too was OK but...More

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

Dear rkaemp, I'm saddened that you won't come back. It means we've not done quite enough to cater to your needs. In the future, if you ever do decide to visit us again, and if this happens to you again, please ask our customer service...More

Reviewed 26 November 2015

the food is good. Lao dances are excellent.the wine was a bit raw and they ran out of orange juice. but the servers were very nice and helpful.More

1  Thank advisorSuva
Aditta K, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2016

I am truly sorry that we ran out of fresh orange juice. It is one of our best sellers. Was it the house wine or one of our bottled wine that was "raw"? Please let us know for next time. If so, we'll gladly replace...More

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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
USD 5 - USD 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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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
  • E-mail
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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