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Kualao Restaurant

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134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 215 777
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11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
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Seoul, South Korea
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2015 via mobile

Great dinner! I had set menu and all dishes were great! Tom yum soup was also excellent. The sticky rice was very delicious! Staffs were kind and the restaurant was not noisy. And the price was not bad for people who go to Laos for business trip.

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1 Thank Seoulmilk
Aditta K, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Seoulmilk, Thank you for the kind feedback and comments. They are very much appreciated. We are glad that you enjoyed your meal and your overall experience. We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit. Thanks, Kualao Management More 

Albany, California
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63 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2015

Our guide chose the restaurant and the menu, but all of us enjoyed our dinner. Our table was not facing the entertainment, and so I only got a glimpse of it.

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Thank cchang2010
Aditta K, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear cchang2010, Thank you for the feedback and comments. They are very much appreciated. We are glad that you enjoyed your meal. If you ever get the chance to come back, please ask your guide to request a seat near the show! Thanks, Kualao Management More 

Vienna, Austria
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137 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2015

We wanted to experience Lao food and the hotel recommended KuaLao. It is conveniently located near the city centre in a picturesque French colonial house and has local music. We ordered pork laab, stir fried vegetables, and mekong fish cooked in banana leaves and were disappointed that the food lacked seasonings. There were many westerners in the restaurant and perhaps... More 

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Thank BillandKathy27
Aditta K, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear BillandKathy27, We appreciate the comments and the feedback. Normally, we would only tone down the "spicy-ness" level and not the other "seasonings" since most tourists that frequent our establishment request for non-spicy dishes. We will consult with our kitchen staff about the seasonings. Thanks again for letting us know. Thanks, Kualao Management More 

Tokyo, Japan
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2015

The restaurant is conveniently located in a quieter area of the the city center. The food wasn't as tasty as I thought it would but was still delicious. I ordered the Lao platter with 7 or 8 dishes for one person. It's a nice way to try different dishes when dining alone. The waitress I had was attentive and always... More 

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Thank Ayame T
Aditta K, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Ayame T, Thank you for reviewing our restaurant. We appreciate the kind comments and the feedback. We will let the waitresses know that they are doing a great job. We look forward to your next visit. Thanks, Kualao Management More 

Chicago
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318 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2015 via mobile

well worth a short visit, to see local dance and listen to local music. Yes, it's small and short. But what else would you expect. Enjoy a nibble, have a beer and see a lovely dance show intermixed with a fun music group. Pick out the Best Of Chinese hits, if you dare.

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

Dear Maggie_Oakshot, Thank you for a great review! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, Kualao Management More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2015 via mobile

we opted for 8 dish selection of Laos dishes for a £10, there was an option of 12 dishes but that would have been to much. We also ordered a Mekong fish plate as well. Plenty of food, cheap beer, good ambience and they had the local musicians performing.

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

Dear AcbMei, Thank you for recommending our restaurant. We hope to see you again soon! Thanks, Kualao Management More 

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 

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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.

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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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31 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.

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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 

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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 

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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
USD 5 - USD 30
Cuisine
Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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, 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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