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Kualao Restaurant

134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 215 777
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good49%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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CUISINES
Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
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Reviewed yesterday

We were quite skeptical approaching Kualao, often restos with local dances mean poor food and touristic environment. Instead Kualao offered a delicious dinner with local taste and exquisite food. We enjoyed the Mekong fish and the chicken curry. One of the best in Vientiane and...More

Thank marco241974
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dined at Kualao on our first day in Laos as part of the included set lunch meal with our Buffalo Travel tour. We did not order from the menu or see the price. It was an enjoyable selection of well presented food, and the beer...More

Thank traveller5605
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This a good restaurant, especially if you are in Laos for the first time. Good introductions to what Laso food is like. Staffs are really friendly and attentive. Highlight of the evening is the music show and little dance they put on for us. Overall...More

Thank AirMaxton
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Dear AirMaxton, Lovely review. Many thanks for taking the time to let us know that we're doing something right. We will be sure to pass on your compliments to the staff! They'll be delighted to hear it.

Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Went there as part of our workshop dinner. Food was amazing. It is local and very tasty. The music and dancers were a nice treat too.

Thank Ludo-Owen
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Dear Ludo-Owen, Many thanks for taking the time to let us know that you've enjoyed your experience. We will be sure to pass on your compliments to staff, who make it all possible!

Reviewed 5 June 2017

This restaurant is a bit of a tradition for visitors. It seems to cater for travellers in large groups, but also has a smattering of single business travellers or those here on special occasions. The restaurant provides musical entertainment (traditional). the staff are happy to...More

Thank wwwt56
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Dear wwwt56, Thanks again for your lovely comments. We are glad that you had a wonderful time at our humble restaurant. Please let us know the names of our lovely staff that were helpful in discussing the menu. We would love to commend them! We...More

Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

A luxury restaurant located in a renovated French colonial building. Was a bit intimidating to enter at first (with the rolls Royce out the front), but we were made to feel welcome from the moment we stepped through the door. The local Laos cuisine was...More

Thank Smudge L
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Dear Smudge L, Thanks again for your lovely comments. We are glad that you had a wonderful time at our humble restaurant. Our musicians have been with us for over two decades, speaking to their commitment in their art and our restaurant tradition. We will...More

Reviewed 4 May 2017

This was our first lunch in Laos and yes it was pricey compared to others we have eaten, but we are still talking about the fragrant freshness of their food. We decided not to order the set meal but to order a la carte. Lovely...More

Thank Little W
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Dear Little W, Cheers to your lovely comments. We will pass on your kind words to our staff, who make everything possible. We would love the chance to serve you again!

Reviewed 21 April 2017

A 5 star up market restaurant located in a well renovated old French mansion. The setting and surrounds were excellent as was the service and food. It had a good selection of food both Lao and others and all delicious. We did however find it...More

Thank Paulette A
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Dear Paulette A, Cheers to your lovely comments. We will pass on your kind words to our team (kitchen and wait staff), who make everything possible. We would love the chance to serve you again!

Reviewed 18 April 2017

This is an up-market restaurant in Vientiane, but definitely worth a visit. It is located in an old mansion near the That Dum Stupa, and offers an extensive a-la-carte menu as well as two Laotian set menus. The most expensive is a 10-course at K220,000...More

Thank fspon
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Dear fspon, It's a pleasure to read your wonderful comments. The staff will surely be happy to read them as well. Our staff are advised not to allow our guests to over-order and we will counsel on the right meal for the right group of...More

Reviewed 31 March 2017

Located in a lovely renovated French colonial house, Kualao serves authentic Lao food. We were adventurous and tried a lot--larb, morning glory, and even friend crickets (they were pretty good, actually). Of course they served more conventional things too (the fish was superb). The wait...More

Thank Peru77
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

Dear Peru77, We appreciate your kinds words, and will be sure to pass them compliments to the staff. And just as we had kept an eye on you from afar, we hope that in the future you're never too far for us to do the...More

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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
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
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
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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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