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Kualao Restaurant

134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 215 777
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good50%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“steamed fish” (3 reviews)
“larb” (4 reviews)
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11:00 - 14:00All hours
Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
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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 25 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 25 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

Reviewed 26 November 2015 via mobile

We had lunch at Kualao during our business trip. The food arrive very quick. Staffs English was not very good, but at least they tried to understand my colleagues requests. They understand Thai perfectly. Waitress was very nice and attentive. The fish was fresh and...More

1  Thank RadiC888
Aditta K, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2016

I'm glad that the staff did their best to understand you. And thank you for being so patient. The banana flambé dessert is my personal favorite. I do hope that you tried it with the ice cream! Even tastier with chocolate ice cream on the...More

Reviewed 24 November 2015

Food was ok, service was quick. The show was also nice, not too long, not too short. The restaurant caters to all of the important guests who come to Vientiane.

Thank Madzia9
Aditta K, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2016

Thanks for your comment. I'm glad to hear that you got your food pretty quickly. We are also glad that you appreciated the show. All guests are equally important to us!

Reviewed 13 November 2015

Had a great meal in here while staying in Lao. We went at dinner time so the place was quite full, lots of tourist groups. Very good entertainment of local Lao music and dance. The food, service, pricing all very goodMore

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

Nov-Dec are the peak seasons for tourism in Laos so it is understandable to see many tourists eating alongside locals. Despite what many people think, our restaurant gets more locals than tourists throughout the year! We welcome both Lao and foreigners at our restaurant and...More

Reviewed 17 October 2015

We told our guide to take us to an authentic Lao food and were brought here a few days ago. We were excited to try assorted local dishes served in the straw tray. However, the taste of the food was rather disappointing. The soup or...More

Thank CGina
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2015

Dear CGina, Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. We are saddened that you didn't enjoy the food as much as we had hoped. The set menu is served on a rattan platter (not straw). The Laarb is meant to be infused with...More

Reviewed 2 October 2015 via mobile

Went for lunch - no entertainment whilst we were there. Mix of clientele, but mainly businessmen and local. First Lao meal, so have nothing to judge it against, but we thought it was delicious. Sticky rice is red rice and very sticky. The cucumber salad...More

Thank jo a
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2015

Dear jo a, Thanks for your great comments. We are glad that our hosts escorted you to your car with the umbrella, a mark of great hospitality! We are also happy that you enjoyed the food! Thanks, Kualao Management

Reviewed 19 September 2015

Had a very pleasant dinner here. The set menu was a great selection of Lao food which was a great introduction to the local cuisine. Traditional music and dancing was an added bonus.More

Thank Alex H
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2015

Dear Alex H, Your review has certainly put a smile to our faces. I will pass on your comments to the team. The set menu has been a favorite of our diners for decades. It's the preferred dish of the Japanese Prime Minister! We look...More

Reviewed 15 September 2015

I had dinner here with my colleague. We choose this place because they have lao traditional music and dancing performance. Nothing special about the food. It was fair and a bit pricey. But this is a good place if you want to take your business...More

Thank Fransis N
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2015

Dear Fransis N, Thanks for taking the time to leave comments. We are glad that you didn't despise the food! Was there something specific about the dishes that were not too satisfying? It's pricey compared to other Lao food restaurants because of our brand history,...More

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Price high compared to other parts of country but worth a try

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 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
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 22:00
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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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