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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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134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
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Reviewed 12 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

Reviewed 29 August 2015

Friendly staff, not that bad service, but boring atmosphere and very touristy program. We nearly fell asleep during the evening... The restaurant is too big to be good, it was obvious at first sight but we ignored our first impression; and paid for it:)))More

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

Dear Danaila M, It is with a heavy heart that we read your feedback. At the very least, we are happy that you enjoyed our hospitable service! May we take a moment to address some of your comments about our establishment: "Boring atmosphere" - many...More

Reviewed 28 August 2015

If you want to taste authentic Lao food in a nice comfortable setting, this is the only place to be in Vientiane. One will be able to try traditional Lao food while watching traditional Lao dance. On top of it all, the host was superbly...More

Thank melauck
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2015

Dear melauck, Thank you for the terrific review! I will forward your comments to the chef and wait staff; I'm sure they will appreciate them highly. Many thanks for taking the time to leave comments. If you would like to speak with us privately, please...More

Reviewed 7 August 2015

Great place to eat real traditional Lao food. When we were there the place was full with Lao people. It is advisable to make a reservation.

Thank Chris P
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2015

Dear Chris P, Thank you for coming to Kualao. Our clientele is predominantly local Lao eaters. We appreciate your comments and hope to welcome you again to the restaurant soon. Thanks, Kualao Management

Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

We were invited for a business lunch here and we had the set lunch. They provided some local snacks that look like soy bean chips - can't stop snacking on that. For the set lunch, My favourite was the soup with fish balls and pandan...More

Thank Alexjoey
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2015

Dear Alexjoey, Thank you for an amazing review. The chips you were snacking on are actually fried tapioca from Xiengkuang Province. Once you pop, you can't stop! Yes, our restaurant is normally frequented by businessmen and public officials during lunch, as we provide the cuisine,...More

Reviewed 21 July 2015

decided to go try this place since it was a fine dining laos cuisine restaurant. most of the dishes in the platter we ordered was not memorable. the small pieces of fried chicken wrapped in pandan leaf was dry and tough. almost inedible. service was...More

Thank Michael_Kang_weeboon
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2015

Dear Michael_Kang_weeboon, It is always difficult to hear that you did not enjoy the food. But it is, at least, refreshing to hear that our service and atmosphere have won your heart. We will check with our chefs to see what happened that day to...More

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Restaurant Details

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
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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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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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