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Kualao Restaurant

134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane 0100, Laos
+856 21 215 777
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good49%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane 0100, Laos
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I guess if you want to try all Lao's food in one seating, this is the place to go. I ordered the huge set which is 220k kip. there 12 set of dishes in one plate, and the waitress explained each one of the dishes...More

Thank Anthony L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A popular place with groups, mainly Asian! I was given a pleasant table by a window in the smaller room so I could watch the musicians & dancers. Not sure if they are on every evening, maybe worth checking! Enjoyed a tasty meal. Reasonably priced....More

Thank IslandMichele007
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Truly upmarket and serve the best meal in town. Do Not Miss It. There is an old classical Jaguar stationed at the front of the colonial restaurant to add the tou h of class...

Thank 850laue
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

We enjoined a lovely dinner at Kualao and were surprised by the many vegetarian options. A bit more expensive than some other restaurants in Vientiane but definitely worth the experience!

Thank Steffi S
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Kualao is an upmarket traditional Lao venue. The service was good and there was live music from 7 pm. We tried the set menu and honestly for the price the food was very average. The meatball soup and the tomato based jeowl was nice. The...More

Thank w1dders
Reviewed 8 March 2018

A bit nervous on arrival as we had a set lunch provided and often when you cant choose your own thing you can be really disappointing , not so here as the food was excellent. We had a lovely tender pork dish , crisp chicken...More

Thank HughRichardStacey
Reviewed 3 March 2018

A local Laotian took us here for an early evening of dinner and entertainment. We had also been here for lunch and knew the food well. We recommend the sticky red rice (usually a dessert food), to eat with salad, that you scoop up with...More

Thank Nan F
Reviewed 21 February 2018

Kualao is located in a beautiful historical building, conveniently in town. They offer a very entertaining dinner experience, complete with traditional Lao dance shows accompanied by live Lao music. Food is good. They offer a-la-carte too, but I recommend a set menu which has a...More

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Reviewed 2 February 2018

I was recommended to try this restaurant by my OAT tour director and it didn’t disappoint. Dishes I had were plentiful,flavorful and authentic. Menu was extensive, beer was cold and service was prompt. The head waitress spoke English for our questions we had about choices,...More

Thank Ivan K
Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

The restaurant serves genuine Laotian food, but Laotian food is marginal at best. They have a set menu with some typical Laotian dishes, it’s a good value and you get to taste a variety of things but you might be better ordering an individual dish...More

Thank JudithEve
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane 0100, 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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