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Kualao Restaurant

134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 215 777
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good47%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
134 Samsenthai Road | Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane, Laos
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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 review

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 27 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 review

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 review

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 review

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 review

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

Reviewed 20 July 2015

This is one of Vientiane's best Lao restaurants. Kualao Restaurant is Vientiane’s internationally recognized up-scale authentic Lao food restaurant The food, I must say, was exceptional.The set menu was designed in such a way as to incorporate as many Lao dishes as possible (a nice...More

1  Thank YLLIM64
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear YLLIM64, Thank you for your response. Although 2015 is actually our 21st anniversary! We are glad you enjoyed your time and looking forward to welcoming you again. Thank you, Kualao Management

Reviewed 28 June 2015

I had the mekong fish steamed with mushrooms and ginger and surprisingly they carry Moscato wine, my favourite :) Staff service ok, can be improved on smiling more and ability to converse in English so that customers don't need to repeat themselves 3 times for...More

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

Dear sanna_An, Thank you for your comments. We are glad that you loved the Moscato. Did you try the sparkling or the still? We will do our utmost to improve the English speaking abilities of our staff as well as their smiling tendencies. We appreciate...More

Reviewed 16 May 2015

This was our our only night in Vietiane and as part of our tour that evening was a group set menu dinner at this restaurant. The restaurant is looking a bit tired, very dated furniture and the tables are very tightly crammed in so it's...More

1  Thank Fun loving Sun Seeker
Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Fun loving Sun Seeker, It is disheartening to hear about your experience and wish someday to serve you better. Please allow us the time to respond briefly. If the restaurant looks a bit tired and dated, that is because the owners of the restaurant...More

Reviewed 18 April 2015

Delicious food and reasonable prices We are enjoying the cuisine of the day here, some day we arrived, each enjoyed food, the price is very good, clean, attentive service staff

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

Dear Haan V, Thank you for coming to the restaurant. We will relay these comments to our staff. We are sure they will appreciate them. Thanks again for coming. We look forward to your return! Cheers, Kualao Management

Reviewed 10 April 2015

We were brought here for lunch by our guide, but there were only a couple of other people there at the time. I guess dinner is more popular because of the entertainment, and it does seem frequented by tourists. But the food was excellent. My...More

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

Dear Travelfan, Thanks for taking the time to review our restaurant. We appreciate your comments. We are glad that you enjoyed our overall experience. Our restaurant gets both tourists and locals. And it is busier during dinnertime because of the traditional music and dance performances....More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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 Province  >  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.