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Xatikhoumman Road | Lao P.D.R, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
+856 71 253 489
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015 via mobile

One of the best lunches we ever had with well cooked dishes of varieties that complimented each other as recommended by our waiter.

Thank Christof N
England, United Kingdom
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356 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2015

Happened to be passing by and the staff outside seemed friendly and polite so we went in and ordered and pleased we did. We had a mix of local, Japanese and western, really nice food beautifully presented and the staff were attentive and good humoured. We will be back soon.

Thank maninasuitcase1905
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015 via mobile

We were craving some Japanese food and weren't disappointed by the Japanese run Sonphao. The choice isn't huge but everything we tried was very good. We've been back twice and on both occasions enjoyed the experience very much. Recommended. Haven't seen the floor show yet though but hoping to soon.

Thank tlyons1951
Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

It was all a very good experience coming to eat at Sonphao. The Japanese owner was very kind and welcoming and the fusion Lao-Japanese food was just exquisite, well presented and very tasty. I would recommend this place to anyone into Asian fusion food. The sake was also very very good :)

Thank ScroSergio
Jakarta, Indonesia
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

This restaurant is very unique, the owner is a Japanese man. He speaks english fluently and very very nice. We ordered their menu set (i forgot the name of this menu set) But its meant for one person, large food set, but we eat one set for two. Because we eat it for two theres some dish that only for... More 

Thank Oscar E
Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

This restaurant is known for Japanese-Lao fusion food. We were fortunate in catching a floor show of Lao dancing before our meal. Everyone enjoyed their meal except me! I made a poor choice of a Japanese pork cutlet which turned out to be a large but boring piece of pork. We finished off with a choc ice because they had... More 

Thank nevben
Shanghai, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

Great food and very enjoyable evening sitting on the terrace in front of the hotel, sipping a glass of red wine. Owners (Japanese) are very friendly and helpful - it looks like they just recruited a new group of employees and were busy providing training to them. Food was very good - could have been a little more spicy but... More 

Thank Matthijs
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015 via mobile

The place is not in good conditions looks like they dont mantain it properly. I ordered steamed fish with sticky rice and mekong seaweeds .the portions very small the taste was average. The service also was average. I was especting something more stylish as japanese people is involved. I would not go back and i would not recommend.i spend more... More 

Thank wildadvent55
Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2015 via mobile

We went to Sonphao because a couple of days earlier we heard the music from the traditional dance show from outside, so today we headed there. What we didn't expect was the superb food and service. We had chicken spring rolls, pork with lemongrass, green curry chicken and bamboo vermicelli. We loved it so much that we asked for a... More 

Thank BeatrizRG
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015

We booked this restaurant for the Laos dancing/music and really enjoyed our experience. We had a table at the front and tried the Laos taster menu where you can try lots of dishes. The Manager was very attentive and we were very well looked after. I would recommend booking the dinner/dancing option because it is a great introduction to Laos... More 

Thank Angela K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$15
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Xatikhoumman Road | Lao P.D.R, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
  • Location: Asia  >  Laos  >  Luang Prabang Province  >  Luang Prabang
  • Phone Number: +856 71 253 489
Sonphao restaurant (across from the Choumkhong Wat) in Luang Prabang specializes in Laotian and Japanese food. They also offer traditional dance showsshows in

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