15 Top Restaurants In Vientiane, Laos

    As the largest city of Laos – the only landlocked country of South East Asia, capital Vientiane appeals many tourists to come and discover its diversity in history, culture and also Laos cuisine. Although Laos food has influenced with its neighbor (Thailand), it still keeps its own uniqueness. Visitors can find the vibrant and diverse culinary scene in Vientiane from traditional authentic food of Laos to the fusion menus of the mixed Asian, French and Western styles.
    We list here the 15 best restaurants of Vientiane that you should try in your Laos trip and find out the most suitable one for your taste.

    Restaurants for Traditional Laos food

    Lao Kitchen

    Lao Kitchen Vientiane - Most Popular Restaurants in Vientiane

    Lao Kitchen is one of best choices on traditional Laos food in Vientiane.

    Location: 140/01, Unit 15, Rue Hengboun, Baan Anou, Vientiane
    Opening hours: 11.00am – 10.00pm
    Closed to waterfront with nice ambiance, Lao Kitchen offers set of authentic Laos dishes, such as grilled Mekong fish, Pakse-style pork sausage, bamboo shoot stew and delicious dessert of sticky rice with mango or banana and coconut milk, etc. The restaurant also includes vegetarian options to tailor need from various choices.

    Kualao Restaurant

    Kualao Restaurant - Best Restaurants in Vientiane

    Kualao Restaurant is Vientiane’s most popular, internationally recognized, up-scale and authentic Lao food restaurant,

    Location: 134 Samsenthai Road, Thatdam Intersection, Vientiane
    Opening hours: 11.00am – 2.00pm / 4.00pm – 10.00pm

    With courteous staff team, Kualao Restaurant serves many of the Lao traditional foods in upscale setting, including papaya salad, handmade Lao sausage, deep fried Mekong fish, spring rolls… You can also enjoy traditional Lao dance and music performance while having dining experience here.

    Doi Ka Noi

    Doi Ka Noi Restaurant - Best Restaurants in Vientiane

    Doi Ka Noi restaurant offers a daily menu changing to make them more unique.

    Location: 131 Sapang Mor, Sisangvvone Road, Ban Naxay, Vientiane
    Opening hours: 10.00am – 2.30pm (Tue-Thu) / 11.00pm – 9.00pm (Fri-Sun). Closed on Monday.

    Doi Ka Noi is a favorite dining spot amongst expat living in Vientiane because of its authencity and quality. The restaurant has daily changing menu on traditional Laos dishes which will be updated on the restaurant’s Facebook page at around 8.30am. Each dish is made from fresh ingredients which are taken from the local market or their onsite garden. The prices are also fair according to the large portion sizes and quality of the ingredients.

    Soukvimarn Original Lao Foods

    Soukvimarn Original Lao Foods - Most Popular Restaurants in Vientiane

    Operated since 1990, Soukvimarn Original Lao Foods has been renovated to deliver better services to upmarket dinners.

    Location: 133 Chanthakhoummarn Rd, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane
    Opening hours: 10.30am – 2.00pm / 6.00pm – 9.00pm (except Sunday)

    Operated since 1990, Soukvimarn Original Lao Foods has been one of favourite places to enjoy Laos traditional food. The restaurant offers a wide variety of typical local dishes including soups with Lao style, Mok Lao, laap, Lao sausage, grilled beef, fried frog with garlic, etc. With nice setting, more space than its look from the beginning, the restaurant can be a good choice for both the locals and tourists when visiting Vientiane.

    Miengchaokao Restaurant

    Miengchaokao Restaurant

    With large venue, Miengchaokao Restaurant is an ideal spot for local parties and other celebrations.

    Location: Kamphengmeuang road near Manoy Stadium, Vientiane
    Opening hours: 9.30am – 12.00am
    Miengchaokao Restaurant offers a range of delicious traditional Lao food. This restaurant features a large venue and upscale appearance so it becomes an ideal spot for local parties and other celebrations from group of friends and families. There is also an outdoor area for dinning and beef lab should not be missed here. If the crowds and vibrant scene from celebrations don’t mind you, let’s give a try at Miengchaokhao.

    Mini Makphet Restaurant

    Mini Makphet Restaurant

    Run by NGO project, Mini Makphet Restaurant provides jobs to many young children who are trained for catering trade.

    Location: Entrance of the Peuan Mit Center, Rue Phai Nam, Vientiane
    Opening hours: 11.00am – 3.00pm
    Mini Makphet is run by NGO’s project to address the needs of Laos’s street children and young people. They train youth in the catering trading. The restaurant offers nice selection of creative Lao dishes and friendly staffs. A donation can be made to support their work and this is entirely voluntary.

    Restaurants for Fusion cuisine

    L’Addresse – Cuisine by Tinay

    L’Addresse – Cuisine by Tinay

    L’Addresse – Cuisine by Tinay is on list of best French restaurants in Vientiane.

    Location: Just behind Wat Ong Teu, Vientiane
    Opening hours:
    11.00am – 10.00pm
    Located just behind the 16th-century Wat Ong Teu, this is an authentic French restaurant offering all the French staples in the menu (set or a la carte options) and extension wine list. Dining here, you can sense real passion on every dish with highly trained and very professional staffs.

    Khop Chai Deu

    Khop Chai Deu

    As one of the busiest bar-restaurants in the city centre, the Khop Chai Deu is a trendy place where locals, expatriates and tourists mingle.

    Location: 54 Sethathirat Road, Namphou, Vientiane
    Opening hours:
    7.00am – 11.30pm
    Occupying a colonial building close to the Nam Phu Fountain in central Vientiane, Khop Chai Deu is a favourite spot for expats, backpackers and tourists, serving authentic Laos and international dishes as well as vegetarian options.

    Bor Pen Nyang

    Bor Pen Nyang Bar and Restaurant

    Bor Pen Nyang is overlooking Mekong River and its rooftop bar is hotspot place for sunset view.

    Location: Quai Fa Ngum, Vientiane
    Opening hours:
    10.00am – midnight
    Overlooking the Mekong River with roof top bar, Bor Pen Nyang gives a different vibe throughout the day. This is also good spot to watch sunset, so head here early to get seats available and enjoy the various ranges of food, such as fajitas, pizzas, Lao-style BBQ, larb, soup, etc. together with popular BeerLao.

    The Spirit House

    The Spirit House vientiane

    The Spirit House is a dazzling combination of stylish Lao-style lounge bar and spacious riverside cocktail terrace.

    Location: Fa Ngum Road, Baan Seetarn Neua, Vientiane
    Opening hours:
    7.00am – 11.00pm
    The Spirit House is a waterfront place for a peaceful breakfast, a local delicacies for lunchtime as well as a selection of tapas and a simple glass of wine when the sun sets. There are a lot of choices on food from Lao specialities to Western staples, hearty breakfasts to healthy salads, finger food to full meals, together with unique drinking experience. Its authentic Lao-style building in stylish wooden interior, tree-shaded cocktail terrace and stunning sunset views is worth a try.

    Villa Opera

    Villa Opera

    Villa Opera is homely high-end Italian restaurant in Vientiane.

    Location: 42 Rue Panya Sri, Si Thane Nuea, Vientiane
    Opening hours: 11.00am – 2.00pm / 6.00pm – 10.00pm
    Just behind The Spirit House, one block back from the Mekong River on Rue Panya Sri, Villa Opera, or previously called L’Opera, is homely high-end Italian in Vientiane. This restaurant was refurbished from an old run down French Colonial Villa to a very high standard, maintaining the traditional exterior with a very modern interior.
    Villa Opera attracts the locals and tourists with fine Italian cuisine and extensive wine selection. Its owner, Mr. Pino Peruzzi is friendly and always happy to introduce dishes to dinners.

    Restaurants for Fast-Food

    Tyson Kitchen

    Tyson Kitchen

    Tyson Kitchen is good place for pizza lovers with friendly staffs.

    Location: 11 Rue Francois Ngin, Vientiane
    Opening hours: 11.00am – 11.00pm
    Tyson Kitchen is a great place for American, Canadian food, especially delicious pizzas, burgers and vegetarian friendly. The restaurant is appreciated with its welcoming host and happy staffs which is all a reflection of the restaurant’s owner, Tyson.

    Al Haram Restaurant

    Al Haram Restaurant

    Al Haram Restaurant serves Indian and Paki food in Vientiane.

    Location: 014/1, Rue Francois Ngin Ban Mixay Chanthabouly District, Vientiane
    Opening hours: 11.00am – 11.00pm
    This is favourite choice for Indian and Paki essentials in Vientiane, offering great service, the delicious food and cheaply priced. There is a list of choices for your taste including curry, chicken mariboti, chicken sukka, butter chicken, chicken tikka massala with rice, naan breads, etc. Their staffs are friendly and helpful as well.

    PDR – Pizza da Roby

    PDR Pizza da Roby

    One more choice on a great selection of pizzas with fresh ingredients and great aroma at PDR Pizza da Roby.

    Location: 014/1, Rue Francois Ngin Ban Mixay Chanthabouly District, Vientiane
    Opening hours: 11.00am – 11.00pm
    This is considered as one of the best Italian restaurants in Vientiane. It offers a great selection of pizzas with fresh ingredients and great aroma. Good service & chilled atmosphere that is worth for a try.

    Pimenton

    Pimenton

    With emphasis on local, organic sourcing and simple presentations, Pimenton redefines the modern Open Fire steakhouse with an Hispanic flair.

    Location: 5, Rue Nokeoukoumane, Vientiane
    Opening hours: 11.00am – 11.00pm

    Pimenton is a stylish Spanish restaurant and delicious steakhouse that you would not really expect in Laos. The restaurant serves mouthwatering steaks (meat and fish), good tapas, fancy cocktails and luscious desserts. Although this is not really the best value for money, good food with nice collection of menu and professional staffs can be a plus for your choice.

    Obviously, Vientiane is a premium destination for food lovers in Laos. If you plan a visit to Laos’ capital, we hope this restaurant pocket list will be helpful for your dining experience on Laotian cuisine. Don’t hesitate to contact Laos Travel to get the prompt assistance from our team for any inquires of your trips to Laos in the coming time.

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