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“A cool place, worth visiting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Utopia Restaurant and Bar

Utopia Restaurant and Bar
Ban Aphay | follow the signs on the UNESCO brick paths to the river, Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 20 23 881 771
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Ranked #29 of 144 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Cuisines: Asian fusion, Sandwiches
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Sydney
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32 restaurant reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“A cool place, worth visiting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012 via mobile

Utopia looks great and has a cool view. Take good mosquito repellent at night. If you sit anywhere but the obvious front part (I didn't sit there because frankly the cushions are manky) it's best to go order at the bar anyway because the staff won't see you. Just point to where you're sitting and tell them to bring the drink. The devil tongue cocktail is an interesting concept and worth a try.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Good in the day, feral by night”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012 via mobile

Ok, so I'll confess up front I am one of those annoying people that have respect for local culture and customs and find the scourge of drunken, disrespectful western tourists (especially backpackers) a cancerous kind of tourism and I loathe Vang Vieng. So....last night upon returning to Utopia I was disgusted and dismayed at the type of place it's turned in to and the seeming encouragement of the kind of bad behaviour that gives tourists a poor reputation amongst locals. People drinking their body weight in beer, virtually having sex in the lounge area, and talking about all the drugs they're gonna buy on the way out. It's a slippery slope and for the sake of positive tourism in this country desperately hoping to not be another Thailand, I for one would like to see the owner and manager curbing the emerging trend of badly behaving fools that perhaps ought not leave home.

Finally, day time is better but service is terrible!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Maybe my 1st and the last visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

This place is nice to hangout, i like the concept. But let me warn you, the service terribly slow and there are a lot of flies here...

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“What an experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This is something I've never experienced before - a wonderful riverfront setting with cushion beds to lie on and enjoy the peacefulness. The food was good too. Worth seeking out.

Visited December 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“"Utopia - a great place to chill"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012 via mobile

The place was packed, all tables occupied when we arrived. Mostly young people almost all caucasians and 6 of us were the only Asians guests. The place dimly lit with candles on the low dining tables and dark at its deck area facing the river, one could hardly see anything many just relaxed over a drink accompanied by the soothing sound of the flowing river. A volleyball court within offers a unique activity in a restaurant, shisha smoking, board games too make Utopia real cool. Food wise I rate it 7 out of 10. Worth a visit.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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