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“cool place for cool people” 3 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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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Guadalajara, Mexico
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“cool place for cool people”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We went to Utophia for a yoga class on the sunset, the place has a very nice location at the Mekong River, the ambiance is very laid back, with pillows on the ground and low tables , perfect for enjoying a drink , book o checking your emails. Very relaxing, nice garden and the menu looked fine, even though we didn't eat there.
Full of young ,cool backpackers sharing their cool experiences in Asia.

Visited November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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20 restaurant reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Dirrrrrrty”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I was so excited about coming here. OK that's a lie, I knew it wasn't going to be that good, but everyone in town kept talking about it so we went for the sunset, because we are bit cheesy like that.

The view over the river is beautiful and that's about it really.

The only utopian thing about this place is that everyone working there has done their equal share of not cleaning the place. The place is so incredibly dirty. You are expected to lie down and watch the sunset, but this means coming into contact with cushions that haven't been cleaned or changed in years. The food looked terrible and only people with a death wish or iron stomachs should even consider eating at this place. Finally we tried to order a coffee with milk. This was relayed through three or four different staff who didn't know how to make this. Eventually a manager said that he would make it for us in ten minutes. By then we had become so antsy about the hygiene that we cancelled the order and decided to drink beer - from a bottle obviously.

The place gets 2 stars for the view and that's it. It's just nasty and overrated.

BTW the yoga lessons looked cool.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Easy place to lose track of time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

What a great spot. I was a bit skeptical at first with all the talk of Utopias chill vibe, but have to say I'm a fan! There's lots of space and the greenery provides loads of shade. The view of the river is wonderful and you won't feel rushed to get out just because you're done your smoothie or dinner. It's a tad expensive vs other spots 15,000 for beer Lao vs 10,000 another spots. Keep in mind that's for a big bottle... All in all check it out.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Chilled by day, upbeat by night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I have visited Utopia on several occasions and it really is unique in Luang Prabang. During the day it is the perfect place to chill out in a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the Nam Khan. The food is a mixed bag at times, but staffing issues are a problem in LPB so base my review on the bar scene which in the evening is really special. Have spent many an evening just popping in in the late afternoon for a beer and ended up staying through until closing time, the atmosphere really makes the time pass and it is a pleasure just to get sucked into the ambience. Rob the owner is a great resource of tips and advice for things to do in town, and manages to have a good laugh and make time for visitors even whilst trying to run such a busy establishment. A good variety of music plays day and night and the range of cocktails on offer will leave you spoilt for choice!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
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Dubai
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“Cool little chillout bar off the beaten track”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We were given some discount vouchers for this restaurant following our day trip so decided to try it out. It's a bit off the beaten track so takes a bit of time to find but once there it is a really cool little chillout bar with places to relax everywhere and views over the river.

Service was a bit slow though

Visited October 2013
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