For good quality Lao food
In the small lane next to the Jazzy Brick Bar. This serves really good quality Lao food in a very pleasant setting. Not expensive and can BYO
Kua Lao and Tamnak Lao serve good quality Laos food. Kua Lao is just a bit better. Both have a floorshow of Lao music and dancing, which sounds kitschy, but is in fact not so at all. These are both excellent places to take visitors. Can BYO
Good Lao food in a garden or indoor setting. They make a very tasty laab.
Street Food: try the food stalls near the That Luang market.
There are quite a few street food stalls and open restaurants in Rue Francois Ngin that have tasty food.
Not my cup of tea as the food is not authentic Lao, but dumbed down for westerners. Expensive too.
Best Fried Chicken
no not that one! Khouvieng Fried Chicken on Khouvieng Boulevard.
the best sindad without a doubt is Poysian Bulkokee, as evidenced that it is always full of Lao. This offers a good variety of food for your steamboat and is very pleasant in the warmer weather. It is a bit out of the centre of town, but is definitely worth the trip.
Bistro 22, 22 Samsenthai Rd. Good bistro style food. Phillipe serves an excellent Steak Tartare as well. You can BYO wine for no corkage.
La Terrace. This used to be my staple, but it has gone upmarket and is now expensive, though the food hasn't changed. They charge a ridiculous 50,000kip corkage. Good location. Still make the best pizzas in town imo.
Big range of food, well cooked. Nice atmosphere.
Good food, and a strong wine list. A bit expensive for what they offer though.
Every time i have been here the place has been packed with westerners, tourists and Lao. The food is very good and not expensive. This is a very nice setting as well. Can BYO
On Nam Phou square. This is a real bistro style french restaurant with good pizza and very good steak. Can byo for no corkage. It is a very good place to meet people as well. Avoid the other restaurants in this area; they are overpriced and/or not great..
Cheap and good French food. The stuffed chicken is a perennial favourite. They offer a very limited wine list, but the wines are very good quality and are cheap. In Rue Francois Ngin
Has very good Italian food and an excellent wine list with the emphasis on Italian wines. The ambience is very pleasant. Definitely a special night out. This is by far the best Italian restaurant in Vientiane, and in my view the best restaurant per se in town. - ignore the TA reviews. It is on Thadeua Rd, the road that goes to the Australian Embassy.
Ok but the food is a bit bit hit and miss at times. Lacks the ambience of the above as well. Certainly nowhere near as good as its TA reviews. ( I wonder why.) Overpriced by a long way for what it is.
used to be the no. 1 in town but is living a bit on its past glory. You can still get very good food there though.
Kop Chai Deu. While there are better places to eat, the food is not bad at all, and it is certainly a good place to sit, have a beer and people watch.
Good place to go for a drink
A bit expensive but a good night out. See how the rich Lao kids spend their time.
Scandinavian Bakery. JoMa is full of backpackers. Scandinavian Bakery gets the expats. It is cheaper and the cakes are better.
Good and cheap Turkish food. No corkage charge.
Expensive Japanese but pretty good. This is a Thai chain.
Excellent range of beers. The Belgian food is not bad either. Charges no corkage for wine.
There are heaps of other places, of course, but these are my favourite. A quick tip: if you are flying out of Vientiane in the evening, try th buffet at the airport. They have a huge range of food and it is not expensive.Edited: 11:45 pm, August 24, 2012