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“Poor Choice”

Spirit House Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #31 of 400 Restaurants in Vientiane
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Whether you are looking for a peaceful waterfront breakfast, a lunchtime burger washed down with an ice cold beer, a simple glass of wine as the sun sets and ignites the Mekong or a seductive evening with the finest classic and contemporary cocktails in Vientiane, our stylish wooden interior, shaded riverside beer garden, music to suite the mood and a stunning sunset view make The Spirit House a must visit.
Melbourne
Level 6 Contributor
196 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Poor Choice”
Reviewed August 20, 2014

We were staying next door at the Hotel Beau Rivage Mekong and being the first night and a suffering still from Luang Prabang belly I thought this would be a good choice, not much walking and some western food on the menu. As I couldn't face any spicy food I thought I would play it safe and have a hamburger, not good! The meat was dry there was minimal filling and if it wasn't for the Tomato Sauce it would be almost inedible. Maybe it was a bad choice, but in a good restaurant there shouldn't be any bad choices. The breakfast is good here as we found out the next day.

  • Visited July 2014
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Konigswinter, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
309 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
“Enjoy life!”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

The restaurant was right next to our hotel, so it was a natural destination for dinner. (We had breakfast there as part of the hotel package, too).

Location: Sit outside with a view on the Mekong and the sun setting, enjoy a cool beer lao. Great!

Food: For starters we tried several tapas all very tasty and recommended: chicken satay skewers, pork croquettes, Mekong river weed, spring rolls.

For mains we had Arancini (pumpkin, rice & blue cheese balls) and Lao stir fried steak. Nicely presented and tasty. Touristy prices, but still reasonable.

It was a bit hard to attract attention from the service.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Travelling-Wolfgang
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Vientiane, Laos
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Great brunch spot on the Mekong”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

While I know that people go here for more than brunch, and the menu has so much more that brunch items, we have only been here for brunch. The outdoor seating is great to start the day and on sunny days, the umbrellas offer some shade which is good. The main items that we have had are the bartenders sandwich which is an egg and bacon sandwich for 35,000 kip or the Spirit House Fry Up for 60,000 kip. The only thing that we constantly have to request is that eggs are soft poached as the kitchen likes to serve fully cooked yolks. The bloody mary's are good too!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Jim W
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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great place for drinks! ”
Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

The location of this place is awesome. Right on the Mekong with wonderful views. We went in the evening and were amazed at the many options they had for drinks! Really cool place.

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Thank Tyguy89
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Chiangmai
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Best breakfast in Vientiane”
Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

A friend mentioned the Spirit House to me, saying that it was the best breakfast in Vientiane.
I wasn't disappointed, I had the Spirit House special breakfast, 2 eggs, bacon, Cumberland sausage, fried bread, hash browns, fried tomatoes, mushrooms, Heinz baked beans and a pot of tea.
I have to agree with the person recommending it, by far the best breakfast in Vientiane. And at 60,000 Kip (less than £5) extremely good value.

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Thank ThaiTom_10
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