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“Nice atmosphere, good food, an enjoyable place to dine”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Lao Luna

Lao Luna
Ranked #83 of 392 Restaurants in Vientiane
Price range: $4 - $50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Lao Luna Italian Restaurant: Where Italian food lovers eat in Vientiane! Dear Guest and Friend, We are proud to present Lao Luna menu, and to invite you, valuable customers, to try it. We always strive to ensure that each guest receive a prompt, professional, friendly and courteous service, and by serving a delicious and genuine Italian food, prepared by using only fine quality ingredients. We aim that every customer who comes through Lao Luna doors, leave impressed and excited to come back again, and leaving you with good memory of your Dining Experience in Lao Luna. A special "Thank You" to each of You, for your patronage and the opportunity to serve You.
Vientiane, Laos
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162 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere, good food, an enjoyable place to dine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2014

We visited twice, the fist for lunch before we had read any reviews. We had a good experience but afterward read "eevis" review and wondered how our experience could be so different! So we visited again, this time for dinner! Everything on the menu was priced, the serving staff were helpful and prices, while on the higher side, were on a par with other good restaurants in Vientiane. The exchange rates used were the standard, at 8,000 kip to the US dollar, 240 kip to the baht! So perhaps "eevis" review made a difference!
The place is new and still very bright and fresh. The walls are decorated with large murals of imaginary Italian scenes from the renaissance (or thereabouts) and the furniture is comfortable and functional, with tables well spaced. Service is good but not overpowering and while the staff are clearly not native English (or Italian!) speakers their grasp of the language is on a par with elsewhere in Vientiane.
The menu is not big, but covers a good range of dishes. All the food we had was fresh and tasty and with appropriate sized servings. There was a wide range of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages and a wine list with a small range of white and slightly larger range of reds. The cheapest white, one French and one Chilean, were about half the price you would pay elsewhere in Laos, and there were equally cheap, reasonable quality reds, though there were also much higher priced but quality wines available. Red and white house wines of reasonable quality were available by the glass or carafe at average prices.
It is always difficult to compare prices in Vientiane because so many factors are involved, but our impression is that this is on the higher end of the midrange grouping. Some of the other Italian places here (and they are aiming at a gourmet market) are very much more expensive.
All in all a pleasant place to enjoy good food and wine in an unpretentious atmosphere.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank donandkeo
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English first
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

Food was delicious, we just had a carbonara and a bolognese but the quality was what you would expect from a very good Italian restaurant. It was a bit more expensive than most places in vientiane but the quality ingredients used made it worthwhile. I would definitely recommend this place if you have a craving for a quality pasta

Visited March 2014
Thank Nicholas E
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Dallas, TX
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Pizza was delish!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

This place is over priced but the pizza was delicious! Tomato soup was also really good. Not sure if it's worth the prices but we enjoyed our meal.

Thank dvpeck
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Not worth it”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

I was curious to try the new Italian restaurant recently opened in a prime spot in Vientiane - I wish I hadn't bothered. We were all a bit shocked to see the prices on the menu, but were willing to give the place the benefit of the doubt, perhaps the prices were justified by the premium ingredients the used and we were about to experience THE Italian meal of our life? Err, nope. It was just plain overpriced, it turned out.

We were handed drinks menus without prices on them, and when questioned it, the waitress just shrugged her shoulders. Ok then. Some of the things we ordered were good (the salmon pasta), some just average (the clam linguine) and some disappointing (the lasagne). The salads were tasty, but very small especially considering the price.

The real bomb came when the bill arrived. Four pasta mains, two starter salads, two alcoholic drinks and a few bottles of local soda water - almost 200 USD! I kid you not. This is how they trick their customers: the already very expensive prices on the menu don't include VAT (fair enough, this is mentioned on the menu but it's not commonly practiced in Laos so is it's easy to forget), some drinks are outrageously priced (which we only realized when the bill arrived as the menu had no prizes - I sincerely hope these have since been added!) i.e. a bottle of local soda water - normally prized around 6000-8000 kip in a restaurant costs 25,000 kip PLUS VAT here) and the worst of all - if you want to pay in USD (as many tourists might) they have made up their own exchange rate of $1 = 5000 kip (should be 7500-8000 kip).

My advice: save your money and eat elsewhere. There are quite a few Italian restaurants in town now which are much more authentic and actually Italian (as opposed to being Thai-run, as this place seemed to be) and where you can get great quality food for half the price - not to even mention the ambiance and the service.

  • Visited January 2014
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5 Thank eevis
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