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“View was good but food was tad disappointing”

Utopia Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #23 of 220 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $6
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Come and enjoy relaxing views overlooking the river. We have tropical gardens, river view yoga deck, tiki huts, beach volleyball courts, relaxing thai cushions, sofas, and bar stools. This is a place to come and relax. Enjoy food, drinks, and meet interesting people. Utopia is Zen by Day, Groovy by Night. Every evening we are by far the busiest place in the city. Utopia is a very special and unique place, and our typical customers will come back every day!! Don't wait until your last day to find Utopia.
Reviewed December 27, 2009

Pros:
1. The view at Utopia is good- faces the Nam Khan River.
2. A good place to sit around and chill out all afternoon
Con (and a big one)
1. The food was very disappointing. The chef of the restaurant seemed to have given a new definition to Indian Curry. My partner and I were very tickled and embarrassed by what they served us when we ordered Indian Curry.

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Reviewed December 15, 2009

I saw some flyers for this place and was intrigued by the expectation set by calling it 'Utopia.' Unfortunately I left my visit for my last day which robbed me of the chance of spending more time here. It really does it's name justice by being one of the most unique places in town to hang out in. The grounds of the place are beautifully landscaped in a jungle atmosphere and the 'piece de resistance' of being in Utopia is the large deck, complete with comfortable loungers and floor-beds, 25 meters above the Nam Ou river. It is a wonderful place to watch the river and activity on the river as you sip a cool drink or enjoy a good meal.

I was lucky enough to meet the owner, Derrick (spelling?), a transplanted European, who was also the first to open an adventure/trekking tour company in town many many years ago. He has a fascinating history and is an all-round great guy.

The staff is very friendly, the menu is varied and the food is good. With all due respect to another reviewer who wrote "There are far better places to eat..." I think he is missing the point. Of course there are restaurants where the culinary experience may be better, but you come to Utopia for its unique atmosphere while getting, if not the best food in town, quite good food.

Since the owner told me the place is even nicer at night, I returned that evening for dinner. And indeed, the way he has the place lit, it is really charming at night. Utopia is a bit hard to find (just as in life haha) but is well worth the visit. It is on the end of a charming World Heritage path that you can find across the road from the public school that is next to Wat Visoun.

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1  Thank lennybruce
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Reviewed December 4, 2009

Stumbled accross this ridiculous restaurant and bar called Utopia in Luang Prabang. Amazing relaxed vibe, cushions and nice beds to lie and drink and eat and watch the day go by. Seriously Chilled! They have great food and good service. They also have really cool antiques and decorations (harley motorbike and old bombs). Volleyball court too. Highly recommended!

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1  Thank LibertyMan
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Reviewed October 22, 2009

This place is totally awesome. In a few short words, this is a Jungle themed bar/restaurant with overlooking the river with a bonus volley-ball court. Its a great place to go with a group of friends and have an amazing time.

The staff are all great. The owner ended up coming by and talking to us and that was awesome.

If it weren't for the signs, this place would be impossible to find.

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1  Thank zaphoak
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Reviewed October 6, 2009

There are far better places to eat at in Luang Prabang

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1  Thank Rufuscat
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