Kamala Beachfront Restaurants

Beach Dining in Kamala

The many Kamala beachfront restaurants is a big part of what makes this otherwise quite sleepy town one of Phuket’s most popular resort destinations. It the only place on the island with such a massive selection of “toes-in-the-sand” places to dine and drink. Lining the sand for much of its length, many restaurants offer a broadly similar selection of Thai and international dishes at excellent low prices. In many cases, the only thing which marks out one place from the next is the difference in setting or service.

There are some outlying restaurant among the beach dining options in Kamala, including some high-quality European restaurants. Prices remain competitive, though, making Kamala a great choice if you’re working on a tight budget, and particularly if you are visiting with young children unable to handle the notorious spiciness of Thai cuisine.

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All Beachfront Restaurants in Kamala

Bob’s Bar & Restaurant

It is virtually impossible to have a beach destination without a Rasta bar, and Bob’s Bar is Kamala’s beachfront offering. Despite the vibrant colour scheme and beach shack style, the menu is mostly Thai and western favourites, priced around the 150 to 200 baht mark. The cocktail list is more impressive, with some innovative and unusual choices and even a few signature preparations (all 200 baht), making it one of the more popular places to chill out.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 02:00
  • Location: Near Nanork Seafood, Kamala Beach
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 535 5392
  • Cuisine: Thai, European
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The Bua

This Thai restaurant has the name “Bua” for good reason. The word refers to lotus - probably the most important flower in Thailand. The locals use it on a daily basis, mainly for paying respect to Buddha images and monks. With a lovely atmosphere with great a view looking north across Kamala Bay, Bua specialises in Thai cuisine. If you are not familiar with Asian food, ask the staff for their recommendations or simply try Phad Thai, fried shrimp cakes, beef massaman stew, or stir-fried chicken with cashews; you’ll enjoy them. Friendly and prompt service.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:00
  • Location: 33/54 Moo 6, near Kamala Beach Estate and Cape Sienna Hotel, Kamala
  • Tel: +66 (0)89 648 6868
  • Cuisine: Thai
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Coconut Garden

A popular bar and restaurant attached to a small guesthouse, Coconut Garden is noted for its friendly atmosphere – and for the many coconut trees in the garden. Only open in the high season (from the end of October to the end of April), the simple beachfront eatery serves a wide choice of Thai and international dishes, with the menu presented in Thai, English, Russian, Chinese and German. Prices range around the 120 – 200 baht mark for most dishes, with steaks being a little more expensive.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00 (High Season only)
  • Location: 95/8 Moo 3, Coconut Garden, Kamala Beach
  • Cuisine: Thai, international
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The Corner Kamala Beach

Aptly named, as it occupies a small corner of paving by the footbridge towards the southern end of Kamala Beach, The Corner offers among the best views of the sea and the sand of any restaurant along the coastline here. It also serves up well-regarded Thai dishes, particularly seafood. Price-wise, pad Thai costing 100 baht is pretty reasonable. The Corner is best known as a great place to relax with a few drinks, including great cocktails and cheap beers (from 70 baht for a Chang), served by very friendly staff.

  • Opening Hours: 08:30 – 22:00
  • Location: 74/3 Kamala Beach
  • Tel: +66 (0)88 168 5166
  • Cuisine: Thai, international
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Deng’s Restaurant & Guesthouse

Deng’s Restaurant has quite a sophisticated look and a very friendly atmosphere, especially at the weekly barbecue party, every Wednesday from 19:00 to 21:00. The “Grillafton” costs from just 490 baht for adults and 230 baht for kids and features a great selection of fresh meats and seafood. Swedish-owned, many of the signs and notices are in Swedish, but the menu is presented in English, Thai, Swedish and Russian.

  • Opening Hours: Soi Police Station, Kamala Beach
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 893 4094
  • Cuisine: Thai, international
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Freedom Restaurant & Bar

With its quaint checked tablecloths on wooden furniture, Freedom Restaurant has a pleasant look and a menu of affordable international and Thai dishes. With fish and chips at 180 baht and Tom Yam Goong for 150 baht, the western options are almost better value than the local ones. The staff are noted for their friendliness, as well as for taking food allergies seriously, ensuring that any dish you order will be safe to eat.

  • Location: 95/2 Moo 3, next to Pond Restaurant, Kamala Beach
  • Tel: +66 (0)87 471 4282
  • Cuisine: Thai, international
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Green Mountain Coffee

Green Mountain is quite a small café squeezed between Hey Ha Restaurant and Smile Bar 1, with a real estate agency based in the same building. In spite of its limited size, its high-quality hot beverages, smoothies and cakes makes it quite a popular option. It’s popular for breakfasts because, as the shop’s tagline suggests, “coffee solves everything”.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Between Hey Ha and Smile 1, Kamala Beach
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Hey Ha Bar & Restaurant

Hey Ha is a modest but fairly classy restaurant, with elegant white furniture and purple tablecloths. The star attraction on the menu is the seafood basket. One option comes with a 400g lobster, three prawns a squid, a large fish and green salad, plus fries or rice (1,990 baht) while the smaller option comes without the lobster (859 baht). There is also an extensive selection of ala carte options, including Thai and western favourites priced around 120-150 baht.

  • Location: 97/70 Moo 3, Soi Police Station, Kamala Beach
  • Tel: +66 (0)88 768 3949
  • Cuisine: Thai, international
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Lillo Island Restaurant & Bar

Lillo Island is one of comparatively few restaurants to display its seafood selection out front, which is a very common feature of restaurants in other popular beach destinations around Phuket and Thailand. Predictably, the menu is heavy on the fruits of the sea, but there are also plenty of other Thai and international favourites. Prices range around the 150 baht level for main dishes, including Tom Yam Goong or massaman curry.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00
  • Location: 96/18 Moo 3, Soi Police Station, Kamala Beach
  • Tel: +66 (0)95 775 1112
  • Cuisine: Thai, international
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Lucky 13 Sandwich Kamala

This is a small outlet of what has become a very successful and fast-growing brand around Phuket, with outlets in Rawai and Patong. In this case, the dining is entirely outside, in front of the Baan Katacha Guest House, right at the southern end of Kamala Beach. As with the other branches, the sandwiches and burgers Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 24:00
  • Location: Baan Katacha Guest House, 96/23 Moo 3, Kamala
  • Tel: +66 (0)93 708 9613
  • Cuisine: Sandwiches, steak, international
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Mamma Mia

Located right on the waterfront at Kamala Beach, its menu consists of both Thai and western food. Parking is also available. Prices are affordable.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00
  • Location: near Kamala Dreams, Kamala
  • Tel: +66 (0)84 626 4528
  • Cuisine: Thai, international
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Moon Bar

Pleasant purple table clothes on wooden furniture slightly clashes with the toes-in-the-sand setting of Moon Bar, but it makes it one of the more comfortable restaurants in this batch of similar places. The menu – neatly displayed atop an old tree stump in front of the restaurant – includes typical Thai favourites like sweet and sour chicken (120 baht) and beef in oyster sauce (120 baht). There’s also plenty of western favourites and an impressive list of 200-baht cocktails.

  • Location: Between Smile Bar 2 and Seaside Bar, Kamala Beach
  • Cuisine: Thai, international
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Nanork Seafood

Easily the largest independent establishment on Kamala Beach, Nanork has a very fetching 3rd floor sunset bar, open from 15:00 to 23:00 every day. The restaurant itself, open from 08:00, naturally specialises in Thai seafood, with prices around 100 to 150 baht per dish. You can also find the usual Thai favourites, with the massaman curry coming particularly recommended.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00
  • Location: 94/19 Moo 3, where Soi Police Station meets the beach, Kamala Beach
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 978 6294
  • Cuisine: Thai, seafood, international
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Pavillion Beach Restaurant

Pavillion Beach Restaurant is another perfect spot for a day or night out (it’s equally good for both). It is set right on the Kamala Beach, on the corner opposite Kamala School. A big, open-air restaurant with lots of room, they offer everything from Thai food to burgers, spaghetti and more. Family friendly, with reasonable prices.

  • Opening Hours: 10:30 – 22:00
  • Location: Opposite the Kamala School on the corner, Kamala
  • Tel: +66 (0)86 952 4152
  • Cuisine: Thai, seafood, international
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Pond Restaurant and Bar

With prices around 150 baht per dish for pretty decent Thai and western fare, Pond Restaurant is regarded as one of the better value restaurants along Kamala Beach. The main dining outlet of the Maphrao Resort, it is particularly popular with European visitors, to the extent that you will often find a number of tables displaying “reserved” signs – quite a rare sight in the area.

  • Opening Hours: 06:00 – 24:00
  • Location: 95/6 Moo 3, Maphrao Resort, Kamala Beach
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 956 0414
  • Cuisine: Thai, international
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Royal India Restaurant

Royal India is a simple yet well-regarded Indian restaurant at the beach end of the Jar Market on Kamala Beach. The well-spoken owner – Babar – is friendly and welcoming, the dishes are of a very good standard and are attractively priced. Biriyani dishes range from 150 baht (vegetable) to 360 baht (prawn or mutton). The naan breads are particularly good and the curries have a pleasantly spicy kick to them.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:30
  • Location: 93/8 Beach Road, Jar Market, Kamala
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 416 3198
  • Cuisine: Indian
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Salt & Pepper

Salt & Pepper does great western food. You can dine with your table on the sand. Friendly staff, great beach atmosphere, great for families, good food at affordable prices.

  • Opening Hours: 10:30 – 23:00
  • Location: 121/5 Beach Road, Kamala
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 638 5371
  • Cuisine: Italian, steak, international
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Sea Breeze Sungthong

Sea Breeze is probably the swankiest of the toes-in-the-sand dining venues along Kamala Beach, with attractive white rattan seating and sleek styling throughout, looking a little like a very modest beach club. The menu is equally attractive, with local beers from 80 baht each and a seafood-heavy menu of mostly Thai fishes, including a mixed seafood barbecue plater of fish, prawn and squid for 1,500 baht. There are also plenty of international dishes available, with prices averaging around 120 to 180 baht each.

  • Location: 75/2 Beach Road, next to the Memorial Park, Kamala Beach
  • Tel: +66 (0)91 789 3691
  • Cuisine: Thai, international
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Seaside Bar & Restaurant

Sometimes also known as JK Seaside Bar, this is one of the larger and more firmly established of the toes-in-the-sand restaurants along Kamala Beach. Owner Jack is friendly and welcoming and serves up a good choice of western and Thai dishes, including popular pizzas, burgers and old favourites like chicken with cashew nuts. With prices ranging from around 140 – 200 baht per dish, it’s on the pricier end of the spectrum, compared to surrounding venues, but the good quality makes it pretty fair value for money.

  • Location: Next to Moon Bar, Kamala Beach
  • Tel: +66 (0)86 281 1287
  • Cuisine: Thai, international
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Smile Snack BBQ Bar 1

Smile Bar 1 has a much less rough-and-ready appearance than its sister-venue towards the southern end of the beach. It still boasts the same impressive deal on roasted half-chickens (220 baht each), but with the addition of a larger selection of other barbecued dishes, including an impressive array of seafood. The drinks here are just as cheap as those in Smile Bar 2, with mojitos at 89 baht each.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Next to Green Mountain Coffee, Kamala Beach
  • Cuisine: Thai, international
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Smile Snack Bar 2

Smile Snack Bar 2 takes “rough-and-ready” to all new levels. Not even a tent, like the places around it, the bar consists of dozens of large beach umbrellas close enough together to form most of a roof. Food is prepared on a barbecue made from half an old oil drum, including the signature half-chicken (and potatoes) for 220 baht. An impressive range of Thai dishes is also available and drinks are particularly cheap, starting at 40 baht for Thai rum with soda or Coke.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 02:00 (kitchen closes 23:00)
  • Location: 75/2 Beach Road, between Thu Beach Bar and Moon Bar, Kamala Beach
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 638 5515, +66 (0)89 677 4851
  • Cuisine: Thai, international, barbecue
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Thu Beach Bar & Restaurant

Pretty rough-and-ready in appearance – it’s basically a dirty old pavilion tent on the sand with bamboo furniture underneath – Thu Beach Bar is a real toes-in-the-sand sort of place. So laid-back that we can’t help but wonder if they meant to call it “The” Beach Bar, but the sign painter was too relaxed! The menu consists of mostly western snacks, including various flavours of pizza for 250 baht. There are some Thai dishes available, too. The next tent over is an associated business, which will help you arrange long-tail boat or fishing trips all over Phuket and the nearby islands.

  • Location: Between Smile Snack Bar 2 and The Corner, Kamala Beach
  • Cuisine: Western, Thai
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