Patong Beach Restaurants
Where to Eat and What to Eat in Patong
Being the main centre of tourist activity in Phuket, it's no surprise that Patong has the highest concentration of restaurants to be found on the island. Patong is a cosmopolitan place, attracting visitors from all over the world and the cuisine on offer here reflects this in its diversity.
If you're feeling adventurous there's bound to be something you've never heard of and if you're missing the pleasures of home you're sure to discover a restaurant with some down-home comfort food. Patong dining establishments run the gamut from hand-wheeled carts selling kebabs and sticky rice all the way to world-class fine dining, with celebrity chefs and award-winning wine lists.
There are Thai food courts, where you can join the locals for a delicious and incredibly inexpensive meal, mid-range restaurants with solid and budget-friendly European food and trendy places with nouvelle cuisine and arty décor where the Beautiful People come to see and be seen.
If you happen to be from the Mediterranean and have a Thai friend and another colleague from the Alps there’s only one place on the island that will happily serve all three of you your local dishes, and that’s 9th Floor Restaurant and Bar in Patong’s Sky Inn Condotel. Yes, 9th Floor dishes up Alpine, Thai and Mediterranean food with panache and this award-winning fine-dining location also handles Italian and French dishes, for good measure.
Located on the ninth floor of a prominent apartment building just off Rat-U-Thit Road, the western-facing restaurant commands good city and sea views. On clement evenings it’s a premium destination for sunset dining but be warned: in high season from November to May you’re going to have to book ahead to avoid disappointment, it’s that popular. As if to prove the point, owner Thomas Brack, himself from Switzerland, says that up to 60% of diners are regular customers and that can only be a good thing. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily, 16:00 – late
- Location: 47 Rat-U-Thit Road, Sky Inn Condotel, Patong
- Tel: 076 344 311 (after 4pm)
Acqua Restaurant is certainly one of the most notable fine-dining venues in Kalim Beach, just north of Patong Beach from which it is separated by a rocky cape. Acqua is a modern Italian restaurant that is the labour of love of Sardinian-born chef, Alessandro Frau.
With clean lines, a futuristic design and great views out over the Andaman, Acqua is definitely a leading contender for one of the most aesthetically-pleasing restaurants in Phuket. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 23:00
- Address: 322/5 Prabaramee Road Kalim Beach.
- Tel: 076 618 127
Aroonsom Patong Food Park
Open until late, Aroonsom Food Park is one of the most popular open-air dining setups in Patong. Most stands start readying themselves at about 15:00 and are serving food as early as 16:30. The food park offers various choices of Thai, Asian, and international cuisine plus seafood. This is a far cry from luxury dining (think plastic chairs and not-so-solid tables) but the food is usually very good and quite reasonably priced.
- Location: On Rat-U-Thit Road, opposite Siam Commercial Bank
Baan Kalim at the north end of Patong is located just before the famous Baan Rim Pa Restaurant. It features seafood, Thai and international dishes. Recommended items on the menu include the Thai appetizer platter (a combination of spring rolls , goong sarong (large shrimp wrapped in fried noodles) ,toong tong (delicious mincemeat wrap in wanton wrappers) and chicken satay), broiled tiger prawns with cognac and garlic sauce served with fresh cream and stir-fried crab with curry powder.
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00–24:00
- Location: Right on the beach facing the police booth at the T-junction at Prabaramee Road and the Beach Road, north of Patong
- Tel: +66 (0) 88 – 1806 936
Happily enough, Phuket has its share of fine-dining restaurants. Quality is not an issue here if you’re willing to pay for it. But for a special night out, a real dining experience there’s pretty much only one restaurant that covers all the bases and that’s Baan Rim Pa.
Top décor, location, staff, chef, atmosphere, entertainment and of course food – Baan Rim Pa has them all. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00
- Address: 223, Prabaramee Road, Patong (Kalim)
- Tel: 076 340 789
With a view to die for, in a location that only the privileged could dream about, and an execution of service that rivals the best, Baan Yin Dee, a 21-room boutique hotel with a tastefully fitted-out restaurant, fits into a welcome slot in the island’s culinary kaleidoscope. Read More...
- Location: Baan Yin Dee Resort
- Address: 7/5 Muean Ngern Rd. Patong.
- Tel: 076 294 104
Indian food is extremely popular all around the world but like with any speciality cooking there are those who succeed and those who don't quite make the grade. One successful Indian restaurant is Baluchi in Patong.
No longer a bright-eyed newcomer to Phuket, Baluchi has matured and grown into an established, well-respected restaurant known for its meticulous attention to details in recreating sub continental cuisine. Read More...
- Location: Baluchi Restaurant at Horizon Beach Resort
- Address: 64/39 Soi Kepsap, between Beach Road and Rat U Thit Road, Patong.
- Tel: 076 292 526
Bangkok Burger Co
Bangkok Burger Co is a place that burger enthusiasts should not miss. With its slogan ‘We speak Burger’, this franchise joint is living up to it, with juicy meats, fresh ingredients, great fries and big portions. Who could ask for more? Check out its happy hour for some neat beer deals. Price can be a little bit higher than an average burger joint but look at the address; it’s Soi Bangla - Phuket most expensive commercial area. Service is fast and efficient (hence the 10% service charge).
- Opening Hours: Daily for late breakfast till late night
- Location: Inside Bangla Mall, Soi Bangla
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 292 348
Shabby Chic is a difficult concept to successfully pull off. What is Shabby Chic for some is plain shabby to others, yet people used to five-star places sometimes positively relish slumming it a little. One restaurant in this vein is Barefoot Beach Shack on Patong Beach by the Loma Park.
This zany-looking beachside restaurant/bar is largely the work of John Underwood, a Phuket-based designer admired for his innovative design of Indigo Pearl Resort which retains a striking Industrial Chic theme throughout. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 24:00
- Location: Next to The Beach Restaurant by Loma park Patong Beach
- Tel: +66 (0)89 697 2337
B-Hive Gallery Bar & Restaurant is a trendy and original venue facing the sea on the ground of the stylish B-Lay Tong Phuket MGallery Collection in Patong Beach. B-Hive is a multi-faceted place, comprised of an art gallery, cocktail lounge, beach club (B-Hive’s outdoor terrace is only 20m from the beach, on the other side of the road), coffee-shop, and fine-dining restaurant.
In the kitchen you'll find Chef Nat, a talented Thai Chef with over 18 years of experience under his belt in various restaurants all around the world. The culinary maestro indulges his customers’ palates with Thai and international delicacies bursting full of bold flavours - a treat indeed. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 00:00 (last order at 23:00)
- Location: at B-Lay Tong Phuket MGallery Collection towards the northern end of Patong Beach Road
- Tel: 076 344 999
Krua Tungtong, a popular restaurant in Kathu, is better known by its nickname ‘The Big Chicken.’ It’s easy to understand why, once you spot the enormous statue of a rooster in front of the venue by the side of the road in Kathu between Phuket Town and Patong. It’s inviting people to come in and try the traditional Thai and Issan food from the northeast region of Thailand known for its spiciness; dishes such as som tam (green papaya salad) and soup nor mai (shredded bamboo-shoot salad). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 21:30
- Location: In front of Anuphas Manorom Estate on Wichit Songkram Road, Kathu. It’s right opposite the Phuket Country Club golf course and not far from the Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus (PSU) and the Bang Wad Reservoir. If coming from Phuket and heading to Patong, the Big Chicken is on your right-hand side.
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 321546 or +66 (0) 76 319263
- Cuisine: Thai, Issan style food, seafood and some Vietnamese items
Briley Restaurant (Khao Man Kai)
You can find kao man kai (boiled chicken and rice) everywhere in Patong especially on the side street restaurants but Briley probably serves the best in town. Kao man kai is a one-plate meal consisting of chicken-flavoured rice with boiled chicken. The ingredients used in kao man kai include ginger, garlic, bean sauce, vinegar and chili (optional) which results in a very tasty and incredibly cheap lunch – Thailand's answer to fish and chips.
- Opening Hours: late in the morning and closes about 14:00 or when the food runs out.
- Location: On Rat-U-Thit Road, next to the Friendly Dental Clinic opposite Siam Commercial Bank.
Cairo Restaurant is a place where people not only go for Halal food but for a smoke on a waterpipe. Cairo has an amazing 12 different flavors to choose from such as grape and apple – all imported from Egypt. Here's where to chill in a nice ambience with Arabic music in the background – in fact all it really misses is a belly dancer. The menu features Thai, Arabic and Indian dishes as well as mint tea and Arabic coffee to accompany your hookah experience.
- Opening Hours: from noon to 02:00 daily
- Location: On Rat-U-Thit Road, near Holiday Inn Phuket Resort's Busakorn Wing
- Tel: 086- 9466143
For many, Patong's hedonistic mix of Sea, Sand, Sun – and a couple of other things that begin with 'S' – aptly defines the town's character. However, what quite a few folks miss out on, in their pursuit of the party, is the fact that there are a few Patong establishments that take themselves very seriously.
A good example of single-minded dedication is Casablanca Indian and Arabian restaurant in the Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa. Casablanca serves up certified Halal food and meets the standards set by the Halal Standard Institute of Thailand and it does so with panache. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Every day 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: Casablanca at The Royal Paradise Hotel
- Address: 135/23 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong
- Tel: 076 340 666
Cefalu Restaurant is a nice and unpretentious Italian restaurant located Soi Banzaan – the lane linking Sai Kor and Nanai roads right behind Jungceylon Shopping Mall – in the centre of Patong Beach. Managed by Duilio Lazzara, a long-established (since 1989) Sicilian restaurateur who has been running restaurants in Pattaya and Bangkok before moving to Phuket in 2010, where he opened his first Cefalu restaurant in Surin. The Cefalu Patong branch opened in December 2014.
Cefalu by Duilio in Patong is a cosy, open-sided, one-storey outlet located in the centre of a busy lane. The food prepared and served here is genuinely Italian, with some influences from southern Italy. You will find the usual suspects – pasta, pizza, bruschetta, and tiramisu – as well as a good choice of meat, fish, and seafood dishes well prepared by Chef Alessandro. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30 – 23:30
- Location: in the central part of Soi Banzaan
- Tel: +66 (0)92 251 7849
Charm Thai is the signature restaurant of Holiday Inn Resort Phuket in Patong Beach. This stylish venue is designed with some delicate contemporary Thai touches and set right next to the impressive swimming pool of the resort’s Busakorn Wing on Rat-U-Thit Road, the busy central strip of Phuket’s most famous resort town.
As for the food, Charm Thai serves authentic refined Thai fare exalting all the flavours of this world-famous cuisine; as most foreigners are not used to the high degree of spiciness of Thai food the way it is normally prepared for locals, Charm Thai’s waiters ask diners how spicy they would like their dish to be served - charming attention indeed.
- Opening Hours: 06:30 – 22:30
- Location: in the Busakorn Wing of Holiday Inn Resort Phuket in Patong Beach
- Remarks: Free Wi-Fi
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 370 200
Not many Patong dining venues can claim that they serve food on the beach (with your feet in the sand) but Chez Bernard can. Chez Bernard is sometimes known as ‘Restaurant No 6’ and is one of the few original and longtime beachfront restaurants in Patong. With simple decoration, mainly from driftwood, and wooden tables and chairs, Chez Bernard offers delicious Thai and western food at a reasonable price from breakfast to dinner. One repeat customer says it has the best French breakfast on the island.
In the same area, right next to Chez Bernard, there are a few more similar types of restaurants including the Beachfront, Sabai Beach and Loma Restaurant. In the back of these, you will find a few bars and another good-looking restaurant called Boat Café. Though they are not right on the beach you can still feel the sea breezes.
- Location: Next to Patong Municipality Food Court, near Impiana Phuket Cabana Resort, right on the beach
Meat is King in South America. Almost every country near the Cordillera claims to have the best chicken, beef and pork and they all do excellent versions of their own speciality but arguably Argentina delivers the most succulent asados (so they should – it’s their national dish) and steaks. The old legend of the gauchos riding all day long with a steak under their saddle to tenderize it is actually true, if not somewhat unhygienic.
In Latin America a Churrascaria is a restaurant serving grilled meat while ‘Churrasco’ is a Portuguese and Spanish term meaning grilled meat in general. So there are no prizes for figuring out what is served up nightly at Churrasco, located in Jungceylon – Patong’s premium shopping mall. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – late
- Location: Eastern side of Jungceylon (Sino Phuket Alley)
- Remarks: Churrasco is the sister restaurant of Rodizio – another gathering place of carnivores and just as international. Meat lovers take note.
- Tel: 076-366 723
Climax Restaurant is an unpretentious yet stylish venue located on the fifth floor of Absolute Bangla Suites at the end of Soi Rico, off Bangla Road in Patong Beach. Climax is the only rooftop poolside restaurant in Patong and its central location, right above the heart of Phuket’s nightlife, makes it the perfect place to start from if you plan to party in Patong with friends.
Open since 2009 and under British management, Climax is set on a 500sqm terrace divided in three parts: bar and pool on one side, al fresco dining on the other and an indoor dining room for people who prefer an air-conditioned environment. Getting there for sunset is a must as the view over Patong skyline and bay is great and you can also enjoy the 16:30 – 18:30 Happy Hour! Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 24:00
- Location: Fifth floor of Absolute Bangla Suites, Soi Rico, Bangla Road, Patong Beach
- Remarks: Private parties can be organized. Barbecue nights every Thursdays and Sundays. Occasional parties with live music or DJs. Reservations recommended.
- Tel: +66 (0)81 9796262
Concaved is another good-looking restaurant on the beach. It serves mainly French cuisine, Thai and fresh seafood. Prices can be expensive for some items. Located opposite of Savoey Seafood, Concaved is also part of the Safari Beach Hotel.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 24:00
- Location: On the beach, at Safari Beach Hotel, across the road from Savoey Seafood Restaurant.
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 341 171
Coyote Phuket Mexican Restaurant and Chicago Steak House are two sister restaurants located in the same building on Thaweewong Road – the beach road in Patong Beach. After arriving on the second floor, customers are asked “Mexican or steak?” by the waitress as they enter Coyote and then have to walk through it to reach Chicago Steak House on the third floor if they choose the latter.
Open since 2005, these two restaurants are pretty popular as they offer quality dining at fair rates. Both share an attention to detail in their décor but their atmospheres are completely different: Coyote is casual and family oriented, and Chicago Steak House looks more classy and formal. Read More...
- Opening Hours: daily from 17:00 – 01:00
- Location: on Patong Beach Road, above Starbucks Café and Watson’s Pharmacy
- Tel: +66 (0)76 344 330
There are very few restaurants that emit romance, mode and sophistication in the same breath, yet at the same time deliver world-class cuisine. Naturally, one tends to think in clichés in this select department: New York, Paris, London, even Buenos Aires and Tokyo – and one certainly envisages a severely damaged wallet after dining out at one of these venues.
Think again; Phuket’s award-winning Da Maurizio may be expensive by local standards but on the international stage, and more specifically the Southeast Asian stage, it really is one of the best bargains for lovers of fine dining, wine and excellent service. Read More...
- Address: 223/2 Prabaramee Road Patong
- Tel: 076 344 079
ELLA Bar & Bistro is the signature restaurant of the well thought out and trendy Ella Bed Hotel, admirably located in Soi Post-Office (Soi Praisanee) 50m from the beach of Patong. Established in December 2012 and designed in an industrial minimalist concept, the restaurant occupies the first floor of the hotel’s four-storey building.
Regarding the type of cuisine, ELLA Bar & Bistro stays in sync with the entire project’s out-of-the-ordinary concept, and serves revisited classic dishes from all around the world with an undeniable focus on the quality and freshness of the ingredients used, and on the health benefits of good cuisine. With its convenient location, friendly atmosphere, fashionable décor, and hearty food, ELLA is a cool place to lunch or dine. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 00:00
- Location: Soi Praisanee (post office) off Patong Beach Road
- Remarks: Free Wi-Fi connection available
- Tel: 076 344 253
Long-established Grillhuette restaurant offers plenty of delicious German and Austrian food; pork sausage with fried potatoes and sauerkraut, beef roulade, sauerbraten, pork knuckles and escallops, Vienna style. Prices are reasonable. A clean place with a friendly atmosphere in quiet surroundings.
- Location: Soi Foodland, look for the opticians called ‘Eye Lab’ at the entrance of the soi
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 341 456
A trendy, industrial-style venue on the highest floor of the famous Seduction Night Club in Patong's Bangla Road, it is the home of one of the island's most renowned chefs, Ronnie Macuja. It is also home to an extensive bar and international DJs playing after 22:00, making it a great place to ease yourself into a night out. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - late
- Location: on the rooftop of Seduction Disco in Bangla Road
- Tel: +66 (0)93 581 8162
- Cuisine: Contemporary International
Hog’s Breath is a chain of some 80 steakhouse restaurants in Australia with several more in Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand. This is the ideal environment for families to enjoy wholesome and tasty meals at reasonable prices.
Straddling the top floor of Patong Promenade – a newly built shopping complex on Patong’s Soi Bangla – the Phuket branch of Hog’s Breath enjoys upper-floor breezes on its nine-table terrace and also offers an air-conditioned interior with eating booths and tables, as well as a bar. The tables are well spaced apart, and there’s no crowding or the impression of being cooped in. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 02:00 daily
- Location: Third floor, Patong Promenade, Soi Bangla w/ Rat-U-Thit Road
Home Kitchen, Bar & Bed is the new project of the multi-talented and hyper-creative Chef Daniel Isberg, whom after temporarily closing his Gastro Bar (it is going to reopen soon as a Mexican restaurant) opened this new restaurant, lounge bar and boutique hotel in the former Brush Restaurant at Kalim Beach, at the northern part of Patong Bay.
Home Kitchen’s arty design comes from the sparkling creative brain of another talented Phuket character – Australian industrial artist John Underwood – who is famous for recycling and transforming old stuff into splendid pieces of art. Set in a two-storey building with the second floor shaped as an upside-down boat’s hull opened to the sea, the venue is highly original and fashionable; a perfect place for a stylish sundowner before a fine dinner prepared by internationally recognized head chef. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 - late (kitchen opens 18:00 - 23:00)
- Location: at Kalim Beach, opposite the street food court
- Remarks: Reservation recommended (mandatory for 'Chef Dinner')
- Tel: 093 764 6753
Hooters Phuket is the first establishment of this internationally recognised North American restaurant chain to settle in Thailand. Opened in 2014, this fashionable sports bar and restaurant is located right next to Hard Rock Café Phuket, on the ground of DusitD2 Phuket Resort in Patong Beach. Set facing Rat-U-Thit Road at the corner of the impressive hotel’s building, Hooters Phuket features a large L-shaped covered terrace, an outdoor covered circular bar counter, an indoor dining room at the second floor, and a merchandising store.
All the ‘elements’ that made Hooters so popular in the US (over 400 branches) and in the world (over 40 branches) are obviously parts of Phuket’s branch: famous chicken wings along with hamburgers, seafood, steaks and sandwiches; signature cocktails and shooters; and last but not least, the Hooters Girls, sexy-dressed pretty waitresses which assure a professional service with a smile. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: in dusitD2 Phuket Resort building at the corner of Rat-U-Thit and Ruamjai roads in Patong Beach
- Tel: 076 349 850
IndoChine is a fitting name for a company with branches in Phuket, Singapore and Jakarta (oh, and Hamburg, too).
IndoChine restaurant in Kalim, just north of Patong, is a very swank looking affair with ultramodern lines and design, a groovy musical backdrop and impressive views out over Patong all the way to Emerald Beach on the opposite side of the bay. With a pan-Asian menu and a decent wine selection it covers a lot of bases. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 24:00
- Location: 328/81 Prabaramee Road, Kalim Beach.
- Tel: +66 (0) 076 380 860, +66 (0) 81 895 1375
Joe Louis Thai Restaurant
Themed restaurants can be tricky to pull off but Joe Louis, with its well-displayed puppets originally used in the multi-award-winning Joe Louis puppet theatre in Bangkok, is a winner. Located in Jungceylon shopping mall in Patong, this beutiful restaurant deals primarily in Thai food with specialty dishes such as tom yam river prawns, spicy sliced Chinese kale stalks salad with ground pork and shrimp, spicy salted duck’s egg paste with vegetables. For visitors it’s good to know that the original ‘Thainess’ is intact – but without scalding-hot sauces and peppers. English-speaking friendly service.
- Location: Second floor Silang Zone, Jungceylon, Patong
- Tel: 076-366740
Joe’s Downstairs is one of Phuket’s most prominent restaurants. Enjoying a stunning location on the granite cape that separates Patong from Kalim beach, it overlooks the Andaman Sea and offers a splendid sundowner spot, perfect for sipping a skilfully mixed cocktail in good company.
Joe’s Downstairs kitchen is run by the talented American-born Chef Aaron Hooper, who creatively blends flavours from all around the world in his dishes. With its remarkable location, sophisticated setting, and delectable cuisine, Joe’s Downstairs should be on the bucket-list of every epicurean coming by Patong. Read More...
- Address: 223/3 Prabaramee Rd. T. Patong A. Kathu Phuket 83150.
- Tel: 076 344 254
Joy’s Café is a popular restaurant with expats and tourists alike. It features a wide range of homemade food from Thai dishes to steaks, pizzas and pastas. Open daily from 07:00 to 02:00. Prices are reasonable.
- Location: Right across from the Club Andaman Resort main gates
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 344 770
Jungceylon is a wonderful destination for both shopping and dining enthusiasts. Around the areas known as the Port Square, Silang Boulevard and Sino Phuket Zone you’ll find rows of restaurants, bars and coffee shops serving Thai, European, Korean, Japanese and Chinese cuisine. Like a large courtyard, the Sino Phuket Zone is an ‘open-air’ set up (it’s actually covered but the roof is so high up, you won’t notice it.)
Most venues along this strip provide not only indoors but also ‘outdoors’ seating, making it the perfect place to experience good food or to just hang out and people watch all year round, come rain or shine. Read More...
I bet you’re wondering what Kaab Gluay means. Well, it means “banana trunk”. And if you’re further into entomology, the word Patong, (where the restaurant itself is located) means “banana grove.” So now you know. Still, Kaab Gluay is a restaurant that has more to do with seafood than bananas.
At first, the eatery gives the impression of being a glorified food hall, but then, as people start flooding in past eight o’clock, it starts to come alive of itself. No wonder the web site exhorts readers to “come early” as it gets chock-a-block full later on. Read More...
- Location: 58/3 Phrabarami Rd. Patong
- Tel: +66 (0)76 340 562
Since decades, this very popular swedish restaurants among residents cooks up probably the best imported steaks on the island for very affordable price. Sirloins and T-Bones cooked to perfection, but also a very large choice of dishes, pizzas, and pasta. Friendly staff. Parking is available in the back, which is a plus in this busy area.
- Location: Off Patong Beach Road, at the end of Soi Patong Tower
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 345035
- Website: http://www.karlssons-phuket.com
King Kong Party Club is a fun waterpark by day and a funky pool party venue by night. It also has a small three-star hotel, a restaurant and a shop attached, all continuing the distinctive gorilla theme. Opened in early 2015, its excellent range of facilities and its convenient location close to Kathu Village has already made it a hit with locals and expatriates. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 01:00
- Location: Between Kathu Village and Caltex Intersections
- Tel: +66 (0)88 757 2866-7
Italian restaurants abound in Phuket – and nowhere more so than in Patong. One or two are astounding in their innovatory skills yet most stick to traditional food preparation and a dependable atmosphere.
La Casa Pizzeria e Ristorante, part of Patong Bay Garden Resort, is smack-bang in the heart of Patong’s action and is a popular tourist eating spot. Read More...
- Location: La Casa Pizzeria e Ristorante in Patong Bay Garden Resort
- Address: 32/1 Thaweewongse Rd. Patong
- Tel: 076 340 297-8
La Gritta is without doubt one of the most romantic restaurants in Phuket. Located in the compound of Amari Phuket at the southern end of Patong Bay, this fine-dining venue – as well as the whole resort - went through a complete refurbishment in 2013 before reopening in 2014. The new La Gritta Italian Restaurant features a superb contemporary design throughout its two distinct areas respectively named: La Gritta, the restaurant itself which includes both indoor (air conditioned) and outdoor dining areas; and La Gritta Terrace – a cosy, modern lounge partially open-air on the second floor.
The two areas have stunning views over Patong Bay and offer a unique place for a gourmet dinner under the stars, only ‘perturbed’ by the relaxing sound of the waves licking the shore and the cool sea breeze refreshing the atmosphere and offering the ultimate tropical dinner. Read More...
- Opening Hours: From 10:00 – midnight
- Location: in Amari Phuket Resort at the southern end of Patong Beach
- Remarks: Pizzas and snacks are available for lunch. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
- Tel: 076 292 697
Lai Mai Restaurant
Lai Mai Restaurant is quite popular among tourists as they have good Thai/western/seafood and good entertainment at night. Live (pop) music runs from 20:00 – 01:00 with a few short breaks in between. Prices are affordable.
- Location: Baan Lamai, near Soi Watana
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 292 950
Patong's side streets are a world of their own and teem with interesting little bars, cafes and restaurants. Soi Dr. Wattana, off Beach Road, is a good example of Patong's diversity and right at the end of this cul de sac is a busy restaurant called Lair Lay Tong (pronounce 'lay-lee-tong).
This translates roughly from the southern Thai as "Looking at Patong Beach". Lair Lay Tong doesn't actually have a sea view but owner Khun Lek used to run a similarly named restaurant right on the present-day site of Loma Park on the beachfront. The "new" Lair Lay Tong has been on Soi Dr. Wattana for 10 years now and is popular with many return visitors. Read More...
- Location: At the end of Soi Dr. Wattana off the Beach Road, Patong.
- Tel: 076-341140
Le Charolais Steakhouse
Opened since 2004, Le Charolais Steakhouse is located in Sai Rougn residence on the hills above Patong, and offers European and Thai cuisine, specializing in Charolais beef. Every night Bourguignon fondue at will (All you can eat). A la carte, Charolais steak, Bavette, Onglet, Rib eyes, steak tartare in a nice environment.
- Opening Hours: Restaurant open from 11:00 to 14:00 and 18:00 to 23:00. Bar from 7:30 to midnight
- Location: Sai Rougn residence
- Address: 17, Phetchakut Rd Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
- Tel: +66 (0)84 844 2458
There’s a very thin and precarious line running between tasteful décor and outright kitsch. The Versace flirts with this line outrageously and manages – against all the odds – to come out on top. Gourmet connoisseurs will be happy to know that this restaurant is run by two members of the international Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – late. Closed Tuesdays
- Location: 206/56 Prabaramee Road, Patong
- Tel: 076 290 492
A few years ago on the island there was a small and select band of restaurants that hardly advertised and yet each was famous amongst the smart-dining set and well-informed visitors. One restaurant that figured prominently on this elite list is Lim's in Kalim and it's not hard to see why it has this distinction.
The 60-cover hillside restaurant encompasses everything a class act should: ultra-fresh food, expertly prepared select ingredients, great background tunes and a sense of occasion in unusual and tasteful surroundings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily - 18:30 – 23:00 - From beginning of May to end of October, closed on Sundays.
- Remarks: Reservations recommended.
- Address: 28 Phrabaramee Road, Soi 7, Kalim Beach, Phuket, 83150
- Tel: 076 344 834
Opened in 1999, Molly Malone’s Irish Pub is one of the longest established pubs in Phuket. Under Irish management (which also runs Coyotes Bar and Chicago Steakhouse in Patong) this classy and affordable establishment offers punters a wide range of entertainment options as well as quality pub grub and drinks in classic and stylish Gaelic décor and a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Live sports broadcasts, live music and pool tables pull in the punters but Molly Malone’s location is also enviable as it faces the sea on Patong Beach Road and the venue’s terrace is a perfect place to enjoy a cold pint of Guinness at sunset. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 02:00
- Location: Patong Beach Road, next to McDonald’s
- Tel: + 66 (0)76 292 771
Nicky’s Handlebar is a unique place in Phuket: a restaurant-bar-hotel-garage entirely dedicated to big motorbikes. This is the creation of Somnuek ‘Nicky’ Phonkaew. Located on Rat-U-Thit Road in Patong Beach, Nicky’s Handlebar looks like a large orange and metallic grey hangar. To the right side of the entrance is a large corridor-like path leading to the garage and the 27-room hotel; the left-side is the restaurant.
The theme of the place is motorbikes, engines and mechanical parts. The restaurant has 13 wooden refectory-style tables and benches, a long bar with stools made from motorbike seats, an optics shelf shaped like a motorbike, old-style motorbikes hanging from the walls, along with stickers/posters and signs glorifying Harley Davidson and the biker’s way of life. There’s no doubt about it: this is hog heaven for anybody. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 01:00
- Location: at the northern part of Rat-U-Thit Road next to Patong Post Office
- Remarks: Free Wi-Fi
- Tel: 076-343211-3
For one of the best restaurant views of Patong Bay and the town itself a good choice would be Pan Yaah, in Kalim about one kilometre north of Patong along the scenic beach road heading up to Kamala Beach. Established for many years, Pan Yaah has recently upped its act in terms of service, cuisine and décor to the point that it’s a great little place for romantic and intimate sunset and evening dining.
The restaurant is set above large granite rocks and diners can hear the surf breaking below – very impressive. Largely made of dark wood with a fan-cooled terrace overlooking the sea, you’ll not want for sea breezes at Pan Yaah. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily11:00 – 23:00
- Location: 249 Prabaramee Road (Beach Road) Kalim
- Tel: 076 290 450
Patong Beachfront Food Court is not strictly a food court as such but rather a collection of stand-alone restaurants sharing the same block on Beach Road in Patong just north of Bangla Road.
Serving up mostly seafood, the dishes here are spanking fresh and even though they are pitched at decidedly tourist prices they are nevertheless the real thing. You’ll find paid toilets to the side of the block where you can even grab a shower if the food gets too spicy. Read More...
- Opening Hours: From 09:30 – 22:30 daily
- Location: On the beach side at the intersection of Sawatdirak Road and Beach Road (Loma Park)
Established in 1979, this is probably the most well-known seafood joint in town. They do seafood Patong style by displaying their wares out on ice at the front of the restaurant. It can be expensive for some items, depending on size and weight.
- Location: Near the corner of Soi Bangla on the Beach Road
Patong Seafood Court embodies all that is good about Patong’s culinary scene. Dining out in Patong is a diverse experience and almost every cultural cuisine is represented, from Ireland to Iran, from America to Austria, from Thailand to Taiwan and from Sweden to Switzerland – it’s all here. But what sets Patong Seafood Court apart is that it doggedly retains one singular theme: Seafood. So it’s not the best place for those with a penchant for pizza with their red snapper – it’s 100% The Real Thing.
Made up of several adjacent open-air and enclosed restaurants as you pass you’ll smell the exotic aroma of the freshest fish and seafood lying in ice-filled display ‘boats’ along the sidewalk and further inside, large glass tanks and black buckets containing live fish, lobsters, oysters, and crabs bubble and teem. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00 daily
- Location: Opposite the Royal Paradise Hotel
Near the giant Jungceylon shopping complex on Rat-U-Thit Rd, Patong, Pum’s Cooking School is in a bright orange-coloured shop-house, and also operates as a bar and restaurant. It has an open space on one side which is used as a dining area and a small open bar at one end.
The kitchen is big and open, and occupies much of the restaurant. This is where students do the actual cooking after learning all the techniques from the teacher. At Pum’s Cooking School there is no hiding in a closed kitchen. Read More...
- Location: On Rat-U-Thit Road, between Jungceylon and Christine Massage
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 346 269
Generally speaking, there are three types of newly-opened restaurants in Phuket. The first type is timid in nature; it watches its budget closely and is a touch-and-go affair. The second is brash, boastful and promises the earth and also charges too much, once the dust from the opening party is settled.
The third is a well-thought out project that aims for the long run yet is supple enough to adapt and change with savvy diners’ whims and caprices. Restaurant Bistro & Bar at BYD Lofts in Patong fits into the latter category with graceful ease. Read More...
- Location: Restaurant Bistro & Bar at BYD Lofts
- Remarks: Reservations recommended.
- Address: 5/28 Haad Patong Road, Patong.
- Tel: 076 343 024
Rico’s Steakhouse & Pizzeria
If you are hungry for delicious steaks, pizza, Scandinavian and Thai food, this is the place to go. Reservations are recommended.
- Opening Hours: 16:00-24:00
- Location: Soi Rico, off Bangla Road, look for the large yellow sign
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 342 359
Roadside Food Vendors
The ubiquitous and basic setup of simple plastic chairs and tables with a constantly changing view of passers by is a popular choice for many visitors. The vendors start their operation in the late morning and prepare food sometimes until the early hours, others only open late afternoon onwards but you'll always find a place to eat roadside if you look around. Although there are many roadside food vendors in Patong the dishes served are pretty similar, including the well-known spicy papaya salad (som tam) and grilled chicken plus many more Thai/seafood BBQ dishes as well as noodles. Roadside food vendors present a perfect opportunity to try out Thai cuisine at very little cost.
- Location: Along the sidewalks to the north of, and opposite Loma Park
Rodizio Brazil Phuket Steakhouse is most definitely a place for meat lovers. When thinking of meat dishes many people naturally would think of the USA, Australia, and of course Argentina. It would appear that only connoisseurs associate Brazil with an all-out meat splurge but it’s true: Brazilians are great carnivores and love nothing better than a good steak. So when Rodizio Brazilian Restaurant – an all-you-can-eat arrangement – opened in Soi Patong Tower just off Patong’s Beach Road it was good news for carnivorous types and the restaurant has subsequently enjoyed quite a success.
‘Rodizio’ actually means ‘turning’ (think ‘rotate’) and the word is used to describe the popular Brazilian restaurants worldwide that serve meat up on skewers with a waiter circulating (or ‘going round’) with a rather dangerous-looking blade that has meat skewered through it. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 - Late
- Location: Soi Patong Resort
- Tel: 16:00 - Late
Dining at Royale Nam Tok (RNT) in Kathu is one of Phuket’s most singular experiences. This is because during the day the restaurant is the owners’ house. It flips into its role as a fine-dining experience at precisely 17:00 every day except Sundays.
The owners in question are Corry Ringoet and Marc De Schriyver, a Belgium partnership who, after having enjoyed 20 years’ success in their Antwerp restaurant De Tafeljoncker, moved to Phuket, built a house, installed a professional kitchen and opened their doors. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17.00 - 23.00
- Location: Soi Nam Tok, Kathu (take the well-signed road towards the Kathu Waterfall)
- Tel: +66 (0)872637327
- Cuisine: French, Asian Fusion
- Price Range: Pricey
Saint Tropez Beach Club
Saint Tropez Beach Club is a chic bar set atop a four-storey restaurant and bar owned by Singapore’s innovative IndoChine Group. The ‘beach’ environment is invoked by palm trees dotted around the perimeter and numerous white rattan loungers, tables and chairs. A panoramic, elevated view across Patong Bay gives it an edge over its competitors. IndoChine’s fusion food features Vietnamese, Cambodia and Laos influences and the ‘beach’ becomes a funky nightclub past sunset with DJs and flashing lights.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 16:00 - midnight
- Location: Fourth floor, IndoChine Building, north end of Kalim Beach, opposite Pan Yaah Restaurant
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 388 860
Sala Bua roughly translates as ‘Lotus Pavillion’ in English and indeed, the flower is the leitmotif running through Impiana Cabana Resort in Patong, home of Sala Bua. You’ll find lotuses placed discretely in the lobby, rooms and restaurants at the resort.
Subtley lit, this is a fine-dining location very popular with those looking for an atmospheric and romantic beachside location. Read More...
- Location: at Impiana Cabana Resort and Spa
- Address: 41 Tawawongsee Rd. Patong.
- Tel: 076 340 138
Salvatore's Patong should not be mistaken for Salvatore's in Phuket Town. Even though the Phuket Town chef and entrepreneur Salvatore started this restaurant he has since concentrated on his namesake restaurant in Phuket itself.
Nevertheless, you'll still find cuisine featuring lots of meat, wonderfully rich combinations of vegetables and olive oil and great wines at Salvatore's Patong. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 14:30, 18:30 – 23:00
- Location: 4/3 Siuriraj Road, Patong Beach
- Tel: +66 (0)76 341 676
Sam’s Steak & Grill is one of the most reliable restaurants for those looking for unpretentious yet quality dining in Patong. Located in Patong’s Holiday Inn, this opulent restaurant delivers the goods in style: classy décor, refined ambience, delicious cuisine and impeccable service; you can't go wrong at Sam's Steak & Grill.
Basically, Sam’s is divided into an open-air dining area and a rather more intimate lounge, separated by a glass-walled wine cellar. Overall, Sam’s seats 50 diners, so it never becomes frenetic. Besides, the constant and agreeable piped-in music helps keep things calm. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 24:00 last orders 22:30
- Location: at Holiday Inn Phuket
- Address: 52 Thaweewong Road, Patong
- Tel: 076 340 608
There’s something intrinsically different about family run restaurants. Could it be a heightened sense of unity among staff members or a fluidity of service that a “normal” business lacks? Whatever it may be, S&G in Patong possesses this mysterious quality, perhaps without even knowing it.
Unobtrusive, easy to pass by on a busy walking street, but ultimately delivering the goods, S&G epitomizes the best of middle-range Patong eateries. Read More...
- Location: Soi Post Office, off the Beach Road by MacDonald’s, Patong.
- Tel: 076 340 151
Patong's Beach Road is a mad maelstrom of activity and a veritable vortex of comings and goings. For some visitors, the madness adds to their holiday and they wouldn't have it any other way but for others they can't wait to get to a quieter part of town.
Many restaurants in this area have a 'the more the merrier' attitude and don't exactly aim for quality, preferring quantity instead. One such restaurant dealing with a lot of return visitors to Patong is Patong's Savoey Seafood. Read More...
- Location: at Safari Beach Hotel
- Address: 136 Thaweewong Road, Patong.
- Tel: 076 341 171
A legend in its own lifetime already, Sea Hag is not only the flagship gay restaurant in Patong, but it stands on its own as a culinary landmark after countless years on the scene.
Owner Khun Kenya, has shown impeccable taste in décor and atmosphere and with this combination of good food and discernment it’s hard to find a better intimate dining location in his part of Patong – albeit gay or straight. Read More...
- Address: 78/5 Permpong Soi III (Soi Wattana Clinic) Thaweewong Rd. Patong.
- Tel: 076 341 111
Sizzle, at Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa in the hills above southern Patong, is in one of the loveliest locations possible, enjoying lofty views over two gorgeous beaches and a sunset vista at certain times of year that is almost instantly addictive. This rooftop steakhouse seats just 32 and as a result it enjoys an intimate atmosphere with staff members providing optimum personal service.
Helmed by US-born Executive Chef Timothy C. Westaway, his many years of culinary experiences around the globe are showcased in Cajun and Hawaiian influences to an extraordinary degree, making Sizzle one of the most eclectic yet well-defined five-star restaurant experiences in Phuket. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: At Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa
- Tel: 076-681681
Another old timer restaurant in Patong, Swiss Tavern serves Swiss, European and Thai dishes. It has a personable and inviting atmosphere, even though it's located right in the centre of things in this busy beach town.
- Location: opposite Grillhutte in Soi Foodland
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 341 234
Tantawan Seafood Restaurant
Tantawan Seafood Restaurant is part of Thara Patong Resort. Open for dinner, the restaurant starts setting up about 16:00. It is a very interesting operation to observe as many types of seafood are laid out on big ice display boat-shaped 'trays' in front of the restaurant. Tantawan also has ‘take away’ cocktails/drinks in plastic cups from 16:00 onward. Most cocktails cost about 100 baht. Next to Tantawan is an Italian restaurant that is also part of the resort.
- Location: Thara Patong Resort, opposite Impiana Phuket Cabana Resort
Tantra is a nice looking and well fitted out Indian restaurant in a London pub setting; a good venue to relax and sip a few cool drinks after spending the day at the beach. Enjoy traditional and genuine tandoor dishes prepared with authentic Indian ingredients.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 – 24.00
- Location: Opposite Patong Municipality Food Court
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 296 016
If you enjoy dining amid the breezy hustle and bustle of beach life while watching the world go by then Terrazzo in Patong is just for you. The restaurant is lively, busy and interesting and serves up unpretentious Italian dishes; in short, it's the ideal post-beach eatery.
Pretty much every restaurant in Patong has to be adaptable in order to handle holidaymakers' eclectic tastes and Terrazzo is no exception in that, although it's an Italian eatery – and a good one at that – it also offers various dishes to please every taste. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00–24:00
- Location: in Holiday Inn Resort Phuket
- Address: 52 Thaweewong Road, Patong.
- Tel: 076 340 608
A good part of the Patong Beach Road runs adjacent to parking places and pavement. But at the junction of Bangla Road the beachfront restaurants and hotels begin and stretch on until Loma Park.
It takes a brave entrepreneur to operate a restaurant on this extremely competitive patch. One such restaurant is The Beach – one of the very few Patong restaurants where you can get sand between your toes as you dine. Read More...
- Location: 49 Soi Loma – Patong Beach.
- Tel: 081 537 3795
It’s a miracle what just a few seconds can do in your life: One minute you’re wandering along in a Patong shopping mall gazing at bikinis, tourist souvenirs and ornamental shells, the next thing you know you’re in what looks for all the world like a Dublin pub with Irish music tinkling and scraping in the background and a pint of ale being drawn for you.
What’s going on here? Well, this is The Irish Times pub located in Jungceylon and yes, Jungceylon is the name of Patong’s massive shopping mall. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 24:00
- Location: Jungceylon in Patong
The Kee Sky Lounge is a unique rooftop restaurant overlooking Patong Beach with 360-degree views. Located off the Beach Road, this restaurant is part of the Kee Resort & Spa; a hotel opened in 2012 between the famous Bangla Road’s Soi Sea Dragon and Patong Beach Road. A surprising fact is that even though The Kee Sky Lounge is right in the noisiest and most bustling part of Patong Beach, up there on the roof you can only hear the breeze, the sound of the waves breaking, and the restaurant’s sound system playing classic jazz and soft Brazilian music.
The views are great and this is one of the reasons why the Sky Lounge is a perfect sundowner spot. You reach the rooftop with a high-tech and illuminated lift set on the front of the hotel’s central building. The Sky Lounge has two terraces on two levels covering approximately 200sqm. The first level is almost 100sqm, with a circular bar in its centre and nine tables allowing seating for up to 50 guests. There are also two enclosed dining rooms in case the weather doesn’t allow al fresco dining and drinking. The second level is a large terrace with a bar and a few tables which afford intimacy. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:30 – 24:00
- Location: The Kee Resort and Spa
- Remarks: daily happy hours from 17:30 – 19:00 and 22:30 – 23:30. The ‘Plug & Play’ live band plays every day except Sundays from 19:15 – 23:00
- Tel: 076-335888
The Port’s outdoor patio is a place to enjoy live music (pop/soft rock and hits) nightly by two bands. It is very popular with tourists and has a mixed Asian and Western crowd. Booking recommended during high season.
- Location: Near Starbucks, in front of Banthai Beach Resort.
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 340850-4
Seen from offshore, Patong has a highly distinctive skyline. The two tallest buildings dominating this skyline are the Patong condominium and the Royal Paradise Hotel.
The Royal Kitchen, a Chinese restaurant at the top of the Royal Paradise hotel, has a much sought-after 180-degree view out over Patong and the Andaman and looking down from this lofty perch, Patong below looks like a toy town.
The Royal Paradise is off Rat-U-Thit Road in the Paradise Complex, downtown Patong. You simply can't miss it. Take the lift from the lobby up to the 24th floor then walk up the carpeted stairs and you'll be in the plush surroundings of this 140-cover restaurant. If you are driving remember that Rat-U-Thit Road is a one-way system heading south. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Every day from 12:00-14:00 and 18:00-23:00
- Location: in Royal Paradise Hotel
- Address: 135/23 Rat-U-Thit Road Patong.
- Tel: 076 340 666
The Surface Restaurant & Bar is a rooftop venue located at La Flora Resort right on Patong Beach. Open since 2007, La Flora is one of the most popular hotels in Patong due to its privileged location and its open-air restaurant overlooking the bay from the third floor, offers great yet affordable dining under the stars.
It‘s best to go early to the Surface Restaurant & Bar as the place is a classy sundowner spot and even though a few trees obscure the views it’s still a wonderful place for sunset. A soft, unobtrusive musical backdrop of Top 40 hits and classics such as ‘The Sound of Silence’ – along with the waves breaking on the beach make the place seem miles away from buzzing Patong City. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 24:00
- Location: La Flora Resort & Spa on Patong Beach Road
- Remarks: All prices mentioned in this article are of July 2013 and are subject to a 10% service charge and government tax
- Tel: 076 344 241
Thong Dee Restaurant & Bar is a world class restaurant hidden on Soi Bangthong, a small street linking the road along Phuket Country Club and the road to Patong Beach next to Patong Go-Kart Speedway. Set in a contemporary style two-storey house in a residential area, the restaurant’s location is rather discreet and resolutely not favourable to attract passing customers; yet, Thong Dee has become one of the most-liked venues in Phuket regarding quality dining, homely-feel atmosphere, and excellent service. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tue-Thu from 16:00 – 22:00 and Fri-Sun from 16:00 – 23:00
- Location: on Soi Bangthong in Kathu
- Tel: 076 319 323
Tiger Inn Restaurant
Tiger Restaurant is part of Tiger Inn and is another busy place. The restaurant has an interesting exterior and interior with a jungle theme. There is a pool table on the second floor.
- Location: Between Baan Sainamyen Municipality School and Royal Paradise Hotel.
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 340877
Wassa Bar & Restaurant is certainly the highest sundowner spot in Phuket. Located off Hasip Pee Road (the street parallel and above Sai Nam Yen and Nanai roads), this small bar and restaurant features a wooden terrace embracing a stunning 180-degree panoramic view over Patong City and Bay. The outlet has a short menu featuring Thai and (a few) western favourites - fish and chips, chicken massaman, deep fried prawn cakes, and French fries, to name a few - perfect with a cold beer while enjoying the view in a serene environment. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 14:00 - 22:00
- Location: Off Hasip Pee Road
- Tel: +66 (0)91 882 9322
Restaurants that offer actual beachside dining along Phuket’s west coast belong to an exclusive and select group. After all, there are so few of them. One such establishment is White Box, on Kalim Beach.
Ever since its conception, the name White Box has been inextricably linked with chic parties, exotic cocktails, famous DJ’s and hi-so gatherings and, no less importantly, it has built itself a formidable reputation as a high-class dining location. Read More...
- Location: 247/5 Prabaramee Road (Beach Road) Kalim, just north of Patong.
- Tel: (+66) 076 346 271
Wine Connection is a fantastically innovative idea for Thailand. This is because this country has some of the highest wine taxes in the world with markups of up to 400% as wine falls into the ‘deluxe’ tax category (whereas, strangely enough, whiskey doesn’t).
Wine Connection sells quality wines at the lowest possible price so for those who enjoy a tipple with their meal this is where to head to. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 12:00 breakfast 12:00 – 23:00 lunch and dinner.
- Location: Sino Zone at Jungceylon in Patong Beach.