Rawai Beach Restaurants

Where to Eat in Rawai

Down in the southern part of Phuket there are quite a few up-and-coming restaurants that, if lacking the prestige and class of some of the more celebrated places elsewhere, still provide excellent value and good food.

Dining in this area is much more easy going and less frenetic than in the upmarket tourist areas, with alfresco dining being the norm. Despite the laid-back atmosphere the cuisine can be excellent and caters to a variety of tastes and budgets.

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  • Rawai View Café & Bar

    Rawai View Café & Bar is a charming venue located slightly off the beaten track, toward the southern end of Rawai Read More»

  • Flip Side Beer and Burger Bar

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  • Sea Gypsies Fish Market

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Baan Haad Rawai

The furthermost restaurant on Rawai Beach is Baan Haad Rawai – a large seafood affair dealing mostly in tourist groups. Quality is uneven, meaning that on some nights it's actually quite good whereas on others. Positive points are that the restaurant also has a wine list, a children's playground and a large parking space. 

  • Opening Hours: Lunch and dinner
  • Location: At the furthermost end of Rawai Beach before making the turn toward Phromthep Cape
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76-383838
  • Cuisine: Thai and seafood
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Black Canyon

Black Canyon was established in 1993 and is a chain of restaurants serving food, coffee and drinks. The chain has more than 190 branches in Thailand (plus a handful of overseas branches in India, Singapore and AUE). Black Canyon features mainly Thai cuisine such as curries and stir-fries i.e. spicy and sour soup with mixed vegetables and prawns, tom yam goong, gaeng keeo wan gai and seafood salad. They also do coffee, drinks and cakes.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 - 21:00
  • Location: On the ground floor of Tesco Lotus @ Park Rawai shopping mall
  • Cuisine: Thai
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East 88 Beach Lounge

East 88 Beach Lounge in Serenity Resort is a pretty cool place. Located on Phuket’s east coast about halfway between Chalong and Rawai and directly facing Lone Island, it’s a beachside venue with a lot of panache to it and, as its name implies, a perfect venue to simply lounge around with a glass of wine Read More...

  • Location: in Serenity Resort & Residences
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 371 900
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Flip Side Beer and Burger Bar

Flip Side Beer and Burger Bar, located right by the beach in Rawai, specialises in American bar-style cuisine, but does it to a really high level. With an impressive range of international beers and a great choice of unique burgers and snacks, it is a great spot for lunch or a cool, relaxed evening.

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  • Opening Hours: Wed - Mon 11:30 - 22:30
  • Location: 469/4 Viset Road, Rawai
  • Tel: +66 (0)90 869 5552
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Food Gallery

Food Gallery is the ‘love seed’ of a restaurateur, Nid Nattanit who love arts and food and wants to share them with her customers. Khun Nid uses her restaurant space to exhibit art in all forms from local Phuket artists and she changes the exhibits monthly. She and her team have created a new kind of fusion cuisine as well as many varieties of cakes and coffees. A few items to try are the roasted pork salad, fishcake cocktails, grilled lamb cutlets with mustard, baked baby clams with butter and fried rice with Thai sweet sausage.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 21:00
  • Location: On the ground floor of Tesco Lotus @ Park Rawai shopping mall
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76-602415
  • Cuisine: Thai & European
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Friendship Beach Waterfront Restaurant

Down Soi Mittrapap, is Friendship Beach where Sunday brunches are also served up as well as Thai and American food. Its beach/poolside dining location draws many expat families on weekends when live bands perform. If you are looking for a lovely quiet/romantic dinner with great seafront views, weekdays might be a better option. Prices are reasonable. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 23:00
  • Location: in Soi Mittrapap, about 3.5 km south of the Chalong Traffic Circle. Look for the sign on the left-hand side
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 288 996
  • Cuisine: Thai and American
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Gypsy @ Rawai

Gypsy @ Rawai takes its name from its previous location in the heart of Rawai Sea Gypsies Market, where they had a good reputation for cooking up the seafood you purchased from just over the road. They have now relocated to Phromthep Cape, taking their expertise with them and providing great Thai seafood dishes are reasonably prices right over the road from one of the island's most popular viewpoints.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 - 21:30
  • Location: 94/19 Promthep Cape, Rawai
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 978 5989
  • Cuisine: Thai, Seafood
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La Cabane

Four hundred metres south of Chalong's traffic circle on the right-hand side of the road is La Cabane, a French restaurant. La Cabane serves hearty fare with reasonable prices. This lovely outdoor venue has a loyal following due to its excellent food and generous portions. Also serves vegetarian dishes.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 15:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Four hundred metres south of Chalong's traffic circle on the right-hand side of the road
  • Tel: +66 92900484
  • Cuisine: French
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Laem Ka Noi Seafood

A fascinating but out-of-the-way restaurant in this area is Laem Ka Noi Seafood. To find it, pass Soi Saliga on the left-hand side of Viset Road in Rawai just before the Seashell Museum and continue south, looking for the signage that says ‘Kanoi Cape’ then turn left and drive as far as the road will take you ... and it will take you quite a distance. The quaint, isolated seaside setting is the starting point for an enjoyable evening's dining.

  • Opening Hours: Lunch & dinner
  • Location: Coming from Chalong, turn left at the ‘Kanoi Cape’ sign before the Seashell Museum
  • Cuisine: Thai and seafood
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Lucky 13 Sandwich

Lucky 13 Sandwich is a small Danish-owned-and-run restaurant located right next to Phuket Sea Shell Museum on the main road from Chalong circle to Rawai Beach. It is roughly two minutes by car from the beach. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Just before Phuket Sea Shell Museum when going toward Rawai from Chalong circle
  • Tel: 082 412 6818
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Mando Steakhouse

Mando is located right next to Rawai Beach Resort on the Beach Road. As the name suggests, their main offering is steaks of all kinds. Still, their menu features some well-known Thai dishes too, such as tom yum goong and massaman gai. You can start with an aperitif at the bar next door which is also a part of Mando's before moving to the steakhouse for an enjoyable dinner. Prices are more expensive than the rest of beachfront dining venues but still are affordable.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 – 23:30
  • Location: Next to the Rawai Beach Resort on Viset Road (aka the Beach Road)
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76-613728
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Thai and seafood
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Neko Cat Café Phuket

While the sweet treats and great juices, smoothies and coffees are certainly worth the visit, there are no prizes for guessing the star attraction at Neko Cat Café Phuket. The feline staff of this vibrantly pink coffee shop have plenty of places to lounge and relax, as do the human patrons. There are also board games, workshops and a playground for kids.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Location: 39/57 Soi Saiyuan, Rawai
  • Tel: +66 (0)93 584 8355, +66 (0)62 213 4954
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Nikita's has recently transformed from a beach bar/restaurant to a full-on restaurant and the result has been an upsurge in its popularity. With a wood-fired pizza oven and spanking fresh Thai and international food along with a truly seductive beachside location, Nikita's is an experience in itself. Try a sunset cocktail here and linger for the Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 - late
  • Location: Near Rawai Pier beachside
  • Type: Thai and international
  • Tel: 076-288703
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Nong Pim Restaurant

Rawai Beach is packed with many small and inexpensive restaurants serving similar types of Thai food. Nong Pim is a good example and offers delicious seafood and items like grilled chicken, spicy beef salad as well as som tam (spicy papaya salad). From time to time you might get a hold of some special delicacies such as spicy horseshoe crab’s egg salad. In the past, customers enjoyed these on the beach but this is not the case any more. All the restaurants have been relocated down the road but are still facing the water with Rawai’s unique atmosphere as background (think of all those colourful long-tail boats moored along the beach with beautiful casuarinas trees providing shade). As for the spiciness department, you can always ask the cook to tune it down a bit so that you can really enjoy the food.

  • Opening Hours: Lunch and dinner
  • Location: Nong Pim has two branches located not far from each other at about the middle of the Beach Road
  • Cuisine: Thai and seafood
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Promthep Cape Restaurant

Phromthep is busy at most times of day and frankly gets pretty manic at sunset but then all of a sudden everyone leaves and peace reigns once again on this breezy hill. For those who like dining with a view there is the Phromthep Cape Restaurant with its vista of Nai Harn Beach lights twinkling below. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: For lunch and dinner
  • Location: At Phromthep Cape
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 288 656
  • Cuisine: Thai, Chinese, European and seafood
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Rawai View Café & Bar

Rawai View Café & Bar is a charming venue located slightly off the beaten track, toward the southern end of Rawai Beach. Set in a well thought-out, thatch-roofed, open-sided wooden house, the restaurant’s terrace offers great views of the bay and beach of Rawai through the branches of tropical almond trees.

Opened in May 2015, Rawai

  • Opening Hours: 14:00-22:00 in low season; 10:00-24:00 in high season
  • Location: at the southern end of Rawai Beach
  • Tel: +66 (0)86 690 2976 or +66 (0)82 940 4621
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Rimhad Seafood

This family-run seafood restaurant could hardly be accused of being pretentious. With its down-to-earth décor (think floor fans, chequered plastic tablecloths etc) and welcoming attitude the main attraction to Rimhad is its fabulously fresh seafood and wonderful presentation as well as its attractive non-tourist prices. Deservedly popular with locals and tourists (once they’ve discovered it), it’s a real dining experience – Rimhad also serves other Thai dishes than seafood and you can choose from a comprehensive photo menu.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Rawai beachfront
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Sala Loi

On the sea side of the beach road you will see a cluster of cement/porcelain tables and chairs but no restaurant. What's going on? Well, the kitchen serving diners here is actually on the other side of the road! They should have called it 'A Road Runs through It' but its real name is Sala Loi. The beachside dining theme is reproduced in kind further along the beach towards the west except without tables and chairs: diners sit on mats placed on the beach and eat off short-legged tables under the causarina trees. It's all very rustic, very charming and the food is good, too – mostly barbecued fish and chicken with glutinous rice and fresh veggies.

  • Opening Hours: for lunch and dinner
  • Location: Near Nikita’s Bar at the beginning of Rawai Beach Road
  • Tel: Thai and seafood
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Savoury is an all-day dining restaurant inside the Vijitt Resort located close to the beachfront and adjacent to the main pool. They offer an expansive buffet breakfast as well as a combination of a la carte menus and buffet dinners presented in a relaxed informal environment. Their main distinction is the use of organic foods and many items on the menu come from the resort's own herb and vegetable gardens and the fruit trees planted throughout the resort (it is a former orchard). Some dishes to try are the deep-fried shrimps served with French fries and tartar sauce, lamb chops Provençale and fried prawns with tamarind sauce.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 06:30 – 23:00
  • Location: inside Vijitt Resort, about five km from Chalong Circle towards Rawai Beach on the left
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76-363600
  • Cuisine: International and Thai
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Sea Gypsies Fish Market

The Sea Gypsies Fish Market in Rawai Beach offers the freshest of seafood and the guarantee that your purchase is going to benefit the local community and family-run businesses. Featuring a broad selection of often live fish and shellfish, you need only carry your still-wriggling purchases across the road, where you will find a choice of Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 21:00
  • Location: To the left of Rawai Pier
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The Fountain

The open-air Fountain Restaurant next door to Lotus@Park Rawai is a mixture of seafood & Thai restaurant, wine house and beer garden. It is worth a try if you are in the area.

  • Opening Hours: For dinner
  • Location: Hundred meters after Lotus@ Park Rawai
  • Cuisine: Thai and seafood
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The Mangosteen Restaurant

About five km along Viset Road heading to Rawai after the Chalong Circle, follow the green sign on the right to the Mangosteen Resort and you will discover a popular Sunday Brunch venue with a fabulous 360-degree view of southern Phuket. This attractive resort also has live music, a competent wine cellar and good cuisine.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 – 22:30
  • Location: On a hilltop about five km from Chalong Circle towards Rawai Beach. Look for the green sign on the left-hand side of the road
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 289 399
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean and Asian
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