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.

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


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 evening - it's light years from crowded and expensive Patong. Read More...

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

Baan Vijitt Baan Vijitt

Baan Vijitt is the signature restaurant of Vijitt Resort Phuket. Its setting, décor, dishes, and service are all a delight to experience and while it doesn’t come cheap it really is a night to remember if visiting on a full moon evening. Read More...

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East 88 Beach Lounge 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, it’s the perfect venue to simply lounge around with a glass of wine and some nibbles. Read More...

Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant Saigon Restaurant

Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a charming and nicely decorated intimate venue. This compact 36-seat restaurant offers dishes from both North and South Vietnam. Read More...


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

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

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 and some nibbles. Read More...

Location: in Serenity Resort & Residences
Tel: +66 (0)76 371 900

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

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.

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

Gypsy @ Rawai B.B.Q

The Rawai Sea Gypsies, once a nomadic fishing community, have set up a fresh sea food market where they sell their catch of the day. There, you can buy your live crabs, lobsters, shellfish, oysters, fresh prawns and fish from the fishermen or vendors and Gypsy @ Rawai B.B.Q. will prepare them for you. The restaurant offers a beachside seafood feast that, coupled with a few cold drinks, can easily stretch out into a relaxing afternoon. Our cooking prices are very reasonable and we also have a full menu with Thai and Western dishes.

Opening Hours: 11:00 - 21:00
Location: in Rawai, on the left of the jetty at the southern end of Wiset Road
Address: 117/3 Wiset Rd. Rawai Muang Phuket

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

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

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

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

Norbu's Steakhouse

With an interesting interior with strong colour use, big Roman columns and lot of chandeliers, it is hard to believe that this restaurant is actually located in Phuket. But when it comes to steak, Norbu’s is definitely one of the best places to go on the island. Their menu also consists of Thai and many European dishes as well as a good wine list.

Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 – 23:00 (low season closed on Thursdays)
Location: At the entrance to Wat Rawai, Viset Road
Tel: +66 (0) 81 3675416
Cuisine: Steakhouse, Thai and European

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. Reasonably priced, this restaurant is an excellent place to enjoy the cool evening air along with a great view. Big parking space. Read More...

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

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

Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant

Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a charming and nicely decorated intimate venue. Located on the main road from Chalong circle to Rawai Beach, this compact 36-seat restaurant offers dishes from both North and South Vietnam. Read More...

Opening Hours: 18: 00 - 23:00 closed on Sundays
Location: 150m before Soi Sai Yuan traffic light on the main from Chalong circle to Rawai Beach
Tel: 088 416 0106

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


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

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

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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