Thai Restaurants in Phuket
A list of most popular Thai restaurants on Phuket Island
Thai Restaurants in Phuket are the icing on the cake of a successful holiday for any gourmet looking to sample some new exotic flavours. Thai cuisine has deservedly gained a worldwide reputation for its subtlety (when it’s not served too spicy) and healthy approach. Perfectly in line with Buddhism, it offers the right balance between the different ingredients used in the wide variety of dishes available.
In Phuket, you could find Thai dishes from all around Thailand, but southern specialties and seafood have the upper hand. We dedicated this page to the Thai restaurants available at each beach of Phuket; all the restaurants listed below serve only genuine Thai food. Okay, a few of them may have one or two western dishes hidden on their menu. Paraphrasing a famous quote: when in Phuket, eat as the Thais eat!
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- Whitewater Rafting & 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
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Thai Restaurants in Bangtao Beach
Baan Talay Restaurant
An extensive menu of fresh local seafood specialties for a truly authentic Thai dining experience. Select live seafood such as tiger prawns, lobsters, and black crabs from a custom-built fish tank. This fresh catch is prepared using traditional methods that highlight Thai flavours and spices, including lemongrass, turmeric, and galangal. The Thai eating style of sharing dishes is part of the experience, and Baan Talay’s two private rooms with round tables are ideal for groups Guests are also given the chance to see Chef Prasong’s team in action in the open kitchen at the centre of the restaurant and more tables are set out on the expansive terrace space for dining under the stars.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00 (food served until 10:30) except Mondays
- Location: Angsana Laguna Phuket just behind XANA Beach Club, Bangtao Bay
- Tel: +66 (0)76 358 555
Ruen Thai, a beautiful Thai-style restaurant set by a romantic lagoon serves excellent Thai food in a traditional setting. Everything, from the 'Benjarong' dishes to the staff members' uniforms is well presented and pleasing to the eye.
- Location: Inside the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 324 324
Saffron, at Banyan Tree Phuket, is a class act. For those looking to dine in sumptuous surroundings, to enjoy a modern take on traditional Thai cuisine, or to simply enjoy some of the smoothest wait staff service around, Saffron is ideal. With contemporary yet classical décor and design, soft piped-in music, pleasantly intimate lighting, and a far-reaching menu with a complementary wine list, the makeup of this five-star restaurant couldn’t be more complete.
Saffron serves up a variety of delicacies that originated in Thai royal courts and dishes popular in countryside villages as well as all-time favourite homemade recipes and spectacular and distinct food presentation is paramount in the restaurant’s Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:30 – last orders 22:30
- Location: Banyan Tree Phuket
- Remarks: reservation recommended
- Tel: +66 (0)76 372 400
Owned and run by a Thai restaurateur who, after more than two decades living in Europe and running a successful Thai restaurant in Switzerland, brought back her strong passion for cooking. Well-decorated and very clean, Sirinya’s Restaurant opened in Cherngtalay at end of 2014. It’s located inside the Boat Avenue Project, meaning there are plenty of parking spots and safe walking space for customers.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00, closed on Sundays
- Location: At the Boat Avenue Project, right before the Laguna Junction
- Tel: +66 (0)93 640 6370
Tamarind Restaurant in Banyan Tree Phuket is a poolside haven of peace with cooling breezes, discreet background music, well-trained staff, and comfortable seating arrangements. Located in the five-star Banyan Tree Phuket – a leading light in luxury accommodation in Phuket and host to some five top-rate food outlets, the Banyan Tree is certainly no slouch when it comes to fine dining.
Tamarind is an authentic Japanese restaurant helmed by Master Chef Shiraishi who has, over the past 40 years, travelled the world over in many five-star hotels due to his talents in the kitchen. As you’d expect from such a prodigious aptitude, his Japanese cuisine and especially his sushi and Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 15:00, 18:30 – 22:30
- Location: Banyan Tree Phuket
Opposite Toto you'll find the intimate Tawai, a very good value Thai restaurant that offers home-cooked Central Thai food as well as an excellent selection of wines.
- Location: Opposite Toto at the Tinlay Place
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 325 381
Thai Street Market is an original way to dine at Saffron, the genuine Thai cuisine’s flagship restaurant of Banyan Tree Phuket Resort. Every Saturday, a dozen stalls are installed in front of the chic restaurant, each of them displaying an assortment of Thai specialities including spicy salads, grilled meat and seafood, fresh fruits, sticky rice with mango, Thai sweets (kanom), stir-fried noodle and vegetables, wok-fried shrimp in tamarind sauce, pork in panang curry, roasted duck in red curry, and more, for the great pleasure of the guests who would like to discover the delights of traditional Thai cuisine. The atmosphere is enlightened by a xylophone player performing live at the Read More...
- Opening Hours: 19:00 – 22:30; on Saturday and Thursday from November to April; on Saturday only from May to October
- Location: Banyan Tree Phuket Resort in Bangtao
- Remarks: reservation recommended
- Tel: +66 (0)76 372 400
Thai Restaurants in Kamala Beach
One of the most well-known family-run restaurants in Kamala, Charoen first opened about 20 years ago and it has a good selection of fresh seafood. Prices generally are affordable but can be expensive for some seafood items depending on weight. Good for families. Read More...
- Opening Hours: For breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Location: On the ground floor of Kamala Dreams on the road that runs parallel to Kamala Beach
Duck Spicy (Laab Ped)
If you fancy real Thai food, try the Duck Spicy – a small and simple restaurant offering a good range of spicy stuff such as som tam (spicy papaya salad) and laab ped (spicy duck salad). Prices are affordable.
- Opening Hours: Lunch and dinner
- Location: On Kamala Main Road
Green Pancake (aka Roti Baithuy) is the place to get delicious roti or Thai pancake that works as a snack or as a breakfast. Roti is one of the hit street foods and originated in India. Here at Green Pancake, they offer you roti with different toppings (pineapple, banana, eggs, raisins and more) from 15:00 – 23:00. The best way to enjoy roti is to wash it down with local beverages, including Phuket-style tea and coffee that you can have hot or cold. It’s also a lot of fun just to watch how they made the pancakes!
- Opening Hours: 15:00 – 23:00, closed on Friday
- Location: Kamala’s main road
Old Siam is the perfect restaurant for an authentic Thai dinner in a very peaceful environment. Located in Nakalay Bay on the private beachfront of the long-established yet opulent Thavorn Beach Village & Spa (which celebrated its 26th anniversary in 2014), Old Siam is one of the few restaurants in Phuket at which guests can still enjoy a delicious Thai Royale Cuisine dinner with their toes in the sand. Classy yet unpretentious, a dinner at Old Siam is a unique experience blending top-notch food, outstanding location, and excellent service. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 22:30
- Location: on the beachfront of Thavorn Beach Village at Nakalay Bay
- Tel: +66 (0)76 290 334
This Thai restaurant has the name “Bua” for good reason. The word refers to lotus - probably the most important flower in Thailand (also a common name for girls). 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: At the southern end of Kamala Beach, over the bridge and around the corner, near Kamala Beach Estate and Cape Sienna Hotel
- Tel: +66 (0)76 385 714
Silk is predominantly a Thai restaurant although it does have a two-page western menu. Set in the opulent grounds of Andara Resort & Villas in Kamala, Silk has equally sumptuous décor and design so dining here is regarded by many locals as a special occasion. The restaurant moved from its Surin Plaza location several years back but has retained its class-act appeal, its reputation for good-quality Thai fare and pretty much the same fittings and plan. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:00
- Location: 15, Moo 6 Kamala Beach
- Tel: +66 (0)76 338 777
Thai Restaurants in Karon Beach
OrientAsia is a stylish all-Asian cuisine restaurant located on the second storey of Karon Beach Square, a superb and modern dining complex set on Karon Beach Road (Patak Road), walking distance from Karon Centre. Set in spotless contemporary Chinese décor, the restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating areas.
The cuisine served at OrientAsia blends the favourite South East Asian dishes; mostly Vietnamese and Thai. Fresh and tasteful, the dishes on offer at the restaurant offer a perfect introduction to the subtle flavours of Asian cuisine, with the possibility for the guests to choose the degree of spiciness. The venue is classy, yet remains reasonably priced. Read More...
- Opening Hours: daily from 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: on the second storey of Karon Beach Square, above Café Studio
- Tel: +66 (0)7 639 6139
Seafood @ Karon
Seafood @ Karon offers more choices for visitors who are looking for a cool place to dine in Karon. It is not at all a typical shop-house like most venues in the same neighborhood. This big and smart looking building has a cozy ambience and with a high ceiling that allows breezes to flow easily – a perfect design for Phuket’s tropical weather. Another plus point is that the restaurant has chilled seafood on display in front of restaurant. Customers can pick the items they prefer, and then leave the hard work to the kitchen team.
- Opening Hours: 13:00 – 23:00
- Location: On Patak Road not far from the traffic circle (same road as Red Onion Restaurant).
This family run seafood restaurant offers first-class Thai cuisine. Try their famous kung sarong (fresh prawns cooked in a crisp golden noodle, Thai style). Prices are affordable.
- Opening Hours: From 09:00 - 02:00
- Location: On the Beach Road, not far from the Waterfront Suites
- Tel: +66 (0)76 398 089
Thai Restaurants in Kata Beach
Part museum, part gallery, part restaurant, Kampong is certainly an unforgettable experience. If you feel like dining on Thai food in a distinctly Thai and Southeast Asian atmosphere then look no further than this impressive restaurant. Many a restaurant invests a lot of its budget in its décor but perhaps Kampong Kata Hill is one of the rare Phuket eateries where the décor is a direct reflection of its fare and vice versa. Read More...
- Opening Hours: seven days a week for dinner
- Location: Opposite Dino Park, behind Starbucks
- Tel: +66 (0)76 330 103
Khantoke in Avista Phuket Resort and Spa, Kata Beach is named after a northern Thai and Lao custom of communal dining that involves serving several dishes on an ornate pedestal tray. This unique method of enjoying mouth-watering dishes is not only outrageously colourful but also a relaxed yet intimate way of sharing one of life’s most enjoyable aspects – good food and drink. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 - 22:30
- Location: First floor (above En Vogue Restaurant) in Avista Phuket Resort and Spa, Kata Beach
Sugar & Spice
This friendly local venue is on a road called New Kata Road and offers traditional Thai food. It’s a chance for you to sample the real tom yam soup, green curry with beef and stir-fried mixed vegetables at reasonable prices.
- Opening Hours: High season from 08:00 – 23:00, low season from 08:00 – 22:00
- Location: New Kata Road (in front of Dome Resort)
- Tel: +66 (0)76 330 270
Thai Restaurants in Mai Khao Beach
Cinnamon Restaurant & Lounge
It’s not easy to find Cinnamon, but it’s nice to know that this comfort looking restaurant and lounge is only a 10-minute walk from the Water Park and Centara West Sands Resort. Cinnamon has a lovely ambience and is a great place to just relax and chill out with cool drinks and more. It’s also a good answer to a none-hotel F&B outlet in the Mai Khao area. Try pad Thai, massaman curry with beef, deep-fried squid or morning glory with oyster sauce. If you come as a group, why not try them all? Good service and a family-friendly restaurant.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:00 (Closed on Tuesdays)
- Location: About a 10-minute walk from the Splash Jungle Water Park and Centara West Sands Resort & Villas, Mai Khao Beach
- Tel: +66 (0)80 383 7493
‘Kin Dee’ means ‘eat well’ in Thai and this is a fitting name for this out-of-the-way restaurant up by Phuket’s Sarasin Bridge. Serving genuine Thai food in a beautiful setting, Kin Dee is a family-run restaurant with an ex five-star chef and her sisters at the helm. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
- Tel: +66 (0)82 814 8482, +66 (0)80 392 3073
Seaside Cottages & Restaurant
Open only from the month of November until May, Seaside Cottages & Restaurant is run by a local family and located in a remote area on the beachfront of Mai Khao far away from nightlife and girlie bars. The restaurant is very basic but offers fresh and tasty Thai food as well as seafood, all prepared by the owners. There is nothing fancy about this restaurant but it keeps getting many repeat customers year after year probably because of the charming hosts and its unbeatable location. Prices are reasonable.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 21:00 from November till May
- Location: n Mai Khao Beach about 30 minutes walk south from JW Marriott Phuket Resort
- Tel: +66 (0)80 522 8392
Located inside Anantara Phuket Villas, Mai Khao Beach, ea.Fire.Salt is an interesting restaurant, majoring in seafood cuisine. With great views and a perfect ambience as well as professional service, it’s the kind of place you dress up and look good for a lovely lunch or dinner. Recommended dishes include seafood chowder and Asian tasting plate which you will get to sample many interesting flavours such as sesame prawn toast, spring rolls, tempura prawns, Thai salad, lemongrass seafood stick, pandanas leaf chicken and dipping sauces. Sea.Fire.Salt also comes with a unique touch in that there are different kinds of salt presented on the table. You’ll learn how each can add specific taste and flavour to your meal.
- Opening Hours: For lunch and dinner
- Location: Anantara Phuket Villas, Mai Khao Beach
- Tel: +66 (0)76 336 100
Takieng Thai Restaurant
At Takieng you will get to enjoy a variety of Thai cuisine in a beautiful lounge environment. Among their popular dishes are hor mok talay (fish cake with curry), pad Thai with shrimp and pla sam rod (crispy whole grouper fish with three local flavours, sweet, sour and spicy). The last is a must!
- Opening Hours: For lunch and dinner
- Location: Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
- Tel: +66 (0)76 363 999
Thai Restaurants in Nai Harn Beach
A garden-style restaurant serving authentic Thai food, Banana Corner is a place you should try some local favorites such as tom ka gai (coconut soup with chicken), spicy glass noodles with seafood and seafood BBQ. Prices are affordable, with ample parking space.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00
- Location: On 4233 Road near the three-way junction in Nai Harn village
Phromthep is busy at most times of day and frankly gets pretty manic at sunset but then all of a sudden 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. Reasonably priced, this restaurant is an excellent place to enjoy the cool evening air along with a great view. Read More...
- Location: Promthep Cape
Thai Restaurants in Patong Beach
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: +66 (0)76 340 789
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
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.
Charm Thai is the signature restaurant of Holiday Inn Resort Phuketin 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 - Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:30 – 22:30
- Location: in the Busakorn Wing of Holiday Inn Resort Phuket in Patong Beach
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 370 200
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...
- Address: 58/3 Phrabarami Rd. Patong
- Tel: +66 (0)76 340 562
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 Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: 249 Prabaramee Road (Beach Road) Kalim
- Tel: +66 (0)76 290 450
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 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
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
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: +66 (0)76 340 151
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: +66 (0)76 341 171
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: +66 (0)76 341 111
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
Thai Restaurants in Phuket Town
An up-market Thai restaurant, part of the popular Bangkok-based chain, Anna’s Café is a charming dining venue situated in a shophouse in the heart of Phuket Town. Their recommended dishes include Thai-style chicken wings, fried tofu, green curry with roti, massaman curry and geng som spicy fish soup. Don’t forget to complete your meal with banana banoffee or banana flambé. They are absolutely delicious.
- Opening Hours: For lunch and dinner
- Location: Next to Salvatore's on Rassada Road, a few steps from the circle traffic
- Tel: +66 (0)76 210 535
Baan Kanom Thai (meaning ‘Thai Desserts House’) is known as one of the busiest lunch outlets for people who live and work in and around Phuket City. It is popular for its khao raat kang (plain rice topped with food) as well as the biggest choice of Thai traditional sweets on the island. In the old days, many Thai desserts originated and were kept within the confines of the royal kitchen and only a limited number of commoners could get their hands on them. That’s not the case anymore. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon – Sat from 06:00 – 16:00
- Location: City Home Village Soi 5, on Ruam Pattana Road, Phuket Town
- Tel: +66 (0)76 240 717
Blue Elephant has branches all over the world in 12 different countries and specialises in Royal Thai cuisine – a rich and exotic combination of flavours once uniquely created for the Royal Palace that has recently grown popular because of the global spread of Thai cooking. The Phuket restaurant is based in a splendid, old Chinese-colonial style mansion set in sprawling grounds near the heart of the old quarter of Phuket Town. Fine dining set in opulent surroundings are the order of the day at Blue Elephant, Phuket branch. Read More...
- Location: 96 Krabi Road
- Tel: + 66 (0)76 354 355-7
Green Forest Restaurant is located on Monkey Hill (Khao To Sae) and offers excellent Thai food as well as superb views out to Koh Sirey and Phuket Town port, pier and coast. You can enjoy well-prepared and presented local dishes in a cool and breezy atmosphere complemented by soft western music. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily, from 11:00 - 23:00
- Location: 500 metres up Monkey Hill
Ka Jok See is one of the most successful restaurants on the island. Without any advertising at all, the restaurant has been featured in countless top magazines and newspapers around the globe such as UK Glamour, Conde Nast Traveler and the New York Times. The front door is hidden behind an ivy façade, the beautiful vintage shophouse features old wooden-beamed ceilings and is decorated with old photos and Thai crafts and objects on the walls.
It's a great place for a candlelit romantic dinner or a special night out with friends as later into the night Khun Lek, the owner and great host, selects top music and completely turns Ka Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:30 – late, Tuesday – Saturday
- Location: on Takua Pa Road, a short walk from the Rassada Traffic Circle.
- Tel: +66 (0)76 217 903
A family run restaurant open since 1961, Kaewjai is a popular spot for real Thai food. Kaewjai is rather small with an air-conditioned dining area inside and a few more tables outdoors and usually gets busy at lunchtime. Some recommendations are kao pad gai (fried rice with chicken), tom yum seafood (spicy and sour soup with seafood), lad-na goong (flat rice noodles with shrimp) and fried mixed vegetables. They also have a good variety of homemade bakery products. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 to about 16:00 but most of the sweet items are usually sold out before then
- Location: on Soi Phang Nga 4, not far from Royal Phuket City Hotel and the original Phuket Bus Station
Khun Jeed Yod Pak
Rad-na or kwit-teow rad-naa is a Thai Style wide rice noodle dish with meat and vegetables in a gravy-like sauce: Thai fast food, if you want. At Khun Jeed Pad Na Pak, you can enjoy the popular rad-na dish with pork or seafood.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 20:30, close on the 25th of the month. If the 25th falls on a weekend the closing day is moved to the following Monday.
- Location: Phang Nga Road, under the Mung Pheng Hotel, not far from On On Hotel
Kopitiam Café & Restaurant is located on Thalang Road and offers a simple Thai menu with the usual suspects - fried rice, noodles, green curry, at affordable rates. It is decorated in a Chinese style with a touch of old Phuket Town (old photos and postcards of the city are for sale here). Pretty busy at lunch time, it is a cool place to enjoy a tea or coffee while exploring the sino-portugese area. Read More...
- Opening Hours: From 11:00 - 22:00
- Location: 18, Thalang Road
- Tel: +66 (0)81 892 3723
Ko Ta serves mainly khao man gai (a.k.a. Thai chicken rice); one of Thailand's most popular fast-food dishes. Khao man gai is rice steamed with garlic, with boiled chicken and chicken stock. It's eaten with fresh vegetables, chicken soup and a dipping sauce. Prices start from 35 baht which is unbelievable for such an outstanding dish. Best avoided if your cholesterol count is high. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 until stocks run out around late afternoon
- Location: Near the Metropole Hotel on Tilok Utis 1 Road
This open-air Thai restaurant is especially popular among office staff who use it as their meeting point after work. Lemongrass is famous for spicy soup and salad as well as seafood. Try their fried vegetables with fish in sweet-and-sour sauce and Chinese-style steamed fish with ginger and plum. If you feel like having some Japanese, you can order from their sister restaurant, the Shintaro across the road. Prices are very reasonable with pretty good service. Staff members speak just enough English to get by.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 18:00 – 01:00
- Location: Opposite Shintaro and Raya Restaurant and not far from Seng Ho Bookstore on New Dibuk Road
- Tel: +66 (0)76 233 455
Mee Ton Poh serves some of Phuket's best fried noodles in Hokkien style. Yellow egg noodles are stir-fried with vegetables in soy sauce, usually with different choices of meat like pork, chicken or seafood. Located near the clock tower traffic circle on Phuket Road, this shop has been run by the same Phuket family for several generations. Check out their great satays. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday for lunch
- Location: On Phuket Road, facing both the Metropole Hotel and the clock tower at the traffic circle.
Discovering the authentic tastes and cuisine of the island is not difficult when you explore Phuket Old Town. Just head to the local food stands known by the collective name ‘Lock Tien’ and ‘Old Siam Theatre’ or just ‘Siam’ on Yaowarat Road. This simple food court caters to a variety of local tastes with dishes that are hard to find anywhere else outside of Phuket.
Such dishes include mee hoon pah chang (fried noodles with pork bone soup), lo bah (deep-fried tripe with fried tofu and spicy sweet-and-sour sauce), oh tao (oysters fried with flour, eggs, and taro root), por phee (a fresh non-fried spring roll) and oh eaw (an Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:30 – 17:00 or when supplies run out. Closed Tuesday.
- Location: At the traffic lights between Dibuk and Yaowarat Road, right next to the old building that used to be Siam Theatre.
One Chun Café & Restaurant is an unpretentious yet well liked venue in Phuket Town’s dining scene. One Chun (pronounced Wan Jan - Monday in Thai) is a family-friendly restaurant opened in March 2013 located near the intersection of Thepkasattri and Dibuk roads in Phuket Old Town.
This restaurant is extremely popular for both its authentic southern Thai cuisine and its quirky vintage décor and relaxed atmosphere. Featuring an ‘al fresco’ area in its backyard, One Chun is as much a place where to meet friends around a drink as a restaurant. Its extensive menu hosts all the favourites’ Thai dishes from roasted duck with red curry to crabmeat with Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 daily
- Location: on Thepkasattri road near the intersection with Dibuk Road
- Tel: +66 (0)76 355 909
Pak Nam is a large seafood restaurant in northeast Phuket Town. With two enclosed air-conditioned rooms, a central fan-cooled ‘Lanna-style’ wooden eating space and a terrace open to the elements Pak Nam has plenty of dining options and good views of Phuket Town to take in. The speciality here is fresh seafood – be it clams, whole fish, shrimps, crab, lobster; if it swims Pak Nam serves it. A large contingent of young wait staff keeps things moving along and at peak dining times the restaurant gets quite busy, mostly serving large groups of people at a time. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:30 – 22:00
- Address: Rasadanusorn road, Tumbon Rasada, Amphor Muang, Phuket
- Tel: +66 (0)76 240 240, +66 (0)81 797 0474
A delightfully novel way to dine is at one of the floating seafood restaurants (known in Thai as krachang) that can be found on the east coast of Phuket. The restaurants have adapted the technology of the fish-farming industry, keeping fish, crabs, prawns and other seafood in floating wood-and-net enclosures. All guests have to do is walk along planks between the enclosures and choose the seafood they want to eat.
There are several krachang open every day, including Black Crab (Tel: +66 80 699 2893) and Kru Suwit’s (Tel: + 66 89 594 0161). To get to either of these, take a three-minute longtail boat ride from Laem Hin Pier, Read More...
The charm of Phuket Town's old quarter is nowhere more evident than in its Sino-Portuguese architecture. Along Dibuk, Thalang and Phang Nga roads downtown you'll see beautiful examples of restored shophouses and a good example of this genre is Raya Restaurant in a 90-year-old house. Raya, not to put a too fine point on it, is the Thai restaurant in Phuket. Sure there are other overpriced and clumsily themed contenders but Raya alone caters for locals with the tourist market almost as an afterthought – which is why it is so genuinely Thai. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00-22:00
- Location: New Dibuk Road. The 90-year-old converted two-storey house is somewhat overshadowed by the newly built, next-door Shintaro Japanese restaurant but use the bright-red Shintaro signage as your landmark.
- Tel: +66 (0)76 218 155
Ruamjai Vegetarian Restaurant is the perfect place for curious people to get introduced to the multitude tastes and textures of vegetarian food. Located on Ranong Road, the historical commercial hub of Phuket Old Town, the restaurant can be spotted by its yellow signboard in the midst of similar-looking bric-a-brac shops. At Ruam Jai, the specific food type is veganism: all dishes served here are 100% made from vegetables and fruits, with no eggs or milk or any animal parts added, and if you have never sampled vegetarian food before, get ready for a revelation! Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 15:00
- Location: 215 Ranong Road
- Tel: +66 (0)76 222 821
SkyZab Viewpoint Phuket is a cleverly designed Thai restaurant opened in 2015 on the rooftop of The Sky Dream Hotel in Phuket City. Located off the Bypass Road, the architecture of this hotel and restaurant has something of a Hollywood extravaganza, with its main building leaning against a lush cliff, separated from the freestanding elevator shaft by a 30m-long covered bridge offering a 180-degree panorama over Phuket City and, further afield, to the sea and small islands lying off Phuket’s east coast.
SkyZab Viewpoint Phuket is an original and trendy venue regarding its settings and, regarding food, it also decided to follow a culinary path slightly off the beaten tracks. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30 – 22:00
- Location: off the Bypass Road, in the northwestern part of Phuket City
- Tel: +66 (0)95 414 1161
While there are many new restaurants opening every month in Phuket, visitors who are looking to explore local culture should not miss the island’s traditional-style food centres. Phuket Town residents will be proud to point out a few well-known local food outlets to you but the one that always stands out is Soi Lor Rong Market, at the top of Pattana Road. Here you’ll find many stalls selling all kinds of yummy treats and at very reasonable prices. Read More...
- Opening Hours: All year round from 06:00 – 17:00. Some stands close during Chinese New Year while others close on Thai holidays.
- Location: On Pattana Road, near the junction between Ranong Market and Wichitsongkram Road. It’s about 200 metres from the famous Jui Tui Shrine and towards Surakul Stadium.
Talad Kaset Night Market located behind Robinson Department Store is considered the largest night market in downtown Phuket. It’s the place where you can sample tasty street food influenced by three different cultures; Thai, Chinese and Muslim. This market gets busy after 20:00 but it’s ready to welcome customers from early evening and continues operating until late. Many night shift workers stop by before heading to work and clubbers come here for snacks before calling it a night. Read More...
- Opening Hours: All year round from early evening until about 02:00 or so but after 01: 00, many stalls might run out of food.
- Location: On Ong Sim Phai Road, next to Robinson Department Store in Phuket Town
Tamachart Restaurant in Phuket City has got to be the most unusual, out-of-the-ordinary eatery this side of Bangkok. It’s been going for 15 years now and is a tremendously popular spot. The word ‘Tamachart’ translates into English as ‘Natural’ and many people in Phuket use the English word when discussing this oddly fitted out Thai-Chinese eating place. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 -23:30
- Location: On Soi Phutorn in Phuket City. This is the soi that branches off Ranong Road where Phuket’s fresh day market is located.
- Tel: +66 (0)76 214 037
Thai Village Restaurant
Thai Village Restaurant, formerly known as Phuket Orchid Garden & Thai Village, is located on a former tin mine near Phuket Rajabhat University. Once home to a pioneer Thai cultural show, it now offers a dining experience featuring a few restaurant pavilions, focusing mainly on Chinese food. There’s still a small-scale orchid farm on the property and if you’re interested specifically to see the Thai and Asian orchids, it’s best to check in advance if there will be any flowers blooming at the time you plan to visit. Also within the same grounds, visitors will find the Simon Star cabaret show.
- Opening Hours: Daily for lunch and dinner
- Location: Next to the Phuket Rajabhat University on Thepkrasattri Road, heading north out of town.
- Tel: +66 (0)76 237 400
Phuket has a fair number of sunset viewing points and one in particular – Promthep Cape – which everyone has heard of. West Coast viewpoints can get pretty crowded at about 18:30, when the sun slips into the golden horizon but there is one spot on the island that offers sensational views in relative solitude in Phuket Town, site of Tung Ka Café. Read More...
Uptown Restaurant is very popular lunch venue among locals, especially office workers. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner until about 21:00. If you want to get a taste of real Thai-style fast food as well as filling meals, this is the place to stop by. Recommended dishes include pad Thai (fried rice noodles with the meat of your choice), fish noodle soup, fresh spring rolls and fried rice with chicken. Good value. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00 closed Wednesdays
- Location: Opposite the Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel and Expo Market on Chana Charoen Road
VT Namnueng Phuket Restaurant is really a special venue for dining in Phuket Town. Opened in July 2015, this Thai restaurant is set in a superbly renovated Sino-Portuguese house originally built at the end of the 19th century by one of the most prominent tin mining barons of this period, Phra Aram Sakhonkhet. Standing at the back of a 1,400sqm plot of land featuring a splendid French formal garden, the restaurant’s dining rooms can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests in a vintage décor inspired by classic French styles (again) from 17th and 18th centuries. VT Namnueng Phuket Restaurant’s menu is, in keeping with its décor, classic: you could sample Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 21:00
- Location: Along Wichitsongkram Road in Phuket Town
- Tel: +66 (0)76 354 500
If you were to judge a restaurant solely on its looks you’d keep on walking and not stop at Wilai along Thalang Road in Phuket’s old quarter. But wait, if you took a look inside you’d discover a spotless little shop-house restaurant with a refectory-style layout of tables, photos of old Phuket on its turquoise and white walls, and a small section selling homemade bags and purses. Wilai serves traditional food by Baba – people descended from the Malaysian Chinese who came to the island over 100 years ago during the tin mining boon. As a result, on the menu you’ll find such dishes as moo hong – braised pork Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 closed Sunday
- Location: Next to Nguan Choon Tong Herb Shop, a few doors away from the China Inn Café on Thalang Road
Thai Restaurants in Rawai Beach
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)76 383 838
Baan Vijitt is the signature restaurant of Vijitt Resort Phuket and is set at the foot of the sloping grounds, right at sea level. Part of the fun of dining here is taking a stroll down the hill through the leafy grounds past the many tropical plants and fruit trees (Vijitt was once an orchard). It would take a botanical professor to be able to identify each and every one as they number over 300 different strains.
The restaurant was once the weekend home of the landowners and is over 50 years old – not so old by western standards but pretty ancient for the tropics. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00 closed Fridays
- Location: Baan Vijitt Resort Phuket: Vichit Road Rawai
- Tel: +66 (0)76 363 600
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
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
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
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
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 restaurants to cook them for you there and then. Located along the dirt road to the left of Rawai Pier, after the stalls selling seashells by the sea shore (try saying that three times fast!), the fish market is about 100 metres long and consists of different families selling the catch of the day Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 21:00
- Location: To the left of Rawai Pier
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
Thai Restaurants in Surin Beach
Nok Seafood Restaurant has maintained good food after many years of operation. This lovely dining venue is no different than most restaurants in the same neighborhood (great sea view, simple set up with indoor and outdoor seating) but has a certain je ne sais quoi. Prices are reasonable.
- Location: The first restaurant next to car park on the right-hand side
- Tel: +66 (0)84 844 4954
Thai Restaurants in Other Areas of Phuket
If you feel like dining on good-quality Thai seafood, it’s really best to go where the locals go. Bang Pae Seafood is one of the island’s all-time favourite neighborhood restaurants and is located in Bang Pae Village, not far from Bang Pae Waterfall near Thalang. Yes, it is a little bit out of the way for most tourists, but it offers diners the real deal. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 20:00
- Location: About nine kilometers from the Heroines’ Monument towards Ao Por Pier and only a few hundred metres further down the road from Bangpae Waterfall and the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project. The restaurant is on the right-hand side of the road. Look for the big red sign.
- Tel: +66 (0)87 887 5785
Kan Eang@Pier is a long-established restaurant specialising in seafood and local delicacies. Located on the shore of Chalong Bay, right next to the jetty, it features both indoor and outdoor dining areas and offers great views of the marina. 'Kan eang' roughly translates as 'easy going' and it's true that, for a large restaurant dealing with so many people on a daily basis, the atmosphere at Kan Eang still stays somewhat laid back and relaxed.
For many visitors to the island, Kan Eang@Pier is a must-do experience that rates along with FantaSea or Simon Cabaret - it is essentially part of Phuket's personality. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:30 – 23:00
- Location: Roght at the Chalong Pier
- Address: 44/1 Viset Rd. Moo 5 Rawai (Chalong)
- Tel: +66 (0)76 381 212
Kan Eang translates as ‘relaxed’ in English and this is definitely an apt name for this large beachside restaurant just north of Chalong on Phuket’s east coast. Breezy and shady, most of Kan Eang’s seating is outdoors, set under tropical almond trees, although there is an indoors section.
Very popular with groups and families, the restaurant can get busy in the evenings but at lunchtime and during the afternoon it’s a veritable haven of peace and quiet. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Seven days a week 10:00 – 24:00
- Address: /3 Moo 9 Chao Fah Tawan Aok Road (North of Chalong Pier)
- Tel: +66 (0)76 381 323
If there were an island-wide competition for rustic, unusual and out-of-the-way restaurants then Mor Mu Dong seafood restaurant in east Phuket would definitely win it.
Set up next to a ‘klong’, a brackish watery inlet from the sea 100 metres away and in a mangrove swamp, Mor Mu Dong is a warren of ‘salas’ – bamboo huts – where diners can sit on mats and eat off low tables as well as at standard tables and chairs. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 21:30
- Location: Soi Palai (way past Phuket Zoo)
- Tel: +66 (0)76 282 302
If you had to choose just one thing that Phuket is famous for, many people would opt for its sensationally fresh seafood. Phuket’s surrounding waters teem with the sort of marine life that would leave Jacques Cousteau dancing the calypso and wise visitors make sure that they benefit from this abundance.
As a result there are many seafood restaurants on the island yet only a few can boast a great view in an easy-to-find location. But Palai Seafood can. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 9:00 – 22:00
- Location: Soi Palai, Between Chalong and Phuket Town (past the Phuket Zoo)
- Tel: +66 (0)76 282 174
Tin plays such an important part of Phuket’s history and the island has a stronger Chinese presence than any other Thai province due to the influx of Chinese labour over 100 years ago.
One of the results of the tin boom is an impressive collection of colonial-style tin mogul mansions dotted throughout the island, in various stages of disrepair or recondition.
- Location: in Panwa Hotel
- Tel: +66 (0)76 391 123-5
Just off the island at the beginning of Phang Nga Province, right by the Sarasin Bridge connecting Phuket to the mainland you’ll find a peaceful restaurant called Thanoon Seafood right on the beach. On the one side of the restaurant you have sea views and the other looks directly up to the newly constructed bridge. Don’t worry though; there is no traffic noise here, just the gentle slap of waves on the beach.
Thanoon, as you may already have guessed, serves fish, lobsters, crabs, and all manner of seafood and has a live tank from which you can choose your still-living meal. There are a couple of thatched-roof salas in Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 21:30
- Location: Just off Phuket island at the beginning of Phang Nga Province, right by the Sarasin Bridge
- Tel: +66 (0)76 452 052