10 Best Local Restaurants in Phuket

Phuket Restaurants Serving Real Local Food

The 10 best local restaurants in Phuket are a sample of local eating venues that specialise in Thai and/or Phuket cuisine. These restaurants are where locals go when feel like good, familiar food. Some of these popular eateries do not even bother with any interior décor! Most have simple tables and plastic chairs (if you're lucky you might have a plastic tablecloth as well as a roll of toilet paper in a container – Thailand’s answer to table napkins.)

As long as the food is delicious, clean and fresh and at reasonable prices, of course, customers will always come. This type of venue is usually run within the same family for generation after generation. Customers are mainly from the same neighbourhood or attracted from far by word of mouth. Eating at a local Phuket restaurant on this list can be challenging, especially at lunchtime because many are crowded, but it’s worth it.

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Phuket Floating Restaurants

Phuket’s floating seafood restaurants (krachang in Thai) are a novel way to dine out and can be found along the east coast of Phuket. The trip involves a fun, brief long-tail boat ride from Laem Hin Pier to the restaurants. It’s a great day out all year round, come rain or shine!

This unique dining concept was created 20 years ago a group of friends from Phuket Town who were looking for a more relaxing place to dine. Someone suggested a brilliant idea would be for them to go to a floating fish farm off Laem Hin and ask the fishermen’s family to cook something basic and simple using the seafood they reared. Meanwhile, so the idea went, the group could just hang out, read books or fish away on the farm’s deck (the farms always have a reuan pae or houseboat, where they actually live, connected to it). Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
  • Location: All along the east coast of Phuket
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Mor Mudong Restaurant

Mor Mudong is right in among the mangroves. Many of the dishes are typical fiery-hot Phuket food but there are milder dishes on the menu. What’s fascinating about this place is its location and atmosphere. Here, you can sit and enjoy your meal with the mangroves within your reach.  

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 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 10am to 9.30pm
  • Location: 9/4 Soi Chalong, Mueang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 282 302
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Bang Pae Seafood

Phuket East Coast
Bangpae Seafood

Bang Pae is one of the island’s all-time favourites and is located not far from Bangpae Waterfall near Thalang. Try their Tom Yam Talay, steamed blue crab, deep-fried tempura shrimp, stir-fried vegetables with cashew nuts and fresh oysters with local herbs. This seaside restaurant has a lovely backdrop of mangroves.

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 neighbourhood 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 10am to 8pm
  • Location: 66 Mueang Mai, Pa Khlok Road, Thalang, Phuket, 83110, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)87 887 5785
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Khun Jeed’s Rad-Na Yod Pak in Phuket Town

Rad-na 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’s Rad-Na Yod Pak in Phuket Town, you can enjoy this popular dish with pork or seafood. Other popular items here are pork and chicken satays. The restaurant is on Phang Nga Road, in the heart of Phuket Town on the same side of the road as the vintage On On Hotel and diagonally opposite the Bangkok and Kasikorn banks. Though it’s a simple shophouse just like the others in the same area, you can easily spot it because of its bright yellow exterior. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Thursday–Tuesday from 9am to 8.30pm (closed on Wednesday)
  • Tel: +66 (0)84 1875 737
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Old Siam Theatre Local Food Court)

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 names of ‘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. 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), mee nam Hokkien (noodles soup with prawn Hokkienese style), por phee (a fresh non-fried spring roll) and oh eaw (an iced dessert made of flour, banana, and a little seaweed.) They serve some of the best satays in town, too. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Wednesday–Monday from 6.30am to 5pm (Closed Tuesdays)
  • Location: 173 Yaowarat Rd, Mueang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Mee Ton Poh

Phuket Town
Mee Ton Poh in Phuket Town

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. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 8pm
  • Location: 402 Thep Krasatti, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 311 233
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Ko Ta Khao Man Gai (Chicken Rice)

Ko Ta serves mainly khao man gai (Thai steamed chicken on 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 about 50 baht, which is unbelievable for such an outstanding dish. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6.30am to 5pm
  • Location: 16-18 Soi Surin Montri, Mueang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 212 816
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Khao man gai - chicken and rice

A family-run restaurant opened in 1961, Keawjai Bakery is a popular spot for real Thai food. The restaurant is rather small with an air-con space inside and a few more tables just outside the door. Enjoy a fair selection of Thai and Thai-Chinese food as well as desserts and baked treats.  Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 7am to 6pm (closed on Sunday)
  • Location: Phangnga Soi 4, Talat Yai, Mueang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)91 462 6292
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Wilai

Phuket Town
Wilai Restaurant in Phuket Town

Popular with locals and visitors, this small restaurant has a long list of ready-made curries/dishes. The must-try menu includes fried basil leaves and chilli with pork/shrimp, tom yum goong (spicy Thai soup with shrimp), tom kha kai (hot sweet soup with chicken and coconut milk) and pa nang moo (coconut curry with pork). The dishes may not be haute cuisine but they’re certainly fresh and well presented, not to mention value for money. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 11am to 10pm (closed Sunday)
  • Location: Thalang Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Mueang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Tamachart

Phuket Town
Tamachart Restaurant in Phuket City

Tamachart Restaurant in Phuket City has got to be the most unusual, out-of-the-ordinary eatery this side of Bangkok. 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. 

Tamachart is a veritable crazy house filled to the rafters with old valve radios, sculpted masks, seashell lamps, hanging plants, fish tanks made out of TVs and computer monitors. Try the steamed sea bass in lemon sauce, which comes especially recommended.  Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10.30am to 11pm
  • Address: 62/5 Phuthon, Bangkok Rd, Talat Nuea, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 214 037
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