9 Best Local Thai Restaurants in Karon

Real Thai Food Restaurants in Karon Beach

These Thai restaurants in Karon Beach are the places where you’ll find the ‘real Thai food’ which practically every visitor to Phuket comes looking for. With so many hotels in the beach resort town, there are plenty of places which cater more for visitors than for Thais. Even so, we’ve listed spots where the food is so tasty, of good value and genuinely Thai that even the locals regularly dine there.

There’s no doubt that the world-famous Thai cuisine is best enjoyed in its native country, with seafood being a particularly popular choice in Phuket because it’s mostly caught-that-day fresh. In Karon, the places closest to the sea are often (though not universally) tourist-oriented and not real ‘local’ places. These are often found further away from the beach and the other tourist hotspots, as you’ll find below.

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    Mama Jin Restaurant

    MaMa Jin Restaurant

    Mama Jin Restaurant stands out among the line up of small restaurants in Karon Beach. It’s set in a great location right by the beach and offers tasty and cheap Thai food (with some international dishes available). The service from the friendly staff is also great. 

    Particularly busy around lunch and dinner times because of the place’s great popularity with visitors, it is frequented throughout the day by the local Thais, too. The seafood choices are naturally the most popular, including the barbecue prawns and seafood pad Thai.

    • Opening Hours: Sunday–Friday from 10am to 10pm (closed on Saturdays)
    • Location: 418/8 Patak Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)81 893 9043
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    The Phad Thai Shop

    The Phad Thai Shop is a very small and innocuous little restaurant, its rough-and-ready exterior conceals excellent examples of some of the simplest of Thai dishes, naturally including a fantastic pad Thai which gave the place its name and fame. 

    Located well away from the beach, on an otherwise largely uninteresting stretch of Patak Road, it is often packed, particularly with locals, even outside of normal mealtimes. The signature dish, as well as great khao pad boo (fried rice with crab) and chicken stew, are all exceptionally cheap, mostly costing under 100 baht.

    • Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 8am to 6pm (closed on Sundays)
    • Location: Patak East Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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    Ging Restaurant

    Being located on the access road to the Old Phuket Hotel, Ging Restaurant naturally attracts a good share of tourists, particularly as it’s the most Thai of the choice of restaurants along this side street off Patak (Beach) Road. 

    Ging Restaurant is also popular with the Thais working in or visiting the area. As with most of the best local Thai restaurants in Karon Beach, it serves reasonably priced and good quality Thai dishes with particularly friendly service, with the top choices being the seafood such as the glass noodles with squid. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 11pm
    • Location: 192/36 Karon Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)76 398 106
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    Family Seafood Restaurant

    Family Seafood Restaurant

    Sometimes also known as Red Peppers Family Seafood Restaurant or Family Seafood No. 1, this little Thai eatery has a cool piazza-like design with greenery all around. This makes what would otherwise be a typical shophouse restaurant look very pleasant and approachable. 

    With seafood as the top choice – particularly the Tom Yam Goong or steamed whole fish – so the fresh ingredients are on display in a bed of ice in the evenings. Inside, the greenery and wooden furnishings give it a rustic sort of charm. Under any of its names, its real Thai cuisine at affordable prices makes it popular with Thais and visitors alike.

    • Location: Patak East Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)87 276 7656
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    Bai Toey

    Bai Toey

    Bai Toey is located in The Old Phuket Karon Beach Resort in central Karon. This pleasant restaurant is decked out with period fittings and serves up predominantly traditional Thai dishes such as phad thai, deep-fried fish with garlic and pepper, tom yam goong, green curry, and much more.

    Atmosphere-wise, Bai Toey has tasteful soul music discreetly piped in and its décor complements the dishes in that it is predominantly Thai, although diners can order western dishes such as pepper steak. Bai Toey also offers reasonably priced set menus. Sign your name and write a short review on the wall before leaving.

    • Opening Hours: Daily from midday to 11pm
    • Location: 192/36 Patak Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)81 691 6202
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    Sabaijai Café

    Sabaijai Café

    Sabaijai Café is a tiny restaurant conveniently located on Soi Patai 24, right opposite Nong Han Lake, a stroll away from Karon Centre. The speciality in genuine Thai food, the quality of its cuisine, the kindness of its staff and management, and the fair rates make this restaurant an unmissable venue to dine if you come by Karon. 

    Recommended dishes include panang kai (red curry chicken), glass noodle soup with seafood, and tom ka kai (chicken in coconut milk) to just name a few. Note that it’s best to make reservations if you do not want to wait in front of the restaurant to get a table.

    • Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from midday to 9pm (closed on Sundays)
    • Location: 5/3 Patak Soi 24, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)80 519 6665
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    Ying Restaurant

    Ying Restaurant

    Ying is a little shophouse restaurant in Karon, but with some classy touches to it. These include smart table settings and wall decorations and the wooden sign over the entrance. Specialising in reasonably-priced seafood (which makes its location right next to a fish spa kind of ironic) the top choices include barbecued squid and prawns in tamarind. 

    Ying Restaurant is also particularly well-known for its great milkshakes and fruit shakes, which join some impressive cocktails and beer served in frozen mugs to make this a good choice for a hot day.

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 11pm
    • Location: 472/2 Patak East Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)80 527 5585
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    Bounty Seafood Restaurant

    Bounty Seafood Restaurant

    Bounty Seafood Restaurant is one among a line of small seafood restaurants at the southern end of Karon’s beachfront road. All are pretty much the same: fish out on display in beds of ice, seafood-heavy menu with Thai and tons of international dishes, pretty similar prices and an open frontage with a view out to the sea. 

    Even so, Bounty is consistently the busiest of all of them, which certainly says something about the quality. A popular ‘no-frills’ sort of place, the tourist favourites are naturally the most popular choices, including tom yam goong and seafood fried rice.

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 2pm to 2am
    • Location: Patak Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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    Elephant No. 9 Restaurant

    Elephant No. 9 Restaurant

    Elephant No. 9 Restaurant is just over the road from Wat Karon, making it a convenient place to try some tasty Thai food after experiencing some Thai culture. The selection of international dishes is quite impressive, there even being a couple of pages of Russian cuisine in the thick menu and the pizzas being particularly noteworthy. 

    From the Thai dishes, which make up the majority of the menu, the Panang curry is particularly popular with both locals and tourists, as is the fresh seafood. The interior has a slightly eclectic look, with funky colourful lamps hanging from a corrugated metal roof, illuminating rattan and bamboo wall coverings and simple wooden furnishings.

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 11pm
    • Location: 485 Patak Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)7 639 6432
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