10 Best Local Thai Restaurants in Karon

Real Thai Food Restaurants in Karon Beach

These Thai restaurants in Karon Beach are the places where you will find that “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 tourists than for Thais, but we have endeavoured to find those spots where the food is so tasty, good value and genuinely Thai that even the locals regularly dine there.

There is 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 is mostly caught-that-day fresh. In Karon, the places closest to the sea are often (though not universally) tourist-oriented and not the real ‘local’ places. These are often found further away from the beach and the other tourist hotspots, as you will find below.

Read More
    1

    MaMa Jin Restaurant

    MaMa Jin Restaurant

    Despite being just one small restaurant in a line of others, each offering pretty much the same sort of stuff, MaMa Jin Restaurant stands out as the best of the bunch. When you combine its great location right by the beach, it’s tasty and cheap Thai food (with some international dishes available) and great service from friendly staff, you get the best local Thai restaurant in Karon Beach. Particularly busy around lunch and dinner times because of the place’s great popularity with tourists, 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: 10:00 – 21:00
    • Location: Between Nong Han Lake and Karon Beach
    • Tel: +66 (0)81 893 9043
    Hide Map Show Map
    2

    The Phad Thai Shop

    Karon

    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, costing around 50-60 baht each.

    • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 20:00
    • Location: Patak East Road, Karon
    Hide Map Show Map
    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 is the most Thai of the choice of restaurants along this side street off Patak (Beach) Road. It is one of the better and ‘more Thai’ choices along this section of the beach, making it 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: 10:00 – 24:00
    • Location: Soi Old Phuket Karon Beach Resort, Karon
    • Tel: +66 (0)62 592 2361
    Hide Map Show Map
    4

    Family Seafood Restaurant

    Karon
    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, making what would otherwise be a typical shop-house 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 tourists alike.

    • Location: Patak East Road, close to Karon Circle
    • Tel: +66 (0)87 276 7656
    Hide Map Show Map
    5

    Bai Toey

    Old Phuket Karon Beach Resort
    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: 10:00 – 22:00
    • Location: In Old Phuket Karon Beach Resort
    Hide Map Show Map
    6

    Sabaijai Café

    Karon
    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. Specialised in genuine Thai food, the quality of its cuisine, the kindness of its staff and management, and the fair rates make it an unmissable venue to dine if you come by Karon. Recommended dishes include red curry chicken (panang kai), glass noodle soup with seafood, and chicken in coconut milk (tom ka kai) to just name a few. Please note that it’s best to make reservation if you do not want to wait in front of the restaurant before to get a table.

    • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 21:00
    • Location: On Soi Patak 24, opposite Nong Han Lake in Karon
    • Tel: +66 (0)81 895 6007
    Hide Map Show Map
    7

    Ying Restaurant

    Karon
    Ying Restaurant

    Ying is a little shop-house restaurant, but with some classy touches to it, including 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: 10:00 – 22:00
    • Location: 472/2 Patak East Road, Karon
    • Tel: +66 (0)80 527 5585
    Hide Map Show Map
    8

    Khao Tom Sam Pee Nong

    Karon
    Khao Tom Sam Pee Nong

    Khao Tom Sam Pee Nong is a long open-fronted restaurant far from the beach, close to the southern end of Karon, just before Kata. Its signage explains just how Thai a restaurant it is: while there are a few pictures of western food up there, the name is written only in Thai, with “Seafood – Thaifood” in English underneath. In spite of all of that, it is still a remarkably popular place for tourists, too, with the Panang curry being especially tasty.

    • Location: Patak East Road, Karon
    Hide Map Show Map
    9

    Bounty Seafood Restaurant

    Karon
    Bounty Seafood Restaurant

    At the southern end of the beachfront road is a line of seven small seafood restaurants. 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. However, 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: 14:00 – 02:00
    • Location: Patak (Beach) Road, Karon
    Hide Map Show Map
    10

    Elephant No. 9 Restaurant

    Elephant No. 9 Restaurant

    Elephant No. 9 Restaurant is located 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: 10:00 – 23:00
    • Location: 489/1 Moo 1, Patak East Road, Karon
    • Tel: +66 (0)7 639 6432
    Hide Map Show Map
    Rate This Place: ( votes)

    Related Pages

    • Karon Beach Activities

      Karon Beach Activities

      Recently Lonely Planet named Karon Beach as one of the Top Ten Family Beach Holiday Destinations in the world. It's a Read More»

    • Top 10 Bangtao Restaurants

      Top 10 Bangtao Restaurants

      Discover the most quoted dining venues located along the beach of Bangtao. This list features internationally-recognised Read More»

    • 10 Best Family Resorts in Kata Beach

      10 Best Family Resorts in Kata

      This list of the 10 Best Family Resorts in Kata will help you find the right place for your trip. Compiled from Read More»

    • Karon Beach Nightlife

      Karon Beach Nightlife A-Z

      Less hectic than Patong, Karon is a family friendly place where sundowners, seafood dining and traditional Thai dances Read More»

    • 10 Best Local Thai Restaurants in Kamala

      If you want to experience the true taste of Thailand, look out for these places which specialise in providing proper Read More»

    • 10 Best Value Hotels in Nai Harn Beach

      10 Best Value Hotels in Nai Harn

      The 10 best affordable hotels in Nai Harn Beach give you an unequalled opportunity to experience the great tropical feel Read More»

    You May Also Like

    5 Best Seafood Markets in Phuket

    Enjoy the very best of Phuket’s cuisine - with ingredients so fresh that you can still see most of it moving – with Read More...

    10 Best Hotel Restaurants

    Top 10 Hotel Restaurants

    Dining is one of the most important parts of a successful holiday, and Phuket Island has become, through the years, a Read More...

    Best Beachfront Restaurants in Phuket

    5 Best Beachfront Restaurants in Phuket

    Beachfront restaurants in Phuket are the icing on the cake of a successful exotic holiday: is there something better Read More...

    Top 10 Karon Restaurants

    Top 10 Karon Restaurants

    From the discreet service and lighting to full-on frenetic serving, there’s a lot of variety and the chance to dine out Read More...

    Street Food and Hawker Food

    Street and Hawker Food

    Places to eat in Phuket vary from roadside noodle stalls, air-conditioned restaurants, open air restaurants with great Read More...

    Top 10 Best Thai Food

    Top 10 Thai Food

    Discover ten of the most popular Thai dishes you should try during your holidays and where you can find the best Read More...

    We try to provide free information that is as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, if you are planning to travel it's a good idea to double check specific dates and information to avoid surprises.

    Hotels.com
    Loading...