Kata Beach, being a busy tourist hub, has a broad choice of restaurants, both in the area’s many resorts and in stand-alone arrangements. Seeing that at a rough count there must be over 100 restaurants in Kata to choose from, it’s best to condense the range down a little and point the way towards some of the best.
Of course, many could argue that choosing only five is extremely subjective and they’d be right, so let’s just say that here are five restaurants that are highly recommended and that stand out from the crowd.
Long established in Phuket, Boathouse Wine & Grill is a boutique hotel [link] at the southern end of Kata Beach with an award-winning French restaurant, along with a spectacular wine cellar that also brings in the accolades. There is not a year that goes by that doesn’t see Boathouse winning an award and with international chefs and a discerning sommelier, you’ll enjoy the restaurant’s haute cuisine that ranges from the classic French to international to Thai.
It’s the perfect place for a special occasion and is one of the most romantic restaurants on the island. Highly recommended are the degustation and set menu choices together with wine pairings to get the best out of the Boathouse experience. Expensive, but worth it. Read More...
- Location: In south Kata Beach. If you are coming from Patong, pass through Kata centre and carry on past Club Med then take a right at the ultimate T-junction. The hotel is 300 metres to the right.
- Tel: 076 330 015-7
As the name suggests, Kampong is indeed on a hill and you won’t notice the restaurant unless you keep a sharp eye out for the signage at its two entrances along Kata high street and on the beach road. Walk up the steps and enter what looks like an antiques dealership. This is one of Phuket’s more atmospheric restaurants and Kampong’s Southeast Asian décor and artifacts enhance the dining experience.
Kampong Kata Hill is definitely a place to take your camera and in the right light it reminds one of an Indiana Jones movie set; but let’s not forget about the Thai food served here – not fine dining, but pretty good with lots of emphasis on presentation. Reasonably priced. Read More...
- Opening Hours: For dinner, seven days a week
- Location: 4 Karon Road, Kata Centre. Alternative entrance on Taina Road
- Tel: 076 330 103
This is one of Phuket’s culinary gems. Set on an eye-catching rocky headland that divides Kata Yai and Kata Noi beaches, Mom Tri’s Kitchen at Villa Royale offers fine dining in an exotic setting. Whether eating at midday above the white-flecked turquoise waves breaking on the granite boulders below, or at nighttime on the lower deck of the restaurant almost within reach of the surf, Mom Tri’s mix of Thai fusion dishes and royal Thai cuisine coupled with an extensive wine cellar makes for an unforgettable experience.
An award-winning restaurant, both for its cuisine and wine, Mom Tri’s Kitchen has forged itself a formidable reputation in culinary circles and is perfect for a romantic occasion. Not cheap. Read More...
- Location: in Mom Tri's Villa Royale
- Tel: 076 333 568
Located at the northern end of Kata Beach on a rocky (of course) promontory that houses the Marina Phuket Resort, On the Rock is reached through the resort’s picturesque gardens. If dining by the sea is your thing, On the Rock fits the bill admirably.
Serving Thai traditional dishes such as tod mun pla, seafood baked in cute clay pots, and excellent steamed sea bass in lime, you can choose between dining at a higher wooden level, indoors dining, or enjoying the fresh air outside while overlooking Karon Beach. It’s certainly very scenic at On the Rock but it’s more of a family experience than a fine-dining affair. A decent international and reasonably priced wine list complements the food. Medium prices. Read More...
- Address: Marina Phuket Resort, 47 Karon Road, Karon Beach
- Tel: +66 (0) 7633 0625
Wok Pagoda Kitchen offers a tempting assortment of fusion dishes along with sweeping views, a great wine list, and reasonable prices. The sister establishment of Mom Tri’s Kitchen, the globally renowned chef works his culinary magic with fresh ingredients to create the perfect blend between traditional Thai fare and Western favourites, with added twists from other parts of Asia. Dishes are shared between groups in a traditional Thai style of dining, so there’s no need to worry about having food envy when you see someone else’s meal! Wok Pagoda Kitchen is around 10 minutes from Kata Noi Beach. Call the restaurant in advance though and you can arrange a free transfer from the Kata / Karon area. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:00 daily
- Address: 32/78 M.4, T.Chalong Muang, Phuket
- Tel: +66 (0)76 608 899