7 Recommended Restaurants in Rawai & Nai Harn
Thai & International Restaurants in Southern Phuket
The southern part of Phuket Island has always been regarded as a more residential area than a tourist destination. Having said that, the sunset viewing point of Cape Phrom Thep is positively bustling on a nightly basis and the nightlife scene along Rawai’s beachfront is growing slowly but surely but it is the restaurant scene that truly reflects the suburban nature of this district.
Put simply, there are restaurants scattered everywhere – down back streets, in the most unlikely of places and the main drags of Wichit Road and Soi Sai Yuan are lined with eateries and bars of wildly fluctuating style and quality. Here are some of the best places to dine in Rawai and Nai Harn.
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With a slick white design in a courtyard set off from Nai Harn’s main road, Da Vinci has been popular with locals for some years now because of its quality approach to Italian dining, its pleasing aesthetics and cheerful service. Here, you can find good thin-crust pizza, Australian beef, local seafood, and a whole gamut of dishes prepared by the highly competent Thai chef.
The adjacent V Lounge serves good cocktails in a sophisticated atmosphere and you’ll have the choice of al fresco or indoors dining. Slightly more pricy than its compatriots, Da Vinci nevertheless delivers in style. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 17:30 onward
- Location: Soi Saiyuan Nai Harn, Rawai
- Tel: 076 289 574
Located in Serenity Terraces, a chic resort on Phuket’s east coast, East 88 does a good line in Mediterranean dishes as well as Thai favourites and western comfort food. Atmospheric and modern in design, the restaurant borders the shoreline and benefits from the sea breezes and views out to Coral and Lone islands and it’s a good place to go for an afternoon chill out with children as it has its own swimming pool.
East 88 also has a pretty good and varied wine list and is a happening place with live music and a traditional dancing show on a weekly basis. Read More...
- Location: in Serenity Resort & Residences
- Tel: +66 (0)76 371 900
Friendship Beach Waterfront Restaurant
Friendship Beach is somewhat enigmatic as it not only serves American comfort food but also the healthiest dishes available around this area. As one can imagine, this is good news for both camps of the taste vs. health divide and it’s all the more appealing as it is beachside and has a swimming pool.
So if its raw cuisine bursting with enzymes and vitamins that you’re after, or simply a burger and chips, you can have it both ways at Friendship Beach. The ideal family destination, Friendship is a popular for long, lazy Sunday afternoons.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 23:00
- Location: in Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 288 996
Named after a Monteverdi opera, L’Orfeo is one of Rawai and Nai Harn’s more attractive restaurants. Inside, you’ll find drapes of silk and colourful textiles (with one of the island’s most unusual washrooms) while outside diners sit under a discreetly-lit bazaar-like tent.
Serving French Cuisine with beaucoup de brio, L’Orfeo has won culinary awards and is subsequently not the cheapest place to dine but it certainly is an experience trying out. Expect the usual choice of French delights (where else can you order foie gras in Rawai?) but also several fusion dishes as well as a competent wine list. Read More...
- Location: 95/13 Soi Sai Yuan, Nai Harn
- Tel: 076 288 935, Mobile: 081 956 0204
Operating since time immemorial, Nikita’s is a firm local favourite for a number of very good reasons. It has recently added a kitchen (previously it enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with the restaurant next door) with spectacular results and has morphed from being a ‘bar with food’ to a full-blooded restaurant serving quality western and Thai dishes (try the massaman curry – highly recommended).
Located right by the Rawai waterfront, Nikita’s is a lovely afternoon destination to watch the fishing boats and yachts pass by and the local sea gypsy children frolic in the tide. Reasonably priced with a canny wine selection, it’s deservedly a Rawai institution. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 till late
- Location: Wiset Road, Rawai Beach
- Tel: +66 (0)76 288 703
A little bit of Vietnam in Rawai, Saigon has a Hanoi-born chef and turns out genuine dishes redolent of Thailand’s eastern neighbour. With traditional décor in a simple shop-house setup (albeit with an alternative air-conditioned dining space) the restaurant is atmospheric and certainly an attractive alternative to its lesser imaginative neighbours.
Here, you’ll have a full choice of Vietnamese cuisine using local ingredients but with genuine spices and sauces so for the freshest spring rolls on the island and noodle soup Saigon is a hard act to beat. A very simple but effective wine list complements the excellent and varied food here. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18: 00 - 23:00 closed on Sundays
- Location: 150m before Soi Sai Yuan traffic light on the main from Chalong circle to Rawai Beach
- Tel: 088 416 0106
The Family largely purports to serve Mediterranean food but there’s definitely a Middle-Eastern twist to what’s on offer here as well as western and Thai dishes so, as you can imagine, the menu is bulky.
Located right next to Tesco Park on the main Chalong-Rawai road, The Family is popular with hard-working expats who order ahead and take away the robust and value-for-money food; indeed many of the dishes are hard to finish, they’re so generously proportioned. The pita bread here is baked to perfection and is a great base for the many spicy and exotic offerings on the menu. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 22:00 Closed Mondays
- Location: Directly next to Tesco Lotus on Wiset Road
- Tel: 076-280454
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