The greatest concentration of high-end hotels and resorts are based in Bangtao Beach on Phuket’s west coast, and where there is five-star luxury, there are fine-dining restaurants to match. But Phuket is slightly more complicated than this, and as a cosmopolitan holiday destination it offers an eclectic choice of quality restaurants apt to satisfy any customer whatever their financial means.
Our list of Top 10 Restaurants in Bangtao perfectly reflects this state of affairs, and presents a broad-ranging choice of the most quoted dining venues located along the five-kilometre long beach of Bangtao. This list features internationally-recognised Chef’s bistros, casual chic and modern venues, and popular atmospheric restaurants.
Palm Seaside is the latest venue opened by the very creative Twinpalms Phuket, which have already brought Phuket its first beach clubs: Catch and Bimi, on Surin Beach (since closed, but not from commercial failure). Located on the beachfront of Bangtao, only 700m from the resort, Palm Seaside is a beautifully designed modern venue featuring large open-air spaces for dining under the stars.
Palm Seaside's name says it all regarding the menu. You will find the freshest products from the Andaman Sea stored in large water tanks. You just need to pick the lobster/crab/fish of your choice, and then get it prepared to your taste by the chef and his team. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 01:00
- Location: toward the southern end of Bangtao Beach
- Tel: +66 (0)7 631 6500, +66 (0)94 480 0883
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/palmseaside
- Cuisine: International, Seafood
Bampot Kitchen & Bar is a Modern European restaurant that takes inspiration from the culinary scene across Europe to create unique dishes. Using the finest local and imported ingredients, the menu presented here could grace any haute cuisine restaurant, but Bampot Kitchen & Bar does away with any stuffiness or pretence, choosing instead a casual, fun and friendly environment. Found at the entrance to the Laguna resort area of Bangtao Beach, it offers a culinary journey from fruity aperitifs to sublime desserts. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00
- Location: 19/1 Moo 1, Lagoon Road, Cherngtalay, Bangtao
- Tel: +66 (0)93 586 9828
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/Bampot.co
- Cuisine: Modern European
CUT Grill & Lounge Phuket is an exceptionally high-quality steak restaurant on the lake at the back of Boat Avenue in Bangtao. The fact that it is also quite a classy lounge bar is an added bonus as the star of the show, as the name suggests, is undoubtedly the finest cuts of beef, lamb, pork and chicken, served with skill in a beautiful setting.
The newspaper-style menu features a choice of dishes beyond just meat, including quite an impressive selection of high-quality tapas, as well as salads, pastas, pizzas, fish and some Thai cuisine. The meats are certainly the best option, though, with the choice including rotisserie chicken, Australian Black Angus and New Zealand lamb, all prepared on a wood charcoal grill. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 02:00 (kitchen closes at 23:00)
- Location: Behind Villa Supermarket, Boat Avenue, Bangtao
- Tel: +66 (0)93 638 8921
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/CUTPhuket
- Cuisine: Steak, International
DeDos is certainly one the most talked about restaurants in the Bangtao area, and this is for obvious reasons: Chef Pablo Blattman studied cuisine at Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon (France) and has been working in some highly regarded restaurants in France (Chateau de la Chèvre d’Or – two Michelin stars) and Switzerland (Susu’s – three Toques Guide Bleu) before opening DeDos in 2008. DeDos culinary creations are not only aesthetically delighting, but bursting with flavour thanks to a blend of French, Thai, Japanese and Mediterranean tastes and textures.
DeDos’ atmosphere and décor are as refined as the cuisine served; with air-conditioned and ‘al fresco’ dining areas, DeDos is the perfect place for fine dining and special occasions. High quality comes at a certain price though so expect a rather steep bill. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 23:00
- Location: Tinlay Place on Lagoon Road, Bangtao
- Tel: +66 (0)7 632 5182
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/dedos.restaurant
- Cuisine: Mediterranean, Thai, Japanese and more
Siam Supper Club is a stylish and cosy venue located on Tinlay Place at the entrance of Laguna Phuket Resort Complex. Viewed from outside, it has a modern and rather cold style with white rectangular columns and bright neon lights, but as soon as you enter the restaurant the feeling is exactly the opposite: warm and comfortable with wood-paneled walls, crimson carpets, dark wooden furnishing and large framed portraits of the most-famous Jazz musicians, this ‘gentleman’s club’ is decidedly welcoming.
Thai and western dishes share the menu of this long-established hip and funky restaurant in Phuket. All dishes are simply delicious and a special note has to be made about their cheesecake which is reputed as one of the best in the world by returning customers. Every night, live soft Jazz music is played by talented musicians, adding to the exclusive feeling induced by dining in such a beautiful place. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 01:00
- Location: Tinlay Place at the entrance of Laguna Phuket in Cherng Talay
- Tel: +66 (0)7 627 0936
Skye Lake Club Phuket is a beautiful setting to enjoy a sophisticated dining and lounge experience in Bangtao. Effectively a beach club away from the beach, come for the glow of the sunset and the lights of the nearby restaurants and resorts reflected on the lake, but stay for the easy-listening music, great international cuisine, lively signature cocktails and a fantastic convivial atmosphere.
Located just behind Boat Avenue, not far from the Laguna resorts which make Bangtao such a popular beach, Skye has a classy indoor dining area and a more relaxed outdoor area. Both have choices of tables or sofas, allowing you to either enjoy a tasty meal or relax with friends and a few drinks. There are also large bars and flat-screen TVs in both spaces, as well as speakers so that you can hear the smooth jazz and chill-out tunes played by the resident live DJ. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
- Location: Behind Boat Avenue, Lagoon Road, Bangtao
- Tel: +66 (0)7 654 0939
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/skyelakeclub
- Cuisine: International
Black Cat is a long-established restaurant on Bangtao’s dining scene; opened in 1996 and run by a friendly Franco-Thai couple – Philippe and Meow – Black Cat is as popular with local and expatriated residents as it is with visitors. Located on Bandon-Cherng Talay Road (diagonally opposite Bangtao fresh market), the restaurant is spotless and has a very nice local décor made of bamboo and wood with tropical plants.
Its friendly atmosphere is just one of the reasons for its popularity, as it is for the quality of its cuisine that Black Cat stands out: its huge menu features an incredible range of dishes that could satisfy the choosiest customer. From Thai favourites to French classics to Mediterranean delicacies to Italian treats, all of them skillfully prepared by talented cooks and served by diligent staff, dining at Black Cat is indeed a treat…and the affordable rates is the cherry on top of the cake. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 11:30 – 15:00, 17:30 – 01:00, Sun only 17:30 – 01:00
- Location: between Bangtao police station and Laguna Phuket entrance on Bandon-Cherng Talay Road
- Tel: +66 (0)7 627 1180, +66 (0)81 787 9701
360 degrees is the signature restaurant of Phuket Pavilions Resort in the northern area of Bangtao Beach. Set at the top of a hill, this restaurant could not be more aptly named as it literally offers outstanding panoramic views to the four cardinal points; the western side remaining the most important for its daily sunset.
360 degrees is open-air and set on a large wooden deck chicly furnished with comfortable rattan sofas and glass tables; only the bar and its immediate surroundings are covered by a sail-shaped tarpaulin, giving the place an ultra-modern touch. The cuisine here is fine and delicate, blending flavours from all around the world in a palatial delight; a sommelier is also here to help guests in choosing the best label to complement their dishes. 360 degrees is the right place for special occasions and romantic dinners. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: in Phuket Pavilions Resort
- Tel: +66 (0)7 631 7600
Tatonka is a long-established culinary institution in Phuket; opened in 1996 by Chef Harold Schwarz, it has been and still is an unpretentious temple of fusion cuisine. Located on Tinlay Place, a pool of excellent dining opportunities in the Bangtao area, Tatonka means ‘big deer’ in Native American, which is the reason why the restaurant’s décor and furnishing boasts a superb North American-Indian theme.
Chef Harold Schwarz’s cuisine blends Asian and western flavours with an intense Cajun influence, giving a unique taste to his creations; his most favoured dishes are Blackened bonito (tuna) with cucumber seaweed salad, Sashimi spring rolls in Saigon paper with honey wasabi dip, Sichuan duck breast with crispy wonton noodles, and Spiced gazpacho with crispy eggplant cookies and goat cheese. With excellent reasonably priced cuisine and relaxed atmosphere, Tatonka is definitely a recommended place to dine. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 18:00 – late (Closed Sun)
- Location: Tinlay Place, Bangtao
- Tel: +66 (0)7 632 4349
Tre Restaurant at Banyan Tree Phuket practically guarantees a romantic evening: picture al fresco dining, lit by candles and stars. Add soft music and ultra-attentive service, along with a great mix of French and Vietnamese cuisine and the beautiful setting on a veranda facing the lake at of one of Phuket’s top villa resorts, and you have an outstanding dining experience. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:30 - 23:00, last order at 22:30
- Location: Banyan Tree Phuket, Bangtao
- Tel: +66 (0)7 637 2400