This list of the best restaurants in Karon Beach covers much of the broad spectrum of eateries available. The long west-coast town is home to a lot of variety in terms of dining. At the southern end of the beach, you'll find high-end restaurants with a view. To the north, there are budget-friendly international places. In between, you have a choice of great hotel restaurants and local seafood joints.
The range of cuisines to choose from in Karon is equally impressive. Naturally, you have plenty of Thai tastes. These are joined by South American flavours and European favourites, including pizza, pastas, steaks and Swedish meatballs, among many others. From this impressive selection, we've picked out the best places to eat in Karon Beach – take a look and see what tickles your taste buds!
EAT Bar and Grill Phuket is a great option for enjoying some Western-style grill dining. You’ll find a varied menu of meaty favourites, an expansive selection of drinks, and reasonable prices. There’s also excellent service to each and every guest. The Swedish chef combines high-quality imported cuts with fresh local ingredients, putting as much effort into the presentation as the taste. The professional team members are well versed about the various imported meats, and are able to provide quality recommendations. You’ll find EAT Bar and Grill on Thanon Patak, just a short walk from Karon Beach. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 11:00 - late, closed on Sundays
- Address: 250 Patak Road, Karon
- Tel: +66 (0)85 292 5652
On the RockMarina Phuket Resort
This restaurant is at the end of a rocky promontory in the grounds of the incredibly verdant Marina Phuket Resort right by the sea. Sounds romantic? It is. With good service and a predominantly seafood menu, as well as a broad wine list, On the Rock is an attractive alternative to, well just about anywhere in Kata or Karon.
Some dishes, such as the clay pots with seafood in them, are well worth trying out. It is advisable to reserve a table beforehand and if possible to get there for sunset as the colours here are to be seen to be believed. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 22:00
- Location: Marina Phuket Resort
2gether Restaurant & Bar is one of the most popular diners in Karon Beach on Phuket Island’s west coast. Established in 2005 and under Swedish management, the restaurant has been rewarded by Trip Advisor as the ‘Best Karon Beach restaurant in 2012 and 2013’. Located on Patak Road, at the intersection with Lung Pho Chuan Road 2Gether is some 350m from the beach.
The menu is in Swedish and English, and presents a perfect selection for international travelers, with choice dishes from Sweden (the obvious meatballs), Italy (pizza, pasta), French (Chateaubriand Provençal), Australian (beef), and of course Thai choices. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Location: Patak Road East
With its breathtaking seafront views, Coast Beach Club at Centara Grand Beach Resort offers a laidback barefoot vibe, featuring a cocktail bar, bar restaurant and the opportunity to host unique private events. Sample some delicious tapas, pizzas and a varied selection of international and local cheeses accentuated by the perfect glass of wine or cocktail. Coast Beach Club is the perfect place to spend a hot Phuket day or delight in the cool breeze of the Andaman Sea as you watch the sun go down across the bay. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: Centara Grand Beach Resort
- Tel: +66 (0)76 201 234
A very popular Thai restaurant amongst visitors staying around Soi Old Phuket Resort area, Ging keeps things simple and delivers good Thai food with all the old favourites on the menu. An outstanding positive point of this simply designed restaurant is its service: Friendly, warm, and with lots of initiative, the wait staff and management at Ging go the extra mile.
Fan-cooled, Ging is open sided with tiled interiors and a décor that won’t exactly remind diners of a five-star, award-winning, world-class restaurant but the important thing is that the food is reasonably priced with generous portions and the service remarkable. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 24:00
- Location: Soi Old Phuket Karon Beach Resort, Karon
- Tel: +66 (0)62 592 2361
Karon CaféPacific Club
Opened way back in 1989, the main features here at this long-established Karon restaurant are the juicy steaks; flown in unfrozen from Australia and prepared to perfection under the supervision of American owner ‘Uncle’ Eric. Karon Café's steaks are a delight, especially when paired with the complimentary soup and salad bar and a smooth and robust Australian red wine – Karon Café has a small but competent wine selection.
A sister restaurant to the Dining Room in Pacific Club and Margaritas just down the road, Karon Café is also popular with local expatriates, which can only be a good sign.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00
- Location: Soi Centara
Bai ToeyOld Phuket Karon Beach Resort
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
Two Chefs (Karon)
Part of a four-restaurant chain based in Kata, Karon, and Kamala, Two Chefs, located in Soi Centara, is a good family restaurant that can be depended on for quality and quick service (some of the dishes are pre-prepared to handle peak hours). The Two Chefs group has long established a good reputation and is the restaurant of choice for the many Scandinavians who come yearly to Karon Beach.
With a large photograph menu in ten languages and enthusiastic staff members as well as live music nightly, this restaurant may not break originality banners nor win awards for fine dining but it delivers delicious comfort food at reasonable tourist prices.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – late
- Location: Soi Centara
El GauchoMövenpick Resort
Dine with some theatre at El Gaucho, a traditional Brazilian churrasco. Bask in a glorious sunset over the Andaman Sea as you choose from a succulent selection of 15 prime cuts served and grilled straight from a sword at your table; it has to be seen - and eaten - to be believed. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 22:30
- Location: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket
Beachfront Restaurants at Karon Lake
These beachfront restaurants are popular with visitors largely because of their superb location. They also handily sit close to the public showers and toilet facilities. Such restaurants include Family Seafood, Pranee Seafood and Ren & Auddy Restaurant. Fare is mostly fresh seafood but you can order standard Thai dishes such as tom yam, phad tai, noodles and fried rice as well as some western food. The restaurants are clean and run in simple way, with nothing fancy about their decoration.
- Location: Next to Nong Han Lake on the beachfront side
- Cuisine: Thai, seafood and Western food