10 Best Local Thai Restaurants in Phuket Town

Where to Enjoy Real Thai Food in Phuket Town

The best local Thai restaurants in Phuket Town include some of the best restaurants on the entire island. The provincial capital is a gastronomic delight, with a huge array of top-notch restaurants covering a variety of cuisines. Thai restaurants are particularly common, with countless little shophouse restaurants along practically every street. If you’re looking for the very best local cuisine in Phuket, you’ll almost certainly find it here, usually at exceptionally low prices.

In Phuket Town, the greater challenge is not in finding a genuinely local restaurant – allowing you to get a real taste of Thailand – but in finding the best of them. We’ve picked out the top choices, which combine delicious homemade food with great low prices, creating the restaurants which are the most popular with the local Thai residents.

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    One Chun ranks high among the best Thai restaurants in all of Phuket. That's a boast made all the more remarkable when you consider how affordable the prices are. The 13-page menu of this relaxed, vintage-style restaurant on Thepkasattri Road contains only genuine Sino-Thai and southern Thai dishes, most of which are seafood-based.

    Among the most popular choices at One Chun is the crabmeat curry in coconut milk. One Chun is very busy most days, with the majority of the customers being local Thais. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
    • Location: 48/1 Thepkasattri Road, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)76 355 909
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    Kopitiam by Wilai

    Kopitiam by Wilai offers an excellent taste of Phuket Old Town, combining a traditional vintage style with great homemade Thai food. A very small venue, with only 25 seats and Chinese-style décor, the day’s specials are written on a blackboard only in Thai, but the menu is in both Thai and English.

    Top choices include pad prick Thai dam (black pepper chicken with mushrooms) and pad krapow gai (fried chicken with basil leaves), among other common southern Thai dishes. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 11am to 5pm and from 6.30pm to 9pm (closed on Sundays)
    • Location: 18 Thalang Rd, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)83 606 9776
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    Raya Restaurant

    A sister-venue of One Chun Café & Restaurant, Raya Restaurant has a similar vintage look. It is situated in a renovated Sino-Portuguese mansion and takes diners back to the turn of the 20th century with very high quality local Thai dishes.

    Signature dishes include caramelised and braised pork belly, spicy Phuket prawns and the crabmeat curry, all of which are bursting with flavour. In spite of the fact that Raya Restaurant is the choice of important dignitaries and celebrities, the prices are affordable enough for it to be regularly filled to capacity by local Thais. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
    • Location: 48/1 Dibuk Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)76 218 155
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    Natural Restaurant

    Actually called Tamachart Restaurant, Natural Restaurant is a rustic-styled 2-storey venue that certainly lives up to its name. It has a thatch roof and lots of plants and trees in and around the dining rooms. The random bric-a-brac, including old valve radios, fish tanks made out of old TVs and computer monitors and the fully-functional electric train set just adds to the charm.

    In contrast to the eclectic décor, the food at Natural Restaurant is taken very seriously, with a huge menu of over 200 affordable Thai dishes, including a particularly fine fresh oyster platter or steamed seabass in lemon sauce. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10.30am to 11pm
    • Location: 62/5 Phuthon, Bangkok Rd, Talat Nuea, Phuket 83000, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)76 214 037
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    When you think of a restaurant belonging to a popular national brand, your first thought is perhaps not a 19th-century mansion with classic French décor. However, VT Namneung is an extremely popular brand and their Phuket restaurant on Wichitsongkram Road is astonishingly grand. Despite this very smart appearance, the food is such good value for money that the 200-seat venue is regularly filled, mostly with local Thais. Favourites from the menu include prawns with tamarind sauce, chicken with cashew nuts and a full spectrum of green, red and yellow curries, with dishes priced between 100 and 200 baht each. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
    • Location: Wichitsongkram Road, Phuket Town
    • Tel: +66 (0)7 635 4500
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    Mee Ton Poe

    A great way to get a typical taste of Phuket is by going to Mee Ton Poe, a noodle institution located by the Surin traffic circle in Phuket Town (the one with the clock tower in it). The shop is famous for its signature dish – stir-fried Hokkien mee or Hokkien noodles, consumed by local folks since 1946.

    The thick yellow fried noodles with seafood, pork and vegetables toppings are best served with a half-cooked egg on top and accompanied by iced tea or sweet coconut drink. The restaurant can be very busy at midday and you may have to share a table with strangers. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 8pm, Thursday–Monday from 10am to 6.30pm
    • Location: 214, 7-8 Phuket Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)87 474 9923
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    Cha Kang Rao

    Cha Kang Raw

    Deceptively modest from the outside, Cha Kang Rao is actually quite smart on the inside, being well-lit with good wooden furniture and the walls all used as blackboards, showing off impressive drawings as well as the menu written in Thai. You can also get the menu in English, where you will find that this busy and popular place specialises in Thai noodle soup.

    It works in a step-by-step DIY method, so you can choose your own combination of noodles and flavours. With its free Wi-Fi, it is particularly popular with young Thais.

    • Opening Hours: Saturday–Thursday from 11am to 8.30pm (closed on Fridays)
    • Location: Talat Nuea, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)86 909 1829
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    Pae Teaw Noodle

    Pae Teaw Noodle

    Pae Teaw Noodle is essentially a simple shophouse restaurant, albeit larger and more open than most. It is found in rather a weather-beaten building at the edge of Old Phuket Town, but the interior is generally clean and smart.

    As the name suggests, the main dishes are noodle-based, including egg noodle tom yum and egg noodle with wonton. In fact, almost the entire menu is just combinations of these and a couple of extra ingredients. It may be simple, but it is cheap and very popular, particularly with the kids from the local schools.

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 7pm
    • Location: Hongyokutis Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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