Phuket Town (officially Phuket City since 2004) as the capital of the Province of Phuket is the largest agglomeration on the island and therefore hosts an impressive choice of dining options. Eating is one the most important subjects in Thailand; the usual greeting when meeting someone is not ‘how are you doing?’ but ‘did you eat rice already?’ (gin khao reu yang?); so it’s no wonder why there are so many restaurants in Phuket Town.
Our Top 10 Restaurants in Phuket Town’s list features the most recommendable venues located in this charming provincial city. Unlike Patong and the other prime resort towns located on Phuket’s West coast, Phuket Town’s dining scene mostly aims at the local market, which is why a short majority of restaurants figuring in the list below serve exclusively Thai cuisine; the age of globalization brought new flavours to Thailand so international restaurants are also well represented in the list. Bon appétit!
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One Chun (more correctly spelled Wan Jan - Monday in Thai) is a family-friendly restaurant opened in March 2013 located near the intersection of Thepkasattri and Dibuk roads in Phuket Old Town. Unpretentious yet trendy, this restaurant is extremely popular for both its authentic southern Thai cuisine and its quirky vintage décor and relaxed atmosphere.
Featuring an ‘al fresco’ area in its backyard, One Chun is as much a place where to meet friends around a drink as a restaurant. Its extensive menu hosts all the favourites’ Thai dishes from roasted duck with red curry to crabmeat with yellow curry to pork panang; you could sample here genuine local delicacies. To make your experience even better, you could choose the degree of spiciness of your dish when ordering: please be careful as the local standards in that matter stand between embers and lava. Read More...
- Opening Hours: daily from 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: on Thepkasattri Road near the intersection with Dibuk Road in Phuket Old Town
- Tel: 085-145443, 076-355909
La Gaetana is a 32 covers restaurant located near the intersection of Phuket and Ongsimpai roads, 100m south of Robinson Department Store in the centre of Phuket Town. Set in a standard two-storey shop-house, La Gaetana may be small by its size but huge by the quality of its cuisine, atmosphere and service.
Opened in 1998 and run by a charming Italian-Thai couple – Gianni and Chonchita, La Gaetana is an intimate place with the décor of a stylish trattoria, and the atmosphere of a high-class yet laidback venue. The attention to details is usually what marks the difference between a good and higher-grade establishment, and La Gaetana is indeed in the latter category. Fine Italian cuisine, excellent wine list, and sophisticated yet pleasant ambience, La Gaetana is the perfect venue for a romantic dinner with your loved one. Read More...
- Opening Hours: for lunch Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Closed Wednesday.
- Location: 352 Phuket Road in Phuket Town.
- Tel: 076-250523 - Mobile: 081-3971227
Raya Restaurant is without doubt the best place if you want to sample authentic Thai cuisine in Phuket Town. Set in a converted two-storey shop-house built at the beginning of the 20th century located on New Dibuk Road in Phuket Old Town district, the restaurant offers its customers a feeling of dining at the museum in addition to the great quality of the food served here.
Raya is so renowned that it often has for customer movie stars, Royalties, TV personalities and other VIPs; its most famous dish is the crabmeat curry; for the record, Raya had to send this dish by plane to Bangkok on request from a Prime Minister… With excellent genuine Thai cuisine, historical settings, relaxed atmosphere, and fair prices, Raya is a must-sample restaurant in Phuket Town. Read More...
- Location: 48 New Dibuk Road, Phuket Old Town.
- Tel: 076-218155, 076-232236
Suay Restaurant is a white and green themed restaurant set in a one storey Thai style house located on Takua Pa Road 200m off Rassada Road in downtown Phuket. Featuring an ‘al fresco’ area in front and on both sides of the house as well as a few tables inside, Suay is a chic yet unpretentious venue to dine at.
The cuisine served at Suay is a fusion of Thai and western flavours prepared by the talented German-trained Chef and manager Tammasak Chootong. Top-class food at affordable price is the motto of this restaurant which shows, with the growing success it went through since its opening that quality and original dishes, neat and clean settings, and low prices are indeed a winner in matter of restoration. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5:00 pm till 11:00 pm.
- Location: 50/2 Takua Pa Road.
- Tel: 087-8886990
Brasserie Phuket is a stylish European restaurant located on Rassada Road in downtown Phuket. Featuring a cleverly lit modern décor, this rather large restaurant has four areas, each of them offering a slightly different atmosphere: near the entrance stands the oyster & lobster bar at which you could sample seafood from various origins (Boston, Atlantic or local); the dim-lit dining room is an elegant place in which you could enjoy a romantic dinner; the ‘al fresco’ section is situated at the back of the establishment and offers customers to dine in a garden-like surrounding; and the large bar occupies a central position and is the place to enjoy one (or more) of the 30 delicious yet potent Belgian beers available on the drink-list. Summing up, Brasserie Phuket is like the ambassador of genuine Belgian and French cuisine in Phuket. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 24:00
- Location: Downtown Phuket on Rassada Road
- Tel: 076-210511
Ka Jok See is the Flying Dutchman of Phuket Town’s dining scene: this legendary restaurant is packed every night (reservation is mandatory) although you never see it advertised or promoted anywhere, and even more, you could pass in front of its door without noticing it as there is no sign to indicate its presence.
Set in a converted shop-house located on Takua Pa Road, off Rassada Road in downtown Phuket, Ka Jok See blends admirably quality Thai cuisine (served in large portions) with party spirit as every night after 21:00 things seem to get out of hand: conga lines, limbo dancing, diners dancing around and even on the tables, the party is launched and will last until late. Ka Jok See is absolutely fun and unique in Phuket. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:30 – late, Tuesday – Saturday
- Location: 26 Takua Pa Road, Phuket Town (off Rassada Road, past Michael’s bar)
- Tel: 076-217903
Flavor Organic Kitchen is a recent addition (it opened in January 2014) to the ever growing Phuket Old Town’s dining scene. Located on Yaowarat Road in the heart of Phuket Island’s capital historical district, Flavor is a neat and clean simple place featuring dark wooden furnishing, whitewashed walls, and black concrete flooring; it is obviously not for its décor that this restaurant deserves to be visited but for the outstanding quality of the cuisine prepared by its Belgian Chef/manager, Erik Vranckx, an extremely talented man whose main focus is on the freshness and excellence of the ingredients used to prepare his dishes.
Fine-dining is the word that describes the best what to expect here: by using only organic products, all the dishes served here have an incomparable sparkling taste. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 23:00 (closed Mon)
- Location: 66 Yaowarat Road, between Thalang and Dibuk Roads
- Tel: +66 (0)84 843 1613
Salvatore's is a long-established stylish trattoria run by a cheerful Italian (from Sardinia) character – Salvatore Cossu – who is as much at ease with languages (he is polyglot) as he is with cooking Italian specialities.
Located on Rassada Road in Phuket Old Town and set in a two units shop-house, the restaurant’s décor and atmosphere is typical of a genuine Italian trattoria: orange rendered walls on which paintings and ornaments are hanged, white Doric columns, wooden furnishing, the venue is classy, warm and welcoming. Serving top-of-the-range classic Italian cuisine prepared with the freshest ingredients, Salvatore’s is indeed a recommendable place if you miss Mediterranean flavours. Read More...
- Address: 15-17 Rasada Road, Phuket Town
- Tel: +66 (0)7 622 5958, +66 (0)89 871 1184
Blue Elephant is with no doubt the most impressive restaurant in Phuket Town. Set in a huge Sino-colonial mansion built in 1903 located on Krabi Road in Phuket Old Town, this restaurant belongs to an internationally recognised chain of high-end eating houses – Blue Elephant has restaurants in 12 countries.
Serving classic Royal Thai cuisine, including ‘forgotten’ dishes rediscovered by the restaurant’s Executive Chef Nooror, Blue Elephant offers indeed an incomparable dining experience. Additionally available for private parties and dispensing Thai cooking classes, Blue Elephant should be on the bucket-list of every visitor to Phuket, even only for its historical and architectural assets. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:30 and 18:30 – 22:30
- Location: 96 Krabi Road, Phuket Town
- Tel: +66 (0)7 635 4355, +66 (0)7 635 4357
Texture Café & Restaurant Phuket is a trendy contemporary eatery in Phuket Old Town with a charming exterior, cool interior and excellent western cuisine, with a focus on blending – as the name suggests – contrasting textures. Altogether, it creates a lovely café atmosphere and an ideal place to take a break from exploring the colourful historical streets, or somewhere to enjoy an exceptional evening meal. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:30 (closed Wed)
- Location: Dibuk Road, Phuket Town
- Tel: +66 (0)81 916 1430