Finally, the mission is complete and we are happy to share with you ‘10 Great Local Seafood Restaurants in Phuket’! We didn’t say ‘The Best’, even though I believe they probably are, but there are so many of them in Phuket it would be a Top100! So as we decided to stick to the concept of really LOCAL seafood only. We went around, ate a lot of seafood, then ate again and as we are now fat and broke, let’s reveal the results!
Note that we did not list any of the touristy places displaying their fishes on ice by the street, they are probably OK, but we want the real thing only. And as you can see, we unfortunately didn’t find any real local seafood venue around Patong.
One of the most local and talked about, hard to find seafood restaurant in the eastern mangrove of Phuket island. It’s great, fun and you get a full blast of the real local life. By now, everyone knows that Andrew Zimmern from ‘Bizarre Food’ tried it and so should you. (Read all about it here)
One of the oldest but newly renovated seafood seafront restaurant in Chalong, also on the east coast. Setting is simple, shady and so relaxing. Seafood is as fresh and excellent as it gets, otherwise it wouldn’t even be listed here! (Read all about it here)
Another of our great week end favourite. Bang Pae serves a large choice of delicious and really local dishes. Sit in a perfect nature setting made of huge mangrove trees growing right into the sea. (Read all about it here)
Right at the feet of Sarasin Bridge and therefore a bit far, Thanoon is just a bit more ‘sophisticated’ than most restaurants listed here. The beach setting is fabulous: you actually sit on the mainland with a view on… Phuket Island! Lots of specialties, including some unusual dishes you must absolutely try! (Read all about it here)
Unusual and fun, but a bit more pricey than other local seafood venues as it includes a very short boat trip. A longtail will take you for a nice 5 mn ride from the pier on the east coast and drop you on one of these giant rafts keeping their life stock in nets. A fun afternoon! (Read all about it here)
A very large and very popular seafood restaurant at the pier leading to Koh Maphrao (Coconut Island) as well as the ‘Floating Restaurant‘ mentioned above. As there is no need for a boat ride, prices are cheaper.
A real local seafood restaurant located in the middle of Phuket town. No frills and no fancy decoration, but a lot of excellent specialties including some unusual dishes such as razor clams. (Read more here)
A great seafood place on the banks of Phuket town river. Nice and peaceful setting with a view on the mangrove vegetation. Their livestock is kept in nets right in front of the restaurant. (Read all about it here)
These are huts more than restaurants, set right on the beach at the very north of the island on the Haad Sai Keaw Beach. It was also featured on ‘Bizarre Food’ with Andrew Zimmern for its excellent ‘Sea Cicadas’. Beach setting is unique and it is a great choice if your hotel is in the northern part of Phuket. (Read more here)