Phuket Restaurants – Where to Eat in Phuket

Phuket Restaurants – Where to Eat in Phuket
Phuket Restaurants – Where to Eat in Phuket
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Phuket Restaurants – Where to Eat in Phuket

Phuket restaurants could keep a food writer busy for years and in our many years here we tried countless of them. Thailand is certainly blessed with great cuisine and endless choices of food from around the country. In recent years, international cuisine has also flourished around the island as a great addition to Thai food.

Today, we list them all here, more than 50! From the most delicious local seafood hidden in the mangrove to the most romantic trendy beachfront and the haute French cuisine worthy of a Michelin guide. We already sorted some of our favourites in previous pages, but here we list all the restaurants we ever wrote about, sorted alphabetically in two groups: Trendy and Locals. If they are here, it’s because according to us, they deserved to be talked about.This page has more than 50 Phuket restaurants! So click on ‘Read More’ to see them all!

The Really Local Restaurants in Phuket

1 Ang Seafood Phuket Town

Small and narrow, Ang Seafood is popular among locals and is always full. Serves great seafood (but not only), nice fish and lots of shells. Try their Tom Yam: very tasty, full of flavors ‘Hoi Chak Tin’, a great local shell, ‘Razor clams’, and ‘Ant’s eggs’ if you are in adventurous mood. On Phuket Road, on the way to Saphan Hin – 5 pm – midnight

2 Bang Pae Seafood East Coast

Another of our great week end favourite. Bang Pae serves a large choice of delicious and really local dishes, and of course the most delicious fresh seafood. Sit in a perfect nature setting made of huge mangrove trees growing right into the sea. (Read more)

3 Boonrat Dim Sum Phuket Town

This popular place gets crowded from early morning serving some excellent Dim Sum from 6 am to 11 am, but if you choose to come late, there won’t be much choice left. Opposite of Dao Ruang School on Chao Fa Road. 6 am – 10 am

4 Chakachan Seafood North Phuket

These are huts more than restaurants, set right on the sand at the very north of the island near the Sarasin bridge 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 )

5 Chayo Seafood Phuket Town

Feel like a little seafood lunch by the mangrove, without getting too far from Phuket Town? Chaiyo Seafood is a simple little restaurant quite close to town. Nicely built in a more comfortable setting than the famous Mor Mu Dong just across the khlong (canal), Chaiyo keeps its live stock directly in the mangrove stream. (read more)

Chan Pen Restarant in Phuket Town6 Chan Pen Restaurant Phuket Town

Like most of the great restaurants serving an excellent good old fashioned Thai food, Chan Pen didn’t bother much with the design. Clean, bright and functional, the restaurant cooks a great Isan food including some delicious specialties hard to find in Phuket. One of our favourite is the ‘Jim Joom’ aka ‘Jaew Hon’ which means ‘hot dried-chilli dipping sauce’, a fun way to cook your own food. (read more)

Kaab Gluay Restaurant in Patong Beach7 Kaab Gluay Restaurant Patong Beach

There are not so many affordable restaurants I could really recommend in Patong… Too many are just cooking some touristy version of Thai food and some are just overpriced for what you get. In addition, in Patong a restaurant full of diners isn’t necessarily a sign of good cuisine, there are just enough tourists to fill any restaurant well located. (read more)

8 Kan Eang 2 Chalong

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 more)

9 Ko Benz Phuket Town

Serving great noodle soups using… Instant Noodles! as well as some amazing porridge. Half the restaurant is full before they even can take the first order, so get ready to wait, but it’s worth it! Try: ‘Mama Moo Sap’ the famous noodle with mama instant noodle!
✩ At the intersection of Phatiphat Road and Ranong Road (not far from Blue Elephant – see map at the bottom). 7 pm – 1 am Kopitiam by Wilai Phuket Town

Never heard of ‘Kopitiam by Wilai’ before? Not a surprise… Since Thalang road changed from just an old busy street to a full scale tourist attraction, bars and restaurants started to appear like flies on honey. And thinking of it, it is a good thing! The oldest parts of Phuket town deserved to be kept alive and Kopitiam took a smart approach. (read more)

11 Kru Suwit Floating Restaurant Phuket Town

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 more)

12 Krua La Poon Phuket Town

This restaurant moved several times, but their customers keep on following them. Try their delicious ‘Nam Prik Ong’ spicy mashed eggplant, ‘Nam Prik Nam’ pork with a tomato sauce, crispy pork ribs, northern sausage and the famous hard to find in Phuket ‘Chiang Mai Khao Soi’. In Sam Kong, Prachat Uthit 1 Road

13 Laem Hin Near Phuket Town

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.

14 Mee Jirayuwat (Noodle Soup) Phuket Town

This restaurant was featured in a popular Korean Magazine, therefore many customers are now Korean. Their specialty is a Seafood Hokkien noodle soup.Choose between ‘Hokkien Mee’ a fat round yellow noodle, or ‘Ba Mee’ a thin egg noodle. Gyo or Wantan can be added as extras. Next to ‘Fantasia Entertainment’ in Phuket Town on Phang Nga Road

15 Mee Siam (aka Loktien) Phuket Town

Serve great ‘Mee Hoon Baa Chaang’ is a local dish – simple stir-fried noodle with soya sauce topped with spring onion, served with pork ribs soup and here too ‘Mee Hokkien Pad’. Don’t miss ‘Moo Satay’, and ‘Poh Pia’: genuine Phuket style spring rolls with grated turnip, pork, greens and sweet sauce. At the corner of Yoawarat Road and Dibuk Road. 11 am – 6.30 pm

16 Mee Ton Poh Phuket Town

This is an old and famous Hokkien shop at Phuket clock circle. It’s hot, smokey and crowded, but their yellow Hokkien noodles dishes are worth a stop, don’t hesitate to order some Satay while waiting. ‘Mee Hokkien Pad’ is their famous stir-fried noodle with seafood. ‘Laad Naa’ is the fried noodle in slimy sauce. Exactly at the Phuket clock circle, next to the Chinese shrine

17 Mor Mu Dong Chalong

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 more)

18 Nai Dam Restaurant Kathu

Nai Dam Restaurant in Kathu looks just like any restaurant by the roadside of Phuket, it’s a great place for Thai food lovers. It’s so well known that even one of the Princesses, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, stopped over many times to eat at Nai Dam when visiting Phuket or Phang Nga. (read more)

19 Pa Mai Kanom Jeen Phuket Town

Small and crowded, it’s an all time breakfast favourite, it is always full, no exceptions, you’ll have to wait for someone to finish breakfast to jump on their ‘not yet cleaned’ table or you’ll be missing it. Good news is that there is a less known but bigger one higher in the street! Near the Blue Elephant Mansion. 5.30 am – 11 am

Pak Nam Seafood Phuket20 Pak Nam Seafood Phuket Town

Pak Nam Seafood in Phuket Town is a great restaurant located outside the tourist roads. It is very well know from locals and residents who like to host parties and even bring friends for a casual business lunch, or just a dinner for two if you are in a mood for good seafood. (read more)

21 Plylaem Seafood Koh Sirey

Located on Koh Sirey, this ‘island’ on the east of Phuket town past Westin Siray Bay Resort, this is another hard to find seafood restaurant with an unusual view on island.

Romsai Restaurant22 Romsai Restaurant Near Kamala

IRomsai is a little unusual restaurant well hidden from view, with a beautiful view on the sea and a nearby beach. Precariously built the a rocky cliff alongside the seaboard north of Patong, it serves good food on typical round concrete tables or on wooden platforms where you just sit on one of those woven carpets found in so many Thai houses. (read more)

23 Siang Can-E Phuket Town

It is as big and as basic as a warehouse, but always full for dinner! Best dishes we know is Som Tam (Papaya Salad), Laab Het (Mushroom spicy hot salad) or Kai, Namtok Nua (Beef Salad) and Pladook Foo (Grilled Cat Fish). But the list is extensive. On Mae Luan Road, almost opposite of Mitsubishi Showroom. 11 am – 10 pm

Tamachart Restaurant Phuket24 Tammachart Restaurant Phuket Town

Tamachart Restaurant looks at first a bit confusing. Also called ‘Natural Restaurant’, it has been a long time favourite for many locals and might not be as good as it used to be, but it is still a fun place for a dinner. This huge open house with a wooden roof, set in the middle of Phuket town, is almost unnoticeable when driving by. (read more)

Tung Tong Restaurant in Kathu on Phuket Island25 Tung Tong Restaurant Kathu

Tung Tong restaurant might not be worth traveling a long way to just to eat at, but it’s one of our three favourites venues in Kathu. This is also your chance to try some real Thai dishes: how often can you eat giant Ants Eggs? (read more)

26 Tanoon Seafood North Phuket

Right at the feet of Sarasin Bridge and therefore a bit far, Tanoon 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 more)

The Trendy and International Restaurants

Phuket Pavilions 360 Restaurant and Bar27 360 Phuket Pavilions Layan Beach

With so many restaurants in Phuket, picking a new romantic dining venue was challenging. But once again, Phuket hides little gems you need to take the time to discover, and Phuket Pavilions is one of them. The food is great but the 360 setting make the venue unusual and lovely. (read more)

Baan Saan Rak Restaurant in Phuket Town28 Baan Saan Rak Phuket Town

Baan Saan Rak Restaurant was a well needed breath of culinary fresh air on Phuket island. Not often do we see a young creative restaurant serving really good cuisine at affordable prices. Set in a beautifully decorated garden, Baan Saan Rak has this bright young mood you can find around Hua Hin… (read more)

The Boathouse Kata Beach29 Boathouse Kata Beach

The boathouse in Kata Beach has been a culinary landmark in Phuket for more than two decades. The location is fantastic, the food and wine exceptional, but the time had come to bring this restaurant to new fresh trendy life. (read more)

Blue Elephant Phuket30 Blue Elephant Phuket Town

Blue Elephant is not your usual casual Thai dining place. Save this for a one time special dinner and consider it as an experience. This amazing renovated old mansion has the majesty and the grandeur of a house with a long and mysterious history. (read more)

32 China Inn Phuket Town

The list of Restaurants to try when in Phuket is longer than one would think! China Inn is a lovely little restaurant in the middle of the Thalang Road, the historical street of Phuket Town. The Restaurant was an old family house renovated with great taste and style, a lot of money and more than two years work. (read more)

33 Da Maurizio Kalim Beach

Da Maurizio and its well known ‘Italian dinner over the beach with a sunset’ is not your everyday Italian restaurant, far from that. It is rather expensive, so keep it for a special occasion, but if like us you enjoy quality food in a great atmosphere, you should dine there at least once. (read more)

34 Gaetana Phuket Town

Gaetana is one of the best and longest established Italian restaurants in Phuket, well known and recommended by long time residents and Thais. It’s not about the view or the location, but it’s all about Gaetana’s excellent cuisine and very cozy atmosphere. (read more)

35 Kan Eang @ Pier Chalong

Kan [email protected] is trendy without being pretentious, shady and breezy with seaview, original, affordable with great service. Kan Eang @ Pier had everything right, having enough tables set under huge trees, right next to the sea with a view on nearby island, allows guests to get a seafront table almost every time. (read more)

Kin Dee Restaurant Phuket36 Kin Dee Restaurant North Phuket

Kin Dee is not exactly what you would call a ‘local’ restaurant, but it’s not a touristic place either. Food is good, not too spicy unless you ask for it, so first timers can enjoy it without having to drink more than necessary. Yet it’s not touristy and you get to experience real Thai food without having to feel treated ‘special’. (read more)

Ka Jok See restaurant in Phuket Town37 Ka Jok See Restaurant Phuket Town

Ka Jok See is, to say the least, a surprising restaurant. Tucked in a small quiet street of Phuket town it never advertised, and never had to… and yet it is full everyday. So just don’t walk in, you wouldn’t get a table. Their dining model defies anything I have seen so far… they only have one fixed price for food… 1.200 Baht per person. Period. So what is their secret? (read more)

38 Kampong Kata Hill Kata Beach

Kampong Kata Hill. a well established restaurant in Phuket for more than twenty years, is built on top of a small hill right in the middle of Kata Beach. It is a nice place for a casual romantic dinner, to invite guests or to share with friends or family. The food may not be hardcore nor spicy, but very enjoyable without having to spend a fortune. (read more)

Karlsson's Steakhouse in Phuket39 Karlsson’s Steakhouse Patong Beach

I thought it might be a bit strange to recommend a steakhouse to travelers coming a long way to Thailand. Now we wrote a lot about Thai restaurants in Phuket and we will list a lot more, but there comes a time when we crave a good old fashioned steak! I’m sure it happens to some of you during your holiday too, especially those who are not so ‘hot about spicy food’, a little meat break might be welcome. (read more)

Koku Yakiniku40 Koku Yakiniku Phuket Town

Koku Yakiniku restaurant is definitely Japanese looking with the traditional cushion sitting area on one side and the normal tables on the other. Each table is fitted with a hole designed to receive incandescent charcoal and is equipped with a strong ventilation system. (read more)

41 La Gritta Patong Beach

Who said there were no romantic restaurants in Patong Beach? La Gritta at Amari Coral Beach Resort at the southern end of Patong has a unique view on the entire Patong bay. Add an excellent Italian cuisine at good price and you get yourself a great romantic evening. (read more)

42 Mom Tri’s Kitchen Kata Noi

Unique and renown since decades, ‘Villa Royale’ main feature is the excellent restaurant, one of the most romantic places on the island. A bit pricey of course so keep it for a special occasion. We went there several times and were never been disappointed. (read more)

Pan Yaah Restaurant Phuket43 Pan Yaah Restaurant Patong Beach

Pan Yaah Restaurant on Patong Beach is a little gem you should reward yourself with if you choose to spend your holidays in Patong. Finding a romantic place with a sea view, good food, not overly touristic and with a decent price is rare in Patong. Pan Yaah Restaurant successfully combines these four requirements. (read more)

Paresa Resort44 Diavolo at Paresa Kamala Beach

Paresa Resort ‘Diavolo’ was one of the nicest experiences we had lately. Location and setting help a lot in the ranking, but if you happen to also have great food and good service, it is so perfect, you won’t forget this night for long time. (read more)

45 Phuket Brasserie Phuket Town

The latest dining venue in Phuket town was a much needed one. Until today, when you started to think about imported oysters and mussels your only option was to fly to Bangkok. But we have been rescued, we now have the ‘Phuket Brasserie’ owned and operated by Belgium chef Alain Tabruyng. (read more)

46 Phuket View Restaurant Phuket Town

Phuket View is another restaurant you must add to your list of ‘Dining with a View while in Phuket’. This dining venue sits since almost twenty years on top of Khao Rang Hill, one of the highest hills in Phuket Town. A massive terrace offers a unique panorama of southern Phuket including the city at your feet, Chalong Bay and its islands on one side and Kata Bay on the other side. (read more)

48 Raya House Phuket Town

Raya House is a unique restaurant… it combines ingredients that makes it unforgettable: great food in an amazing old Thai house kept just the way it has always been, no excessive renovation but clean and well kept. It is simple, unpretentious and feels just as a living house, like being invited in a Thai person’s home for lunch or dinner. (read more)

Sea Hag Restaurant in Patong Beach, Phuket49 Sea Hag Restaurant Patong Beach

Recommending a good Thai restaurant in the heart of Patong Beach is a very tricky mission. you plan to have a nice dinner to get you into the right mood before heading to Patong… a nice place to take your friends for a real meal, not a fried rice in a plastic plate eaten on the way to Bangla… but you also want to remain at walking distance, then go to Sea Hag. (read more)

Suay Restaurant in Phuket Town50 Suay Restaurant Phuket Town

Not often do we find a successful new young and creative restaurant in Phuket. Suay (meaning ‘beautiful’) has mixed with style the simplicity of a small house with a good atmosphere and a fun cuisine. Tucked in a small garden, Suay Restaurant is a pleasant place for a lunch or a light dinner in good company. (read more)

51 Tunk Ka Cafe Phuket Town

One of our favourite casual romantic restaurants in Phuket is Tunk Ka Cafe, a long established venue beautifully built on top of Khao Rang Hill in Phuket Town. Dine on a wooden terrace above town with the nice panorama of the city lights at this price is hard to beat. (read more)

Vset Restaurant Phuket52 Vset Restaurant Chalong

Vset (meaning ‘Magical’ in Thai) is in fact part of the very successful seafood restaurant Kan Eang @ Pier and even shares some of the facilities such as the beautiful seafront bar, a perfect place for a drink before dinner. The view on Chalong bay at the end of the day is very relaxing, quite different for all the usual beachfront restaurants. (read more)

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 22 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I now manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including, and