Phuket Real Local Restaurants

Beware! This page is not the trendy section of Phuket Restaurants! It’s all about local food and only local food! Here are some of the most popular (very) local Thai restaurants in Phuket. They are not fancy, and all are cheap: they don’t care about the decor, and they sometimes forget to smile, it’s all about efficiency and great taste! Some of them might appear dirty if you are not used to it, so if you don’t like the crowd, plastic plates, toilet paper as napkins and ice cubes in your beer (and sometimes MSG), you probably will not print this page to take it with you. But if you want to find out what makes people queue in Phuket, get ready for some real dining experience!

This list is of course very subjective, we know other places would make it to the list, but here are the best known local shops for two decades. We also spent some time building a map at the end of the page to help you locate these fancy places.

1. Mor Mu Dong

Chalong Area

Mor Mu Dong Restaurant Phuket

Mor Mu Dong is very hidden somewhere on the south-east coast of Phuket, on the way to the well known Chalong circle. The setting in the middle of the mangrove is unique, so unique that Andrew Zimmern from ‘Bizarre Food’ introduced it in one of his TV programs. You can eat lunch or dinner in one of those small wooden houses over the water (or over the mud if its’ low tide). Mor Mu Dong has a great selection of Thai food and seafood. Read more

2. Laem Hin Seafood

Phuket East Coast

Laem Hin Seafood restaurant Phuket

Laem Hin Seafood is one of the best known local seafood restaurants in Phuket. Located on the east coast of the island, Laem Hin is vast but still manages to get full for dinner and even more on weekends. The setting above the water is enjoyable but it’s not what we would call a romantic restaurant, it’s a little too busy for that. However, if you can arrive around 6 pm, you will find the place pleasantly quiet and breezy. Read more

3. Piang Prai

Bang Pae Waterfall

Piang Prai Restaurant

Piang Prai (Krua Piang Prai) is a great hidden local restaurant found in a green nest just next to Bang Pae waterfall. Mostly unknown from tourists because of its remote location, Piang Prai is one of the two great places to have lunch if you happen to be in the area (the other restaurant being Bang Pae Seafood.) We found Piang Prai so good; it’s almost worth travelling to enjoy their excellent Thai food. Read more

4. One Chun Restaurant

Phuket food – Phuket Town

One Chun Restaurant Phuket

Yes you could say One Chun is not a ‘local restaurant’ is the pure sense of it, but it is! One Chun is real Phuket food, and local eat there all the time. One Chun Restaurant Phuket (One Chun means ‘Monday’) is one of the best Thai restaurants in Phuket town. Serving a southern Thai cuisine without compromise, they first succeeded with locals who are not easy to impress when it comes to their food.  The young owner Khun Prang found the right formula: great food, reasonable price, fun atmosphere, excellent service, good location. Now you too can enjoy real Thai food the way we love it here. Read more

5. Ko Ang Seafood

Seafood in Phuket Town

Ko Ang Seafood

It looks small and narrow, but once inside it’s much bigger than you think. Very popular among locals and always full (hard to get parking). Ko Ang serves great seafood in general, excellent fish and lots of shells, some hardcore stuff. Try their Tom Yam: very tasty, full of flavours ‘Hoi Chak Tin’, a great local shell, ‘Razor clams’, and ‘Ant’s eggs’ if you are in an adventurous mood. Read more

6. Kan Eang 2

Seafood in Chalong

Kan Eang 2 Seafood Restaurant Phuket

Kan Eang 2 is not the easy to find, but it’s one of the best local seafood restaurants in Phuket. Everyone in Phuket is well aware that there are two Kan Eang Seafood restaurants on the island. Kan [email protected] is the youngest and most talked about, while Kan Eang 2 is the venerable and more modest older sister. Read more

7. Rim Pan Restaurant

Sarasin Bridge, very north of Phuket

Rim Pan Seafood restaurant Phuket

Rimpan Seafood is a small but great local restaurant hidden in plain sight in the north of Phuket Island, near the Sarasin bridge that connects the island to the mainland. Just like the Sri Sunthorn reclining Buddha, thousand people drive past Rimpan without noticing such a great place sits right here. Read more

8. Pak Nam Seafood

Phuket Town

Paknam Seafood Restaurant in Phuket

Pak Nam Seafood in Phuket Town is a great Thai restaurant located off the tourist areas. It’s very well-known from locals and residents who like to bring friends for a casual lunch, or just dinner if you are in a mood for good seafood. You can sit in the main open-air room, at the terrace or in one of the air-con rooms. The menu is surprisingly long, decently illustrated and in English. Staff can also speak enough English to take your order. Read more

9. Nam Yoi Restaurant

Phuket Town

Nam Yoi Restaurant Phuket

Nam Yoi is a very modest and hard to find a restaurant serving an excellent local Thai cuisine in a remote street of Phuket town. The setting is simple, the price is low, and the food is excellent. You will often see the local crowd who love and write about Thai food on social media dining at Nam Yoi. Read more

10. Nom Jeen Phuket

Kanom Jeen – Phuket Town

Nom Jeen Phuket

Nom Jeen Phuket is a beautiful restaurant in a garden serving Kanom Jeen a much-loved dish that can be enjoyed as breakfast or lunch. Kanom Jeen consists of cold rice thin noodles served with your choice of curry on top of which you add the vegetables, condiments and herbs of your choice. Not only Nom Jeen Phuket is beautiful, clean and relaxing, they also select better ingredients than other similar restaurants in Phuket. Read more

11. Ko Benz

Noodle Soup – Phuket Town

Ko Benz serves some amazing rice porridge and great noodle soups using instant noodles! Half the restaurant is full before they even can take the first order, so get ready to wait, but it’s worth it! Another strange thing: The shop opens according to the moon calendar! So it is for us hard to predict what are the chances to eat there, and yet we drive all the way to see ‘if it’s open’. Try ‘Mama Moo Sap’ the famous noodle with mama instant noodle (photo), ‘Woonsen Moo Sap’ (with glass noodles) ‘Khao Tom Haeg’ (Porridge with pork chop plus crispy pork). Read more

12. Kalim Rim Lay

Thai Food – Kalim Beach near Patong

Kalim Rim Lay Restaurant

Kalim Rim Lay Restaurant is a little known local restaurant serving good honest Thai food and seafood at a reasonable price. Best of all for some of you, it is not far from Patong Beach (Past Kalim Beach). Rim Lay is a very relaxing spot to enjoy a lunch or a dinner with spectacular sunsets. Real local Thai restaurants around Patong are no easy to find but the food at Rim Lay is genuinely Thai, and some dishes are spicy. Rim Lay has a fantastic setting with seaside, sunsets and bamboo huts. Those tiny bamboo huts have part of Phuket local as long as I remember Phuket. Comfort is a minimal but who cares! You travelled all the way to Thailand, and this is what Thailand is really like. Read more

13. Pa Mai Kanom Jeen

Kanom Jeen – Phuket Town

Kanom Jeen in Phuket

phuket-kanom-jeenSmall and crowded, Pa Mai is an all-time breakfast favourite. It is always full, and you may have to wait for someone to finish breakfast to jump on their table or you’ll be missing it. How kanom jeen works: Pick a plate of plain rice noodle and select your curry sauce from large pots: yellow or red, with beef, chicken or fish. Then add on top all kinds of fresh veggies and herbs without which you would be missing half the taste and texture pleasure. Read more

14. Khun Jeed’s Radna

Radna dish in Phuket Town

Khun Jeed's Radna Phuket

Khun Jeed’s Radna Yod Pak is a very popular restaurant in Phang Nga Road, Phuket Town, open for more than 20 years now. It is best known for a famous dish called Radna, a Thai-Chinese noodle dish served with pork, beef, chicken or seafood, but mostly known for a large amount of gravy on served on top. Read more

15. Chaiyo Seafood

Seafood in Phuket Town

Chaiyo Seafood Restaurant

Chaiyo Seafood is a simple little restaurant close to Phuket town if you feel like a nice seafood lunch by the mangrove, without getting far from the city. Nicely built in a more comfortable setting than the famous Mor Mu Dong just across the canal, Chaiyo Seafood keeps its livestock directly in the mangrove stream. Seafood can’t get much fresher than this. Read more

16. Ko Yoon Hokkien Noodles

Hokkien Noodles – Phuket Town

Ko Yoon Hokkien Noodles

Ko Yoon Restaurant is a tiny and discreet place serving amazing Hokkien Noodles. If you happen to visit Phuket Town, chances are you walked passed it without noticing it; it looks like any other anonymous local hole-in-the-wall restaurant. But Ko Yoon has prepared those delicious big yellow noodles for decades, and locals know how good they are. Yes, there is much hype about Mee Ton Poh, another restaurant serving the same dish, but Ko Yoon has this little extra that makes his noodle dish a bit better. Read more

17. Som Chit Hokkien Noodles

Noodle Soup – Phuket Town

Som Chit Hokkien Noodle Soup Phuket

The Pad Thai Shop in Karon BeachSom Chit Restaurant is famous for its delicious Hokkien Noodle Soup. People from Bangkok who know about it will stop for lunch at Som Chit if they are in the vicinity of Phuket Town. Som Chit (which is pronounced ‘Som Kit’) is easy to find, near the clock circle in Phuket Town and just next to the famous Mee Tong Poh who is also renowned for their Hokkien noodles! However, dishes served in those two restaurants are entirely different: Mee Ton Poh serves their Hokkien noodles in gravy, while Som Chit mostly serves them as soup. Huge difference. Read more.

18. Brake Taek

Noodle Soup – Phuket Town

Brake Taek Noodle Soup in Phuket Town

Brake Taek serves a delicious and renown ‘Tom Yam Noodle Soup’. Here too, it can get hard to get a table for lunch, and you might have to wait quite a bit. So while waiting, order their excellent meatballs skewers to keep you busy, you won’t regret it.

How to order a noodle soup:
Choose your noodle from Sen Yai (flat white noodle), Sen Lek (thin white noodle), Mee Hoon (white vermicelli), Woonsen (glass vermicelli), Ba-mee (egg noodle).
Next is the soup – Tom Yam (ordinary), or hang (no soup).
Then the meat: Moo (pork), Gai (Chicken) or Talay (Seafood). When you order pork, say ‘Mai Nai’ to make sure they won’t add entrails in the soup.

19. Mee Ton Poe

Hokkien Noodle – Phuket Town

Mee Ton Poe 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. Say ‘Pi-Set’ for a larger bowl, and ‘Sai Khai’ to top the noodle with an egg. ‘Laad Naa’ is the fried noodle in a slimy sauce. ‘Moo Satay’ (Pork Satay) are sold by stick, but people usually order by 10 (‘Sib Mai’ is ten sticks). Read more

20. Lock Tien Food Court

Food Court – Phuket Town

Lock Tien Foodcourt Phuket

This very local food court was renovated not long ago and didn’t appear as ‘old and dirty’ as it used to be (I kind of miss that). But they still serve their great food. ‘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. Also ‘O-Eaw’ a famous Phuket dessert: shaved ice and banana jelly. Read more

21. Krua La Poon

Northern Restaurant – Phuket Town

This hard to find restaurant moved several times, but their customers keep on following them. A good sign, the new location in Sam Kong is more beautiful by the lake and come with finally enough parking and northern woven tablecloths!

But all that matters is their delicious ‘Nam Prik Ong’ spicy mashed eggplant, ‘Nam Prik Nam’ pork with a tomato sauce, crispy pork ribs, northern sausage and the famously hard to find in Phuket ‘Chiang Mai Khao Soi’




22. Boon Restaurant

Phuket Town outskirts

Boon's Local Thai Restaurant in Phuket Town

Boon is an underrated local Thai restaurant just outside Phuket Town. It’s not fancy, the menu is minimal, and lunch at Boon only costs a few baht, but the taste is unique. The restaurant is tiny and hard to spot but the few dishes they cook make it worth finding it. Boon’s special dish is Khao Pad Nam Prik Moo Tod, fried rice with chilli relish topped with fried pork. Read more

23. Mee Jirayuwat

Noodle Soup – Phuket Town

Mee Jirayuwat restaurant

Mee Jirayuwat PhuketThis local restaurant appeared in a famous Korean Magazine, and many customers are now Korean. Their speciality is a Seafood Hokkien noodle soup. Order two, you won’t regret it. Choose between ‘Hokkien Mee’ a fat round yellow noodle, or ‘Ba Mee’ a thin egg noodle. Gyo or Wantan can be added as extras. The noodle can be served dry or ‘Hang’ (soup on the side). Located next to the ‘Phuket Trickeye Museum‘ in Phuket Town on Phang Nga Road.

24. Boonrat Dim Sum

Dim Sum Breakfast – 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. Open 6 am – 10 am

25. Siang Khaen

E-Sarn Restaurant – Phuket Town


sian-kang-phuketSiang Khaeng 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. This place serves Esarn Food and therefore can be quite spicy (northern Thailand). Located at  On Mae Luan Road, almost opposite of Mitsubishi Showroom. Open 11 am – 10 pm

Map of Phuket Best Local Thai Restaurants