Where to find the best Seafood in Phuket?

The best seafood in Phuket is mostly in local restaurants, sometimes hard to find and often away from tourist places. Of course, the seafood you will find in Patong, Kata, Karon, and other famous beaches are good, but there is a little more in local restaurants. It’s more authentic, fresher, not to mention often cheaper. We are happy to share our Best Local Seafood Restaurants in Phuket with you! We decided to stick as much as possible to the concept of really local seafood.

Note: 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. We paid for all our meals in full and came unannounced.

1. Laem Hin Seafood

Laem Hin Seafood restaurant Phuket

Laem Hin Seafood is a big and famous seafood restaurant at the pier leading to Coconut Island and the ‘Floating Restaurant‘. The terrace above the water (or mud, depending on the tide) adds a local touch to their excellent seafood. Prices are affordable. Read more

Location: 90/11 Soi Baan Laem Hin, Thepkasattri Road
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 076 239 357


2. Kru Suwit Floating Restaurant

Phuket Floating restaurant

It is unusual and fun but a bit more pricey than other local seafood venues as it includes a short boat trip. A longtail will take you for a nice five minutes ride from the pier on the east coast and drop you on one of these giant rafts keeping their livestock in nets. A fun afternoon! Read more

Location: Front of Maphrao Island, Koh Kaew
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 086 687 0892


3. Mor Mu Dong

Mor Mu Dong Restaurant Phuket

One of the most local and talked about, hard to find a seafood restaurant in the eastern mangrove of Phuket island. It’s excellent, fun, and you get a full blast of real, local life. By now, everyone knows that Andrew Zimmern from ‘Bizarre Food’ tried it, and so should you. Read more

Location: 32/9 Soi Mu Dong, Chao Fah East, Chalong (past the zoo), Phuket
Open: 10:00 am – 9:30 pm
Phone: 088 766 1634
Price: Affordable


4. Kan Eang 2

Kan Eang 2 Seafood Restaurant Phuket

Kan Eang 2 is one of the oldest but newly renovated seafood seafront restaurants in Chalong, also on the east coast. The setting is simple, with plenty of trees and shade, making it very relaxing. Seafood is as fresh and excellent as it gets. Otherwise, it wouldn’t even be listed here! Read more

Location: 9/3 Moo 9 Chao Fah Tawan Aok Road, Ao Chalong, Phuket 83130
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 076 381 323


5. Bang Pae Seafood

Bang Pae Seafood

Bang Pae Seafood is another of our weekend favourite. Bang Pae serves a large choice of delicious and local dishes. Sit in a perfect natural setting made of huge mangrove trees growing right into the sea. Read more

Location: Soi Bang Toei, near Bang Pae waterfall
Open: 10 am – 8.30 pm
Phone: 087 887 5785


6. Ko Ang Seafood

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Ko Ang is a real local seafood restaurant located in the middle of Phuket town. There are no frills and no fancy decoration, but a lot of great specialities, including some unusual dishes such as razor clams and horseshoe crab salad. Read more


Location: Phuket Rd, Phuket Town (on the way to Sapan Hin)
Open: 6 pm – 12 am
Phone: 076 221 460


7. Rimpan Seafood

Rimpan Seafood restaurant Phuket

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

Location: Rimpan Seafood (ริมพาน ซีฟู้ด) Below Sarasin Bridge
Open: 9 am – 10 pm
Tel: 083 647 1147


8. Laem Sai Seafood

Laem Sai Seafood in Phuket

Laem Sai Seafood is a local restaurant hidden far away on the east coast of Phuket. The restaurant mostly consists of a vast wooden terrace over the sea or the mud, depending on the tide. From there, you can see Coconut Island (Koh Maphrao) just in front of you and the mainland in the far. It’s a very relaxing view to enjoy a slow lunch, especially when you look at rain clouds crossing the ocean as we did. Read more

Location: 330 Thepkrasatti Road, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110
Open: 10:30 am – 8:30 pm
Phone: 088 169 4780


9. Chaiyo Seafood

Chaiyo Seafood Restaurant

A great seafood place on the banks of Phuket town river. Beautiful and peaceful setting with a view on the mangrove vegetation. They keep their livestock in nets right in front of the restaurant. Read more

Location: 25/2 Moo 6, Soi Muangthong-Borrae, Sakdidech Road
Open: 10.30 am – 10.30 pm
Phone: 076 393 142


10. Palai Seafood

Palai Seafood

Palai Seafood is one of the best-known seafood restaurants in Phuket. The restaurant is near Chalong, past the zoo and before Mor Mu Dong. There are quite a few seafood restaurants in this area. While Palai Seafood serves quite a decent seafood, the clientele is primarily expats and Chinese tourists. Locals tend to go to Laem Hin or Mor Mu Dong. Service is known to be a little slow, but it’s still an excellent place to stop for seafood if you are around this area.

Location: 32 Palai Beach, Chalong, Phuket 83000
: 9 am – 10 pm
: 076 282 174

11. Rawai Seafood Market

Rawai Seafood Market in South Phuket

Rawai Seafood Market started as a modest local fisherman village where you would buy some local catch to take home. The place was known as the Sea Gypsy Village and was a bit of an attraction. Year after year, the small market grew, and a restaurant offered to cook the fish you just bought across the street. Read more

Open: 11 am – 9 pm


12. Thanoon Seafood

Right at Sarasin Bridge’s feet and therefore a bit far, Thanoon is just a bit more ‘sophisticated’ than most restaurants listed here. The beach setting is fabulous: you sit on the mainland with a view on Phuket Island! Lots of specialities, including some unusual dishes you can try. Read more

Location: 13, Khok Kloi, Takua Thung District, Phang-nga 82140 (at Sarasin bridge)
Open: 11 am – 10 pm
Phone: 076 452 052


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Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 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 run Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.