Amazing Seafood Restaurants You Need to Try
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 too, but there is a little something more in local restaurants. It’s more authentic, more fresh, 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. 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: 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.
1. Mor Mu Dong
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 the real local life. By now, everyone knows that Andrew Zimmern from ‘Bizarre Food’ tried it and so should you. Read more
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 five mn 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
3. Kan Eang 2
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
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
Laem Hin Seafood is a huge 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 good local touch to their excellent seafood. Prices are affordable. Read more
Ko Ang is a real local seafood restaurant located in the middle of Phuket town. No frills and no fancy decoration, but a lot of great specialities including some unusual dishes such as razor clams, horseshoe crab salad. Read more
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, thousand people drive past Rimpan without noticing such a great place sits right here. Read more
Laem Sai Seafood is a local restaurant hidden far away in 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
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
10. 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 mostly 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.
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
12. Thanoon Seafood
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 sit on the mainland with a view on Phuket Island! Lots of specialities, including some unusual dishes you can try. Read more