Phuket Michelin Guide 2019
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Michelin Restaurants in Phuket – Who is in the Michelin Guide?

What Restaurants are in the Phuket Michelin Guide?

Having Michelin Restaurants in Phuket is a clear statement that Phuket has reached a new level on the international stage. The island is evolving fast and in many directions. While it might not always please those who loved it 20 years ago, the island offers now a vast range of experiences. We love Thai food, seafood and great food in general. We frequently travel the world and food sits high on our travel experience.

1 Star Michelin at Pru at Trisara Phuket

We very frequently use the Michelin Guide when in Bangkok or when we are overseas, so we are quite familiar with their concept and selection criteria. We might not always agree, but no one would because taste and experiences are unique to each of us. However, in the vast majority, Michelin is on target. So since we reviewed and rated many local restaurants in Phuket, we were curious to see how their list would compare to ours, and the result was surprisingly close.

In case you don’t yet know about it, Phuket Michelin Guide rates restaurants mainly in 3 ways. The stars are the best known, followed by the BIB Gourmands and the Michelin Plates, which are a little more confusing.
By now, you all know that only one restaurant (Pru at Trisara) received a star in the Phuket Michelin Guide, and it was a pretty big deal. But in our mind, the BIBs and Plates are more fun because more casual and affordable.

Meaning of Stars, BIBs and Plates in the Phuket Michelin Guide:

  • Michelin Star – Restaurant Assessment Criteria: Quality of the products, mastery of flavour and cooking techniques, the personality of the chef in his cuisine, value for money, consistency between visits
  • Bib Gourmand means good quality menu for a modest price.
  • Michelin Plate is a sign of very good food (and a chance to move up to get a star in the following years.)

Here are all the Michelin-rated restaurants in Phuket 2019

1 Star Michelin (1 restaurant)

Michelin Star – Restaurant Assessment Criteria: Quality of the products, mastery of flavour and cooking techniques, the personality of the chef in his cuisine, value for money, consistency between visits

PRU Restaurant at Trisara

Pru at Trisara Phuket

Pru Restaurant at Trisara Phuket has become the first and only restaurant to receive a star in the new Phuket Michelin Guide. Michelin only arrived in Phuket in 2018, and the results were much anticipated. While a lot of restaurants around the island received BIBs and Plates from the Michelin Guide, being the only one with a star means a lot, but also raises the customers’ expectations quite a lot.

Location: Trisara Resort, Naithon Beach
Address: 60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Thailand
Open: 6 pm – 10:30 pm (Sunday closed)
Phone: 076 310 100
Cuisine: Innovative Thai
: very high

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Bib Gourmand Michelin Restaurants

Bib Gourmand means good quality menu for a modest price.

Bang Pae Seafood

Bang Pae Seafood

Speciality: Seafood
: Soi Bang Toei, near Bang Pae waterfall
Open: 10 am – 8.30 pm
Phone: 087 887 5785
Price: Affordable

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Chomchan ✓

Chom Chan Restaurant in Phuket Town

Chom Chan is an excellent Thai restaurant serving a great selection of Phuket dishes and local specialities. It’s a cosy small house with a garden that is almost hidden on the outskirts of Phuket Town and can easily be missed when driving by.

Speciality: Phuket and southern food
Location: Phuket Town
Address: 242/2 Yaowarat Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 076 605 954
Price: Affordable

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Ko Benz (Go Benz)✓

Ko Benz restaurant

Ko Benz is one of Phuket most popular local restaurants for more than 15 years now. Ko Benz served a relatively small choice of noodle soups and rice porridge, and by keeping it focused, became very good at preparing them. The restaurant is large and designed to be functional, so don’t expect some fancy dining experience. This dining experience is all about a great bowl of soup at a low price, about 50 baht per plate.

Speciality: Noodle soup and rice porridge
: Phuket Town
Address: Krabi Road, Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 7 pm – 2 am
Phone: 084 060 7799
Price: very cheap

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Mor Mu Dong

Mor Mu Dong Restaurant Phuket

Mor Mu Dong is quite an unusual restaurant in Phuket. If you enjoy eating off the beaten tracks where mostly locals go for a great lunch or dinner, Mor Mu Dong is your place. Every Phuket resident knows it, and you have to count the cars on the parking to know that something special is cooking here.

Speciality: Southern food and seafood
: Chalong
Address: 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

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One Chun

One Chun Restaurant Phuket

One Chun Restaurant is one of the best Thai restaurants in Phuket Town. Serving a southern Thai cuisine without compromise, One Chun first succeeded with locals who are not easy to impress when it comes to their food.

Speciality: Phuket and southern Thai food
: Phuket Town
: 48/1 Thepkrasattri Rd., Talat Yai, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000
Open: 10 am – 10 pm daily
Tel: 076 355 909
Price: Affordable

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Raya House in Phuket Town

Raya Restaurant is a unique restaurant combining ingredients that make 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 like being invited to a Thai home for lunch or dinner.

Speciality: Phuket and southern Thai food
Location: Phuket Town
Address: 48/1 Dibuk Road, Tambon Talat Yai, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 076 218 155
Price: a little expensive

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The Charm

The Charm Restaurant in Phuket Town

The Charm Phuket restaurant opened in a century-old Thai house of Phuket Town. The location on Dibuk road is the perfect way to end your exploration if you decide to spend a day wandering the old streets. The food is an excellent choice of southern Thailand, and typical Phuket dishes and the price is right.

Speciality: Phuket and southern Thai food
Location: Phuket Town
Address: 212 Thawewong Rd, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150
Open: 11 am – 10 pm
Phone: 096 998 9244
Price: a little high

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Hong Khao Tom Pla

Hong Khao Tom Pla

Hong Khao Tom Pla is a discreet restaurant in Phuket Town, named after its famous fish rice porridge speciality. Behind this modest appearance is a little gem, so good that the Michelin Guide awarded them a ‘Bib Gourmand’, which is a sign of good quality and good value cooking. Read more

Speciality: Curry Seafood
: Phuket Town
Address: Kra Road, Talat Yai Subdistrict, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 5:30 pm – 10 pm
Phone: 076 214 877
Price: Very cheap

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Chuan Chim

A small local restaurant on Montri Road in Phuket Town, where most jewellery shops are. The restaurant is quite large and simple and really spotlessly clean. Food is cheap and excellent. The fried basil with minced pork or chicken is recommended!

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 37/3 Montri Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 11.30 am – 1.30 pm, 5.30 pm – 11.30 pm
Phone: 076 215 825
Price: Cheap

More to come

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The Plate – Michelin Restaurants

A Michelin Plate is a sign of very good food (and a chance to move up to get a star in the following years.)


Acqua Restaurant Phuket

Acqua is a fantastic Italian restaurant run for just 10 years by the very talented and friendly Chef Alessandro Frau. The beautifully decorated restaurant is almost hidden in Kalim Beach, just outside Patong Beach on the way to Kamala. The restaurant has been opened for 10 years and has grown in popularity and creativity of Chef Alessandro only got better and more.

Location: Patong Beach
Address: 324/15 Prabaramee Road, Patong, Kalim, Phuket 83100
Open: 5 pm – 11 pm
Phone: 076 618 127
Price: High

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Bampot Kitchen in Bangtao Beach

Bampot Kitchen & Bar is a fantastic contemporary restaurant located at the entrance of Laguna Phuket, just past Boat Avenue in Bangtao. The restaurant is spacious and beautifully designed with an open kitchen on the side. The atmosphere is trendy without being too sophisticated, and the food is a refreshing experience. Bampot Kitchen serves modern international cuisine with a very personal touch from Chef Jamie.

Location: Boat Avenue, Bangtao
Address: 19/1 Moo 1, Lagoon Road, Thalang, Cherngtalay, Phuket 83110
Open: 6 pm – 12 am (Saturday noon – 3 pm)
Phone: 093 586 9828
Price: Moderate

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Black Ginger

Black Ginger at The Slate Phuket

Black Ginger is a fabulous Thai restaurant in a lovely setting inside the Slate hotel in Nai Yang Beach. Black Ginger cuisine itself is worth the visit, but the setting and enigmatic arrival make you feel very special, like being in a traditional Thai movie.

Speciality: Thai Food
: Nai Yang Beach
Address: The Slate Hotel, 116, Moo 1, Sakhu, Thalang, Phuket 83110 (Nai Yang Beach)
Open: 6 pm – 11 pm
Phone: 076 327 006
Cuisine: Thai
Price: Expensive

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Kha Moo Boran

Kha Mu Boran is a very discreet and modest restaurant at a busy intersection of Kathu, very easy to miss and not easy to part, but when you know the place, it is worth it. They serve a unique and delicious stewed pork leg with rice and stewed pork leg noodle with tom yam soup.

Location: Kathu
Address: 17/11 M.6 T. Kathu, Kathu District, Phuket 83120
Open: 7 am – 5 pm
Phone: 089 972 9438
Price: Cheap

Blue Elephant Phuket

Blue Elephant Phuket

Blue Elephant Phuket is not a casual Thai restaurant, but at the contrary of what most people think, it is not outrageously expensive (We didn’t say cheap though). Blue Elephant Phuket, set in a fantastic old mansion which was abandoned for a long time, is perfect for a special occasion, a dining experience to share and remember.

Speciality: Thai Food
: Phuket Town
Address: 96, Krabi, Tambon Talat Nuea, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Phuket 83000
Open: 11.30 am – 10.30 pm
Phone: 076 354 355
Cuisine: Thai
Price: High

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Jongjit Kitchen

Krua Jongjit Restaurant in Phuket, Kathu

Krua Jongjit restaurant in Kathu (Jongjit Kitchen) is the proof that a restaurant doesn’t have to be fancy nor expensive to be excellent and to receive a Michelin Plate for fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal. For such a modest venue, it is still a big statement.

Speciality: Local Thai Food
: Kathu
: 9/1 Village No. 4, Vichit Songkram Rd., Kathu, Phuket 83120
Open: 11 am – 8 pm
Phone: 086 940 8144

Price: cheap

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La Gaetana

La Gaetana Phuket

Speciality: Italian Food
Location: Phuket Town
Address: 352 Phuket Road, Phuket Town (opposite Bang Neow Shrine, not far from Robinson Shopping Mall)
Open: 6 pm – 10 pm, closed on Wednesday

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Mee Ton Poe (Surin Circle)

Mee Ton Poe Hokkien Noodles in Phuket Town

Mee Ton Poe has served some of the best known Hokkien noodles on Phuket island for many years since 1946 to be precise. It used to be a tiny, modest restaurant at the clock circle in Phuket town where locals and expats would go for a cheap bowl of noodles, and that was it. Good, cheap and super casual.

Speciality: Hokkien Noodles
: Phuket Town
Address: 9/109 Phuket Road, Phuket Town
Open: 9 am – 6.30 pm
Phone: 076 216 293
Price: Cheap

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Pak Nam Seafood

Pak Nam Seafood Restaurant Phuket

Speciality: Seafood and Thai food
Location: Phuket Town
: 52/220 Ratsadanuson Rd, Phuket Town
Tel: 076 240240
Open: 10.30 am – 10.30 pm
Price: Reasonable

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Suay Restaurant

Suay Restaurant Phuket

Speciality: Thai food
: Cherngtalay
: 4, 177/99 Moo 6 Si Sunthon, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Open: 4 pm – 11 pm
Phone: 093 339 1890

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Ta Khai

Ta Khai Restaurant

Speciality: Thai food
: Rosewood Resort, Tri Trang Beach
88/28 Muen-Ngern Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
Open:  6 pm – 10 pm
Tel: 76 356 888
Price: Expensive


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Tu Kab Khao

Tu Kab Khao Restaurant Phuket

Speciality: Southern Thai Food
: Phuket Town
Address: 8 Phang Nga Road, Phuket Town (the restaurant with a giant lobster hanging on the side)
Open: Daily 11 am – 12 midnight
Phone: 076 608 888
Price: Affordable

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O Cha Rot

O Cha Rot Restaurant

Speciality: Beef Noodle Soup
: Phuket Town
Address: 72/1 Yaowarat Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 7 am – 3.30 pm
Phone: 076 213 347


Crust Italian Restaurant in Phuket Town

Speciality: Italian
Location: Phuket Town outskirts
Address: 46/9 Moo 5 Chalermprakiat Ratchakan Thi 9 Road, Wichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 11 am – 3 pm, 5 pm – 10 pm, Wednesday closed
Phone: 093 763 0318

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