Best Restaurants on the Beach in Phuket
- Best Restaurants on the Beach in Phuket
- 1. Restaurants on the Beach in Patong
- Restaurants on Patong Beach
- Map of Patong Beach Restaurants
- 2. Restaurants on the Beach in Kata
- Map of Kata Beach Restaurants
- 3. Restaurants on the Beach in Kamala
- Photos of Kamala Restaurants on the Beach
- Map of Kamala Beach Restaurants
- 4. Restaurants on the Beach in Bangtao
- Beach Clubs in Bangtao
- Photos of Beach Restaurants in Bangtao
- Map of Bangtao Beach Restaurants
- 6. Freedom Beach
- 7. Restaurants on the Beach in Nai Yang
- Map of Beach Restaurants in Nai Yang
- 8. Restaurants on the Beach in the North of Phuket
- Map of Beach Restaurants in North Phuket
- Map of Phuket Beach Restaurants
Eating on the beach at one Phuket beach restaurants is a great way to make the best of your tropical holiday. Thai food is excellent and cheap; the weather is warm all year round, the sea offers a fantastic backdrop, and the sand is so soft under your feet.
In this page we only talk about the restaurants set right on the sand and not the restaurant ‘close’ to the beach: Our choice is all about having lunch or dinner ON the sand.
Beach restaurants were a common thing in Phuket before ‘the big cleanup’ of 2015, but most restaurants and beach clubs were illegally built and therefore removed the hard way. Surin beach was trendy for the many great restaurants and clubs you could enjoy until late. All those are gone, and Surin is now back to its natural state. A more recent example of this happened at the very popular Laem Singh Beach, and no one saw it coming. Laem Singh Beach was a great place to hang with trendy restaurants operating for more than 2 decades, such as the famous ‘Da Ali’. One day the owner of the land closed, and that was the end of it.
There were a few years of uncertainty, and having a ‘legal’ restaurant on the beach was a rare luxury. That was without considering Thai creativity. Today, once again, you can easily enjoy a beach lunch or dinner.
Here is a list of places where you still can eat on the sand or close to eat on the sand (or close to it). Surprisingly many travellers miss those places entirely even though they probably walk nearby.
Beach restaurants were a common thing in Phuket before ‘the big cleanup’ of 2015, but most restaurants and beach clubs were illegally built and therefore removed the hard way. Surin beach was trendy for the many great restaurants and clubs you could enjoy until late. All those are gone, and Surin is now back to its natural state. A more recent example of this happened at the very popular Laem Singh Beach, and no one saw it coming. Laem Singh was a great place to hang with trendy restaurants operating for more than two decades, such as the famous ‘Da Ali’. One day the landowner closed the access to the beach entirely, and that was the end of it.
1. Restaurants on the Beach in Patong
- Patong Food Court
Patong Beach used to have a nice set of restaurants on the beach, but the expansion of the Impiana Hotel took over all the space. Sabai Corner and Chez Bernard had to move somewhere in the back streets. The old food court next to it has closed, but there are still a lot of stalls just in front, all serving decent Thai food and even continental breakfast at a reasonable price. All those restaurants are together in the central part of the beach, at walking distance from the famous Bangla road. Read about Patong Beach
Restaurants on Patong Beach
Map of Patong Beach Restaurants
2. Restaurants on the Beach in Kata
There is a long line of local wooden restaurants under the trees at the north end of Kata Beach, where a small river connects to the ocean. If you don’t know where to look, you might miss them entirely. They all look about the same so follow your instinct and pick any, it’s a very relaxing and inviting way to take a break from your morning suntan or beach-time. Prices are very reasonable, and you can eat on the sand! Read about Kata Beach
Map of Kata Beach Restaurants
3. Restaurants on the Beach in Kamala
Kamala Beach has a lot of restaurants, bars and local food vendors lined up along the central part of the beach. At the contrary of other beaches, restaurants here are shops build with concrete so while the views are magnificent, the feeling might be a little less exotic than in Kata or Bangtao beach. Here too it is difficult to predict which will be open or closed on the day you arrive but overall this part of the beach is doing well. There is a little concrete path between the restaurants and the beach, but the thing blends so well, it’s a fantastic place to relax. Those beach restaurants are a great place to have your holiday breakfast! It’s affordable, and the view of the blue ocean is unbeatable. There are many names, and it’s a little difficult to recommend one in particular.
Photos of Kamala Restaurants on the Beach
Map of Kamala Beach Restaurants
4. Restaurants on the Beach in Bangtao
Bangtao Beach used to have some famous seafood restaurants built on the beach, but those are long gone. In recent years, restaurants owners adapted to the land restrictions and found new ways to serve lunch or dinner on the beach. Since then, business is flourishing, and there must be at least ten restaurants lined up next to the Outrigger Resort!
Those restaurants and bars are quite cheap, all made of bamboo and palm roofs in the shade of Casuarina trees. Just go there and pick any, ultimately they are more or less serving the same food, each with their speciality. Those restaurants are really on the sand and just as expected; there are a lot of reggae bars nearby to relax before and after dinner.
For a while, the only option was to dine at Casuarina Restaurant at the Dusit Thani Resort but it, of course, being a 5-star hotel it is more expensive than local restaurants.
- Green Leaf Restaurants
- The Promenade restaurant
- Casuarina at Dusit Thani
Beach Clubs in Bangtao
Photos of Beach Restaurants in Bangtao
Map of Bangtao Beach Restaurants
Freedom is a little paradise. It has everything: incredible soft white sand, amazing blue water, it’s relatively peaceful, you can eat on the sand (look at this photo) and it’s just next to Patong Beach! There is a reason why this paradise is still quiet: you can only get there by longtail boat from Patong, and it’s not so cheap to ride it. (there is occasionally a path from the top of the hill, but it’s steep and not guaranteed to be open. And to make things a little more complicated, it’s only open during high season, which is about November to June. Read more
7. Restaurants on the Beach in Nai Yang
Nai Yang Beach is a bit of a hidden gem if you enjoy spending a day on a beach we could consider a more ‘local’ beach. The beach is immense with a lot of trees around, and it is quite peaceful for being away from the main roads. There are only a handful of hotels near the beach, and a few restaurants set right on the sand. The setting is very relaxing, and we love to stop there after we explored this part of the island. Sea almond restaurant serves wine and an exciting choice of local craft beers.
- Sea Almond Restaurant
- Good View restaurant
Map of Beach Restaurants in Nai Yang
8. Restaurants on the Beach in the North of Phuket
These restaurants are at the very north of the island and are great if you are staying in Mai Khao Beach. Thanoon Seafood is well-known and good. We stop there each time we drive the 10 hours it takes to go from Bangkok to Phuket. With little bamboo huts, Rim Pan is another hidden gem found on the Phuket island side, at the feet of the bridge. Sai Kaew is also very local with some bamboo huts in front of the deserted beach of Sai Kaew