Best Restaurants on the Beach in Phuket
Eating on the beach at one of 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.
On this page, we only talk about the restaurants set right on the sand and not the restaurant ‘close’ to the beach: Our choice is about having lunch or dinner ON the sand.
Beach restaurants were common 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 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 over 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 can still eat on the sand or close to eating on the sand (or close to it). Surprisingly many travellers miss those places entirely even though they probably walk nearby.
1. 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 many 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 are on the sand. The setting is very relaxing, and we love to stop there after we explore 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
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2. 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. Contrary to other beaches, restaurants here are shops built with concrete, so while the views are magnificent, the feeling might be a little less exotic than in Kata or Bangtao beach. It is also 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 great places 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.
Photos of Kamala Restaurants on the Beach
Map of Kamala Beach Restaurants
3. Restaurants on the Beach in Bang Tao
Bangtao Beach used to have some famous seafood restaurants built on the beach, but those are long gone. In recent years, restaurant owners adapted to the land restrictions and found new ways to serve lunch or dinner on the beach. Since then, the business has flourished, and at least ten restaurants must be lined up next to the Outrigger Resort!
Those restaurants and bars are 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, 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
4. 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
5. Restaurants on the Beach in Kata
A long line of local wooden restaurants is under the trees at the north end of Kata Beach, where a small river connects to the ocean. You might miss them entirely if you don’t know where to look. They all look about the same, so follow your instinct and pick any; it’s a 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
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 the North of Phuket
These restaurants are on 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
Map of Beach Restaurants in North Phuket
Map of Phuket Beach Restaurants