Phuket is known worldwide as a place of culinary excellence and amazing dining venues with magnificent views. So there is no shortage of great places to eat in Phuket. From tasty Thai buffets served in romantic beach settings to ultra-modern fusion dishes served to your poolside, there is a Phuket restaurant for every tastebud. Below we have outlined the top 10 restaurants and places to eat in Phuket.
1. Mom Tri’s Kitchen Royal
Mom Tri’s Kitchen is located at Kata Noi Beach on Phuket’s idyllic west coast. Here, you will find some fabulous Thai cuisine in a divine tropical island setting. Villa Royale is perfectly situated on top of the headland which separates Kata and Kata Noi beaches and provides a stunning backdrop to complement its fine Thai cuisine.
The ambience at Mom Tri’s is lively with local jazz musicians making regular appearances throughout the week to serenade guests. The menu is also extensive and consists of a variety of fusion inspired and traditional style dishes, to produce a series of truly unique food creations to choose from.
Villa Finder’s tip: The antipasto plate is our recommendation, as it is a very well presented starter, complete with a complimentary cup of fresh gazpacho and a slice of freshly baked, home-made bread.
Mom Tri’s Kitchen Royal
Opening Hours: 7:00 – 23:00
Address: 12 Kata Noi Road, Phuket 83100
Tel: +66 (0)76 333 568
Black Ginger Phuket at Nai Yang Beach is a unique dining experience, set on an island in the middle of a man-made lagoon. Access to this restaurant is strictly by boat, while the anticipation slowly builds as you float across the flame-lit waters towards the main venue of the Black Ginger restaurant.
Here you can enjoy a modern twist on many of your favourite western restaurant dishes. Or stick with the more traditional style of Thai dining with house specialities that include Somtam (green papaya salad), spicy Tom Yum seafood soup, or the delicious southern-style Yellow Fish Curry.
Villa Finder’s tip: This particular Phuket restaurant is they often serve traditional Thai delicacies not typically found in other catered-for-tourist dining establishments. Our recommendation is to try the cha-plu leaves deep fried in batter with chilli sauce, as well as the traditional Thai crab and pork spring rolls which you have to roll yourself.
Black Ginger Phuket
Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
Address: The Slate Resort, Nai Yang beach
Tel: +66 (0)7 632 7006
3. Bampot Kitchen and Bar
Bampot Kitchen & Bar is found at the entrance to the Laguna Resort complex near Bang Tao Beach. This Phuket restaurant uses a combination of the finest local and imported ingredient to produce a top-notch menu for its guests. The menu here could easily grace the tabletops of the world’s most expensive restaurants, without the high price tag or pretentiousness typically associated with such establishments.
The cuisine at Bampot Kitchen and bar is definitely fine dining, but the ambience and atmosphere lead to a more casual, fun and friendly dining experience.
Villa Finder’s tip: Check out the chef’s signature ‘Beer Can Chicken’!
Bampot Kitchen and Bar
Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00
Address: 19/1 Moo 1, Lagoon Road, Cherngtalay, Bangtao
Tel: +66 (0)93 586 9828
4. La Gritta Italian Restaurant
La Gritta Italian Restaurant in Patong is undoubtedly one of the most romantic restaurants and dining venues in Phuket. Located inside the Amari Phuket compound at the very southern end of Patong Bay, this fine-dining venue features a superb contemporary design throughout and a gourmet Italian menu to suit all taste buds.
The relaxing sounds of waves gently tickling the shores of Patong Bay and its alfresco seating arrangements are what gives this restaurant its undeniable romantic appeal.
Villa Finder’s tip: This is a restaurant which specializes in Italian cuisine, our recommendation from the la Gritta menu has to be anything from the homemade pasta and pizza options 😉
La Gritta Italian Restaurant
Opening Hours: From 10:00am – midnight
Address: Inside the Amari Phuket Resort at the southern end of Patong Beach
Tel: +66 (0)76 292 697
5. DeDos Restaurant
DeDos Restaurant is a rather small dining venue that continuously makes the list of the best places to eat in Phuket. It is located on Tinlay Place, near the entrance of the Laguna Phuket Resort Complex at Bangtao Beach.
DeDos is a gastro-style restaurant which serves up a variety of interesting dishes that blend French, Mediterranean and Asian cooking techniques, with a mostly Japanese and Thai influence. Simply put, the DeDos menu is one that will definitely inspire you to try something you’ve never tried before.
Villa Finder’s tip: Our recommendation from the DeDos menu is the signature DeDos tuna, a pan-seared yellow-fin tuna filet in cashew nut black pepper robe, served with taboulé and wasabi-crème fraiche.
Opening Hours: From 18:00-23:00 – Closed on Mondays
Address: Near the entrance to the Laguna Phuket Resort Complex at Bang Tao Beach
Tel: +66 (0)76 325 182
6. Wok Pagoda Kitchen
Wok Pagoda Kitchen offers a tempting assortment of local Thai dishes, along with breathtaking views of the surrounding tropical vegetation and mesmerizing blue waters of the Andaman Sea. Dishes at this restaurant are served on large plates at the table and shared between diners for a more traditional Thai style of dining.
Dishes are mostly prepared using a wok or charcoal grill method of cooking, ensuring all ingredients are lightly cooked with their delicate flavours still locked inside.
Villa Finder’s tip: The menu at Wok Pagoda leans more towards fresh seafood and fish dishes, so our recommendation from the menu here is the fried oysters served with a spicy homemade Sriracha mayonnaise.
Wok Pagoda Kitchen
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00 daily
Address: 32/78 M.4, T.Chalong Muang, Phuket
Tel: +66 (0)76 608 899
7. Breeze Restaurant
Breeze Restaurant is a scenic dining location, located at Cape Yamu, on the east coast of Phuket island. This stylish and modern restaurant is partially open to the elements, allowing the refreshing tropical Phuket breeze to flow through seamlessly through the entire restaurant.
Breeze offers a diverse cuisine of both local Thai and western favourites. It has built a reputation for featuring only the freshest possible ingredients at any given time. This means the menu constantly changes every few days in accordance with the availability of quality local produce.
Villa Finder’s tip: Seeing as the menu changes quietly often at Breeze restaurant to accommodate the availability of fresh produce, our recommendation of dishes to try would be anything from the ‘daily specials’ or ‘chefs recommendations’ list.
Opening Hours: 12:30 – 22:30, closed on Mondays & Tuesdays
Address: Across from Cherngtalay Park, Intersection of Soi Bangtao 2, 3/2 Moo 5 Srisoonthorn Road, Phuket
Tel: +66 (0)87 886 6401
8. Kan Eang@Pier Restaurant
Kan Eang@Pier is a long-established restaurant in Chalong Bay that specializes in serving up some of the freshest seafood and local Thai delicacies Phuket has to offer. Located right next to the Chalong jetty, Kan Eang@Pier features both indoor and outdoor dining areas. Both areas provide splendid views of the tranquil Chalong Bay which are the perfect compliment to go with your seafood dining experience.
‘Kan eang’ roughly translates as ‘easy going’ in Thai, so you know the ambience at Kan Eang is also of a similar nature. And for a large restaurant dealing with so many people on a daily basis, the atmosphere at Kan Eang still remains laid back and relaxed at all times. Being a seafood restaurant located so close to the local fishing ports, you can guarantee anything from the seafood is going to be super fresh!
Villa Finder’s tip: Any dish from the seafood menu!
Kan Eang@Pier Restaurant
Opening Hours: 10:30 – 23:00
Address: 44/1 Moo 5, Chalong Bay, Rawai, Phuket
Tel: +66 (0)76 381 212
9. Suay Restaurant
Suay is a rather small restaurant near the centre of Phuket Old Town, with a huge reputation for being one of the best places to eat in the area. From its laid back garden dining atmosphere to its delicious and super affordable Thai inspired menu, the simple, yet enjoyable dining experience at Suay restaurant is what keeps diners coming back for more.
Villa Finder’s tip: Try the Braised beef in sweet Thai green curry. Or maybe the spicy fresh yellow fin tuna cooked Issan-style if you don’t mind a bit of ‘heat’ from the spices.
Opening Hours: 17:00 till 24:00
Address: 50/2 Takuapa Road
Tel: +66 (0)87 888 6990
10. Kata Rocks Restaurant
Kata Rocks restaurant describes itself as being ‘a cool place to dine’. And everything about this place from the menu to the decor definitely gives a vibe of modern, chic and elegance. From the poolside dining options to the delicate Spanish Tapas plates, Kata Rocks Restaurant tries its best to live up to its reputation as being one of the ‘coolest and trendiest places’ in Phuket to eat.
Kata Rocks Restaurant serves mainly Mediterranean and Thai dishes with a heavily influenced Spanish twist. All with stunning views of the Andaman Sea and surrounding tropical scenery.
Villa Finder’s tip: Our recommendation from the menu here is the barramundi ceviche served with lime and passionfruit dressing, a perfect compliment to your tropical cocktail on a warm Phuket evening.
Kata Rocks Restaurant
Opening Hours: All day
Address: Kata Rocks, 186/22 Kok Tanod Road, Kata
Tel: +66 (0)7 637 0777