Cuisine is definitely one of the highlights of a Thailand visit and Phuket restaurants are among the country’s best. Whether you’re looking forward to authentic Thai food or international fare, the menus in Phuket are a mouth-watering delight. Part of the thrill for many when visiting Phuket is the chance to enjoy lazy, long afternoon lunches and dining in the finest restaurants by night.
In addition to offering regional food from the south of Thailand, including plenty of seafood and thick spicy curries with a Malay influence, the restaurants in Phuket offer dishes from the rest of the country, as well as Royal Thai cuisine. Then there’s a huge range of international food, with plenty of Italian, French, American, British, German, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic tastes, along with other cuisines from around the globe.
Phuket International Restaurants
Wine Connection: (Six branches: Banana Walk, Jungceylon, Chalong and Bang Tao, Central Festival Phuket, Kata and Chalong) Attached to the Wine Connection wine shop, this bistro serves a wide selection of meat and cheese plates as well as excellent entrées. Chalong Branch: Opening Hours: 08:00-23:00. 19/54-57 Moo 8, Chaofa Road, Chalong. Tel: (076) 282 411-2.
TOTO Italian Restaurant: Offering the best wood-fired pizzas in all of Phuket plus traditional Italian dishes and Mediterranean tapas, this is an extremely popular restaurant with expats and tourists. Opening Hours: 15:00-23:00. 24, 26, 28, 30 Laguna Resort Entrance, Lagoon Road, Cherngtalay, Thalang. Tel: (076) 271 430, Email.
The Royale Nam Tok: Run by two Belgians who previously had a Gault-Millau-recommended restaurant in Antwerp, Le Royale is their home during the day and a restaurant in the evening. Expect fine dining on French gastronomic cuisine and a good wine selection to match. 116/102 Moo 6, Kathu. Tel: (087) 263 7327, Email.
Green Man Pub and Restaurant: Traditional British pub serving a huge menu of excellent comfort food and a good selection of imported beers. A regular Sunday roast and special holiday set menus are also offered. Opening Hours: 12:00 -02:00. 82/15 Moo 4, Patak Road, Chalong. Tel: (076) 390 360, Email.
Khanasutra: Cuisine from all the regions of India, with a good atmosphere and good value. Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:30-15:00, Dinner: 18:00-Midnight. 18-20 Takua-Pa Road, Talad Nua, Muang. Tel: (076) 256 192, Email.
Watermark Bar & Restaurant: A smart, contemporary brasserie on the waterfront in Phuket Town, popular with locals and expats. Tel: (076) 239 730.
The Family (Mediterranean Restaurant): Excellent selection of Mediterranean food, including hummus, shawarma and falafel. Special bulk menu for sailors. Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00. 6-14/15 Moo 5, Viset Road, Rawai, Muang. Tel: (076) 280 454, Email.
The Mangosteen Restaurant & Wine Cellar: (Rawai) Features a blend of Asian and international cuisines, themed nights and a tempered underground wine cellar. Right next to a very inviting swimming pool and with terrific views of the south of the island. Opening Hours: All through the day until 22:00. 99/4 Moo 7, Rawai, Soi Mangosteen, Phuket. Tel: (076) 289 399.
East Phuket Restaurants
La Gaetana Restaurant: Small, intimate Italian restaurant run by the ever-attentive Gianni. Excellent food. Often booked solid, so call before you go. 352 Phuket Road, Phuket Town. Tel: (076) 250 523.
Watermark Bakery: This bakery has been serving the Phuket area for more than 12 years and offers a supreme selection of fresh bread, croissants, cakes, pastries plus sandwhiches, pizza and pasta. Everything is made from the finest ingredients and there is a full lunch menu. 60/2 Moo 2, Chalermprakied Rd., Kohkaew, Phuket. Tel: (076) 377 96o
Chili Thai Restaurant: Recommended to us by numerous locals, perfect for a Phuket Town lunch, but only open until 21:00, they serve a tasty, non-touristy-priced menu of Thai and international food in an unpretentious atmosphere. Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Monday-Friday), 16:00-21:00 (Sunday). 33/1 Thepkasatri Rd., Moo 2, Koh Kaew, Phuket. Tel: (076) 239 728.
Black Cat Bar & Restaurant: Between the Cherng Talay Police Station and the entrance to Laguna, this is one of the longest-surviving foreign restaurants in Phuket. Excellent and extensive menu of French food. 104 Bandon/Cherngtalay Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang. Tel: (076) 271 180, Email.
Zen Japanese Restaurant: With a wide variety of Japanese food, including a great sushi menu. Opening Hours: 11.00-22:00 (Daily). 1st Floor, Central Festivel Phuket. Tel: (076) 249 735.
Flints-One Bakery: Wide variety of fresh baked breads and very good sandwich and pizza menu. Rawai. Tel: (076) 613 549.
Bake: High-end bakery with excellent coffee, bread and cakes. Opening Hours: 07:00-22:00. At the entrance of Laguna – 58 Lagoon Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang. Email.
Upmarket Thai Restaurants in Phuket
The Blue Elephant: (Phuket Town) Housed in what used to be Phuket’s grandest private mansion, which has been completely restored, this excellent restaurant specialises in Royal Thai cuisine – dishes from the recipe books of chefs to Thai royalty. Also has a large Thai cooking school which start from 2,800-78,000 Baht for 6 days Professional Chef Course. Opening Hours: 11:30-14:30 and 18:30-22:30. 96 Krabi Rd., Talad Neua, Phuket. Tel: (076) 354 355-7, Email.
The Natural Restaurant: Top quality Thai food, multi-level seating and interesting décor. Opening Hours: 10:30-23:30 (Daily). 62/5 Soi Phutorn, Bangkok Rd., Talad Yai, Phuket. Tel: (076) 224 287.
Baan Klung Jinda: Set in a beautiful old house, with excellent traditional Siam Spice Thai cuisine. 158 Yaowarat Rd., Muang, Phuket. Tel: (076) 221 777, Email.
Baan Rim Pa: Stylish setting with piano bar, beautiful view, award-winning Thai food and wine cellar. 223 Prabaramee Rd., Patong, Phuket. Tel: (076) 340 789.
Tom Yam Goong: Located at the bottom of the hill in Kata and specializing in spicy and sour Thai soup. 376 Srisoontron Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket. Tel: (076) 271 248.
Banana Corner: Charming outdoor seating and top quality Thai food at reasonable prices. 43/47 Saiyuan Rd., Moo 1, Rawai, Phuket. Tel: (076) 289 045.
Lunch Restaurants in Phuket
Mae Porn Seafood: A good selection of stir fries and curries, very friendly service – closed on Sundays and on national lottery days (1st and 16th of each month). 26 Soi Poang Chom Poo, Hong Yok Rd., Talad Yai, Phuket, Tel: (076) 236 124.
Steak Samkong: Mixed Western / Thai menu, with great steak and sausages specials and a big coffee menu. Opening Hours: 07:00-23:00. 367/26-28 Yaowarat Rd., Talad Yai, Phuket. Tel: (076) 217 190.
Lemon Grass: A favourite with smart Thais, with its nibbles menu (no Thai drinks without eating as well) and choice of al fresco dining or aircon rooms. Dibuk Rd., Muang, Phuket. Tel: (076) 682 999.
Raya Restaurant: (Phuket Town) Family-run restaurant in an old wooden house with tasty food and good value for money. Recommended by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00. 48 New Dibuk Rd., Muang, Phuket. Tel: (076) 218 155.
Maimorn Seafood & Karaoke: A sprawling garden restaurant that can accommodate a couple of hundred diners. Excellent service and authentic Thai seafood. The karaoke is confined to soundproofed aircon rooms, so no one will be put out if you sing off-key. Open: 16:30-02:00 (daily); 9 Soi 3, Phang Nga Rd., Talad Yai, Muang, Phuket. Tel: (076) 211 208, Email.
Patong Restaurants – Phuket
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub: Right on the main strip in Patong, traditional Irish ‘Pub Grub’ with Guinness on tap and live music at night. 94/1 Thaweewong Rd., Patong, Kathu, Phuket. Tel: (076) 292 771, Email.
Joe’s Downstairs: Perhaps the best view on the island – these establishments are linked via a staircase leading down to a private beach. Joe’s serves tapas at very high prices, and Da Maurizio offers a private chef service with personalized Italian menus at an equally high price. 223/3 Prabaramee Rd., Patong, Phuket. Tel: (076) 618 245.
Fuji Japanese Restaurant: This great chain of Japanese restaurants sees a good turnover – food is always fresh and great value set meals are served during lunch and dinner. Several places in Phuket – the newest branch to open is found at the Jung Ceylon shopping centre. Jungseylon Phuket (G Floor), Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd., Patong, Kathu, Phuket. Tel: (076) 249 861.
Savoey Seafood Restaurant: Very popular with tourists, featuring indoor and outdoor dining areas, with good Thai food and seafood, cooked to the style you prefer. Opening Hours: 06:30-24:00. 136 Thaweewong Rd., Patong, Kathu, Phuket. Tel: (076) 341 171, Email.
Lim’s Restaurant & Bar : Tucked away on a hill in the area of Kalim, this little restaurant serves Thai food in a modern setting. The restaurant is small, but dramatic in design with art pieces on the walls and is good for celeb’-spotting. 28 Phrabaramee Rd., Soi 7, Patong, Kathu, Phuket. Tel: (082) 451 4590, Email.
White Box Restaurant: On the rocks of Kalim Beach – Thai fusion food and a big bar open to the sky on the top floor, and there are DJ nights which are popular with the smart young set. 247/5 Prabaramee Rd., Patong, Kathu, Phuket. Tel: (076) 346 271, Email.
Karon and Kata Restaurants
Ratri Italian Bar & Grill: Located on a hill with breathtaking, panoramic views of Kata Bay, this hilltop restaurant is tastefully decorated and serves delicious Italian food with a lounge atmosphere. Kata Hill, Phuket. Tel: (076) 333 538, Email.
Capannina Restaurant: Located at the end of a soi off Kata Beach Road, this popular place has excellent Italian food and pizzas from a wood-fired oven. Often packed, so call before going. Opening Hours: 11:00 Till Late. 98/84-85 Kata Rd., Karon, Muang, Phuket. Tel: (081) 367 4994.
Boathouse Wine & Grill: Adjacent to the Boathouse. Beachfront dining and a stylish yet relaxed setting in the open-air restaurant and bar at Oasis. It achieved to win a Wine Spectator Award just a year after opening. At the Oasis square exclusive antique, art and jewely boutiques and a wine shop provide some of the best shopping in Kata. Opening Hours; 11:00-23:00. 182 Koktanode Rd., Kata Beach, Phuket. Tel: (076) 330 015-7, Email.
Mom Tri’s Kitchen: The restaurant with the best view, this establishment is found in Villa Royale, a boutique resort that was once the private residence of its creator – the acclaimed Mom Tri Devakul, one of Thailand’s most respected architects. Great food and equally impressive wine list. 12 Kata Noi Rd., Kata Noi Beach, Phuket. Tel: (076) 333 001, Email.
Surin Beach Restaurants
Taste Bar & Grill: This restaurant, on the Surin strip, is a stone’s throw from the sea and is known for its special dishes, such as pork belly slowed-cooked in a broth flavoured with anise. Other items include: Nepalese curry, duck with orange sauce, prawns on toast and the best chocolate mousse on the island, apparently. 3/2 Moo 5, Srisoonthorn Rd., Choeng Thale, Phuket. Tel: (087) 886 6401, Email.
Twin Brothers Restaurant: Fresh seafood and pizzas served in a relaxing beachside hut – best to visit in the day and enjoy the sea views.
Oriental Spoon Grill & Bar: One of the best Sunday brunches on the island – the smorgasbord includes fresh oysters, roast beef, mash, sushi, cheeses, and strawberries dipped in chocolate sauce – plus a bottle of complimentary white wine to kick-start your day. Opening Hours: Breakfast 07:00-10:30, Dinner 18:00-23:00. Twinpalms Phuket: 106/46 Moo 3, Surin Beach Rd., Cherng Talay, Phuket. Tel: (076) 316 500, Email.
Catch Beach Club: Open-air restaurant and chic event venue on a boardwalk right next to the beach. Owned by Twin Palms, so superb food and prices to match. Often sees big social events in the evening the scene as well as DJ nights and dancing on the sand. Open: 09:00-Late. 12/88 Moo 2, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket. Tel: (065) 348 2017, Email.
Sea Breeze: Good place for lunch with your feet in the sand. Popular Thai and Indian dishes.
Bang Tao Restaurants
Babylon Beach Club: This fantastic Italian restaurant specialises in fresh seafood plus traditional Thai dishes. The exotic cocktail menu has a little for everyone, while the global wine selection compliments the first class Mediterranean cuisine perfectly. What’smore the sea views here are simply stunning. Bangtao Beach Phuket. Tel: (081) 894 8303, Email.
TOTO’ Ristorante Italiano: Fantastic pastas and pizzas, great salads and the best desserts on this side of the island – their panna cottas and chocolate ice cream are delicious. Also found at the entrance of Laguna, the Capri is great value for money as the quality of food is always consistent and service is quick and efficient. 106/17-18 Moo 3, Surin Beach, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket. Tel: (076) 270 597-8, Email.
Siam Supper Club: Be entertained in this warm, tastefully decorated restaurant where the glitterati dine during their stay on the island. Features DJs and jazz nights and rumoured to be a hit with visiting celebs. 36-40 Lagoon Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket. Tel: (076) 270 936, Email.
Tatonka: The fact that this restaurant has been open for more than a decade is proof of the excellence of its fusion food. 382/19 Moo 1, Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherngtalay, Phuket. Tel: (076) 324 349, Email.
North Phuket Restaurants
Rivet & Rebar: Brand new and different – this re-branded resort boasts two different dining experiences in their dramatic and modern restaurants – Rivet and Rebar. Sunday brunches are extraordinary. Nai Yang Beach, 116 Moo 1, Sakhu, Thalang, Phuket. Tel: (076) 327 006.
Marriott’s Siam Deli: (Marriott Resort) This delicatessen is one of the island’s best spots to load up on a fridge full of goodies. There is a wide selection of imported cheeses and hams, as well as olive oils and freshly baked breads. Fantastic breakfast spot if you are in the neighbourhood. 230, 232 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket. Tel: (076) 338 000.
Peang Prai: Two-storey, open-sided octagon next to the lake at the entrance to Bang Pae Waterfall and the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project. Friendly-family establishment with excellent Thai food and an extensive coffee menu. It’s a good stop after a tough day riding elephants and exploring the jungle. Tel: 085 832 7439.
Phuket Town Restaurants
Salvatore’s Restaurant: The best calamari and caesar salad served in a homely and comfortable setting – the menu comprises traditional Italian fare and all items are cooked to perfection. The décor’s a bit flash but this restaurant is arguably one of the best Italian joints on the island. Opening Hours: 12:00-14:30, 18:00-23:00 (Tuesday-Friday), 18:00-23:00 ( Saturday-Monday). 15 Rasada Rd., Taladyai, Muang, Phuket. Tel: (076) 225 958, Email.
Dibuk Restaurant: Authentic French cuisine in an environment imbued with old-world charm – located in a hundred-year-old shop house. The restaurant serves fantastic pâté and steaks. Opening Hours: 11:00-23:30. 69 Dibuk Rd., Talad Nua, Muang, Phuket. Tel: (081) 719 5340, Email.