Dine Like A Local: Insider’s Guide To Restaurants In Phuket

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The Thailand Trip Packages are one of the top-selling trips when it comes to visiting countries in Southeast Asia. This popular destination attracts tourists from all across the globe with its serene natural sights, beaches, and islands.

Out of all the popular places to visit in Thailand, Phuket – a scenic coastal town is something not to be missed. This town will greet you with thrilling beaches, sports, island hopping, cultural heritage tours through temples, amazing nightlife, and jungle adventures. Besides all these, the cuisine of Phuket is surely something worth trying to have a memorable time here! 

A Thailand vacation to Phuket isn’t complete without savoring its world-class gastronomy & culinary delights which are offered by the wide array of restaurants in Phuket and coffee shops in Phuket. Whether you’re craving Thai specialties, fresh seafood, or international flavors, restaurants in Phuket have something to satisfy every palate, and that to visitors of all ranges, be it economy or fine dining.

These cafes and restaurants are open throughout the clock as Phuket is one of the famous places to enjoy classic Thailand’s vibrant nightlife though some of them may have their specific timings, which can be confirmed directly before visiting. Although, it is very challenging to elaborate all the delicacies that these restaurants in Phuket offer, here are a few of them worth mentioning, that are a strict no-miss for the tourists in Phuket.

15 Best Restaurants in Phuket

Several restaurants in Thailand serve tourists and locals with mouth-watering cuisines from around the world along with local Thai food. Let; ‘s explore some of the restaurants and the best Phuket cafes so that you can treat your taste buds to some delicious food: 

1. Blue Elephant

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Blue Elephant is one of the most popular restaurants in Phuket which is deeply rooted in traditional Thai flavors, featuring a balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy tastes and includes fresh herbs, seafood, rice, and noodles. Blue Elephant restaurant is Known for its authentic Thai cuisine and fine dining experience in a beautifully restored Sino-Portuguese mansion. 

This fine-dining restaurant is housed in one of the most elegant buildings and is counted among the best restaurants in Phuket town. The Sino-Portuguese mansion, also known as the Governor’s house, is the home to this restaurant. This famous restaurant has branches all around the world. They have some of the best and most authentic Thai dishes from the royal cuisine in a delicate dining setting, like many other restaurants in Phuket town.

Must-Try: Seng Wa, a royal Thai dish is a must-try in this restaurant. Massaman Curry and Khao Yam are also worth a try.

Address: 96 Krabi Road

Timing: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM 

2. Mor Mu Dong

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Mor Mu Dong could be your first and foremost choice for a rural, splendid, and indigenous experience at a restaurant in Phuket. This is the best place to experience the food in the town in its most authentic setting. The Mor Mu Dong Seafood Restaurant won a local competition for being a friendly place that serves good food at reasonable prices, which makes it even higher on our must-visit list of restaurants in Phuket. The locals, who are also fans of this place, would describe it as a down-to-earth and back-to-the-basic restaurant. Your food is served in Salas- a wooden structure with a dome-like roof and no walls- which is a kind of specialty of this gem of a restaurant in Phuket.

Must-Try: This place serves some of the best local dishes and their best preparations would be Moo Kua Klua, Pak Miang Goong Siah, and Pla Pao.

Address: 32/9 Soi Mu Dong, Chao Fah East, Chalong (past the zoo)

Timing: 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM

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3. Laem Hin Seafood

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Located a few kilometers from Phuket Town, this is considered one of the best local seafood restaurants in Phuket and is very popular among the locals. Although this restaurant is a big establishment, it gets crowded during dinnertime and weekends thereby vouching for its virtual tag of the best restaurant in Phuket town for seafood. It is set on a wooden structure over water, which sets the perfect mood for a good meal. They specialize in Southern Thai seafood and serve some of the most authentic Thai-tasting dishes. They use fresh seafood bought from fishers from right across the shore

Must-Try: They have an extensive menu and a lot of variety to choose from. The best of their dishes are Yam Gung Seab, Oysters, and Blue Crabs

Address: 90/11 Soi Baan Laem Hin, Thepkasattri Road

Timing: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

4. Tu Kab Khao Restaurant

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For relishing authentic Southern Thai food, this gem of a restaurant in Phuket is located inside a heritage house on Phang Nga Road. Looking at its aesthetics, it may seem fancy and expensive but is very reasonably priced compared to other fine-dining restaurants in Phuket. The interiors are traditional and sophisticated with thick curtains, sofas made of velvet, classical arched doors, huge lobster design hanging on one of its corners outside. It is divided into five sections to ensure an intimate setup for a cozy meal with your friends and family. 

The staff is attentive and friendly like other restaurants in Phuket and there is a vast selection of authentic Thai dishes to choose from on their menu, but one should be mindful of the spicy element in some of those dishes. Some local favorites include Gaeng Som Pla, a delicious crab curry served with rice noodles, and the Big Prawns, served with tamarind chutney if you are looking for a sweet, sour, and salty delight. You can also try their coconut ice cream for a sweet treat.

Must Try: Gaeng Som Pla, a delicious crab curry served with rice noodles, Sen Mee Gaeng Poo, Pla Sai, Moo Hong Phuket, and Nam Prik Koong Siap are other popular dishes here. 

Address: 8 Phang Nga Road, Phuket Town 

Timing: 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

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5. One Chun Cafe and Restaurant

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This is yet another good restaurant and among the best Phuket cafes that serves authentic Thai cuisine and is vouched by the locals for the authenticity of its taste. Adding to these vintage and beautifully decorated interiors are the relaxed ambiance and friendly crowd, which are enough to rival the interiors of other best cafes in Phuket. 

Locate in the city’s heart and built-in Sino colonial style, this restaurant is one of the best places to visit in Phuket as it also has a beautiful garden within. The best part is that it is full of small doors connecting different parts of the building, which gives it a slight aesthetic edge over other best cafes in Phuket. The place manages to have a good blend of old and new aesthetics and architecture, which is rare to find even in the best cafes in Phuket town. 

Must-Try: Orange curry with shrimp and roasted pork salad with red grapes.

Address: 48/1 Thepkasattri Road (near the intersection with Dibuk Road in Phuket Old Town)

Timing: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

6. Mee Ton Poe

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Located in 3 prime locations in Phuket, Mee Ton Poe started as a small and modest cafe that is presently famous for its extremely tasty and reasonably priced noodles and has won the prestigious ‘Michelin’ Plate award symbolizing its quality and delicious taste. Hokkien mee noodle dishes served with pork, chicken, fish, egg or vegetables, brown gravy, and a half-boiled egg are the most popular dishes. The toppings and seasoning on the noodles can be customized, but mostly fried egg or red curry are preferred. A succulent satay, gaak moo (pork crackling), or a cold coconut drink are mouth-watering options for making a combo with the noodles. 

Mee Ton Poe with its sumptuous and pocket-friendly yellow noodles stands itself out among the frills and fancies of a fine dining restaurant within a reasonable price. It is unarguably among the best cafes in Phuket and hence is crowded almost at all times of the day so one may have to share a table with others. A meal for two here costs around 100-150 baht, which is at or below par with many of the best cafes in Phuket.

Must Try: Soups, Fish cakes, and Khao Raat Gaeng are some other popular selections here.

Address: 214, 7-8 Phuket Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Timing: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Tuesday-Wednesday)  10:00 AM to 6:30 PM (Thursday–Monday)

7. Mom Tri’s Kitchen

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A fine dining restaurant in Phuket housed at Villa Royale truly offers a royal experience of luxurious dining in Phuket. Set near the Kata beach’s rocky terrain – one of the popular beaches in Phuket, it is a good choice for a romantic getaway or a relaxed party with your friends. The menu at Mom Tri’s kitchen is extensive, ranging from local Thai to exotic European dishes, and the wine cellar has hundreds of labels to boast. The decor here is the epitome of premium architecture done by the famous Thai architect and owner of this restaurant after whom the restaurant is named.

Must-Try: Do try one of their fusion dishes.

Address: Villa Royale, Kata Noi Beach

Timing: 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM

8. Natural Restaurant

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This restaurant in Phuket is located just 5 minutes away from the Chinese Shrine Jui Tui and can be easily spotted while driving on Phutorn Road. As the name suggests, the ambiance has entire elements of nature such as Plants, waterfalls, and old items redesigned as decorative elements.  It has multiple levels of dining zones for visitors to make their pick from. In line with the natural theme, the menu also features splendid dishes made with fresh ingredients, and one can enjoy an MSG-free meal here! 

Some recommended dishes to look for here include the Moo Hong Phuket, which is pork braised in a black bean sauce, Kaong Poo Kanom Jean – rice noodles served with a spicy crab and coconut curry, and Yum Phak Miang Tod, which is made of local leafy vegetables served with a delicious spicy sauce. The vegetarian options include salads, wraps, sandwiches, smoothies, and desserts made from fresh, organic produce. The prices here are very reasonable and range between 60-200 baht only.

Must Try: Fresh oysters, Chicken galangal soup, Pork minced salad, and Cashew nuts with mushrooms.

Address: 62/5 Phuthon, Bangkok Rd, Talat Nuea, Phuket 83000

Timing: 10:30 AM to 11:30 

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9. The Vegan Table

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Besides these wide culinary varieties, there are also several vegetarian restaurants in Phuket, catering to those with dietary preferences or restrictions. There are plenty of options for vegan visitors in purely vegetarian restaurants in Phuket. The Vegan Table, as the name suggests, is purely vegetarian and is arguably the most sought-after vegetarian restaurant in Phuket, which is recommended for vegan tourists. Deeply inspired by the notions of sustainability and climate change, The Vegan Table features unique vegan dishes that taste delicious and are handcrafted from scratch. 

The ambiance is welcoming and soothing and each item on the menu is illustrated with its nutrition facts. Winner of the ‘best plant-based restaurant in 2020 and 2021’, it is one of Thailand’s most popular vegan restaurants in the old Phuket town area. It is known for its creative dishes, which celebrate vegan food. One cannot miss the juicy vegan burgers and sausages here. This place is also a good option for vegans and vegetarians curious to try Thai and Indonesian dishes but have been restricted due to meat. The green curry, Indonesian tempeh, and soups are finger-licking good, and the desserts are delectable.

Must Try: Chocolate tart, Mexican wrap, and sweet potato fries.

Address: 106 Rassada Road, Talat Yai, Phuket 83000 Thailand

Timing: 08:30 AM to 10:00 PM

10. O-OH Farm Suanluang

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Located at the entry point of the Sugar Palm Condominium SuanLuang, the O-OH farm Suanluang is known for its hydroponic salad farm and is one of the best restaurants in Phuket recommended for vegetarians. As expected, the menu here features an extensive list of salads served with fresh seafood items, chicken, and other meats prepared with fresh produce. 

O-OH Farm is a highly recommended vegetarian restaurant in Phuket for those who do not find many meat-free options in the restaurants in Phuket town. This farm and restaurant is a casual meet-up spot, widespread among locals and tourists because of its high-quality coffees, teas, delicious cookies, and tea cakes. As a part of their main course, one can relish fresh handmade pasta, pizzas, and veggie and bean burgers if they want a break from spicy food. However, they also have a good selection of spicy and mild spicy Thai dishes, such as green curry and a vegetable massaman curry.

Must Try: Salads, Coffee, and Cookies.

Address: 1/1 Wirat Hong Yok Road, Talad Nua, Muang, Phuket 83000 Thailand

Timing: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM

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11. Kopitiam by Wilai

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The coffee shops in Phuket offer options for a tranquil hangout with light snacks and coffee, that are easily accessible at all tourist destinations in the town while enjoying the serene landscapes and beaches in the town. Located on the historic Thalang road in Phuket’s old town, one such restaurant is Kopitiam by Wilai, which is the perfect dining place for retro lovers. ‘Kopitam’ which translates as a coffee shop is the perfect word to describe the old coffee shop vibes of this restaurant. While some locals here visit for a quick tea & snack break between work, the visitors here also include retired personnel and tourists.

The decor at Kovalam is simple and vibrant, while the food prices here are quite economical, with no compromise on quality. Sunday is a particularly busy day here due to the walking street market on Thalang Road, so some waiting time can be expected and prior booking is recommended. It has recently opened after the popularity of its neighboring Wilai restaurant but looks aged. Hokkien noodles are a must-try here, while some other favorites include Pad Thai Kee Mao, Tom Yam, and the noodle soup. As the name suggests, this place also specializes in beverages such as coffee, eccentric fruit juices, and their unique ‘milky’ drinks hence making it one of the best Phuket cafes.

Must Try: Bee Hoon Mee and Thai curries.

Address: 18 Thalang Road, Tambon Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000

Timing: 11:00 AM to 10

12. Black Ginger

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Black Ginger Phuket is located in the middle of a lagoon which can be accessed by boat only and will take you across the flame-lit waters to the main venue, where you can enjoy modern twists on traditional Thai dishes. Their specialty is Thai plates, particularly those traditional Thai delicacies not often found in fine dining establishments, such as cha-plu leaves in batter with chili sauce, as well as crab and pork spring rolls which you roll yourself right at the table.

Must Try: som tam (green papaya salad), tom yam, or southern-style yellow fish curry, cha-plu leaves in batter with chili sauce

Location: The Slate Resort, 116 Moo 1, Sakhu, Thalang, Phuket 

Open: Daily from 6.30 pm to 11 pm

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13. DeDos

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DeDos Restaurant offers one of the best dining experiences in Phuket located at Tinlay Place, near the entrance of Laguna Phuket Resort Complex in Bangtao. It is a fine dining restaurant with Asian-inspired French cuisine and offers one of the best dining experiences in Phuket. Proposing a wide range of culinary masterpieces, here you will be delighted to try new flavor combinations that capture the best of Mediterranean, Thai, Japanese, and French Cuisine. 

Must Try: US Jonah Crab Claws, Foie Gras Ravioli, Tuna Tartar

Location: Bandon-Cherngtalay Road, Thalang, Cherngtalay, Phuket 

Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 10.30 pm

14. Wok Pagoda Kitchen

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Wok Pagoda, Mom Tri’s sister restaurant, is located on the highest peak of the hill between Chalong and Kata and offers a beautiful ambiance, delicious Asian fusion food, friendly, attentive service, and an indescribably magnificent panoramic view that overlooks the entire Chalong Bay with its marina blustering yachts and the islands. 

In addition, Wok Pagoda also has a bar that serves delicious tapas with drinks. The Wok Pagoda menu is a creation of two food lovers and cooks, Mom Tri and Chef Tammanoon. The dishes are a fusion of Thai, Asian, and Western recipes. Central to their creative effort is a charcoal grill, an ancient way of cooking not only for the Thai people but particularly, the Japanese in which the freshest ingredients are cooked to retain their taste and quality. 

With this sensibility, dishes are passionately invented and beautifully presented with the hope that all will be savored and enjoyed at the table. Thus, relishing the delicious fusion food along with enjoying the ambiance of this restaurant is one of the best things to do in Phuket.

Must Try: “Phu Chan” – a wafer tower layered with succulent and locally sourced crab meat and garnished with basil and pesto dashes, Chef’s Signature Salad, “Coq au Vin” – chicken sautéed and then stewed in red wine with onions, mushrooms, and seasonings.

Location: 32/78 Moo 4, Rawai, Phuket 

Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

15. La Gaetana

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This restaurant enjoys a formidable reputation in Phuket as a small, family-run Italian restaurant with an eye for detail. The main dining area of this 80-year-old building is decorated like an Italian house in warm colors that provide a warm welcome to the customers. Though tiny with only six tables, La Gaetana is big on charm, due to its larger-than-life Italian owner and his Thai wife. While the menu sticks to southern-influenced classics, daily specials are also offered. Pasta and gelato are made in-house, as is the limoncello; don’t miss the Phuket lobster or desserts, which are finished theatrically at the table.

Must Try:  In-house Sourdough, pasta, gelato, limoncello, fettuccine with tomato sauce, Phuket lobsters.

Location: 352 Phuket Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Open: Monday–Tuesday and Friday from midday to 2 pm and from 6 pm and 10 pm, Thursday and Saturday–Sunday from 6 pm to 10 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

Thus, Phuket offers a delightful blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and culinary delights, making it a top destination for tourists seeking a memorable vacation. 

What type of cuisine does the restaurant in Phuket offer?

A variety of Thai, Chinese, Indian, and Continental cuisine highlighted by seafood Pad Thai and truffle pizza, plus a selection of fresh salads and fruit in a diverse culinary setting are the types of cuisine the restaurant in Phuket offers.

What are the operating hours of the restaurant?

Opening hours of restaurants are varied depending on their menus. Some are open from 06.00 am until the evening. But almost all the restaurants open in the morning and are operational till night.

Is it necessary to make a reservation at a restaurant in Phuket?

It is best to make a reservation, as the restaurant gets bustling during the high season. Walk-ins are accepted, but there will be a wait depending on the queue.

Are there any special dietary considerations or allergies that the restaurant in Phuket can accommodate?

By communicating your sensitivities and allergies, you will be at ease and able to make the most of your holiday without worrying about triggering your allergies.

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