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Where to eat in Phuket?

As well as being a beautiful beach destination and a top spot for shopping, there’s another thing that Phuket does better than most and that’s food.

Phuket's dining scene is a colourful one and if you love food, you’ll certainly love this island. The variety of cuisine and dining experiences is one of the major attractions of the Phuket island. There are restaurants to suit every taste, serving a huge selection of western and Asian food. Check out these great restaurants around Phuket. Here’s the best of the best.

Blue Elephant Phuket

Blue Elephant serves a sophisticated Thai cuisine in an amazing mansion, and it’s not your usual casual dining place. Save this for a one-time special dinner and consider it as an experience.

This amazing renovated old mansion has the majesty and the grandeur of a house with a long and mysterious history. The Blue Elephant follows recipes crafted by its world-renowned chef, Khun Noroor Somany Steppe. Indulge in unique Thai dishes that boast of Thailand’s past, present and future gastronomic culture while surrounded by scenic views.

Blue Elephant is also home to one of the most respected cooking classes in Thailand.

  • Location: Phuket Town
  • Address: 96, Krabi, Tambon Talat Nuea, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Phuket 83000
  • Open: 11.30 am – 10.30 pm
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Tel: 076 354 355
  • Price: High

La Gritta Restaurant

La Gritta features an elegant design and furnishings, as well as a sumptuous contemporary menu. La Gritta at Amari Phuket offers two distinct sections La Gritta Restaurant and La Gritta Bar, with both indoor and outdoor areas, for a combined seating capacity of 100.

Its chic culinary destination offers breath-taking views of Patong Bay and is one of the trendiest places to dine in Phuket, showcasing the finest Italian cuisine including a diverse array of antipasti, handmade pastas, authentic Italian meats and fish dishes and delectable desserts. The stylish La Gritta Bar boasts an impressive collection of premium wines, creative cocktails, apéritifs, digestifs and spirits, making us the ideal venue for sundowners.

  • Location: Patong Beach
  • Address: 2 Meun-Ngern Road Pa Tong, Amphoe Kathu, Phuket 83150
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Tel: 076 340 112
  • Price: Affordable

Mom Tri's Kitchen

Mom Tri's Kitchen at Villa Royale by Kata Noi Beach cleverly balances a great location and décor with first-class food and invites the diner to simply appreciate and enjoy some fabulous cuisine in a divine setting.

Villa Royale straddles the headland separating Kata Yai and Kata Noi beaches on Phuket's west coast. Drive to the south of Kata and follow the road over the hill to Kata Noi. Villa Royale on the right and has ample parking space in its beautiful gardens.

  • Location: Kata Noi Beach
  • Address: 12 Kata Noi Road, Kata Noi Beach
  • Cuisine: Thai, European
  • Open: Daily 7 am – 11.30 pm
  • Tel: 076 333 568
  • Price: High

Joe's Downstairs

Joe’s Downstairs is one of Phuket’s most prominent restaurants. Enjoying a nice location on the granite cape that separates Patong from Kalim beach, it overlooks the Andaman Sea and offers a splendid sundowner spot.

People of all ages frequent Joe’s but it does have a markedly youthful feel to it. It's a great feeling to be sitting on the deck, sipping on a cocktail, and watching the fabulous sunset.

By mid-evening, the restaurant vibe is dominant but then the cool sounds and relaxed yet chic bar vibe takes over.

  • Location: Kalim Beach
  • Address: 223/3 Phrabarami Road, Patong Beach, Phuket 83150
  • Cuisine: Thai, European
  • Tel: 063 078 5887
  • Price: High

Black Ginger

Black Ginger Phuket at The Slate Resort is set on an island in the middle of a lagoon. Access to this restaurant is 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.

When it comes to Thai plates, you can order specialities such as som tam (green papaya salad), tom yam, or southern-style yellow fish curry. One unique point about this restaurant is that they also serve traditional Thai delicacies not often found in fine dining establishments, such as chaplu leaves in batter with chilli sauce, as well as crab and pork spring rolls which you roll yourself right at the table.

  • Location: Nai Yang Beach
  • Address: The Slate, 116, Moo 1, Sakhu, Thalang, Phuket 83110 (Nai Yang Beach)
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Tel: 076 327 006
  • Price: High

Sizzle Rooftop at Avista Lounge

The Sizzle Rooftop restaurant is a romantic dining place at the top of the new Avista Hideaway at the south of Patong beach. Just to set the tone, you need to know that this hotel is part of the MGallery by Sofitel, an award-winning luxury resort. The resort sits on a hill, and from this unique vantage point, you can admire two bays: Freedom Beach and Paradise Beach. You are not close to the beach, but you can see far above the forest all the way to the sea.

  • Location: At Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa, 39/9, Muen-Ngern Rd, Patong Beach
  • Open: 6 pm – 11 pm
  • Tel: 076 681 681
  • Price: Affordable

We know there are more amazing restaurants than in this list, and we will add them later. Keep in mind that some restaurants are very popular, especially during Phuket’s special occasions, so if you want to sit by the seaside, it is recommended to book in advance.