[Updated March 2023] Phuket boasts a plethora of dining establishments, ranging from casual beachside eateries and street food stalls, to local restaurants and fancy dining spots serving international cuisine. On certain days, a good ol’ phad thai in a fuss-free setting will do, while on others, you’ll want to spoil yourself with an indulgent feast in a lovely setting. When the mood for the latter strikes, make your way to one of these restaurants for a night of fine dining in Phuket:
Surf and Turf by Soul Kitchen
Inspired by Southern Phuket cuisine, Surf and Turf by Soul Kitchen is a European contemporary restaurant located in Phuket Town. The atmosphere is cosy and humble with about 20 seats, so you are encouraged to book in advance. The owner-chef Tom pays special detail to every creation, so it’s no wonder that Surf and Turf has received the Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand distinction since 2019.
The Royale Nam Tok
Containing just six tables, a meal at The Royal Nam Tok promises to be an indulgent and exclusive dining experience. Here, you will dine in a fine and elegant setting, The ornate interiors feature towering ceilings, luxe finishings and beautiful lighting that complement the elaborate flatware perfectly.
Browse through the menu, and you will find a sumptuous spread of French dishes that incorporate local ingredients and flavours. A small and uncomplicated selection of dishes makes deciding on what to have for dinner a quick and breezy affair. Coupled with attentive and friendly service, you can be assured that a dining experience at this restaurant will be nothing short of excellent.
Ka Jok See
Being one of Phuket’s most popular restaurants, Ka Jok See draws a large flock, and remains packed to the brim each night. Diners eager to enjoy a dining experience here should take note that reservations are to be made about a week in advance.
Step into the Sino-Portugese shophouse, and admire its charming Thai and European touches, wooden beam ceilings and soft lighting. Keep an eye on the crowd, for you might end up rubbing shoulders with a celebrity or two during your night there. This restaurant serves a good variety of scrumptious Thai fare, but the food is not the draw of the night.
What starts out as an innocent dinner soon turns into a night of fun and revelry, transforming even the most reluctant and shyest diners into enthusiastic dancers. After a round of feasting, the tables are cleared up and pushed away, setting the stage for glamorous performances, plenty of dancing and unstoppable party mayhem.
L’Arome by The Sea
Stylish, elegant and offering impeccable views of the sea, L’Arome by the Sea is known for its contemporary French cuisine. The talented Head Chef Yannick Hollenstein comes from the Swiss Alps, and in his creations we can find reminiscences of his origin. Dining at L’Arome is like embarking on a unique, well-crafted culinary journey with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and imported international delights like french oysters and Japanese wagyu. The restaurant also boasts and extensive wine selection with over 300 fine wines to accompany your dish.
Nahmyaa Thai Restaurant
Cheery, warm hues of orange and red, fishbowl-shaped lighting and mosaic tile feature walls greets diners when they step into Nahmyaa Thai Restaurant. This restaurant is the perfect spot for vacation makers seeking to satisfy their cravings for authentic Thai fare.
Open for lunch and dinner daily, the restaurant draws its inspiration from popular Thai street food. Be prepared to feast on savoury nibbles such as fish cakes and sates, as well as well-loved mains like noodle soups, tangy curries and stir-fried dishes. To round off your meal on a sweet note, try out the decadent sticky rice with mango or exquisite pandanus jellies.
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