We’ve lived in Patong since 1983 and seen many restaurants come and go in that time. Over the years we have tried them all, from cheap and cheerful to top-class and trendy, so we feel somewhat qualified to produce our own list of the best places to eat in town. Please give them a try – we know you won’t be disappointed!
Sea Hag Restaurant
Soi Permpong 3, just off Patong beach road (Thaweewong Road)
Khun Kenya, the owner of the Sea Hag Restaurant has a fine personal style and a reputation for serving the most admired Thai cuisine on Phuket island. The restaurant offers a well-chosen wine list and a full bar. Special dishes can be prepared on request – you’ll find all your Thai favourites and a few new ones too. Most of the staff have been with Kenya for many years, which says something about the fun and integrity that Kenya instils.
Ristorante & Pizzeria Napoli
Soi Post Office, just of Patong beach road (Thaweewong Road)
Napoli can’t be beaten for authentic Italian pizza in Patong. They serve all the classic pasta dishes and have a great selection of wines. Sit inside in air-conditioned comfort or outside on the terrace and watch the world go by.
Shaker’s Bar & Restaurant
the south end of Rat-u-thit Road, just past Mercure Hotel
Shakers has a huge menu, offering a tantalizing range of salads, burgers, sandwiches & paninis, pizza and Thai food, all at very reasonable prices. Have a draft beer and don’t miss the desserts!
Soi Patong Resort, off Bangla Road
The Islander’s all-day English breakfast is the best in town. All the British favourites are available, from steak and kidney pie to fish and chips. Imported beers and cider, and traditional apple pie and custard complete any meal. They have daily specials throughout the week if you can’t make up your mind from the huge selection in the menu. We’ve been eating here since 1992 and it’s as good now as it was then!
Sam’s Steak House
inside Holiday Inn on the beach road
We said this list isn’t in any particular order, but Sam‘s has to be our Number One restaurant in Patong and probably Phuket. The combination of surroundings, menu, service and overall quality at sensible prices make this a very special dining experience. We used to go for special occasions, now we just go whenever we can because it’s so good.
Karlsson’s Restaurant & Steak House
Soi Patong Tower, off the beach road
A great choice if you like steaks or pizza. This Scandinavian restaurant puts its own twist on pizzas, offering such delights as pizza topped with steak and bearnaise sauce – wonderful! A varied menu at down to earth prices.
The 9th Floor Restaurant & Bar
top floor of the Sky Inn Condotel off Rat-u-thit Road
For a special night out with an amazing view over Patong, you have to try The 9th Floor. This is fine dining at its best, with mediterranean and alpine dishes to choose from, as well as more traditional steaks and pasta. The wine cellar has to be one of the best in Phuket.
Soi Patong Resort, off Bangla Road
Great Indian dishes, with both southern and northern India represented on the menu. We love it, but it’s far too easy to order more than you can manage – be warned!
Wine Connection – Wine Bar, Deli & Restaurant
Sino Street in Jungceylon shopping centre
Looks touristy, but don’t be fooled. Wine Connection offers some really great food and wine at the table is the same price as retail (more than 600 to choose from!). They usually have imported steaks on the special board, so check it out. Pastas, pizzas and salads served all day.
Kaow Man Gai (Chinese chicken rice)
Aroonsom Square, just next to Krung Thai Bank
Last but not least, we recommend you try a small local restaurant just round the corner from Patong language School. It doesn’t have a name, so walk past Krung Thai bank and look for signs for chicken rice. This place is famous amongst locals! You’ve got to try it before you can say you’ve had authentic food in Phuket.
We hope you enjoy eating in these restaurants as much as we do!