20 Best Local Thai Restaurants 🦀 in Phuket

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What are the best local Thai restaurants in Phuket?

For those who are craving delicious Thai food, here is the list of the Best Local Thai restaurants in Phuket. For local Thai restaurants I mean the authentic Thai cuisine with varying levels of spiciness, from mild to extremely spicy! Most of these popular local Thai restaurants are hidden but they are blessed by outstanding views of the ocean.

What makes them popular is definitely the local Thai food, which is excellent. These local Thai restaurants are very simple and all are affordable price. Most of the restaurants don’t care so much about the décor, but it’s all about the food. Wobbly chairs and plastic plates, bamboo huts and dangling lights, toilet paper as napkin and ice cubes in metal glasses. It’s seems a joke but it’s all about Thai style.

In Phuket local Thai restaurants are everywhere. From north to south and from east to the west. There are more of local Thai restaurants to review in Phuket, so this list might evolve during the year. I also built a map at the end of each restaurant to help you locate these great places.


Where to eat local Thai food in Phuket


1. Mor Mu Dong

Mor Mu Dong is one of the most famous restaurants in all of Phuket. It’s so well-known by Phuket locals and Thai tourists coming especially from Bangkok areas. Mor Mu Dong received a ‘Bib Gourmand’ rating in the Phuket Michelin Guide. ‘Bib Gourmand’ is a recognition for the great restaurants that serve good food at affordable prices.

The menu is extensive, serving a mix of a great typical local Thai food and seafood. Many dishes are Phuket specialities, and some dishes you won’t find anywhere else. They have a properly way to make it look delicious.

In the open kitchen, tanks of live seafood affirm the freshness of the seafood. Seafood can’t get much fresher than this. The restaurant offers a variety of seating options, including the private wooden cabana with thatched roof built over the mangrove or simply on a concrete table under the trees. It’s a wonderful experience if you haven’t tried it yet. Please read the full REVIEW HERE.

Location: Chalong
Address: 9/4 Soi Mu Dong, Chao Fah East, Chalong, Phuket
Open: 10:00 am – 9:30 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 88 766 1634
Price: Affordable
Speciality: Local food and Seafood

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2. Laem Sai Seafood

Laem Sai Seafood is a great local Thai restaurant on the east coast of Phuket. Hidden in a quiet and remote location, the restaurant is well-known mostly by Thai locals and a few expats. It is nicely built by the sea with an amazing dining terrace that overlooks the sea. From the terrace you can enjoy views of the mainland of Phang Nga in the distance. If you are lucky enough, you will enjoy also planes flying over the restaurant. The restaurant serves local food and a vast selection of excellent seafood at affordable prices. Laem Sai Seafood keeps its seafood alive directly in the water tubs stream. Seafood can’t get much fresher than this. It’s a worth a try!

Location: North East coast of Phuket
Address: 330 Thepkrasatti Road, Amphoe Thalang, Phuket 83110
Open: 10:30 am – 8:30 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 88 169 4780
Price: Affordable
Speciality: Seafood

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3. Chaiyo Seafood

Chaiyo Seafood is one of the best local Thai restaurant in Phuket. Open for more than 2 decades, the location of the restaurant beside Mudong canal is simply breathtaking. On the other side of the canal, the richness of the mangrove is still evident with a wide variety of green and yellow contrasts. Nicely built in a comfortable setting, the restaurant is well-known mostly by locals for its excellent seafood. The seafood is truly excellent because Chaiyo Seafood keeps its seafood alive directly in the water tubs stream. Seafood can’t get much fresher than this. It’s a must try!

Location: Phuket Town outskirts
Address: 25/2 Moo 6, Soi Muangthong-Borrae, Sakdidech Road
Open: 10.30 am – 10.30 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 76 393 142
Price: Affordable
Specialitiy: Seafood

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4. Kan Eang at Pier

Kan Eang at Pier is probably the oldest local Thai restaurant in all of Phuket. This 2023 year, the restaurant celebrates 50th anniversary with the reputation of being one of the best local Thai restaurants on the Island. Kan Eang received a ‘Thai SELECT’ award. Thai SELECT is a mark of certification awarded by the Ministry of Commerce for guarantee authentic Thai cuisine in Thailand and overseas.

The restaurant is located in Chalong Bay, right next to the jetty. It features both indoor and outdoor dining areas with 600 seats and offers great views to the sea. The establishment is vast, shaded by tropical trees and blessed by sea breeze providing a cool atmosphere for diners. The menu is extensive and well-illustrated with a large choice of excellent seafood and typical local Thai food at moderate prices.

Location: Chalong
Address: 44 1 Chalong, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83130
Open: 10 am – 11 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 83 173 1187
Price: Moderate
Specialitiy: Seafood and local Thai food

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5. Bang Pae Seafood

Bang Pae Seafood is one of the best Seafood restaurant in Phuket, located in Paklok area on the east coast of the island. The place is very relaxing and hidden by the mangrove trees, and blessed with sea view. The restaurant is well-known by Thai locals and some expats. The food is excellent especially the fresh seafood. The décor and layout is simple, but the views are scenic, making it a perfect escape for lunch or dinner.

Location: Paklok
Address: Soi Bang Toei, Pa Klok, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Open: 10 am – 8.30 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 87 887 5785
Price: Affordable
Speciality: Seafood

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6. Laem Hin Seafood

Laem Hin Seafood is one of the best local seafood restaurants in Phuket. Open since 2001, this open-air local Thai restaurant is built mostly on a large wooden terrace located on the east coast of the island. The restaurant is mostly known by Thai locals and some expats for its excellent seafood and a wide range of Southern Thai dishes. The seafood is truly excellent because Laem Hin Seafood keeps alive the seafood in some large tanks in the kitchen area. Seafood can’t get much fresher than this!

Location: Phuket east coast
Address: 90/11 Soi Baan Laem Hin, Thepkasattri Road
Open: 10 am – 9 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 76 373 349
Price: Affordable
Speciality: Seafood

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7. Kruvit Raft Seafood

Kruvit Raft is an excellent seafood floating restaurant on the east coast of Phuket. It is located exactly in a quiet bay between Laem Hin Pier and Coconut Island or locally known as Koh Maphrao. It only takes five minutes free ride on a longtail boat to get to the Kruvit Raft floating restaurant. The restaurant serves local Thai food and a vast selection of fresh seafood at affordable prices. Kruvit Raft keeps its seafood alive directly in the tanks and nets. Seafood can’t get much fresher than this. Kruvit Raft Seafood was recognized in the Phuket Michelin Guide with a BIB Gourmand mention.

Location: Phuket east coast
Address: Ko Kaeo, Muang, Phuket 83200
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 866 870 892
Price: Affordable
Speciality: Seafood

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8. Rimpan Seafood

Rimpan Seafood is one of the best local Thai restaurant known mostly by Thai locals located few steps aways from the Sarasin bridge in the very north of Phuket. The restaurant by the sea serves real Thai food at affordable price. The menu is extensive and part of it is even in Thai language. Enjoying real Thai food by the sea is very pleasant especially in these bamboo huts.

Location: Very north Phuket
Address: At the side of Sarasin Bridge
Open: 10 am – 9 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 83 647 1147
Price: Affordable
Speciality: Local Thai food and Seafood

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9. Chom Chan

Chom Chan is an excellent local Thai restaurant serving Phuket specialities and local food. It’s situated in a charming house with a nice garden on the outskirts of Phuket Town. The menu is quite extensive and the food is excellent at affordable prices. Chom Chan was recognized by the Micheline Guide with a BIB Gourmand mention. Bib Gourmand is a recognition for the great restaurants that serve good food at affordable prices.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 242/2 Yaowarat Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Phuket
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 076 605 954
Price: Affordable
Speciality: Local Thai Food

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10. Nom Yoi

Nam Yoi is a great long-established restaurant which serves excellent local Thai cuisine at affordable prices. It’s located in a remote street on the outskirts of Phuket Town, so it’s a challenge to find it. The setting is very simple, and the food is truly delicious. It is popular by Thai locals and families that love eating local Thai food at Nam Yoi. Nam Yoi received a ‘Bib Gourmand’ rating in the Phuket Michelin Guide. ‘Bib Gourmand’ is a recognition for the great establishment that serve good food at affordable prices.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 63/250 Rumpattana Rd, Ratsada, Phuket 83000
Open: 11 am – 9 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 76 525 858 
Price:
Affordable
Speciality:
Local Thai food

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11. Rom Sai Baan Nakalay

Rom Sai Baan Nakalay is a little hidden local Thai restaurant with a spectacular view of the Andaman Sea. It is built on a rocky cliff alongside the seaboard between Patong Beach and Kamala Beach, facing out towards the hidden and beautiful Thavorn Beach. This restaurant serves great Isaan food a local food at low price. Thai food is truly good and the atmosphere by the sea is superb.

Location: Between Kamala – Patong
Address: 110 Kamala – Patong Road, Kamala, Kathu District, Phuket 83120
Open: 10 am – 8.30 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 88 752 1349
Price: Low
Speciality: Local Thai Food

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12. Kalim Rim Lay

Kalim Rim Lay is a great local Thai restaurant by the sea serving excellent local food and seafood at a reasonable price. Thai food and seafood at Rim Lay is genuinely Thai, and some dishes can be spicy, sour or sweet. The menu is surprisingly long, decently illustrated and in English. It is located in the northern part of Patong Bay after Kalim beach far away from the crowd.

It’s very well-known for locals and residents to enjoy for a lunch or dinner with amazing views towards the sea. This local restaurant has a unique setting with bamboo huts under the trees. Those bamboo huts by the sea have been part for long time ago making a romantic atmosphere especially during the sunsets.

Location: Kalim beach
Address: 324 Phrabaramee Road, Patong, Phuket
Open: 10 am – 8.30 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 81 539 8873
Price: Low
Speciality: Local Thai Food and Seafood

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13. Peang Prai

Peang Prai is a great local Thai food restaurant serving excellent Thai cuisine and Phuket specialities at affordable prices. It’s hidden in a green and tranquil cove next to Bang Pae Waterfall. The restaurant is open for almost 2 decades remaining almost unknown to tourists because it’s situated in a remote location, but it’s popular by Thai locals. The setting is basic and the food is truly excellent. The menu is extensive so that it takes time before choosing the right dish. Peang Prai received a ‘Bib Gourmand’ rating from the Phuket Michelin Guide. ‘Bib Gourmand’ means friendly establishment that serve good food at affordable prices.

Location: Bang Pae Waterfall
Address: Namtok Bang Toei, Pa Klok, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: 9 am – 8 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 85 832 7439
Price: Affordable
Specialities: Thai local food

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14. Jun Joaw Restaurant & Camping

Jun-Joaw Restaurant & Camping is a local Thai restaurant hidden in a fantastic location, high above the Patong hill. The restaurant surrounded by nature has a modest terrace with an unbeatable view towards the entire Patong Bay. When you will dine you almost forget about the spicy and chili tastes of Thai food because you will be distracted by the spectacular view. It’s hard to reach but the food is truly delicious, so it’s worth.

Location: Patong Hill
Address: Patong
Open: 5 pm – 11.30 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 89 730 0159
Price: Affordable
Speciality: Local Thai food

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15. Chill Rim Lay

Chill Rim Lay is a wonderful local Thai restaurant surrounded by nature, located superbly by the sea in Khao Khad area in Phuket. The sea view is absolutely fantastic! It serves real local Thai food and some dishes are so local that they are hard to recognize for foreigners. Just pick one of the tables under the trees listening the cicadas sounds and enjoy the breeze and even the sunset if you come for dinner.

Location: Khao Khad, Panwa area
Address: Soi Ao-Yon Khaokhad, Phuket 83000
Open: 12.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 95 628 9826
Price: Affordable
Speciality: Local Thai food

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16. Green Heart Garden Kata

Green Heart Garden Kata is a very hidden restaurant set amongst trees and has its own kitchen garden. It is perched high on the tropical Kata hills and blessed with outstanding views of the ocean. The Thai owner grows vegetables and fruit and rears poultry directly on his farm. The restaurant serves great Thai food prepared with their fresh ingredients. In fact, you can feel the freshness of the Thai food as soon as you taste it.

Location: Kata Beach
Address: 13 Patak Road, Karon, Phuket 83100
Open: 10.00 am – 7.00 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 87 627 3849
Price: Affordable
Speciality: Fresh Thai food

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17. Baanrai I Talay Cafe Phuket

 

Baanrai I Talay Cafe Phuket is a great local Thai restaurant designed in a charming farmhouse style built on Kamala hillside. Surrounded by greenery hills, it is offers stunning views of the entire Kamala bay, refreshing drinks and delicious food. It serves a wide range of excellent Thai food keeping the real local flavors and the right spiciness. A lot of the ingredients comes from their natural farm which is just below the terrace. The food can’t get much fresher than this!

Location: Kamala hill
Address: 14 Soi Naka, Kamala, Phuket 83100
Open: 9.00 am – 9.00 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 65 253 5522
Price: Affordable
Speciality: Local Thai food

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18. Chopol’s Plantation

Chopol’s Plantation is a superb local Thai restaurant blessed in a green garden high above of Kata Noi hill. Surrounded by nature this restaurant serves great Thai food and seafood at affordable prices. Tables are set in the garden with wonderful views towards Kata Noi beach in Phuket. Enjoy the relaxing tropical garden and the breeze and even the sunset if you come for dinner.

Location: Kata Noi hill
Address: 256 Karon, Phuket 83100
Open: 10.00 am – 8.00 pm
Phone: +66 (0) 98 307 6359
Price: Affordable
Speciality: Local Thai food and Seafood

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19. Patong Seaview Lop Mum

Patong Seaview Lop Mum is a great local restaurant, located on the hill of Patong. Perched strategically high above Patong beach, it offers a panoramic views to the entire Patong Bay. It serves very local Thai food and Seafood at convenient prices. It is a simple but rustic restaurant with bamboo huts. Read the full review HERE…

Location: Patong
Address: Hasippee Road, Patong, Phuket 83120
Open: 12.00 pm – midnight
Phone: +66 (0) 81 797 4600
Price: Affordable
Speciality: Local Thai food and Seafood

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20. Pha Chom Tawan

Pha Chom Tawan is a hidden, local Thai restaurant located just above to The Naka Resort on Phuket east coast. The restaurant features a large concrete terrace that overlooks the Andaman Sea. From the terrace you can enjoy views of Patong beach in the distance. The menu is pretty illustrated with great, typical local Thai food with a good choice of Seafood at reasonable prices.

Location: Between Patong and Kamala
Address: Layi Nakalay Road, Kamala, Phuket 83150
Open: 12.00 pm – midnight
Phone: +66 (0) 87 418 7104
Price: Affordable
Speciality: Local Thai food and Seafood

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