The 10 Best Restaurants in Pattaya, Thailand
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Regionally known for its dynamic and well-represented expat population, Pattaya offers no shortage of excellent dining options, covering every cuisine imaginable. From award-winning 5-star restaurants to New York-style pizza by the slice, don’t miss these top picks during your culinary exploration of Pattaya.
Caprice Restaurant and Bar
Hotel Restaurant, Seafood, Steakhouse, European
Located in the famous Royal Cliff Beach Resort high above the Gulf of Thailand, the award-winning Caprice has been setting the local bar for 5-star dining options for years. A chic ambiance and sophisticated décor welcome diners, who can choose to sit out on the terrace overlooking a swimming pool and the ocean, or within its elegant interior. The prix fix menu starts at just 850 THB for a 4-course menu, which itself changes weekly, or diners can order a la carte dishes like Iberico pork’s neck steak, curry spiced monkfish medallion, or basil pasta timbale.
Mantra Bar and Restaurant
Restaurant, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Contemporary, Italian, Mediterranean, Indian, $$$
This concept restaurant features an extensive menu perfect for even the choosiest diners. Dishes combine Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Italian, Thai, and more. Each cuisine type has its own team of specialists preparing your food, so you never have to worry about a sushi chef tackling your pizza order or vice versa. Located right in front of the Amari Orchid Hotel, the restaurant is elegantly decorated with a color scheme of deep red and black. Try the wagyu steak or the freshly made sushi. A dress code is enforced, so don’t show up in shorts and flip-flops, and reservations are recommended.
Indian by Nature
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
This quirky yet classic family-run Indian restaurant offers up innovative traditional dishes with modern flair, with a menu designed by the Executive Chef Av Khanijou, recipient of the Reader’s Digest “Asia’s Upcoming Chefs” designation in 2010. The massive menu includes all the staples you’d expect for Indian fare, with plenty of vegetarian options, all with creative twists. The Shashi kofta curry is a traditional Mughlai dish of minced lamb meatballs with the chef’s special filling simmered in cream sauce, while a favorite among vegetarians is the Achari Gobhi — cauliflower florets and potatoes in a mélange of spices, with the chef’s mango pickle masala.
Yes Vegan Pattaya
Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
The first 100% vegan restaurant in Pattaya, this brand-new establishment serves up Asian-fusion dishes that are completely plant-based. The menu, featuring mock meat staples like fried vegan duck with basil leave sauce and Hainanese vegan chicken rice, and light snacks like deep fried vegan dumplings and deep fried sunflower sprouts, is continually expanding and passes the satisfaction test of meat-eaters and plant-based patrons alike. Prices are incredibly reasonable, and with a new, highly rated hostel that sits above the restaurant, this is truly a one-stop-shop for all your health-fueled needs!
Bistro, Cheesemonger, Wine Bar, Swiss, $$$
This Swiss-run eatery specializes in an impressive selection of fine wines and cheeses. The kitchen is open daily with a set menu of fresh sandwiches, salads, and trays of different meats and cheeses. Diners eager for a more substantive meal can choose from rotating daily specials like chicken madras with wild rice, or pan seared duck breast on green pepper corn sauce with gratin.
Bruno’s Restaurant and Wine Bar
Restaurant, Fusion, Italian, European, French
This longtime, traditional favorite places customer service at the top of its model. From personal greetings by the Chef Fredi Schaub, to attentive wait staff experienced in wine pairings, it’s every foodie’s go-to for gourmet cuisine at a bargain. The chef hosts a monthly Wine Dinner with a 6-course menu and free flow wine for just 2,800 THB. Guests are welcomed with a glass of Prosecco and light tapas at reception, before the presentation of artfully presented courses like fresh salmon and tuna tartar with avocado sour cream on beetroot-radish carpaccio and pesto sauce, and its selection of classic cheese. All are of course paired with a perfectly matched wine.
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Cafe des Amis
Restaurant, Bar, Cafe, French, $$$
Cafe des Amis
is a French Haute cuisine restaurant located in a charming Thai-Balinese-style house. This exclusive experience offers a selection of fresh seafood, foie gras and other French favourites, paired with an excellent selection of fine wines and more than 300 spirits. The outside garden is beautiful, and inside, the piano music and jazz vocals add to the romantic yet cosy atmosphere.
Pizzeria, Italian, Fast Food
This no-frills, unassuming storefront is reminiscent of exactly the kind of gem you’d hope to stumble upon hunting for a slice in its New York City namesake. Promising authentic New York thin crust pies, their pizzas are made out of high-quality ingredients – many freshly sourced – either by the slice (a rare find itself in Thailand), or as a whole 18-inch pie. The owner’s recipe is a combination of “Pop’s dough”, passed down through generations, and “Mom’s sauce”, itself a smooth, complex, slightly sweet tomato sauce, characteristic to a slice from New York.
Bistro, Restaurant, Steakhouse, Swedish, Mexican, Thai, $$$
This pub-style restaurant has been open since 2004, offering up Scandinavian, Mexican, Thai, and a variety of other dishes to cater to the masses. Their specialty is obvious, however. Meat-lovers continue to return to this local haunt as the go-to place for great steak in Pattaya. The service and menu quality have remained consistent for years, and there’s even a great value-for-money Sunday Buffet if you simply can’t choose what to order.
Five Star J Restaurant
Restaurant, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Keeping current with the region’s growing plant-based trend, this small restaurant serves mostly vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Its set menu is enormous, with everything from pizza, burgers, and pasta, as well as plenty of incredible Thai options. The owner features daily and monthly specials as well, like the spaghetti al funghi ostrica grigliati, and all dishes include organic, clean ingredients with no MSG. Some items like pizzas contain dairy cheese.