This list of the Khao Lak Best Restaurants will help you to indulge yourself with the most popular gastronomic options available in this increasingly popular area of Phang Nga Province in southern Thailand. The area known as Khao Lak starts from Khao Lak Beach itself in the south up to Baan Nam Khem at the entrance of Takua Pa Town to the north. This approximately 20km shoreline counts half a dozen beaches in various stages of development that host a fair selection of local and international dining options.
Our list of the most popular restaurants in Khao Lak combines an eclectic choice of venues serving different types of cuisine, from Thai to French to Italian to British to Japanese, yet they all share the most important asset: all of them please their customers with top-notch fare. Check them out, and bon appétit!
Please note that many venues are closed during low season (May-November) in Khao Lak.
Smile Khaolak RestaurantLa On Village
Located on Phetkasem Road, between Nang Thong and Bang Niang beaches, Smile Khaolak is an unpretentious restaurant featuring indoor and outdoor dining areas. Run by a friendly couple, the restaurant serves a great choice of Thai specialties as well as international dishes. The quality and freshness of the fare is second to none, and one the most recommendable dishes (their best-seller) is their Poh Pia Thod chicken and cheese, which are homemade spring rolls filled with seasonal vegetables, minced chicken, and melted mozzarella cheese. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
- Location: Between a Siam Commercial Bank branch and Biker Bar on Phetkasem Road on the way out of La On Village toward Bang Niang
- Tel: +66 (0)83 391 2600
Ben’s RestaurantBang Niang
Ben’s Restaurant is a very busy venue on Bang Niang Beach Road, some 80 metres after the intersection with Phetkasem Road. In an open-sided building with a corrugated metal roof, this unpretentious restaurant is one of the most popular places to go in Bang Niang if you want to feast on pizza. Other classic Italian dishes and Thai favourites are available here, and are also delectable, but the reputation of Ben’s Restaurant is mostly based on its wood-fired pizzas. The restaurant is so well attended that it’s advised to book beforehand if you do not want to queue.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 - 23:00
- Location: On Bang Niang Beach Road, a step away from the intersection with Phetkasem Road
- Tel: +66 (0)84 626 3788
Memories Beach BarKhuk Khak
Established in 2009, to the north of Khuk Khak Beach (right before you reach Pakarang Cape), Memories is more than a simple beach bar. Named in memory of the 2004 Tsunami, which entirely destroyed the first version of this establishment, Memories Beach Bar features a restaurant, bungalows, and a good range of activities like beach volleyball, Thai boxing lessons, Thai cooking classes, and surfing equipment and lessons. The cuisine served at Memories Beach Bar is traditional Thai, with a choice of international beach club favourites such as salads, burgers, pasta, and freshly grilled meat or fish. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-00:00 in high season from September to April
- Location: Toward the northern end of Khuk Khak Beach, before Pakarang Cape
- Tel: +66 (0)89 729 2251
Hill Tribe RestaurantBang Niang
Opened in 2008, Hill Tribe Restaurant is located a good 10-minute walk from Bang Niang Market, off Phetkasem Road. Run by Khun San, a talented young chef from Chiang Rai, this restaurant has rapidly become one of the most popular venues in Khao Lak to those who appreciate northern Thai cuisine. Among the favourite dishes, you’ll find the delicious seafood hot plate, lemon chicken, and banana flower salad, to name just a few. As the name suggests, the restaurant is nicely decorated with northern hill tribe artefacts, and the service is excellent. Please note that reservation is recommended.
- Opening Hours: 13:00-22:00
- Location: on Phetkasem Road, 500m before International Tsunami Museum in Bang Niang
- Tel: +66 (0)93 648 3860
Ficus RestaurantPakweep Beach
If anyone could explain just exactly what it is that makes a successful restaurant they’d be able to retire a very rich person after writing a book about the magical ingredients. Some go for atmosphere, but if you want atmosphere without great food you may as well stay at home, right? No, it’s definitely a combination of atmosphere, décor, fine dining and location. Ficus, in The Sarojin, has all of these ingredients and more. Read More...
- Location: Off Phetkasem Road, in The Sarojin on Pakweep Beach
Everyday Lazy HouseLa On Village
Everyday Lazy House is a pleasant bar and restaurant located on Phetkasem Road in La On Village, right opposite Sensimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort. Featuring a very friendly atmosphere and excellent service, this restaurant serves a wide range of international and Thai favourites at reasonable rates. Dispensing Thai cooking classes during the day and unobtrusive live music (mostly ‘70s and ‘80s classics) performed by the bartender in the evening, Everyday Lazy House is definitely a recommendable venue.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-22:00
- Location: On Phetkasem Road in La On Village
- Tel: +66 (0)81 397 2802
Sassi's Beach ClubBang Niang
Sassi’s Beach Club is the perfect place to chill out in style on Bang Niang beachfront. Belonging to the elegant Ramada Khao Lak Resort, this restaurant, bar, and grill is a great spot any time of the day. It’s convenient for a casual bite at lunch time, an enjoyable venue to watch the sun disappear over the horizon, or an atmospheric location for a romantic dinner under the stars. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 – 00:00
- Location: At Ramada Khao Lak Resort on Bang Niang beachfront
- Tel: +66 (0)76 427 777
Enzo Bistro Japanese FusionBang Niang
As its name implies, Enzo Bistro Japanese Fusion brings other Asian flavours to Khao Lak. Run by Japanese Chef Toshi, the quality of the traditional and fusion dishes served here is second to none, as they are prepared with the best local and imported organic ingredients. Japanese cuisine is renowned for its use of fresh seafood, which is why the chef goes almost every day to choose the freshest fish and crustaceans directly from the nearby fishing piers. From sashimi to tempura to sushi to yaki gyosa and more, you’ll find all the dishes that contributed to the Japanese cuisine’s fame around the world here. Please note that reservation is recommended. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00-23:00
- Location: On Bang Niang Road, about 250m from the intersection with Phetkasem Road
- Tel: +66 (0)95 607 6040
Krua ThaiPak Weep Beach
Krua Thai is a very popular restaurant located off the beaten track, on Pak Weep beachfront, some 250 metres north of Beyond Resort Khaolak. Designed in a classic Thai beach shack style, but with a chic twist, it allows you to dine with your toes in the sand, and offers outstanding sunsets. Krua Thai’s menu features a good range of classic favourites, both Thai and international, as well as a good selection of fresh seafood. The popularity of this restaurant comes from three factors: its great location, delicious food, and excellent service. You can be sure that you won’t regret the effort involved to get there.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 - 23:00
- Location: On Pak Weep Beach
- Tel: +66 (0)91 161 3509
- How to get there: When coming from Bang La On on Phetkasem Road, turn left right before Pak Weep Minimart. It’s the first intersection after Beyond Resort Khaolak entrance.
La Piccola MariaLa On Village
This long-established restaurant (it was the first genuine Italian trattoria in Khao Lak) was originally located on Nang Thong Beach Road, but moved in June 2016 to a new location on Phetkasem Road, the main street in La On Village. Under Italian management, La Piccola Maria serves the best pizzas (baked in a wood-fired oven) in the region, as well as an excellent choice of Italian specialities, including gluten-free and kids’ menus. The atmosphere of the venue is pleasant, the service impeccable, the rates reasonable, and the food delicious; what else could we ask for?
- Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00
- Location: In La On Village about 50m north of Nang Thong Supermarket on Phetkasem Road
- Tel: +66 (0)86 948 1010