A guide to some of Pattaya’s most respected restaurants, compiled locally
Dining out in Pattaya is one of the Major Reasons for visiting. For over 20 years I have been coming here, gradually exploring further away from my Hotel (The Dusit Thani) each time. Learning what is to my taste and helping fellow travelers with my own reviews on Trip Advisor. You can look me up as I post under the name DawsonUK.
Every day travellers update TripAdvisor to reflect the best and worst places to dine. Within Thailand (2014) Pattaya hosts 2 restaurants which are in the top 10
Whilst this gives you a good indication of a Quality Meal what it normally fails to differentiate on is the price. Here in Thailand a top class meal can be bought for around £20. If you want to dine on a budget, this can also be achieved without any major sacrifice in quality.
Pattaya’s top 2 restaurants were, Café Des Amis (2nd) which for many years has provided the finest of dining with a large selection of wines and drinks. You would have to ask the owner (Blu) how many different Gins he has in stock. Finding this restaurant is a little difficult, but in truth most of the best Restaurants in Pattaya are not easily found.
In 4th place in Thailand was Mantra, which offers a Fantastic Sunday Brunch and a massive varied menu. I personally love going there in an evening, and just relaxing in the bar with a Long Island Iced Tea whilst enjoy a couple of starters off of the menu. “Health Warning”, do not expect to drink more than 3 Long Islands without finding out difficult to walk afterwards.
I am sure, as more of the high quality restaurants are found and reviewed you will see why Pattaya is so popular with the local community.
It is with little surprise that I still meet travellers, who after 2 weeks have not ventured beyond the Hotels facilities. Tending to take what is offered by the hotel. So to help you out below is a small list of my other favourite restaurants across the town. Most can be found on Trip Advisor, but for real candid reviews try this locally formed food group on Facebook. Pattaya Restaurants Facebook Page
It initially started as a breakfast review club only, but has now spread it’s wings to incorporate all food types and prices across Pattaya. In the pinned post at the top of the group you will also find a map link, showing you where each restaurant is located. If your not a Facebooker then here is the map link Restaurants Map
So, on to some of my favourites, please remember, your holiday cost you a lot of money, and taxis are cheap, so go on, get dressed up and hit some of the finest dining available. I have rated them on price 1 to 10, but again even the 10’s are cheap.
Café Des Amis (9), located towards the South of Pattaya, off of Thappraya Road down Soi 9, closed on Sundays. Intimate restaurant, ideal for couples, business or family gatherings. Starters are priced between 200 & 400 Baht with main courses running from 250 to 900 Baht. The owner will even arrange to have you collected from your hotel, just call him on 038364327. If you manage to get booked in, try the Beef Wellington, the finest ever.
Mantra (9), located on Beach Road right up at the North End opposite the rear entrance to the Dusit Thani. Beautiful Bar Area and extensive menu, if you like Seafood then the Sunday Brunch is one you will never forget. Brunch cost is 1,600 ++ (Oct 2014). They do not open until late afternoon except on Sundays.
Mata Hari (8), again located on Thappraya Road just before the traffic lights at the top of the hill. Classically designed restaurant, which like the previous 2 caters for the slightly higher end of the budget. Louis the owner will make you feel very welcome and cater to your needs with a lovely menu.
Au Bon Coin (8), If you can find this discreet homely restaurant without local knowledge or a map they should give you the meal for free. It really is a hidden gem, situated in Pratumnak between Soi 5 & 6 on Soi 9 Romanasia. Jose has managed to produce quality meals at affordable prices for many years. No advertising is ever done, just word of mouth. From home made Pates, 5 Hrs cooked lamb and Rhubarb Crème Brulee my mouth is watering whilst I write.
The photograph below is his Home Made Rhum Babas.
Casa Pascal (7), located just about opposite Royal Garden Plaza on 2nd Road. From breakfast through lunch (try the garlic prawns), to dinner, this restaurant is a hit with locals and tourists alike.
Cherry’s (6), on 3rd Road has again been a long term favourite with the locals. Salad Bar included with all main meals and specials each day of the week. Mondays/Lobster, Wednesday & Saturday/International Buffet, Tuesdays/Lamb and Fridays/BBQ Ribs.
Akvavit (6) on Jomtien’s Beach Road (Soi 4) does a fantastic weekend Buffet from 12 till 4pm. On top of this is a quality menu offering a vast array of dining tastes at affordable prices.
Some of the Major hotels also offer, what I feel is quality dining, The Hilton, located in Central Pattaya do a buffet lunch, which is different each day. Cost is about 500 Baht but the drinks tend to be a little pricier.
The Royal Cliff, offer a range of restaurants, from Chinese, Indian, Italian and the Grill Room. All of these offer 5 course dinners at a fixed price of 950 Baht ++, which is very good value for money.
The Grill rooms Flamed Shrimp in Pernod Sauce, trust me only 3 Shrimp but they are very large.
A typical Royal Cliff restaurants set 5 course dinners menu.
In Pratumnak, towards the bottom of Soi 5, you will find the newly opened Centara Grand Pratumnak. With 2 Restaurants, Oceana and Ruffino on the rooftop, not only do they both offer exciting menus but they also offer Buffet evenings, which sometimes include free flow wines and beers.
If you are after Seafood, then take a short drive, 20 minutes, to Bang Saray. Many a Sunday afternoon can be spent there enjoying some of the finest and freshest Seafood at affordable prices. I love the Giant Shrimps, that are almost the same size as small chickens. Made all the better by your table over looking the Gulf of Thailand.
This list does not take into account the many small restaurants, street vendors and of course the multi nationals like KFC and McDonalds. If your partner is scared that Thai Food may be too spicy for them, tell them not to worry. They will have plenty of choices for European Food, but if the want to try the local fare just say “Mai Phed” which translates to “Not Spicy”.
So hopefully I’ve tempted you to get off the sun lounger a little earlier, have a G&T whilst your getting ready to explore the best in dining that Pattaya has to offer.
This is by no means a definitive guide to the best in Pattaya, especially as things change so fast, but hopefully it will give you an insight to what is available to you.