Whether you’re craving Thai cuisine, European fare, a succulent steak, fresh seafood, fiery curry or vegan smorgasbord, the restaurants in Mai Khao Beach, Phuket can service your every culinary wish. Although Mai Khao is one of the least developed beaches on the island, the area’s resorts and small stand-alone eateries do a good job of catering to local and foreign dining needs. From fast-food chains to lively bars, hipsters cafes and fine-dining restaurants, you can run the foodie gauntlet here. To help you make your selection, we’ve listed out the very best of the best as follows:
Kin Dee Restaurant
Located close to Sarasin Bridge, Kin Dee Restaurant is a well-renowned and somewhat hidden family-run eatery in Mai Khao. This open-air eatery has 12 bamboo tables set beside breath-taking views of the adjacent mangrove forest. If eating genuine Thai food in a unique setting is your idea of fun, you’re going to love Kin Dee. We recommend the fresh sea bass with garlic sauce, duck in passionfruit sauce, classic Phad Thai and hot and sour soup with shrimp (tom yum goong).
The Andaman Grill Steak & Seafood Restaurant is the flagship restaurant of the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa. This stand-out eatery is a blend of modern American steakhouse and traditional Thai aesthetics. Serving up a wide array of fresh seafood and steak dishes, the endless variety of cuts and sauces is sure to satisfy every palate. For stunning views of Mai Khao Beach, request a table in the open-air wood pavilion.
One of the most beloved and popular restaurants in Mai Khao Beach, Phuket is Pesto, located inside the Holiday Inn Resort. This stylish restaurant serves up an array of international cuisine and Thai-style seafood dishes. Enjoying a prime spot on Mai Khao beach, this alfresco eatery offers diners a casual seaside dining experience with hearty portions. The chicken panini, carbonara pasta and creamy tiramisu are all must-try dishes here!
Sea.Fire.Salt at the Anantara Phuket hotel is one of the most sought-after restaurants in Mai Khao Beach, Phuket. Why? Because it specialises in delicious seafood cuisine and has enviable views of Mai Khao Beach. Keep in mind that this restaurant is on the fancier side of life, so you’ll need to leave the tank-tops and flip-flops at home. Some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes include the Wagyu burger, seafood chowder and Asian sharing platter.
Bill Bentley Pub
And last, for something a little different, we head to Bill Bentley Pub. Located at Turtle Village, this inviting, wood-panelled establishment is a great place to enjoy a few drinks and grub in one of their cosy booths. Drinks* include a wide variety of draught and bottled beers, spirits and wines, all of which go perfectly with the bar’s range of tasty ‘pub grub’ – soups, stews, burgers, sandwiches and classic Thai dishes. Between bites, enjoy some pool, shuffleboard and sports on the big TV screens.
*Happy hour is daily from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.