Phuket

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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in Phuket

Baan Klung Jinda

In a century-old Sino-Portuguese mansion at the northern edge of Phuket Town, traditional Thai food is served with a modern twist. Expect refreshed versions of Phuket lobster, aromatic Massaman curry and baked banana, not to mention an excellent wine list.

158 Yaowarat Road, 011-66-76-221-777, www.baanklung.com/baanklung/
Tags: moderate | thai | notable wine list

Da Maurizio

Italian cuisine is the specialty at this beachside palazzo, where you can dine on an intimate terrace overlooking Kalim Beach and flanked by waterfalls and lush greenery.

100/7 Kalim Beach Rd., 011-66-76-340-789, www.baanrimpa.com
Tags: moderate | waterfront | italian

Mali

When you tire of sitting on plastic chairs at a beachside restaurant, this chic place inside a Kata Beach resort offers fantastic seafood in an urbane setting – think pine floors and white tablecloths. Enjoy inventive Thai food and European classics for a couple of bucks. Book ahead on weekends.

Sugar Palm Resort, 40/36 Kata Rd., 011-66-76-284-760, www.sugarpalmphuket.com
Tags: budget | seafood | thai | trendy | local favorite

Mom Tri's Boat House

Dine on innovative dishes that pair Thai and French delicacies – lemongrass-flavored seafood dumplings and roast lamb chops – on one of the white-linen-topped tables overlooking the tranquil beach. Pre-dinner drinks on the terrace at sundown is a must.

, 011-66-76-330-015, www.boathousephuket.com
Tags: thai | expensive | smart splurge | waterfront | patio | french

Oriental Spoon

Without trying too hard, this stylish restaurant is the hippest place on Phuket, luring local A-listers and global partiers with an inventive, seafood-heavy mélange of Thai and Western dishes. Don’t leave without a signature cocktail at the cool pool bar.

106/46 Moo 3; Surin Beach Rd., 011-66-76-316-500, www.twinpalms-phuket.com
Tags: moderate | seafood | thai | great value | trendy

The Sea Hag

Patong abounds with cheap eateries, all catering to tourists yearning for the ultimate Thai food experience. This place stands out for its continental atmosphere and campy service. Though serving a primarily gay clientele since 1991, the Sea Hag’s classic Thai dishes (prawns, satay) are also popular among families and straight couples.

78/5 Permpong Soi 3; Thaweewong Rd., 011-66-76-341-111, www.kenyaphuket.com
Tags: family | budget | thai | gay | bistro

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