Written by: Jade Scanlon
There’s something about island life that loosens up the soul, switches off your brain and compels you to lead with your heart.
Following your heart in Phuket will surely lead to some incredible experiences for you and your loved one.
But how about letting your hearts lead you to one of these romantic restaurants on Phuket’s coast? After all, nothing fuels the heart like some good grub and that someone special to share it with.
Imagine biting into a piece of freshly caught and grilled fish. Or nibbling at the individually rich flavours of your favourite tapas dishes – all whilst watching the sun go down over the sparkling ocean.
At these restaurants you’ll find the perfect ambience for a dreamy dinner date without giving your wallet a heart attack. The two of you can dine for less than $30 per person!
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1. Dine beneath the stars with breathtaking views of Patong Bay – La Gritta Restaurant
Fall deeper in love with Italian food (and each other) at this trendy, ocean-facing restaurant.
The restaurant is a part of the fancy 4.5 star Amari resort at the Southern end of Patong Bay. Its contemporary design of pale beige stone and wooden floors pays tribute to the beach, whilst creating a trendy space with a luxurious feel.
Choose from their tantalisingly extensive menu of antipasti, handmade pastas, authentic Italian meats and fish dishes and delectable desserts.
How about a ‘Mezzelune Di Manzo Wagyu’ – hand-filled ravioli with Australian Tajima wagyu beef topped with cepes mushroom, sage and pancetta bacon sauce? Oh, bacon sauce.
Or perhaps a ‘Funghi Selvatici’ – mixed mushroom risotto with truffle oil and taleggio cheese?
Make sure to place your reservation in advance, so you can enjoy the gentle sea-breeze and endless ocean views from their tables on the balcony.
La Gritta Restaurant
Address: 2 Muen-ngern Road Beach Kathu Tambon Patong (Amari, Tambon Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand (Coordinates here) Website
Contact: +66 (0) 7634 0112
Opening hours: Daily from 10am till 12midnight
Price: From USD $13.65 / approx. 450 Baht for a main (La Gritta is on the slightly pricier end, but can be affordable depending on the dishes you choose)
2. Watch one of Nature’s best-selling movies on stilts: the sunset – Baan Chom View
Built on stilts and high above the beach of Kata Noi, enjoy a Pad Thai with the picturesque sights of the beach below and your boo sat opposite you.
This down-to-earth Thai restaurant has a magnificent location. Their dining area is a simple open plan, with a outdoor wooden terrace offering panoramic views of Phuket’s Southern coastline.
Perfect for lovers of Thai food, their menu serves traditional Thai dishes cooked to tasty levels of deliciousness.
Try the Thai classic Tom Yum Goong – a spicy, sour soup with shrimp. With affordable prices on their mains, you can order any/all of your favourite Thai dishes, and unleash your adventurous sides to order a random dish you’ve never had before.
Throw in a Thai beer like a Leo, Singha or Chang, and you’ve got yourself a feast for under $30 whilst you sit back and wave goodbye to the sun for another day.
3. Tapas at sunset hour at – Joe’s Downstairs
Choosing from a menu of infinite possibilities for deliciousness can be a task.
There’s no need to panic order at Joe’s downstairs, located just North of Patong in Kalim. And no need to boil it down to just one dish.
Here you can choose from a selection of your favourite international tapas to share with your lover – from your table on their white wooden terrace overlooking the rocky beach below.
There’s not much more love-affirming than the ability to share your precious food with one another. With a wide variety of international tapa to choose from, you’ll certainly be sharing an experience of some heavenly tasting food.
Arrive in time for sunset to share views of the ocean reflecting the burnt-orange of the sky.
4. How’s this for some rooftop bar goals?! – Baba Nest
Nestle in for a winning sunset at Baba Nest in Sri Panwa, Phuket.
This exclusive, rooftop bar features a wraparound infinity pool, 360° panoramic views of the surrounding islands, the Andaman Sea and Phuket’s Southeastern peninsula.
And you’ll get to enjoy these views from their trendy and comfortable outdoor terrace with ow tables and beanbags.
Baba Nest is a must visit! Book ahead of your vacation, as it’s currently (at the time of writing) booked up until September. Everyone wants to sample their high-end cocktails, fine wines or even their champagne.
They only have a Mexican Tapas menu, along with their beverage menu, so the only dining you’ll have here is of the Mexican variety – great for those who love a good Quesadilla, Tapas, Tacos, or Burritos.
Place your order and float at the pool’s edge with a Sex on the Beach, and your bae by your side. Now that’s a sexy sunset.
5. A view of heaven, from heaven – Heaven Restaurant & Bar
Dine with the breathtaking views of Kata Noi Beach, Kata Beach and Karon Beach.
Located just below Phuket’s famous Karon Viewpoint, is this hidden gem serving a selection of Thai, Italian and Russian dishes.
With a rooftop terrace built onto the top of the hill, sit opposite your loved one peering into one another’s eyes – and down at the heavenly views of the bays below.
The white-washed wooden decking brings the idea of the white-sand of the beach below up to where you sit. The trendy decor and softly playing music combine to create the perfect romantic atmosphere for a dinner date.
Try their take on a Thai favourite: pineapple fried rice with shrimp, served in the pineapple skin with side salad. Aroi Maak! (Very delicious)
6. Eat like royalty with this luxury-dining experience – Baan Rim Pa Patong
From the same restaurant group that brought you Joe’s Downstairs… Baan Rim Pa is ready to serve you their award-winning Royal Thai Cuisine.
They have 2 fine-dining eateries are in both Kalim and Patong. For sparkling ocean views, dine from the cliff-side of their Patong restaurant – with panoramic views of the big blue from every table.
Try their high-class takes on traditional Thai dishes, like the Gai Haw Bai Toey – Honeyed Chicken in Pandanus Leaves. Or the Goong Lai Paad Naam Makham – fried Tiger Prawns Topped with Tamarind Sauce.
Wash it all down with your choice of wine from their famous wine cellar. A highly luxurious dining experience that starts at a very reasonable price of $15 for main meal.
PS: If you’re interested, breathe in the delicate aromas of world-class cooking from Baan Rim Pa’s open air, two-story teak house in Kalim – and indulge yourself in a glass of wine or a cocktail in their elegant piano bar.
7. Easy eating at this grilled seafood restaurant (with a Japanese twist) – Kan Eang @ Pier Restaurant
Located on the coast of Chalong bay, this long-standing restaurant oozes romantic ambience.
The restaurant’s name of ‘Kan Eang’ roughly translates to ‘ease’ or ‘easy going’, a term embodied by the calm and yet attentive service from the staff from the moment of entry.
Here you can wind down with a glass of wine and some baked Phuket lobster, all within the restaurant’s luxurious, beautifully updated and embellished decor.
It started out as one man and his daily catch, followed by a barbecue on the beach with his friends. Today, it’s one of Phuket’s most renowned seafood restaurants. Whilst it’s come a long way from a barbecue on the beach, the barbecuing methods of their early days remain key to their highly rated cuisine.
Decide from their mouth-watering menu of freshly caught seafood, authentic Thai dishes, Western snack foods or delicious desserts. Or maybe even some of their specialist Japanese dishes, like sushi, sashimi or tempura? That’s winning seafood for the perfect date night!
8. Friday wine lunch: dine on 3 courses and bottomless wine at – The Boathouse
This bright white and elegant take on nautical-themed decor is the perfect setting for a wine lunch for two.
With the sparkling ocean reflecting the rays of the afternoon sun, and the white-sandy beach just a step away, the atmosphere here couldn’t get any more romantic.
Serving a selection of high-quality Western dishes, authentic Thai dishes and freshly-caught seafood – they pride themselves on providing a fresh and dynamic take on staple dishes. You’ll surely get an exciting and heart-filling, gourmet experience.
Sit down for lunch on Fridays, and take advantage of their special lunch offer. A 3-course meal and free-flowing wine for 1000 Baht per person. I repeat: free-flowing wine.
Address: 182 Koktanode Road, Kata Beach, Tambon Karon, Phuket, 83100, Thailand (Coordinates here) Website
Contact: +66 76 330 015-7
Opening hours: 3-Course Wine Lunch available every Friday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm
Price: From USD $30 / approx. 1000 Baht per person (for Friday’s 3-Course lunch with free flow wine)
9. Embrace the ocean (and your lover) at this beachside restaurant in Patong – Seasalt Lounge and Grill
Listen to the calming sound of lapping waves, and music playing from beneath a palm tree canopy – while you tuck into a plate of calamari fritters, served with fresh lemon and a saffron aioli.
Located on the Northern side of Patong beach, this restaurant offers diners a quiet and cosy dining experience. The indoor seating area is fitted with wide open doors to allow the sea breeze to pass through, and accommodate views of the ocean.
You may also sit outside at one of their comfortable sofa seating areas. Their booths are the ideal spot for snuggling up after dinner and gazing out at the ocean.
If you feel like splashing out, try one of their grilled seafood share plates that includes: lobster, tiger prawn, squid, crab, grilled fish & mussels, served with a choice of 2 sides & 2 sauces.
PS: Arrive between 5.30pm and 7pm to enjoy 50% off selected drinks!
10. Five star dining with panoramic views – Sunset Grill Restaurant
On the coastal road just south of Kamala, is Sunset Grill by Hyatt Regency Phuket.
Don’t be put off by the restaurant’s elevated position. It can be tricky to reach, but that’s easily solved by the hotel’s free shuttle service. And it will be so worth the journey up the hill…
The restaurant’s hilltop position means that it has exceptional, panoramic views of the resort and the big blue below.
Here, you can enjoy prime cut meats, local seafood and fresh veggies all grilled to an exquisite standard, served to you in their contemporary dining space.
After dinner, with full bellies and even fuller hearts, retire to their outdoor bean bag area on the balcony, and get your fill of the ocean.
11. A subtle seafood seduction in this ‘garden in heaven’ – Seafood at Trisara
Raise your date to divine heights at a restaurant whose name charmingly translates to: ‘third garden in heaven’.
Dine in one of their three stylishly and modestly designed seating areas, two of which are outdoor and will allow for you listen to some of the world’s best music: the sounds of the ocean.
With a mouthwatering menu of seafood, all cooked by a Thai head chef, they might well be the restaurant that answers all of your stomach’s hungry prayers.
Trisara is the only 5-star resort to have a Thai head chef, particularly one that has worked and learned alongside one and two star Michelin chefs.
One of the Chef’s favourites is the Pla Muek Phad Dum – stir fried squid in its own ink with garlic.
Special Mention: Looking for something extra private and extra special? – Romantic Picnics
Feeling like doing something that will really show your significant other, just how significant and special they are?
Imagine a romantic picnic on the beach, sipping on a glass of champagne together as the sun goes down over the crystal waters. Or sitting atop one of Phuket’s mountains, listening to the sounds of nature beneath starry skies.
Whether you’d love a romantic picnic by the beach, or on a mountain – Romantic Picnics will help you to create an unforgettable moment by doing all of the work for you.
They offer various packages, from a “do-it-yourself picnic” which supplies all the food and champagne for you to take to a scenic location of your choice. (Maybe that little spot you both have visited, and will always hold a special place in your hearts!)
They also have packages for birthdays which certainly pull out all the stops: your lovers favourite songs, a birthday cake and even a fountain firework display are some of what’s included.
Remove yourself from the world, and share the intimate and classic experience of a picnic.
Contact: +66 (0)850 0897 942 Website
Price: From USD $105 / approx. 3,450 Baht (for their entry level picnic package)
Go forth sweet lovers. Wine and dine one another with the ocean featuring as your special guest. You deserve it!
PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
|PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you! |