Isn’t food amazing! Without it, the human race would be extinct. Although we go on holiday to see new places and meet new people, one of the major parts of a vacation is getting to eat out every night. Thailand, and particularly Pattaya, has a top-notch dining scene that you really need to know more about 🧔🥇
However, if you watch Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares, between all the expletives, blue plasters, salmonella, and verbal abuse, there is one thing that the irate chef has taught us… always make sure you choose Pattaya restaurants that come highly recommended by someone who knows what they are talking about. In my case, I will follow the recommendations of our very own hungry bear. Because I really do love dining out, and having lived across many locations in Thailand over the past 12-years, I have sampled some of the finest eateries in the Kingdom. Does that make me an expert? Is it a pig’s posterior pork? You betcha live it is!
Please take your time to see my guide to dining out in Pattaya that not only offers some great advice about the city’s culinary scene, but also the top-10 Pattaya restaurants that are recommended by TripAdvisor. Yes, collectively, you do know more than me! 🧔
Did you know that Pattaya has more top-notch international-style restaurants than any other city in Thailand except for Bangkok? Did I say restaurants? I meant brothels! Wait…. No… I did mean restaurants after all. That was for another article. Now we can be sure which meat and veg we are talking about 🧔
It doesn’t matter what kind of food you want to sample in Pattaya because the city has it? From Mongolian BBQs and fabulous fine-dining eateries, to down to earth British restaurants, gutsy Italian and French cuisine, endangered species, and much more, there are not many cuisine types you can’t find in Pattaya. From quaint little Thai shack-restaurants where you can find chicken fried rice for 35 THB to glittering culinary masterpiece style eateries where Fin Clair Oysters are served on a silver platter by dusky maidens for 2,000 THB, and everything in between.
The Pattaya restaurant scene literally has something for everyone… even for vegetarians! Mad, right? If God didn’t want us to eat animals, why did he make them meat-flavored? It really is a question for the ages.
Although I would usually expect that you take my advice as gospel with any deviation from my words resulting in lengthy jail terms, the Junta do not have a ‘restaurant correctional’ facility as we speak, so you should be okay 🧔
The best way to find top-notch Pattaya restaurants that guarantee a night of gastronomic excellence is to go with the old tried and tested formula of searching on TripAdvisor. This phenomenal review platform has changed the way we find out things, and in most cases, is a very precise and informative guide to everything. Although I have tried all the best restaurants in Pattaya first-hand.
Here are the top 10 Pattaya restaurants 🏅 on TripAdvisor with commentary from me, because you always need a smart-arse to make wisecracks along the way.
Contact Number: +66 (0) 84 026 4989
Known as the Holy Grail of restaurants in Pattaya, Cafe des Amis is a true culinary giant in the city. Serving fine-dining cuisine with phenomenal attention to detail, with an amazing assortment of wines from across the world, dozens of different types of gin, and some of the most awe-inspiring and authentic Japanese Wagyu steaks that literally melt in the mouth, when you want a dining experience for the ages in Pattaya City, no-one can match this sublime eatery, located behind Thappraya Road in Jomtien in a stylish and elegant atmosphere. The combo of food and drinks makes it a tenth of our top 10 Pattaya restaurants 🏅
Phone Number: +66 (0) 91 730 5005
If you are looking for your Russian or Eastern European fix in Pattaya, no one does it like the Caravan 🥇 Located on Pattaya Second Road, near to Art in Paradise, come along to try Shashlik or some other Baltic favorites at this classy Pattaya restaurant. The flavors of Caravan put it in ninth place on the top 10 list.
Phone Number: +66 (0) 38 412 120
Benihana is a renowned Japanese American steakhouse at Avani just half a mile from walking street Pattaya. If you are a fan of Japanese cuisines such as sushi, fried rice, sushi, and many more mouth-watering dishes, then Benihana is for you. It made it eighth on my top 10 list because of its fantastic service, food, and atmosphere. The best part is your dining table is your kitchen, and the master chefs cook right in front of you 🏅
Phone Number: +66 (0) 95 984 4208
This is the only restaurant on the list that isn’t located in downtown Pattaya or Jomtien but surely is seventh place 🥇 due to its food and ambiance. Situated on Soi Khao Talo in an area known as East Pattaya on the opposite side of Sukhumvit road, LIVV is known for its stylish and chic euro-style restaurants that merge an elegant café/fine-dining eatery to offer something special. We would recommend the ribs and imported steaks.
Phone Number: +66 (0) 83 015 4606
Are you craving fast food? Then what are you waiting for? Head out to Dom Pizzas in Soi Phra TamNak, Pattaya, and enjoy the best pizza in town. It is a European restaurant specializing in Italian and Thai menus. If you are a vegetarian, don't worry because this place has vegetarian and gluten-free options. You can also enjoy Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, and Late Night food here. Dom Pizzas made it to my top 10 list and ranks sixth 🥇 because of the quality of food, service, and affordable menus.
Phone Number: +66 (0) 91 436 6030
Mai Thai is a Thai cuisine restaurant with a large menu of local and European dishes 🥇 You can also enjoy the full bar service and different wines. Mai Thai offers indoor and outdoor dining with live music and serves lunch, dinner, and late-night dining options. You can visit Mai Thai on Nakula road in Pattaya. Being a fan of the local Thai food and the ambiance of Mai Thai deserves fifth place in my top 10 restaurants listed on Tripadvisor in Pattaya.
Phone Number: +66 (0) 38 364 656
We always get asked where the best Indian restaurant in Pattaya is, and most people, especially on TripAdvisor always say Indian by Nature on Thappraya Road in Jomtien. For the most delicious curries you can imagine, all within a welcoming and authentic Indian-themed atmosphere, this is the perfect option and I ranked it fourth 🥇 on my top Pattaya restaurant list.
Phone Number: +66 (0) 98 374 0063
May's Pattaya is located on Thepprasit Road, Jomtien, opposite KTB Bank. It is an Asian, Thai, and Fusion restaurant. May's specializes in traditional urban Thai food. However, their fusion touch for Thai street food gives a new perspective to traditional tastes. It serves lunch, dinner, and late-night dining. I put May's third on my top 10 list because of the fusion dishes, fresh ingredients, and quality service 🏅
Phone Number: +66 (0) 97 235 4209
Known as the best vegetarian restaurant in Pattaya, this quality eatery is situated on the corner of 3rd Road on South Pattaya Road. Mainly offering Asian-style vegetarian food, if you are a vegan or want to eat healthy in Pattaya, this is the ultimate option. Being the best vegetarian restaurant in Pattaya it deserves a second place in my top 10 Pattaya restaurants 🥇
Phone Number: +66 (0) 33 045 360
The Bistro is a family restaurant that serves fresh food and fresh ingredients. You can find The Bistro in Soi Yamato Pattaya. They serve lunch and dinner with Swiss and Thai cuisines. So get relaxed in the cozy atmosphere and enjoy swiss cheese, Thai beef, cheese fondue, and much more fabulously delicious dishes. The BistroBistro takes the top spot 🏆 because of its great choice of food and adequate prices.
The choice of Pattaya restaurants is pretty impressive and has over a thousand of them. If you are visiting Pattaya and want to ensure that you can eat in the city's finest eateries? If so, this is the perfect list 🧔
So keep enjoying the Pattaya Dining scene until next time I am back with another top 10 of Thailand’s majestic beauty.
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