The fancy haute cuisine restaurant overlooking the lawn found at the Dusit Laguna Hotel will please any Italian food lover. The home-made Italian pastas and ice cream can satisfy any taste from breakfast until the late evening. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 324 324
Located in the same hotel as La Trattoria, Ruen Thai provides a romantic view of the lagoon while serving traditional Thai food in a setting reminding you of the simple, local life. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 324 324
The Banyan Tree Phuket is known not only for its famous spa treatments, but also for the interesting restaurants there. Offering Middle-Eastern and Asian menus prepared and served on traditional pottery dishes at unusually small prices for a five-star resort, Saffron has a easygoing atmosphere. The restaurant is situated near the calm waters of the Watercourt, providing a relaxing views during its lunch and dinner opening hours. The dishes include Asian seafood, as well as a Mediterranean touch. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 324 374.
If you’re curious about Southern Thai or local Phuket foods, all served in a Thai ambiance with floor-level seating and Thai music, definitely visit the Chao Lay restaurant at the Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket resort. The place is air-conditioned and provides a beautiful view of the lagoon. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 324 101.
The most famous restaurant in the Sheraton Grande resort, Puccini offers incredible northern Italian dishes in an elegant European setting. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 324 101.
Standing next to the water at the Canal Village inside the Laguna Phuket complex with a view to its five-star resorts, Albatross has a distinct charm to dine in while being one of the best-placed restaurants in Phuket. Must-tries include local dishes such as barbecued Phuket lobster and penang shrimp (dipped in curry and coconut milk), but also universal ones counting chicken sate, vegetable spring-rolls, filet mignon with French fries or baby potatoes and chicken with cashew nuts. The restaurant is open daily from 08:00, with live music from 19:00 to 22:00 and happy hours from 17:30 to 18:30 and from 21:30 to 22:30, when the last food order is also placed. The pub closes at midnight. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 270 958.
Upmarket shops and restaurants haven’t only developed inside the Laguna Phuket complex. Tinlay place, located just after the traffic lights before the Laguna complex, offers a fair strip of such venues, with restaurants and bars including Toto, Tatonka, Tawai, Kargo and Supper Club. Most of them even provide free shuttles for Laguna guests.
Displaying a unique ‘Globetrotter Cuisine’ on which most of its good fame was built, Tatonka serves excellent food at surprisingly small costs. The culture-specific flavours and food preparation techniques encountered by chef Harold Schwarz during his travels through Europe, North America and Southeast Asia all find themselves expressed in the dishes served in this great-value, must-try restaurant. It is open for dinner between 18:30 and 22:30 and the cuisine includes Asian, Latino and Mediterranean influences. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 324 349.
Black Cat Restaurant
A welcoming open-air French restaurant with a unique bamboo style, the Black Cat invites both locals and tourists to drop in for quality food and a warm ambiance. The polite waiters and inexpensive meals are what make this restaurant so inviting. Foods that can be served include pizza, fresh tuna in lime sauce, fried mixed seafood, masaman curry, burgers and tom yum goong. The restaurant also offers a free shuttle for Laguna guests if you ask for the owner, Philippe. It is open from Friday to Wednesday from 11:00 to 01:30 and on Thursdays from 16:00 to 01:30 and can be found between Cheng Talay Police Station and Tinlay Place. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 271 180.
Toto Italian Restaurant
Toto serves gourmet Italian food in an elegant, yet relaxed setting. It also offers the option of dining outside, in Toto’s Garden, situated just opposite the restaurant. It can be found just before the entrance of the Laguna Phuket complex.
The more secluded Tawai can be found just opposite Toto, at the Tinlay Place, offering very good value-for-money home-cooked traditional food specific to Central Thailand, along with a very high quality selection of wines. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 325 381.
Siam Supper Club
The Siam Supper Club is a very popular socialisation, networking and top-quality food venue. Displaying a ‘California Cuisine’ menu and one of the most mouth-watering cheesecakes worldwide, this classy restaurant and lounge is better suited for the island’s more wealthy residents and tourists. However, if you go there, don’t miss their home-made chocolate brownies with vanilla ice cream. Located at Tinlay Place, near Tatonka, the Siam Supper Club is open daily from 18:00 to 01:30.
The reasonably-priced Blue Bell is one of the few restaurants near the Laguna Phuket complex where guests can also admire the lake view while enjoying an open-air culinary experience. Their very well-known traditional Thai yum goong or green curry with chicken and fried mixed vegetables is well-worth a try if you’re unsure what to order. Open daily from 11:00 to 23:00, the Blue Bell can be found next to the Hand Made Shop close to the entrance of the Laguna Phuket complex. Telephone: +66 (0) 81 892 7215.
Sanwich Shoppe Laguna
The Sandwich Shoppe Laguna is part of the Woody’s Bakery & Café local franchise, owned by long-term resident Woody Leonhard. Providing some of the best sandwiches you can find in Phuket, the Sandwich Shoppe Laguna also has a variety of freshly baked products including cheesecake, blueberry muffins, bagels and almond croissants. If you also want to browse the Internet, you’ll find one of the fastest broadband connections on the island here for free, and you may also use one of the shop’s PCs if you don’t bring along your laptop. The comfortable ambience and polite staff make coming at the diner located near Hideaway Day Spa, right before Phuket’s Laguna complex main entrance and in front of SCB ATM an excellent experience. Telephone: +66 (0)76 324313.
Chaba offers Thai as well as international dishes, with regular live music starting at 19:00 and international sporting events being shown on their large screens. Their live seafood aquarium offers a variety of choices for any aficionado, raging from Phuket lobster, sea bass, snapper or tiger prawns to mussels, fresh oysters and squid. The restaurant has a decent view of the lake on one side and is mainly open-air. You can find it just opposite the Sandwich Shoppe Laguna and Heritage Collection. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 271 580.
La Gritta Italian Restaurant
La Gritta is a mixture between a steakhouse and an Italian restaurant also providing a free shuttle service for Laguna guests. Open daily from 11:00 to 24:00, you can find it just before the main Laguna resort complex entrance, near Heritage Collection. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 271 582.
This intimate diner has an authentic Indian menu with lamb, prawns, chicken and vegetable dishes, rice, and naan bread included in the menu. It is opposite La Gritta and is open daily from 12:00 to 23:00. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 270 673.
Once referred to as ‘the beach shack restaurants’, the beach front group of diners having laid on the side of Bang Tao Beach for a long time now have since refurbished to become more up to date and functional. Most of the establishments, such as Lotus, Tom Yum Goong, Wattana, Tik or Preeda’s Kitchen, are placed on the flanks of the Laguna Phuket resort complex.
Among the early openings in Bang Tao Beach, with more than two decades of history behind it, Lotus has some awe-inspiring sea views coupled with a complaisant ambiance and delicious Thai seafood. The reasonable prices coming along its individual character make it a clear must-try. Recommended dishes include barbecue seafood, penang gai, tom yum seafood and spring rolls. The place is open daily from 11:00 to 23:00 and can be found between the Allamanda and Banyan Tree Resorts, in front of the Palm Beach Club. Telephone: +66 (0)81 7973110.
Tom Yum Goong
Tom Yum Goong provides an international, as well as Thai cuisine and also serves fresh seafood. The tom yum goong, and the pepper and garlic shrimp should both be tried, and the food is very good and comes at reasonable prices. It can be found south of the Laguna Beach Resort. Telephone: +66 (0) 81 979 5212.
With over a decade of existence to look behind to, Café Java was originally established in Kamala, but moved to Bang Tao Beach. It overlooks the bay, offering a French and Thai menu, with seafood salad with asparagus and hot dressing, sea bream timbale with eggplant, and chocolate mousse among its specialities. It is open from 07:30 to 23:00 daily and can be found inside the Bang Tao Lagoon Bungalows. Telephone: +66 (0) 87 266 8664.
Andaman Bang Tao Bay Resort Restaurant
The Andaman open-air bar and restaurant provides the best option for a calm start of the day, as their breakfast menu is very good and the place isn’t too crowded. You can also relax in the company of a cocktail or admire the breathtaking sunset in front of the white beach, as the establishment is open from 08:00 to 22:00 daily. It can be found on the Bang Tao Beach front and it serves Thai, seafood and steak. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 270 246.
The Orange House
You cannot miss the brightly coloured Orange House on the beach front opposite the Palm Beach Resort and the Sheraton. Despite the limited menu, due to the fact that the establishment operates more as a dive centre, café and bar rather than a restaurant, the Scandinavian breakfast, the American breakfast, the ham and cheese sandwich and the spring-rolls are all more than worth a try. The place is very friendly and not only open to divers, so anyone can come along and enjoy happy hour drinks or cocktails. The relaxing music and the full-sized pool table both contribute to a continuously detached ambiance. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 325 597.
Babylon Beach Club
The Babylon Beach Club is a rare sighting on Bang Tao Beach, being among the few high-end restaurants outside the Laguna complex. It provides a superb view of the Andaman Sea, offering a wide range of Italian and Thai authentic dishes, all interesting to try and prepared only with fresh market vegetables and seafood, hand-picked on a daily basis from local markets and international suppliers by their workers. However, reservations should be made in advance, at it might get crowded. It is open daily from 02:00 to 22:00, but closes early during the May-October low season. It is located between the Amora and Laguna Beach Resort hotels.
Numerous fine restaurants exist near Bang Tao and Cherng Talay, with options varying from the small and natural traditional outlets to the trendy upper-class establishments. Visitors have so many options, that a visit to Patong becomes completely unnecessary. Telephone: +66 (0) 8197 05302 .
Nok & Jo’s
Nok & Jo’s is a family business serving a wide range of foods from Thai and international cuisine, such as pasta, pizza, burgers, barbecue and fresh seafood. Live music and buffets are organised every Sunday from 18:00 onwards, and a good number of wines and cocktails can be ordered. Open from 11:00 until late at night and located on the Beach Road, behind the Andaman Bang Tao Bay Resort, this place is more than worth a visit. Telephone: +66 (0) 87 279 6532 .
The Pantry Bakery
Renowned for its baked goods, filling breakfasts, burgers, pizzas, pasta, steaks and local dishes, the Pantry Bakery is open daily from 10:30 to 23:00. You can find it on the Surin-Bang Tao Road, near Nok & Jo’s Restaurant. Telephone: +66 (0) 87 884 0644 or (0) 76 324 541.
You must try Aussie meat pies if you visit Lady Pie. With everything made from the best and freshest of local ingredients, this dish is their prime best seller, containing minced lean beef and onions, all in a rich beef gravy. Another must-try is the steak pie, containing lean, tender pieces of steak slowly cooked in onions and secret special ingredients destined to provide a tasty delight. Other quality products count sausage rolls, lean smoked eye rind bacon, cheesecake, and apple and blueberry pie. The diner is popular among local expats for obvious reasons. It is open Mondays to Saturdays from 08:00 to 17:30 and on Sundays from 10:00 to 17:30. You can find it near Lemongrass shop, near Cherng Talay Gas Station. Telephone: +66 (0) 76 271 049 or (0) 81 895 5690.
Since the first branch in Cherng Talay opened in 2004, the Farang restaurant has increased in local popularity, achieving favourite status. With an extraordinary cuisine resulted from the exotic blends and fusions created by their chef in his dishes, Farang certainly provides excellent serving at affordable prices. It is open daily from 10:00 to 11:00 and closed on Mondays. The first branch is situated before the Cherng Talay petrol station if heading towards the Heroines Monument, quite close to Lady Pie. The second branch can be found behind Index Living Mall in Phuket City. Telephone: +66 (0) 86 946 3142.
Whatever your dining option is, keep in mind that most of the establishments listed will provide free shuttle services for Laguna Phuket guests.