Secluded and attractive, Rawai stretches from the south-east to the southernmost tip of Phuket Island, offering a laid-back getaway from the hustle-and-bustle of the more crowded beach retreats. In keeping with the overall ambience of the area, restaurants in Rawai stand out with their peaceful atmosphere and great selection of cuisines to savour. Check out Team Ministry’s picks for the yummiest restaurants in Rawai!
1. Green Tamarind Kitchen
Green Tamarind Kitchen is a tiny, unpretentious restaurant serving American and European favourites. Try their burgers, which are incredibly juicy and fresh. Even if you’re following a healthy diet, you should definitely give the burgers a go, as all the ingredients used at Green Tamarind Kitchen are super fresh and of the highest quality. So go ahead and treat your taste buds to an amazing meal – you are on holiday after all!
2. The Mangosteen Restaurant
Channeling the architectural masterpieces created by Antoni Gaudi, the Mangosteen Restaurant is decorated in modern style and offers an unusual setting to relish some scrumptious Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. Another highlight of the venue are its unbeatable 360-degree views overlooking the island and beyond.
3. Kook Restaurant
Kook is a simple yet cosy dining venue offering refreshing respite from the local cuisine. Serving gorgeous Italian food – the must-try is their authentic Italian pizza – there are also some Asian specialities available on the menu.
4. The Savoury
Exquisite and elegant, The Savoury is a breezy five-star sea-view restaurant offering a beautiful setting and romantic ambience. Serving a vast selection of international and Asian dishes, the venue specialises in fresh seafood. Adherent to the principle of “from farm to spoon”, the restaurant provides only the best quality food cooked with the freshest ingredients cultivated on their private farm.
5. A Spoonful of Sugar
Those with a sweet tooth will fall head over heels for this lovely cafe designed in a retro style and offering a fun and friendly atmosphere. Swoon over the delicious homemade cakes and pastries while surfing the internet with their super-fast (and free!) WiFi. A Spoonful of Sugar also serves lunch, fantastic coffee and even protein shakes for those wanting to stay in shape in Phuket.
6. Rawai View Cafe and Bar
Rawai View Cafe and Bar is nestled under an eye-catching thatched roof and features stunning views of the southern end of Rawai Bay. The restaurant serves elaborate Thai and Western cuisine. The restaurant has already garnered a reputation as a must-visit dining venue with an all-star clientele including managers of other renowned restaurants flocking to the restaurant to relax and indulge in the delectable food.
7. The Islander
The Islander is an unpretentious roadside eatery with a simple white decor and a laid-back atmosphere.The venue is famous for its delicious burgers and other Western favourites beautifully presented and served in huge portions. Remember to bring your appetite!
8. Salaloy Seafood
Salaloy Seafood is a popular restaurant occupying two sides of Rawai’s beach road. The tables sit right on the sand overlooking the ocean, while kitchen is located on the other side of the road. The restaurant offers yummy Thai cuisine at very affordable prices, especially considering the amazing beachfront setting (though there are tables available at the actual restaurant as well). The crabs and muscles served with traditional Thai sauces are to die for.
9. Rossovivo Ristorante Italiano E Pizzeria
For some authentic Italian cuisine, head to Rossovivo Ristorante Italiano E Pizzerie located on the main Wiset Road. Featuring a modern and bright interior, this cosy open-sided restaurant provides a choice of outdoor and indoor seating. Don’t miss out on their homemade pasta and pizza and leave some room for the authentic pannacotta – my absolute favourite at the restaurant.
10. Nikita’s Beach Restaurant
Nikita’s Beach Restaurant is super popular with tourists and expats alike thanks to its beachfront location and delectable food. The fantastic sunset cocktails and idyllic atmosphere don’t exactly hurt either. Try their mouth-watering seafood or go local with their Thai dishes. Nikita’s offers an unforgettable dining experience with your feet resting on the sand and the sounds of the ocean playing in the background.
Phew, all this talk about scrumptious seafood and delectable Thai cuisine has left us completely famished! Luckily, there are plenty of great restaurants in Rawai which to choose from. Bon appétit!