Pattaya is home to a plethora of quality restaurants that offer a vast international range of cuisines to suit all tastes and budgets. Visitors or residents of the seaside resort can enjoy Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, British, American, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Indian, French, Italian, German, Greek and even Scandinavian dishes, at a price that won’t break the bank.
These Pattaya restaurants can be found in equally varied and unique settings as the dishes they serve. Enjoy a traditional Thai dish at one of the many street vendors or experience breath-taking views of the city and the bay from some of Pattaya’s highest buildings or simply sit on the beach and savour the freshest seafood caught locally.
Pattaya offers so much when it comes to dining, that you will be spoilt for choice.
Below we have put together a list of the top 10 restaurants in Pattaya, the list is drawn from a broad selection, with menus featuring anything from traditional Thai food to the finest steaks. Our 10 best restaurants in Pattaya is based on the quality of their food, ingredients, service and atmosphere.
CAPRICE RESTAURANT AND BAR
Housed within the renowned Royal Cliff Beach Resort overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, Caprice has been a leader in the city for opulent 5-star dining for several years. Diners upon arrival can choose to sit within its decadent interior or the terrace area overlooking the ocean while all the time enjoying the sophisticated décor and chic ambience.
SUGAR HUT RESTAURANT
The Sugar Hut Restaurant is located off Thappraya Road in Jomtien and is set in the middle of a small forest that evokes a feeling of seclusion and remoteness despite its proximity to the hustle and bustle of the city. As you arrive you are greeted with gentle traditional Thai music being played from an ornate teak building. The menu is a treat for your taste buds that includes exotic ingredients and recipes from all over the Kingdom. The food is served in an amazingly relaxed atmosphere creating a unique experience and long-lasting memories.
The clue is in the name as the unassuming shopfront is a reminder of the kind of place you would find in New York while hunting for that piece of authentic thin crust pizza. Many of the ingredients for their pizzas are locally sourced and are of high-quality. Pizza lovers can order by the slice or if you are feeling very hungry or sharing why not order one of their flagship 18” pizzas. The closely guarded recipe that has been passed down through generations, a combination of “Pop’s dough” and “Mom’s sauce” will delight any pizza-loving palate.
YES VEGAN PATTAYA
This is Pattaya’s first ever 100% vegan restaurant and cooks up a whole host of Asian-fusion dishes that all originate from plants. The menu consists of light snacks such as deep-fried sunflower sprout and deep fried vegan dumplings along with mock meat staples like fried vegan duck with basil leave sauce and Hainanese vegan chicken rice. The restaurant is frequented by both vegans and meat eaters while the menu is constantly expanding to feed the ever-growing demand from vegans in the city.
The Bistro is renowned for their impressive selection of fine wines and cheeses imported from all over the world. The Swiss-run eatery is open daily and offers a set menu of salads, fresh sandwiches and several options of meat and cheese platters. For those who wish for something more substantial, they are daily specials that rotate throughout the week offering dishes such as pan-seared duck breast on green peppercorn sauce with gratin or like chicken madras with wild rice.
INDIAN BY NATURE
This family-run Indian restaurant is located on the left-hand side of Thappraya Road as you head into Jomtien. The restaurant serves up a cornucopia of traditional Indian dishes with a modern touch. Executive Chef Av Khanijou who was the recipient of the Reader’s Digest “Asia’s Upcoming Chefs” designation in 2010 devised the comprehensive menu. As you would expect from a chef of his quality the menu is replete with all the Indian fare you would expect along with a large selection of vegetarian options that are given that creative twist. One of Chef Av Khanijou’s most popular concoctions is the Shashi kofta curry, a traditional Mughlai dish of minced lamb meatballs with the chef’s special filling simmered in cream sauce.
THE GLASS HOUSE
The Glass House, although only open for a few years has already built an impressive following and is one of the go-to places to enjoy seafood and sunsets over the bay of Pattaya. The open-air restaurant is separated into several areas and due to it’s out of town location the Glass House has an exclusive, romantic and relaxed feel to it. You can enjoy over 170 Thai and western dishes while enjoying the sea breeze in the shade of pine trees on the terrace or taking in the view from the beautiful air-conditioned glass house. The restaurant boasts some of the finest seafood in Pattaya and is the perfect place to relax after a long day in the Siam Sun.
CAFÉ DES AMIS
This restaurant has featured in Pattaya’s top 10 eateries since it opened in 2008. The team as Café des Amis pride themselves on the freshness of their food, and state that all their imported meats, lobsters, oysters, mussels, salmon and Foie Gras are fresh and never frozen. The French Haute cuisine restaurant is located in an elegant Thai-Balinese-style house in Jomtien and offers an exclusive experience of fresh seafood, foie gras and other French favourites, all complemented with an extensive selection of fine wines and over 300 different spirits.
BRUNO’S RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR
A bastion of the Pattaya restaurant scene, Bruno’s is located in the Chateau Dale Plaza and is a firm favourite with residents and tourists due to the high-quality customer service the restaurant teams provide. The personal greeting from the Chef Fredi Schaub and the attentive wait staff experienced in wine pairings just add to an already special experience. The haute cuisine menu includes such delicacies as black ink spaghetti with lobster ragout, scallops on spinach with a white wine cream sauce and pan-fried snow fish in saffron sauce. After meal relaxation is provided in the separate lounge bar, which serves cocktails, spirits, beers and wine from the well-stocked temperature-controlled walk-in wine cellar.
Located in the heart of Pattaya, Casa Pascal as the name suggests is a quaint house owned by Pascal Schnyder and his wife Kym. The restaurant is well-known for their focus on high-quality ingredients in creating a sumptuous yet very affordable menu. The restaurant regularly takes delivery of special shipments of rarities such as Atlantic lobsters and European mushrooms or truffles. A daily brunch buffet and barbecue served on the outdoor area is well worth the visit alone and the menu is full of variety, however, there is only a small amount of Thai food available. The owner is very passionate about his restaurant and the food he provides and can be often seen mingling amongst the diners, checking to see that all is well and explaining about how he uses only the very finest ingredients.