PUBLISHED June 20th, 2017 06:00 am | UPDATED January 7th, 2020 09:54 am
Our favourite romantic restaurants in Phuket don’t just offer an intimate ambience that you can revel in; they also feature well executed and delicious fare. If you’re heading to Phuket with a significant other – or you know, if you happen to meet someone there -, here are nine dining venues perfect for a date night.
Prime oceanfront location? Stunning sunset views? An ultra-chic decor? Check, check, check. But Kata Rocks doesn’t only tick off the right boxes on style and setting – the restaurant also dishes out some of the tastiest plates on the island (it’s been rated by Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant Guide as one of the island’s best dining venues). The restaurant is known for its legendary brunches, featuring intriguing items like Tom Yum Benedict. Just perfect for a yummy breakfast date!
Kata Rocks is located at 186/22 Kok Tanode Road, Kata, Phuket, p. +66 76 370 777. Open 6.30am – 10.30am, 11am – 5.30pm and 6pm – 10pm daily.
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Captivate your date with a meal at the elegant La Gritta; the restaurant’s seafront setting and wide-ranging modern Italian menu – featuring antipasti and Italian meats, to pastas and pizza – will make you feel like you’re dining in the picture-perfect island of Capri. Make a beeline for the best seats in the house (hint: these are set out at the spacious terrace), where you’ll dine to breathtaking sea views and warm tropical breezes under a starry night sky.
La Gritta is located at 2 Muen-ngern Road, Patong, Phuket, p. +66 76 340 112. Open 10am – 11.45pm daily.
Sizzle’s a great bet for the carnivorous couple with a yen for all things grilled, succulent and tender. While the menu features a wide variety of steaks – from beef tenderloin to beef strip loin in 250 gram portions – there are other grilled delicacies available, like Kurobuta pork chops, grill-roasted chicken, and a good selection of seafood items. Toast to a lovely night out with a bottle of wine (Sizzle stocks an array of mid-priced and premium wine labels from all around the world) while you soak up the rooftop venue’s relaxed vibes and intimate ambience.
Sizzle Restaurant is located at 39/9 Muen Ngern Road, Avista Hideaway MGallery by Sofitel, Patong, Phuket, p. +66 98 078 9099. Open 6pm – 11 pm daily.
Spice up your night with some tangy Thai fare at Ruen Thai, with its extensive menu of tasty Thai dishes. Each dish here is beautifully presented, which speaks volumes about the restaurant’s attention to detail. Combine this with the friendly service, ambient traditional Thai music and alluring teakwood decor, and there isn’t a doubt that the venue’s got the recipe for a memorable dining experience down pat.
Ruen Thai is located at 390 Srisoontorn Road, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Hotel, Choeng Thale, Phuket, p. +66 76 362 999. Open 6pm – 10.30pm daily.
With its beautifully appointed interior, exquisite ornaments, and gold accents, The Grill is a venue made for the glamorous couple who enjoys dining in style. Choose between dining indoors in a breezy open plan area or al fresco on the terrace overlooking the Andaman Sea, and take your pick from a menu comprising dishes like lobster and crab risotto, grass-fed beef tartar and beetroot ravioli. Having problems picking out your starters and mains? Go with one of the carefully curated set menus: the ‘Chef’s tasting for two’ or ‘a taste of seafood for two’.
The Grill is located at 84 Moo 8, Sakdidej Road, Amatara Wellness Resort, Tambon Vichit, Cape Panwa, Phuket, p. +66 76 200 800. Open 6pm – 10.30pm daily.
Silk Restaurant & Bar
Silk is the type of venue made for romantic evenings and intimate dinners. Every detail of the restaurant delights, from the immaculately furnished interior featuring lofty ceilings, full-length glass walls and amber lighting, to the attentive service, picture-perfect setting and daily sunset shows. That said, the real highlight here is its contemporary menu, where Thai classics like goong saroong (deep fried prawns wrapped in vermicelli) and gaeng kathi neu poo (blue crab with basil in red curry) are given a creative twist, and balanced out with western mains like the foie gras and Portuguese-style mussels.
Silk Restaurant & Bar is located at 15 Moo 6, Kamala Beach, Kamala, Phuket, p. +66 76 338 777. Open 7am – 10pm daily.
A romantic date doesn’t always mean stuffy shirts, heels and an informal setting. For a casual yet intimate evening, we recommend Tung Ka Cafe. This hilltop restaurant boasts uninterrupted views over Phuket Town, dining terraces framed with foliage, relaxed vibes, and a wide-ranging menu of Thai dishes.
Tunk-Ka Cafe is located at Rang Hill, Phuket Town, Phuket, p. +66 80 821 1500. Open 11am – 9.30pm daily.
La Gaetana is one of those places where you’d want to keep a secret – so that it remains a hidden gem. You’ll feel right at home the moment you step in, thanks to the inviting ambience, cosy decor and warm service. Fill out your evening with a range of Italian dishes, all of which are tastefully presented. Don’t leave without sampling one of the 23 labels available; while the wines are a great accompaniment to the food, watching Gianni, the owner, decanter wine at the table is an experience in itself as he is an expert sommelier.
La Gaetana is located at 352 Phuket Road, Phuket Town, Phuket, p. +66 76 250 523. Open 12pm – 2pm and 6pm – 10pm on weekdays, 6pm – 10pm on weekends.
Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante
Enjoy seaside dining and modern Italian fare at its finest at Da Maurizio. The venue oozes sophistication with its white linen tablecloths, brick floors and warmly lit interior, and the attentive service and background music – from operetta to Italian ballads – adds on to the ambience and dining experience. Must-try dishes on the menu include freshly made pasta mains, foie gras with candied walnuts and green apples on homemade raisin bread and rosemary lamb chops with couscous.
Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante is located at 223/2 Prabaramee Road, Patong, Phuket, p. +66 76 344 079. Open 12pm – 11pm daily.
A lavish dining experience awaits at Blue Elephant, housed in a beautifully restored Chinese-colonial style mansion set in lush, sprawling grounds. The ambience and decor is atmospheric, featuring neo-classical fittings, a mix of Chinese, Thai and European ornaments and gorgeous dining sets, like brass cutlery and hand-beaten plates. The food is just as wonderful; opt from a selection of Royal Thai cuisine – dishes once created just for the Royal Palace – and complete your meal with a bottle from the excellent wine list.
Blue Elephant is located at 96 Krabi Road, Phuket Town, Phuket p. + 66 76 354 355-7. Open 11.30am – 10.30pm daily.