If you’re looking to spend some time in Ao Nang sometime soon then one of the first things you’ve no doubt been wondering is what options you’ll have when dinner time comes rolling around.
As you no doubt imagined, Krabi’s most popular resort town has all sorts to keep your belly full, from traditional Thai cuisine to more Western inspired dishes, and of course some truly amazing seafood.
To help you navigate what can be a pretty overwhelming selection of amazing dining options, we’ve put together what we consider to be the 7 best restaurants in Ao Nang, along with our favourite of all the seafood restaurants. We’re sure you’ll find more than a few places you’ll instantly love.
The Last Fisherman
This tropical restaurant found in the southern part of Ao Nang offers diners an amazing location to chill out and relax. The Last Fisherman is located right on the beach, with amazing views of the ocean and the islands off in the distance, all surrounded by the perfect shade of the almond and coconut trees.
The whole restaurant is mostly open air, with only a handful of tables covered by two huts that shelter the kitchen and the bar. Many of The Last Fisherman’s tables are even on the beach, adding an extra level of relaxation.
While there’s nothing fine dining about The Last Fisherman, that doesn’t mean the food isn’t fantastic. You’ll find plenty of Thai favourites, along with western snacks, daily evening barbeques and a fantastic cocktail selection.
For lunch at The Last Fisherman, you’ll find the usual selection of standard Thai dishes, along with salads, sandwiches and burgers. For the dinner barbeque, the restaurant offers diners four set menus to choose from, which are sure to cover whatever you’re in the mood for.
One further area in which The Last Fisherman really stands out is their drinks menu, where you’ll find a great selection of original drinks, from healthy smoothies to alcoholic smoothies, and all sorts of colourful cocktails too.
The Last Fisherman is open each day from 11.30am to midnight.
Diver’s Inn Steakhouse
First opened by German business partners Jeab Saenubon and Jürgen Weber in August of 2000, Diver’s Inn Steakhouse has gone on to become one of the most popular restaurants in all of Ao Nang, and in its 20 years in operation has seen its capacity and staff more than double from a 10 table restaurant with only 4 members of staff in the early days to a 22 table restaurant with 9 members of staff today.
Diver’s Inn Steakhouse has something of a rustic yet classy look, thanks to the building’s wooden beams and the restaurant’s wooden tables and chairs and red and white tablecloths. The atmosphere at the steakhouse is relaxed, and you can expect an excellent service from the staff.
The menu at Diver’s Inn is vast, so you’re sure to find something to your liking, no matter how fussy or particular you may be. All of the beef steaks are imported from Australia, and you can rest assured that they’re only of the highest quality. You’ll also find a number of sauces to choose from, along with all manner of side dishes. For those looking for something other than steak, Diver’s Inn has plenty of classic Thai or European dishes to choose from too.
The drinks list is atypical of most places, although those with a taste for German weissbier will be pleased to find some classics here. You’ll also find plenty of cocktails to choose from, and a fantastic wine list too. You’ll find wine pairing suggestions in the menu next to each dish.
Diver’s Inn Steakhouse is open from 11am to 11pm each day.
If you fancy something a little bit different and you’re in the mood for some Japanese food, head on over to Hagi Restaurant in the Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas.
For lovers of all things Japanese cuisine, whether it’s soft shell crab rolls or yellow tail tuna sushi, you can find it here at Hagi Restaurant, along with some amazing fusion dishes such as tiger prawn Chawan Mushi and Foie Gras. Even if you want the best local seafood as fresh as it can possibly be, then this is the place to go. Furthermore, if you’re a guest at the Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas then you can enjoy a nice 25% discount.
Diners at Hagi Restaurant can also enjoy their engaging teppanyaki experience, where dinner suddenly comes alive thanks to the amazing chefs putting on a show right in front of you and your group at your table each night.
Hagi Restaurant also offers their guests an extensive drinks list; featuring just about anything you could possibly have a thirst for. Whether it’s beer, wine, cocktails, or, of course, sake, you’ll find the perfect drink to complement your meal at Hagi Restaurant.
Hagi Restaurant is open between 11.30am and 2.30pm for lunch, and 6pm and 11pm for dinner.
D&E Jungle Kitchen
If it’s authentic local cuisine you’re after then this is definitely the place. At D&E Jungle Kitchen, you’ll find amazing dishes such as sweet and sour chicken, Massaman curry, spring rolls, and other Thai staples, all made with only the freshest ingredients prepared to the highest grade by D&E’s talented chef.
D&E Jungle Kitchen truly offers some top notch genuine Thai cuisine, and is easily one of the best spots to grab a bite to eat in Ao Nang. Not only is the food great though, but the service is also spot on and the prices are affordable.
You can find D&E Kitchen in the south of Ao Nang, on the main road leading to Krabi Town. The restaurant itself is fairly low key, made only of thatch and bamboo.
Due to D&E Jungle Kitchen’s relatively small size it can often get busy around dinner time, so you’ll want to make the effort to get there early or make a reservation.
D&E Jungle Kitchen is open between 11am and 2.30pm for lunch and 4.30pm and 10 for dinner.
Bussaba Thai Restaurant
If you’re looking for great northern Thai food then Bussaba Thai Restaurant is the place to go. The restaurant is neat, charming, and modern, and can be found in the north of Ao Nang by the Krabi Thai Villaige Resort.
Bussaba Thai Restaurant first opened their doors to the public 15 years ago in 2005, soon earning themselves a reputation as a place to go for great quality cuisine in Ao Nang.
The venue itself isn’t one of the largest around, only able to accommodate up to 48 customers over their 12 tables, but this only serves to make it all the more intimate, and despite being a casual dining restaurant, it still has a great classy and elegant vibe. Bussaba Thai Restaurant also has a great atmosphere, and is a fantastic spot to eat for anyone looking to de-stress with some amazing mouth watering food after a long day.
Food wise, Bussaba has some of the best dishes available when it comes to classic Thai cuisine, but be prepared for a fantastic modern fusion twist. In addition to the à-la-carte menu, Bussaba Thai Restaurant also has a number of set menus for diners to choose from, each offering some great variety.
You can also expect the usual when it comes to drinks, with the typical beers, soft drinks and spirits you’ll find in most venues around the area. Bussaba Thai Restaurant also has a great wine selection, with imports from France and Chile, among others, available by the glass or by the bottle.
Bussaba Thai Restaurant is open daily from 12pm to 11pm
Jenna’s Bistro and Wine
First opening their doors in 2013, Jenna’s Bistro and Wine has been serving some of the best fish, steak, cheese, and wines and champagnes in all of Ao Nang.
With their upscale bistro style, Jenna’s Bistro and Wine is a great place to go for anyone looking for some Western inspired dishes. The setting is elegant, and they prepare their food with only the best in imported ingredients.
One of Jenna’s Bistro and Wine’s specialties is the Black Angus beef steaks shipped in from Australia, and whether it’s Tenderloin, T-Bone, or Rib Eye steak that gets you going, Jenna’s has you covered.
Some other great points of note on Jenna’s Bistro and Wine’s menu include charcuterie boards with all sorts of hams, salmon, cheese and salami selections, in addition to pasta dishes, bolognaise, fish and chips, and slow-cooked pork belly.
There’s also a great selection of imported wines on offer, available by the glass or by the bottle. You’ll find a great variety, with selections coming in from Australia, New Zealand and Chile, and some of the best mojitos in all of Ao Nang can be enjoyed at Jenna’s outdoor bar area.
Jenna’s Bistro and Wine is open daily from 8.30am to 11.00pm
Ton Ma Yom Thai Food Restaurant
While Ton Ma Yom Thai Food Restaurant may not look like much, it’s nevertheless gone on to become one of the most sought out and popular hidden gems that Ao Nang has to offer.
The style at Ton Ma Yom Thai Food Restaurant is very simple, maybe even unappealing to some, and restaurant isn’t particularly large by anyone’s standards. Despite it’s relatively tiny size though, you’ll still find areas both indoors and outdoors, and you’ll very quickly find why this place has become so popular. All of Ton Ma Yom’s attention has been placed squarely in the kitchen, and it’s certainly paid off.
You’ll find some amazing traditional Thai dishes at Ton Ma Yom, all very affordable and all in very favourable portion sizes too, although be careful; if spice isn’t your thing you may want to make sure to let the staff know. The restaurant can also get incredibly busy too, so make sure you make a reservation ahead of time so you’re not waiting in line with everyone else.
Ton Ma Yom Thai Food Restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday, 8am to 2pm for lunch and 5pm to 9.30pm for dinner.
The Best Seafood Restaurant in Ao Nang
If you’re going to be in Ao Nang then it goes without saying that you’ll want to check out some of the seafood on offer, and one of the best places you can go in Ao Nang is the strip suitably known as ‘seafood street’.
Located at the beach corner near The L Resort, you’ll find seafood restaurants of every kind on seafood street’s boardwalk, from the simple to the more extravagant, and this is an amazing spot to catch the sunset with your dinner.
Perhaps the best restaurant on Ao Nang’s seafood street is The Long Tail Boat, however for our money, for the best seafood in all of Ao Nang, we’re going to go to one of two rival restaurants found in the hills that overlook Nopparat Thara Beach.
Lae Lay Grill
If you’re in Ao Nang looking for seafood then you’ll be spoiled for choice, but for the aficionados out there, you’ll find nowhere better than Lae Lay Grill up in the northern part of the province.
The restaurant itself is some 40 metres up in the hills that overlook Nopparat Thara Beach, so you can be sure you’ll be getting in some amazing views to go with your equally amazing meal.
The atmosphere at Lae Lay Grill is truly stunning, and unlike some of the others on this list, the restaurant is nice and spacious, so you won’t have to worry about feeling crowded while taking in the views or checking out the chefs preparing all of the food in their open kitchen.
You’ll find all the best seafood you can imagine at Lae Lay Grill, and whether you’re looking for squid, mussels, lobster, you name it, you can be sure that it’ll all be as fresh as it is delicious. Lae Lay Grill also has the perfect wine list to complement each dish, so you know you’re in for a good time.
Lae Lay Grill is open each day from 11am to 10pm.
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