9 Experts' Choice restaurants in Phuket

These 9 restaurants represent the best food that this lush, beachy isle has to offer.

by Michael Carl Budd

Many of Phuket's best restaurants serve traditional Thai cuisine (please don't miss Baan Rim Pa Patong), but there's also great Italian at Salvatore's and innovative restaurants like The Boathouse and Tatonka that meld European and Asian culinary traditions expertly.  Whatever you're in the mood for and whichever of these restaurants you choose during your dream getaway to Phuket, you can't go wrong — each is an Experts' Choice and Best of Phuket award-winner.

Baan Rim Pa Patong 89

223 Prabaramee Road

This restaurant has some tables set back from the edge, but you'll then miss the gorgeous ocean views. The food is among the best Phuket has to offer.

- Fodor's

The Boathouse Wine & Grill 80

182 Koktanode Road

The perfect place to wow a fussy date, the Wine & Grill is the pick of the bunch for most local foodies.

- Lonely Planet

China Inn Cafe 81

20 Thalang Road

This restored, Sino-Portuguese style building, located in the heart of Phuket Town, is easy to spot thanks to its red exterior.

- Travel + Leisure

On the Rock 82

47 Karon Road

Part of the Marina Phuket, this little unassuming restaurant serves excellent Thai cuisine on a scenic deck high above the south end of Karon Beach.

- Frommer's

Natural Restaurant 82

62/5 Soi Phuthon

There are plenty of reasons to linger over dinner at this rambling, informal, hugely popular, plant-wreathed restaurant, not least the two hundred different choices on the menu.

- Rough Guide

Kopitiam by Wilai 79

18 Thalang Road

Try bak kut teh, a pungent shiitake-mushroom-and-pork soup, and mee sua pad, noodles with seafood and spices, as well as the crispy noodle and egg salad.

- Fodor's

Salvatore's restaurant 82

15 Rasada Road

Trattoria-style decor and cuisine done to perfection and competently served in a tasteful and laid-back atmosphere. Separate pizzeria next door.

- DK Eyewitness

Tatonka 80

34 Lagoon Road

The eclectic, tapas-style selection includes creative vegetarian and seafood dishes and such delights as Peking duck pizza.

- Lonely Planet

Catch Beach Club 79

12/88 Moo 2

Throw on your breeziest island-chic outfit to dine overlooking the sea at Surin's glitziest beach club.

- Lonely Planet

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