Phuket is the perfect destination for couples, and there is a plentiful supply of romantic restaurants where they can spend the evening. The islands benefits from some stunning views of nature, and the fact that the climate is so favorable means that dining in an open air venue can offer the nicest opportunities for intimacy. There are also many upmarket romantic restaurants that are a great choice for that really special night out – ideal for an anniversary or maybe even to pop the question. There are few other places on the planet that are as romantic as Phuket, and a night out at the right restaurant can provide some of the most cherished memories from the holiday. The other nice thing about the island is that it is possible to enjoy a really special meal for a reasonable price.
Romantic Restaurants in Phuket Town
Phuket Town (it is really a city) offers a number of romantic dining experiences to choose from including:
Blue Elephant Restaurant
The Blue Elephant specializes in Royal Thai cuisine, and it offers one of the best dining experiences on the island. The restaurant is located inside of a renovated mansion, and the decor is lavish. A visit to the Blue Elephant is perfect for a special occasion. They say that you do not go here to eat – you go here to dine. They also provide a nice cocktail menu and wine list. The Blue Elephant is located on Krabi Road.
Tunk Ka Restaurant
Tunk Ka Restaurant is a nice option for a romantic dinner because it offers such beautiful views of Phuket – especially once it gets dark. The food here is authentically Thai, and it is very reasonably priced. Tunk Ka Restaurant can be found on Rang Hill which is to the north west of the city.
Salvatore’s Restaurant is to be found on Rasada Road. This is a typical Italian style eating establishment, so it can be a nice choice for a romantic night out. They offer a full selection of Italian dishes made from fresh ingredients, and their tiramisu dessert is particularly good.
The Natural Restuarant
Probably the most most popular resturant for local Thai people and in my opinion the best Thai food on the island and not expensive either.
Romantic Restaurants in Patong
Patong is the most popular resort area in Phuket, and this is the place to go for the best nightlife. There are also a few more sedate and romantic venues including:
La Gritta is like a little oasis amidst the party atmosphere of Patong. It is worth visiting this restaurant for the lovely view of Patong beach alone, but it also serves plenty of tasty food. Seafood is the most popular thing on the menu, but they also serve steak and pizza. La Gritta can be found on Meun Ngern Road.
The Surface Restaurant and Bar
The Surface Restaurant and Bar also offers stunning views of Patong Beach. This is an open air venue, and the best time to be here is around sunset. They offer a three course meal for a very reasonable price, and they also have a good cocktail menu. The Surface Restaurant is located on the roof of La Flora Hotel.
Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante
Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante is right next to Novotel on Prabaramee Road. The food here is on the expensive side, but it is worth it if couples are looking for a truly special night out. This venue is set on a small beach beside Patong, and there are some wonderful views of the sunset from here. There are only a few tables here, so this ensures that it never feels crowded – it is advisable to book in advance.
Romantic Restaurants in Karon and Kata
Karon and Kata are to the south of Patong, and there are some nice options here for romantics including:
Mom Tri’s Kitchen
Mom Tri’s Kitchen offers all the ingredients required for a perfect romantic dinner. It is located in hills between Kata Noi and Kata Yai Beach, and the view of the Andaman Sea from this restaurant is simply stunning. The kitchen is managed by two internationally renowned chefs, and this ensures that guests get to enjoy a high class dining experience with delicious food. Mom Tri’s Kitchen also offers the most impressive wine list on Phuket with over 800 labels to choose from.
Bella Vista Oceanfront Terrace Restaurant
Bella Vista Oceanfront Terrace Restaurant is located on the beachfront in Kata, and it offers some wonderful views of the sea. The design of this venue is a modern Thai style, and the dining is in the open air. They offer a good selection of local as well as international dishes.
On the Rock
On the Rock can be found in the grounds of Marina Phuket Resort in Karon. This venue gets its name because it is literally sitting on top of a rock right over the sea. It can get busy here at times, but there is a nice atmosphere and intimate conversations are easy to maintain while admiring the waves that come right up close to the restaurant.
Other Romantic Restaurants in Phuket
Some of the best options for couples are to be found away from the main resort areas in places like:
The Oriental Spoon is part of Twin Palms Resort, and it is located near to Surin Beach. The menu offers a good variety of Thai dishes, and they also offer international food options such as steak. They also have a sushi bar, and a buffet option.
Plum Sky Barn and Lounge
Plum Sky Bar and Lounge is part of Cape Sienna Resort at Kamala Beach. This restaurant offers splendid views of the beach, and they serve what many claim to be the most authentic Mediterranean food in Phuket. The atmosphere here is intimate, so this is a good option for a romantic night out.
Diavolo Restaurant is part of Paresa Resort in Kamala. There is a good selection of Italian food available, and there are also house cocktails to choose from. This venue offers a 270 degree ocean view, and it is possible to enjoy this from practically any table. Diavolo is a popular choice for a romantic night out, so it is best to book in advance.
L’Orfeo was voted as one of the top restaurants in Thailand for 2011. It is located on Soi Sai Yuan in Rawai, and it is known for providing delicious food at a reasonable price. The owners (Stephanie and Benoit) are from France, and they offer an eclectic mix of dishes so that there is something to suit everyone. The interior design is very Mediterranean, and there are tables in more secluded parts of the room for couples who want to enjoy a more intimate experience.