Recommended Dining in Surin and Bangtao

Nok & Joe’s – Thai, North American, Barbeque
Surin – Bangtao Beach Road, Phuket


Formed in 1995 when Jo, a Canadian master log smith and Tsunami volunteer, met his Thai wife Nok. There is a saying; you can’t see the wood for the trees. In this case you can’t miss the restaurant for the wood. Locals often see beachcomber Jo returning from his afternoon walks laden with driftwood from which he fashions all manner of things. A family run restaurant offering food from Thai dishes to pizzas, burgers, pasta, BBQ as well as fresh seafood popular with tourists from the local hotels; Nok and Jo’s offers full barbeque buffet twice a week. Resident singer / guitarist and even the occasional katoey (lady boy) show. Catch Jo in his cowboy hat and boots.

11:00 am – Late


Emmy’s – Thai, Seafood
Bangtao Beach Road, Phuket

+66(0)84- 885-262

Simply designed Emmy’s is the reason many people come to Thailand. To eat authentic Thai and fresh seafood under a grass roof close by the beach. Popular with tourists staying in nearby resorts this family restaurant attracts an international crowd and is often heaving at first sitting.

11.00am to Late



Pesto – Indo-European
104 Bandon Cherngthalay Road

+66(0) 82-423-0184

10 minutes taxi’s drive from Surin Beach this “foodie temple” shows great things happen when French trained executive chefs leave hotels to start up on their own. The décor is Spartan and, until recently, since the restaurant has no walls customers were forced to cluster together in the middle during rainstorms. The food is outstanding both in quality and in price. 5 star international cuisine at Thai roadside prices.

Lunch and Dinner


Sunset Café – Thai
Bandon Cherngthalay Road (next to Black Cat)

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Situated not far from Pesto (above) is much loved by both Thais and ex-pats. Run by chef Pong and his brother (both formerly chefs in 5 star restaurants in Laguna) is another example of the good that happens when Thai chefs go-it-alone. Laguna’s loss is our gain. Great Thai food at very reasonable prices.

Lunch and Dinner



Wine Connection – International
Bangtao Place, Cherngthalay, Phuket 8310


Again not strictly Surin Beach but a good venue 5 minutes drive away. This international chain has grown rapidly in Phuket over the past few years. Wine Connection combines the wine shop with a bistro, serving reasonably priced European food for lunch and dinner in a casual setting. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, pastas, salmon, chicken, pork chops and beef tenderloin. The restaurants also host frequent wine tasting events and special buffet evenings.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Deepavali – Indian
Bangtao Place, Cherngthalay, Phuket 8310


Located next to Wine Connection (above) this is the one place Brits and other Indian food lovers can get their “fix”. Located in a Sports Bar – The Lounge in Bangtao Place this restaurant also offers Western fare including a large roast each Sunday (copies of the Daily Mail on the bar). Deepavali offers a full Indian menu including great Nan bread and vegetarian. One of the few Indian restaurants on the island to use fresh ingredients and offer something other than pre-prepared dog-food.

Lunch and Dinner


Taste – Mediterranean
Surin Beach, Phuket 8310


This restaurant is situated directly on the beach; turn left from the car park. Run by executive chef Martin Ostlind and his wife Taste offers an eclectic mix of Pacific Rim and Mediterranean cuisine. Service is sharp and efficient and the restaurant frequently scores a high customer rating on travel sites such as Trip Advisor.

2:00pm – 12:00pm Closed on Mondays


Celafu – Home Style Italian
Surin Beach, Phuket 83110

+66 (0)76-386-598

Pizzas, pastas and salads “like Mamma used to make them”. Dine indoors or “alfresco” on the beach. The Sicilian owner Duilio, who is hard not to like, previously ran two successful restaurants in Bangkok and Pattaya. He’s now taking things easier on Surin Beach. Try the lunchtime specials. Great Value.

11:30am – 11:30pm Closed Tuesdays.



Opus One – French, International
Top Floor, The Plaza, Surin Beach, Phuket 83110

+66(0)76 386 562

Large stylish restaurant and large outdoor terrace on the top of Surin Plaza which attracts a trendy select crowd at weekends. The menu is simple and “high end standard” but the décor and opulence justify the prices. Someone’s got to pay the rent. Cigar Room. Check out the Wine Lovers promotion Bt 800 Canapés and free flow 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

6:00pm – 1:00am Everyday


Cudos – Mediterranean, Pizza, Seafood, Tapas
117 Moo 3, Srisoonthorn Road, Surin Beach, Phuket 83110


Chic new restaurant situated next to The Plaza, Surin. Modern architectural design with a chill out area to the rear that begs for a DJ. Excellent food by Australian executive chef Belinda Tuckwell. Check out the towering 100 year old Tamarind Tree. Bring plenty of money.

Lunch and Dinner



Oriental Spoon – Thai & International
106/46 Moo 3, Surin Beach Road

+66 (0)76-316-500

Hip restaurant and bar located in Twin Palms Resort with its own street entrance. Great cocktails. Open-plan Martini Bar. Sit back in style “Nous avon arrives!”

Oriental Spoon is famous for its Sunday Brunches (Noon to 3:00pm). A veritable smorgasbord of delights; including fresh seafood, oysters, smoked salmon, roasts, cheeses and more. Sweets include a Chocolate Fountain, Crème Brulee with selection of Fresh Berries, Mangoes with Sticky Rice. It is said ladies possess an extra stomach just for deserts; here you might just witness it in action.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Catch – Thai & International
106/46 Moo 3, Surin Beach Road

+66 (0)76-316-500

Billed as Phuket’s most fashionable beach club and they’re not wrong. Fresh live seafood including Lobster, Sea Bass, Andaman Tiger Prawns & Black Crabs. Barbeques on with beach bonfire. Enjoy your libation at the cool, oversized terrazzo bar, decks and fire pits.

Lunch and Dinner

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