Bangkok Restaurants

Thais are passionate about food, and love discovering out-of-the-way shops that prepare unexpectedly tasty dishes. Nowhere is this truer—or more feasible—than in Bangkok. The city's residents always seem to be eating, so the tastes and smells of Thailand's cuisine surround you day and night. That said, Bangkok's restaurant scene
Thais are passionate about food, and love discovering out-of-the-way shops that prepare unexpectedly tasty dishes. Nowhere is this truer—or more feasible—than in Bangkok. The city's residents always seem to be eating, so the tastes and smells of Thailand's cuisine surro
Thais are passionate about food, and love discovering out-of-the-way shops that prepare unexpectedly tasty dishes. Nowhe

Thais are passionate about food, and love discovering out-of-the-way shops that prepare unexpectedly tasty dishes. Nowhere is this truer—or more feasible—than in Bangkok. The city's residents always seem to be eating, so the tastes and smells of Thailand's cuisine surround you day and night. That said, Bangkok's restaurant scene is also a minefield, largely because the relationship between price and quality at times seems almost inverse. For every hole-in-the-wall gem serving the best sticky rice, larb (meat salad), and som tam (the hot-and-sour green-papaya salad that is the ultimate Thai staple) you've ever had, there's an overpriced hotel restaurant serving touristy, toned-down fare. In general, the best Thai food is found at the most bare-bones, even run-down restaurants, not at famous, upscale places.

If you want a break from Thai food, many other world cuisines are represented. Best among them is Chinese, although there's decent Japanese and Korean food as well. The city's ubiquitous noodle shops have their roots in China, as do roast-meat purveyors, whose historical inspiration was Cantonese. Western fare tends to suffer from the distance, although in the past few years many upscale and trendy western eateries have opened, some of them quite excellent.

As with anything in Bangkok, travel time is a major consideration when choosing a restaurant. If you're short on time or patience, choose a place that's an easy walk from a Skytrain or subway station. The easiest way to reach a riverside eatery is often on a Chao Phraya River express boat.

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  • 1. 22 Kitchen & Bar

    $$$$ | Silom | Seafood

    Stylish and vibrant, this recently launched rooftop restaurant and bar seems poised for major success. The young chef, part Hawaiian and part...Read More

  • 2. Appia

    $$$ | Sukhumvit | Italian

    A food critic turned restaurateur and the son of a Roman butcher teamed up to create this homey trattoria. Jarrett Wrisley, best known for the...Read More

  • 3. Bo.lan

    $$$$ | Sukhumvit | Thai

    Named after its two owners, a Thai-western couple, Bo.lan consistently appears on lists of Thailand and Asia's best restaurants. Relocated in...Read More

  • 4. Gaggan

    $$$$ | Pathumwan | Indian

    Named Asia's best restaurant in 2015, Gaggan is an absolute must for serious food lovers. Chef Gaggan Anand worked under the renowned Ferran...Read More

  • 5. Isao

    $$$ | Sukhumvit | Japanese

    Bangkok has hundreds of Japanese restaurants, but only Isao has a line out the door 365 nights a year. The reason is simple: this humble little...Read More

  • 6. Lek Seafood

    $$ | Bang Rak | Thai

    This unassuming storefront beneath an overpass is the sort of establishment that brings international foodies flocking to Bangkok. They come...Read More

  • 7. Nahm

    $$$$ | Sathorn | Thai

    Master chef David Thompson won accolades for his Thai eatery in London, and his outpost in Bangkok has been hailed as one of the world's finest...Read More

  • 8. Paste Restaurant

    $$$$ | Sukhumvit | Thai

    An upscale, intimate eatery run by an experienced Australian-Thai husband-and-wife team, Paste elevates traditional Thai food and flavors to...Read More

  • 9. Pen

    $$$$ | Thai

    This spacious restaurant has little in the way of atmosphere, but seafood aficionados come here to splurge. Expensive by Thai restaurant standards...Read More

  • 10. Peppina

    $$$ | Sukhumvit | Pizza

    Hands down Bangkok's best pizzeria, warmly industrial-looking Peppina is booked solid on most nights. Chef Paolo Vitaletti of Appia trattoria...Read More

  • 11. Soul Food Mahanakorn

    $$ | Thong Lor | Thai

    Launched by food critic Jarrett Wrisley, this gem of a restaurant and bar is in a converted Chinese shophouse in trendy Thong Lor and is usually...Read More

  • 12. Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin

    $$$$ | Pathumwan | Thai

    Luxurious and utterly unique, this restaurant upends the conventional wisdom about Thai cuisine and technique. Having dinner in this amazing...Read More

  • 13. Supanniga Eating Room

    $$ | Thong Lor | Thai

    Thanaruek Laoraowirodge, a successful restaurateur in New York City and Bangkok, has earned high praise for this cozy shophouse venue that...Read More

  • 14. The Local

    $$$ | Sukhumvit | Thai

    This emphasis at this restaurant in a century-old house is on fresh traditional fare and hard-to-find regional specialties. Two worth investigating...Read More

  • 15. The Mayflower

    $$$$ | Silom | Chinese

    Regulars at this top Cantonese restaurant include members of the Thai royal family, heads of state, and business tycoons. These VIPs favor the...Read More

  • 16. Zanotti

    $$$$ | Silom | Italian

    Everything about Zanotti is top drawer, from the attentive service to the extensive menu focusing on the regional cuisines of Piedmont and Tuscany...Read More

  • 17. Zuma

    $$$$ | Pathumwan | Japanese

    A posh eatery with branches from Dubai to Miami, Zuma serves innovative Japanese fare. Working in an open kitchen, the chefs prepare signature...Read More

  • 18. Aw Taw Kaw Market

    $ | Chatuchak | Thai

    Bangkok's best food bargains are found at this legendary spot in the Chatuchak market. It's noisy, and you'll be inundated with sights and smells...Read More

  • 19. Baan Klang Nam 2

    $$$ | Thai

    If you cruise the Chao Phraya River at night, you'll probably end up gazing upon the clapboard house this restaurant occupies, wishing you were...Read More

  • 20. Ban Chiang

    $ | Bang Rak | Thai

    This old wooden house is an oasis in the concrete city; the decor is turn-of-the-20th-century Bangkok, with antique prints and old photographs...Read More

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