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Where to Eat in Kata Beach

Where to Eat in Kata Beach
While nowhere on the scale of Patong, Kata is still a major destination for holidaymakers, particularly those of North European extraction. The long white stretch of sand that is Kata Beach has attracted more than its share of visitors over the years and hotels, resorts and restaurants have sprung up to serve their needs.
You'll find cuisines from all over the world represented here and options run the gamut from mid-range Thai seafood outlets to some of the finest dining anywhere on the island. Steak and seafood seem to be the most common offerings of Kata's many restaurants.

Most roadside restaurants display their selection of lobsters, tiger prawns and plump fish right in front of their shop for all to see - and for diners to handpick. There's no shortage of Thai restaurants, and for international fare there's Scandinavian, Tex-Mex, Indian and Italian places to choose from, just to name a few.

There are so many restaurants in the general Kata Beach area that we have drawn a line between northern and southern Kata and displayed the restaurants on two separate pages.

1. Anchor Bar

Another old timer, the Anchor Bar has a pool table, live sports on the TV and serves up a mean full English breakfast. Also featuring occasional live music, Anchor is by no means a fine-dining location but it does have a certain charm to it as a people-watching, beer drinking location with hearty food portions.
Opening Hours: Breakfast – 24:00
Location: Thai Na Road, central Kata
Tel: 076-284107
Cuisine: Western, Thai

2. Bluefin Tavern

An expat favourite and one of the longest established bars and eateries in the area; Bluefin is the stuff of legends. Tex Mex food, good sound system, outside and air-con seats, TV and an informal atmosphere – here's the place to meet and gossip with the locals over a burger.
Opening Hours: 12:00 – late
Location: Central Thai Na Road
Tel: 076-330856
Cuisine: Tex Mex, burgers and pizzas

3. Full Moon Pizzeria

A friendly resort-based pizzeria that has been going for some time now, Full Moon has an agreeable atmosphere and is centrally located. Also serves Thai food.
Opening Hours: Breakfast – 22:00
Location: Thai Na Road, central Kata
Tel: 076-330284
Cuisine: Indian, Thai & International

4. Il Tagliere Da Massimo

Italian food served in a semi-open environment featuring homemade dishes in appetizing portions yet another downtown Kata people-watching haunt. The pizzas are recommended.
Opening Hours: 12:00 – late
Location: Thai Na Road, Kata Centre
Cuisine: Italian

5. La Gondola

La Gondola is a successful Italian restaurant that always seems to be busy so it's no wonder it has recently enlarged its premises. With a wide repertoire of dishes, the two-storey restaurant isn't the cheapest around but does claim to serve the largest pizzas in Kata and certainly has a good reputation for serving up the tastiest. Try the homemade ice cream.
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 22:30
Location: Thai Na Road, Central Kata
Tel: 076-330964
Cuisine: Italian and Thai

6. Ban Thai

Ban Thai is an open-air restaurant situated in Kata Garden Resort. As to be expected, fresh seafood is top of the list here but the factor that sets this place apart is that it has live music every night. Diners should really come prepared for this as the band (Filipino) is not only very enthusiastic but loud. Strictly for those who like funk with their fries.
Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
Location: Kata-Karon Road, diagonally opposite Dino Park
Tel: (hotel): 076-330627
Cuisine: Thai and international

7. Dino Park and Dino Bar

There's nothing else quite like Dino Park in Kata or Karon, it's that unique. With an exploding 'volcano', a mini-golf course and Flintstone-dressed staff members, it's a fun place to be and quite an experience to dine there. Dino Park serves basic fare such as burgers and fries but, surprisingly enough, good wines and fresh seafood are also on the menu.
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 24:00
Location: Next to Marina Phuket Resort
Tel: 076-330625
Cuisine: Burgers. Thai, international

8. Kampong Kata Hill Restaurant

Part museum, part gallery, part restaurant, Kampong is certainly an unforgettable experience. If you feel like dining on Thai food in a distinctly Thai and Southeast Asian atmosphere then look no further than this impressive restaurant.

Many a restaurant invests a lot of its budget in its décor but perhaps Kampong Kata Hill is one of the rare Phuket eateries where the décor is a direct reflection of its fare and vice versa. Read More...
Opening Hours: for dinner daily, seven days a week
Location: Opposite Dino Park, behind Starbucks
Tel: 076-330103
Cuisine: Thai Food

9. Locanda

Swiss-owned and meticulously run, Locanda specialises in tender steaks, imported cold cuts and meats, Thai cuisine and fine wines. The semi-open air restaurant has a 'mist' air conditioning system to keep things cool, equally cool décor, an Argentinean-style open kitchen and an extensive air-conditioned wine cellar. Try the mixed cheese platter. Free pickup service within the Kata/Kata Noi/Karon area.
Opening Hours: 07:00 - late
Location: 86 Patak Road – look for the large golden bull
Tel: 076-330087
Cuisine: Steakhouse, International, Thai

10. Ratri Jazztaurant

Ratri has some of the best views in Phuket, out over Kata and the Andaman Sea. This is because the restaurant is located high up on the hill that separates Kata from Chalong Bay. Serving Thai fusion and inventive, modern dishes, Ratri is a culinary treat. With great décor, those special views, an extensive wine list, live jazz and friendly service; it has a lot to offer. Go before sunset and marvel at the beauty of it all. Read More...
Opening Hours: 15:00 – 24:00
Location: Above Patak Road, turn at the Big One supermarket and follow the steep climb/drive. It's worth it.
Tel: 076-333538 – Hotline 083-1808338
Cuisine: Modern Thai fusion

11. The Coffee Pot

A small, on-the-corner restaurant specialising in breakfasts, The Coffee Pot's 'Hell's Kitchen' turns out some of Kata's best homemade pies, mash, steaks and black puddings – 'No mad Cows Allowed'. A fun place.
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
Location: Central Thai Na Road
Tel: 076-333203
Cuisine: Breakfasts, pies, western food, all done with panache