The best restaurants in Langkawi offer fantastic dishes, attentive service, and magnificent sunset views of the Andaman Sea and Gunung Mat Cincang. This tropical island is known for serving some of the best local delicacies in Malaysia. You can enjoy authentic Malay and Chinese cuisine, as well as fresh fish and seafood. The island also caters to a global clientele, so you can expect a diverse range of culinary delights from all over the world.

    Some of Langkawi’s most popular restaurants are part of exclusive 5-star resorts in Kuah, Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah and Pantai Kok. Across the island are several hidden gems offering excellent cuisine at great prices. Read on for our pick of popular Langkawi restaurants.

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    The Gulai House at The Datai Langkawi

    Datai Bay

    The Gulai House at The Datai Langkawi specializes in authentic Malay and Indian dishes. It has several open-air dining sections that overlook the verdant rainforest, with candle-lit alcoves, organza drapes and low tables with comfortable cushions placed on hand-woven mats. 

    Standout dishes include slow-braised dried beef short ribs, simmered grouper fish in spicy turmeric gravy, and free-range chicken curry. For dessert, we highly recommend dadih susu kerbau pulut hitam (buffalo milk panna cotta served with black glutinous rice). Every night, The Gulai House hosts cultural shows by local dancers dressed in vibrant indigenous costumes.

    Location: The Datai, Jln Teluk Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm

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    Kayuputi at The St Regis Langkawi

    Pantai Beringin

    Kayuputi at The St. Regis Langkawi is an elegant restaurant that specializes in Asian-influenced haute cuisine, unique cocktails and premium wines. There’s also a bar section, where you can relax on comfortable hammocks and sunbeds hanging above the Andaman Sea. 

    The food combines French cooking techniques with locally sourced ingredients, such as black bee honey, coconut, and seafood. Standouts include pomfret fish fillets steamed in kelp and Stanbroke beef tenderloin served with potato fondant, pink garlic and wild mushroom. For dessert, we highly recommend Kayuputi creme brulee or lemon pound cake. 

    Location: The St Regis Langkawi, Jalan Pantai Beringin, Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 4 pm to 11 pm (closed on Sundays)

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    Planter's at The Danna Langkawi

    Pantai Kok

    Planter’s at The Danna Langkawi overlooks the resort’s infinity pool and Pantai Kok Beach, featuring a classy colonial interior, excellent service, and a live pianist in the evening. This upmarket restaurant offers an extensive menu of Mediterranean, European-inspired, and Malaysian dishes. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available for those with specific dietary needs. 

    Highly recommended are the falafel (with tahini yogurt and pickled radish salad), premium Australian beef tenderloin (with chive and sour cream potato mash, green beans, mesclun, hollandaise and forest mushroom sauce), and sweet banana oatmeal (served with homemade coconut lime ice cream).

    Location: The Danna Langkawi, Telaga Harbor Park, Pantai Kok, 07000, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, 07000 Langkawi, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 6.30 am to 10.30 am and from 6.30 pm to 11 pm

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    The Cliff Restaurant Langkawi

    Pantai Cenang

    The Cliff Restaurant Langkawi is certainly a winner when it comes to fine dining with unbeatable views of the Andaman Sea. Set at the end of Pantai Cenang, this iconic Langkawi restaurant has an open-air indoor dining area with modern furnishings, white tablecloths, warm lighting and classy décor. 

    The Cliff Restaurant Langkawi’s menu consists of authentic Malay and western dishes. Standouts include traditional slow-cooked beef, crab cannelloni, pan-seared foie gras, and lamb rack served with percik (spiced coconut milk) sauce.

    Location: Lot 63 & 40, Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, Lebuh Pantai, 07000 Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from midday to 11 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)4-953 3228

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    Jala Restaurant at The Andaman Langkawi

    Pantai Cenang

    Jala Restaurant at The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort is an alfresco restaurant with breathtaking sea views. It's a great place to enjoy excellent Malay and western-style seafood dishes in Langkawi. The restaurant sources its fresh seafood from local fishermen on the island. 

    One of its signature dishes is Jalaksa, which has king prawns and barramundi in panko, poached egg, wanton noodles and spicy laksa gravy. If you’re not a fan of spice, try the slow-cooked seabass served with baby zucchini, bok choy, smoked mashed potato, broccoli couscous, and Jala’s signature sauce.

    Location: The Andaman Langkawi, Jln Teluk Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 6 pm to 8 pm

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    The Pavillion at The Datai Langkawi

    Datai Bay

    The Pavilion is an award-winning restaurant at The Datai Langkawi. Perched high in a rainforest canopy, diners are treated to classic Thai music playing in the background, warm lighting, white orchids, and candles on each table

    The Pavilion is one of the best places for authentic Thai cuisine in Langkawi. Standout dishes include stir-fried beef with chili, garlic, and Thai basil leaves, tom yam goong (spicy soup with prawns), and steamed snapper fish with lemongrass, chili, and lime. 

    Location: The Datai Langkawi, Jln Teluk Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm

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    FatCUPID

    Pantai Tengah

    FatCUPID at La Pari Pari Resort serves a mix of local and international cuisine in Pantai Tengah. Pancakes, omelet with toast, and bacon and egg sandwiches are offered for breakfast, while chili prawn aglio olio, beef rendang (dry curry), and Nyonya delicacies such as pongteh (braised chicken in sweet bean paste) are served for lunch and dinner. 

    This all-white restaurant has a nice garden setting with lots of greenery, plants and trees, where diners can unwind and enjoy their meals with a pleasant view of La Pari Pari Resort’s outdoor bathing pool and cottage-like rooms.

    Location: Lot 2273 Kampung Tasek Anak, Jalan Pantai Tengah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm and from 6 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

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    Ikan-Ikan at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

    Tanjung Rhu

    Ikan-Ikan at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi offers a wide array of Thai, Chinese and Malay-style seafood cuisine. The restaurant occupies a traditional Malaysian village house, with an open-air teakwood deck that offers spectacular views of the ocean and garden. 

    Expect to splurge for a meal at Ikan-Ikan, but portions are very generous. We love the stir-fried morning glory with spicy shrimp paste, slow-roasted short ribs, and Malay-spiced fried chicken with aromatic chilli-ginger vinegar sauce.

    Location: Four Seasons Resort, Jalan Tanjung Rhu, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm

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    Langkawi Fish Farm Restaurant

    Mukim Kuah

    Langkawi Fish Farm Restaurant is one of Langkawi’s oldest seafood restaurants. It provides efficient service, a lively dining atmosphere, and value-for-money delicacies from the sea. The spacious indoor dining section is decorated with replicas of pirate ships and traditional lanterns hanging from the ceiling. It also has a sea deck that serves as an open-air dining space overlooking the Andaman Sea. 

    Signature dishes at Langkawi Fish Farm Restaurant include Thai-style steamed fish, BBQ lobster, and chili crab. Prices may be higher compared to most seafood eateries in Kuah.

    Location: Lot 1986, Jalan Pantai, Jalan Penarak, 07000 Langkawi, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 1 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)4-966 7988

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    Scarborough Fish & Chips

    Tanjung Rhu

    Scarborough Fish & Chips is a humble blue-hued restaurant that serves excellent western dishes and seafood in Langkawi. You can spot it on a lonely stretch of road heading toward Tanjung Rhu Resort and Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. 

    Scarborough Fish & Chips is great for when you want to grab a quick bite and enjoy a peaceful evening by Langkawi’s idyllic seaside. True to its name, fish and chips are must-tries, with options ranging from snow fish, mackerel and barracuda to red snapper, salmon and halibut.

    Location: Lot 1388, Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Mukim Air Hangat, 07100 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)4-959 4667

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    Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveler

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