Some of the best halal restaurants in Phuket are found in Patong Beach, which has a big and bustling Arabic quarter south of Bangla Road. While it can be challenging for Muslim travelers to find restaurants that cater to their dietary needs, it's quite easy to do so in the southern part of Thailand, which has a sizable Muslim community.

    The island of Phuket has at least 50 mosques, many of which are surrounded by halal restaurants. These eateries are clearly marked with a green symbol to show their credentials, so you won't need to keep coming back to 1 place just to enjoy halal dining in Phuket. However, if you're looking for something a bit special, here are some of the best places to enjoy Muslim-friendly food around the island.

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    Bang Mud Seafood Floating Restaurant

    Coconut Island

    Bang Mud Seafood is one of a group of floating restaurants in Phuket. It has a rustic, rough-and-ready look, with local dishes that are simple yet very tasty. The cuisine is halal Thai – must-tries include tom yum, fried soft-shell crab, and garlic chicken. You can be assured of the seafood's freshness as you can see it being caught around you. The restaurant is on a moored collection of floating pontoons about 700 meters from Laem Hin and 150 meters from Coconut Island. You can get there via a 5-minute long-tail boat ride from Laem Hin Beach.

    Location: 73 Laem Hin Road, Koh Maprao, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)81 273 2367

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    Anwa Yentafo

    Phuket Town

    Anwa Yentafo in Phuket Town has a bright and colorful style, both in its décor and dishes. The modern-style halal restaurant specializes in freshly-made fish balls in noodle soup, with the hot-and-sour or hot-and-spicy soups being particularly popular. A lot of their dishes are better shared than attempted individually, thanks to generous portions. You can also enjoy chicken, fish and beef steaks and Singapore-style chicken rice at very good prices.

    Location: 154/8 Phang Nga Rd, Talat Yai, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)81 945 0717

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    Kusuma Halal Thai Seafood

    Patong Beach

    Kusuma Halal Thai Seafood serves a mix of halal Thai and Malaysian seafood dishes in Patong. This relatively humble little eatery is well-known for its Thai curries, tom yum, prawns, mussels, seabass and lobster, with strong flavors showing off the freshness of the ingredients. The portions are quite generous, the prices are low, and the staff and owners are very friendly.

    Location: 104 Rat-Uthit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket, 83150 Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 1 am

    Phone: +66 (0)83 596 0885

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    Casa Blanca Restaurant Phuket

    Patong Beach

    Casa Blanca Restaurant Phuket at the Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa specializes in authentic Indian and Arabian cuisine. The indoor dining area has warm colors and intricate mosaics. Located by the side of the hotel’s pool, its outdoor seating is just as appealing, giving the place a comfortable and casual atmosphere. Surprisingly, this certified halal eatery has a wine list, but you can only collect the bottles from the lobby bar.

    Location: 34/6 Prachanukhro Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 2 am

    Phone: +66 (0)82 284 6751

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    Kataturk Turkish Restaurant

    Kata Beach

    Kataturk Chalong is an authentic Turkish restaurant that's known for its welcoming environment and excellent halal dishes. Those who aren’t familiar with the cuisine might have a little difficulty deciphering the menu, but the staff will be able to help you out. A must-try is the beef in tomato stew wrapped inside a pastry, served with homemade yogurt and rice. You can also find a selection of Thai favorites at Kataturk Chalong.

    Location: 45/33 Soi Khoktanod, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83130, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 12 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)64 926 6600

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    Marina Kitchen Phuket

    Phuket Town

    Marina Kitchen Phuket is a chic boutique restaurant offering a great lake view, indoor and outdoor seating, and a variety of halal Thai dishes. The dishes have all the authentic tastes of Thailand, but with a slightly reduced level of chilli, making them great for travelers with a rather low tolerance for spice. Standouts include the mango salad, Thai-style omelet, and deep-fried seabass, which are best paired with steamed rice.

    Location: 5/3 Moo 4, Koh Keaw, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Thursday–Tuesday from 7 am to 4 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)87 280 9343

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    Makan Buffet Halal Restaurant

    Mai Khao Beach

    Makan Buffet Halal Food Phuket is a chic western restaurant where you can enjoy an extensive buffet spread, all halal in their preparation and ingredients. It has an open-air setting, with a gentle breeze keeping you cool throughout your visit. Recommended dishes include Hainanese chicken rice, shrimp dumplings, and satay.

    Location: 15/130 Moo 1, Wichit Songkram Road, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 4 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)88 752 7617

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    Cairo Restaurant

    Patong Beach

    There are 2 Cairo Restaurants in Patong – the larger of the 2 being on Rat-U-Thit Road while the smaller one is by the beach. You can enjoy a lively Egyptian atmosphere at both, along with a good mix of Thai, Indian and Arabic dishes, all of which are halal. You'll find tandoori curries, shami kebabs, steaks, spaghetti and seafood on the menu.

    Location: 204/15 Rat-U-Thit Song Roi Pi Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 2 am

    Phone: +66 (0)83 174 8837

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    Padiran Persian Cuisine

    Patong Beach

    Padiran Persian Cuisine is a simple and cozy restaurant specializing in Iranian dishes at pretty reasonable prices. Must-tries include the lamb shank and sabzi polow ba mahi (traditional steamed vegetable rice with fried fish steak). The fact that the owner takes an active role in welcoming and serving his guests creates a very friendly, homey environment. The restaurant is located along Soi La Diva, just past the entrance to Bangla Road off Rat-U-Thit Road.

    Location: 204, 41 Soi La Diva, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 12 pm to 11.30 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)89 005 8042

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