Looking for a romantic restaurant in Phuket? Whether you're hoping to impress on a first date or to appreciate an intimate meal for 2 with a long-term partner, we've rounded up some of the island’s best restaurants for you to enjoy.

    We looked for the most atmospheric and intimate restaurants that are also able to deliver great dishes by well-trained, English-speaking staff. These are places where you'll feel as close as you’ll ever be to your loved one and which you'll remember as a significant part of your Phuket dining experience.

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    La Gritta

    Amari Phuket in Patong Beach

    La Gritta is one of the most romantic restaurants in Phuket, located in the compound of Amari Phuket at the southern end of Patong Bay. The Italian restaurant features a superb contemporary design throughout its 2 distinct areas respectively named: La Gritta, the restaurant itself that includes both indoor (air-conditioned) and outdoor dining areas; and La Gritta Terrace, a cozy, modern lounge that's partially open-air on the second floor.

    Both areas have stunning views over Patong Bay and offer a unique place for a gourmet dinner under the stars, with the relaxing sound of the waves licking the shore and the cool sea breeze refreshing the atmosphere and offering the ultimate tropical dinner.

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    Location: Amari Phuket, 2 Muen-ngern Road, Kathu, Patong, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)76 340 112

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    Mom Tri's Kitchen

    Villa Royale in Kata Noi Beach

    Mom Tri's Kitchen Royale at Villa Royale in Kata Noi Beach balances the key factors of location, views and good food wonderfully. It invites the diner to enjoy some fabulous cuisine in a divine setting.

    Immediately as you enter the property, a sense of elegance pervades. Carp swim about in stone pools and the beautifully landscaped garden complements the lush and tastefully illuminated interior. Live music from a baby grand piano drifts through the night air as well-presented waiters guide you to your table.

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    Location: Mom Tri's Villa Royale, 12 Kata Noi Road, Kata Noi, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6.30am to 11pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 333 568

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    Joe’s Downstairs

    Patong Beach

    Joe’s Downstairs is one of Phuket’s most prominent restaurants. Enjoying a stunning location on the granite cape that separates Patong from Kalim Beach, it overlooks the Andaman Sea and offers a splendid sundowner spot, perfect for sipping a skilfully mixed cocktail in good company.

    Joe’s Downstairs' kitchen is run by a talented chef who creatively blends flavors from all around the world in his dishes. With its remarkable location, sophisticated setting, and delectable cuisine, Joe’s Downstairs should be on the bucket list of every epicurean coming by Patong.

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    Location: 223/3 Phrabarami Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from midday to 11pm

    Phone: +66 (0)63 078 5887

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    Diavolo Restaurant

    Paresa Resort near Kamala Beach

    Paresa Resort Phuket is a 5-star resort on Millionaires’ Mile – one of Phuket’s most renowned addresses. Diavolo, one of the resort’s fine restaurants, is unusual in concept as it shares space with Talung Thai, the resort’s signature Thai restaurant.

    Way below, the sea sparkles and shimmers in the early evening light. The sun hovers above the horizon as shadows on the wooden deck terrace lengthen. A gentle breeze ruffles the napkins as you enjoy vodka martinis in one of the most impressive dining locations on Phuket’s chiseled and beach-indented west coast.

    Location: Paresa Resort, Nakalay Rd, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)76 302 000

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    On The Rock

    Marina Phuket Resort in Karon Beach

    On the Rock is one of the oldest established restaurants in Phuket and is rightly regarded as an institution on the island – a place where families, lovers and friends can count on eating fresh seafood in a great setting. As the name suggests, the restaurant is at the end of a rocky promontory in the grounds of Marina Phuket Resort.

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    Location: 47 Karon Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from midday to 11.30pm

    Phone: +66 (0)7 633 0625

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    Wok Pagoda Kitchen

    Between Kata and Chalong

    Wok Pagoda Kitchen is a trendy restaurant in Phuket that's set in a superb location on a hill overlooking Chalong Bay. On a clear day, you can even see all the way to the famous Phang Nga Bay the Phi Phi island. The excellent food is complemented by a great wine list, so get ready to experience some really good grand crus here.

    Location: 78/32 Patak Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11am to 11pm

    Phone: + 66 (0)76 608 899

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    Da Maurizio Beach Side Restaurant

    Patong Beach

    Phuket’s award-winning Da Maurizio is one of a very few restaurants that emit romance, mode and sophistication in the same breath, yet at the same time deliver world-class cuisine. The Patong beachside restaurant may be expensive by local standards but on the international stage, and more specifically the Southeast Asian stage, it really is one of the best bargains for lovers of fine dining, wine and excellent service.

    Location: 223/2 Prabaramee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from midday to 11.30pm

    Phone: +66 (0)63 078 5567

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    Sizzle Rooftop Restaurant

    Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa in Patong Beach

    Sizzle at Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa in the hills above southern Patong offers one of the loveliest dining locations in the area. Here, you can enjoy lofty views over 2 gorgeous beaches and a sunset vista at certain times of the year.

    This rooftop steakhouse seats just 32 and, as a result, it enjoys an intimate atmosphere with staff members providing optimum personal service. With Cajun and Hawaiian influences to an extraordinary degree, Sizzle is one of the most eclectic yet well-defined 5-star restaurant experiences in Phuket.

    Location: Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa, Tri Trang Beach, 39/9 Muen-Ngern Rd, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6pm to 10.30pm

    Phone: +66 (0)98 078 9099

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    Old Siam Thai Royalty Beachfront Restaurant

    Thavorn Beach Village & Spa near Kalim Beach

    Old Siam is the perfect restaurant for an authentic Thai dinner in a very peaceful environment near Kalim Beach. Located in Nakalay Bay, on the private beachfront of the long-established yet opulent Thavorn Beach Village & Spa, Old Siam is one of the few restaurants in Phuket at which guests can still enjoy a delicious Thai Royal Cuisine dinner with their toes in the sand.

    Location: Thavorn Beach Village, Nakalay Bay, 6/2 Moo 6, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5pm to 11pm

    Phone: +66 (0)63 064 0661

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    Black Ginger

    The Slate Resort in Nai Yang Beach

    Black Ginger Phuket is part of The Slate Resort and is set on an island in the middle of a lagoon. Access to this restaurant is a small barge that takes you across the flame-lit waters to the main venue, where you can enjoy modern twists on traditional Thai dishes.

    The restaurant has its own organic garden, from which many of the ingredients are freshly sourced. When it comes to Thai plates, you can order specialties such as somtam (green papaya salad), the spicy tom yum seafood soup, or southern-style yellow fish curry. One unique point about this restaurant is that they also serve traditional Thai delicacies not often found in fine dining establishments, such as cha-plu (wild pepper) leaves in batter with chilli sauce, as well as crab and pork spring rolls that you roll yourself right at the table.

    Location: The Slate, Nai Yang, 116 Moo 1, Sakhu, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6.30pm to 10.30pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 327 006

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