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Top 10 Restaurants in Railay

Best Places to Eat in Railay, Krabi

Railay’s dining scene is in keeping with the image of this unique southern Thailand destination: unpretentious and laid-back, relaxed and down-to-earth. Despite the addition of modern elements – Wi-Fi, television, and internet café – Railay has successfully retained its ‘70s’ hippie atmosphere, and many of the eateries here have kept this spirit.

Our Top 10 Restaurants in Railay list presents the most looked after restaurants at which visitors could sample a great choice of delectable dishes reflecting the tourism globalization with quality restaurants serving Thai, Italian, English, Indian and French delicacies. The seclusion of Railay also has an incidence on prices which are slightly higher than on the mainland, although some of the restaurants featured below are reasonably priced.

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The Grotto is a stunning restaurant belonging to the stylish Rayavadee Resort located in the southern part of Railay, between Railay West and Ao Phra Nang. The Grotto could not be more aptly named as this unique venue is set inside a stunning limestone cave floored with fine-powdered sand and opening on the beach. It artistically blends classy furnishing and atmosphere with genuine natural décor, and is a magical sundowner spot.

Fine Thai and international cuisine (tuna tartar with wakame salad and sesame dressing, thyme and rosemary marinated Australian lamb French rack, and whole Branzino fish wrapped in banana leaf are some of the dishes available here), an impressive cocktail, wine and champagne list, and a to-die-for romantic settings is the winning trio of The Grotto Restaurant. Exclusivity comes at a certain price though; The Grotto is pretty lavish but offers an unforgettable experience to its customers. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 20:00
  • Location: On Phra Nang Beach at Rayavadee Resort
  • Tel: +66 (0)75 620 740-3
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The Lucky Last Bar

So named because this used to indeed be the last bar on this strip (the cement footpath was extended two kilometres further north in 2013), the LLast Bar actually sells breakfast, lunch and dinner, and goes until late, featuring live music and Muay Thai demonstration in high season. The venue also hosts a tattoo studio (So Good Tattoo). Here is the place to go for full moon parties on Railay East and to its credit the restaurant is kids-friendly.

The open-air terrace overlooking mangroves is a perfect place to relax, and its menu features a great choice of Thai, vegetarian and western favourites at affordable rates (fried rice with chicken at 80 baht, spaghetti Bolognese at 100 baht, noodle soup with vegetable at 80 baht, pizza at 150 baht, pancake at 80 baht, just to name a few). Perhaps the best thing about the Last Bar, besides its constant entertainment, is the price of its drinks (happy hour from 15:00 – 21:00: all cocktails and gin/rum/vodka + mix at 100 baht) – kept low to ensure a happy and busy house. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – late
  • Location: Railay East, at the end of beer bar strip
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This restaurant’s name may sound amusing but they take their job seriously as whatever you order, whether be Indian, Thai, or pizza, the food is delicious. The décor is simple, if not basic, and the main attraction at Kohinoor is definitely their top-notch Indian dishes, including a cool choice of vegetarian options. Rates are slightly higher than the other restaurants around, mostly due to the fact that genuine Indian spices must be imported. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
  • Location: at the foot of the cliff in the central area between Railay beaches West and East
  • Tel: +66(0)81 654 8100
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Located on the northern path that links Railay beaches West and East, Local Thai Food Restaurant’s name says it all. You can sample here all the classics of Thai cuisine, prepared with love by a committed kitchen team. The restaurant’s décor is pretty basic: wooden stilts, corrugated metal roof, plastic table and chairs, this is indeed not what makes this venue so popular. It’s just one of the best places in Railay at which you can feast on genuine Thai cuisine at affordable rates. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
  • Location: at the foot of the cliff in the central area between Railay beaches West and East
  • Tel: +66(0)89 591 7760
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Pranang Cuisine
Pranang Cuisine

Pranang Cuisine is a new addition to Railay East’s dining scene. Located on the beachfront’s concrete footpath, opposite Joy’s Bar, it is a polymorph business as it gathers a restaurant, a tour agent, a Thai massage parlour, and a Thai cooking school within its walls (the massage parlour is on the second-floor). The restaurant and the Thai cooking school remain the two prominent heads of this multi-headed business, and the quality of its cuisine is simply excellent.

The menu presents a good selection of Thai and international dishes that come at reasonable rates. Here you can sample vegetable tempura (70 baht), fried prawns with tamarind sauce (120 baht), spicy minced chicken salad (100 baht), fried whole fish with mango salad (350 baht), baked shrimp with vermicelli (180 baht), and more. Four set menus comprised of two or three dishes with a drink are available for between 499 baht and 599 baht.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
  • Location: northern part of Railay East
  • Address: Wi-Fi access available
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Mangrove Restaurant
Mangrove Restaurant

Mangrove Restaurant is a bamboo and thatch affair located on the footpath between Railay West and East. It could not be more basic and simple but attracts many punters to this inland area of Railay with its laid-back atmosphere, fair prices, and excellent cuisine. Under the shade of tropical almond trees, Mangrove Restaurant offers diners a relaxing place at which they could sample a great choice of South Thailand favourites including fresh seafood.

Most of the menu presents Thai dishes: pad see ew (fried noodle with soya sauce, vegetable, and chicken/shrimp/squid or beef) at 70 baht; fried chicken/shrimp/squid or beef with basil leaf at 80 baht; tom kha talay (seafood in coconut milk with Thai herbs) at 100 baht; deep fried fish with garlic and pepper at 100 baht; Mangrove Restaurant is the perfect place to discover everyday Thai favourites at an affordable rate.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – late
  • Location: between Railay West and East, on the footpath leading Diamond Cave
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Railay Bay Restaurant
Railay Bay Restaurant

Railay Bay Restaurant is a spacious semi al fresco restaurant located on the grounds of Railay Bay Resort. It features chunky teakwood tables and chairs, cooling sea breezes along with picturesque sunset and beach views on West Railay Beach and surrounding cliffs. It’s the ideal place to take in the sunset over an early meal. The atmosphere is as laid-back as Railay’s can be, with a few tropical almond trees bring some shade to the overheated terrace at lunch time. The restaurant is also a great people-watching spot over the constant to-ing and fro-ing on Railay Beach West.

In matter of food, punters can find here the usual international and Thai suspects from classic club sandwich (250 baht) to England’s signature dish fish & chips (260 baht) to panang chicken/beef/shrimp curry in coconut milk (200 baht) to chocolate lava cake served with vanilla ice cream (220 baht), just to name a few.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Railay Bay Resort & Spa, Railay West
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Sunrise Tropical Restaurant is part of Sunrise Tropical Resort and Spa and has views overlooking Railay Beach East. The restaurant serves European, American, and Thai food, and has a BBQ grill that is located right on the beach. The vista over the water, especially at sunrise, is highly recommended, and there are several tables that are located at the front of the restaurant where you will get the best views.

One of their signature features is a barbecue area where you can get meat skewers or grilled fish cooked to your taste in front of you. When it comes to Western choices, you can order options such as pasta, pizza, and hamburgers. The Thai food choices include a range of traditional dishes such as pineapple fried rice and red and green curries with seafood. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 10:00, Lunch: 11:00 – 17:00, Dinner: 18:00 – 21:30
  • Location: At Sunrise Resort & Spa on Railay Beach East
  • Tel: +66 (0)75 819 418-20
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Krua Phranang
Krua Phranang

Krua Phranang is a stylish Thai restaurant that belongs to the no-less stylish Rayavadee Krabi resort. Located on Phra Nang Beach, toward the southern tip of Railay Peninsula, Krua Phranang boasts a splendid Thai traditional architecture and décor in its two-storey building. The upstairs dining room is open sided and gives stunning views to the Andaman Sea. Downstairs, you can also enjoy outdoor dining under the stars, on the beachfront terrace. Food-wise, the restaurant serves genuine Thai dishes that includes exquisite curries, soups, seafood, and freshly-caught fish. The upscale standards of Rayavadee are reflected in the prices which are pretty steep.

  • Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
  • Location: At Rayavadee Krabi, on Phra Nang Beach
  • Tel: +66(0)75 620 740-3
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Diamond Cave Restaurant is Diamond Cave Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant. Located toward the northern end of Railay East, it features a large partially covered terrace, wooden furnishings, and a cool view over Railay East’s mangrove trees. Note that it is not the most atmospheric dining place in Railay, but what it lacks in ambience and romanticism is largely compensated by the easy-going feel it has, and by the excellent grade of its cuisine.

Diamond Cave Restaurant’s menu could please mostly anyone: Thai and international delicacies share its pages, with a useful list of recommended dishes for undecided people that features: massaman with chicken/beef (150 baht), deep fried squid (120 baht), hot pan (250 baht), crab with curry powder (350 baht), and fried rice with seafood served in pineapple (150 baht). Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
  • Location: northern part of Railay East
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