Railay Beach Restaurants & Dining

Where & What to Eat in Railay Beach

Diners in Railay Beach are a captive audience, so to speak. This means that restaurants on the peninsula can happily charge as much as they like and although certain eateries do gouge (mostly the top-end establishments) prices have stayed more or less reasonable with the welcome bonus of dining surrounded by truly jaw-dropping vistas.


Railay East

Diamond Cave Restaurant

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).

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

 

Krua Ya Ya

Krua Ya Ya is more organised than its slightly shambolic neighbours and during the daytime it sits coolly under the shade of tamarind trees, enjoying the sea breezes. In the evenings the al fresco section is artfully lit, making it a romantic spot, especially on full moon nights. During high season expect live music here. Well-rounded Thai and international food.

Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00
Location: Railay East
Cuisine: Thai, international

Lucky Restaurant & 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 Lucky Last 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 Lucky 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.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – late
Location: Railay East, at the end of beer bar strip

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

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
Remarks: Wi-Fi access available

Sailon / Sunrise Restaurant

Sailon enjoys almost the same views and location as Krua Ya Ya and is part of Sunrise Tropical Resort. Good pizzas, steaks and the usual tourist fare, you can enjoy the cool easterly breezes from November to April and watch the lights in the trees nodding and blinking. There’s not much of a wine list and for some strange reason the restaurant only sells large Singha beers but the overall experience is pleasant enough here.

Opening Hours: 07:30 – 23:00
Location: Sunrise Tropical Resort, Railay East next to Krua Ya Ya
Cuisine: Thai, international

Railay West

Flame Tree Restaurant

Flame Tree Restaurant is an unpretentious and laid-back venue flanking the two sides to the entrance of the Walking Street in the central part of Railay West just where the long-tail boats moor. It is a classic southern Thai place made of drift wood, bamboo, steel pole and corrugated iron roof which also hosts a fruit shake/smoothie booth and a coffee shop. Flame Tree is a popular sundowner spot and its drink-list counts no less than 57 cocktails (from 180 baht for a Casablanca to 295 baht for a Coco Loco).

Serving Breakfast, lunch and dinner, it seems that Flame Tree is busy all day long. Its menu features great choices of western and Thai delicacies at prices which might seem a bit steep at first sight (hamburger at 195 baht, panang curry at 225 baht, fried rice at 150 baht) but which are in accordance with most other eateries in Railay, due to the seclusion of the place.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – late
Location: in the middle of Railay Beach West

Railay Bay Restaurant

Railay Bay Restaurant is a spacious semi al fresco restaurant that 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: 08:00 – 22:00
Location: Railay Bay Resort, West Railay

Rayavadee

This is serious splurge territory as Rayavadee’s prices are in orbital mode compared to surrounding restaurants. The resort actually has four dining outlets, Krua Phranang, Raya Dining, Raitalay Terrace and The Grotto, on Phranang Beach next to Railay. The settings are perfect – but no better than neighbouring restaurants except perhaps The Grotto, which is fairly unique when it comes down to it. If you are looking for quality dining in a semiformal setting then Rayavadee will deliver – but at a steep price…

Opening Hours: Breakfast lunch and dinner except Raya Dining which is only open at night
Location: Rayavadee Resort
Cuisine: Thai, international

Sand Sea Restaurant

Sand Sea Restaurant has a lot in common with Railay Bay Restaurant: similar large terrace overlooking Railay Beach West and its continual hustle and bustle - at least from 09:00 to 17:30, the operating time of long-tail boats to and fro Ao Nang, similar laid-back holidayish atmosphere, and similar position as signature restaurant of a resort – Sand Sea Resort.

The restaurant menu features a wide choice of western and Thai favourites including a page dedicated to the chef’s recommendation which presents the most ordered dishes. In this page, customers can find Hawaiian chicken salad (200 baht), savoury curry with shrimps (200 baht), barbecued beef salad Thai style (220 baht), fried noodle with shrimp Thai style (200 baht), and more. Relaxed ambience, excellent location, rather reasonable prices, and friendly staff, Sand Sea Restaurant has all the assets of a quality venue.

Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
Location: Sand Sea Resort, West Railay

Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong – formerly known as Yum Yum – is an open-sided restaurant located in the northern part of Tonsai East (note that it is on the back lane and not on the beachfront). Featuring basic settings with concrete floor, wooden furniture, bamboo poles and bar counter, it is a neat and simple venue lauded for the quality of its Thai cuisine.

Tom Yum Goong is open for breakfast (American at 150 baht, Australian at 130 baht, continental at 100 baht, and Thai at 120 baht), lunch and dinner; apart from a few international delicacies such as sandwiches (club sandwich with French fries at 120 baht), pasta (spaghetti seafood at 120 baht) and pizza (pizza frutti di mare – seafood – at 200 baht) the whole menu presents a great selection of Thai specialties from which the favourites are: ho mok pla in coconut (steamed fish with curry in coconut) at 150 baht; tom yum goong (the southern Thailand’s signature soup with shrimp) at 100 baht; and whole steamed fish with lemon at 300 baht. Those with a sweet tooth can also find some excellent Thai desserts such as sticky rice with mango for 100 baht and banana in coconut cream for 60 baht. Unpretentious, relaxed and affordable, it’s no wonder Tom Yum Goong is so popular.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: northern part of Railay East

Utopia International Delights

Utopia International Delights is an original restaurant/movie theatre/bamboo-stick tattoo studio/yoga centre located in the central area of Railay, between the West and East beaches. Haphazardly built with drift wood, bamboo and a vast assortment of recuperated materials, it has, at first sight, a certain run-down arty touch but delivers the goods in style as stated by its popularity. Every night at 19:00 a movie is run on a large screen for free.

Featuring culinary delights from various origins – western, Thai, Italian, it is famous for its Indian menu which presents a delectable choice of specialties from the Bharat subcontinent, such as samosas (vegetable at 120 baht, chicken at 180 baht, and lamb at 220 baht), daal soup (India backpacker favourite at 70 baht), navratan korma (stir-fried vegetables in a curry sauce with dry fruits and cashew nuts at 180 baht), naan with garlic or onion at 50 baht, and succulent chunks of chicken tikka served with onions and mint chutney at 200 baht.

Opening Hours: 07:00 – late
Location: central part of Railay; just follow the footpath from Railay Walking Street that leads to Diamond Cave and Railay East

Phra Nang Beach

The Grotto at Rayavadee

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.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 20:00
Location: On Phra Nang Beach at Rayavadee Resort

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