Delicious Thai restaurants aren’t difficult to find around Sukhumvit; this is a huge area of downtown Bangkok, with most of tasty and easily-accessible dining options stretching from Nana (Sukhumvit Soi 4) through to Ekkamai (Sukhumvit Soi 63).
Embarking on a mini-culinary adventure on foot can be fun and rewarding, but sometimes it’s just less of a headache to make your dinner plans in advance, especially factoring in Bangkok’s infamous heat and humidity.
With this handy list of casual Thai restaurants in Sukhumvit you do exactly that; all have been picked for their popularity, quality of food, value-for-money and convenient location.
The Local Bangkok is a traditional fine-dining Thai restaurant in the heart of Bangkok. The restaurant serves delicious home-cooked Thai food in a traditional wooden house in the Asoke area of Sukhumvit.
Inspired by traditional Thai cooking and cuisine from the past, The Local Bangkok dishes up beautifully-presented dishes from its extensive menu, with over 70 modern Thai options on offer. Start with the tasty mixed plate called Ruam Kam Aroy, which includes khao soy soup, lemongrass shrimp and fried chicken wrapped in a pandanus leaf to seal in all the juices (250 baht). Be sure to sample one of the stars of the menu, the Gaeng Run Juan, a traditional Thai curry that includes thin strips of beef steak cooked in a shrimp and lime paste. The Pla Ta Pien Tom Kem (380 baht) is slow-cooked fish, simmered for over 20 hours and mixed with The Local's secret recipe sauce, and is another popular dish from the menu. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 – 14:30, 17:30 – 23:00
- Address: 32-32/1 Sukumvit 23, Klong Toey Nue, Wattana, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)2 664 0664
Sabai Jai Gai YangSukhumvit 63 – Ekkamai
You’ll need to take a taxi up Ekkamai Road (Sukhumvit 63) to get here, but Sabai Jai Gai Yang is pretty easy to find and has a very long menu of Central and Northeastern Thai dishes all at budget prices. Their signature in their name – Gai Yang (grilled chicken) – is excellently done and comes with a chili dip packed full of flavor. Other dishes priced between 100-200 baht include grilled liver, larb pork salad, som tam, while bigger dish like tom yam talay and grilled fish are between 200-400 baht. Their air-conditioned room is a bit stale compared to the livelier outdoor seating, but you won’t leave smelling of barbeque smoke after the night’s feast. They have several karaoke rooms too in case you fancy some after-dinner entertainment.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 24:00
- Location: Ekkamai Soi 1, Sukhumvit Road
Prai Raya Phuket CuisineSukhumvit 8 - Nana
One of the best Thai restaurants around Sukhumvit delivering authentic flavours happens to be one of the most expensive on our list, although prices are kept sensible compared to other newbies doing a modern twists on Thai classics. Prai Raya’s roots lie in Phuket, with some 20 years of experience in serving in refined southern Thai classics on the popular tourist island. You can expect much of the same thing at this newer Bangkok outpost, with must-tries like moo horng (southern-style pork belly), yellow curry with crab and noodles, and nam prik (chili dip) with fresh vegetables. Dishes start at around 200 baht with seafood mains costing quite a bit more. Find the stunning Sino-Portuguese mansion just off Sukhumvit 8 (Nana). Prai Raya, 59 Sukhumvit Soi 8, Bangkok
- Opening Hours: 10:30-22:30 daily
- Location: +66(0)2 253 5556
Ruan SongnareeSukhumvit 33 – Phrom Phong
Finding the right balance between elaborate presentation and authentic flavours, Ruan Songnaree is an old favourite of ours, walking distance from the BTS Skytrain. Classics like tom yam koong, green chicken curry, koong sher nam pla (raw shrimp in chilli and lime) and mussamun can’t be faulted, while there are also more adventurous creations on the menu like tapas-style pork with orange, chicken curry majestically served in a scooped-out pumpkin and the satisfyingly-sweet crispy noodles and shrimp. Décor is typically Thai and with prices per dish at 120-400 baht, Ruan Songnaree is a good bet if you’re around the Phrom Phong area and have some guests to impress. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11.00am – midnight, 7-days a week
- Location: Sukhumvit Soi 33 7/4-5, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 26622804
Khua Kling + Pak SodSukhumvit 55 – Thonglor
Amongst the swarms of Thonglor’s upscale ‘restobars’ serving modern bistro and Thai fusion food sits this refreshingly modest and authentic local joint. Khua Kling + Pak Sod is tucked down a narrow lane of Thonglor soi 5, with its garage style entrance and Thai-only sign making it all the more difficult to locate. But it’s really worth the effort. Specialties come from the south of Thailand, such as the tangy gaeng luang (yellow curry), kua kling (young pork ribs in a sweet and spicy sauce) and bai liang pai kai (fried vegetables leaves with egg). Most dishes are under the 200 baht price mark, meaning you can order multiple dishes and dig in – particularly good for larger groups. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:30 to 21:30 – Daily
- Location: 98/1 Soi Thonglor 5, Sukhumvit 55 Rd
- Tel: +662 185-3977
Baan Rai CoffeeSukhumvit Road - Ekkamai
The oddly named Baan Rai Coffee is definitely more of a restaurant than a café (in fact, there’s only a small coffee stand at the back whereas the restaurant area and kitchen take up 95% of the place). What makes this such a popular Thai restaurant in Sukhumvit is:
a) its location, right on the corner of Sukhumvit road and Ekkamai
b) it’s mostly alfresco, with a live band and powerful fans to keep the crowd happy and cool
c) it never closes!
The prominent location plus the fact it stays open around the clock is probably why the prices are a little inflated, although there’re plenty of basic dishes like fried rice, seafood salad and grilled pork around the 100 baht mark.
Tor Um TumSukhumvit 61 – Ekkamai
There’s plenty of trendy hole-in-the-wall style Isaan restaurants in Bangkok, but few are more conveniently placed than Tor Um Tum, just two minutes’ walk from the steps of Ekkamai BTS. We really like how bold they go on flavour, but be warned: I asked for my som tam Thai ‘ped nit noi’ (a little spicy) and it almost blew my head off. Dishes that use dried chili rather than fresh ones are more gentle on the palate, like their vibrant laab salad, nam tok nuea and tom yam soup. Plates are small but cheap (mostly under 100 baht). The ‘Tor Um Tum’ sign is in Thai, so look out for the circular ‘61 bar & Bistro’ sign instead.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-23:30
- Location: Sukhumvit 61, Bangkok
- Tel: 02 714 3798
55 PochanaSukhumvit Road - Thonglor
Post-party favourite ‘55 Pochana’ has been feeding hungry clubbers for decades, staying open late most nights until gone 03:00. Located right on Sukhumvit Road metres from the Thonglor BTS, Pochana 55 specialises in oyster omelette (it’s oily, but really good), tom yam soup and hot iron platters which are delivered to your table with a choice of pork, chicken or beef with a spicy dipping sauce. The initial rush is at 17:00 when they open to feed the rush-hour flow, then get busy again later in the evening.
- Opening Hours: 17:00-03:00
- Location: 1087-1093 Sukhumvit Road
- Tel: +66(0)2 391 2021
Suk 11Sukhumvit Soi 11 – Nana
This higgledy-piggeldy and rather charming hostel offers one of the best value night’s sleep to be found on Sukhumvit’s famous Soi 11. If you’re not staying here, then we recommend popping into their equally charming restaurant on the ground floor, which is spread out in and around the entrance to the hostel. It’s a decent option for a tasty, low-key Thai meal with a couple of beers before you hit the nearby bars and clubs; don’t expect every dish to impress, as we feel Suk 11 do sometimes hold off a bit on the seasoning to appease western palates. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00-24:00 daily
- Location: 1/13 Sukhumvit 11, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 253 5927
Cabbages and CondomsSukhumvit Soi 12 – Nana
This oddly named restaurant started out as part of a campaign by visionary philanthropist Doctor Mechai Viravaidya to promote birth control, and has become an established attraction in the Bangkok dining circuit with its imaginative menu and free condoms. A multitude of crepes and tasty fillings feature on the menu, best enjoyed on the cushioned porch. Alternatively the menu is laden with classic Mediterranean dishes including tsatsiki and numerous pasta dishes. Profits support family planning and anti-AIDS projects throughout Thailand. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: Sukhumvit soi 12
- Tel: + 66 (0)2 252 7349
SudaSukhumvit Road – Asoke
If you’re looking for authentic Thai flavours, Suda restaurant by Asoke BTS is sadly not the best place in Bangkok. If, however, you find yourself in the city centre and need a quick, cheap and easy meal, then Suda fits the bill. Surrounded by hotels and not too far away from Terminal 21, Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy, Suda relies on a predominantly tourist customer base, which is probably why they hold off on flavour. That said, you can add your own sugar, fish sauce and chili to makes things more interesting. Most standard dishes are about 100 baht a pop.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00
- Location: 6 Sukhumvit Rd, Asoke, Bangkok (opposite Terminal 21)
- Tel: +66(0)2 2522597