Sometimes it’s fun to escape the well-worn tourist path, and with these five awesome hidden restaurants in Bangkok you can do exactly that, all whilst enjoying some of the tastiest food in town.
Although some of these ‘hidden gems’ were discovered long ago, we still think they shine as bright as some of the coolest places to eat in the city – just as long as you don’t mind spending a little extra time finding them.
From quaint riverside cafes surrounded by temple complexes, to outrageously delicious French food tucked away in the back alleys of Silom, here are our five favourite hidden restaurants in Bangkok.
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- Siam Niramit Dinner Show
- Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show
- Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise
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Achieving a spot on our famed Top 20 Restaurants in Bangkok list is no easy task, yet this modest riverside restaurant has done so for the last two years – and for ample reason. Firstly, the location, lying in the shadows of the majestic Rama VII Bridge that towers overhead, is nothing short of impressive. Breezes also sweep over the Chao Phraya River, meaning you can tuck into their long list of spicy soups, salads and classic Thai specialties without worrying about drowning in sweat.
Entering the renovated 300-year-old building feels almost like you’ve been invited to one of the locals’ homes that surround the place; the look is completed with rustic wooden chairs and aged flooring. Find Steve Cafe by heading to Dhevet Pier then walk around the back of the Thewarat Kunchorn Worawiharn Temple complex. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11.30 – 23:00 daily
- Address: 8 Sri Ayudhaya Road, Soi Sri Ayudhaya 21 (Devet), Vachiraphayabaan, Dusit, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 81 868 0744
Probably the cheapest meal on this list can be found at Seven Spoons in the Old City. But in this case, price is not a sign of quality as this rather non-descript converted shophouse just happens to be one of the best restaurants in Bangkok. Seven Spoons previously occupied an even smaller space across town, but its explosion in popularity meant having to relocate to a larger venue a few doors away. The menu here could be described as modern Mediterranean, although the fact that Seven Spoons gets packed out with a local crowd most lunch and dinner times is evidence the flavours here go far beyond your average pasta or risotto.
Last time we went, we were bowled over with their mushroom fritti with masala dipping sauce (120 baht), as well as the duck breast with a juniper sauce and caramelised persimmon (290 baht). Another hearty recommendation is the bacon wrapped pork fillet that comes with a blue cheese and potato fried croquette, apple and mango chutney (340 baht). Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 18:00 – Midnight, except Mondays
- Address: 211 Chakkrapatipong Road, Intersection of Lan Luang Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 6284588 or +66 (0)84 5391819
Previously known only for its naughty adult-themed nightlife scene, Silom has emerged as one of the most exciting fine-dining scenes in Bangkok over recent years. Amongst the labyrinth of alleyways between the major Sathorn Road and Silom Road sits Le Table De Tee, one of our all-time favourite French restaurants in the Thai capital.
Not only is the food here spot on, their five-course set menu is priced at just over 1,000 baht; an absolute steal compared to many posh diners offering a similar sort of degustation concept. For a closer look at some of Table De Tee’s pretty dishes, click the link to see our full review. Don’t forget to book in advance either; the restaurant only seats 20 people and is becoming more popular by the day, despite its hidden location. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 18:30 to 22:00
- BTS: Sala Daeng
- Address: 69/5 Soi Sala Daeng, Silom Rd., Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)2 6363220
Tell any Thonglor foodie that Little Beast is a ‘hidden restaurant’ and they might laugh. The truth, however, is that this exquisite French-American diner will remain undiscovered for 99.9% of visitors to Bangkok, and frankly, we think that’s a bit of a shame.
The hip and happening Thonglor area is a playground usually reserved more for Bangkok’s affluent locals and expats, with the bright lights of lower Sukhumvit sucking in most of the tourist crowd. Break the trend, and tell your taxi to head to Thonglor Soi 13; Little Beast's 1920’s America-inspired decor is dark and broody, and the internationally-trained Thai chef serves up some of the best French bistro-cum-modern American cuisine we’ve tried lately. Go for the outrageously rich black truffle & pork cheek penne (350 baht) - their all time best seller, or try their Mexican-inspired triple-cooked chicken thigh with green chili coulis (380 baht). Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 17:30-01:00; Sun 11:00-16:00
- Address: Little Beast, 44/9-10 Thonglor Soi 13, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)2 185 2670
Truly one of Bangkok’s best kept secrets, the gorgeous Chakrabongse Villa is perched over the Chao Phraya River, set in a traditional Thai pavilion floating on its own private dock. Although you can get in the back door, the best way to come – especially if you’ve got a date – is by booking their private speed boat in advance; this takes you from the popular Central Sathorn Pier in front of Saphan Taksin BTS Station all the way to the impressive waterside entrance (for an extra charge of 1,500 baht).
Offering a set menu only, with no a la carte option, dinner at Chakrabongse Villa costs just over 1,000 baht. The menu here changes daily, but you can expect a lineup of all the Thai classics including tom yam koong, roasted duck with tamarind source, mussaman curry and deep fried sea bass with spicy dressing. Arrive just before sunset for the most dramatic views stretching over the water to Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) and take time to explore the beautiful villa grounds that surround the restaurant before or after your meal. Read More...
- Opening Hours: From 17:00 (closed Monday)
- Address: Chakrabongse Dining 396 Maharaj Road, Tatien, Bangkok
- Tel: +66(0)89 810 0498; +66(0)80 045 7778