The best local Thai restaurants in Jomtien Beach take full advantage of the beautiful seafront scenery and the great fresh ingredients which can be fished out of it. Most of the area’s best establishments specialise in seafood - particularly shell fish - with prices kept low by buying directly from local fishermen. A number of the establishments make the bold claim of being the best seafood restaurants in Pattaya, and it is very difficult not to take each at their word.
Jomtien has a much more local feel than the highly tourist-oriented Pattaya, and that is especially the case the further south you go. Jomtien Beach Road gets quieter and quieter (as well as narrower and narrower) and you find increasingly more restaurants primarily geared towards the local market. The distance is certainly justified, however, if you want to enjoy genuine Thai cuisine at great local prices.
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Found right at the very end of Jomtien Beach Road, Lungsawai Seafood is a rustic-styled restaurant with a cool sea breeze and a fantastic reputation among locals. The must-try dish is the signature Kan Chiang Pu Neung (steamed sea crab sculls dipped in a homemade sauce), with other popular dishes including stir-fried sea crab with curry powder and Thai orange curry with Rieow Sieow fish eggs. As with most restaurants favoured primarily by locals, the prices are generally quite low while the quality is impressively high.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: 31/1 Moo 1, Jomtien Beach Road, Na Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 823 1398, +66 (0)81 623 4234
A large, simple, warehouse-like structure overlooking a stretch of beach just south of Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Preecha Seafood is widely regarded as one of the top seafood restaurants in Pattaya. Indeed, it is so popular that the biggest complaint is that there are not enough tables! Particularly popular dishes include the steamed meaty sea crab, salted grilled sea bass and stir-fried fresh squid with egg. The seafood is fresh and tasty, making it especially popular with locals as well as tourists. Prices are generally very low, with an average cost per dish of around 120 to 150 baht.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Address: 200/9 Moo 4, Na Jomtien Soi 28, Na Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 870 9439
This small, two-restaurant brand in the Pattaya area has won national awards for its high quality fresh seafood dishes, including the signature Goong Ob Suttangrak (claypot-baked shrimps – 450 baht). Indeed, they make the fairly bold claim of serving the best seafood in Pattaya, which is not that unbelievable. It is quite a smart restaurant with an open and airy dining area at the quieter end of Jomtien Beach Road. Prices are generally a little bit higher than the everyday, but not enough to impact its immense popularity among locals as well as tourists. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 12:00 – 24:00, Fri – Sun 12:00 – 01:00
- Address: 99 Moo 1, Jomtien Beach Road, Na Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 823 2222, +66 (0)85 066 6600
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/suttangrak-pattaya-211173955583428
Mae Sri Ruen
Mae Sri Ruen started out as a simple noodle restaurant in Pattaya, but has now grown to a national brand with more than 20 restaurants here and in Bangkok. It is best known for its cheap but tasty chicken noodles, either stir-fried or in soup, starting from just 45 baht. This particular restaurant, which is right next to the Outlet Shopping Mall at the corner between Sukhumvit Road and Thepprasit Road, is the best known branch. It has the cheerless look of a simple fast food restaurant, but the appetising food more than makes up for it.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
- Address: Outlet Shopping Mall, 666 Moo 12, Sukhumvit Road, Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 1111
Pupen is quite distinctive for the giant sea crab statue by the entrance of the open-sided restaurant on Jomtien Beach Road. You will find its normal-sized cousins inside, with a variety of preparations available for good prices. In its simplest style – just steamed or grilled – it costs 600 baht per kilogram. The generous set menus are among the most popular choices and start at 1,600 baht, which will give you Tom Yam Soup, fried fish, fried squid, crab meat, yellow curry, vegetables, rice, drinking water and mixed fruit for dessert.
- Address: 62 Moo 1, Jomtien Beach Road, Na Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 823 1728
Although not located by the sea – instead being along the main thoroughfare of Thepprasit Road – the freshness of the ingredients at Pattaya Seafood is undeniable. Popular among locals, particularly at dinner time, they serve great Thai dishes at great low prices, such as stir-fried seafood for 150 baht, grilled squid for 200 baht and stir-fried shark meat with red curry for 150 baht. In spite of the fact that the restaurant caters primarily to a local crowd, the staff are very friendly and welcoming. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: 232/59 Moo 12, Thepprasit Road, Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)81 791 0604
While Surf Kitchen’s large selection of international dishes makes it quite a popular choice for tourists and expatriates, its equally impressive menu of Thai dishes also makes it a restaurant of choice for local diners. It has an extremely pleasant setting, with tall trees along the street side of the open dining area. Top dishes include many of the best-known Thai dishes, such as red curry, fried rice, som tam and tom yam goong. Prices are generally around 120 to 150 baht per plate.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00
- Address: 75/16-17, Jomtien Beach Road, Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 823 1710
Pa Wek 333
As local Thai restaurants in Jomtien Beach go, this is probably as local as you can get. The name translates as “Aunt Wek’s Restaurant”, it being a family-run establishment on Jomtien Beach Road, next to Jomtien Boathouse. It has a bright and colourful frontage and, while the interior is a little rougher, the friendly and welcoming staff serve up some excellent budget Thai seafood, including a spicy seafood salad for about 100 baht.
- Opening Hours: Lunch and dinner
- Location: Next to Jomtien Boathouse, Jomtien Beach Road, Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 835 7097
Thai Aroi Dee
Being located directly next to the area’s only Immigration Department office naturally makes Thai Aroi Dee unusually popular with tourists and particularly expatriates. However, it is also normal to see plenty of locals enjoying the relaxed restaurant. The prices are a tiny bit higher than normal, with common favourites like pad krapow from 150 baht and stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts at 170 baht. However, the food certainly lives up to its name and is ‘Aroi Dee’ (Thai for “very tasty”).
- Location: Next to Chonburi Immigration Office, Jomtien Soi 5, Jomtien
Khun Wut Restaurant is located right next to the site of the Night Market @ JT, making it a particularly busy place in the evenings. While the menu does boast an impressive selection of international cuisine (in fact, the menu stand at the front makes special note of the 190 baht pizzas), locals prefer the range of Thai-style omelettes, soups and seafood dishes, including fried squid with curry powder (150 baht), hot cockles salad (150 baht) and steamed snapper with lemon and chilli (350 baht). It is a relatively simple but pleasantly decorated restaurant with potted plants and free Wi-Fi.
- Opening Hours: Lunch and dinner
- Location: Next to Night Market @ JT, Jomtien Beach Road, Jomtien