Many of the best seafood restaurants in Pattaya will show you exactly how fresh their ingredients are. Most of them have fish tanks by the entrance, where you can see your main course swimming around and some even let you select the one you want. Even those places that don’t offer this service give great views out across the Gulf of Thailand, where you will see the glow of the lights from the fishing boats on the horizon.
Once the seafood has been landed, the preparations available at the restaurants dotted around the area are varied and generally delicious. While western and international options are quite widely available, the best ones are, naturally, the Thai meals. A lot of the restaurants on our list are as popular with locals as they are with tourists because they specialise in high-quality Thai food at great low prices.
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The Glass House is the most renowned restaurant in the area, being regularly booked up to capacity. It combines a classy and comfortable style, a fantastic beachfront location and a surprisingly affordable menu of great Thai seafood. There are over 170 items on the menu, with average prices being between 200 and 500 baht per plate. Top choices include the crisp-fried sea bass with sweet fish sauce or the grouper fillet with black pepper. Even though it is a little out of the way, it is undoubtedly the most popular seafood restaurant in Pattaya. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
- Location: 5/22 Moo 2 (opposite Alangkarn Theatre), Na Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 825 5922
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/TheGlassHousePattaya
Another iconic restaurant in Pattaya, Moom Aroi is found close by the fishing communities of Naklua, so it comes as no surprise that the seafood they serve is among the freshest you will find anywhere in the area. We recommend the spicy yellow curry crab, seafood som tam or anything from the menu’s three pages of shrimp dishes, all of which are superb and come served with a selection of dipping sauces for adding that extra kick of flavour. Being right on the beach, Moom Aroi offers wonderful views of the sunset and the trawlers out in the Gulf of Thailand, busily catching the ingredients for tomorrow’s diners. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
- Location: 83/4 Soi 4, Naklua Road, Naklua
- Tel: +66 (0)3 841 4802
The Suttangrak brand (which is very small and based mostly around Pattaya and the nearby towns) has won several national awards for being the best tourist restaurant. It is also extremely popular among local Thais for serving great seafood dishes, particularly the signature fried cabbage with fish sauce, steamed whole seabass in lime chilli broth or steamed blue crabs with dipping sauce, all of which are very reasonably priced. Located right on Beach Road, you can get a great view of the sunset from the comfortable air-conditioned interior or classy outdoor seating. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 12:00 – 24:00, Fri – Sun 12:00 – 01:00
- Location: 99 Moo 1, Jomtien Beach Road, Na Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 823 2222, +66 (0)85 066 6600
A very well-established local seafood restaurant, Lungsawai Seafood has been at the very southern end of Jomtien Beach Road for over 30 years now. It has a pleasant rustic style and enjoys a fresh sea breeze and views out over the Gulf of Thailand. Don’t miss the signature dish – Kan Chiang Pu Neung (steamed sea crab sculls dipped in a special homemade sauce). This and the other fantastic local Thai seafood dishes on the menu are all very reasonably priced, in the region of 100 baht per dish.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: 31/1 Moo 1, Jomtien Beach Road, Na Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 823 1398, +66 (0)81 623 4234
Rim Talay has a great location on one of Pattaya’s best beaches, with tables set right on the sand as well as in the beach bar-style restaurant. The upper floor, by the car park, has all of the seafood laid out in a ‘market’, so you can see just how fresh it is and can choose your own fish, crab, prawns, lobster or other ingredients. The menu includes quite a wide range of preparations, including Japanese, Chinese, Russian and western, but it is the Thai dishes which really stand out, making it a popular place with locals and tourists alike. We particularly enjoyed the fried seafood curry with coconut milk, costing 299 baht. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
- Location: On Wong Amat Beach, Pattaya-Naklua Road Soi 18, Naklua
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 6375
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/RimtalaySeafoodRestaurant
Kit Seafood is quite modest in size, but its design and atmosphere give it a great, easy-going, beach bar atmosphere. This effect perfectly complements its location right over the road from Jomtien Beach, as well as a menu heavy with barbecued seafood. The platters, in particular, are very tasty, giving you a mix of grilled fresh seafood and a choice of dipping sauces, with prices starting at 520 baht for a quite generous platter for one. A TV projector and live music also contribute to the party atmosphere.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - late
- Location: 350 Moo 12, Jomtien Beach Road, Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)3 875 7353
The name says it all, really. Located towards the coastal end of Thepprasit Road, the simple and very local-style restaurant is definitely in Pattaya and the menu mostly consists of Thai seafood dishes. The ingredients are fresh and well prepared by the friendly, English-speaking staff, with top dishes including the stir-fried mixed seafood for 150 baht, which is generously portioned and comes with a spicy Thai dipping sauce. The combination of great local cuisine and low prices makes this a very popular place, particularly in the evenings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: 232/59 Moo 12, Thepprasit Road, Jomtien
- Tel: +66 (0)81 791 0604
The longest-established of the seafood restaurants on Pattaya’s famous Walking Street, it also offers probably the best view over the bay. Being in such a tourist hotspot, some of the Thai dishes may have had their chilli level reduced and might not be ‘totally Thai’, but they are still very tasty. The prices are a bit above what you’d expect of a local restaurant, averaging at about 1,000 baht per person for a good, filling meal with drinks. You can see exactly how fresh their wares are from the street entrance before enjoying the cool evening air and sea breeze on the little pier at the back, with top dishes including the chilli crab and the grilled lobster with stir-fried vegetables.
- Opening Hours: 14:00 – 01:00
- Location: Walking Street (opposite Soi 15), South Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 9459
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/kingseafood
Located on Walking Street, closer to the Bali Hai Pier end, Nang Nual Restaurant has both a seaside terrace on one side of the street, behind the tanks full of fresh seafood, with a larger dining area on the inland side. You’ll have to get there early if you want the best view as it is very popular, not least for its good range of dishes, including some great Thai preparations like tom yum goong, steamed sea bass or grilled shrimp. As it is situated in Pattaya’s main party street, the prices are noticeably higher than you would find at more local venues, but the quality and the view justify the expense.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:00
- Location: 214 Moo 10, Walking Street, South Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 842 8708
Situated right next door to the famous Marine Disco, this is one of the cheaper Walking Street fresh seafood restaurants. Much like the others, it has a terrace at the back with views over Pattaya Bay, fresh ingredients on display in tanks by the entrance and a wide choice of Thai and international preparations. The seafood platter or the curried crab come highly recommended. The staff speak excellent English and their service is very good.
- Opening Hours: All Day
- Location: Walking Street, South Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 841 0180
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/Marine-Seafood-Pattaya-มารีนซีฟูดส์พัทยา-1518281961724182