Alive and swimming. Lots of fish and shellfish like Barracuda, Lobster, Snapper and Saba, courtesy of Thailand's extensive coastline and river systems. Large fish tanks - obligatory in every seafood restaurant, ensure your dinner will be fresh, fresh, fresh. Just choose. Fish is charged by weight (per 100 grams) and you can have it cooked it any way you like - steamed with soy sauce and ginger, fried in three different tastes, steamed and accompanied by spicy dipping sauces, whatever you wish.
The riverside (where else?) has a selection of great seafood restaurants with most of the riverside hotels providing at least one seafood buffet option almost every night.
Baan Klang Nam
The riverside area is undoubtedly one of the best places to enjoy seafood with many established restaurants that abound, especially around the Rama III area. Baan Klang Nam has been around for more than 20 years, and you just can't go wrong if you're looking for traditional Thai food.
- Tel: +66 (0)2 292 2037
Every Friday and Saturday night is Seafood night at this very popular venue with a first-class seafood buffet with a huge variety of delights like Alaskan king crab, rock lobster, French oysters, New Zealand mussels, to name just a few.
- Location: InterContinental Hotel Bangkok
- Tel: +66(0)2 656 0444
With an uninterrupted front view of the river, this wonderful (but pricey) seafood restaurant at the famous Oriental Hotel serves one of the most popular buffet lunches around with a wide selection of seafood and international dishes. The a la carte dinner menu offers a large variety of the freshest fish and crustaceans being flown in from wherever the best can be found.
- Tel: +66 (0)2 659 9000
Next2 Caf & Terrace
Another highly recommended seafood buffet to be enjoyed at the riverside, and with a choice of six different 'live' food stations, Next2 is a concept that blends international cuisine with an interactive dining experience. There are various buffet options offered for lunch and dinner, but the Mongolian grill and seafood buffet in the evening comes highly recommended.
Seafood lovers are staking out the best views from this pier on the 59th floor. Fresh catch from the sea is prepared to the most exacting standards by virtuoso chef Kevin Vu. Dine in the theatricality of a recreated underwater chamber, bordered by effervescent bubble columns shot through with blue. Signature pleasers like roasted black cod and Barron Point oysters, and an on-hand sommelier with wine tips, make for a one-of-a-kind dining adventure.
There's much more to the daily evening buffet at the Riverside Terrace than fresh prawns, oysters, mussels, BBQ seafood and sashimi... The spread also includes teppanyaki, spit roast chicken, pork, Mongolian wok, as well as Thai, Indian and Western favourites, plus a great selection of desserts and fruits. The cost is 1,100 baht per person (++), and you can also enjoy a live Thai classical dance show.
- Location: Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa
- Tel: +66 (0)2 476 0022
Great authentic Thai-style seafood with extensive menu. A long-time favourite among locals and tourists.
- Location: Suan Lum Night Bazaar, Rama IV Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 251 6657
If you're a seafood fan, you'll love this place. After you've been seated, look over the list of preparation styles, then walk to the back and take a shopping cart. Peruse the no fewer than 40 different creatures of the sea, either live or on ice, all priced by the kilo. Pay for it all at the cashier, then cart it back to the table. Waiters are skilled at making perfect suggestions for your catch, and what comes out of the kitchen is always good. Cooking charges and corkage are paid separately at the end of the meal. The seafood is market price. Touristy but great fun.
- Location: 89 Sukhumvit Soi 24
- Tel: +66 (0)2 261 2071
With a few branches scattered all over Bangkok (Silom, Bantadthong Road, Ratchada and Bang Na), Somboon is an institution with local seafood lovers The house special - crab with yellow curry - is famous with good reason. This Thai-Chinese restaurant also offers a wide variety of other seafood, and they keyword here is quality. A very useful aspect is the menu which is illustrated with colourful pictures, which makes the selection process easy and eliminates the chances of disappointment.
- Tel: +66 (0)2 234 4499
This trendy buffet venue opened with great pizzazz in 2006, offering an interactive dining experience with a variety of cuisine from all the corners of the globe. The innovative open kitchen concept, complete with ovens, fire-grill, steamers, and two Shanghai fire woks, invites diners to an opportunity to interact with the chefs. Although seafood are featured all the time, Thursday nights is the time to be there for a feast from the depths of the ocean. At 930 baht (fully inclusive) it is also one of the most reasonably-priced seafood buffets on town.