Bangkok Riverside Restaurants
Where and What to Eat in Riverside
Blessed by a cool breeze, the Riverside offers a scenic change to Bangkok's inner-city stuffiness. It's a great place for a sundowner, a romantic dinner cruise, a relaxing lunch, or for afternoon tea.
Alongside the old temples, warehouses, wooden houses and old buildings you'll find classy hotels serving wonderful buffet lunches and sublime afternoon tea. You'll also find local restaurants perched on old wooden piers serving seafood platters, floating restaurants and smart places to eat in Thai houses along the river banks.
Restaurants by the Riverside
Voted the best Italian restaurant in Bangkok for ten years in a row by the readers of Bangkok Dining and Entertainment magazine, Angelini pair’s world-class Italian fare made from the freshest ingredients with an extensive selection of fine wines. The three-story high venue in Shangri-La Hotel overlooks the Chao Phraya and faces the swimming pool, providing soothing views to enjoy the menu of spaghetti with lobster chunks as well as a make-your-own-pizza or calzone option and a great seafood selection with salmon, sea bass and snow fish.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 22:30 (Closed on Sunday)
- Address: Shangri-La Hotel, 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 236 7777
- Cuisine: Italian
Most visitors to Bangkok have heard that the iconic Wat Arun on the riverside is also known as 'The temple of Dawn', but the best time to capture its beauty is at sunset. And the best place to witness the sun disappearing precisely behind the monument is from the balcony of 'Arun Residence', a great restaurant located right across the Chao Phraya River.
For this exact reason, the hard to find Arun Residence is now an increasingly popular restaurant and reserving a table has become necessary. Serving an excellent Thai food, it's the perfect place to dine with friends on a trip to Bangkok, or even for a romantic tete a tete. The restaurant is quite narrow but there is plenty of space over the three floors and wooden terrace. Unfortunately, a large boat often parks in front and although it doesn't really obstruct the view, it doesn't looks very good in a photo. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 11:00 - 22:00, Fri - Sun 11:00 - 23:00 (top floor bar opens 17:30)
- Address: 36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong, Maharat Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 221 9158
Babble and Rum is a refined bar and restaurant with a chilled-out riverside vibe. The large dining area and chic upstairs terrace are perfect for dinner or a drink, and offer tourists who visit the Old Town a classy and relaxed alternative to the other options along Pra Athit Road. The highlight of Babble and Rum is definitely the first floor bar. Other than the orange legs of the bar stools, the airy lounge continues the monochrome theme of the bistro downstairs. Even though the best view is from the tables that overlook the Chao Phraya River, the most popular area is at the back of the terrace, where you can lounge back on large white sofas. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:30 - 22:30 Daily
- Location: Riva Surya Hotel, 23 Phra Athit Rd., Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 633 5000
Be My Guest
On the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya next door to the Millennium Hilton, this is one of the riversides cheaper establishments but nonetheless inviting with its sparkly views of the river. The menu consists of classic Thai treats and a variety of seafood options all reasonably priced and generous in size.
- Opening Hours: 16:30 - 24:00
- Address: 217 Charoennakorn Klongtonsai Klongsan
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 437 2653
- Cuisine: Thai
Benihana Japanese Restaurant offers guests two of Japan’s most popular dining options with a fusion-sushi section, and several cooking islands for teppanyaki (hot plate cooking). This restaurant is famed for its oversized, signature sushi rolls and the larger-than-life teppanyaki chefs who entertain while they cook and offer a memorable show. Benihana is a restaurant brand with an interesting and colourful past that started back in 1960s New York and has since spread to several countries around the world with its unique take on Japanese cuisine, where delicious food is complemented by a fun and frivolous atmosphere. The restaurant is located in the forested grounds of the Anantara Riverside Resort, alongside the Chao Praya River. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30 – 14:30, Dinner 18:00 – 22:30
- Address: Ground Floor, Anantara Riverside Resort, 257/1-3 Charoennakorn Road, Thonburi, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 476 0022
Breakfast at Mandarin Oriental Hotel
It's Sunday and the week has been busy with work, business or even just some holiday exploration... here is a great and unusual way to make your day a special one, something fun and unforgettable, a pleasant memory to cheer you up when days are grey and cold at home: Have breakfast at the Mandarin Oriental! Of course if you happen to stay at the Mandarin Oriental, this would just be breakfast as usual - you might even wonder what the fuss is all about. But those of us who are not blessed with such luxurious holiday plans cannot otherwise enjoy some of the greatest features that has made this venerable hotel an international landmark.
- Location: 48 Oriental Avenue, Charoenkrung Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 659 9000
Err Restaurant Bangkok is casual dining concept where delicious Thai food and snacks can be enjoyed with a collection of tasty cocktails. The menu runs through expertly prepared street-food favourites, single dishes and some more filling curries, and with cheap prices (the most expensive item on the menu is 360 baht) if you come with friends you can pretty much eat your way through the menu.
Developed by renowned Chefs Dylan and Bo, the couple behind incredibly popular fine-dining Thai restaurant Bo.Lan, Err Restaurant is very different in scope. Kooky graffiti on the bare brick walls, tin plates, soul and funk tunes on the stereo – the vibe is a nostalgic look back at Thailand of the past. It’s really well done and makes a cool ambiance for dinner and drinks. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – late (closed Monday)
- Location: 394/35 Maharaj Road (behind Wat Pho on an unnamed small soi leading down to the river).
- Tel: +66 (0)2 622 2291 2
Flow - Millennium Hilton
This open-terrace restaurant in Millennium Hilton offers all-day dining alongside sprawling views of the river. Catering to the taste buds of the international traveller, guests can choose from classic Asian or Mediterranean fare, both equally appetizing and cooked to perfection. The four open kitchens prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner both in buffet and a la carte form, to be enjoyed with the gentle breezes of the Chao Phraya River.
Thursday dinner highlights include the renowned Patravadi Theatre Group presenting contemporary Thai Art performance on the terrace. Sundays cater to parents who can enjoy the live jazz and wine buffet while the children have fun in the kids' corner. Friday nights embrace the Old World with an evening devoted to Wine & Cheese.
- Opening Hours: Buffet Breakfast 06:00 - 10:30, Buffet Lunch 11:30 - 14:30, Buffet Dinner 18:00 - 23:00, Sunday Brunch 12:00 - 15:00
- Address: Millennium Hilton, Lobby Level, Millennium Hilton Bangkok
- Cuisine: International and Asian
Set in the courtyard of a century-old house, there is courtyard seating, as well as small open-air dining areas. Serving a variety of Thai dishes tailored to western taste buds, the Massaman(Muslim-style, peanut sauce-based curry) pork spareribs, the mild crab curry, and the deep-fried fish with lemongrass sauce all come highly recommended.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00
- Address: 22 Charoenkrung 34, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 237 8175
- Cuisine: Thai
Khin Lom Chom Saphan
The name of this charming open-air restaurant which consists of three pavilions and a lotus pond, roughly translates as chilling out and admiring the bridge – the restaurant has great views of the Ramah VIII Bridge. A popular choice of venue for both locals and tourists who are eager to get an insight into ‘Thai style’ dining, the food is excellent and what’s more, affordable. Dishes include seafood salads, baked mussels, tamarind soup with mud crabs and khinlom chomsaphan.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 02:00
- Address: 11/6 Samsen Rd, Soi 3, Watsmpraya Phanakorn, on the Chaopraya River by the Rama VIII Bridge
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 688 3823
- Cuisine: Seafood
Situated in the Garden Wing of The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, its full a la carte French menu specialises in exemplary seafood and meat dishes, although there's always an alternative but no less exquisite set menu, both at lunchtime and dinner. Not cheap but well worth splashing out for a special occasion. Read More...
- Address: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 48 Oriental Avenue
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 659 9000
Named after the seafaring hero created by the novelist Joseph Conrad, menu highlights include seafood duck foie gras with fresh mango, fresh white crab meat with avocado and whole Boston lobster, amongst other things. This world renowned seafood eatery welcomes guests with a stunning aquarium at the entrance and continues to charm with sweeping views of the Chao Phraya. For non fish eaters there are also a variety of meat dishes on the menu. Located in Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Read More...
- Opening Hours: 19:00 - 22:30
- Address: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Oriental Avenue
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 659 9000 Ext. 7680-1
- Cuisine: Seafood
A moonlight dinner cruise down the mighty Chao Phraya River is the most leisurely and romantic way to view the sights of old-time Bangkok that line the banks on either side. The Grand Palace, Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) and many other Chinese inspired temples are brightly lit and make an amazing backdrop. Anantara’s Manohra Cruise adds a touch of luxury to the proceedings with a sit-down banquet and traditional, warm Thai service on board one of three restored antique rice barges. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Cruise Starts 19:30 - 22:00
A refined atmosphere and delectable Cantonese cuisine are the hallmarks of Mei Jiang Restaurant on the ground floor of The Peninsula. Like everything else connected to this hotel, the restaurant is held in the upmost regard for their delectable dim sum, premium quality main dishes, time-honoured service and immaculate dining room. Looking out over a garden and the majestic Chao Phraya River through the full-length windows, Mei Jiang Restaurant delights all the senses to create an extra special dining experience.
Upon entry to the restaurant, gentle and melodic Chinese music mixes with soft chatter from the surrounding tables. The classic décor of pale cream and ornate latticed windows is simple but elegant in design with a central floral display and ornaments of courtly characters from the Ming dynasty. Diners have the choice of a range of set-menus or a la carte dining, but with so much choice available the majority of customers choose the a la carte menu. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 - 14:30, 18:30 - 22:30
- Address: 333 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 861 2888
Prime - Millennium Hilton
Featuring imported meats from America, Japan and Australia, top cuts of lamb and world-class fresh seafood barbequed to perfection, Prime offers simple dishes in exquisite surroundings. Choose from romantic or private dining rooms or an exclusive chefs table; wherever you sit the extensive wine-list and mouth watering fare pay the perfect complement to the restaurants chic interior in Millennium Hilton.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 23:00
- Address: Millennium Hilton, 123 Charoennakorn Rd.
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 442 2000
- Cuisine: Steakhouse
Cruising along the Chao Phraya River is almost compulsory for those who want to enjoy a relaxing dinner with a scenic view of Bangkok’s well-preserved attractions. River Star Princess Dinner Cruise allows guests to enjoy a two-hour long cruise and buffet experience as they sail along the tranquil Chao Phraya River, witnessing iconic palaces and jewelled temples lit up on the banks on either side. Starting from River City Shopping Complex next to Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, guests are asked to check in at 19:00. After checking in there are many shops to explore in River City and a row of modern bars and restaurants lining the promenade if you would like to soak up the atmosphere and see the boats coming and going. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Cruise Starts 19:00 – 21:30
Sala Rattanakosin restaurant offers one of the most iconic views it’s possible to find in Bangkok. Located on the riverside directly opposite Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), owners of this boutique hotel have made the most of this privileged location by constructing the entire side of the property out of glass. This means you have a magnificent snapshot of Bangkok as your backdrop during a meal or while relaxing over drinks.
As well as a 15 room hotel, Sala Rattanakosin is actually made up of several areas: an alfresco riverside deck, a modish second floor restaurant replete with bare brick and brushed concrete, and a fifth floor rooftop. Read More...
- Address: 39 Maharat Road, Tha Thien, Bangkok (Behind Wat Pho)
- Tel: +66 (0)2 622 1388
Sala Rim Nam at Mandarin Oriental
Sala Rim Nam at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok combines all the elements needed to be one of the best romantic Thai dining experiences in Bangkok. This is not easy to achieve with so many great restaurants all around town, and Sala Rim Nam succeeds by blending an amazing location by the riverside, not just near to the water but right next to it! Add to this the legendary Mandarin Oriental service, and of course all these would be meaningless without the key ingredient of a truly great place: the food! Prepared by Executive Chef Vichit Mukura, the cuisine at Sala Rim Nam is elaborate but absolutely Thai. The menu is well designed for both beginners and those who are already familiar with Thai food but still want to be surprised.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00 – 14:30, Dinner 19:00 – 22:30, Performance 20:15 – 21:30
- Address: 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 437 6211
Coming from Pra Athit Road, Sheepshank Public House it’s hidden down a small alleyway, but finding it is much easier by boat. Disembark at Pier no 13 and spot the bright restaurant lights glowing across the water of the Chao Phraya. Sheepshank’s interior has a distinctly industrial feel to it, with plenty of black metal fixtures contrasting the warm wooden tones throughout. The whole place is actually an abandoned boat shed which has been turned into a dining room you see now.
The American theme is not only replicated by the decor, by also the attire of the servers as well as some aspects of the food and drinks menu, although it’s difficult to categorise the cuisine here. When we went, we loved creations such as their crab and apple salad, mushroom risotto with Lao pine nuts as well as their more meaty oxtail stuffed tortellini and coffee-rubbed beef tenderloin. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tue - Sun 18:00 – 24:00
- Address: 47 Phra Arthit Road, 10200
A dim-sum lunch at Silver Waves Restaurant, combined with its penthouse-style panoramic view, is one of the classiest ways to spend midday in Bangkok. The a la carte buffet is served from the 36th floor of the Chatrium Hotel overlooking the iconic Chao Praya River and features all the traditional favourites, including shu mai dumplings, spring rolls, har gao, Szechuan hot and sour soup, and sweet gingko beans. Dim sum or ‘little treats’ is a Cantonese style of cooking that has grown from a Hong Kong speciality into a worldwide favourite. There are numerous restaurants offering dim-sum lunches throughout Bangkok but Silver Waves Restaurant offers tasty and genuine portions of meat and seafood delicacies with full silver-service for the surprisingly reasonable price of 599 baht when compared to other rooftop restaurants inside five-star hotels. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30 - 14:30, Pre- dinner Tapas from 17:00, Dinner 18:00 - 21:00
- Address: Chatrium Hotel, 36th Floor, 28 Charoen Krung, Soi 70, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 307 8888
Sirocco Restaurant sits proudly on top of Lebua at State Tower Hotel and captivates guests with finest rooftop views in Bangkok, refined Mediterranean cuisine and probably the most creative cocktails we’ve seen in Thailand. Rare delicacies served here are sourced from all over the world and are sometimes exclusive to Sirocco. Obviously, with this kind of exclusivity comes a price, so dinner here will be one of your most expensive in Bangkok, but the experience will live long in the memory of dining at one of Bangkok’s most iconic restaurants. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 01:00 (last orders 23:30)
- BTS: Saphan Taksin
- Address: 63rd floor, lebua at State Tower Hotel, 1055 State Tower, Silom Rd
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 624 9998 (reservations highly recommended)
I found one of the best hidden restaurants of Bangkok purely by chance as I was exploring the surroundings of the Thewet area, north of the Grand Palace. Steve Cafe & Cuisine is tucked away on the riverside, far from busy streets, with no easy access and with no big signage. It's almost as if you have to be worthy to find it. Of course it's not an unknown restaurant, since it opened in 2012 word of mouth spread the good news that Steve Cafe has got everything just right, guaranteeing its sucess. It is now recommended that you call in advance if you come for dinner - People love discovering little secret places like this. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:30 - 23:00
- Tel: +66 (0) 81 868 0744, +66 (0) 2 281 0915, +66 (0) 2 280 2989
- How to get there: by boat disembark at Dhevet pier and walk to main road but only 100 meter from pier cross a small bridge on your left and follows walk to small walkway along the canal until you reach the Thevarakunchong temple and you have to walk to temple pier.
Supatra River House
A free ferry from Maharaj Pier shuttles diners back and forth. In the former two-storey home of Khunying Supatra, founder of the city's express boat business and an advocate for women’s rights, the restaurant has a small museum dedicated to the art she collected. The set menus (B750-B1,200) make for easy ordering.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 10:00 - 14:00, Dinner 18:00 - 23:00
- Address: 266 Soi Wat Rakhang
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 411 0305
- Cuisine: Thai
There are actually eight Savoey restaurants in total, although our favourite one must be the flagship riverside restaurant located at the Maharaj Lifestyle Mall close to Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. The view from the second floor terrace overlooking the Chao Phraya River is memorable, as you can watch the passenger ferries and cruise ships sailing past Wat Mahathat Pier directly below the restaurant.
If you prefer air conditioning there are plenty of seats inside, although we love the terrace with riverside views. Definitely consider the seafood options here, but there are plenty of dishes on the lengthy menu, including deep fried chicken which is crispy on the outside and succulent within, very similar to Japanese style karage chicken. For something more traditional, consider a Thai soup, such as a spicy and sour tom yum kung, which is served in a stainless soup bowl with a heater underneath so every serving is steaming hot. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 21:00
- Address: 2nd Floor, Building G Tha Maharaj Lifestyle Mall, Maharaj Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 024 1317
Thara Thong - Royal Orchid Sheraton
A traditional Thai affair, the floor seating low tables are reminiscent of the Royal Court (table seating is also available). The décor is as charming as one might expect with polished teakwood and intricate furnishings shining under the softly dimmed lights. The menu consists of Thai favourites including king prawns and large steamed sea bass, coconut based soups and curries and mango and sticky rice, a classic Thai dessert. Located in te Royal Orchid Sheraton.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 22:30
- Address: Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 2 Charoen Krung Road Soi 30
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 266 0123
- Cuisine: Thai
Teppanyaki Ice Cream at The Lantern Hilton Ice cream and Teppanyaki are two words we never thought would go well together. In our minds, teppanyaki is a Japanese way to grill meat, seafood an veggies on a burning hot metal surface, so it was weird trying to visualize someone dropping a melting scoop of ice cream onto a grill. But the stranger the idea, the more we want to try it, so we crossed the river to reach 'The Lantern', a creative ice cream shop located at the foot of the Millennium Hilton hotel. It's very easy to get to and the beautiful view of the Chao Phraya river is one more reason to give it a try. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - 22:00 Daily
- Address: Millennium Hilton Bangkok hotel 123 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 442 2000
The Mango Tree
Located in an 80 year-old Thai house, where the sound of Thai classical music produced by local musicians wafts from room to room. Classic dishes like Gai Hor Bai Toey (chicken wrapped in Pandanus leaf) on the menu.
- Location: Soi Anumarn Rachthon, Surawong Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 260 1988
Traditional Thai fare that includes luscious items like soft shell crab curry, mussels in a clay pot, and crispy morning glory. The chefs here though do not go easy on those with a mild palate, with their generous use of chillis in their cooking. Not for the faint-hearted. The nicely decorated interiors exude an intimate ambiance.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 10:00 - 14:00 and 17:00 - 22:00
- Location: Charoenkrung Soi 38
- BTS: Saphan Taksin
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 630 9918 ext. 9
- Cuisine: Thai
Trader Vic’s is a restaurant designed around a Polynesian concept with rattan chairs, exotic masks and illuminated tiki carvings. This theme has a tenuous link to Bangkok at best, but we love how fully immersive the experience is – whether you come for an evening of imported steaks and cocktails, or for their famous Sunday brunch. Located in the five-star Anantara Riverside Hotel, the restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 18:00 to 23:00 with the Mai Tai Bar serving on until 01:00. Their fabulous Sunday Brunch is served from 11:30 to 15:00. Read More...
- BTS: Saphan Taksin (take the complimentary Ananatara shuttle boat from Sathorn Pier in front of the station. The boat leaves every 30 minutes)
- Address: 257 Charoennakorn Road, Anantara Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 476 0022
- Price Range: Sunday Brunch: 1,400++ including soft drinks, 2,199++ including free-flow cocktails, beers and wines
The monthly ‘Say Wine and Say Cheese!’ event at Royal Sheraton Orchid Hotel takes place every third Friday of the month with free-flow wines selected from a different country or region every month and 20 gourmet cheeses sourced from across Europe. The cost for this buffet of delicacies is a very reasonable 599 baht (not including tax or service charge); recent examples of the wines featured include a soft pinot noir by Hardy’s and a sweet semillon sauvignon blanc by Peter Lehmann Wines, both from Australia. It runs from 18:30 to 20:30. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:30 - 20:30 on the 3rd Friday of every month
- Address: 2 Charoen Krung Soi 30, Bangrak
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 266 9214
Yuan - Millennium Hilton
This is a contemporary Cantonese affair where the culinary wonders of Ancient China re-emerge on Bangkok’s riverside at Millennium Hilton. Highlights include abalone steak; stir-fried scallops or prawns with XO chili sauce and numerous types of steamed fish – Cantonese style. One of the biggest attractions of this venue is the ‘tea collection’ – Bangkok’s biggest and rarest – that is served in the traditional manner, using what the Chinese once termed a ‘long mouthed’ copper tea pot.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30 – 14:30 and Dinner 18:00 – 22:30
- Address: 2nd floor, Millennium Hilton Bangkok
- Cuisine: Cantonese