Bangkok Best Restaurants 2015
Greatest Places to Dine in Bangkok - Editor's Picks
When it comes to dining in Bangkok, the question is not what, where, or even when to eat. With so many possibilities across the capital, you might be wondering how to make the most of it all. Whether you are looking for style, ambience and flavour that defies anything you’ve experienced before, or a brush with world-recognised celebrity chefs, Bangkok has got a whole lot to offer. So what are Bangkok Best restaurants? Together, we’ve tried literally hundreds across the city, and finalised our much-loved list for 2015.
With several Michelin-affiliated chefs moving to Bangkok, and numerous venues located inside luxury hotels, most of these restaurants do not come cheap. For those on a tighter budget, check out our '15 Great Affordable Restaurants in Bangkok' instead.
Note. This list is based on our own personal experience and none of the Top 20 positions were sold.
1Mezzaluna at Lebua Hotel Silom - Modern Cuisine
Mezzaluna is a truly exceptional fine dining restaurant, located inside the iconic golden 'Dome' at the top of lebua hotel. Famed for its set menus that come in four or seven courses only, Mezzaluna impresses with a new daily menu of world-class haute cuisine prepared by a visionary chef. Chef Ryuki Kawasaki has worked his way around the world in a game of ‘who’s who’ with culinary giants including Pierre Gagnaire and Joel Robuchon, so it’s fair to say we had sky-high expectations on our latest visit – all of which were exceeded with aplomb. This is an expensive restaurant (4,900 baht for 4 courses, 5,900 baht for 7 courses), but if you are looking to dazzle someone on a special occasion, Mezzaluna has it all.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 18:00 to 01:00 - BTS: Saphan Taksin - Address: 65th floor, Tower Club at lebua Hotel, Silom Road - Tel: +66 (0) 2624 9802 Read More...2Issaya Siamese Club Sathorn - Thai
Standing proudly in the middle of a luscious green garden, this 100-years-old house with its wooden verandah and old fashioned staircase instantly sets a romantic mood, making it a perfect place for duo dining. This is not another pretty tourist place: Thais, expats and the few travelers who make the effort to discover it are unanimous - the combined charm of a heritage house, exceptional service and the renowned culinary flair of Chef Ian Kittichai makes Issaya Siamese Club an outstanding restaurant.
Opening Hours: Daily 11:30am-3pm, 6pm-midnight - Location: 4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chuaphloeng Rd. - Tel: 02 672 9040-1 Read More...3Le Du Restaurant Silom - Modern Thai
Le Du, located in the now fine-dining haven of Silom, offers highly creative cuisine courtesy of two youthful Thai-born chefs who have won over critiques for their visionary techniques and approaches. Despite a French sounding name, Le Du is not a French restaurant at all… Le Du means 'Season' in Thai and categorizing its menu is a bit difficult. It could be defined as 'Young Creative Cuisine with Thai Roots' - with touches from many international origins. And here ‘Young’ doesn’t mean amateur - both head chefs at Le Du have a surprising culinary background.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 18:00 - 23:00 (Closed on Sundays) - Location: 399/3 Silom Soi 7 - BTS: Chong Nonsi exit 4 - Tel: +66 (0)92 919 9969 Read More...4Eat Me Between Silom and Sathorn
Eat Me - The name is less of a suggestion and more a promise of something irresistible. This gallery and restaurant on Soi Convent in Silom lives up to its name by serving mouth-watering modern international food, good drinks and some very tasty desserts. The restaurant has been wowing the crowds for years which is no mean feat given Bangkok’s fickle dining scene and even fickler diners. Things are kept things fresh with ever-changing art exhibitions, an inventive menu and a smart casual dress code.
Opening Hours: 15:00 - 01:00 - MRT: Silom BTS: Sala Daeng - Address: 1/6 Pipat Soi 2, Convent Rd, Silom -Tel: +66 (0) 2 238 0931 Read More...5L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Silom - Modern French
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Bangkok opened in early 2015 and sent shockwaves through the dining scene in Thailand. Serving French haute cuisine with a focus on meticulous preparation of taste, texture and style, this is the latest addition to the prestigious restaurant group run by Joël Robuchon, a man who has been called ‘Chef of the Century’ by the Gault Millau guide – and with an unparalleled 28 Michelin stars awarded to his restaurants across the world it’s hard to argue with his pedigree. Although Joel himself is not in the kitchen on a daily basis (he visits frequently and has famously high standards), the kitchen is headed by Executive Chef Olivier Limousin, who previously ran the kitchen at the two Michelin starred restaurant L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in London.
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30 - 14:30, Dinner 18:30 - 22:30 Everyday - BTS: Chong Nonsi, exit 3 - Address: 5th Floor, MahaNakhon CUBE - Tel: +66 (0)2 001 0698 Read More...6Bo Lan Sukhumvit - Thai
Recognised for many years as one of the best Thai restaurants in Bangkok, Bo Lan is not your everyday local eatery. This is the kind of place to invite your discerning friends or when you want to impress visitors who think they tried it all before. The name 'Bo.Lan' comes from the two chefs 'Bo' (Duangporn Songvisava) and 'Dylan Jones' who were both inspired and worked under the supervision of Michelin stared chef David Thompson at Nahm London.
Opening Hours: Dinner (Tues-Sun) 18:00 - 01:00; Lunch (Thurs-Sun) 12:00 - 14:30 - Location: 24 Sukhumvit Soi 53 - BTS: Thonglor Exit 1 - Tel: +66 (0)2 260 2962 (advanced reservation necessary) Read More...7Elements at Okura Prestige Hotel Chidlom
Dinner at Elements is a truly memorable experience. This chic restaurant serves exceptional cuisine sourced from all over the world, in a relaxed atmosphere featuring an open kitchen design and stunning terrace. The result is a world class restaurant that welcomes guests without the pretentions of typical fine dining establishments, and in a city that sometimes values style over substance, Elements is executed perfectly. Located on the 25th floor of the Okura Prestige Hotel, Elements Restaurant in Bangkok is easy to reach thanks to a direct walkway from Ploenchit BTS Station.
Opening Hours: 18:00-22:30 - BTS: Ploen Chit - Address: 57 Wireless Road, Ploenchit, Bangkok - Tel: +66 (0) 2687 9001 Read More...8Gaggan Chidlom Ploenchit - Modern Indian
Gaggan Bangkok is located on a quiet, unassuming side lane off Langsuan Road, in an attractive white colonial house. But be sure to book ahead if you want to sample the delights on offer. Behind these doors is some of most daring Indian food this side of Calcutta, which, incidentally, is the hometown of chef Gaggan Anand, the mastermind behind the impressive dishes. His credentials are impressive: cooking for Bill Clinton and interning at the world famous El Bulli in Spain, before finally opening the doors to the restaurant that shares his name in late 2010. Since then his innovative molecular Indian cuisine has been delighting restaurant goers in Bangkok.
Opening Hours: 12:30 – 14:30 and 18:00 – 23:00 Monday to Sunday Read More...
9Nahm at The Metropolitan Hotel Sathorn - Thai
- Address: 68/1 Soi Langsuan (opposite Soi 3)
- Telephone: +66 (0)2 652 1700
Consistently ranked among the finest restaurants in the world, and with a Michelin star chef at the helm, Nahm serves Thai cuisine prepared according to ancient recipes with a focus on how the flavours and textures of premium quality ingredients interact together. Whether you are a longstanding visitor to Bangkok or it is your first time eating traditional Thai food, Nahm will both surprise and delight you with fantastic dishes.
Opening Hours: Lunch - 12:00 – 14:00, Dinner 19:00 – 22:30 - Address: Ground Floor, The Metropolitan Hotel, 27 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok - Tel: +66 (0) 2625 3333 Read More...10Sra Bua at Siam Kempinski Hotel Siam - Thai
Sra Bua a fine-dining restaurant that serves cutting edge Thai cuisine unlike any you will have ever seen before. Well-known Thai favourites have been turned inside out, and every dish is a treat for the eyes – as well as the taste buds. Located on the ground floor of the Siam Kempinski Hotel, Sra Bua restaurant has high ceilings and Thai antique embellishments. The restaurant’s name means lotus pond and a central feature of the restaurant is an ornate water feature decorated with lily pods and lotus flowers. The most coveted table in the house sits under the beautifully carved teak roof in the left hand corner of the dining room, but there are also some cosy booths if you want a little more privacy.
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 15:00 amd 18:00 – 23:00 Daily - BTS: Siam - Address: 991 Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, Thailand - Tel: +66 (0) 2 162 9000 Read More...11Le Normandie at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Riverside - French
Le Normandie Bangkok at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel has been touted as the best fine dining restaurant in Bangkok ever since it first opened 40 years ago, a time when the Thai capital couldn’t tell its ambuse-bouches from its entrées. Setting our presumptions aside, there’s no arguing that this ultra-exclusive French food institution has been a pioneer in haute cuisine in Bangkok, serving delectable dishes alongside expertly paired fine wines in one of the most sophisticated settings in Bangkok, overlooking the gorgeous Chao Phraya River. Chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier is in the kitchen, one which has welcomed countless Michelin-starred chefs over the years including the likes of Michel Roux and Christian Bau.
Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00-14:00; Dinner 19:00-22:00 (Closed Sunday) - Location: Le Normandie Restaurant, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Oriental Avenue - Tel: +66 (2) 659 9000 ext 7670 Read More...12Savelberg at Oriental Residence Ploenchit/Chidlom - French
Savelberg Bangkok opened at the Oriental Residence (Ploenchit) at the beginning of 2015, and is run by Henk Savelberg, a critically-acclaimed chef behind four different Michelin-starred restaurants in the Netherlands. Unlike other Michelin-affiliated restaurants in Bangkok (such as L'atelier de Joel Robuchon), the main man is working the kitchen on a daily basis, focusing all of his efforts on the Thai capital – so you know you’re getting the real deal. You would hope so: the lunch set here costs 1,800 baht, whilst the tasting menu goes from 3,000 up to 4,800 baht.
Opening Hours: 12:00-14:00; 18:00-22:00 (Closed Sunday) - Address: Savelberg, G/F, Oriental Residence, 110 Wireless Road, Bangkok, Thailand - Tel: +662 252 8001 Read More...13Sensi
Sensi Bangkok ticks all the boxes for a modern, creative Italian restaurant: urbane décor, crisp white table clothes and some of the most charming service we have experienced in Bangkok. Classic Italian dishes are approached from surprising angles here and guests are sure to experience well-known dishes in a new, innovative ways. Sensi Bangkok is a family affair and while the Italian chef is busy in the kitchen, his wife takes care of the front of house, and their passion comes across impressively. Proof of this is a fully packed restaurant at 19:00 on a Thursday. Diners are free to choose a la carte or from a five or seven course tasting menu priced at 1,890++ baht and 2,690++ baht (which changes daily according to produce).
14Seven Spoons Old City - Mediterranean and Vegetarian
- Open: 18:00-24:00 (closed on Sunday)
- Location: Narathiwas Soi 17 Yaek 5, Sathorn (the Soi runs down the side of the Bangkok University of Technology
- BTS: Chong Nonsi
- Telephone: +66 (0)2 117 1618
In a tiny Chinese shophouse on a quiet road that visitors don’t really frequent you will find one of the best restaurants in Bangkok. Seven Spoons only has room for four tables but it is fully booked every night, serving a range of Mediterranean and vegetarian dishes. The reason behind its popularity is simple. With delicious food, strong cocktails and a warm atmosphere, Seven Spoons is a rare find in the city, a restaurant with real soul and prices so low that you will be doing a double-take when they bring you the bill.
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 Read More...15Enoteca Italiana Sukhumvit - Italian
Enoteca Italiana is without a doubt one of the most successful Italian restaurants in Bangkok. Despite being hidden at the end of a very narrow street, it is full every day and it would be impossible to just show up and ask for a table. Well-known and popular among long time residents keen on fine cuisine, Enoteca ranks highly in many travel and gourmet guides, so it's best to make a phone call the day before to secure your romantic dinner. Of course the price is a bit high but it's worth every baht.
Opening Hours: 17:00-midnight - Location: 39 Sukhumvit Soi 27 - MRT: Sukhumvit Station - Tel: +66 2 258 4386 Read More...16La Table de Tee Silom - French
La Table de Tee restaurant is a real find: somewhere you can enjoy well-presented, delicious French food in an intimate romantic setting. What sets it apart from the crowd is that the five-course inspired set menu is only 950 baht per person (not including service charge). We’ve searched high and low but no-one matches La Table de Tee for quality, value and atmosphere in Bangkok. The small restaurant is situated down a back alley on Soi Sala Daeng, just a few minutes from the BTS and MRT stops on Silom Road.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 18:30 to 22:00 - MRT: Silom BTS: Sala Daeng - Address: 69/5 Soi Sala Daeng, Silom Rd., Bangkok - Tel: +66 (0)2 6363220 Read More...17Little Beast Thonglor - Modern American
Little Beast Bangkok brings its signature tapas-style concept of dining to one of the capital’s coolest neighborhoods, with the trendy gastro bar tucked away around the back of Thonglor Soi 13. Using strong American flavours prepared using classic French culinary techniques, it is obvious this restaurant is a labour of love for Chef Nan and her team. The result is a laid back dining room where you can enjoy expertly prepared dishes in a casual environment.
Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 17:30-01:00; Sun 11:00-15:00; Closed Mondays - Location: Little Beast Bangkok, Thong Lo 13 - Tel: +66(0)2 185 2670 Read More...18Whale's Belly Sukhumvit - European Molecular Gastronomy
Whale’s Belly is a restaurant that exceeds expectations. The playful name may suggest a gimmick, but the comfortable surroundings, friendly service and astonishing creative cuisine are a winning combination. The kitchen is under the supervision of a young, visionary chef who trained at some of the most prestigious restaurants in Bangkok. With an interest in molecular gastronomy, some of the techniques used are inspired by those used at the famed Spanish culinary school elBulli. Ingredients are imported to ensure that Whale’s Belly serves the finest quality produce available.
Opening Hours: Every day from 17.30-23.00, Lunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30-14:30 - Address: 39 Boulevard tower, 2nd floor, Sukhumvit Soi 39, Sukhumvit Road. - Tel: +66 (0)2 1600 333 Read More...19Scarlett Wine Bar and Restaurant at the Pullman Silom - French
Scarlett Wine Bar and Restaurant on the 37th floor of the Pullman Hotel Silom serves great international cuisine with superb views of the ever changing sea of skyscappers in Bangkok. From the moment you enter the vast restaurant you are instantly immersed in a warm atmosphere, and the tension of the outside world fades away under soft lighting. Occupying almost an entire floor, the dinning room is cleverly designed to create islands of lights, making the place cozy without the need for walls or partitions.
Opening Hours: Everyday 18:00 - 01:00 - Location: Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, 37th Floor, 188 Silom Road - BTS: Chong Nongsi - Tel: (+66) 2238 1991 Read More...20Zuma at St Regis Hotel Siam - Japanese
Zuma is an exquisite Japanese Restaurant designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Studio Glitt Tokyo. It’s set on the ground floor of the St Regis, one of the trendiest hotels in Bangkok. Zuma is actually more an Izakaya lounge than a traditional Japanese restaurant and it combines in a very large space several ways of enjoying Japanese cuisine. The restaurant is vast, basking in well-distributed soft lighting, keeping its tables in a cozy atmosphere while counters just next to them are brightly lit.
Opening Hours: Daily Lunch 12 :00 – 15 :00, Daily Dinner 18 :00 – 23 :00 - Location: G/F, 159 Ratchadamri Road - BTS: Ratchadamri - Tel: 66 2252 470 Read More...21Signature Restaurant at KuDeTa Sathorn - Japanese
Signature is the flagship restaurant at Kudeta Bangkok. Labelled as ‘Japanese-influenced modern cuisine’, this is a fine-dining experience to impress the most particular of connoisseurs. The menu is split into cold, tempura and hot, served in a Japanese style and intended to be shared. Portions are small but exquisite in preparation and plating, and the wine list is thorough. Spread out across the 39th floor of Sathorn Square Building, Signature at KuDeTa is the perfect example of urban sophistication.
Location: 39th and 40th floors, Sathorn Square Complex, 98 North Sathorn Road - BTS: Chong Nonsi - Tel: +66 (0) 2108 200 Read More...