There are plenty of excellent restaurants in Sukhumvit. In fact some people see the area as a foodie heaven, as it includes Japanese, Indian and Korean enclaves, as well as the popular Thong Lor and Ekkamai roads, which have seen an explosion of international dining options in the past few years. There’s a complete range of food here, from excellent street eats to fine-dining in chic restaurants.
In Bangkok, Sukhumvit Road runs from a few blocks west of Nana BTS Skytrain Station. There are plenty of places to eat in the vicinity of the stations, especially at Nana and Asoke and further along at Thong Lor and Ekkamai, but we recommend exploring a little further down the roads that lead off this main thoroughfare.
Recognised for many years as one of the best Thai restaurants in Bangkok, Bo Lan is not your everyday local eatery. This beautiful restaurant and its small garden is located a hundred metres down Sukhumvit Soi 53, close to Thong Lor BTS Station and serves a menu of food inspired by traditional Thai cooking. If you prefer to be guided through your dining discovery, the sets, called 'Bo Lan Balance', are a great way to experience this rare Thai Cuisine, serving a range of starters, soups curries as well as desserts in which coconut features heavily. Dishes are elaborate both in presentation and taste and each bite is a mix of texture, flavour and spice level. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Dinner 18:00-late (Tues-Sun); Lunch 12:00 - 14:30 (Thurs-Sun)
- Location: 24 Sukhumvit Soi 53
- BTS: Thong Lor (Exit 1)
- Tel: +66 (0)2 260 2962 (advanced reservation necessary)
- Cuisine: Thai
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. An eclectic collection of vintage advertisings signs decorate the walls, garlic and onion garlands hang from the ceiling while the brick counter is covered with Italian cheeses, smoked hams and salamis. And of course no Italian restaurant would be complete without an entire wall dedicated to good wines. Making a choice among so many appetizing names is a real challenge with so many lip-smacking dishes such as truffle pigeon liver pate, tenderloin of venison with artichoke and roasted snow fish with N'duja chilli pork sausage and piquillion pepper. Read More...
- Location: 39 Sukhumvit Soi 27
- MRT: Sukhumvit Station
- Tel: +66 2 258 4386
- Cuisine: Italian
Freebird Bangkok is part of the new breed of restaurants in the capital that focuses on inventive, high-level cuisine, but presented in a casual, lively atmosphere. Gone are crisp white table cloths and silver service (there are plenty of high-end hotels doing that already, anyway), and in their place is graffiti on the walls, abstract ceiling lights and funky tunes on the stereo. In the kitchen, all the culinary tricks are put to good use, but there’s no overly pretentious use of smoke or foam. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:30 - 24:00 daily (Weekend brunch: 11:00 - 15:00)
- Address: 28 Sukhumvit Soi 47 (between Phomr Phong and Thonglor)
- Tel: +66 (0)2 662 4936
- Cuisine: Modern Australian/Pacific Cuisine
Cocotte Bangkok Farm Roast and Winery is a restaurant that combines a passion for local, seasonal, organic produce with the lively buzz of a French bistro. The barbecued steaks, rotisserie chickens and fresh salads taste delicious and are sourced from sustainable farms within Thailand (well, everything except the steak). It is as close to farm-to-table dining in Bangkok as you’re likely to get and it’s proving incredibly popular! Cocotte Bangkok is packed most nights of the week. The vibe is fun and energetic. Waitresses come and go, while the row of chefs are busy in the open kitchen. There’s also an open deli with artisanal cheese and cured meats laid out for you to make up your own platter. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 15:00 and 18:00 - 23:00
- Address: Soi Sukhumvit 39, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana
- Tel: +66 (0)92 664 6777
It might seem controversial, but one of the best Thai restaurants in the city is run by an American. Soul Food Mahanakorn serves up popular regional dishes in the cosy wood-lined restaurant on Thong Lor, only five minutes’ walk from the BTS. If you are looking for a great evening with delicious food and no pretentions then this is the place to go. With a focus on fresh local produce, there can often be some unusual Thai specialities on here. What makes the classics like khao soi and massaman curry really stand out is the quality of the ingredients; they taste like the best versions of Bangkok’s famous street food. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday from 17:30 to 23:00 and Friday and Saturday from 17:30 to 00:00
- BTS: Thong Lor
- Address: 56/10 Sukhumvit Soi Thonglor
- Tel: +66 (0)2 7147708
- Cuisine: Thai
Long Table is not quite sky scraping, but what it lacks in stature it makes up for in every other area by serving Thai food that tastes delicious and looks amazing, cocktails that err on the right side of sweet and a view that makes you forget that this isn’t a rooftop. With a selection of wines, beers and cocktails on the buy one get one free menu, Long Table is a great place to start any evening. The menu is Thai fusion so if you are a fan of local food there will be dishes that you recognise, at least in writing. Because here, nothing looks quite like you imagine it to, and we really appreciate the chef’s innovation. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 until 02:00 (dinner served until 23:00)
- MRT: Sukhumvit
- BTS: Asoke
- Address: 25th Floor, 48 Column Tower, Sukhumvit Soi 16
- Cuisine: Thai
Cabbages and Condoms in Bangkok is a restaurant with a difference. Using a quirky name to highlight a serious issue, it is a great place to enjoy some tasty Thai food knowing that part of the profit is going to a good cause. The choice is impressive – it goes way beyond the usual phad thai and tom yum (but never fear, these are also available). Recommendations include the spicy sour deep-fried catfish salad served with a mango dressing (150 baht), a whole chicken marinated in wild honey (250baht) and yellow crab curry with bell peppers (300 baht). To accompany these order the combo of white and red jasmine rice, that comes in the shape of a heart (50 baht). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: Na Phrothat Road, near the Grand Palace
- MRT: Sukhumvit
- BTS: Asok
- Address: Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 229 4610
- Cuisine: Thai
The playful name may suggest a gimmick, but the comfortable surroundings, friendly service and astonishing creative cuisine are a winning combination. It’s certainly a quirky themed restaurant. The whale’s belly is central to the theme, with white slats on the roof making up the bones of the large mammal and the walls decorated in a deep sea blue. Ingredients are imported to ensure that Whale’s Belly serves the finest quality produce available and the food is delicious. Although this restaurant comes under the banner of European cuisine, there are some Asian influences on the menu, such cold capellini pasta with crab and mentaiko. Another must try is the slow braised wagyu beef cheek, cooked over 36 hours and served with a peppercorn sauce. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Every day from 17.30-23.00
- Address: 39 Boulevard tower, 2nd floor, Sukhumvit Soi 39, Sukhumvit Road.
- Tel: +66 (0)2 1600 333
- Cuisine: Inventive French-influenced cuisine
Inspired by his grandmother recipes, the owner Eh opened Supanniga Eating Room, serving an appetizing range of traditional Thai dishes from both her hometown in Trat (by the east coast) and Khon Kaen (northeast) where the family is now based. With comfortable but chic decor, an outside terrace and some strong martinis, this restaurant on Thong Lor is worth a trip along the road to Soi 8. The tables are laid with pretty blue-and-white china, the accent colour is sunshine yellow and despite the modern touches it feels like popping round to a friend’s place for a bite to eat. Supanniga Eating Room is a fantastic local restaurant which addresses the needs of discerning diners who are looking to experience time-honoured regional cooking. Read More...
- BTS: Thong Lor
- Address: Next to 'Ei8ht' shopping complex, 160/11 Sukhumvit Rd, Thong Lor
- Tel: +66 (0)2 714 7508
- Cuisine: Thai
The Local Bangkok is a traditional fine-dining Thai restaurant in the heart of Bangkok. The restaurant serves delicious home-cooked Thai food in a traditional wooden house in the Asoke area of Sukhumvit.
Inspired by traditional Thai cooking and cuisine from the past, The Local Bangkok dishes up beautifully-presented dishes from its extensive menu, with over 70 modern Thai options on offer. Start with the tasty mixed plate called Ruam Kam Aroy, which includes khao soy soup, lemongrass shrimp and fried chicken wrapped in a pandanus leaf to seal in all the juices (250 baht). Be sure to sample one of the stars of the menu, the Gaeng Run Juan, a traditional Thai curry that includes thin strips of beef steak cooked in a shrimp and lime paste. The Pla Ta Pien Tom Kem (380 baht) is slow-cooked fish, simmered for over 20 hours and mixed with The Local's secret recipe sauce, and is another popular dish from the menu. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 – 14:30, 17:30 – 23:00
- Address: 32-32/1 Sukumvit 23, Klong Toey Nue, Wattana, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)2 664 0664