The best restaurants in Kata Beach include a wide selection of dining choices, featuring a few excellent top-of-the-range restaurants falling into the 'it doesn't matter because we are on holiday' kind of price bracket. The area has a lot of restaurants serving international and local cuisine, typically at tourist prices.

    Generally speaking, the top-class choices are located in southern Kata, with the mid-range family restaurants in northern Kata and the area in between devoted to large, open-sided family-orientated establishments that cater to visitors rather than locals. Check out the list below for some of the best restaurants in Kata Beach.

    Mom Tri's Kitchen at Villa Royale is one of Phuket’s culinary gems. Set on an eye-catching rocky headland that divides Kata Yai and Kata Noi beaches, it offers fine dining in an exotic setting.

    Whether eating at midday above the white-flecked turquoise waves breaking on the granite boulders below, or at nighttime on the lower deck of the restaurant almost within reach of the surf, Mom Tri’s mix of Thai fusion dishes and Royal Thai cuisine coupled with an extensive wine cellar makes for an unforgettable experience.

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    Location: Mom Tri's Villa Royale, 12 Kata Noi Road, Kata Noi, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6.30 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 333 568

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    Kata Rocks Clubhouse

    Kata Rocks Clubhouse is a chic place to dine, overlooking the sparkling Andaman coast. It's connected to one of Phuket’s premier resorts, the eponymous Kata Rocks, and everything about this property is modern and chic. With a minimalist white-on-white design scheme, there are few cooler locations on Phuket than this. Located within a short walk of both Kata Noi and Kata Yai beaches, the restaurant is perched on a craggy headland, providing sweeping views of the ocean.

    Location: 186/22, Kok Tanode Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 370 777

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    Mom Tri's Wok Pagoda Kitchen

    Wok Pagoda Kitchen offers a tempting assortment of fusion dishes along with sweeping views, a great wine list, and reasonable prices. The sister establishment of the highly popular Mom Tri’s Kitchen, the globally renowned chef works his culinary magic with fresh ingredients to create the perfect blend between traditional Thai fare and western favourites, with added twists from other parts of Asia.

    Location: 32/78 Moo 4, Patak Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 608 899

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    On The Rock restaurant is perched on the end of a rocky headland in the grounds of the incredibly verdant Marina Phuket Resort. Sounds romantic? It is. With good service and a predominantly seafood menu, as well as a broad wine list, On The Rock is an attractive alternative option.

    Some dishes, such as the seafood clay pots, are well worth trying out. It's advisable to reserve a table beforehand and if possible to get there for sunset – the colours must be seen to be believed.

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    Location: 47 Karon Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from midday to 11.30 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 330 625

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    Leonardo Da Vinci Restaurant

    Leonardo Da Vinci Restaurant is a chic and elegant place to enjoy exceptional high-quality Italian cuisine in Kata Beach. The menu has a heavy focus on fresh seafood, skilfully prepared by experienced Chef Enzo, who hails from the Italian coastal city of Rimini.

    The restaurant has a contemporary look, with both indoor and outdoor dining spaces using warm colours and stylish design to recreate the sophistication of Italy near to Kata Noi Beach. The service staff are also diligent and friendly and are as knowledgeable and passionate about the food as the chef, creating an in-depth dining experience.

    Location: Kata Gardens, 1/34 Kata Noi Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 604 296

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    Kampong Kata Hill

    Kampong Kata Hill is part-museum, part-gallery and part-restaurant – a combination that promises an unforgettable experience. If you feel like dining on Thai food in a distinctly authentic Siamese and Southeast Asian atmosphere then look no further than this impressive restaurant. Many a restaurant invests too much of its budget into its décor and forgets about the quality of the food, but at Kampong Kata Hill there's no such problem. The dishes served here are traditional Thai and no expenses are spared on the flavour.

    Location: 4 Karon Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 12 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 330 103

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    Red Duck Restaurant Phuket

    Red Duck Restaurant is a cosy boutique restaurant on the outskirts of Kata. With only about 8 inside tables, the air-conditioned restaurant offers an intimate experience for all diners, whether visiting with a significant other, family or friends. Reservations are strongly advised.

    The western-style décor and furnishings lend a comfortable air of familiarity to Red Duck Restaurant, while the menu lets you tuck into the delicious tastes of typical Thai food. It's especially great for people with various dietary restrictions, who may be tired of being limited to a handful of dishes elsewhere. The chef is able to prepare vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free versions of classic Thai dishes. No MSG is added to meals and fresh, locally sourced ingredients are used in the kitchen.

    Location: 88/3 Soi Khoktanod, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 11.30 am to 11 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)84 850 2929

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    Bella Vista Beachfront Restaurant

    Bella Vista Beachfront Restaurant in Kata offers delicious cuisine, great views, and a tranquil ambience from its rocky perch overlooking the beach. Situated within the Villa Elisabeth Oceanfront Hotel, Bella Vista is run by a mixed Thai and Swiss management team. The large menu lists an assortment of Asian and European dishes, with all meals prepared using fresh and high-quality organic ingredients. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you can also pop in if you just want a light bite and a drink. Do note, however, that you'll need to climb some steep steps to access the restaurant.

    Location: 2/29 Moo 2, Patak Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 284 585

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    Heaven Restaurant & Bar Phuket is a delightful bar and restaurant with breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea from the rooftop deck and main dining area.

    The restaurant allows you to enjoy a host of local seafood delicacies made in the traditional, local way at reasonable prices. Tuck into the extensive menu of delicious offerings while you stare out over the 3 bays of Kata Noi Beach, Kata Beach and Karon Beach – the perfect place to view the sunset in the distance on an evening in Phuket.

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    Location: 6 Soi Leammumnai, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 3 pm to 12 am

    Phone: +66 (0)80 650 2971

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    The Boathouse Restaurant

    This classy restaurant at The Boathouse is a favourite fine-dining spot right by Kata Beach. It consistently wins awards with its impressive wine cellar. Go for sundowners and you won't regret it and stay for a meal on the terrace overlooking the beach. While it is not cheap, it's a memorable holiday experience. Reservations are recommended.

    Location: 182 Koktanode Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6.30 am to 12 am

    Phone: +66 (0)76 330 015

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