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Kata Beach

Eat and meet


One of the reasons Kata proves so popular with flash packers, families and couples is that when the sun goes down, it's a great place to chill out, sample some Thai food by the ocean and not have to contend with a sea of drunken people staggering around the place. (If it's that you want, head to Patong).

  • The After Beach Bar
    4 stars

    All about the views

    South of Kata beach, on the headland

    There's a trio of bars atop the southern end of Kata Beach and this is the best appointed of the three. As diners and drinkers are elevated above Kata Noi beach, it's all about the views here with spectacular views out to Ko Pu and when the sunset decides to put on a good performance you'll be ... read more

  • Esan Restauarnt
    4 stars

    Good local food

    Northern end of Patak Rd

    When you can't take anymore overpriced Thai food, head to Patak Rd and, more specifically to the Esan Restaurant. It's a no frills typical Thai streetfront restaurant but it is popular with the locals and the prices are far more reasonable that what you'll pay pretty much anywhere closer to the ... read more

  • Capannina Inn
    4 stars

    Best pizza in Phuket?

    30/9 Moo 2, Kata Road, Kata Beach
    T: (076) 28 4318

    Ask anyone in Phuket where the best pizza is and they'll send you here — and they're probably right. This is the real deal with well-sized, thin crust pizzas with good toppings that are not too heavy on the cheese front. Service is so fast we initially thought we had been given someone else's ... read more

  • Kata BBQ
    4 stars

    Great Thai food

    186/6 Kata Beach
    T: (076) 330 989

    For a truly mouthwatering selection of Thai soups, curries, salads and rice dishes, head to this desirable beach restaurant. Prices are fair given the restaurant's position on one of the most ideal spots of sand in Phuket, right at the southern tip of Kata Beach, between Ska Bar and Kata Mama. ... read more

  • Lek's Bar
    3.5 stars

    Drink loads and get a free CD!

    Taina Road

    Lek's is waiting for you along the northern side of Taina Road and makes for a good place to eat or drink, or both. The real name of this place is Dan Kwian 3, but most guests found that too difficult to say or remember so they started using Lek's Bar instead. Obviously very popular in high ... read more

  • Siam Thai Food
    3.5 stars

    Good Thai standards

    Taina Road

    Set midway along the northern side of Taina Road, Siam Thai Food offers a solid range of good Thai standards. It is a comfortable little restaurant and the couple who run it are friendly enough, and the food is good — but as with most of the eateries around here, the prices are very inflated. ... read more

  • Ska Bar
    3.5 stars

    Very popular

    Ska Bar, Kata Yai Beach

    One of the most popular bars in Kata, Ska Bar, is right on the beach at the far southern end of Kata Yai. Ska Bar can be enjoyed any night or day of the week — the staff sure do. This rickety wooden Rasta bar stays open late and has a fire show every Friday night at 22:00. The scene here ... read more

  • Tawan Bar Food and Drink
    3.5 stars

    Standard cheapish Thai food

    89/5 Taina Road, Kata Centre
    T: (089) 544 8007

    This popular Thai restaurant sits in the back of a small soi past Duke's Sports Bar. It's small but offers standard Thai dishes at very fair prices. While the food is not worth coming a long distance for, single dishes start at 50B and seafood dishes start at 100B, making this one of the most ... read more

  • Bluefin Tavern
    3.5 stars

    Expat favourite

    Taina Road, Kata Centre
    T: (076) 330 856

    One of the longest standing restaurants in Kata Centre, the small Bluefin is a favourite among local expats and tourists. People say it's the only legitimate Mexican food you can get in the area, but others swear by the Thai green curry. If exhausted from your day at the beach, the Bluefin serves ... read more

  • Nakhon Sawan Chicken Rice
    3 stars

    Breakfast stop

    Patak Road

    While the sign has a picture of a chicken, this simple and good breakfast spot does do pork as well. Set along the east side of Patak Road, Nakhon Sawan Chicken Rice is a good spot for chicken and rice, pork and rice or, our favourite, crispy pork and rice. Reasonable prices and friendly, ... read more

  • Sports bars
    3 stars

    A couple to choose from

    Taina Road, Kata

    Two fine options for catching a sporting event are Anchor Bar and Duke's on Taina Road in Kata Centre. Anchor is a favourite with European lads, as the owner shows every English game played in a season. There's also a pool table and the restaurant serves all-day breakfasts. Duke's is a much ... read more

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