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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
South of Kata beach, on the headland

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 needing that extra battery for your camera. Drinks are expensive with a small beer costing 80-100 baht and the food is likewise overpriced, so we'd suggest coming here for a drink but eating... Read our full review of The After Beach Bar.

Esan Restauarnt
Northern end of Patak Rd

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 beach. While the signage says Esan food, they actually do a full range of Thai food and have an English menu with pictures to assist. Friendly and simple and the price is right. Esan Restaurant is on Patak Rd,... Read our full review of Esan Restauarnt.

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

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 pizza. Minor gripe is that they come unsliced but we managed to cut it up ourselves and did eat the entire thing. Prices are moderate by Phuket standards with most of the pizzas coming in at around the... Read our full review of Capannina Inn .

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

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. Though you sit on plastic garden chairs, the setting is pretty special: a sprawling open restaurant with a huge balcony overlooking the ocean that laps up a mere 20 feet away. For even friendlier prices, you can head next... Read our full review of Kata BBQ.

Lek's Bar
Taina Road

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 season, the bar is really as much a restaurant as bar with a typical Taina Road menu and plenty of good people-watching seating, but there's also a pool table and a good sound system. If you happen to run up a... Read our full review of Lek's Bar.

Siam Thai Food
Taina Road

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. If we were looking for typical Thai we'd head to Patak Road where the prices are half what you'll pay here, but if you want Thai in this area, this is one of the better... Read our full review of Siam Thai Food.

Ska Bar
Ska Bar, Kata Yai Beach

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 resembles most bars you would find on Railay or one of the islands in the Gulf of Thailand.... Read our full review of Ska Bar.

Tawan Bar Food and Drink
89/5 Taina Road, Kata Centre
T: (089) 544 8007

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 affordable eateries in Kata. For another local option head to Home's Food, which serves up dishes for 40B but lacks the restaurant atmosphere Tawan has. Home's Food is located next to Easy Riders on Taina Road.... Read our full review of Tawan Bar Food and Drink .

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

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 up a pretty mean margarita — too bad the restaurant isn't on the beach! Plates of Tex-Mex start at 130B, and pizzas begin at 120B.... Read our full review of Bluefin Tavern.

Nakhon Sawan Chicken Rice
Patak Road

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, though little English is spoken. You'll find it about a ten minute walk to the south of the Little... Read our full review of Nakhon Sawan Chicken Rice.

Sports bars
Taina Road, Kata

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 smaller operation but the American owner has a white board schedule of all the games he plans on showing that day. You can enjoy your fix on one of the handful of massive LCD TVs in his small bamboo bar.... Read our full review of Sports bars.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Kata Beach? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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