The best way to enjoy a holiday is to experience the new place with all five of your senses. In the case of Thailand, the sense of taste is a particularly good one to use. The wonders of Thai cuisine are world-famous and are best explored in the country of their origin. If you want to try the finest food, you need to eat where the locals go. Probably the most popular sources of food for the Thai people of Pattaya are small street vendors and market stalls. However, the lack of a menu makes these a challenge for visitors who cannot speak Thai. Fortunately, we have composed this list of the 10 Best Local Restaurants in Pattaya – places which serve top-notch Thai food at generally low prices and which have the popularity among the local communities to prove that they are as genuinely Thai as you are likely to find.

1. The Glass House Pattaya

The Glass House is generally agreed to be one of the best restaurants in Pattaya, let alone one of the best local places. It is slightly more costly than the average price, which makes it more of a special occasion place for many, but it remains consistently busy night after night – booking in advance is an absolute must! Assuming you get a seat, it will be either on the deck by the eponymous glass house or right on the beach. You’ll also find a menu with sublime Thai seafood as well as some international dishes and homemade cakes. The average price per dish is about 200 – 500 baht, making it still impressively affordable by international standards.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00

Location: 5/22 Moo 2 (opposite Alangkarn Theatre), Na Jomtien

Tel: +66 (0)3 825 5922 Cuisine: Thai, Seafood, International

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2. Moom Aroi Seafood Pattaya

Located a little way to the north of town, Moom Aroi is right in the midst of the fishing communities which provide the fresh seafood on the menu. Well-known among the Thais and Thai food-loving expatriates of Pattaya, it has an unbeatable beachfront location, with about 100 tables enjoying the cool sea breeze down on the sand or in the open-sided simple building. There’s even a live band, which starts up at about 20:00 every night. The food on offer is of an extremely high quality while still being reasonably priced.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00

Location: 83/4 Soi4, Naklua Road, Naklua

Tel: +66 (0)3 841 4802 Cuisine: Thai, Seafood

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3. Suttangrak Pattaya

The second in a small local seafood franchise (the flagship outlet being in Laem Chabang, to the north of Pattaya), Suttangrak has won national awards for being the best tourist restaurant for several years running. It is also very popular with the locals for its high quality fresh Thai seafood. The best-known dishes include their signature fried cabbage with fish sauce, steamed blue crabs with dipping sauce, and steamed whole seabass in lime chilli broth, all for impressively low prices. The comfortable, air-conditioned restaurant is right on Beach Road and the outdoor seating, surrounded by greenery, offer good views across the Gulf of Thailand.

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday

Location: 99 Moo 1, Jomtien Beach Road, Na Jomtien

Tel: +66 (0)3 823 2222, +66 (0)85 066 6600 Cuisine: Thai, Seafood

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4. Lungsawai Seafood Pattaya

A popular seafood eatery for over 30 years, Lungsawai is very easy to find – just keep going along Jomtien Beach Road until you run out of road. There you will find a rustic-styled Thai restaurant which enjoys a cool sea breeze and a fabulous reputation. The unmissable offering is the signature Kan Chiang Pu Neung (steamed sea crab sculls dipped in a unique sauce), while other favourites include stir-fried sea crab with curry powder and Thai orange curry with Rieow Sieow fish eggs. As with most popular Thai restaurants, these exotic flavours are all available at excellent prices.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00

Location: 31/1 Moo 1, Jomtien Beach Road, Na Jomtien

Tel: +66 (0)3 823 1398, +66 (0)81 623 4234 Cuisine: Thai, Seafood

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5. Rim Talay Seafood

From its location right on Wong Amat Beach, Rim Talay serves up a remarkably varied menu, including Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and western dishes. Naturally, the main ingredient in most of them is seafood, as can be seen from the living larders by the upper level of the restaurant. Such dishes are best enjoyed in the tranquil surroundings of the cool and laid-back lower level or, better yet, with your toes in the sand. The portions are very generous and the prices are great, making this a popular dining spot for locals, expatriates and visitors alike.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – late

Location: Soi 18, Pattaya-Naklua Road, Naklua

Tel: +66 (0)3 842 6375 Cuisine: Thai, International

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