Mantra Restaurant & Bar
North Pattaya Mantra is a dynamic and stylish restaurant with a show kitchen concept and individually themed dining spaces. The interiors blend oriental art and a sophisticated colour scheme. Taking centre stage, the cooking stations are like open theatres where chefs whip up tasty Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Thai and Mediterranean fare to order. The Moroccan-themed bar with a walk-through wine cellar is ideal for enjoying pre- and post-dinner drinks.
Naklua Arguably the biggest and the most popular Thai seafood eatery in Pattaya, Moom Aroi (translating as ‘delicious corner’) is a two-storey restaurant with a seaside frontage. Popular dishes include stir-fried curry crab, seafood papaya salad, tom yam goong, stir-fried squid with salted egg yolk – all are delicious. Moom Aroi gets very busy every evening and especially during the weekend, so reservation is highly recommended.
South Pattaya Tucked away in a soi behind the Walking Street, Voterra is a local favourite and the place to go for a delectable Italian meal. The Tuscan owner and chef has decades of culinary experience under his belt and ensures that the flavours stay fresh and original. Try some of the homemade specialties, such as spaghetti tratoria, pizza margherita and wild boar with black olive, with a selection of fine wine from Tuscany.
Na Jomtien There’s not much to the décor or atmosphere here, but this Thai-style seaside restaurant whips up some of the tastiest seafood in town. Walk through the aquarium section at the entrance and the restaurant opens out to the ocean, with a terrace jutting out over the water. Don’t miss the signature dishes, including chili salt mantis shrimp, baked scallops and blue crab som tam. Most of the diners are Thai – a good indicator of truly Thai tastes.
Jomtien The renowned Bruno’s has been a favourite dining out venue for locals and holidaymakers since 1996, offering classy European cuisine along with local popular fare. Signature dishes include pan-seared scallops, parmesan cream soup and twice-cooked Australian lamb rack. The walk-in wine cellar showcases an extensive selection of labels, mostly from the Old World, and a handful of top-shelf labels from across the globe.
Au Bon Coin
North Pattaya Set inside a two-storey house, this establishment serves up a range of hearty French fare. The décor has a rustic feel, with wood paneling, red marble counter and big glass windows, which all serves well to enhance the atmosphere. The a-la-carte and daily special menus feature the classics – onion soup, stuffed mussels, Nicoise salad, boeuf bourguignon – and delicacies such as duck foie gras and rabbit stew.
South PattayamThis fine-dining establishment has been around since 2001. Housed inside a Thai-style house, the interiors evoke an air of Mediterranean seaside, with terracotta tiles and high vaulted ceilings. The French-inspired menu reflects the Swiss-born chef owner’s creative flair and expertise in European cuisine. Complementing the a- la-carte and set menu for two, the 14-page wine list covers both Old World and New World gems.
The Glass House
Jomtien This beachfront restaurant with ocean views is an ideal place to chill out to the sound of waves. Seating is arranged in various styles in the al-fresco area and inside the glass house – the eye-catching centerpiece that adds an elegant European feel to the atmosphere. The menu covers a range of Thai seafood, international fare, homemade cakes and bakery as well as cocktails, wines and juices.