Whether you plan to surprise your date or are just hungry, look no further than this list of the best restaurants in the Sukhumvit area. Bangkok’s main artery, Sukhumvit Road offers true diversity in dining experiences. Everything from street vendors to luxurious places with meticulously prepared dishes, all with prices ranging from astoundingly cheap to ridiculously expensive. Whichever experience you desire, Sukhumvit will always have something for you. On this list, we’ve listed our best choices, divided by nationality. We’ve also included a list of eateries for budget travelers.
Remember that Bangkok is a big city and there are tons of possibilities for foodies to dive into local experiences. One of the best ways is to take a tour with a local food expert like Bangkok Food Tours and Smiling Tuk Tuk. Among the most popular are Motorbike Food Adventure & Amazing Night Market and Thonburi Food & Canals Adventure tours.
Best Restaurant in Sukhumvit #1
One of the best-known upscale Thai restaurants in Bangkok, the Michelin-starred restaurant delivers locally sourced top-notch ingredients with exquisite presentation. The name Bo.lan combines the two chef owners’ names together (Bo and Dylan) and translates to ‘ancient’ in Thai. Chefs’ inspirations are drawn from their travels, ancient cookbooks, conversations with farmers and artisan producers. They also focus on environment friendly practices and minimizing waste.
Set in a beautiful house with wooden interior design, Bo.lan offers an a la carte menu at lunch along with a prix fixed menu and a full set. At dinner, there are three 6-course set menus. Most guests would go for Bo.Lan Balance. Expect truly Thai flavors and spicy tastes.
WHEN & WHERE: Lunch is available from noon to 2.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Dinners start at 6pm, last orders at 10.30pm. The restaurant closes on Mondays. | Thong Lo BTS Skytrain Station | Tel. 02 260 2962 | FB: Bo.lan
Best Restaurant in Sukhumvit #2
The Reflexions at The Athenee Hotel
The Reflexions is an award-winning restaurant that offers modern French cuisine in a casual but elegant atmosphere. Here, the finesse of French cuisine meets creativity and simplicity. The space accommodates up to 100 people and there is a private zone on the mezzanine floor. The high ceilings and glass panes create the illusion of more light and space. The black and white photo collage makes you think you’re in a contemporary art gallery.
You may order a la carte, or a 4,6,8,10 course meal. From Tuesday to Saturday nights, your dinner will be accompanied by beautiful live piano music (7.30pm – 9.30pm). There is a value deal on Saturdays. During Saturday Social Brunch (noon – 3pm; THB 3,888++) you can select anything out of the 27-item menu. Add 2,700 THB more, you get free flow wines.
WHEN & WHERE: Lunch is available from noon to 2pm. Dinner is served from 6pm to 10.30pm. The restaurant closes on Sundays and Mondays. | 3rd floor, The Athenee Hotel, Wireless Road | Ploenchit BTS Skytrain Station | Tel. 02 650 8800 | FB: The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok
Best Restaurant in Sukhumvit #3
With the design inspired by a lovely Tuscan villa, Rossini’s offers a truly unique contemporary Italian cuisine and wine to fine diners. Here, Chef Gaetano infuses his rich food heritage with modern techniques, and produces each dish with creative presentations.
The restaurant has a fine selections a la carte, but you might also want to ask for the list of chef’s special, which is featured almost daily. At the moment, the chef’s lunch and dinner menus include Dall’orto (From the Garden), D’Amare (From the Deep Blue Ocean), La Carne (From the Butchery) and I Piatti della Ricerca (The Chef’s Menu.) Each enticing selection of antipasti, soups, pastas, mains, and desserts can be ordered as three, four or five courses. With an award-winning wine list to accompany the meal, Rossini’s is the perfect choice for a memorable lunch or dinner with friends or business colleagues.
WHEN & WHERE: Lunch is available from noon to 2.30pm (Monday to Friday). Dinner is served from 6pm to 10.30pm daily. | 1st floor, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit | Asok BTS Skytrain Station | Tel. 02 649 8364 | www.rossinisbangkok.com
Best Restaurant in Sukhumvit #4
Specializing in the Northern Indian delicacies, Rang Mahal has been winning awards as the best in Bangkok for over two decades. The restaurant is classically styled – with white plaster colonnades and chandeliers. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to enjoy the cityscape in the heart of Bangkok. Here, Indian chefs meticulously prepare and recreate dishes out of ethnic Indian cuisines. Each dish is prepared with choicest herbs and spices to ensure heavy aroma and flavors in every morsel.
The restaurant offers both a la carte and set menus (appetizers, main courses, and desserts). Rang Mahal Premium Set Menu (THB 1,295++) features favorites like Murgh Tikka Masala (diced Tandoori chicken cooked in wok with onions, tomatoes and whole spices), Mutton Awadh Korma (boneless mutton cooked in Mughal style curry flavoured with India’s best spices), Palak Mattar (creamed spinach with green peas), and a few more accompaniments with naan or paratha. You may also come here on Sunday and enjoy their Sunday Brunch with over 50 kinds of buffet food. Live music by an Indian band is available every night but Mondays.
WHEN & WHERE: 5pm to midnight, daily; Sunday Brunch from 11am to 2.30pm 26th floor (rooftop) of the Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok | Asok or Phrompong BTS Station | 02 261 7100 | FB: Rang Mahal
Best Restaurant in Sukhumvit #5
Maru Kaiseki is one of the best sushi and sashimi places in town, serving ultra-high quality sashimi in an intimate and authentically Japanese atmosphere. Ingredients arrive here from Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market twice a week – goodness at its very best, but at a cost. Among the most popular cuts are unagi eel and otoro tuna.
There are other items on the menu as well, such as zarusoba, cold soba noodles dipped in soy sauce and wasabi. But if you’re after Japanese best fish in Bangkok, you may as well join the masses of Japanese expats and splurge. Set meals are available for 500 THB from 5pm – 7pm but don’t expect premium cuts for this deal.
WHEN & WHERE: 5pm to 11.30pm, daily | Thong Lo Road 3 | Thong Lo BTS Station | 02 712 5001 | FB: Maru Kaiseki restaurant
The 5 restaurants we mentioned above just give you a glimpse of how international the dining scene along Sukhumvit area is. And these perhaps make up only 1% of the quantity of the best restaurants in Sukhumvit we want to recommend to you. Until this point, you have an idea for the fine dining side, here comes the wallet-friendly but high quality local food
Best Restaurant in Sukhumvit #6
Sabai Jai Gai Yang
Tucked in the high end neighborhood of Ekkamai, Sabai Jai Kai Gang has been our top favorite place to grab Thai famous national dish Somtam (spicy papaya salad) and Gai Yang (grilled chicken) along with other Northeastern Thai (Issan) dishes like Kho Moo Yang (grilled pork), Larb (spicy salad with meat), and Tom Saeb (spicy soup) The menu is complimented by several seafood dishes and common Thai dishes like Tom Yam Gung, fried morning glories, and Gaeng Som (Accacia leave omelette and shrimp in yellow sour tamarind soup). The fish menu alone ranges from sneak-head fish, cat fish, sea bass, to giant cat fish. And we haven’t even gone to the rare meat like deer’s. The family run restaurant has home-feel atmosphere with air-conditioning and non-a.c. areas. There is also a zone with nightly live band.
WHEN & WHERE: 10am to midnight, daily | Sukhumvit 63 or Ekkamai Rd. 1 | Ekkamai BTS Station | 02 714 2622 | www.sa-bai-jai.com
Best Restaurant in Sukhumvit #7
Amidst the shiny and glistening high-end eateries lining the sides of Thong Lo Road which are ready to suck everything out of your wallet, there stands one old Mom & Pop establishment that serves delicious Chinese Thai cuisine at extremely affordable prices. With its opening hours being in the evening, the restaurant finds Thong Lo party goers seeking for their after-party meals here. Don’t expect any kinds of decoration, it’s a simple, clean, and typical-looking street-side restaurant in Bangkok.
Their variety of sizzling iron platter fish and beef dishes, among a hundred other dishes are guaranteed to please. Try Pla Pad Prik Thai Dam (fried fish with bell peppers, onions, carrots in thick gravy sauce), Ped Krob Pad Krapao (fried duck and basil leaves), and seafood salad. The restaurant is said by the locals who know to be one of the most consistently good ones in the city.
WHEN & WHERE: 6.30pm to 4am, daily | 1093, Sukhumvit 55 | Thong Lo BTS Station | 02 391 2021
Street Food on Sukhumvit 38
The spot used to be the legendary street food spot of Sukhumvit but was diminished into merely an outdoor food court now due to the rise of the area’s condominiums. However, vendors are now converted into stalls serving a variety of typical Thai street food for you to choose from. Alcohol is also available. You can’t leave this spot without eating mango and sticky rice. The Daniel Thaiger burger truck still comes sometimes.
WHEN & WHERE: Most stalls open in the evening | beginning of Sukhumvit 38 | Thong Lo BTS Station