Chiang Mai’s selection of Thai restaurants covers everything from budget friendly cafés serving noodle soups and combo rice dishes to palatial premises serving gourmet specialities which elevate dining experiences to new heights. Our list of recommended Chiang Mai Thai Restaurants is designed to give foodies the chance of sampling Northern Thailand specialities as well as those from Bangkok and the eastern Esarn region of the nation.
Cafe De Nimman
The Old City & Loi Kroh Areas:
Aroon Rai | Huan Phen | Lemongrass | Ratana’s Kitchen
By the Ping River:
Antique House | Gallery | Good View | Huan Soontaree | Paak Dang | River Market | Sala Lanna
San Kamphaeng Area:
Le Grand Lanna [Dhara Dhevi Resort]| Further Reading
THE RIVER MARKET RESTAURANT
Just a few minutes on foot from the Night Bazaar, the River Market Restaurant offers an exclusive dining experience. The long timber structure was built from old teak houses and showcases the distinctive Lanna building style of yesteryear. Recommended dishes on the diverse menu are zesty Thai shrimp cocktail, pomelo and tabtim salad, and Chiang Mai’s very own Khao Soi curry soup and noodles.
River Market Restaurant: #33-12, Charoen Prathet Rd., T. Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 10:30-23:30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 234 493 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THE ANTIQUE HOUSE
Huan Boran Ban Him Ping, or the Antique House in English, is a sprawling timber complex right on the banks of the River Ping. It gives diners a tantalising selection of the tastes of Thailand and the North with a full collection of soups, curries and spicy yam salads on offer. House specialities include tot man gung shrimp cakes and tabtim ruby fish with herbs.
Antique House: #154/1, Chiang Mai-Lamphun Rd., T. Wat Gate, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 10:00-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 240 270 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
The Huan Soontaree also enjoys a prime Ping riverside setting, but a few kilometres north of the Antique House. The Huan Soontaree provides authentic Thai and Northern tastes concocted from locally sourced products. Signature creations include pork ribs, beef jerky, hunglay sweet curry, nam prik ong chilli paste with crispy pork skin, and the yummy minced pork and mountain mushrooms dry curry. Folk singers serenade dinner guests here.
Huan Soontaree: #150, M. 2, Middle Ring Rd., T. Mae Hia, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 08:00-19:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 261 354-9, +66 81 961 0028 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
LE GRAND LANNA AT DHARA DHEVI
Le Grand Lanna is the onsite restaurant at the Dhara Dhevi Resort. The resort is located in the Tasala area just inside the city’s inner ring-road. Le Grand Lanna is a complex of elevated wooden structures and al fresco patios. Traditional dancers and musicians provide an enchanting vision while diners enjoy the likes of crab in yellow curry, Chiang Mai sausages and spicy prawn soup.
Le Grand Lanna at Dhara Dhevi: #51/4, M. 1, Chiang Mai-San Kamphaeng Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 11.30-22.30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 888 888 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
PAAK DANG RESTAURANT
Paak Dang Restaurant is another quality Ping River restaurant featuring traditional Lanna teakwood buildings and a beautifully appointed waterside terrace. The menu at Paak Dang pays homage to the tastes and cuisine of the region with freshly prepared dishes that include grilled prawns, yam pladuk foo crispy catfish and green mango salad, steamed ruby fish and massaman style chicken curry.
Paak Dang Restaurant: #46/1, Wang Sing Kham Rd., T. Paton, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 17:00-22:30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 232 356 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THE GOOD VIEW BAR AND RESTAURANT
The Good View also occupies a prime riverside setting and is a couple of minutes walk from the Riverside and Deck 1. This establishment serves up a comprehensive selection of Thai favourites including spring rolls, larb spicy minced pork, yam salads, prawns in curry sauce, noodle and rice dishes, fruit salad and desserts created from native Thai fruits. Those with a yen for something non-Thai will find a collection of international dishes such as Western style soups, steaks, spaghetti, grilled snapper, and Japanese tako sashimi raw octopus are ideal. The Good View stocks a full bar with cocktails, wines and beers catering to all tastes. Two live groups perform every evening at the Good View.
Good View Bar & Restaurant: #13, Charoenrat Rd., T. Wat Ket, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 10:00-24:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 241 866 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THE GALLERY RESTAURANT AND ART CLUB
The Gallery is near the Good View restaurant in the Ping Riverside zone on Charoenrat Road. The choice of dishes here is a mixed bag with pomelo salad, fried rice, khao soi, yam spicy salads, steaks, Indian and Thai curries, and German sausages among the choices. This restaurant also has a riverside terrace. Live performers serenade guests in the Gallery’s Jazz Corner. The art gallery shows and sells art works and handicrafts created by local artists and artisans.
Gallery Restaurant: #25-27-29 Charoenrat Rd., T. Wat Ket, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 17:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 248 601-2 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
SALA LANNA RESTAURANT
The Sala Lanna boutique hotel’s onsite eatery is a top spot to enjoy haute cuisine. This stylish eatery has blended Thai, Italian and international specialities to create a unique menu guaranteed to excite the taste buds. Tom yam gung (prawns), hoi malaeng pu (spicy mussel salad), geng phet bet duck curry, prawns in prosciutto with avocado salad and the signature gourmet Sala sandwich are among the eclectic items on the menu here. River views and breezes are relaxing while live jazz on the weekends is an added bonus.
Sala Lanna Restaurant: #49 Charoenrat Rd., T. Wat Ket, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 12:00-23:30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 242 588 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THE LEMONGRASS RESTAURANT
The Lemongrass is a top choice for local residents and is located in the Night Bazaar precinct just off Chang Klan Road. This restaurant concentrates on serving prime Thai cuisine at economical prices. Saté, Massaman curries, tom yam spicy soups, pad Thai fried noodles and the ever-popular somtam salad are prepared in the traditional way and with prime quality ingredients.
Lemongrass Restaurant: – Loi Kroh, T. Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 10:00-24:00 (Mon-Sat) | Tel: +66 85 757 6337 | Facebook | Map
CAFE DE NIMMAN
Although called Cafe de Nimman, this large open-air restaurant is at least 500 metres away from its namesake Nimmanhaemin Road. But, such is this establishment’s popularity, most tuktuk and songthhaew drivers know it anyway. It serves up a huge assortment of Thai and Northern speciality dishes. Among these are various freshwater fish dishes, khao soi, keng kiow wan green curry and yam wooon sen spicy noodle salad. The menu also features a good choice of juices, soft drinks and Thai desserts.
Cafe de Nimman: #13 Siri Mangkalajarn Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 11:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 218 405 | Facebook | Map
Visitors choosing to dine at the Huan Phen will enjoy a traditional setting in which to enjoy traditional Northern Thai fare. Khao soi curry soups, kanom jeen noodle dishes and geng hanglay pork curry are popular orders here, but there are plenty of other options to choose from. The restaurant premises is full of antiques and local artefacts. It is located on Ratchamanka Road and about five minutes’ walk from Wat Chedi Luang.
Huan Phen Restaurant: #112 Ratchamanka Rd., T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 09:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 814 548 | Map
Located two minutes on foot to the east of Tha Phae Gate, Ratana’s is an ambient eatery at which to dine on cheap and cheerful Thai specialities in air-conditioned comfort. Ratana’s is noted for its tasty khao soi curry noodle soup and Northern Thai style curries. Other favourites on the menu here include nam phrik ong chilli paste, pad Thai and tom yam. Despite using premium ingredients, Ratana’s dishes come at prices which won’t break the bank.
Rattana’s Kitchen: #4 Tha Phae Rd., Soi 5, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 08:00-19:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 07:30-23:30 | Map
AROON RAI RESTAURANT
The Aroon Rai is a long-established restaurant and firm favourite with repeat visitors to the city. The Aroon Rai’s range of curries and fried chicken deserve a special mention and are complemented by the likes of khao soi noodle soup, somtam spicy salad, sticky rice and sai ou-a Northern sausages. This restaurant faces the Old City moat and is 100 metres down from the plaza at Tha Phae Gate.
Aroon Rai Restaurant: – Kotchasarn Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 11:30-21:30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 276 947 | Map