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. The following are our recommendations for the best Thai Restaurants in Chiang Mai. Besides the authentic Thai dishes, visitors also have a great opportunity of sampling Northern Thailand food.
Last Updated: September 2018
Top 10 Chiang Mai Thai Restaurants by Areas
• Loi Kroh: Lemongrass
• Nimmanhaemin: Cafe De Nimman
• Riverside: Antique House | Good View | Huan Soontaree | Paak Dang | River Market | Sala Lanna | The Gallery
• Tasala: Le Grand Lanna | Further Reading
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: #33-12, Charoen Prathet Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 11:00-23:30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 234 493 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
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., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 12:00-00:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 240 270 | Facebook | E-mail
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: #208, Patan Rd., T. Patan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 16:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 83 860 8196 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
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 Kampaeng Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 11.30-22.30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 888 888 | Fax: +66 53 888 999 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
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., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 11:00-14:00, 17:00-22:30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 232 356, +66 94 629 1319 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
The Good View also occupies a prime riverside setting and is a couple of minutes walk from the Nawarat Bridge. 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. There are also two live groups perform every evening here.
Good View Bar & Restaurant: #13, Charoenrat Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 10:00-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 302 764 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
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. 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.
The Gallery Restaurant: #25 Charoenrat Rd., T. Wat Ket, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 12:00-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 248 601-2 | Website | Facebook
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
The Lemongrass is located in the Night Bazaar just off Chang Klan Road and is a top choice for local residents. 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 with quality ingredients.
Lemongrass Thai Cuisine: #143, Loi Kroh Rd., T. Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 10:00-24:00 (Mon-Sat) | Tel: +66 85 757 6337 | Facebook | E-mail
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: #23, Soi 13, Siri Mangkalajarn Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 11:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 218 405, +66 53 218 095 | Facebook | Email