The Rayavadee Resort has four restaurants. This one is located in the center of the resort with no beach view. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with one entire side of the restaurant completely open to the outdoors. The drink menu is the same at all four restaurants (we know this because we dined at each one). Wine is very expensive. The food is Continental Cuisine with a slight Thai flair. We ordered a salmon cake appetizer that we shared that was quite tasty. I ordered a pork tenderloin dish with a curry sauce accompanied with a sweet potato creme brulee and vegetable spring rolls. This was delicious! I cannot say enough about the outstanding service they provide. The staff is quietly attentive without ever interrupting your meal or conversation. We were pleasantly entertained by two live musicians playing traditional Thai music. After we finished our meal, we relaxed with the rest of our wine. To our surprise, two beautifully costumed Thai dancers appeared and performed for us. This was just so amazing! This will definitely be one of those dining experiences that I will always remember.
We had such an enjoyable meal at Raya Dining, we decided to try out the other restaurants at the Rayavadee Resort. It just so happens we were the very first customers to dine at Krua Phranang at the beginning of the season. The restaurant is located along the Phranang Beach with gorgeous views. They have a buffet style spread of food that is just amazing! Several kinds of appetizers to choose from, a salad station with pre-made types of salads or you can have a salad created to your liking. A couple of soups to choose from. I had the cream of asparagus soup that was absolutely delicious. The main course is prepared for you. We had a choice of 4 entrees. I chose the Snow Fish with ginger and spring onion. This must be a pretty large fish because it appeared to be very meaty but flakey at the same time. The dessert station is fantastic. You have to have the Tiramisu in a martini glass! Creamy and light, it's like heaven! The evening's entertainment were five performances of traditional dance and music. Again, just amazing service at this restaurant. Even though this was buffet style dining, we were accompanied by the wait staff to and from our tables as we visited the buffet and never being interrupted once we were at our table. Just a wonderful dining experience! Dinner with a bottle of wine was about 7800 baht or US$236.00, the wine taking up most of the cost.
On this particular evening, the restaurant was serving Italian inspired cuisine. Like Krua Phranang, it was set up as a buffet. Appetizers, salads and soups. A pasta station with unique and various types of pastas to choose from as well as various sauces, mushrooms, seafood and vegetables to add into your customized pasta dish. I chose something simple - a few tortellini and ravioli's with a scrumptious pesto sauce with various mushrooms. This restaurant is located on Railay Beach West. We had no idea the Rayavadee Resort extended to Railay Beach as most of the resort is located towards Phranang Beach. We shared cocktails with our Sand and Sea Resort neighbors prior to dinner at this restaurant witnessing a lovely sunset. The dining experiences at the Rayavadee Resort is just superb!
Prior to dinner at Krua Phranang, we arrived early to have a cocktail at The Grotto at the Rayavadee Resort. An outdoor bar with tables and chairs set in the sand at the entrance of a cave. The view of the sun setting isn't quite that good from here because you have this gigantic land mass in your way. But, the view of the beach is still beautiful nonetheless. The Grotto closes early at around 8pm. They do serve food but nothing extensive.
Sala Bua (Thai) and Lo Spuntino (Italian) are not really two restaurants, but one restaurant with distinct and different menus. The restaurant is one of many in a side street overlooking a narrow strip beach called “Seafood Street” in the centre of Ao Nang. There are number of restaurants in this “street” and it is clear that the high levels competition produce the benefit of good food at reasonable prices. I do think they manage to cook good food irrespective of which menu you use and there is no problem with ordering from both.
The laid back atmosphere of this restaurant has been created by the enterprising owner. She used to work for one of the big airlines as a senior flight attendant - and so has a command of languages and hospitality that is hard to beat.
She buys in her food in the morning - so there is an element of chance involved.
Open all day, and if you become a 'regular' you get the first choice of DVD shown in the evening. Being Krabi they can also take care of all the other tourist arrangement - hotels, transport, trips etc.
Favorite Dish: On the two night we visted the place we were totally taken with the superb dish of Barracuda fish. They were fat and plump, unlike the picture pf Barracuda fish that I found, but it must be the type they get around Thailand - the middle aged spread caused by gorging on tourists swimming thinking they were Leonardo DeCaprio on "The beach"
We had been past this new restaurant quite a few times on various road trips and decided to stop for lunch one day. However we only ended up having a drink there, inside reminded me of a large mess hall, it was totally empty and not very inviting at all.
This authentic looking Italian pizza restaurant, located near the Chao Fa Pier, has been run by an Italian guy with a big moustache since 1990. I've since forgotten his name but he's a nice chap to talk to and knows the area well. Anyway, I had a pizza and it was the best I've ever had outside Italy - no joke! Absolutely fantastic.
Tanta Restaurant is nearly opposite Bernies Place. They have a huge menu with so many different varieties of food.
There is Thai, Italian, European, wood fired pizza, fresh seafood, actually anything you can think of is here!
We ordered chicken satay's and tempura squid for starters, then I decided it was about time I had a lobster.
You choose the one you want from their tanks.
It was cooked with garlic and butter and was so tasty. Gary ordered a mussaman curry, which I also tasted and it was delicious
Our bill with a couple of alcohol drinks each came to 1870baht, so very reasonable considering the price of the lobster.
Lavinia Restaurant is a lovely place for breakfast.
They have a bakery so all the rolls and breads are baked daily.
A favorite here were the fresh rolls filled with bacon, cheese and salad.
They also make the best icy cold milkshakes.
If your after somewhere cheap to stay they have a guesthouse behind the restaurant, while we were there rooms were advertised for 500baht per night.
Lavinia Restaurant is on Ao Nang beach road.
Krua Thara Seafood Restaurant is one of our favorite restaurants in Krabi and we have been there many times..
They are located near the entrance to the National Park at the end of Nopparat Thara beach. It is only a 5 min tuk tuk ride from Ao Nang beach.
This seafood restaurant is very popular and can be quite busy on the weekend with locals.
The setting is perfect and the food is excellent.
Our last visit there we started with Tempura prawns and Tempura vegetables.
Gary’s main was egg fried squid with garlic & pepper and I picked some great looking tiger prawns from the tanks and had them grilled with garlic & pepper, plus a large seafood fried rice.
We also had a large Heineken and a fruit shake. The total bill was 1015baht. We will definitely go back as the food is delicious!
The Banana Leaf Restaurant & Cocktail Bar is on the Aonang beach road opposite the Sunset Hotel.
The menu is extensive and includes Thai, steaks and seafood. They also have a great cocktail bar and the drinks are beautifully presented, prices are very reasonable and the service and staff are excellent.
Banana Leaf is open from 3pm until 1am.
We have eaten here a couple of times, the first time our meals were delicious but the second time when we took family there was a little mix up when we asked for one of the meals to be not very spicy.
They obviously thought we meant all of our meals, so for those of us who like the spicy food it was a little bit bland.
But its a lovely place and we would definitely go back there.
Luna Beach Bar has a beachfront dance floor and is at the southern end of Noppharat Thara Beach
We called into this bar one afternoon for a drink; however it was not open, though we could still walk in and have a look around.
This is a very interesting looking place.
We have since heard the place fills up after midnight, has a Thai disco atmosphere, pool tables and mainly caters for the younger crowds.
This bar is located on the beach in front of the Ao Nang Buri Resort, Krabi Nopparat Resort and Srisuksant Resort.
Its just after the bridge from Ao Nang.
A new addition is the Luna Seafood Restaurant which is next door to the bar.
I decided to put the town of Ban Klang (Chicken town) in my Krabi section as its certainly worth a mention. If you are driving to Krabi then its one of the little towns along the way on the main road.
Every time we have been through this town we have said one day we will have to stop and buy a chicken.
Little stalls with rotisseries are set up along the roadway, each stall has a bare light bulb hanging down, if the lights on, then the chooks are cooked.
We stopped at one with a nice seating area and bought 2 chickens (minus the head and feet of course) absolutely delicious, cooked perfectly and the coating of spices was amazing. The chickens were 120baht each.
Everyone enjoyed this and we will definitely stop here again.
If you follow the beach road from Ao Nang to Nopparat Thara Beach not far after you go around the bend you will see Wangsai Seafood Restaurant on your left.
We spent a couple of relaxing hours at this restaurant and the food was delicious and reasonably priced.
Its quite a big restaurant with a huge selection of seafood and Thai meals at very reasonable prices.
The staff are very friendly and cheerful.
Open daily from 10.00am - 10.00pm
98 Moo 3, Aonang, Muang
Krabi 81000 Thailand