Looking for the best seafood in Pattaya? Look no further, as we visited a huge number of restaurants and tried the most amazing seafood restaurants in town. As Pattaya is located next to the sea, there should be no shortage of deliciousness. In this article, we are focussing on the best individual dishes in all budget categories. The list is in completely random order, as the flavour is relative to everyone. What I can guarantee is that each dish listed in this article is really tasty and, therefore, among the best seafood in Pattaya. Keep in mind that several restaurants don’t show the actual price as the actual price is based on the weight of the seafood. In this article, we use the prices that we paid for each dish.
The best seafood in Pattaya are:
Fried White Perch with Sour & Spicy Salad (580 THB) - The Glass House
The Glass House is a popular restaurant built next to the beach that has an amazing atmosphere and a menu full of seafood. Among these food options is this Fried White Perch with Sour & Spicy Salad (580 THB). What it actually is, is a crispy deep-fried fish covered in a so-called laab dressing, which is incredibly herby with chillies and mint and usually served with minced pork or chicken. During our visit, we were surprised how delicious this combination is, as it was my first time that I tasted a “laab with fried fish”. Besides the fact that the food tasted excellent, the vibe they created at the Glass House is so unique, that it’s almost a must-visit for anyone who wants to see the sunset and enjoy a nice cocktail while sitting at the beach near a palm tree. And if you are hungry, definitely go for the fried white perch. Other recommended seafood options here are Creamy Tom Yum with Seafood (550 THB) and the Fried Prawns in Tamarind Sauce (490 THB). More information can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of The Glass House or on our in-depth article about The Glass House.
Fried White Perch with Sour & Spicy Salad (580 THB)
Grilled Prawns with Tamarind Sauce (600 THB) - J Tum Kitchen
Where the previously recommended seafood restaurant also is known for its amazing atmosphere, has this local eatery none of these vibes. It does not look that inviting at first sight, but never judge a book on its cover as the seafood at J Tum Kitchen is really impressive. What makes J Tum Kitchen so special is that they use exotic ingredients such as lobster and enormous jumbo prawns. One of the highly recommended seafood options here is the Grilled Prawns with Tamarind Sauce (600 THB). The prawns are grilled in Thai style, meaning that you don’t have to expect a perfectly cooked prawn, but a prawn that is packed with interesting flavours. Other highly recommended are the Deep-Fried Rock Lobster with Garlic and Pepper (450 THB) and Grilled Scallops with Garlic. More information can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of J Tum Kitchen.
Grilled Prawns with Tamarind Sauce (600 THB)
Deep-Fried Sea Bass with Sweet Fish Sauce (485 THB) - The Sky Gallery
The Sky Gallery is a popular restaurant as it serves great quality and tasting food while you can enjoy the beautiful beachside view. In Pattaya, you can find several of these restaurants, with each of them their own style and menu. These restaurants are the ultimate place to relax and enjoy delicious (sea)food. What makes The Sky Gallery a little bit different than the rest of the seafood restaurants in Pattaya, is the fact that they only work with local fishermen instead of large companies. The reason behind this is that some of these larger companies use chemicals to maintain the freshness of the seafood as they are often far out at the sea. That does not mean restaurants listed in this article will buy their seafood from these larger companies, but only mean that I am certain The Sky Gallery doesn’t. Their signature dish is this Deep-Fried Sea Bass with Sweet Fish Sauce (485 THB). As the sea bass is filleted before fried, the chunks of fish are extra crunchy and no fish bones will be found while eating. Other highly recommended seafood options here are the Red Curry Blue Crab with Wildbeatle Leaves (365 THB), Steamed Mackerel with Red Curry (255 THB) and The Sky Seafood Pasta (295 THB). More information can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of The Sky Gallery or on our in-depth article about The Sky Gallery.
Fried Horse Crab with Lime (380 THB) - Mum Aroi
Mum Aroi is a large and popular local seafood restaurant in Pattaya that transforms into an entertainment venue in the evening with live music and loads of fresh seafood. If you are looking for a nice relaxing evening among locals with delicious seafood and a few ice-cold Chang beers, you should definitely take a look at Mum Aroi. The menu is enormous and lets every seafood lover’s heart beat faster. Between all these deliciousness is their signature Fried Horse Crab with Lime (380 THB). This recipe is completely created by Mum Aroi and even got mentioned on the National Television during a cooking show. Other highly recommended seafood options here are Spicy Fried Seafood (280 THB), Deep Fried Sea Bass with Fish Sauce (420 THB) and the Hot and Sour Soup Seafood with Lemon (250 THB). More information can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Mum Aroi or on our in-depth article about Mum Aroi.
Fried Horse Crab with Lime (380 THB)
Squid Fried in Salty Egg Curry (220 THB) - Suttangrak Pattaya
Every city has its own speciality and in Pattaya, the fried squid with salty egg curry can be found on every seafood restaurants menu. During our visits to Pattaya, we tried this dish several times and several different seafood restaurants and we came to the conclusion that the version at Suttangrak Pattaya was our favourite. The dish is just a little bit spicy and mostly sweet and salty. The squid should be tender and not chewy and at Suttangrak, we believe that is was cooked to perfection. This seafood restaurant in Pattaya is a popular place, which is in business since 1971, where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset, the beach and a little bit of laid-back vibe of the beach club itself. Other highly recommended seafood options here are Deep Fried Grouper with Sweet & Sour Sauce (700 THB), Tom Yum Goong Mea-Nam (500 THB) and their impressive Baked King Lobster with Cheese (2650 THB). More information can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Suttangrak Pattaya.
Seafood Paella (590 THB) - Surf & Turf Beach Club & Restaurant
Surf & Turf is another popular beach club where you find really good tasting seafood options while enjoying the beachside view and peacefully listening to the ocean waves. The restaurant is beautifully decoded in a modern upscale style, while the outside area is perfect to relax. The menu at Surf & Turf is extensive with a huge variety of seafood (including surf and turf options, for obvious reasons) as well as traditional Thai food. What makes Surf & Turf so cool is that they are not shy to impress with their freshly caught, exotic ingredients. A good example is this Seafood Paella (590 THB), which is served with a salmon steak, lobster, mussels and scallops! Other recommended seafood options are their Fine de Clair Oysters (550 THB), Seafood Adventure (690 THB) and Deep-Fried Rock Lobster with Crispy Garlic, Chili and Seasalt (850 THB). More information can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Surf & Turf Beach Club & Restaurant or on our in-depth article about Surf & Turf Beach Club & Restaurant.
Seafood Paella (590 THB)
Deep-Fried Sea Bass with Tamarind Sauce (420 THB) - MAYs Pattaya
The philosophy of MAYs is a bit different than the other seafood restaurants in Pattaya in this article. MAYs does use authentic recipes, however, she replaces all artificial flavour enhancers with natural ingredients. Even a scoop of sugar will be replaced with the sweetness of a piece of fruit. Combine this healthy, yet tasty approach with impressive-looking dishes and you get a successful formula. MAYs has several branches over Asia and the one in Pattaya is where it all started. Although not completely a seafood restaurant, there are several tasty seafood options available and the Deep-Fried Sea Bass with Tamarind Sauce (420 THB) is simply amazing. Other highly recommended seafood options are Sea Bass with Yellow Curry (490 THB), Pomelo Salad with Prawn and Chicken (180 THB) and the Spicy Mussel Salad (260 THB). More information can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of MAYs Pattaya or on our in-depth article about MAYs Pattaya.
Fried Crab with Curry Powder (995 THB) - King Seafood
King Seafood is another popular seafood restaurant in Pattaya because of the huge variety of fresh seafood, its top location in the middle of Walking Street and the beachside view on Pattaya Bay. When entering the restaurant, you immediately notice the large water tanks filled with all sorts of seafood, which includes lobster, crab, scallops, jumbo prawns and a variety of freshly caught fish. It’s here where every evening, many foreigners stuff themselves with all this deliciousness. One of the signature seafood options here is their Fried Crab with Curry Powder (995 THB). The crab is large and the curry is oh-so-delicious. Other highly recommended seafood options here are the Fried Squid with Garlic and Pepper (220 THB), Steamed Sea Bass with Lemon Sauce (553 THB) and the Fried Baby Clams with Chili Paste (220 THB). More information can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of King Seafood or on our in-depth article about King Seafood.
Deep-Fried Whole Snapper Topped with Herbs (420 THB) - View Mare Beach Front Bar & Restaurant
In this article, we’ve already mentioned several beach clubs where you can find the best seafood in Pattaya with each beach club, its own characteristics. Most of them are a bit luxurious with all the comfort you can imagine. View Mare Beach Front Bar & Restaurant is the most local one of all, with a beach house made of wood and even swings as chairs. This vibe is something that really gives you that holiday feeling in my opinion. If you do visit View Mare, you should most definitely order their Deep-Fried Whole Snapper Topped with Herbs (420 THB). Other recommended seafood options are their New Zealand Mussels in Spicy Herbal Gravy (220 THB) and their bestseller Scallops with Cheese. More information can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of View Mare Beach Front Bar & Restaurant.
Deep-Fried Whole Snapper Topped with Herbs (420 THB)
Steamed Spicy Whole Fish with Lemon and Chili Pepper (500 THB) - Mai Thai Cuisine
For years, Mai Thai Cuisine is a popular restaurant in Pattaya for both foreigners as locals. That’s because of a few things they do very well: the staff is extremely well-trained and have an eye for detail, the food is excellent and fairly priced and in the evening, there is live music what makes it a really cool place to drink a few extra beers. The restaurant offers a mix of Thai and international dishes and besides their signature curries, the Steamed Spicy Whole Fish in Lemon and Chili Pepper (500 THB) is a really popular main course here. Other recommended seafood options are their Fish Cakes (210 THB), Tom Yum Goong (250 THB) and their Grilled Salmon in Red Curry (440 THB). More information can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Mai Thai Cuisine.
Steamed Spicy Whole Fish with Lemon and Chili Pepper (500 THB)
There you have it, the best seafood in Pattaya. You can find all these restaurants, and many others, in our food app called TopTravelFoods. Instead of recommending good restaurants, we recommend the best food these restaurants have to offer. If you are looking for the absolute best dishes near you, TopTravelFoods is the app you must have. You can filter through each category and budget class, making sure that you will find something delicious that suits your taste. It's completely free and available for both iOS and Android.