Finding good Isaan restaurants in Bangkok should not be that difficult in a city that big. Isaan food is the most popular cuisine in the country and there is an abundance of Isaan restaurants in Bangkok. We picked some of the most popular ones to give you some inspiration.
 

Some of our favourite Isaan restaurants in Bangkok are:

 

1. Somtum Der


Award-winning Somtum Der serves one of the most impressive Isaan food in Bangkok and should be on your list of restaurants to visit when you’re in Bangkok. The restaurant is located in Silom ad Thonglor and offers a small variety of Isaan dishes with prices vary between 80 to 150 THB. At Somtum Der, quality goes above quantity. Absolute highlights are Tum Thai Kai Kem, Moo Ping Kati Sod, Tom Saap Kra Dook Aon and Sa Poak Gai Tod Der. More information, such as the location, recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users reviews can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Somtum Der.
 
Isaan Restaurant Bangkok - Som Tum Der
Papaya Salad with Deep-Fried Catfish (95 THB)

Isaan Food Bangkok - Som Tum Der
Grilled Coconut Milk Marinated Skewers (110 THB)
 
 

2. Sabai Jai Gai Yang


Sabai Jai Gai Yang is a famous Isaan restaurant in Bangkok that is in business since 2000. Customers come here to enjoy one of the many Northeastern Thai specialities, as well as having a drink, accompanied by Thai food in their beer garden where live music entertainment can be found. As the name already suggests, one of the specialities is their Grilled Chicken (90 THB for the small portion), which goes perfect together with an ice-cold beer. For a larger appetite, one of the many seafood dishes, which ranges between 290 THB and 330 THB is a better option. One of the popular choices is the Steamed Sea Bass with Lemon Juice (330 THB). More information, such as the location, recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users reviews can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Sabai Jai Gai Yang.
 
Isaan Restaurant Bangkok - Sabai Jai Gai Yang
Grilled Chicken (Small) - 90 THB
 
Isaan Food Bangkok - Sabai Jai Gai Yang
Steamed Sea Bass with Lemon Juice (330 THB)
 
 

3. Tamnak Isan


Tamnak Isan is a small, modern restaurant located in Ekkamai and is yet another hugely popular Isaan restaurant in Bangkok. The combination of clean, affordable food with unique Isaan dishes such as Bamboo Shoot Soup, Northern Style Seafood Shabu and Grilled Catfish is what makes customers come back. Tamnak Isan claims to offer authentic, spicy Isaan cuisine. Prices vary between 80 THB to 150 THB for regular dishes, but seafood dishes and shabu options are pricier. More information, such as the location, recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users reviews can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Tamnak Isan.
 
Isaan Restaurant Bangkok - Tamnak Isan
Corn Salad (85 THB)
 
Isaan Food Bangkok - Tamnak Isan
Grilled Pork Neck (90 THB)

4. Som Tam Jay So


We cannot write an article about the best Isaan restaurants in Bangkok without mentioning this hugely popular eatery that is located in Silom. Som Tam Jay So is a local restaurant that offers a small variety of Isaan dishes including their signature Som Tam Phon La Mai (60 THB), which is a papaya salad with fresh fruit. You can combine this signature salad with grilled meat or Isaan dishes such as Larb Moo (60 THB) or Kor Moo Yang (60 THB). For obvious reasons is Som Tam Jay So listed in our article about the best Som Tum in Bangkok. More information, such as the location, recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users reviews can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Som Tam Jay So.
 
Isaan Food Bangkok - Som Tam Jay So
Signature Som Tam Phon La Mai (60 THB)
 
Isaan Restaurant Bangkok - Som Tam Jay So
Nam Tok Moo (60 THB)

5. Kai Yang Boran


Kai Yang Boran is an excellent option for those who stay relatively close to Khao San Road. This Isaan restaurant is in business for many years and offers a wide variety of Isaan dishes. Prices are a bit higher compared to other Isaan restaurants, but this place is clean and has proper working air-conditioning. The specialities are the Grilled Chicken (130 THB), Nam Tok Kor Moo Yang (150 THB) and the Tom Saap (150 THB), although there are many other tasty options here to find. More information, such as the location, recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users reviews can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Kai Yang Boran.
 
Isaan Restaurant Bangkok - Kai Yang Boran
Tom Saap (150 THB)
 
Isaan Food Bangkok - Kai Yang Boran
Grilled Chicken - half (130 THB)

6. Isan Rod Ded


Isan Rod Ded is located near Victory Monument and attracts many hungry locals on a daily basis as this restaurant is always jam-packed. Here you can expect dirt-cheap authentic Isaan dishes. For example, a plate of Khai Yang (Grilled Chicken) costs you 160 THB and the portion is huge! Compared with the other Isaan restaurants in this article, Isan Rod Ded and Som Tam Jay So are the most local ones. More information, such as the location, recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users reviews can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Isan Rod Ded.
 
Isaan Restaurant Bangkok - Isan Rod Ded
Steamed Mussels (110 THB)
 
Isaan Food Bangkok - Isan Rod Ded
Grilled Chicken Large (160 THB)


 

7. Lao Garden


Lao Garden is a cool restaurant with a unique vibe located behind Habito Mall in On Nut. Aside from the large variety of Isaan dishes, Lao Garden is also a popular place because of its atmosphere. The restaurant is built on a canal and is surrounded by greenery, which makes you almost forget you’re in a busy city like Bangkok. As the name already suggests, Lao Garden offers a variety of Laotian-inspired food, the roots of the Isaan cuisine. Prices vary between 120 THB to 150 THB per dish, with a few exceptions there. Our personal favourites are Kai Yang (120 THB), Laab Moo (90 THB) and the Spicy Hot Pot (300 THB). More in-depth information can be found in the complete review of Lao Garden. More general information, such as the location, recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users reviews can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Lao Garden.
 
Isaan Restaurant Bangkok - Lao Garden
Deep-Fried Pork (120 THB)
 
Isaan Food Bangkok - Lao Garden
Spicy Hot Pot - Mixed (300 THB)


There you have it, the best Isaan restaurants in Bangkok. All these restaurants including their most recommended dishes can be found in our food app TopTravelFoods. The app will help you find the best food in Thailand, instead of only recommending good restaurants at popular destinations. This way, you won’t miss out on legendary restaurants and you can enjoy the local Thai cuisine to the fullest. The app is available for both iOS and Android and is completely free. If you're on a desktop, you can start searching for more dishes in Bangkok or many other cities such as PattayaChiang MaiKoh LarnAyutthayaKanchanaburi and Sukhothai.

 

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