The best local restaurants near Sukhumvit are:
1. 55 Pochana
Listed in our Top 32 Thai Restaurants in Bangkok, 55 Pochana is an absolute must-visit for every foodie and deserves the top spot in this list of local restaurants near Sukhumvit. This restaurant serves perhaps the best Thai-Chinese food in Bangkok. The doors open at 18:30 and from that moment the restaurant is packed with locals enjoying signature dishes such as the Duck Pad Kra Pao (150 THB) and the Fried Clam with Brown Chilli (150 THB). Expect highly flavoured authentic foods with plenty of herbs and chillis. If you’d like to avoid the crowds, visit 55 Pochana later in the evening as the restaurants stay open until 03:00.
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Fried Clam with Brown Chilli (150 THB)
Duck Pad Kra Pao (150 THB)
2. Rung Reung Noodle
Top-listed in our Best Noodle Soups in Bangkok, Rung Reung serves amazing noodles and noodle soups, which are insanely popular among locals during lunchtime. The menu is small, where you can choose the type of noodle and one of the two flavours you’d like to have: tom yum flavoured soup or a clear broth. The Tom Yum Noodle Soup (50 THB) and the Tom Yum Noodle without Soup (50 THB) have much more flavour and are nicely spicy and I would highly recommend you try one of these two. I would also recommend you to order the Fish Crackers (20 THB) as a side dish. These chunks of fried fish skin are super crispy and go perfectly together with the tom yum. Rung Reung Noodle is extremely busy during lunchtime (12:00 - 14:00).
BTS: Phrom Phong
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Tom Yum Noodle with Soup (50 THB)
Tom Yum Noodle without Soup (50 THB)
3. Soul Food Mahanakorn
Listed in the Michelin Guide, Soul Food Mahanakorn is a popular restaurant serving guaranteed-tasty foods. Although their menu is a bit pricy for this article about local restaurants near Sukhumvit, the curries here are remarkable to deserve a proper listing. The Red Curry with Smoked Duck and Rambutans (250 THB) and the Gang Hang Lay (250 THB), which is a Northern-Thai speciality with Burmese roots, are highly recommended. If you are looking for something different than a curry, the Sticky Tamarind Ribs (280 THB), which fall right off the bone, are really tasty as well.
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Red Curry with Smoked Duck and Rambutans (250 THB)
Gang Hang Lay (250 THB)
4. Baan Som Tam
Baan Som Tam has two branches in Bangkok and is hugely popular for its delicious Isaan-orientated foods. Like Soul Food Mahanakorn, this restaurant is also listed in the Michelin Guide. The menu of Baan Som Tam consists of all the Isaan classics and are available in the price range of 80 to 120 THB per dish, such as the Spicy Minced Pork Salad (95 THB), Grilled Pork Shoulder (95 THB) and the Deep-Fried Spicy Chicken (95 THB). If you are looking for something extraordinary, I would recommend you to try the Deep-Fried Sea Bass Topped with Sweet Fish Sauce served with Spicy Mango Salad (360 THB). This super crispy and tasty fried fish is easily shareable for two and is one of the highlights of the menu. Another amazing dish is the Fried Banana Blossom (90 THB). It’s served with sweet and sour salsa which makes it so delicious!
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Deep-Fried Sea Bass Topped with Sweet Fish Sauce served with Spicy Mango Salad (360 THB)
Fried Banana Blossom (90 THB)
5. Khon Sae Lee Noodle
Khon She Lee Noodle is another popular restaurant and is in business since 1956. It’s specialized in three things: noodles, crispy pork and roasted duck. If you are hungry enough, I would recommend you try all three specialities. The Egg Noodles with Prawns & Pork (50 THB) is one of their bestsellers and especially the prawn wontons that are added are so incredibly tasty. The Crispy Roasted Pork (150 THB) has a super crispy outside but is nicely tender on the inside and is served with a thickened soy sauce. The Roasted Duck (150 THB) is served with its crispy skin and covered in a sweet gravy. Sounds mouth-watering, right? It’s because it is!
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Roasted Duck (150 THB)
Egg Noodles with Prawns & Pork (50 THB)
This restaurant got its first fame from food blogger Mark Wiens several years ago, claiming that they serve the best green curry in Bangkok. On top of that, it's nowadays listed in the Michelin guide. Visitors will have high expectations, but I can assure you that this expectation will be met. As said, it's famous for its green curry. The Green Curry with Chicken (60 THB) is available every day, but they serve other variations as well. However, these variations are only available one day a week. For example, the Green Curry with Beef (100 THB) is only available on Thursday, while the Spareribs Green Curry (140 THB) is only available on Friday. Next to their green curry, other highly recommended dishes are the Blanched Pork with Peanut Sauce (60 THB) and the Fried Fish with Chili Paste (100 THB).
BTS: Phloen Chit
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Green Curry with Chicken (60 THB)
Fried Fish with Chili Paste (100 THB)
Blanched Pork with Peanut Sauce (60 THB)
7. Zaew Noodle
This restaurant is hugely popular among locals for its noodles. The two absolute bestsellers are the Yentafo Soup (55 THB) and the Tom Yum Soup (50 THB). Yentafo is a pink coloured noodle soup made from fermented beans. It has a bit of a sweet and sour flavour and is absolutely loved by Thai. It’s served with blood curd and if that scares you too much, I would recommend you to try the spicy tom yum flavoured noodle soup, which is packed with flavours and chunks of pork. Zaew Noodle also serves their signature pork named Zaew’s Pork (60 THB). It does not look appetizing at all, but trust me, the homemade pork balls are really tasty! Keep in mind that during lunchtime you have to wait a while before you get served. This is because Zaew Noodle is hugely popular for delivery services as well. My advice is to visit the restaurant before 11:30 or after 14:00.
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Tom Yum Soup (50 THB)
Yentafo Soup (55 THB)
Inter is a popular place to eat because the food is amazing and, especially for its location, fair-priced. The menu is quite large and is full of authentic flavoured Thai dishes. One of their bestsellers is the Fried Spareribs with Garlic and Pepper (120 THB). To be clear, these are not the spareribs you are used to in Europe or America. These are much smaller, not as tender, but highly flavoured crispy ribs. Another speciality is their thick and rich curries, and especially the Roasted Duck in Red Curry (110 THB) is incredibly tasty. If you like oysters, I would highly recommend you to try the Oyster Salad (120 THB). The oysters are seriously large and juicy and are covered in a sweet sauce with herbs and crispy fried onions. Absolutely delicious. These are just three recommendations, but with a seventeen-page menu, there is something delicious to try for everybody.
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Fried Spareribs with Garlic and Pepper (120 THB)
Roasted Duck in Red Curry (110 THB)
Oyster Salad (120 THB)
9. Hom Duan
Hom Duan is a small restaurant that serves Northern-Thai specialities. Northern-Thai food is richly flavoured but mostly not as spicy, making it a popular cuisine for foreigners. The menu is small and for tourists who have no knowledge about this cuisine, a bit difficult to understand. Our recommendations are the Hanglae (80 THB) and the Khao Soi (80 THB). Both of these dishes are one of the most popular Northern-Thai curries in general and are very tasty at Hom Duan. Another tasty option would be the popular Nam Ngiaw, but this curry has blood curd in it, which most tourists don’t like.
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Hanglae (80 THB)
10. Here Hai
Located on Ekkemai Road, this seafood restaurant is on a mission to serve the best crab fried rice in the city and boy, do they do a good job with that. This is not the place for your daily dinner as the plates are huge. No, this is a place where you go once in a while with friends and devour their specialities that are served with a huge amount of seafood. A plate of crab fried rice is easily shareable with two-person, however, for larger groups, there is an XL-size as well, which costs 990 THB and can be shared with at least five people. Aside from their spectacular crab fried rice, one of our other favourite dishes is their Stir-Fried Mantis Shrimp with Garlic & Pepper (360 THB). The stir-fried prawns are cooked to perfection and covered in a slightly sweetened crispy garlic crumble. To spice it up, every dish is served with a spicy seafood dipping sauce. If you’re looking for next-level Thai seafood dishes, make sure to visit Herehai in Ekkemai. Here Hai is also listed in our article about the best Pad Kra Pao in Bangkok.
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Crab Fried Rice (300 THB)
Stir-Fried Mantis Shrimp with Garlic & Pepper (360 THB)
11. Wattana Panich
Wattana Panich is one of the most famous local restaurants in the Sukhumvit area. It’s widely known for its beef noodle soup. In front of the restaurant, there is a large bowl of beef broth that basically never stops to boil. You can smell this delicious broth from a far distance. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait in line for a while before getting a table, especially during lunchtime. Order the speciality, the Beef Noodles, to experience supremely-marinated beef in a thick, fragrant broth. A bowl of beef noodles cost you 100 THB. There’s also herby Goat Stew on the menu which is well worth a try.
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12. Best Beef
For a large appetite and a fun night with friends, head over to Best Beef. This hugely popular barbecue restaurant is always jam-packed with hungry customers. From the moment it opens its doors (17:00), this place is getting completely full, so make sure you arrive on time. For only 269 THB, you can stuff yourself with all sorts of meats for two hours long. Although Thai barbecue is usually cooked “Mookata” style, Best Beef is different because you can fry your meat, seafood and veggies in a pan, or lay them on the grill. For 50 THB extra, you can also get a hot pot with a tasty soup. The meat is good enough, about what you’d expect from a 269 THB all-you-can-eat barbecue. It’s also possible to have unlimited drinks as well. That buffet only costs 439 THB.
BTS: On Nut
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13. Nhong Rim Klong
What used to be a street food vendor is nowadays a real restaurant, but it still serves that authentic food that made it somewhat famous. The big difference is the hygiene, the new restaurant looks spotless Nhong Rim Klong is known for its crab dishes. The stand-out dish is fresh cabbage leaves fried in oil and fish sauce mixed with gooey scrambled egg and crab. Other highlights are the Stir-fried Crab with Chilli and Vegetables or their famous Crab Omelette. Crab dishes don’t come cheap, so expect to pay around 300 THB per dish.
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14. Baan Ice
Baan Ice is your go-to for well-presented, proper Thai food. In contrary to the majority of these restaurants near Sukhumvit, Baan Ice is one of the fanciest ones, but it’s definitely not an upscale restaurant. Visitors can enjoy Southern Thai food, which is the spiciest of all Thai cuisine. Highlights are Stir-Fried Crispy Pork with Red Curry Paste (220 THB), Beef Green Curry with Bird’s Eye Chillies (350 THB) and Baan Ice’s Dark Pork Knuckle (190 THB), although there are many other recommended dishes available on the menu. Baan Ice is also listed in our article about the best Southern Thai dishes in Bangkok.
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15. Khua Kling Pak Sod
Khua Kling Pak Sod is a successful family-run business with one branch in Thonglor. Similar to the previously recommended restaurant, Khua Kling Pak Sod served Southern Thai food. As mentioned, it is the spiciest part of Thai cuisine, with insanely spicy dishes such as their signature Khua Kling (180 THB). But don’t be afraid if you can’t handle the spice as there are plenty of tasty dishes on the menu that are not spicy, such as the Kai Pa Lo (280 THB) and the Nua Pu Pad Prik Kee Noo Sua (480 THB). What we love about this nice restaurant is the styling of the place: it’s decorated in a colonial way and almost gives you the idea you’re not in Bangkok.
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Kruajiangmai is a restaurant that serves authentic Northern Thai food and is a great addition to this list of best Thai restaurants near Sukhumvit as the Northern Thai gastronomy is known for its fragrant food. When you’re looking for not-so-common Northern Thai dishes such as Gaeng Pak Waan Sai Pla Haeng, a typical Northern Thai spicy soup with sun-dried fish, Kruajiangmai is the place to go, although you can find the typical Northern specialities here on the menu as well. Their bestsellers are Hang Lay (150 THB), Khao Soi Beef (150 THB) or a plate full of Northern Spicy Sausages (170 THB).
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17. ERR Urban Rustic Thai
ERR Urban Rustic Thai is a unique Thai restaurant that serves dishes you won’t easily find elsewhere in the city. It used to be located near Wat Pho but nowadays, ERR Urban Rustic Thai is located right behind BTS Thonglor. Highlights are Moo Hong (290 THB), which is a Southern Thai curry, Yum Kai Dao (145 THB), which is a Thai egg salad and Gaeng Krua Si Krong Moo (395 THB), which is a spicy Southern Thai curry. But the absolute star on their menu is the Nang Kai Tort (195 THB), which is a spectacular crispy chicken skin.
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