Whether you are planning an extended getaway in Thailand’s capital, or you’re a local foodie in search of new experiences, the best restaurants in Bangkok are guaranteed to excite your tastebuds with a wide range of refined and elegant menus by Michelin-starred chefs.
Most of the best restaurants in Bangkok are affiliated with luxury hotels, which makes them a natural choice for travelers in search of something truly special. Reservations often need to be made well in advance. So make sure you book your hotel and your special dinner date early.
1. Le Normandie
Cuisine: French Contemporary
Breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya river and sophisticated elegant decor are the romantic setting for Bangkok’s top fine dining institution. Founded in 1958, it has recently been awarded 2 Michelin stars, and for a very good reason: consistently excellent dishes made with premier French ingredients have consolidated its reputation for outstanding haute cuisine.
Reviewers love the impeccable service, as well as the fresh flavor combinations and subtle highlight of perfectly balanced seasonings. French cuisine staples such as duck, lobster, veal and lamb are impeccably prepared and enhanced by ever-changing fresh ingredients, often imported from France for authenticity.
Don’t miss the dessert course: whether you choose from the old-style dessert trolley or made-to-order dishes, you will not be disappointed!
Cuisine: Innovative European meets Japanese
Let the 180-degree view of Bangkok take your breath away: the unique sky-high setting of this extraordinary fine dining restaurant is just the beginning of your romantic culinary experience.
The recipient of 2 Michelin stars, chef Ryuki Kawasaki, has all dishes prepared in the open kitchen, allowing you an exclusive look inside the magical dance of world-class cuisine. French culinary techniques are applied to a wide variety of international flavors, presenting visually stunning dishes that are sure to charm all your senses. The understated decor and soft lighting allow you to enjoy the Bangkok panorama at its finest for your special night out.
Wine pairings are personally chosen by the head chef himself, rounding out a superb dining experience that is certainly well deserving of its reputation.
Cuisine: French Contemporary meets Japanese
Original, sophisticated yet deceptively simple: each dish at this fine Bangkok restaurant will leave you speechless. The food is a combination of cutting-edge French cuisine trends with heavy Japanese influence, while the intimate and relaxed setting will make your romantic meal truly unforgettable.
Courteous and welcoming service is a guest favorite, with both local and visiting diners returning again and again to experience the ever-changing menu; its focus on high quality ingredient combinations, especially seafood and beef, make the fusion of Japanese and high-end French cooking always fresh and new.
Whether you are looking forward to the lively vibe of the restaurant’s open kitchen, or you prefer a romantic tête-à-tête with your beloved, the cleverly designed dining room offers both types of table settings, sure to satisfy every diner’s expectations.
Cuisine: Modern Thai
This Michelin-starred restaurant’s modern spin on traditional Thai cuisine is sure to satisfy the most adventurous foodie, as well as the curious visitor just exploring local Bangkok culinary tradition. Stylish and modern decor, as well as wonderfully welcoming staff, make the classy ambiance of this restaurant intimate and romantic.
Exceptional dishes by world-class chef David Thompson elevate traditional Thai fare with a perfect balance between sweet and salty, hot and cold, robust flavors and tantalizing textures. Some can’t-miss dishes that reviewers consistently recommend are the oxtail, lobster and of course the delicious curries.
Let the chef guide you in a voyage of flavors with the exceptional and always changing set menu: the perfect way to discover this cuisine, as well as surprisingly well-priced!
5. J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain
Cuisine: French Contemporary
The first thing you notice upon entering this unique fine Bangkok restaurant is its upside down decor theme: inverted chandeliers, steps on the ceiling, and a grand piano suspended over the dining room! But this is just the beginning of a wonderful culinary experience, as each course aims to surprise your taste-buds and reinvent classic French cuisine.
Born as a spin-off on chef Jean-Michel Lorain’s 3 Michelin-starred restaurant in Burgundy, France, this establishment truly holds its own and lives up to expectations; under the guidance of Lorain’s daughter and chef Amerigo Sesti, you can expect to enjoy the restaurateur family’s signature dishes, as well as innovative new additions inspired by Bangkok’s dining culture.
Don’t miss the timeless classic onion soup, the elaborate oyster terrine, and of course quintessential fine French comfort food boeuf Bourguignon. And of course, don’t forget dessert, with a platter guiding you through the evolution of French patisserie — a mouthwatering experience!
Where: Hotel U Sathorn Bangkok****
Let chef Bee Satongun take you on a wondrous voyage across the history of Thai food, from traditional royal cuisine, to centuries-old cooking methods and ingredient combinations, all the way to contemporary techniques and innovative flavor pairings.
The ambiance of this Michelin-starred restaurant is airy, intimate and romantic, with curved booths around tables for privacy, and a stunning aerial sculpture made of hundreds of silk cocoons. Service is equally splendid, and the fragrant food will warm your soul and surprise your tastebuds.
The seafood dishes get consistently good reviews, as well as signature hot and sour soup and spiced roast duck. Locals and visitors alike come back again and again, so it truly is worth its excellent reputation.
Where: next to Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok*****
7. Savelberg Thailand
Cuisine: French contemporary meets Dutch
Playful, fresh and downright delicious: renowned Dutch chef Henk Savelberg will take you on a tour of contemporary French cuisine with a personal twist. Decor is sleek and polished, with an open yet romantic feel, a perfect match to the bright and simple flavors showcased in the menu.
The open kitchen puts out splendidly arranged dishes with fresh ingredients sourced from all over the world, from the French chicken to the Tasmanian meat, from North Sea turbot to Dutch cheeses — all expertly paired and delightfully presented, to tickle all your senses. The set menu is highly recommended, as à la carte prices can get a little steep.