20 Best Restaurants in Chiang Rai: Cuisine, Timing & Prices
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Chiang Rai Restaurants

Northern Thailand is famous for its Lanna cuisine and the restaurants in Chiang Rai stands out for serving some of the most spectacular Northern Thai dishes. Some of their most popular dishes are Khao Soi a coconut-based curry with egg noodles, Northern Thai sausages, Chilli dips, Northern Pork curry and fermented pork sausages.

Chiang Rai restaurants specialize in the Lanna cuisine which is quite heavy meat served with an assortment of fresh herbs and vegetables and restaurants like Ran Lab Sanam Keela and Ja Jaroenchai serves some of the best versions of the popular Lanna dishes in Chiang Rai. 

Im Pochana Restaurant adds a different touch to the dining scene here by serving authentic and mouth-watering Yunnanese dishes. If you want to enjoy a great view with your meals then do not miss out on dining at De Lanna Riverfront Cafe and Restaurant, The Border View Restaurant and Leelawadee Restaurant.

Here is the list of Best Restaurants in Chiang Rai: 

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Ran Lab Sanam Keela

Ran Lab Sanam Keela is one of the best restaurants in Chiang Rai for authentic Lanna Food. The Restaurant is highly popular amongst the locals who visit regularly for their fantastic selection of local northern Thai food. The Lanna cuisine is meat-heavy and this restaurant is definitely generous with their meat portions served with generous helpings of herbs and vegetables.

Must-try dishes here are Tom Sab Moo a Thai pork soup and Yang Ruam mixed grilled pork dish with Nam Jim-a dipping sauce.

Location: 123 Moo 22, Tambon Robwiang, Amphoe Mueang.

Timing: 10 am – 9 pm daily.

Price for two: 500TBH.

Cuisine: Northern Thai, Thai.

Ja Jaroenchai

Ja Jaroenchai serves the best Thai stir-fried food in the area. One of the busiest restaurants in Chiang Rai especially the weekends, Ja Jaroenchai is an absolute paradise for those who enjoy the authentic flavours of Thai food with all the local spices, herbs and sauces.

The restaurant serves the best stir-fried sunflower sprouts with crispy pork belly in town. Other must-try dishes include steamed egg, Gai ban tom sab a chicken dish and stir-fried eggplant. 

Location: 400/11-12 Thanon Sanambin road.

Timing: 4 pm – 11 pm daily.

Price for two: 500TBH.

Cuisine: Thai, Thai Chinese.

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Moommai Restaurant

Moommai Restaurant is one of the most different restaurants in Chiang Rai, especially when it comes to decor. At the entrance, you will be greeted by ceramic caricatures placed in the midst of a garden. Inside the restaurant, the tables are cosied up next to the plants and shrubs that are beautifully landscaped.

They have an excellent selection of authentic northern Thai specialities along with live folk music. While here do try the northern style pork with skin, glass noodles with pork, northern chicken curry and fish fry. 

Location: 64 Moo 16, Sankhongluang Road.

: 10 AM to 11 PM Daily.

Price for two
: 700TBH.

: Northern Thai, Asian.

Jatujak Gallery and Restaurant

This restaurant is located in a shopping street making it easy to locate and they serve an interesting selection of Thai food with some added Chinese fusion delicacies as well. The decor makes it for an interesting Chiang Rai restaurant. There are antique pieces and artworks artistically strewn all around the restaurant for that gallery feel.

When you visit Jatujak do try the Hors D’Oeuvres platter filled with Thai sausages, fried pork with skin, an assortment of steamed vegetables, peanuts and ginger. 

Location: 541/8 Phaholyothin Road, Rop Wiang Subdistrict.

: 9 AM to 2 PM; 5PM to 10 PM.

Price for two
: 600 TBH.

: Thai.

Im Pochana

Im Pochana is a Yunnanese restaurant located in Mao Salong, the only Yunnanese Chinese village in Thailand. The food is authentic Yunnan style but with a Thai twist. They serve some of the popular Yunnanese dishes such as Mantou with slow-braised pork leg, Pad Mee Yunnan which are stir-fried noodles Yunnan style and the Yunnan pork roast.

Everything about Im Pochana is Chinese from decor to dishes which makes this restaurant one of the most unique restaurants in Chiang Rai. 

Location: Provincial Highway 1089, Mae Fa Luang, Chiang Rai.

Timing: 8:30 am – 8 pm daily.

Price for two: 550TBH.

Cuisine: Yunnan Chinese.

Lu Lam Restaurant

Lu Lam is one of the popular restaurants in Chiang Rai offering a selection of delectable northern Thai cuisine with a fantastic river view. The Menu holds the usual North Thailand fares with a few additional regional favourites.

Some of the popular dishes are bamboo shoot curry with dried fish, lab moo khua a minced pork dish and Gaeng Hanglay one of the most famous Thai dishes. All dishes are accompanied by fresh herbs, vegetables and a variety of chilli sauce. 

Location: 188/8 Moo 20 Dambon Rawb Wiang.

Timing: 10:30 am – 10 pm daily.

Price for two: 550TBH.

Cuisine: Thai.

Roti Pa Yai

Located on the east side of the city, Roti Pa Yai is a popular Muslim halal Chiang Rai restaurant.  The dining area is nice, open-air and country style. They serve a range of delectable curries to go with the fabulous stuffed rotis.

The noteworthy dishes here are roti mataba gai which is a chicken stuffed roti and gaeng gari gari chicken curry dish with yellow curry powder. Another unique feature of Roti Pa Yai is that they serve tea at the table as well with your meals. 

: Thanon Nasanamkila, Rimkok, Muaeng Chiang Rai.

: 6AM to 10AM breakfast; 4PM to 10PM dinner.

Price for two
: 350TBH.

: Thai Muslim.

Nam Ngiaw Mawdin Pa

Nam Ngiaw is a popular northern Thai dish that is prepared using a tomato base with dry roasted chilies, pork bones, congealed blood and noodles. Nam Ngiaw Mawdin Pa is a Chiang Rai restaurant which is known to serve the best Nam Ngiaw in the region.

They serve it best the way locals eat it and this has made the Restaurant popular amongst the local patrons.

Location: Thanon Pa Khun, Robwiang, Muang Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai 57000.

Timing: 8 am – 4 pm daily.

Price for two:  200TBH.

Cuisine: Northern Thai.

Give Green Farm House Restaurant

Give Green Farm House Restaurant is a farm to table kind of Chiang Rai restaurant serving great meat and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant also serves a good range of vegan dishes as well. You can customize your meal and pick your choice of protein, starch, vegetables, sauces and spices.

It has a wonderful outdoor seating arrangement and you can also tour the farm. All the vegetables used in the dishes are grown in the farm itself. 

Location: 300 Moo 13 Near Baan Dam Black House, Nanglea, Muang.

Timing: 7AM to 7PM daily.

Price for two: 200TBH.

Cuisine: Thai, Asian, Organic.

Barrab Restaurant

Barrab Restaurant is an excellent restaurant serving vegetarian and vegan versions of popular Thai dishes. The restaurant serves the usual northern Thai dishes but all of these can be customised and made vegetarian or vegan when asked.

The owner speaks English and understands vegetarianism well. Pork curry, Som tam, Khao Soi, mango sticky rice, sweet and sour tofu and the house speciality are some of the best dishes served at the Barrab Restaurant. 

Location: 3/2 Soi Sangkaew Trirat Rd, Muang District, Chiang Rai.

Timing: 10:30AM to 8:30PM.

Price for two
: 250TBH.

Cuisine: Thai, Asian, Vegetarian-friendly.

Destiny Cafe & Restaurant

Destiny Cafe & Restaurant is the place to be if you are craving for gourmet coffee, delicious desserts and excellent food. The atmosphere is calm and relaxing with a group of really friendly staff. They serve a good selection of Thai food as well as western favourites and some really fascinating coffee art.

The restaurant also serves a good range of vegan food as well as gluten-free options. Do try their tom yum soup and chicken wrap whenever you visit Chiang Rai. 

Location: 436-437 Suk Sathit, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai-57000.

: 7:30AM to 7:00PM Monday to Saturday.

Price for two
: 300TBH.

: Thai, Contemporary western, Asian, Cafe.

The Border View Restaurant

Located on the third floor of The Imperial Golden Triangle Resort, The Border View Restaurant offers a magnificent view of the Laos and Myanmar border area and the Mekong River. The food served is authentic Thai as well as international cuisine.

They serve some of the best Pad Thai, Kantoke and Fried Fish with sauce. The buffet lunch is an excellent spread where you can try out a little of everything that is offered. The food is excellent which is further enhanced with the spectacular view.

: 222, Tambon Wiang, Amphoe Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai, 57150.

Timing: 6AM to 11PM.

Price for two: 600TBH.

Cuisine: Thai, Asian, International.

Namn Ngiew Pa Nual Aharn Yuan

This restaurant is a hidden gem in Chiang Rai and one of the best places to enjoy some local food in Chiang Rai. They serve a delectable selection of Northern Thai and Vietnamese dishes.

Nam Ngiew a highly favoured local noodle soup is served here as well as many local favourites such as pho with chicken or pork, Bun Hoi pork wrapped in betel leaf and an excellent rendition of Vietnamese coffee. Vietnamese dishes are served with generous portions of fresh herbs and dips. 

Location: 50 Moo 18, Sanpanad Road | Wiang Subdistrict, Chiang Rai.

Timing: 9AM to 5PM.

Price for two: 250TBH.

Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese, Thai.

Ora Restaurant - Northern Thai Cuisine

Ora Restaurant is a modern and contemporary restaurant in Chiang Rai with a nice and cosy ambience. They have an English menu which really helps while ordering. The restaurant specializes in Northern Thai Lanna Cuisine and this may be just the place to enjoy some local food in Chiang Rai.

Popular dishes are chicken roast with yellow sticky rice, Nam Ngiaw Moo, Pad Thai and Khao Soi. The staff is friendly and the service is decent. Altogether a great place to eat in Chiang Rai. 

Location: Wiang, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand.

: 6:30AM to 9:30PM.

Price for two
: 300TBH.

: Lanna, Thai.

Leelawadee Restaurant Chiangrai

Leelawadee Restaurant is one of those enchanting riverside restaurants that offer excellent Thai cuisine with magnificent views of the Kok River. Along with the views the Restaurant also offers live music every evening.

Dishes such as fried pork liver with garlic, pineapple shrimp curry, fried chicken with basil, caramelized pork and pineapple fried rice come highly recommended. Patrons visit this restaurant for the view and the smashing local cuisine that is served here.

Location: 19 58/2 Khwae Wai Rd, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000.

: 11:30 AM to 12AM.

Price for two
: 400 Baht.

: Thai, Japanese, Chinese.

De Lanna Riverfront Cafe and Restaurant

De Lanna Riverfront Cafe and Restaurant is a fabulous waterfront cafe with a large dining area and fantastic food and drinks. This is a great place to unwind, especially in the evenings. You can enjoy the view while sipping on some wine.

Enjoy the freshwater prawn curry, Lanna style spicy pork, spicy chicken with cashew nuts and mango and sticky rice whenever you visit this beautiful restaurant. They also serve beers and other alcoholic beverages. 

Location: 211/7 Kwae Wai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000.

: 8AM to 10PM.

Price for two
: 800Baht.

: Asian, Thai, Vegan options.

Bhu Bhirom Restaurant

Bhu Bhirom Restaurant is one of the most beautiful fine dining restaurants in Chiang Rai with its setting in Singha Park amidst tea plantations, nature trails, orchards and a petting zoo. The Restaurant offers a fabulous alfresco dining area with perfect views of the Singha Park.

Some of the best dishes here are fried tea leaves with spicy sauce, sour sausages, grilled chicken marinated with herbs and spices, spaghetti and northern style sausages, pork chop with applesauce and the filet mignon. 

Location: 99 No.1 Mae Korn Sub-district, Mueang District, Chiang Rai, 57000.

: 11AM to 10PM.

Price for two
: 400Baht.

: Thai, International.

Phu Lae Restaurant

Phu Lae Restaurant is located in the heart of Chiang Rai city and offers some great selection of Lanna cuisine and comfort foods. They have both indoor and outdoor seating arrangements. Indoor you also have AC facilities.

They have an excellent selection of northern Thai fare such as Kaeng Hung Lay a northern pork curry, Lanna sausages, Tom yung kung, red curry, fish tom yum and sticky rice. 

Location:  673/1, Thanalai Road | Wiang, Chiang Rai 57000.

: 11AM to 10PM.

Price for two
: 500Baht.

: Northern Thai, Asian.

Tong Tueng Restaurant

Tong Tueng Restaurant is a magnificent restaurant with a fabulous open dining area and a large stage for cultural shows and Lanna style dance performances for the diners. The restaurant serves excellent renditions of authentic Lanna style cuisine and Thai food.

The interior is decorated with ornamental plants and there is also a souvenir shop at the restaurant. Must-try dishes here are mixed sausage platter, fried shrimp, fried fish with herbs, deep-fried crispy pork with skin and Thai green curry and chicken.

Location: 1/1, 14 Sanambin Rd, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000.

: 10AM to 2PM; 4:30PM to 10PM.

Price for two
: 400Baht.

: Lanna cuisine, Thai.

Aui Fa Bar & Restaurant

Aui Fa Bar & Restaurant is a family-run restaurant offering some of the most authentic northern Thai and Thai dishes in the area. The decor is stylish and the walls decorated with many beautiful collectables. The restaurant serves Lanna style cuisine, Thai and Italian fares.

They also have a wide selection of beverages. Whenever you visit this restaurant do try the sirloin steak with pepper sauce, mussels, Lanna style spicy pork leg curry and desserts. They also serve red and white wine. 

Location: Tha Sai, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000.

: 11AM to 9PM.

Price for two
: 400Baht.

: Northern Thai, Italian.
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