For those wanting to taste mouth-watering regional specialties as well as Western cuisines prepared by Thai cooks, below is a detailed guide to the top 10 Chiang Rai restaurants.

Top 10 Chiang Rai restaurants

1. Ran Lab Sanam Keela

Number one on this list is Lab Sanam Keela, a local restaurant serving the best taste of Northern Thai dishes. Flipping through the picture menu, you will be impressed that many Thai meals are meat-heavy and packed with baskets of colorful vegetables and herbs.


Lab Sanam Keela is locals’ old haunt as it is the go-to restaurant for authentic northern flavor. When you visit there, remember to try Yang Ruam (pork meat served with liver and nam jim – a kind of dipping sauce), Jeen Neung (steamed beef), and Tom sab moo (pork soup with fatty broth and aromatic coriander).

2. Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House, Bistro & Bar

Chivit Thamma Da is a small family-run Café and Bistro located right on the banks of the beautiful Kok River in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. Food and drinks here are locally produced, which brings a fresh taste of northern Thai food to customers and greatly supports the Chiang Rai community.


The food menu has both local Thai and European options, so there is something for everyone and this restaurant is also known for its bakery and the options of a range of cakes after the meal. You will definitely be stuck with savory dishes here and fully soak up the stunning view of the river nearby.

3. Lu Lum Restaurant Chiangrai

Another Chiang Rai restaurant offering a great view of the river is Lu Lum Restaurant. It is located in a charming wooden house and features a spacious and cozy dining room.

The menu at Lulum is extensive with many dishes that showcase the chef’s innovative approach to Thai cooking. There are options for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, and the ingredients are all fresh and locally sourced. Lulum Restaurant is also a perfect place for family and friend get-togethers.


Must-try dishes at Lu Lum Restaurant include Gaeng hang lay ( Northern Thai pork belly curry), Nam prik nam boo (Thai spicy chili sauce typical of Thai cuisine), chicken tom yum and steamed beef in chili, and Gaeng naw mai pla haeng (curry with bamboo shoots and dried fish).


There is a warning that Lu Lum Restaurant is always crowded in the evening and you cannot make a reservation.

4. De Lanna Riverfront Café & Restaurant

If you want to enjoy a laid-back atmosphere during your meal, head to De Lanna Riverfront Cafe’ & Restaurant.  It may take you a 5-minute tuk-tuk ride from the Chiang Rai Clock Tower to get to this spot. The restaurant offers authentic flavors of Italian and Thai cuisine. Some standouts are Yum Hoi Nam Rong (spicy clam salad), the Yum Tua Plu Kung Sot (wing bean salad), pizzas, pasta, salads and stir-fries.


In addition to an extensive menu, De Lanna Riverfront Café & Restaurant offers spacious outdoor seating which is suitable for group eating. Reservation for a table and take-out is available.

5. Favola at Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

Favola is one of the best Italian restaurants in Chiang Rai. It lies on the Kok River, offering good scenery and fresh air along the river. The price is a little bit higher than other restaurants but you will be surprised by its varied menu and splendid service. Favola has Vegetarian- friendly dishes, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options. Also, this Italian restaurant is truly a paradise for wine lovers because there are several brands of wine served there.


At Favola, people always eat pizza, lasagna, Caprese salad, minestrone, bruschetta, and cheesecake with passion fruit. Parma Burrata Salad, Seafood Stew, and Slow-cooked lamb shank are elaborate dishes that visitors cannot miss.

6. Melt in Your Mouth

Perched on the side of the Kok River, Melt in Your Mouth is elegantly decorated in a British style. The restaurant is white-based, and adorned by green houseplants, which improves air quality and levels up your mood to a great extent.


The menu includes salty dishes, cakes and a variety of drinks. You can quickly order any dishes that you like, choose your favorite dining corners and enjoy your meals.

  • Location: 268 Village No. 21, Wiang City, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Rai
  • Opening hours: 9 am to 7 pm daily
  • Phone: +66 (0)52 020 549

7. Ribs & Co

Ribs & Co is a non-Thai restaurant that features Western cuisine, especially American dishes. You can go for the specialty pork ribs which are highly recommended by many tourists. The soft-shell crab salad is mouth-watering. To flavor your meal, you can take a sip of red wine or craft beer.


Besides, Ribs & Co offers a wide variety of Western dishes such as potato chips, boiled salmon, spaghetti, and local beer. Both mains were prepared perfectly and had plenty of taste. It’s a nice dining option if you crave something other than Thai food and appreciate great service!

  • Location: 590/2 Phaholyothin Rd, Wiang City, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
  • Opening hours: 11 am to 10 pm daily
  • Phone: +66 (0)52 059 956

8. Roti Pa Yai

If you are searching for a restaurant offering delicious Thai Muslim cuisine, look no further than Roti Pa Yai Restaurant. Located on the east side of Chiang Rai, Roti Pa Yai has an open-air, clean and quiet dining setting. People often come here for breakfasts (from 6 am to 10 am) and dinners (from 4 pm to 10 pm).


The owners are Muslims so you don’t have to bother about halal certifications. Also, the staff is attentive and every meal is beautifully decorated. Eaters highly recommend having Roti with chicken curry, Roti with bananas and especially the outstanding northern Thai sausage.

  • Location:  Thanon Nasanamkila, Rimkok, Muaeng Chiang Rai
  • Opening hours: 6 am to 10 am breakfast; 4 pm to 10 pm dinner.
  • Phone: +66 89 636 1240

9. Give Green Farm House Restaurant

For those who want their meals to be gluten-free, head to Give Green Farm House Restaurant. The menu at Give Green Farm House focuses on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to make nutritious and tasty dishes, catering to a wide range of dietary restrictions and preferences. It’s the perfect dining area for vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers.


  • Location: 300 Moo 13 Near Baan Dam Black House Museum Tombol Nang-Lea, Chiang Rai
  • Opening hours: 9 am – 9 pm Daily
  • Phone: +66 81 090 1805

10. Kunda Vegan Vegetarian

Kunda Vegan Vegetarian is well known for its eye-catching setting and delectable vegan dishes. There is a big selection of attractive dishes such as salad, toasted bread, etc. and nutritious drinks like smoothies, coffee, and handmade saffron milk.


Besides, Kunda still offers some kinds of Western cuisines such as Vegan Schmegan, Crepe, vegan brownies and beefsteak. Even if you are a picky eater, you will definitely fall in love with the elaborate dishes at Kunda Vegan Vegetarian.

  • Location: 372 Trairat Rd, Tambon Wiang, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai
  • Opening hours: 11:00 – 16:00 Daily, closed on Monday
  • Phone: +66828866301

That’s a quick food tour guide for the best restaurants in Chiang Rai Province. The given order of the restaurants doesn´t represent a ranking, it´s more a list of our top 10 recommendations for restaurants in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Whether you want to eat like a local or enjoy Western dishes, choose a restaurant that best suits your taste. Contact Metta Voyage for more details to be well-prepared for your next dining location in Chiang Rai.

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