Bangkok's Best Waterfront and Riverside Dining Options

The Chao Phraya River is one of Bangkok's most atmospheric spots to dine at, with cool river breezes and the swaying and creaking of the surrounding piers accompanying the slow flowing river barges that make their way down the river. There is a wide selection of cuisines and spots for all budgets here as well. One can opt for elegant French at the longstanding Le Normandie in the Mandarin Oriental, or break the bank at the sky high Mezzaluna, which isn't on the river, but gives some of its most sweeping views, high above the city. Back down on the water, Trader Vic's at the Anantara Riverside is a great choice for dining in comfort right by the river, and at the other extreme (literally, as Trader Vic's is in southern Bangkok), head up north to the simple and deservedly popular Steve Cafe and Cuisine, to enjoy Thai cooking in an atmospheric 60 year old traditional house. Other superb romantic spots include The Deck, right opposite Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) and the unique Sheepshank Public House, which serves organic creative American cuisine in an old boatyard. Nearby, Babble and Rum is another upscale spot to relax with a signature cocktail, watch the sun go down, and enjoy dining on the waterfront, a must experience for any visitor to Bangkok.

For Chinese cuisine with a bit of romance you can't beat Silver Waves. Located on the 36th Floor of the elegant Chatrium Riverside Hotel, this refined spot has to be the most panoramic destination for a Chinese meal in town. The restaurant...  Read More

The prices are as high as the restaurant, and Mezzaluna might be the most spendy place in Bangkok, but the views are spectacular from the 65th floor of the Lebua State Tower. It's not right on the river, but it does have one of the most sweeping...  Read More

Sambal Bar & Grill has a prime position overlooking the Chao Phraya River, and its ambience alone, set out on a deck next to the water, is worth a visit. However, the food is no slouch either, with skilled chefs churning out some nice twists...  Read More

Sala Rim Naam
Photo courtesy of courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Sala Rim Naam is one of Bangkok's classiest dining options. While the food may be spiced down for foreign palates, it is still a great spot to enjoy a wide range of royal Thai cooking, with classics such as tom yam goong spicy seafood soup or...  Read More

Housed in the stylish Riva Surya boutique hotel, just a stones throw from Khao San Road and near the Phra Athit pier, Babble and Rum is a bit more upscale and refined than most of the dining options in this area. The restaurant serves up both...  Read More


While Trader Vic's at the Anantara Bangkok Riverside is a bit far down the river on the Thonburi side of the city, it certainly has a great waterfront setting and is one of the better riverside dining options in town. There's an indoor seating...  Read More

The food is upscale Thai and western, think duck leg confit in a honey sauce, New Zealand tenderloin, or traditional Thai with ultra-fresh seafood. But actually, this is one place where you aren't coming mainly for the food. While there are...  Read More

Le Normandie
Photo courtesy of courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

This classy French restaurant on the top floor of The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is a Bangkok institution. Fois gras and roasted Sisteron rack of lamb are just some of the menu highlights prepared by the visiting French master chefs in residence...  Read More

Housed in an old boatyard, with pulleys, buoys, and plenty of industrial design, Sheepshank Public House feels like a spot where you're going to be served up some greasy fish and chips or pub food, but actually, it's fine organic dining here,...  Read More

Decorated in a colorful retro style, this 60 year old traditional Thai house is the setting for one of Bangkok's hidden gems. It is tough to find and a bit far out, but well worth the effort, as Steve's Cafe and Cuisine serves up good Thai food...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle...  More About Dave

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