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, recently awarded two Michelin stars, or break the bank at the also two Michelin-starred 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, the deservedly popular Steve Cafe and Cuisine has Thai cooking in an atmospheric 60 year old traditional house, and other superb romantic spots along the water include The Eatery, right opposite Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), where the riverfront tables take waterfront dining to new heights, and the unique Sheepshank Public House, which serves organic creative American cuisine in an old boatyard. For the best combination of outstanding authentic Thai cuisine, creative drinks, and tables set right opposite the iconic Wat Arun (best when the sun goes down and the night lights get turned on), head for yet another award-winning branch of the well known Supanniga, in its latest incarnation as Supanniga X Roots, combining great food with Bangkok's best coffee roasters.



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



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 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

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



If you want a truly romantic Bangkok meal, forget about going to a restaurant with a river view, better to actually go out on the river itself and eat like a king! Supanniga Cruise, run by the Laorauvirodge family, who operate Supanniga Eating...  Read More



The sala rattanakosin eatery and bar brings the concept of "waterfront dining" to a whole new level. Reserve one of the front tables by the window here and you will face directly out to the Chao Phraya, with Wat Arun, the iconic "temple of...  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, and is an excellent spot for a romantic sunset dinner. It is tough to find and a bit far out, but well worth the...  Read More



This classy French restaurant on the top floor of The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is a Bangkok institution. Recently awarded two Michelin stars, this is one of Bangkok's top culinary spots. Fois gras and roasted Sisteron rack of lamb are just some...  Read More



If you are looking for the perfect mix of authentic cuisine, creative drinks, and the absolute perfect riverside chill out location, Supanniga X Roots has it all. If you've perused the 10Best side for Thai eating options, you've undoubtedly come...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and...  More About Dave