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Jomtien Beach, with its expat-run restaurants and bars, does not offer the same variety and quality as Pattaya. But there is plenty to eat.
From traditional Thai to German, Chinese or Russian cuisine, it can all be found on Jomtien Beach, if you know where to look. And don’t discount the beach vendors. Their food is some of the best, almost always the cheapest and the view is hard to beat.
To help navigate the local restaurant scene, here are seven great restaurants on Jomtien Beach:
Part of a project started in the 1980s to educate the population about family planning, Cabbages and Condoms is a family restaurant—nothing inappropriate—offering an ocean view from an elevated deck and a diverse menu.
Located in the Pattaya Park Tower (on the 52nd to 54th floors), this is a restaurant in the sky, offering an insane view and a buffet of seafood and international cuisine. Reservations are recommended, and a ticket to the buffet includes a visit to the 55th-floor observation deck.
The grill is the main feature here. Try the huge surf and turf platter, with tiger prawns, mussels in garlic butter and ribs.
Bruno’s is a longtime local favorite, offering Thai dishes, European cuisine and a walk-in wine cellar. Try the pan-seared scallops and the Australian rack of lamb.
Nanda’s café serves snacks and light meals on an outdoor terrace, featuring vintage décor and jazz guitar and piano music.
A beachfront restaurant with great ocean views, The Glass House offers Thai seafood and international fare, including deserts made fresh at the in-house bakery.
The décor does not offer a great deal, but the food at Preecha Seafood is amazing—good enough to draw a large local clientele. Live tanks decorate the entrance and diners sit on a terrace over the water. Try the baked scallops or the chili salt mantis shrimp.