Where to Eat in Chiang Rai Province: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 20, 2017 Esmeralda Fenner

Chiang Rai (Thai: เชียงราย, pronounced [t͡ɕʰīaŋ.rāːj]; Lanna: ᨩ᩠ᨿᨦᩁᩣ᩠ᨿ, pronounced [tɕiaŋ.haːj] is the northernmost province of Thailand. It is bordered by the Shan State of Myanmar to the north, Bokeo Province of Laos to the east, Phayao to the south, Lampang to the southwest, and Chiang Mai to the west.
Things to do in Chiang Rai Province

1. Favola at Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

221/2 Moo 20 Kwaewai Road,Robwieng | Amphur Muang, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Dinner, Late Night HK$63 - HK$243 +66 53 603 333
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 314 reviews

Favola at Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

WOOD FIRED FROM THE HEART FAVOLA, a specialty Italian restaurant by the Kok River, is the ultimate riverside dining destination in Chiang Rai for the "lazy gourmet" in a contemporary country scene, with breathtaking views of the Kok River and surrounding Mountains either day or evening. The cuisine in Favola is more of a journey rather than a meal period reflecting its name which means "fable or story" in English, where simplistic Italian flavours are presented from our signature wood fired oven and char-grill along with an array other Authentic Italian favourites.

Reviewed By Stephen S

The Italian Restaurant St Le Meridien Chiang Rai is a "must experience" for anyone traveling in Thailand. Located on the river, the setting is serene, and the service is exceptional. Upon arrival, we decided to seek a wonderful bottle of wine. We found that and more at the restaurant bar. The setting was so beautiful we decided to make a reservation for dinner that evening.
For dinner, things only got better. Wonderful musicians entertained with selections from Karen Carpenter and Carol King. The candles on the table and the ticki torches lighting the paths added to a perfect ambiance. Great food, great wine, great service, great setting. Oh my!!! Perfection is achieved. For a romantic evening, this is a great way to start.

2. Connect Cafe

170-171 Moo 18, Prasobsuk Road | Tambon Wiang, Amphur Muang, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Cafe, European, International, Healthy, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch HK$47 +66 53 754 181
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 273 reviews

Connect Cafe

Connect Cafe': Coffee & Homemade Cuisine. We offer Thai/Western home-style food and drinks for everyone. We provide our customers delicious food/drinks, comfortable seats, jazzy atmosphere that everyone can enjoy. And for Vegetarians, we have the whole menu just for you! Come check us out! We are just opposite the old bus station.

Reviewed By Merevaik - England

This cafe is opposite the bus station and is a good place for a drink or quick meal. We visited at lunch time and were not disappointed.The club Sandwich and French fries were good as was the stir fry.
The staff were friendly and spoke good English.
The price was reasonable and I recommend that you visit.

3. Bamboo Mexican House

1 M.8 Wieng, Chiang Khong 57140, Thailand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mexican, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +66 53 791 621
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 247 reviews

Bamboo Mexican House

Reviewed By MateEeMa - Helsinki, Finland

Did not expect to run into a Mexican restaurant in Chiang Khong but we were pleasantly surprised! The food was delicious (especially the garlic bread and quesadillas! It took a while (1 hour) to get the food and compared to typical prices in the are it's expensive but it's definitely something else and worth it. Would come back!

4. Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House, Bistro & Bar

179 Moo 2 | Rim Kok, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards European, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks HK$39 - HK$118 +66 81 984 2925
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 918 reviews

Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House, Bistro & Bar

Welcome to Chivit Thamma Da, a small family run Cafe, Bistro and Bar located right on the banks of the beautiful Kok River in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. We serve natural, fresh and home made Food, Bakery, Coffees and Drinks in a slow environment close to nature, with plenty of flowing water, flowers, birds and fresh air. We believe that life should be slow, simple and beautiful. At Chivit Thamma Da you are encouraged to take your time and stay as long as you like.

Reviewed By hemingwayaway - England

See the other reviews. This is as good as it gets. Super smart operator, excellent service, excellent menu, fab location on the river, excellent property.
Prices marginally above average. Value for money is excellent.
Cake, food, coffee, cocktails it has it all.
Cannot recommend it enough and deserves the effort to get there (songtheow/taxi/bike). Close to the blue temple to make an afternoon out of it.
Completely bang on!

5. Barrab

3/2, Soi Sangkaew, Trirat Road | Wiang, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +66 94 812 6670
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 975 reviews

Barrab

Our food is combination between Northern cuisine and Thai food. We have some selections for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan available.

Reviewed By Yolanda K - Nottingham

We went to the Barrab by the clock tower, not sure about the other reviews but the restaurant we went to was ok, nothing amazing. The food came out super quick, like two minutes so obviously had been siting at the back. It was ok food and a nice restaurant to sit in but nothing amazing and I would say you could find better probably.

541/8 Phaholyothin Road | Rop Wiang Subdistrict, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner +66 53 601 380
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 358 reviews

Jatujak Gallery & Restaurant

Jatujak Gallery & Restaurant is where you can enjoy great food along with a tasteful showcase of artistic collectibles. We bring you a unique dining experience set in refined, yet pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. Service: Thai food, quality wine / vip room / karaoke room / available for 70 people

Reviewed By phrich - Newcastle upon Tyne

This was excellent, OK a little bit pricier than the average Thai restaurant but it's worth it. I splashed out on my last dinner on this trip in Thailand. Had chicken satay starter and then fish in spicy pineapple sauce. Out flipping standing. Had a couple of reasonably priced glasses of house white for a change from Thai beer. Service great in very stylish surroundings.

7. Mekong Pizza

301/5, 1290 Rd | Sop Ruak Subdistrict, Chiang Saen 57150, Thailand Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +66 83 915 4750
Excellent
78%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Mekong Pizza

IMPORTANT: Mekong Pizza will be CLOSED from April 20th thru May 5th, 2017. Apologies for the inconvenience.<br><br>We do the best pizza on the Mekong. Or so our customers say. Thin, slightly crispy crust with organic salads and very good Australian beef for those who don&apos;t want pizza. Don&apos;t forget to try the fresh chocolate chip cookies. There&apos;s the usual assortment of Thai (and Lao) beers and a modest but decent wine selection. Try us. You&apos;ll like us. From what others are saying, it&apos;s the best kept secret in the Golden Triangle. OK, maybe not THE best. There&apos;s LOTS of secrets here, but you get the idea.

Reviewed By GandCAdventures - Bangkok, Thailand

The pizzas are some of the best we have had in Thailand, and certainly match anything Bangkok can offer! The dining room is simple but comfortable with indoor and outdoor areas, with the awesome smell of the pizzas being baked from the kitchen in the...MoreMany thanks for your generous and enormously flattering review. Very glad you were pleased with your experience. Please come back again. And again... Best MS

8. Hungry Wolf's Steak & Ale House

1131, Kraisorasit Road, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Reservations, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, American, Bar, Pizza, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$250,636 +66 94 717 6165
Excellent
60%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 530 reviews

Hungry Wolf's Steak & Ale House

Steak, grill, and bar in a relaxing setting on the Kok river. As of late August Hungry Wolf&apos;s has moved to it&apos;s new location. We are no longer located in the city by the Night Bazaar. Please see the map or visit our Facebook page for details.

Reviewed By Thomas C

If your looking for a break from Northern Thai Food and want to hanker down on some good western food the Name says it all. The Hungry Wolf has Great Burgers, Pizza's and Steaks. The fellas that run the restaurant are friendly and make you...MoreWoohoo! The secret here is we're workaholics and we like good food. Thank you for the kind words!

9. Melt In Your Mouth Chiang Rai

268 Moo 21 Kho Loi | Rob Wiang, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards European, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast HK$110 +66 52 020 549
Excellent
49%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 275 reviews

Melt In Your Mouth Chiang Rai

Casual cafe, tea room & home-made dining and eatery serving western cuisines, comfort foods and authentic northern Thai food, coffee, tea, cake, dessert, wine, Located on the bank of beautiful Mea Kok river in the heart of Chiang Rai. Wonderful treat and surroundings.

Reviewed By Travel715

Melt in your Mouth was recommended - what a disappointment. Classic hi-so Thai coffee house packed with Bangkok tourists and their entourage. Poor quality food (we had the pancakes - packed dough, jar jam, and a smattering of whipped cream) and worse service and ridiculous prices. Avoid and go to Polar instead.

10. Oak & Awe Coffee House

1021 Jetyod Road, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi International, Thai, Cafe, European, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$24 - HK$126 +66 81 023 4164
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

Oak & Awe Coffee House

Sit down and enjoy great coffee, English breakfast with snacks and meals throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages available until 10pm daily. Free wifi and a small library of books for your perusal. English and Thai speaking hospitable staff. A great venue to gather local knowledge from residents and backpackers.<br>Closed on Sundays.

Reviewed By Yolanda K - Nottingham

If your looking for a bar / cafe which has a little bit more atmosphere and niceness this is it, it is more set up for westerners than locals and offers a selection of western and Thai food but for that little bit more money. It was a lovely place to sit and enjoy lunch, but nothing spectacular. Staff were very friendly and attentive and the internet was great.

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