Where to Eat in Kanchanaburi: The Best Restaurants and Bars

September 10, 2017 Harland Bartelt

Kanchanaburi, capital of Kanchanaburi Province, is home to the Burma Railway (aka "Death Railway") bridge built by Allied POWs during WWII and immortalized in Bridge Over the River Kwai. A memorial and two museums commemorate those who died in the effort, and a yearly carnival includes a pyrotechnic recreation of the bridge’s bombing. The wider province offers forests and caves to explore, and beautiful waterfalls.
Things to do in Kanchanaburi

1. Blue Rice Restaurant by Apple & Noi

153/4 Sutjai Bridge,Thamakham,Mahardthai Road, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Asian, Thai, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$24 - HK$78 +66 34 512 017
Excellent
65%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 292 reviews

Blue Rice Restaurant by Apple & Noi

Celebrate Thai FoodIndividual favourites cooking is an artThe Blue Rice Restaurants prepare exceptionally delicious food, prepared by Apple, Noi and our passionate team. Enjoy traditional Thai recipes, and special home-made treats. Among many highlights in our extensive menu are a mouthwatering coconut and cashew infused Massaman curry, and ‘The best Tom Kha Kai ’. Meat lovers and vegetarians will be full and happy. It’s a happy fact that many of our guests have stayed in Kanchanaburi several extra days, for just ‘one more meal at Apple’s!’

Reviewed By Jigrak - Bangkok, Thailand

We had lunch at Blue Rice based on good review from TA community. It was lunch time on Saturday and we were the only people eating there. It's a small restaurant by the river. Not too many dishes in the menu. Food was okay with smiley service. But nothing spectacular.

2. Mangosteen Cafe and Books

13 Mae Nam Kwae Road, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available Cafe, Asian, Thai, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +66 81 793 5814
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 324 reviews

Mangosteen Cafe and Books

Reviewed By rollingstoneUk - UK

Mangosteen is back in it's old location. It's as good as ever. The food is still delicious, well priced and delivered promptly to the table. They serve Interesting Thai dishes that you may not have tried before as well as the old Thai favourites and also more contemporary western food. I've eaten here every day in Kanchanaburi and have never been disappointed. Great ambience and friendly service.

3. Bell's Pizzeria

Mae nam Kwai 24/5, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available Italian, Pizza, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$47 +66 81 010 6614
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 472 reviews

Bell's Pizzeria

Italian and Thai food

Reviewed By Roberts69 - Northampton, United Kingdom

We love Asian food but when travelling for a few weeks with teenage kids a good pizza dinner always goes down well. Bell's Pizzeria in Kanchanabuti certainly delivered when we visited in April 2017... Friendly staff, a great fun ambiance and decor, fabulous Pizza along with some Thai starters and cold beer. Prices are reasonable and we all loved our visit to Bell's - Highly Recommended.

4. Friend Bar&Restaurant

44 Mae Nam Kwai Road, Kanchanaburi 710000, Thailand Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Television Asian, Thai, Bar, International, Pub Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$39 +66 81 858 1326
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 102 reviews

Friend Bar&Restaurant

Reviewed By samantharogers1992 - Atlanta, Georgia

Its on the main road easy to find as a meeting point. Staff friendly and informative. Western and Thai food an open late. Nice and simple

5. On's Thai Issan

36 Mae Nam Kwai Road | Tamakham, Kanchanaburi, Thailand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$16 +66 87 364 2264
Excellent
85%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 746 reviews

On's Thai Issan

Thai and Issan Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant & Cooking School in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Reviewed By Jess M

The food is great can't fault it, you can tell this place is very popular as we've come 4 days in a row and it's always busy or sold out of stuff which is a positive message to the lovely chef! Found the staff very accommodating and helpful and did all they could to get us seated and fed. They allow you to pick the spicyness which is ideal as I can't handle the Thai spice haha! Really lovely little restaurant with loads of vegan options (which is tough at the best of times) I 100% recommend a visit for vegans and non vegans alike. Amazing!

6. The Loft

Cr 18, Kanchanaburi, Thailand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +66 34 513 000
Excellent
38%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 199 reviews

The Loft

Reviewed By Whadders - Derby, England

Only went for a drink, Modern bar with comfy Seating undercover and river Terrace, live music on the night we went. The band played background sophisticated music which was a relaxing change from some of the loud base boom played in many Thai bars.
Drinks not cheap but the place is upmarket.

7. Keeree Tara Restaurant

43/1, Mae Nam Kwai Road, | At the base of the Bridge Over the River Kwai, Tah Makarm Subdistrict, Kanchanaburi, Thailand Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +66 87 415 8111
Excellent
26%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 301 reviews

Keeree Tara Restaurant

Reviewed By Tkjuliet - Singapore, Singapore

We ate here twice over 4 days.
The location next to the lighted River Kwai bridge and ambience get top marks.
The multi-tiered design, sloping down towards the river but not be great for seniors who have walking challenges.
Food, service and prices were good for a restaurant of this calibre.
We particularly enjoyed the sun-dried fried pork and a green chicken curry.

8. Smilely Frog Backpackers Restaurant

28 Soi China, Mae Nam Kwae Road, Kanchanaburi, Thailand (Formerly Jolly Frog Backpackers Restaurant) Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Pizza, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +66 92 919 9334
Excellent
32%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
6%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 153 reviews

Smilely Frog Backpackers Restaurant

Reviewed By petermik - greater Manchester

Called in here a couple of nights ago after visiting previously three years ago and we could not believe the prices.....very cheap but excellent food (many thai customers also which is always a good sign).......large fresh cooked fish with salad 150 baht,large Chang/Leo 65 baht,fried rice 40 baht,plenty of choices on the extensive menu,needless to say we have returned each night on our 3 day trip.........highly recommended!

9. Zeb zeb

16/27 Donruk Road, Kanchanaburi, Thailand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +66 89 545 4575
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 159 reviews

Zeb zeb

Reviewed By Rachel S - Fishguard

After Reading the many good reviews left on trip advisor we decided to eat here, but it was a huge let down. The food at best was average and some of the dishes were really greasy, we were prepared from Reading reviews that some dishes may all not arrive together due to being cooked fresh which I really don't mind however when the time difference between the first and the last dish is roughly 45 minutes the rice which was served at the start was stone cold by the time the curry we ordered to eat with it arrived 45 minutes later. I would definitely not eat here again, there are much better options at lower prices elsewhere, I'm really not sure how this restaurant is rated so highly maybe we just had a poor experience,but I wouldn't recomended it.

10. Mangosteen Garden Restaurant

74/12 Moo 4 | Tha Ma Kham Subdistrict, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available Asian, Thai, International, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch +66 34 511 814
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Mangosteen Garden Restaurant

Just a short drive or a 10 minute walk across the river from the busy tourist road is a different world of peace, quiet and the sounds of nature. Enjoy all the quality and service that has made Mangosteen Cafe so well known, but with beautiful views, Gardens, childrens play area, car parking and air-con. Mangosteen Garden Restaurant offers a large and interesting menu of Thai and International foods. Also fresh coffees, many fruit drinks and cocktails and is a great place to meet friends and enjoy a beer or two as well.

Reviewed By RebeccaOwens - Nairobi

We were very pleased to have chosen this restaurant for lunch. We ended up staying for hours thanks to the lovely garden setting and the range of games they have for customers to enjoy.
The menu has a good selection of Thai and Western dishes as well as some interesting fusion options.
The service was excellent, they were they accommodating and friendly.

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