Trat is a charming market town and a province in eastern Thailand. It is known for its beautiful islands, tropical fruits and fresh seafood. Unfortunately, it’s not known as a vibrant culinary scene, which is a shame because with a little research, when eating out in Trat it can be wonderful experience.

From traditional Thai dishes to international flavours, Trat offers a diverse range of dining experiences. Join us on a culinary journey as we explore my top nine must-try restaurants in Trat, (in no particular order) that promise to tantalise your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

Please note, due to Thailand’s strict defamation laws, I can’t be brutally honest about every restaurant I’ve reviewed. Besides, we all have different expectations and experiences, so you may have a completely different opinion to mine, and that’s Okay.

However, I will say my wife and I dine with friends and family at all these restaurants and the opinions expressed are my own. So, you can take it with a pinch of spice but don’t say Trat doesn’t have any good restaurants to eat in. There are plenty, and I’ve done the homework and piled on the pounds for you. ความอยากอาหารที่ดี

Eating Out in Trat’s – The City’s Culinary Scene

The culinary landscape in Trat is as diverse as its culture. Whether you’re a fan of authentic Thai cuisine, Italian delicacies, or fusion dishes that combine the best of multiple worlds, when eating out in Trat, the many restaurants have something to offer. Let’s dive into the heart of Trat’s food scene and discover what makes these restaurants stand out.

KiKu Sushi Cafe: Traditional Japanese Cuisine at Its Finest

KiKu Sushi Cafe - Trat

Ambiance and Setting

KiKu is a beloved restaurant in Trat, known for its warm and inviting atmosphere. The minimalist decor of this first floor restaurant, combined with traditional Japanese elements, creates a cosy and authentic dining environment. Whether you’re sat on the floor, seated by the windows or enjoying watching the sushi chefs preparing your food, KiKu’s ambiance makes it the perfect spot for a relaxed meal and a glass of sake or three.

Signature Dishes

KiKu prides itself on serving classic Japanese dishes that are bursting with flavour and are highly Instagramable.

Some of their must-try dishes include tonkatsu curry, tamagoyaki (cooked egg), sushi, and tempura. Each dish is prepared with fresh ingredients and beautifully served. Gyoza and edamame are snackable, and of course no visit to a Japanese restaurant is complete without a small bowl of miso-soup. Am I right?

Customer Experience

Customers rave about KiKu’s friendly service and the consistency of their food quality. The restaurant’s commitment to maintaining traditional Japanese cooking methods while adding a Thai twist has earned it a loyal following.

Many visitors highlight the prompt service and the attention to detail that make dining at KiKu a memorable experience when eating out in Trat.

  • Rating: 4.5 (75 reviews)
  • Location: 1001/20 หมู่บ้านประมวลดี Wang Krachae, เมือง Trat 23000
  • Contact: +66 88 678 9646
  • Website: Visit Site

Al Dente: Italian Flavours in the Heart of Trat

Al Dente

Authentic Italian Experience

Al Dente brings the flavours of Italy to Trat with its authentic Italian menu. The restaurant’s interior, reminiscent of a cosy Italian bistro, adds to the overall dining experience.

The use of traditional Italian cooking techniques and quality ingredients ensures that every dish transports you to the heart of Italy. The large open window to the kitchen adds a touch of theatre for your viewing pleasure from the comfort of your table.

Must-Try Pasta Dishes

Al Dente’s menu features a variety of pasta dishes, salads and chocolaty desserts that are a hit among patrons. The spaghetti carbonara and veal are particularly popular and is known for their rich and authentic taste. The restaurant also offers a selection of Italian wines that perfectly complement the dishes.

Customer Reviews

Al Dente has garnered positive reviews for its attentive service and delectable food. Customers appreciate the restaurant’s dedication to authenticity and the authentic ambiance that makes it a great spot for both casual dining and special occasions.

The staff are knowledgeable about the menu and are happy to make recommendations based on your preferences. The quality of the food are often highlighted in reviews.

The Al Dente is one of the more pricier restaurants in Trat, but still provides good value for money. It has a relaxed and welcoming ambiance, making it the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a meal with a bottle of vino with friends or family. The decor is simple but elegant, with comfortable seating and soft lighting, creating a cosy atmosphere.

Trat Marche: A Fusion of Local and International Delights

Trat Marche

Unique Menu Offerings

Trat Marche stands out with its diverse menu that combines local Thai flavours with international dishes. This fusion approach allows diners to enjoy a wide range of culinary delights, from Thai curries to Western-style steaks. The restaurant’s innovative menu is a testament to its commitment to culinary creativity.

Atmosphere and Decor

The contemporary decor of Trat Marche, with its stylish and modern design, creates an inviting atmosphere for indoor and outdoor dining. They also offer a fine selection of high quality flower teas and desserts. The restaurant’s vibrant ambiance makes it a popular choice among locals and tourists alike.

What Customers Love

Customers love the variety and quality of the food at Trat Marche. The restaurant’s ability to seamlessly blend different culinary traditions has made it a favourite among those looking for something unique. I’m particularly fond of their Green Curry Pizza! The friendly staff and the relaxed atmosphere further enhance the dining experience, making it a must-visit spot in Trat.

  • Rating: 4.4 (173 reviews)
  • Location: ท่าเรือจ้าง 468 ถ Noen Ta Maew Alley, Wang Krachae, เมือง Trat 23000
  • Contact: 092 602 0666
  • WebsiteVisit Website

Captain B: Japanese Beef and Izakaya

Captain B

Freshness Guaranteed

Captain B is fun, stripped down Japanese restaurant serving beef izakaya and quality draft beers. There is the option to dine in our outside this young hip venue. The restaurant’s commitment to quality is evident in every dish, ensuring that diners enjoy the freshest and most delicious Japanese food. From succulent steaks (weekends only) to tender skewers and grilled food, Captain B offers a bar-room feast that is hard to beat.

Asian Specialties

The menu at Captain B features a variety of steaks, and side dishes that showcase the best of what Trat has to offer. If a bowl of edamame and some cold beers with friends is all you need, that’s fine too.

Dining Experience

The young, casual and relaxed setting at Captain B’s makes it an ideal spot for an informal meal with friends. The restaurant’s outdoor seating area, with views of the neighbourhood, adds to the overall charm. Customers appreciate the generous portions and the exceptional taste of the dishes, making Captain B a top choice for lovers of Japanese food in Trat.

  • Rating: 4.3 ( 10 reviews)
  • Location: ต, Wang Krachae, เมือง Trat 23000
  • Contact: 097 271 0555
  • Website: View Website

Hapa Bar and Restaurant: Asian Fusion with a Modern Twist

Innovative Dishes

Hapa is a trendy restaurant next to Trat City Hotel that offers a unique blend of Asian fusion cuisine. The menu features innovative dishes that combine elements from different Asian culinary traditions, resulting in a delightful mix of flavours and textures. From stir fried seafood to spaghetti carbonara, Hapa’s menu is a culinary adventure. They also have a fine selection of refreshing ciders and wines to choose from.

Restaurant Vibe

The chic and modern decor of Hapa, coupled with its lively ambiance, makes it a popular spot for both locals and visitors. The restaurant’s stylish interior, and in the garden, live music in the evenings create a vibrant atmosphere that is perfect for social gatherings and special occasions.

Customer Feedback

Customers praise Hapa for its creative menu and the quality of the food. The restaurant’s ability to offer something different sets it apart from other dining options in Trat. The attentive service and the fun and energetic vibe are also frequently mentioned in reviews, making Hapa a must-visit when eating out in Trat.

  • Rating: 4.4 (112 reviews)
  • Location: 15 เลขที่ 411 Wang Krachae, Mueang Trat District, Trat 23000
  • Contact: 065 547 1959
  • Website: 

Thinglish Kitchen: Blending Thai and English Tastes

Thinglish Kitchen

To be perfectly transparent, I may have a bias with Thinglish Kitchen. My wife started this restaurant in Khao Saming (9km from Trat town) several years ago.

Cultural Blend in Cuisine

Thinglish Kitchen offers a unique dining experience by blending Thai and English culinary traditions. The menu features dishes that combine the best of both worlds, such as Eggs Benedict to Pizza Kapow. This cultural fusion creates a delightful and memorable dining experience in a tropical garden setting.

Popular Menu Items

Some of the standout dishes at Thinglish Kitchen include the Spicy Seafood Spaghetti, Thinglish Burger and Steaks Drizzled with Black Pepper Sauce. The restaurant also offers a selection of desserts including seasonal fruits, home-made chocolate ice cream and fudge brownies. Many of the fresh ingredients are sourced from our permaculture farm and craft chocolate enterprise.

Customer Experiences

Customers love the creativity and the quality of the food at Thinglish Kitchen. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere, along with the unique menu, makes it a favourite among diners. The restaurant’s ability to offer a taste of both Thai and English cuisine in a single meal is a highlight for many visitors from near and far.

  • Rating: 4.7 (15 reviews)
  • Location: 198 moo.3 soi samakee1, Khao Saming, Khao Saming District, Trat 23130
  • Contact: 098 486 1642
  • Website: Visit Website

Goldlip Cafe – The Healthy Option

Goldlip Cafe

Unique Ambiance

Goldlip Cafe is a new restaurant on the Trat culinary scene. The unique cafe interior is decked out with custom furniture and jewelry tastefully displayed throughout the space (the proprietors have a factory manufacturing all the items).

Keto Friendly

The menu consists of bakery goods that are 100% keto, mixed fresh fruit smoothies, sourdough bread, pizza, the creamiest Italian champignon mushroom soup, quinoa salad and Avocado-egg rolls.

Leave room for dessert, Goldlip Cafe offer a wide range of naughty but nice desserts made from their own organic fruits including coconut ice cream with blueberries, the lightest puff pancakes with strawberries and  fresh fruit salads.

Customer Feedback

Goldlip Cafe have only recently opened and to date have no Google or Facebook reviews. It looks like I’ll be the first, but I’m sure I wont be the last. Katae and I chanced upon Goldlip by chance because the restaurant we planned to have lunch at was closed. One door closes and another one opens and we are happy to returned several times since.

If you want to start your day with a healthy breakfast bowl or indulge in a lazy lunch, Goldlip Cafe is your destination. A welcome addition to eating out in Trat for the health conscience and foodies alike.

  • Rating: N/A (0 reviews)
  • Location: บ้านโคก จังหวัดตราด Trat, Thailand 23000
  • Contact: 064 358 2622
  • Website: Visit Website

Kaotaa House – Fill Your Tank!

Kaotaa House Trat

Charming Cafe Ambiance

Kaotaa House Trat is a large venue but a bit of a hidden gem in Trat, offering a charming cafe experience. You could say it is a gas station coffee shop, but this is no Amazon Cafe. The cafe situated at the ESSO gas station looks like ‘The White House‘, yet its warm, whimsical and inviting decor, combined with its relaxed atmosphere, makes it a perfect spot for a leisurely coffee break or a light meal.

Coffee Specialties and More

The menu at Kaotaa House features a variety of coffee specialties, as well as a selection of light bites, European mains and desserts. The cafe’s signature coffee blends, along with its homemade cakes and pastries, are a hit among customers. The attention to detail in both the food and the drinks sets Kaotaa House apart from other cafes in Trat.

What Makes It Special

What makes Kaotaa House special is its commitment to quality and its focus on creating an Instagramable venue and welcoming environment for its customers. The friendly staff, the delicious food and drinks, and the lovely atmosphere make it a favourite among locals and visitors alike.

Whether you’re looking for a place to relax with a good book (remember them?), catch up with friends, our a new place to eat out in Trat, Kaotaa House is the perfect choice.

  • Rating: 4.3 (41  reviews)
  • Location: ESSO หมู่ที่ 2 321 Wang Krachae, Mueang Trat District, Trat
  • Contact: 039 510 123
  • Website:

Begin Station

Begin Station

Feline Special

Cat lovers are in for a treat. There are two beautiful creatures here to pet and it looks like they get a few snack too.

Coffee – Bakery – Eatery

Begin Station is another little gem approximately 12km from Trat city center by the Sukhumvit Road heading towards the town.

This ‘white box‘ near the Khao Saming Provincial Electricity Authority building is a simple, minimalist haunt and a place we frequently frequent. We can’t drive passed without stopping for a Matcha Creme Cheese Latte since we discovered it, sometimes with a slice of Honey Cheese Pie. When we have more time, we have a relaxing lunch.

Exit the rear of the restaurant to a small outdoor seating area under the shade of a a tamarind tree if you prefer to dine alfresco.

What’s on the Menu

Begin Station have a good selection of coffees, refreshing sodas, and matcha green teas, I may have mentioned the matcha already! 55. Main dishes range from pineapple fried rice with chicken or shrimp, spaghetti, chicken basil and friend egg, and kimchi soup.

If you have a sweet tooth, believe me, you’re in the right place. Try their Blueberry Cheesecake Crumble, Rainbow Rare Cheesecake or Almond Croissant which is the perfect accompaniment with a coffee.

What Do the Punters Say

Patrons to Begin Station wax lyrical about the warm atmosphere and the welcoming cats. The coffee and cakes are highly rated and there or many mentions of the cute staff and cute shop. So to sum up, it’s a very cute destination for eating out in Trat!

  • Rating: 4.4 (18  reviews)
  • Location: Khao Saming, Khao Saming District, Trat 23130
  • Contact: 097 234 4661
  • Website: Visit Website

Bonus: Num Chok, Thai Seafood Restaurant

Num Chok

I’m not a fan of seafood in general, but my wife and Thai family adore it. Num Chok is one of the favourite restaurants in the city for the locals. The inexpensive restaurant is very popular and is always full when I drive past. It specialises in Thai seafood, and the dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients that are sourced locally.

One of the standout dishes at Num Chok I’m told is the grilled squid. The squid is cooked to perfection, with a slightly crispy texture on the outside and a tender, juicy interior. The flavours are well-balanced, with a hint of sweetness and a touch of spice that add depth to the dish. Another dish that is highly recommend is the Tom Yum Goong, a spicy and sour soup that is bursting with flavour.

The restaurant is located in a quiet street, away from the hustle and bustle of the market, but still close to the city centre. The interior is simply decorated, with a mix of traditional and modern elements that create a street food vibe. The staff are knowledgeable about the menu and are happy to make recommendations based on your preferences.

Rating: 4.2 (549 reviews)
Location6GW8+64W, Bang Phra, Mueang Trat District, Trat 23000, Thailand
Contact: +66 39 512 389
Website: N/A

In Summary

Trat’s culinary scene is a delightful mix of traditional and modern, local and international. Each of the restaurants we’ve explored offers a unique dining experience that reflects the diverse flavours and vibrant culture of Trat and surrounding area.

Whether you’re a seafood lover, a fan of fusion cuisine, or someone who enjoys traditional Thai dishes, Trat has something to offer. So, next time you find yourself in this charming twon in the eastern province, stay for more than one night, and make sure to visit these top nine must-try restaurants for an unforgettable culinary journey. Bookmark this guide, finding a restaurant and eating out in Trat will never be the same again.

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Your Eating Out in Trat FAQs

What is the best restaurant in Trat?

The best restaurant in Trat depends on your personal preferences. For traditional Japanese cuisine, KiKoo is highly recommended. If you’re in the mood for Italian, Al Dente is a great choice. For a fusion of local and international flavours, Trat Marche is a must-visit. If you want to support this blog, say hello at Thinglish Kitchen.

Are there any Italian restaurants in Trat?

Yes, Al Dente offers an authentic Italian dining experience in Trat. The restaurant serves a variety of pasta dishes and desserts, made with traditional Italian ingredients and cooking techniques.

Where can I find fresh seafood in Trat?

Num Chok is renowned for its fresh seafood, sourced daily from local fishermen. The restaurant offers a variety of seafood specialties, including grilled prawns and spicy seafood salad.

Is there a restaurant in Trat with a fusion menu?

Yes, Hapa offers a unique blend of Asian fusion cuisine, combining elements from different Asian culinary traditions. Trat Marche also features a diverse menu that fuses local Thai flavours with international dishes. And of course, Thinglish Kitchen conjures up some fusion dishes to tantalise your tastebuds.

What is a good spot for traditional Thai food in Trat?

Most of the restaurants mentioned in this review serve Thai food. Thai food can be found everywhere. Seriously, if you can’t find Thai food within 100m of where you are standing right now, I can’t help you! 55

Are there any unique dining experiences in Trat?

Yes, Thinglish Kitchen offers a unique dining experience by blending Thai and English culinary traditions.

Kaotaa House provides a charming cafe ambiance with a variety of coffee specialties and homemade treats.

This review post has got long enough as it is. I can’t eat any more. Not even a waffer thin mint. So here are some other notable restaurants in Trat:

  • Taberu Japanese Restaurant: We call this the traditional Japanese restaurant. We love it.
  • Bai-Bua Café: A lovely spot for brunch with a beautiful garden setting.
  • Joy’s Pizza: An old favourite centrally located in a cosy wooden house.
  • Canvas Family Home: Relaxing cafe, restaurant and B&B beside the Trat reservoir.


Eating Out in Trat: From Thinglish Kitchen to Goldlip Cafe and Everything in Between

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