Many of the best restaurants in Chiang Mai Riverside take full advantage of this peaceful part of town’s obvious main asset – the river. With locations right on the banks of the Ping River, they promise wonderful views to go with excellent food. Since many of the prime waterfront spots are occupied by luxury resorts, many of the places on our list are hotel restaurants. However, as ever, they do serve patrons who are not also hotel guests.
It’s not all luxury fine dining on our list of the best places to eat in Chiang Mai Riverside, though. We’ve tried to provide quite a range of dining options, including different cuisines and price brackets. This way, we hope that you will find a great place to dine in this lovely part of the city, no matter what your preferences. Take a look below and see what you can find.
A Chiang Mai institution, The Good View occupies a prime position in the hearts of the town’s residents. This is purely due to the fantastic menu of Thai, Japanese and international fare all at reasonable prices, a stunning view and quality entertainment in the form of a live band. While the band belts out classics, guests can take to the dance floor or enjoy the idyllic views while feasting on some of the best food to be found in Chiang Mai. The kantoke (a traditional Chiang Mai platter of delicacies) comes especially recommended here. Located on Charoenrat Road the restaurant is easy to find, just left off Tha Phae Road Bridge. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 01:30
- Address: 13 Charoenrat Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 241866
- Cuisine: Thai, Japanese, western
The River Market is a highly recommended restaurant on the banks of the Ping River. Serving lunch and dinner, this is the place to try Thai classic dishes in a Thai-Burmese colonial-inspired building. Prices here are surprisingly reasonable and the portions large. From tables out on the balcony, the river flows silently and the Iron Bridge can be viewed close by. The menu throws few surprises and has all the classics expected such as tom yum kung, pad thai, green curry and papaya salad. They aren’t reinventing the wheel but what they do is done very well. An excellent value happy hour offers two for one on drinks and half price sushi.
- Opening Hours: 11:00–23:45
- Location: Charoen Prathet Rd (next to the Iron Bridge)
- Tel: +66 53 234 493
Quintessential fine dining when in Chiang Mai, this utterly charming spot next to the river is enhanced by its candlelit setting and sound of trickling water that surrounds it. The Restaurant (formerly called The Chedi) is an exercise in good design, and a great example of luxurious Chiang Mai at its best, and most certainly not a dining experience you will forget in a hurry. Enjoy the traditional Northern Thai dishes, Pacific Rim and innovative Asian fusion fare. The extensive wine list ensures that every dish can be paired with the right tipple. Read More...
- Opening Hours: All day dining menu from 07:00; Dinner: 18:00 – 23:00
- Address: 123 Charoen Prathet Rd
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 253 333
- Cuisine: Asian
Riverside Restaurant and river cruise
The Riverside Bar and Restaurant alongside the Mae Ping makes for an alluring setting; perfect for an evening of dancing, drink and delicious food. Open since 1984 and a long time resident of Chiang Mai’s live music scene, The Riverside is a spacious venue that is well lit by a selection of lamps and lights, with simple wooden furniture there is little to distract from the great views and atmosphere. This restaurant is a good choice for large groups as the menu is a massive collection of Thai favourites, seafood, grilled meats, and even a large children’s section. They even have the special option of dining aboard a river cruise for an additional fee. The 75 minute journey leaves at 20:00 every day and is very popular so must be booked in advance.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-01:30
- Address: 9-11 Charoenrat Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 243239
- Cuisine: Thai and Western
By far the trendiest joint down on the river, Deck 1’s take on contemporary riverside dining is utterly charming. Serving up Asian fusion fare, the eclectic menu is creative while the resident Jazz band offers the perfect soundtrack to enjoy the delights of the riverside views. A wide range of selected wines, cocktails, mocktails and other healthy choices are available on the drinks menu. The breakfast buffet comes highly recommended. Deck one is easy to spot thanks to the glass facade that is so modern and striking compared to its neighbours. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – Midnight
- Address: Charoenrat Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 302788
- Cuisine: Asia Fusion
Punna Cafe at Puripunn Boutique Hotel
If you are not fortunate enough to stay at the exquisite Puripunn Boutique Hotel then dining there should be a priority. The cosy dining room is surrounded by greenery making for a tranquil and secluded setting and an intimate feeling. Everything from the cutlery to the china to the tablecloths is antique, with brilliant attention to detail. The menu consists mainly of Thai food with some international dishes including burgers and soups. The food maintains the five-star standard of the hotel as does the superb service and presentation. If colonial charm and impeccable service constitute your type of meal then Punna Cafe should be your first stop.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:30
- Address: 104/1 Charoen Muang Soi 2
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 302 898
- Cuisine: Thai and western
Colonial House at Anantara Hotel
Colonial House serves outstanding Indian curries and tandoori meats in the renovated home of the colonial British consulate. Set over two floors, the house itself is quite stunning and serves as a suitable home for such sumptuous cuisine. Outside is a charming garden and chic water feature while inside is a profusion of teak wood. The menu covers the full range of the Indian subcontinent, from succulent and herb-laden chicken tikka and seekh kebab to rich samsoas and fantastic butter chicken curry. The price is higher than most other places in Chiang Mai, but you are paying for the ambiance as much as the high quality food.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Dinner 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
- Address: 123 Charoen Prathet Road
- Tel: +66 53 253 333
- Cuisine: Indian
Perfect for lunch or an afternoon of tea and cakes, Vieng Joom On is a building not to be missed with its pink exterior and selection of parasols outside – it is the stuff of fairytales. The first floor is filled with boxes of tea, extravagantly wrapped in paper and glass. Out back there is a recreational area fringing on the banks of the alluring Mae Ping River and upstairs is a cushioned playroom for children. The menu features cakes, pastries and sandwiches all made in-house and on the spot... and all are delicious. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
- Address: 53 Charoenrat Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53-303113
- Cuisine: Tea and Cake
Hillary Clinton has been known to frequent the Gallery when in Chiang Mai. The gallery, accompanied by a terraced, riverside restaurant, is a truly unique place that combines the beauty of art and crafts with the art of cooking. Unmistakable, the neon-lit sign that sits outside immediately draws you in from the street to what appears to be a treasure trove of goods. Housed in one of the oldest wooden structures in Chiang Mai – it is thought to have been built in 1892. Try one of the curries on the menu, spiced up to your taste, the fish also comes highly recommended too. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00-24:00
- Address: 25, 27, 29 Charoenrat Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53248602
- Cuisine: Thai and Western
Lemongrass restaurant serves traditional Thai cuisine and caters mainly for tourists. Located on Loi Kroh road, Lemongrass has indoor and outdoor seating and its walls are covered with kind words and recommendations from previous customers. After your meal you can also write a comment on the walls – all languages are welcomed. Lemongrass restaurant is easy to see as it has a big yellow sign on the street, and it is always full around dinner time. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 00:00
- Location: Loi Kroh Road, just after the Royal Lanna Hotel, Chiang Mai
- Cuisine: Thai