Phu Quoc is one of the most popular destinations for Vietnamese and international tourists visiting the country. Located in the Gulf Stream of Thailand, the island is well known for its beaches and resorts.
Phu Quoc is also a great place for discovering and enjoying delicious cuisine and restaurants. Weirdly enough, my wife and I tasted some of the best dishes we’ve ever tried on the island. Discover with us which of the restaurants you shouldn’t miss.
1. The Pepper Tree
The Pepper Tree is the restaurant of the well-known resort La Veranda. With its beautiful French Colonial architecture, the restaurant is one of the most beautiful and genuine places in the island. The cuisine is very refined thanks to the menu helmed by Chef Huỳnh Hoàng Sin, famous for being in the Top 3 in Top Chef Vietnam 2019.
If the idyllic 1940s setting is not enough for you, you can also get your food cooked right before your eyes. We personally tasted the prawns with tamarind sauce and the loc lac, which were both delicious.
This restaurant and its special menu are only open at night. If you are traveling to Phu Quoc, we highly recommend that you book a table or even book a stay in the resort since this kind of place with a lot of history is getting more and more scarce.
Address : Hẻm 118 Đường Trần Hưng Đạo, Khu phố 7, Phú Quốc, Kiên Giang 920000
Phone : 0297 3982 988
2. Tempus Fugit
Tempus Fugit is a buffet restaurant located in the luxurious JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay. Since it is one of the most prestigious 5-star resorts, the quality of the food is indeed excellent.
You will find an impressive variety of cuisines, from French to Vietnamese and even some Japanese. You will have at your disposal fresh imported products from charcuterie, fromage, and jambon.
You will also be able to order dishes from the kitchen such as Californian Maki or Lamb chops.
Address : Khem Beach, An Thới, Phú Quốc, Kiên Giang 92000
Phone : 0297 3779 999
3. Eat Pray Love
Eat Pray Love is a restaurant located in Ong Lang, in the DT45. This is a family-run restaurant, and you can feel the warmth in the decoration. The food is surprisingly good; I would even go so far as to say that it is on par with some high-end restaurants.
We’ve tried the squid ink risotto and the moussaka, and both were delicious. The family and kids were very social and kind to us and our kid. Overall, the food and atmosphere were very peaceful, probably like the movie of the same name.
Address : Tổ 4, D. Đông – Cửa Cạn, Ông Lang, Phú Quốc, Kiên Giang 920000
Phone : 093 618 35 88
4. Tin Tin
If you like traditional Vietnamese food from the South, we believe Tin Tin is the place to go. It is a modest roadside restaurant with very good cuisine. The ambiance is very relaxed, with a tasteful background soundtrack (Buena Vista Social Club and other BB King). The owner was very kind and helpful.
We ate at Tin Tin at least three times, and our favorite choices were the u h kho and Cà Ri u H, which were both cooked in a clay pot. Westerners love this place as well. In fact, I’ve seen people ask for selfies from the owner. A definitive must-try if you are staying in Ong Lang.
Address : tổ 4 ấp ông lang, xã cửa dương, phú quốc , kiên giang, Phú Quốc, Kiên Giang 922221
Phone : 091 997 13 88
5. On the Rocks
Mango Bay Resort is an eco-friendly resort aiming to have a minimal footprint. This resort has a restaurant named On The Rocks with a beautiful view over Ong Lang Beach. Literally sitting on the rocks of the beach, the restaurant is well known for offering traditional and western dishes as well as fusion food.
The location of this restaurant is something very special, especially during sunset. They also have a second restaurant named On the Sand on the right side of the beach. Perfect for lunch after spending time at the beach.
Address: On the Rocks restaurant, Mango Bay Resort, Ong Lang Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam.
Phone : 0297 3981 693
6. il Muro Italiano
Il Muro Italiano, literally meaning the Italian Wall, is a restaurant located inside the Salinda Resort. One of the most popular resorts on the island Helmed by executive chef Simone from Sicily, Italy, the restaurant proposes Italian gastronomic food.
If you are a fan of Italian fine cuisine, you will fall in love with the menu. The ravioli with truffles and mashed potatoes mixed with mushrooms is nothing short of amazing.
Address : Commune Vietnam, 1 Tran Hung Dao, Hamlet, Cửa Lấp, Tp. Phú Quốc, Kiên Giang
Phone : 0297 3990 011
7. Cát Biển 1
Cát Biển 1 is a seafood restaurant located in the center of the island. So popular they opened a second one, Cát Biển 1, a traditional Vietnamese-style sea food restaurant. This means small plastic chairs and cheap beers. More seriously, the restaurant is big with a view of the river. The offer of seafood and fish is huge; you can basically find anything you want in this restaurant.
The oysters were so big and milky, I think they were the biggest I’ve ever eaten in my life. The Gỏi Cá an uncooked fish roll in paper rice, was delicious—simply the best I’ve tried. If you are looking for straight sea food cooked Vietnamese style or you want to eat and drink with your team screaming “1, 2, 3 yo!” this joint is for you.
Address : Đường 30 Tháng 4, Khu Phố 1, Phú Quốc, Kiên Giang 91000
Phone : 0789 677 377
8. Bún Quậy Kiến Xây
Bún Quậy Kiến Xây was originally born in a restaurant located in Trần Phú. It is a soup made out of fresh Bún (vermicelli), which is very rare and tastes absolutely different than the industrial ones, and some seafood broth. In this restaurant, you will have to make your own sauce (Gia vị). They also have a more modern and bigger version of the restaurant in the city center.
If you like squid as much as we do, you will love this dish. Beware; the grounded fish (Chả cá thác lác) is a bit spicy for regular westerners but still delicious. Just order some sugar cane juice (Nước mía) before you enter the restaurant.
Address : Hẻm Đối diện 222 Trần Phú, TT. Dương Đông, Phú Quốc, Kiên Giang 920000
Phone : 0838 718 714
9. Phu FOC
The best paella I’ve ever had was in a Phu Quoc restaurant called Itaca, and the dish wasn’t a traditional recipe and wasn’t even on the menu. Unfortunately, the place is definitely closed, but don’t worry—if you are looking for some Spanish tapas and a good traditional paella, Phu FOC is a great place to try.
The restaurant is located inside the Night Market, and it offers plates of selected meat and cheese, including black Iberian pork and chorizo. I’ve personally been to Spain and loved the food there. Going to Phu FOC brought back some nice memories of my past vacations.
Address : 76 Đường Bạch Đằng, Khu phố 1, Phú Quốc, Kiên Giang 92000
Phone : 0782 870 566
10. The Home Pizza
The Home Pizza is probably one of the best pizza joints on the island. Located in Long Beach, the restaurant has a menu that is not too dissimilar from Pizza 4P’s menu, which is a good thing. You will find on the menu some half-and-half pizza and other crab, clam, bolognese pasta, etc.
Burgers and pizza are the most popular foods in the world, so no wonder this place is very busy at night. Not only do international tourists enjoy their cuisine, but so do Vietnamese.
Address : 128 Đường Trần Hưng Đạo, TT. Dương Đông, Phú Quốc, Kiên Giang
Phone : 098 837 37 93
11. Bonus round : The Best Gà Nướng
If you like roasted chicken, we highly recommend that you try this small shop located in the DT45. The sweet and saltytaste of this chicken is delicious, and the sauce (Gia v) is simply amazing. Be sure to ask for roasted chicken for the best possible freshness.
This particular shop only roasts its chicken in the afternoon. Since Vietnamese eat around 6 p.m., we would suggest you come around this time.