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Thanon Naretdamri, Hua Hin, Thailand
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: There are a number of good restaurants along the wharf area. Saeng Thai...
There are a number of good restaurants along the wharf area. Saeng Thai is a very good option. We tried Chaolay Seafood as it was recommended by one of the local residents of Hua Hin. It was an excellent recommendation. Before climbing the steps into the main restaurant you pass a large selection of fresh fish. Once on the pier, there is an army of staff to seat and serve you. My colleague and I ordered a scallop appetizer, a whole fish main course and a large fried rice side dish. The food was very good and the pricing reasonable, less than $30 for all of the food and 4 beers. Chaolay is worth a visit.
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  • 53
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  • 60
    Very good
  • 21
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  • 10
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  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Seafood with seaview

I ate at chaolay three times with my family. Every time we had to wait just 5 minutes for a tabble. The food was excellent and inexpensive and service was good. I think this is the best of the near seaside restaurants.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
JuliusFIN
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I ate at chaolay three times with my family. Every time we had to wait just 5 minutes for a tabble. The food was excellent and inexpensive and service was good. I think this is the best of the near seaside restaurants.

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Ludlow
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Accepting that it is lunar new year and they were very busy, this was still awful. Wait of about an hour for first dish and then they all came individually over the next half hour. Scallops and prawns in coconut were very good but served 45mins apart. No explanation and despite what others say no one admitted to speaking English... More 

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hua hin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We last ate here many years ago so were not sure how it would have changed. What a delight to see that apart from improving the service aspect, the restaurant was still as popular as ever with the majority of diners being local Thai's. Food was extremely well cooked and so tasty, dining outdoors under the stars is always a... More 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

If you like to dine next to the beach and have sea view then this is the place. The food price is reasonable and nice seafood selection. Too bad it close before 10:40pm There is another restaurant next door with white chairs and tables. This restaurant is opened till 11pm.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

Hua Hin being a seaside town however it was difficult to find good seafood restaurant. ChaoLay Seafood is probably the closest place that represent a seafood dining in this town. We walked the whole area before settling down to ChaoLay since it looked like the best of the many so-so places. We chose a table that gave us the best... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 via mobile

We came as a party of 18 during the dinner peak, but they managed to make space for us and sort out our rather confusing orders and payment requests. Seafood was awesome.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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113 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

There are a few restaurant's in Hua Him that are set on wooden piers overlooking the ocean and this is one that was recommended to us.The staff were so depressingly stubbornly....that we asked if anybody smiled around here!!!! The service was Mon existent. The cocktails appeared devoid of alcohol....We waited nearly an hour for a small lobster thermidor. The spaghetti... More 

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Surrey U.K.
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We went to this open air restaurant on the sea front three times and apart from the last time thoroughly enjoyed it. It is always buzzing and there is a good variety of food.On our first visit we had scallops in garlic followed by prawn curry mousse served in a coconut, both delicious, the second time we had fried noodles... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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367 helpful votes 367 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

ChaoLay Seafood is an institution on the beach in Hua Hin. We've eaten there several times, and enjoy the open air atmosphere and extensive seafood menu. The place is usually crowded, but don't let other reviewers kid you; most of the customers are tourists (including many Thai tourists). Service is variable; often quite slow when crowded, but always friendly. Always... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Returning to Hua Hin after plus 25 years, surprised to see all seafood restaurants continue to stand on their stilts in the sea. I remember that the environment itself tickled more than food, and so you could say that it is still.Not as charmingly chaotic as I remembered, feels like night market has taken some of the seafood lovers.But it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Thanon Naretdamri, Hua Hin, Thailand
  • Location: Asia  >  Thailand  >  Prachuap Khiri Khan Province  >  Hua Hin

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Description

There are a number of good restaurants along the wharf area. Saeng Thai is a very good option. We tried Chaolay Seafood as it was recommended by one of the local residents of Hua Hin. It was an excellent recommendation. Before climbing the steps into the main restaurant you pass a large selection of fresh fish. Once on the pier, there is an army of staff to seat and serve you. My colleague and I ordered a scallop appetizer, a whole fish main course and a large fried rice side dish. The food was very good and the pricing reasonable, less than $30 for all of the food and 4 beers. Chaolay is worth a visit.

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