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“Only place to eat in Patong area”

LIM's Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #258 of 565 Restaurants in Patong
Price range: $21 - $45
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations
Hong Kong, China
Level 6 Contributor
371 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
“Only place to eat in Patong area”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

A TOP RECOMMENDATION: I eat every evening meal at Lim's while in Phuket, it's that good. Phuket has numerous low cost trash restaurants and a handful of trying to be good but not good and throughly expensive places. Lim's is my only Phuket dinner recommendation.

In the back kitchen is literally a grandmother serving up authentic Thai food with quality ingredients. There is nothing on the menu bad. Order with no fear.

The staff of service boys are eager to serve though their English is a tad lacking, always good to have them repeat your order to you.

There is outdoor & indoor seating, plenty of fans and the whole space is very chic and nicely illuminated. An upper bar area with great cocktails and lounge type seating makes a it a great way to start the evening. Dress is smart casual (meaning shirts with collars and no flip flops)/

Pricing is reasonable but it's not Thai cheap (think more Western). Nice wine list, but like all wine in Thailand - expensive.

Sadly, Lim's was dead quiet during the week of our visit (though I suggest reservations). The last night we ended dinner alone in the restaurant - off putting if I didn't trust the place throughly. It was indeed a private dining experience in a nice comfy environment.

TIP: It's 200 Bhat Tuk Tuk ride from anywhere in Patong to the restaurant. Follow the beach road North, you'll pass a parking lot on the left (seaside) with cart food stalls and immediately the Sunset Beach Resort, TURN RIGHT and go up the hill about 400 meters. If the road looks deserted - you're heading the right way. Lim's entrance is directly on the road.

Heading home, they can call you a Tuk Tuk or we simply walked down the hill (< 10 minutes) and got a Tuk Tuk on the main road, no problems and a nice stroll!

  • Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“very good”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Great restaurant, third vist in the last couple of years, lovely, relaxed environemt and good service. Sad the restaurant was so quiet, a bit of signage on on the main road would work wonders.

  • Visited January 2013
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Oslo, Norway
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Must visit!!”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

We had the pleasure of visiting Lim's on new years eve and had a wonderful experience! The restaurant is a bit hard to find but call the restaurant and they will talk to the driver and direct him for you. Situated up on the hill it has beautiful views and a nice garden where you really feel that you are in a tropical paradise. The food is not out out of this world, but good. The pomelo salad is amazing. You must try their mango daquiri!!! There is also a nice lounge next door which is connected to the restaurant which is a nice place to go for a drink before or after your meal. The ambiance, plus good food and wine and add in great service and you will have a very nice and memorable meal. Book a table beforehand. Thank you to Daniel and the other friendly faces at Lims for a great new years eve celebration!!

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London
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Stylish restaurant”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

The atmosphere was great and the food was really good. The staff were very friendly . A bit hard to find but worth the effort especially in that area.

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Nice and spicy”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

We came here because it seemed to show up in the Google results but it was worth the trip. Getting a tuk-tuk up the hill and slightly out of Patong was a nice trip in itself but the food definitely made it worthwhile. We mostly chose hotter dishes so it was good to see they weren't afraid to make them spicy, and the service was also good. The wine list was extensive but very pricey - but if you stick to beer as we did the meal works out amazingly cheap.

I'd recommend making a booking though - we just rocked up and although they were able to seat us no problems there were only tables left inside which didn't seem to have as much atmosphere.

  • Visited November 2012
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