15 Best Riverside Restaurants in Chiang Mai - 2023 (Updated)
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Chiang Mai Riverside Restaurants

Browse through a wide range of Riverside Restaurants in Chiang Mai are Deck1, The River Market, The Restaurant at Anantara Hotel, The Good View, Lemongrass Thai Restaurant, and many more.

Riverside restaurants in Chiang Mai take full advantage of the magnificent view of the Mae Ping River. The riverside restaurants along the River Ping in Chiang Mai are perfect for food connoisseur to try out different cuisines in some of the most lively and enchanting settings.

What makes Chiang Mai Riverside Restaurants special is the ambiance that the riverside setting creates. Popular restaurants such as The Good View Restaurant, The River Market, Lemongrass Thai Restaurant and a few others have outdoor seating arrangements right on the banks of the River Ping.

Some even offer river cruises such as the Riverside Restaurant and Cruise where you can wine and dine onboard a boat as you cruise along this enchantingly calm river. The Gallery, one of the oldest restaurants in the area serves delectable Thai cuisine right out in the open next to the river bank. Many of these restaurants also feature live music, especially on weekends

Here is a list of the best restaurants in Chiang Mai:

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Deck1 is a perfect example of contemporary river dining and it is by far the trendiest Riverside restaurants in Chiang Mai. The place serves some very delectable Thai dishes albeit with a twist, an eclectic mix of Asian fusion food and an extensive cocktail list featuring many classics as well as in house creations.

The breakfast buffet is highly recommended by patrons and you can also enjoy live jazz music in the evenings on weekends. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating arrangements for its diners and it has a modern and contemporary design that is unique in the area.  

1,14 Charoenrat Road, A. Muang 

Opening hours:
07:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Thai, Asian Fusion

Price for two:
1500 Baht/ INR 3350


The River Market

If you are in the mood for some classic Thai dishes then The River Market Restaurant is just the place to be. This wonderful Chiang Mai Riverside restaurant located on the banks of the River Ping overlooking the iconic Iron Bridge serves a delectable selection of Thai dishes and seafood in a beautiful Thai-Burmese style teakwood building.

The Pad Thai, Khao Soi, Thai Green Curry, Papaya Salad, Crab Fried Rice and Tamarind Ribs come highly recommended. The River Market also has a great selection of non-Thai food such as the Lamb Kebab, Chicken Caesar Salad, and Grilled Salmon.

33 12 Charoen Prathet Rd, Chang Wat

Opening Hours:
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM

: Thai

Price for Two:
1800 Baht/ INR 4020


The Restaurant at Anantara Hotel

The Restaurant offers a fine dining experience in one of the finest five-star resorts in Chiang Mai. The restaurant offers a tranquil view of the Mae Ping River while featuring a range of mouthwatering cuisines from India, Thailand as well as Western favorites, Vegan dishes, and an excellent wine list.

If you are looking for a Riverside restaurant in Chiang Mai with high-quality food, excellent service in a luxurious setting then this is the place to be. Do try the ‘All you can eat buffet’ featuring over 40 dishes served in small portions and cooked to order so you can try out much variety. 

123-123/1 Charoen Prathet Road

Opening hours:
06:30 AM - 10:30 PM


Price for two:
1500 Baht/ INR 3350


The Good View

The Good View Bar and Restaurant is a popular restaurant in Chiang Mai and loved by the locals and tourists. The restaurant is just what its name suggests offering a magnificent view of the River Ping. It is quite a large restaurant with indoor seating, a terrace seating as well as seating arrangements near the riverbank.

Enjoy an evening here with great choices of food from their extensive menu featuring Thai, Japanese and International comfort foods and a well-stocked bar. The Restaurant also has a live band performing acoustic and jazz music every night.

13 Road Charoen Raj Road, Chiang Mai

Opening Hours:
10:00 AM - 1:30 AM

Thai, Japanese, International 

Price for two:
800 Baht/ INR 1785


Lemongrass Thai Restaurant

Lemongrass Thai Restaurant is a pleasant and charming Riverside restaurant in Chiang Mai featuring some of the classic Thai dishes and is quite popular amongst the tourists here. The Restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating areas clearly taking advantage of its lovely riverside surroundings.

Another unique feature about the restaurant is the wall that is filled with comments written by customers over the years. The Menu itself is quite extensive offering several of the Thai favorites, giving you a lot of choices to pick. Popular dishes included Lemon Fish, Stir Fried Morning Glory, Tom Yung Gun, Pad Thai, and Tom Kha. 

Loi Kroh Road,

Opening hours:
4:00 PM - 00:00 PM


Price for two:
800 Baht/ INR 1785


The Gallery

The Gallery is one of the oldest, award-winning Riverside restaurants in Chiang Mai with a fascinating history. The dining area is at the back of the house in the open facing the River Ping while the front of the building has an art gallery selling homewares and other art forms. The interior is tastefully decorated in traditional Lanna style and it exudes elegance and warmth.

The Menu mainly features Thai cuisine alongside some international dishes such as Rib Eye Steaks, Pork Chops, Fish ‘n’ Chips, etc. The restaurant has a good selection of wine and desserts as well.

9-11 Charoenrat Road, Soi 4

Opening hours:
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Thai and Asian

Price for two:
2500 Baht/ INR 5580


Vieng Joom on Teahouse

If tea is your poison then make sure you visit the Vieng Joom On Teahouse. This beautiful Chiang Mai Riverside restaurant is famous for its unique blend of tea served with a variety of toothsome Thai cakes and desserts. This quaint Teahouse is perfect for a casual lunch or evening tea.

The best thing about this Teahouse is that all the cakes, desserts and sandwiches on the menu are made fresh in-house. You can also buy the wonderful tea packed in colorful ornate packaging from the Teahouse. You can enjoy your tea in the tearoom or outside on the terrace overlooking the River. 

53 Charoenrat Road

Opening hours:
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Tea and Cakes

Price for two:
1000 Baht/ INR 2231


Colonial House at Anantara Hotel

Colonial House at Anantara Hotel is one of the most classy and charming Riverside restaurants in Chiang Mai. Its setting is the renovated British consulate with teak wood interiors and lush green gardens with an exquisite fountain. 

This charming restaurant serves some of the most delectable Indian cuisine in the area. Right from the savory samosas to the quintessential butter chicken, everything is authentic and rich Indian aromas and tastes. The ambiance is as wonderful as the food and people do not really mind the slightly high prices on the awesome menu. 

123 Charoen Prathet Road, Chiang Mai

Opening hours:
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM and 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM


Prices for two:
3000 Baht/ INR 6700


Punna Cafe at Puripunn Boutique Hotel

Punna Cafe is a cozy restaurant in the Puripunn Hotel serving some excellent Thai cuisine and a few western comfort foods in a traditional and antique-filled setting. It is a perfect place for an intimate meal in the midst of very beautiful and tranquil surroundings.

The High Tea here comes highly recommended with excellent servings of a variety of teas, Thai dishes, and finger food both sweet and savory. The dishes served here are inspired by traditional Thai culture and the Royal cuisine. The presentation of each dish is as important as the taste. 

104/1 Charoen Muang Soi 2

Opening hours:
08:00 AM - 23:30 PM

Thai and Western

Price for two:
1200 Baht/ INR 2680


The Bar and Cigar Lounge

The Bar and Cigar Lounge at Anantara Hotel is one of the best Chiang Mai Riverside restaurants to unwind and savor some really inspired signature martinis. The setting is elegant yet relaxing with teak wood interiors and contemporary designs.

The Lounge has an exciting mix of classic martinis, a variety of mojitos and a wine list that is awesome. The wine selection includes some really exquisite international labels. The Bar is famous for its magnificent collection of single malt whiskey and Cuban cigars that can enhance the flavor of any of the drinks of your choice. The riverside setting adds to the elegance and opulence. 

Anantara Hotel, 123 Charoen Prathet Road

Opening hours:
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM


Price for two:
2500 Baht/ INR 5575


Le Crystal

Le Crystal is one of the trendiest fine dining Chiang Mai Riverside restaurants featuring some really luxurious French cuisine. The dishes are exquisite and adding to the charm is the walk-in wine cellar with an excellent collection of wine.

Their signature dishes include Lobster Salad, King Crab Meat, Escargots, Poached Scallops, Roasted Lamb, Souffles and Crepes. The highlight of Le Crystal is the ‘World Buffets’ laid out on the last Saturday of every month. Outdoor dining is excellent here with seating arrangements on the terrace and the beautifully manicured garden facing the beautiful River Ping. 

74/2 Patong Road, Chiang Mai

Opening hours:
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM


Price for two:
5000 Baht/ INR 1150


DK David’s Kitchen at 909

DK David’s Kitchen at 909 is one of the finest Riverside restaurants in Chiang Mai featuring French, Thai, European Cuisine and some inspired Fusion food. They also have a wide selection of wine and a three-course menu is given out daily which is changed and tweaked regularly to give its patrons a variety in tastes.

It offers a fantastic dining experience with live piano music playing in the background. Popular dishes here include the Grilled Duck Breasts, Pumpkin Soup, Risotto, Pan Seared Tuna, Braised Lamb Shank and Veal Cheek. They have excellent service and a wonderful ambiance to boot. 

113 Bumrungrad Road, Wat Kate, Riverside.

Opening hours:
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Monday to Saturday

Thai, French, European and Fusion

Price for two:
1500 Baht/ INR 3345


Paak Dang Restaurant

This is a lovely and charming Chiang Mai Riverside restaurant with an excellent outdoor dining area overlooking the calm waters of the Mae Ping River. The decor and ambiance are lovely and calming in a traditional Thai-style wooden building with a beautifully landscaped waterfall. The cuisine is essentially Thai and this place serves some authentic dishes which are not really available everywhere.

Some popular dishes are Pineapple and Prawns Curry, Jumbo Prawns, Grilled Beef with Spicy Sauce and Thai Duck Curry. Vegans too have a great option here as well as those looking for gluten-free food. 

46/1 A Wang Sing Kham Road

Opening hours:
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Price for two:
500 Baht/ INR 1115


Comedara Restaurant and Art Gallery

Comedara Restaurant and Art Gallery is one of those Riverside restaurants in Chiang Mai that takes you back in time with its old world charm and dated interiors. The structure itself is an old colonial house with many dining rooms some of which gives an excellent view of the River.

The cuisine is mainly Thai and features a lot more of the Northern Thai dishes. Highly recommended dishes include Tom Yam Gung, Thai Sausages, Khao Soi, Papaya Salad and Mango sticky rice. The Restaurant is perfect for a sunset view and a live band also performs during the weekends. 

193 Charoenrat Road

Opening hours:
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Northern Thai

Price for two:
1000 Thai Baht/ INR 2230


Riverside Restaurant and River Cruise

The Riverside Restaurant is an excellent place to enjoy a great meal along with enchanting views of the River Ping. Riverside’s spacious setting makes it a perfect place to shake a leg and unwind in the evenings. They have a really extensive menu serving almost every Thai dish and many other cuisines as well.

This awesome restaurant also offers a river cruise with dinner on board. It is a perfect way of spending an evening wining and dining on a boat while cruising along the calm river as you pass bridges and riverside villages along the way. 

9-11 Charoenrat Road, Riverside

Opening hours:
12:00 Noon - 1:30 AM

Thai, Thai-Chinese, Western, Seafood, Desserts

Price for two:
1000 Baht/ INR 2250

People Also Ask About Chiang Mai

  1. What are the best Riverside Restaurants in Chiang Mai for couples?

    1. The Good View: This popular bar and restaurant in Chiang Mai is frequented by locals as well as tourists. The restaurant provides a beautiful view of the River Ping and offers indoor seating as well as terrace seating. You can choose from a huge range of Thai, Japanese, and various other international cuisines, paired with a fully equipped bar.

    2. The Gallery: This heritage riverside restaurant has won various awards over the years and features an open side towards River Ping. The front of this building features a beautiful art gallery selling various arts and homewares. The interiors of this restaurant have been decorated in classic Lanna style. Must-try cuisines of this restaurant include Fish n Chips, Pork Chops, Rib Eye Steaks, and much more.

    3. Deck1: This is one of the most romantic riverside restaurants in Chiang Mai for couples. The place is known for serving exquisite Thai preparations, with a fix of fusion Asian dishes. Their list of house-made classic cocktails is surely a must. The most recommended time to visit this place is during the breakfast buffet, combined with live jazz music.

    4. Le Crystal: If all you desire is a fine dining experience and a romantic candle-lit dinner, this place is the one for you. It is famous for its authentic French Cuisine. The restaurant also features a walk-in wine cellar. You can also try out the amazing “World Buffet”, which is organized every Saturday of every month. The amazing outdoor dining of the restaurant overlooks the amazing Ping River.

  2. What are the famous Riverside Restaurants in Chiang Mai for families?

    1. Colonial House at Anantara Hotel: This is one of the most charming and classy family restaurants in Chiang Mai. The classic teak wood interiors and the unique Indian preparations of the place will make you fall in love with it. Butter Chicken and samosas served at this place will make you go head over heels.

    2. Lemongrass Thai Restaurant: This popular riverside restaurant features indoor as well as outdoor dining. This place attracts locals as well as tourists alike due to its authentic preparations of Thai cuisines. An interesting feature of this restaurant is its comment wall which features comments from visitors from all around the world.

    3. Vieng Joom on Tea House: If you and your family are a tea lover, visiting this cute little place and trying out the various different cakes and desserts is surely a must. This place is perfect for a lunch or an evening tea with your family, along with trying out their unique preparations of sandwiches.

    4. The River Market: There could surely be no place better to gorge on some delicious Thai cuisines. This beautiful restaurant, made in traditional Thai-Burmese style teakwood architecture serves the most authentic Thai preparations, including Khao Suey, Pad Thai, Papaya Salad, and much more. Moreover, the open seating, overlooking the iconic bridge, makes dining at this restaurant even more special.

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