Best Beach Restaurants in the World
At Bangpo Seafood on the island of Koh Samui, tables in the sand are piled with deep-fried red snapper and spicy mango and sea urchin salad—flavors as intense as Thailand’s sunshine.
Like many of the best beach restaurants and shacks, family-run Bangpo makes food that’s fresh, authentic, and affordable. It encourages you to linger over your meal, while soaking up the ocean views and the prime people-watching.
In Uruguay, for instance, chic locals and in-the-know tourists congregate at Parador La Huella in the beach town of Jose Ignacio for lazy midday meals that can last until it’s nearly dinnertime. The salty sea breeze only improves the taste of sea bass cooked over coals, washed down with a pitcher of clerico.
Read on for a harbor restaurant that lures sailors to a small Greek island and more of our favorite places to eat at the beach, part of Travel + Leisure’s coverage of the 100 Places to Eat Like a Local.
Hive Beach Café, Burton Bradstock, England
A chalkboard menu behind the counter tells you what’s on offer (fish pies; grilled herring; a crab sandwich with chips) at this classic holiday spot. hivebeachcafe.co.uk. $$
Pantelis Marathi, Marathi, Greece
On a tiny, car-free isle between Patmos and Bodrum, Turkey, this harborfront restaurant is a popular stop for the sailing crowd. Everything is impossibly fresh, from the crawfish sautéed in lemon oil to the creamy local goat cheese. marathi-island.gr. $$
La Guerrerense, Ensenada, Mexico
Sabina Bandera has crafted complex and flavorful seafood cocktails and ceviches—pismo clam, sea urchin, octopus, mussels, and more—from her humble street stall for almost 40 years. Don’t miss her house-made salsas. 52-646/174-2114. $
Parador La Huella, José Ignacio, Uruguay
Chic South Americans congregate amid the dunes for languorous midday meals that can last until dusk. Keep things simple with sea bass cooked over coals and a pitcher of clericó. $$$
Bangpo Seafood, Koh Samui, Thailand
At this family-run shack, tables in the sand are piled high with deep-fried red snapper and irresistible khoei jii (shrimp paste, crabmeat, coconut, and spices, roasted over a fire in a coconut husk). 66-77/420-010. $
Marshall Store, Marshall, CA
The oysters alone (from a farm up the road) are worth the hour-long drive from San Francisco to a dockside shanty on Tomales Bay. But a bowl of clam chowder feels particularly restorative on a foggy northern California day. $$
Da Conch Shack, Turks and Caicos
In three pastel-trimmed cottages right on the shore, an expat chef cooks up the freshest possible conch—harvested from the ocean moments before it’s on your plate. $
Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai
On balmy evenings along this bustling strip of sand, vendors hawk irresistible snacks to strolling couples and families. Look for pao bhaji, a mouth-tingling vegetable-and-potato stir-fry that’s sopped up with a billowy roll. Northern Marine Dr. $
Phil’s Fish Market & Eatery, Moss Landing, CA
“Everything about Phil’s Fish Market & Eatery is unpretentious and quaint. Large, steaming bowls of cioppino are one of the most popular dishes.” philsfishmarket.com. $$ —chef Penelope Penn
Lo Scoglio da Tommaso, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Pleasure yachts from Capri and Positano drop anchor for lunch perched over the Mediterranean. The only thing fresher than the peppery wild arugula salad is the ricci (sea urchin) in the spaghetti. $$$
L’Épuisette, Marseilles, France
In the fishing port of Vallon des Auffes, the idyllic L’Épuisette serves a proper Provençal bouillabaisse that’s oceans away from all others—brash and intense, rich with saffron and garlic and tasting unmistakably of the sea. $$$
Pilu Kiosk, Sydney
Forget Bondi—at least for a bit—and head to Freshwater Beach, in Sydney’s northern suburbs. The restaurant here is known for its whole suckling pig, but the café next door has a suckling-pig panino that’s just as delicious and one-fifth the price. piluatfreshwater.com.au. $