Phnom Penh Restaurants

Where and What to Eat in Phnom Penh

Foreign Correspondents’ Club - Phnom Penh

The dining scene in Phnom Penh has matured and become much more sophisticated in recent years. There are now many excellent dining venues to satisfy all tastes and budgets. They range from Khmer and French restaurants, to American-style bar & grills to budget noodle shops, to contemporary delis and cafés. There are many restaurants featuring unique design themes and original décor.

And, yes, fast food is also here. Most types of western food are here, and many American, British, and Irish pubs and bars are also restaurants serving excellent food. Because Cambodia was a French colony, and because of the country's long exposure to French cuisine, it is not surprising that many of Phnom Penh’s finest restaurants are French.

You can find most world cuisine here, including American, Mexican, Italian, German, Greek, English, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Malay, Indonesian and Thai, just to name a few. Of course, the majority of restaurants in Phnom Penh are Khmer, and most all other restaurants have some Khmer food on the menu. Khmer food is very similar to the food of other Southeast Asian countries, although Khmer cooking is generally not as spicy.

There are restaurants all over town, but some areas of the city have a greater concentration of eateries. These are the riverfront along Sisowath Quay, and the Boeung Keng Kang 1 area south of the Independence Monument. Below we have listed a sampling of a few dining venues in Phnom Penh.


Alley Cat Café

Tasty Mexican and Tex Mex is what you will find at this hideaway restaurant. From burritos to tacos to enchiladas to nachos to quesadillas, all your Mexican food favorites are here. Burgers, sandwiches and salads are also served up. Try a Fat Cat double burger. Beer, cocktails, milkshakes, and other beverages are available and to set the mood they have live acoustic music.

Opening Hours: The kitchen is open from 10:00 to 22:00. The bar is open until late.
Location: In the alley west of Street 19 & south of Street 178 (near Royal Palace)
Remarks: Delivery available
Tel: +855-12-306845
Price Range: Affordable


 

Boat Noodle Restaurant

This has got to be one of the most unusual restaurants in the city. In an old wooden house, there are many large and small rooms filled with an eclectic mix of Cambodian and other antiques. Each room is different, and a pleasant surprise. Some rooms have low tables where you can lean on pillows and really relax while you eat. There is also a leafy garden with many water features. They serve Khmer and Thai cuisine, such as tom yam, Khmer curry, spring rolls, steamed fish, BBQ, and much more. The staff is very welcoming and pleasant. In the evening, musicians play traditional Khmer music. This place is more of an experience than just a restaurant. Even if you don’t eat there, it is worth a visit.

Opening Hours: From 07:00 to 22:00
Location: #8B Street 294, one block west of Sothearos Blvd.
Tel: 012- 774287, 011-439805
Price Range: Affordable

Chiang Mai Riverside

For some of the best authentic Thai food in Phnom Penh, Chiang Mai Riverside is the place to go. They also feature excellent Khmer, Asian, western, and vegetarian dishes. For lunch and dinner, the delicious food makes this is one of the most popular restaurants in Phnom Penh.

Opening Hours: From 10:00 to 22:00
Location: 227Eo Sisowath Quay, on the riverfront
Remarks: Catering, take away, and delivery is available.
Tel: +855-12-832369, 011-872858
Price Range: Affordable

Foreign Correspondents’ Club - Phnom Penh

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Cambodia

Usually called FCC, or just “the F”, this famous restaurant has been here for many years, and is a Phnom Penh landmark. In a former French colonial villa, the restaurant and bar is located on the second floor, and it overlooks the Tonle Sap River. In its heyday, it was the gathering place and watering hole for journalists and expats, but is nowadays frequented mostly by tourists. The kitchen offers a good selection of western and Asian cuisine, and wood-fired oven pizza. Read More...

Opening Hours: From 07:00 to 12 midnight
Location: #363 Sisowath Quay, corner Street 178, near the Royal Palace
Tel: +855-23-724014
Price Range: Affordable

Freebird Bar & Grill

This comfortable American bar and grill has an authentic neighborhood feel to it. It has a beautiful wooden bar, and the comfortable seating encourages good conversation in a friendly atmosphere. The extensive menu features a selection of American, Tex Mex and other western cooking. On the menu are pizzas, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, pasta, stews, steaks, chili and much more. Breakfast served all day. A great place to satisfy your American food craving.

Opening Hours: Happy hour: 15:00 - 21:00. Open from 07:00 to 23:00.
Location: #69 Street 240, east of Norodom Blvd.
Remarks: Take-out and free home delivery available.
Tel: +885-23-224712
Price Range: Affordable - Pricey

Friends – The Restaurant (Mith Samlanh)

Operated by the Mith Samlanh organization, they train former street kids and poor children in the cooking and service skills needed by the hospitality industry. They offer tapas, vegetarian dishes, seafood, Khmer dishes, and a variety of set menus. They are known for delicious fruit shakes, margaritas and daiquiris. At Friends the food is great, and the prices are reasonable.

Opening Hours: From 11:00 to 21:00
Location: No. 215 Street 13, near the National Museum
Tel: +855-12-802072
Price Range: Affordable

Frizz Restaurant

This is a family-style restaurant serving both Khmer and some international cuisine. They have the usual Cambodian food favorites, including fish amok, Cambodian barbecue, and Chhnang Phnom Pleung (translated as volcano pot). They have a helpful photo menu for those not familiar with Khmer food and also offer Cambodian cooking classes.

Opening Hours: From 10:00 to 22:00
Location: #67 Street 240, between Norodom Blvd. and Street 19
Tel: +855-23-220953, 012-845525
Price Range: Affordable

Garden Center Café

Garden Center Café

This long-established and popular cafe offers a wide selection of Asian and western meals, and vegetarian dishes. The wide-ranging menu includes steaks, baked ham, baked salmon, burgers, quiche, fish dishes, salads, pasta, Mexican food, and European breakfasts. The restaurant is family-style dining, decorated with many pictures on the walls.

Opening Hours: From 07:00 to 22:00
Location: #4 Street 57, between Street 278 and Street 282, south of Sihanouk Blvd.
Tel: +855-23-997851, 092-206582, 012-870471
Price Range: Pricey

Khmer Surin Restaurant

Situated in an old Khmer-style building, this is one of the oldest and most famous Khmer cuisine restaurants in Phnom Penh. The menu offers both Khmer and Thai food, served in a beautifully decorated, tranquil and relaxing setting. They promote Cambodian culture through traditional cooking, furnishings, music, and dance. The extensive menu includes stir-fried dishes, deep-fried dishes, curry, grills, steamed dishes, soups, and salads. There is western-style seating, and Thai-style seating on cushions.

Opening Hours: From 10:00 to 22:30
Location: #9 Street 57, 2 blocks south of Sihanouk Blvd.
Remarks: Take out and free delivery available
Tel: 023-993163, 012-887320, 012-797539
Price Range: Affordable

K-West Brasserie-Bar

K-West Brasserie-Bar at Amanjaya Pancam Hotel

A stylish riverfront restaurant and bar, K-West is part of the Amanjaya Pancam Hotel. The decor is ‘brasserie’, and a kind of blend of modern art with hardwood floors. They offer a wide range of Asian and European dishes including French and Mediterranean cuisine with a large choice of chef’s specials, and feature steak, beef rib, salmon, fish, salads, fried potatoes, lasagna, and more. Their Khmer cuisine menu has such favorites as beef Lok Lak, amok fish, spring rolls, etc. Sitting at the long bar, you get a good view of the Tonlé Sap River. They have a large selection bottle or draft beers, cocktails, and wine.

Opening Hours: Happy hour from 18:00 to 20:00. Open from 06:30 to 12 midnight.
Location: #1 Street 154, at the corner of Sisowath Quay
Remarks: Free Wi-Fi
Tel: 023-214747
Price Range: Pricey

Lemongrass Restaurant

Lemongrass Restaurant

A very pleasant decor and atmosphere greets diners in this chic restaurant. Serving authentic, classical Thai and Khmer cuisine, all the usual dishes are here, such as pad Thai, tom yum gung, som tam, and lok lak. They also specialize in some Thai & Khmer dishes that may not be familiar; such as masaman nua (beef & potato in savory peanut curry), koh tiou (caramelized pork with Kompot pepper), and gai hor baiy takhai (marinated chicken breast wrapped in lemongrass & pandanas leaves).

Opening Hours: Happy hour is 10:00 to 18:00. Open from 11:00 to 21:00.
Location: #14 Street 130, near Sisowath Quay
Tel: +855-23-222705, 012-996707
Price Range: Affordable

Lucky Burger

The largest and most popular fast-food chain in Cambodia, LB is a local company. Surprisingly, the food is quite good, and somewhat comparable to international chains. As the name implies, they have a selection of burgers, but they also have items like fried chicken, chili dogs, popcorn chicken, and pizza. Individual set menus and family sets are available, with discount promotions from time to time.

Opening Hours: From 08:00 to 21:00
Location: Five locations in Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-215229

My Home Restaurant

For such a small and new restaurant, the breakfast, lunch and dinner menu here is very extensive. On the breakfast menu, you can choose from omelets, fried eggs, pancakes, waffles, and breakfast sets. For lunch, the 12 different kinds of sandwiches include burgers, smoked salmon, chicken avocado, Tex Mex, more. For dinner, you can start with any of the 28 kinds of appetizers and salads (bruschetta, camembert salad, taco salad, etc.). The dinner menu has 37 main dishes (chicken fajitas, Moroccan lamb, Irish stew, etc.), 22 kinds of pasta, and 22 kinds of pizza. They also have Khmer dishes, soup, crepes, and a complete drinks menu.

Opening Hours: From 08:00 to 22:00
Location: #369Eo Sisowath Quay, north of the Royal Palace
Tel: +855-12-801906, 099-933959

Shan Dong Restaurant

If you don’t know what hand pulled noodles are, you can find out here. All noodle dishes here are made by hand. This pull-noodle soup can’t be beat, and tastes great with a dash of chili. Dumplings come fried, boiled, and in soup. Main dishes include fish, beef, duck, chicken, squid, frog, and more. They also serve Szechuan, vegetarian, and stir-fry dishes. Upstairs dining room available.

Opening Hours: From 08:30 to 21:30
Location: 103 Street 136, west of the Central Market
Tel: +855-12-851386, 012-886966
Price Range: Budget

Taj Mahal

A fairly new Indian restaurant, Taj Mahal is tucked away in the Sihanouk/Monivong area. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, the food is excellent. All the best of great Indian and Pakistani food is served here. Meat and vegetarian dishes include: curry, dal, allo, masala, tikka, tandori, pakora, samosa, briyani, pratha, and more. All authentic, and all delicious. Of course they serve great value thali meals, along with yogurt lassi.

Opening Hours: From 09:00 to 22:00
Location: #68Eo Street 111, just north of Sihanouk Blvd.
Remarks: Free delivery
Tel: +855-23-6999446, 099-603075
Price Range: Budget

The Deli

This is a restaurant and bakery in one, with fresh and handmade items featured on the menu. The bread, yoghurt, jam, and even the mayonnaise are homemade here. They serve a wide selection of gourmet salads, soups, hot and cold sandwiches, panini, burgers, wraps, patés, and omelets. Beverages include fruit juices, smoothies, vegetable juices, etc.

Opening Hours: From 07:00 to 21:00. Closed on Sunday.
Location: #13 Street 178, just east of Norodom Blvd.
Remarks: Delivery and catering available
Tel: +855-23-222234, 012-851234
Price Range: Affordable

Warung Bali

If you’ve never had Indonesian food, but want to try, head to this small restaurant for a delicious treat. The names of just some of the dishes: Rendang daging – stewed beef in coconut sauce, ayam goreng kecap – deep fried chicken with soy sauce, ikan bumbu bali – fried fish with sweet soy bean & chili, telor dadar – Indonesian omelet with onion and chili, cumi tepung – fried squid with tomato sauce.

Opening Hours: From 09:00 to 21:00
Location: #25Eo Street 178, near the National Museum
Tel: +855-12-967480, 012-831528
Price Range: Budget

Related Pages

What to Eat in Cambodia

The country’s food culture is not to be missed. In the Khmer diet, rice and freshwater fish play big roles because of the abundance of both. Cambodia has two main sources of natural fresh water, the Mekong river and the Tonle Sap, a huge lake connected to the Mekong. Read More...

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