Phnom Penh Restaurants

Where and What to Eat in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh restaurants range from Khmer and French diners to American-style bar and grills and budget noodle shops, contemporary delis and cafés. There are many restaurants in Phnom Penh featuring unique design themes and original décor. Besides fast food, you can also find most types of western food with many American, British, and Irish pubs, bars and restaurants serving excellent dishes. 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 also French.

Even so, you can also find most world cuisines including Mexican, Italian, German, Greek and English to Indian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Malay, Indonesian and Thai. Of course, most restaurants in Phnom Penh are Khmer, and most all other restaurants have some Khmer food on the menu. 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 great dining venues in Phnom Penh.

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Boat Noodle Restaurant

Boat Noodle has got to be one of the most unusual restaurants in Phnom Penh. It's set in an old wooden house with 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: Daily from 7am to 10pm
  • Location: #8B Street 294, one block west of Sothearos Blvd.
  • Tel: +855 12 774 287
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Chiang Mai Riverside

Chiang Mai Riverside is the place to go for some of the best authentic Thai food in Phnom Penh. 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. Catering, takeaway, and delivery is available.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
  • Location: 227Eo Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 81 872 858
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Freebird Bar & Grill

Freebird Bar & Grill is a comfortable American bar and grill that has an authentic neighbourhood feel to it. It has a beautiful wooden bar, and 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, chilli and much more. Breakfast served all day. A great place to satisfy your American food craving. Happy hours are usually between 3pm and 9pm. Take-out and free home delivery is also available.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 11pm
  • Location: 240 69 Oknha Chhun St., Phnom Penh 12101, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 17 222 712
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Friends the Restaurant (Mith Samlanh)

Friends the Restaurant is operated by the Mith Samlanh organization, which trains 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: Daily from 11am to 11pm
  • Location: House 215, Street 13, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 12 802 072
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Frizz Restaurant

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

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
  • Location: 67 Street 240, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 23 220 953
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Lemongrass Restaurant

Lemongrass Restaurant in Phnom Penh offers a very pleasant decor and atmosphere, greeting diners into its chic dining setting. 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 and Khmer dishes that may not be familiar; such as masaman nua (beef and potato in savoury peanut curry), koh tiou (caramelized pork with Kompot pepper), and gai hor baiy takhai (marinated chicken breast wrapped in lemongrass and pandan leaves).

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 11pm
  • Location: #14, Street 130, Phsa Kandal 1, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 12 996 707
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Lucky Burger

Lucky Burger is the largest and most popular fast-food chain in Cambodia. LB for short, the local company serves up surprisingly good food, and somewhat comparable to international chains.

As the name implies, Lucky Burger offers a selection of burgers, but they also have items like fried chicken, chilli dogs, popcorn chicken, and pizza. Individual set menus and family sets are available and with discount promotional offers from time to time. They are in several locations spread throughout Phnom Penh.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm
  • Location: Street 274, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Taj Mahal Restaurant

taj Mahal is a fairly new Indian restaurant, 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 refreshing yoghurt lassi.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 11.45pm
  • Location: 136 Street, # 125E0, Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 23 215 432
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Le Deli Bistro Gourmet

Le Deli Bistro Gourmet offers fresh and handmade items, with bread, yoghurt, jam, and even the mayonnaise all being homemade. They serve a wide selection of gourmet salads, soups, hot and cold sandwiches, panini, burgers, wraps, patés, and omelettes. Refreshing beverage selections include fruit juices, smoothies, and vegetable juices, among others. Delivery and catering is also available.

  • Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 11am to 2pm and from 6pm to 9.30pm (closed on Sundays)
  • Location: 178 13 Street, Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 12 851 234
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Warung Bali

Warung Bali is where you can find exotic flavours, especially if you’ve never had Indonesian food, but want to try. You can head to this small restaurant near the Royal Palace for a delicious treat.

The names of just some of the dishes include 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 and chilli, telor dadar Indonesian omelette with onion and chilli, and cumi tepung fried squid with tomato sauce.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm
  • Location: #25Eo Street 178, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 12 967 480
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