Best restaurants in Cambodia

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Siem Reap

    Cuisine Wat Damnak

    Set in a traditional wooden house is this highly regarded restaurant from Siem Reap celeb chef Joannès Rivière. The menu delivers the ultimate contemporary Khmer dining experience. Seasonal set menus focus on market-fresh ingredients and change weekly; vegetarian options are available with advance notice.

  • Restaurants in Phnom Penh

    Palais de la Poste

    Located in one of the city’s grandest buildings, the former Banque Indochine, Palais de la Poste features old vault doors en route to the refined dining room upstairs. Dishes are presented with a decorative flourish; menu highlights include langoustine ravioli, beef carpaccio and grilled scallops with Kampot pepper.

  • Restaurants in Kampot

    Khmer Roots Cafe

    Owner Soklim's team will help you cook your own Cambodian meal at this small, family-run cafe out on Lake Tomnop Tek Krolar (aka 'Secret Lake'), near La Plantation, about 45 minutes east of Kampot via dusty back roads. Or just order à la carte and kick back and enjoy the delightfully rural surroundings amid shady trees and organic vegetable gardens.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Siem Reap

    Mahob

    The Cambodian word for food is mahob, and at this restaurant it is delicious. Set in a traditional wooden house with a contemporary twist, this place takes the same approach to cuisine as it does to decor, serving up dishes such as caramelised pork shank with ginger and black pepper, or wok-fried local beef with red tree ants. Cooking classes available.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Phnom Penh

    Vibe Cafe

    This three-storey air-conditioned cafe sets itself out as the capital's first 100% vegan restaurant, creating original homemade superfood recipes in its laboratory-like kitchen. The signature Ritual Bowl is packed full of goodness, including quinoa, beetroot, hummus and a whole lot more. It also has innovative cleansing juices such as activated charcoal, coconut water, ginger, lemon and cayenne pepper. Detox!

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kep

    Crab Market

    Eating at the crab market – a row of wooden waterfront restaurants by a wet fish market – is a quintessential Kep experience. Fresh crabs fried with Kampot pepper are a taste sensation. Crabs are kept alive in pens tethered just off the pebbly beach. You can dine at one of the restaurants or buy crab and have your guesthouse prepare it.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Battambang

    Jaan Bai

    Jaan Bai ('rice bowl' in Khmer) is Battambang's foodie treat, with a sleekly minimalist interior offset by beautiful French-Khmer tilework lining the wall. The menu likewise is successfully bold. Order a few of the small plates to experience the range of flavours, or go all out with the tasting menu: seven plates plus wine for US$15 per person (minimum two people).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kampot

    Twenty Three Bistro

    Hot damn, there's now a twice-baked cheddar soufflé in Kampot, and this is the place that loses money making it for you. We're not sure how the owners manage it, but this seems to be haute cuisine on clearance, from expats with hefty experience in world-class restaurants and a range of European cuisines. The cocktails slay, too.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Sihanoukville

    Sandan

    Loosely modelled on the beloved Phnom Penh institution Romdeng, this superb restaurant is an extension of the vocational-training programs for at-risk Cambodians run by local NGO M’lop Tapang. The menu features creative Cambodian cuisine targeted at a slightly upmarket clientele. The place is brimming with potted plants and hosts the wonderful gift shop and clothing boutique Tapang.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Siem Reap

    Spoons Cafe

    This excellent contemporary-Cambodian restaurant supports local community EGBOK (Everything's Gonna Be OK), which offers education, training and employment opportunities in the hospitality sector. The menu includes some original flavours such as trey saba (whole mackerel) with coconut-turmeric rice, tiger-prawn curry and tuk kroeung, a pungent local fish-based broth. Original cocktails are shaken, not stirred.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Siem Reap

    Marum

    Set in a delightful wooden house with a spacious garden, Marum serves up lots of vegetarian and seafood dishes, plus some mouth-watering desserts. Menu highlights include beef with red ants and chilli stir-fry, and mini crocodile burgers. Marum is part of the Tree Alliance group of training restaurants; the experience is a must.

  • Restaurants in Siem Reap

    Jomno Street Food

    Earning rave reviews for its original flavour combinations, Jomno promotes its signature platters (from US$7.50) offering a bite-size taste of a range of dishes from the Cambodian street such as naom banchok noodles and Battambang sausage. Twists on the classic amok (baked fish) include a crispy chicken amok salad and a vegan mushroom amok. Highly recommended.

  • Restaurants in Siem Reap

    Sister Srey Cafe

    Sister Srey, a funky and fun cafe on the riverfront near Psar Chaa, offers an ambitious breakfast menu, including eggs bene-delicious, which is perfect after a sunrise at the temples. Lunch is Western food with a creative twist, including burgers, wraps and salads. Profits go towards supporting the 'Hero Rats' of Apopo and demining in Cambodia.

  • Restaurants in Kampot

    Armando's Food in Progress

    Ah, the joys of skilled Italian chefs washing up in provincial Cambodia to prepare gourmet Neapolitan pizzas and Italian forest-mushroom risotto, beautifully presented and washed down with an Italian red, all for less than US$10. Kampot scores another winner. At US$5, the set lunches, which can include an entire pizza, are a steal. Exciting specials and dangerous desserts.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kampot

    Cafe Espresso

    It's worth the trip to this cafe on the outskirts of town. The owners are real foodies and offer a global menu that traipses from vegetarian quesadillas to Brazilian-style pork sandwiches and has some especially tempting breakfast options. But it is caffeine-cravers who will really be buzzing, thanks to the regionally grown coffee blends, roasted daily on-site.

  • Restaurants in Phnom Penh

    Le Broken Plate

    Canadian-Cambodian chef Narith Plong delivers a Khmer twist to the Japanese sushi and sashimi experience. Sourcing only the freshest seasonal ingredients, he works his magic behind the bar counter to create incredible omakase (chef's choice) tasting menus. Á la carte is also available, including fresh oysters and Mekong lobster miso soup. Bookings essential.

  • Restaurants in Battambang

    Cafe Eden

    This American-run social enterprise offers a relaxed space for a hearty breakfast or an afternoon coffee. The compact lunch-and-dinner menu is Asian-fusion style, with burgers, Tex-Mex tastings, some of the best fries in town and superior jam-jar shakes, all amid blissful air-con.

  • Restaurants in Phnom Penh

    Le Saint Georges

    Le Saint Georges specialises in the cuisine of southwest France, featuring a number of dishes that don't often turn up on other menus around town, including a signature cassoulet (chicken and sausage casserole) and a confit de canard made from whole fresh duck. A genuine dining experience thanks to the passionate host from Toulouse.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Phnom Penh

    Malis

    The leading Khmer restaurant in the Cambodian capital, Malis is a chic place to dine al fresco. The original menu includes beef steamed in lotus leaf, goby with Kampot peppercorns, and traditional soups and salads. It's popular for a boutique breakfast: the breakfast sets are a good deal at US$8. Book ahead for dinner or you won't get a seat.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ban Lung

    Cafe Alee

    This friendly cafe has one of the more interesting menus in town, including a generous smattering of vegetarian options, a hearty lasagne and the full gamut of Khmer food. Be sure to check the exciting specials board. It often stays open later if there is drinking to be done.