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Aquarium Seafood Garden

Locals claim that this place, where chefs toss their woks in front of guests, serves up the best seafood on Langkawi Island. The mantis prawns, green lobsters, finger mussels and soft-shell crabs are certainly very tasty and prices are definitely more reasonable than Orkid Ria over on the Pantai Cenang stretch.

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:30 and 18:00 22:30 everyday
  • Address: Lot 4111, Taman Seri, 07000, Kuah Malaysia
  • Tel: +604 966 8888
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Arabica Restaurant

If you're looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous Chinese and seafood fare in Kuah, Arabica presents a refreshing change. This air-conditioned eatery serves up unique and tasty Moroccan and Lebanese favourites.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00
  • Address: Level 3, Plaza Langkawi
  • Tel: +6013 482 7933 or +6017 660 5145
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Barn Thai Restaurant

Located within a mangrove reserve, Barn Thai is an upmarket Thai restaurant that features live jazz performances. Accessible via a 500-metre raised walkway, this restaurant serves up standard spicy Thai favourites – the food is a little pricey but keep in mind you’re not only paying for the fare but also the atmosphere.

  • Opening Hours: lunch & dinner
  • Address: Kampung Belanga pecah, Mukim Kisap, Daerah Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman
  • Tel: 603 966 6699 or +604 966 9099
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Eagle View Seafood

Serving excellent Chinese-style fried rice, this air-conditioned eatery is a welcome reprieve from the sun when you’re visiting the Eagle Square. Lunch here seems to be on the itinerary of a lot of tour operators; the food is not overly spicy and menu selections are imaginative.

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:30; 18:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Block A, Restoran Dataran Lang
  • Tel: 604 966 9898
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Langkawi Fish Farm Restaurant

Langkawi Fish Farm Restaurant is a tranquil seafood eatery that’s surrounded by a vast garden area. Offering delicious and value-for-money seafood cuisine, the indoor dining section is spacious and beautifully decorated with pirate ship replicas and fishermen lanterns hanging from the ceiling while the sea deck outside is an open-air dining space with a stunning view of the Andaman Sea.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 13:00 - 23:00
  • Location: 1986, Jalan Pantai Penarak
  • Tel: +604 966 7988
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Restoran Kak Yah Kondo

Locals will tell you that this outdoor eatery may not look like much but the food here is definitely tasty and worth every cent. Located opposite Kondo Istana, this restaurant serves a good range of freshly-cooked Malay dishes, including roti canai, roti arab, nasi campur and char kway teow.

  • Location: 16:00 – 02:00 (closed on Thursdays)
  • Address: Opposite Lot 757, Jalan Penarak, Kampung Padang Lalang, Mukim Kuah
  • Price Range: Budget
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Restoran Pak Haji Ya Nasi Ayam

Restoran Pak Haji Ayam is the perfect eatery for foreigners; if you’re not feeling adventurous but you’d like to sample a cheap yet simple local dish, then the nasi ayam at this place will be sure to whet your appetite. Nasi ayam comprises chicken stock-flavoured rice served with grilled or roasted chicken and garnished with cucumber slices, salad and home-made spicy dip.

  • Opening Hours: 09:30 – 18:00
  • Address: No. 85 & 86, Persiaran Mutiara, Pusat Dagangan, Kelana Mas
  • Tel: 6019 563 8320
  • Price Range: Budget
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Wonderland Food Restaurant

Locals claim that Wonderland serves up the best seafood on Langkawi Island; offering local favourites of traditionally cooked seafood entrees, the chilli crab is especially flavoursome. Service is friendly and prompt and the atmosphere is lovely.

  • Opening Hours: 17:30 – 23:30
  • Address: Wonderland Food Store, Lot 179, 180, 181 Pusat Perniagaan Kelana Mas, Jalan Trimula, Kuah
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Restoran Siti Fatimah

Located along Jalan Mata Air, this family-owned Malay restaurant is well known amongst locals. Featuring a wide spread of dishes, laid out buffet-style, Siti Fatimah has mostly northern-Malay cuisine at reasonable prices. Try the fried sambal fish, coconut chicken curry and the gulai ikan talang masin (salted fish curry.) Staff members are friendly and efficient.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 17:00 Thursday - Tuesday
  • Address: Bt. 5 ¼, Jalan Kampung Tok Senik, Kawasan Mata Air, Ulu Melaka
  • Cuisine: Northern Malay
  • Price Range: Budget
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The Phoenix Chinese Restaurant

Serving up the usual wide assortment of Chinese fare, The Phoenix – located within Bayview Hotel – has an extensive menu that also features vegetarian dishes. The food is reasonably priced, especially for a hote,l and service is prompt; try the tofu and kangkung dishes.

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:30; 18:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Jalan Pandak Mayah 1, Pusat Bandar Kuah
  • Tel: +604 966 1818
  • Cuisine: Seafood & vegetarian
  • Price Range: Expensive
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Water Garden Hawker Centre

During the day this kopitiam serves up mouth-watering local favourites. Try the tantalisingly sumptuous mee java goreng, the kway teow teng and the deliciously varied mixed rice. At nights this eatery is transformed into a seafood restaurant; its location in the city centre makes it especially popular and locals frequently patronise this place.

  • Opening Hours: 06:30 – 16:00; 17:30 – 23:30
  • Address: 89/ 90 Jalan Pandak Mayah 5
  • Tel: 604 966 8400
  • Price Range: Budget
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