5 Best Local Restaurants in Langkawi

Langkawi’s Top Restaurants for Local Dishes

The best local restaurants in Langkawi offer a combination of charming Malaysian hospitality, open-air seating, laidback ambience, and delicious homemade dishes at a fraction of the price you’d pay at more renowned (and overhyped) restaurants. Great for savouring authentic local dishes such as nasi lemak, grilled seafood, and a variety of curries, these family-owned eateries utilise recipes that were handed down through generations.

As Langkawi caters to a global clientele, you can find a wide range of unique culinary delights here, from Thailand and Japan to Spain and France, as well as the Middle East.  However, Langkawi is famed for serving some of the best local delicacies in the country, where authentic Malay and Chinese cuisine as well as fresh seafood such as crabs, lobsters, squid, and king prawns are served in open-air restaurants by the roadside. The only downside to these eateries is that they can be difficult to spot as there are hardly any signage to point you in the right direction, so we’ve compiled a guide of Langkawi’s top restaurants for local dishes and where to find them.

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    Maya Seafood Restaurant

    Located on Langkawi’s quiet Pantai Tengah beach, Maya Seafood Restaurant is a family-owned eatery that specialises in authentic Malay and Thai cuisine. Standout dishes include the chicken curry, grilled snapper, seafood tom yam, and fried calamari. Not only is the owner very friendly and fluent in English, she’s more than happy to prepare dishes according to your preference. Unlike most restaurants in Langkawi, Maya Seafood Restaurant does not serve alcohol, but you are free to bring your own wine or beer without corkage charges.

    • Opening Hours: Wednesday - Monday 13:00 - 19:00
    • Address: Jalan Pantai Tengah, Pantai Tengah, Langkawi
    • Tel: +6017 551 9873
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    Restoran Siti Fatimah

    Restoran Siti Fatimah is one of Langkawi’s oldest restaurants, serving northern-Malay cuisine in an open buffet setting. Set in a quiet neighbourhood called Kawasan Mata Air, locals usually flock to this eatery during lunch, where they can choose from over 50 Malay dishes such as fried sambal fish, coconut chicken curry, fried chicken, gulai ikan talang masin (salted fish curry), and papaya salad. The price ranges from RM5 to RM10 for a plate of rice and three side dishes, making it one of the most affordable restaurants in Langkawi. As it can get very packed in the afternoon, we highly recommend going to Restoran Siti Fatimah at 11:00 when food is freshly prepared.

    • Opening Hours: Thursday - Tuesday 07:00 – 17:00
    • Address: Bt. 5 ¼, Jalan Kampung Tok Senik, Kawasan Mata Air, Langkawi
    • Tel: +604 955 2754
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    Restoran Haji Ali Nasi Kandar Asli

    True to its name, Restoran Haji Ali Nasi Kandar Asli’s speciality lies within its steamed white rice and wide assortment of Malay-Indian side dishes. This open-air restaurant is furnished with simple plastic tables and chairs while side dishes such as fried chicken and seafood as well as lamb and mutton curries are laid out in a buffet spread. Diners can also enjoy fried noodles, tandoori chicken, and several types of naan breads fresh from the oven. For drinks, we highly recommend the teh tarik, which is a mixture of black tea and condensed milk poured between two glasses, resulting in a smooth texture and a thick frothy top.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 – 00:00
    • Address: Lot 98, Pusat Dagangan Kelana Mas 07000 Kuah,Langkawi Kedah
    • Tel: +604 966 6886
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    Okay Boss Restaurant

    Perfect for when you’re tired of touristy eateries along Pantai Cenang, Okay Boss Restaurant offers arguably the most authentic Malaccan delicacies in Langkawi. The restaurant is set opposite Underwater World Langkawi where mostly locals frequent during dinnertime. Best paired with a plate of steamed rice, its food menu consists of fish, vegetables, and chicken cooked in various styles. Its signature assam pedas is a must-try, which comprises of Spanish mackerel in a sour and spicy stew. Do note that Okay Boss Restaurant is run by a Muslim couple, so alcoholic beverages are not served here.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 20:00 – 04:00
    • Address: Jalan Pantai Cenang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
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    Bella Restaurant

    Bella Restaurant is a popular breakfast spot in Pantai Cenang, serving tasty Malaysian and Western-style dishes at affordable prices. Like most local eateries in Langkawi, Bella Restaurant is an open-air establishment with several ceiling fans as well as simple wooden and plastic furnishing. For less than RM10, diners can enjoy a number of local favourites such as nasi lemak, various styles of roti canai, homemade noodles, soups, and curries, as well as fresh juices, tea, coffee, muesli, croissants, pancakes, toast, and potato wedges.

    • Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 22:30
    • Address: Jalan Pantai Cenang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
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