113 Bamrungraj Road
With an elegant decor combining art deco, feng shui, and Frank Lloyd Wright design principles, Dalaabaa is the perfect place to enjoy traditional Thai cuisine. Enjoy a candlelit dinner either inside or out while dining on creative dishes with a kick.
112 Rachamangla Rd
This tiny restaurant offers some of the best Khao Soi (traditional Thai curry soup) in the area. Though it has only one air-conditioned room, the food at Huen Phen is definitely worth the heat. Stick to the traditional dishes like Khao Soi or Som Tom (traditional spicy green papaya salad) and you will not be disappointed.
288/19 Chiangklan Road,
Feast on Northern Thai cuisine like visitors of old by sitting on the floor and dining while enjoying traditional Thai entertainment like the candle and sword dances. Sure it's a bit touristy, but then again, you are a tourist!
71 Charoen Prathet Road
With a beautiful interior made out of old teakwood, Antique House is also a gallery ith stunning teakwood furniture and carvings. Dine inside or out in the garden on traditional Lanna (northern) cuisine, albeit a little bit toned down for tastebuds not entirely accostomed to Thai spice. Delicious cuisine in an atmospheric setting--not to be missed!
Le Coq d'Or
11 Soi 2 Koh Klang Road
If Thai food is getting you down, journey to Le Coq d'Or to enjoy delicious French haute cuisine in an English country house setting (an odd combination, to be sure, but the restaurant has been around for over 30 years, so don't knock it!). Dine on French favorites like seared foie gras or perfectly cooked chateaubriand.
199 Th Moon Muang, Inner Moat
Occupying a house that once belonged to an exiled Burmese prince, House restaurant boasts a beautifully restored interior and an extremely relaxed setting. The bistro serves up regionally-influenced cuisine with the occasional fusion dish--perfect for midday munching or evening dining.
60/2 Moo 14 Soi Wat Padaeng, Suthep Road
The hotspot for Sunday brunch, Mi Casa also excells at delicious dinner service, offering the best Spanish cuisine outside of Spain. Mi Casa is the brainchild of Spanish expats who, after a visit to Chiang Mai, simply never left. Enjoy phenomenal tapas in their garden patio--a beautiful setting with beautiful food--who could ask for more?
Le Grand Lanna
51/4 Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Road
Located in the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi property just outside of Chiang Mai proper, Le Grand Lanna offers a luxurious dining opportunity that is not to be missed. Dine amidst the lush tropical gardens and breathe in the fragrant notes of hibiscus and jasmine, or sit in one of the artistically decorated pavilions. Local Thai specialties are served in aesthetically beautiful constructions, making each experience at Le Grand Lanna a feast for the eyes as well as the appetite!
Aroon (Rai) Restaurant
45 Th Kotchasan, E of Pratu Tha Phae
Serving up delicious Chiang Mai specialties in their open kitchen, Aroon Restaurant is a gem in this city. Each dish is made to order so as the chef prepares your dish, you can customize it based on the fresh ingredients displayed before you. Their curries are especially fragrant--enjoy them in the open-air upstairs dining room. Like what you ate? Be sure to pick up some pre-packaged spices and recipes that the restaurant offers, so you can take the flavors of Thailand home with you.
25-29 Charoenrat Road
Set on the banks of the Ping River, the Gallery is housed in a century-old teak house that offers fine Thai cuisine and art. One of the more romantic riverside restaurants, The Gallery is the perfect place to enjoy a simple Lanna meal.