11 Best Restaurants in Siem Reap For a Sit Down Meal

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Let me start by saying, the food in Siem Reap is utterly fantastic. After living there for 4 months, we found these are the best restaurants in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

best restaurants in siem reap

When we travel, we love to treat ourselves to some delicious food, and what better way than to find the best restaurants in town? Since we were in Siem Reap for so long, we were able to try out quite a few different restaurants. 

Siem Reap has so many different types of dining with street food, stalls, and sit-down restaurants. These are the best restaurants in Siem Reap for a sit-down meal. Perfect for a relaxing evening after a long day at the temples. 

This post is all about the best restaurants in Siem Reap, Cambodia. 

Best Restaurants in Siem Reap:

1. Maybe Later Mexican Bar and Grill

Fish Taco & Barbacoa Taco at Maybe Later Mexican Bar & Grill Smothered Burrito at Maybe Later Mexican Bar & Grill Churros with Chocolate Sauce at Maybe Later Mexican Bar & Grill

On any given day, you will find the owner Will there with his wife, beautiful daughter, and dog Nacho. They are incredibly hospitable and always check in to make sure the food is good and that you are having a great time. I think the endless stream of Taco Tuesdays and intermittent visits would prove so.

We had it all: barbacoa tacos, beef tacos, carnitas tacos, nachos, churros, a smothered burrito, and their famous fish tacos (so, so good). All was washed down with their perfect, and clean margaritas. We had both the house margarita and our absolute favorite, the chile mango margarita. Everything they have is fresh and you can truly taste the difference.

Our perfect meal would be two fish tacos each, a carnitas taco each, and some churros with chocolate dipping sauce for dessert. Add to that as many margaritas as we can fit in during that time. Taco Tuesdays are a great time to go. They have $1.50 tacos (+$0.50 for barbacoa and fish tacos), $2.50 house margaritas, $2.50 Coronas, and Sauza Tequilla shots for $1.50.

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2. WILD – Creative Bar & Eatery

So Fresh! Absinthe cocktail at WILD - Creative Bar & Eatery Fried Spring rolls at WILD - Creative Bar & Eatery

Voted “best 2018 bar lounge” in Cambodia by the Khmer magazine Sovrin, and subsequently reigning #1 restaurant on TripAdvisor, out of 920 restaurants in Siem Reap, this is not a place you want to miss on your trip.

The restaurant is owned and operated by Lorraine and Renaud, two ex-pats from France that took the plunge to leave the corporate world in pursuit of their own entrepreneurial dreams. We went twice, and as a result, we’re able to meet them both. They are amazing individuals and the first ones to welcome you to the restaurant with a smile and a “hello,” or in our case, welcome back!

The drinks are so refreshing and the spring rolls are aaaaamazing. We thought it such a creative niche, and they have perfected it. While we tried many of their drinks, our favorites were the “So Fresh!” and “Californication.” The “Californication” is served with a side of chile-infused water if you want to spice up the drink. Don’t be afraid, dump it all in and maybe even ask for more if you dare. On the spring roll side, it was so good we ordered the same thing each time: the “Cambodian” served with duck (Alicia), the “Cheesy” cheese and basil (Nate), and the “Taco Loco” (both, but we had to arm wrestle for the third which meant Alicia got to eat two).”

3. Jungle Burger Sports Bar & Bistro

JBs Famous Pulled Porker Pulled Pork Cheese and Bacon Pie at Jungle Bar Sports Bar & Bistro JB's Sloppy Joe Burger with Beer at Jungle Bar Sports Bar & Bistro

Words cannot describe how amazing the food is here. I mean, before we ever went to JB’s, our mouths were watering looking at the menu online. We were craving bar food in a serious way and while the burgers brought us in for our first visit, we quickly returned two more times because of the atmosphere and because we wanted to try everything on their menu.

Our favorite menu items were JB’s Sloppy Joe Burger, the breaded chicken strips, JB’s Mac and Cheese, and JBs Famous Pulled Porker Pulled Pork Cheese and Bacon Pie. I mean if we could eat this all day, every day, we would just rotate them and be completely happy. Also, the fries are delicious.

When they ask you if you would like them seasoned, always answer with “yes please!” If we could go back, we would definitely try their pizzas, hot dogs, and sub sandwiches; essentially the entire menu.

On the drink side, we loved their frozen Chilly Mango Margarita. With a hint of spice, it is totally refreshing. Also, if you just want an ice-cold draft beer served in a frosty mug, they have them and for just $1. With certain menu items, like burgers or pies, it is part of the meal.

4. The Hideout Barista & Lounge

Beef Lok Lak at The Hideout Barista & Lounge Mango Smoothie at The Hideout Barista & Lounge

The Hideout was our working cafe during the first part of our Siem Reap Trip. It was such a comfortable spot to spread out our laptops and get s#$@ done.

Iced and hot lattes were our beverage of choice and both were excellent. Some days we managed to stay for lunch and dinner and they have a slew of great menu items.

On the top of our list were their Beef Lok Lok, pork wrap, and chicken sandwich. All were hearty and delicious and all were consumed a multitude of times. We also tossed back a few of their pizzas and their burger was excellent. Their fries…well their fries are very delicious. The only thing better than the fries they serve is the sauce they serve it with. 

Their happy hour, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, is also great. We found ourselves ordering $.50 draft beers, or $2 jugs quite often. While we mainly hung out in the cafe area, they did have a bustling bar upstairs equipped with two pool tables and good music.

5. The Hive

Fresh Pressed Juice at The Hive Siem Reap Flat White and Latte at The Hive Siem Reap

The Hive is a great cafe and breakfast spot. They are very well known for their fresh-pressed juices and for good reason. We tried other fresh-pressed juices in the area, but nothing compared to the Hive. The portion size of the juice is far superior to the other cafes we found, and the frothy tops of the juice were a pleasant reminder of just how fresh they actually were.

We tried just about every juice they had, and they were all excellent. In fact, we enjoyed them so much that we took part in their juice program twice. Juices range from $3 to $3.50, but depending on the juice program, you can purchase them for a slight discount. We opted for the six juices for $15 bringing them to about $2.50 a piece.

On top of drinking our juices, we typically would split a breakfast. Our favorites were the Eggs Benedict with hash brown, smashed Avocado, and the breakfast burrito. 

6. Malis

Royal Mak Mee at Malis Restaurant Siem Reap Dining Table at Malis Restaurant Siem Reap

This was definitely one of the fancier meals we ate and entirely well done. The team here was amazing, warm, and welcoming.

First up, we ordered one of their signature dishes, Royal Mak Mee, per the server’s recommendation. The dish consists of crispy fried noodles topped with pan-fried sliced pork, marinated in Kroeng and fragrant lemongrass, and slowly cooked in coconut milk. The presentation is absolutely phenomenal. The crispy noodles and main dish contents are brought to the table, each separated. The pan-fried sliced pork is poured over the crispy noodles in front of you, followed by the rest of the dish, and mixed together for one of the most delicious dishes we have had in Cambodia. 

Second, was the traditional Khmer dish, Fish Amok. The dish is made with goby fish fillets marinated in lemongrass curry paste and steamed in a banana leaf basket. When it comes to the table it is presented in what looked like a longtail boat centerpiece. Served with steamed rice, the dish was an amazing share between the two of us.

7. Cuisine Wat Damnak

Scrambled duck eggs in "pong tia kone" style, crispy confit Karata pepper and laksa leaves at Cuisine Wat Damnak Cuisine Wat Damnak Entrance

Cuisine Wat Damnak is set in a traditional Cambodian wooden house in the heart of Siem Reap’s Wat Damnak village; it is absolutely beautiful. For us, this is a special occasion restaurant and well worth the $30 per person. It is important to note that the menu is not ala carte, with the exception of the drink menu. It is a seven-course tasting menu, with a plant-based alternative, so make sure you go there hungry. They can accommodate almost any dietary requirements you have IF you let them know in advance. We highly recommend making a reservation. This is also a great time to notify them if you have any dietary requirements.

What blew us away most about this restaurant is the revolving menu. It changes frequently, sometimes week to week, to incorporate the freshest ingredients Siem Reap has to offer in their dishes. If you are interested in seeing what the menu is prior to dining with them, just head over to the restaurant’s website where they update it regularly.

Our entire meal was breathtaking and the dishes we couldn’t get enough of were the scrambled duck eggs in “pong tia kone” style, crispy confit Karata pepper, and laksa leaves and the dark Cambodian chocolate steamed cake, pandan whipped cream, and caramelized rice pralines. 

If you have a special occasion, this is the place. If you don’t have one, make one up and get over there anyway.

8. Il Vicolo

Vegetariana and Spicy Salami Pizza at Il Vicolo

We were craving pizza as we walked about Pub Street one evening and were recommended Il Vicolo. 

We wanted to try all the pizzas, but since we could not, we decided on two half pizzas: the Vegetariana and Spicy Salami. To be clear, both were positively mouth-watering, but we were surprised that we liked the Vegetariana just slightly more. In the end, we were excited to have some leftovers to take home with us. I don’t know if it counts, but I had “leftovers” when we got home that night while Alicia waited the traditional 24 hours to consume her next bite.

We were also very much in the mood for some bubbly, so we ordered a couple of their delicious Bellini’s over dinner. This place is a total gem and will one day be a TripAdvisor superpower.  

9. Footprint Cafes

Cambodia Vegetable Curry at Footprint Cafe's Vegan Muesli Smoothie and Pdog’s Vegan Peanut Butter Smoothie at Footprint Cafe's

When we were looking for a local breakfast spot with healthy smoothies, we came across the Footprint Cafe. We looked up their menu, and pictures, and were dead set on ordering their Vegan Muesli Smoothie (Muesli, Banana, Mango, & Almond Milk) and since Nate was craving a peanut butter smoothie, the Pdog’s Vegan Peanut Butter Smoothie (Homemade peanut butter with spinach, fresh green apple, and banana).

Typically, our MO is to order a smoothie, or fresh-pressed juice, and share an entree. And we did just this, however, the smoothies were a full-blown meal for us. We were so full after drinking them we couldn’t believe we were going to have to eat a meal. While we were there for breakfast, we couldn’t help but try the Cambodia Vegetable Curry (A hearty coconut curry packed full of vegetables including sweet potato, carrots, onions, and long beans). This was so creamy and so delicious, especially the curry-soaked sweet potato chunks. It was served with steamed rice and the portion was such that it should definitely be shared.

10. Elia Greek Kitchen

Chicken Ahtarmas, pita bread, and mustard sauce at Elia Greek Kitchen

Elia Greek Kitchen is a very cute and well-decorated restaurant with both outdoor and indoor seating. Located right in the Pub Street area, this is a perfect stop for lunch or dinner. 

We started with an ice-cold beer and their house-made Sangria after stepping out from the hot Cambodian sun. The Sangria was wonderful and we wish we had ordered the pitcher instead of the individual glass.

For lunch, we ordered, and shared, the Chicken Ahtarmas. It was a beautiful dish composed of bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, and onion, sauteed in a traditional Greek spiced tomato seasoning, served with pita bread and mustard sauce. The chicken and veggies were cooked to perfection and the pita bread, still warm from the oven, was perfect with their mouth-watering mustard sauce. The portion size was amazing and we walked/hobbled away so we were so full. The menu is huge so you could go there many times and be wowed by a different meal each time.

11. Gelato and Coffee Lab

Stracciatella Gelato at Gelato and Coffee Lab
Stracciatella Gelato at Gelato and Coffee Lab

If you have been or will be heading to Siem Reap, it is hard to imagine a trip without stopping by Gelato and Coffee Lab. This was our dessert of choice when our cravings struck. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, you will once you try this place. Set in Pub Street, it is a busy place and for good reason. It is amazing and very inexpensive.

If you want to try several of their flavors before making your purchase, just ask and they happily oblige. If you can’t decide which one to get and have a tie (which we always seem to), get two of their small sizes. Our personal favorites were the Stracciatella (Flor di latte, 80% organic dark chocolate chips) and the Tiramisu (El Salvador Coffee Beans, La Fattoria’s fresh mascarpone). You can’t go wrong at this place and it is worth a few, or more, visits. They also have a cute sitting area in the alley and just inside. 

This post was all about the best restaurants in Siem Reap for a sit-down meal. 

8. Il Vicolo

Vegetariana and Spicy Salami Pizza at Il Vicolo

We were craving pizza as we walked about Pub Street one evening and were recommended Il Vicolo. 

We wanted to try all the pizzas, but since we could not, we decided on two half pizzas: the Vegetariana and Spicy Salami. To be clear, both were positively mouth-watering, but we were surprised that we liked the Vegetariana just slightly more. In the end, we were excited to have some leftovers to take home with us. I don’t know if it counts, but I had “leftovers” when we got home that night while Alicia waited the traditional 24 hours to consume her next bite.

We were also very much in the mood for some bubbly, so we ordered a couple of their delicious Bellini’s over dinner. This place is a total gem and will one day be a TripAdvisor superpower.  

9. Footprint Cafes

Cambodia Vegetable Curry at Footprint Cafe's Vegan Muesli Smoothie and Pdog’s Vegan Peanut Butter Smoothie at Footprint Cafe's

When we were looking for a local breakfast spot with healthy smoothies, we came across the Footprint Cafe. We looked up their menu, and pictures, and were dead set on ordering their Vegan Muesli Smoothie (Muesli, Banana, Mango, & Almond Milk) and since Nate was craving a peanut butter smoothie, the Pdog’s Vegan Peanut Butter Smoothie (Homemade peanut butter with spinach, fresh green apple, and banana).

Typically, our MO is to order a smoothie, or fresh-pressed juice, and share an entree. And we did just this, however, the smoothies were a full-blown meal for us. We were so full after drinking them we couldn’t believe we were going to have to eat a meal. While we were there for breakfast, we couldn’t help but try the Cambodia Vegetable Curry (A hearty coconut curry packed full of vegetables including sweet potato, carrots, onions, and long beans). This was so creamy and so delicious, especially the curry-soaked sweet potato chunks. It was served with steamed rice and the portion was such that it should definitely be shared.

10. Elia Greek Kitchen

Chicken Ahtarmas, pita bread, and mustard sauce at Elia Greek Kitchen

Elia Greek Kitchen is a very cute and well-decorated restaurant with both outdoor and indoor seating. Located right in the Pub Street area, this is a perfect stop for lunch or dinner. 

We started with an ice-cold beer and their house-made Sangria after stepping out from the hot Cambodian sun. The Sangria was wonderful and we wish we had ordered the pitcher instead of the individual glass.

For lunch, we ordered, and shared, the Chicken Ahtarmas. It was a beautiful dish composed of bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, and onion, sauteed in a traditional Greek spiced tomato seasoning, served with pita bread and mustard sauce. The chicken and veggies were cooked to perfection and the pita bread, still warm from the oven, was perfect with their mouth-watering mustard sauce. The portion size was amazing and we walked/hobbled away so we were so full. The menu is huge so you could go there many times and be wowed by a different meal each time.

11. Gelato and Coffee Lab

Stracciatella Gelato at Gelato and Coffee Lab
Stracciatella Gelato at Gelato and Coffee Lab

If you have been or will be heading to Siem Reap, it is hard to imagine a trip without stopping by Gelato and Coffee Lab. This was our dessert of choice when our cravings struck. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, you will once you try this place. Set in Pub Street, it is a busy place and for good reason. It is amazing and very inexpensive.

If you want to try several of their flavors before making your purchase, just ask and they happily oblige. If you can’t decide which one to get and have a tie (which we always seem to), get two of their small sizes. Our personal favorites were the Stracciatella (Flor di latte, 80% organic dark chocolate chips) and the Tiramisu (El Salvador Coffee Beans, La Fattoria’s fresh mascarpone). You can’t go wrong at this place and it is worth a few, or more, visits. They also have a cute sitting area in the alley and just inside. 

This post was all about the best restaurants in Siem Reap for a sit-down meal. 

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