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“rather inexpensive food with OK quality - but not really tasty”

Karon Cafe Steakhouse & Thai Cuisine
Ranked #82 of 356 Restaurants in Karon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 2 - US$ 19
Cuisines: Asian, Thai, Contemporary
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Good for: Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Karon Cafe, is Phuket's Original and Longest Standing Steakhouse.Famed for it's Fresh Chilled Steaks and Hearty good Value Meals. Karon Cafe has Grown to include a Healthy Salad Bar,a Yummy Daily Soup Bar, Fresh Seafood Menus, Which include Pacific Oysters Phuket Lobsteryummy fish and Chips.We are Proud to include our Classic Thai Cuisine, Kids Menus and Vegetarian Menus all at extremely good value. We smoke our own ribs and offer all you can eat roast beef meals and Rib delight nights. Our Wine Cellar and tropical Fruit Cocktails are Popular and well stocked. During the Day our Cafe Menus are famous. We do a great value Breakfast menu till 1:30 pm with mini Buffet and Yummy Hunger stopper Baked Sandwiches on offer through out the day.We have Air conditioning inside with baby chairs as well. As we maintain a safe Family environment. We have a Classic Street Side Cafe in Heart of Karon Phuket with Tables outside and on balcony with Killer Coffees and Steamers.
Moscow, Russia
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“rather inexpensive food with OK quality - but not really tasty”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2012

it is OK to have a dinner there if you are near already - but definitely not worth a trip. Tom Yam soup was only average (but contains a lot of seafood), seafood casserole wasn't tasty, fried calamary were sliced too thin portion and too small.

Visited March 2012
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0vereasy, Manager at Karon Cafe Steakhouse & Thai Cuisine, responded to this review, 20 March 2012
Perfeo,

I am sorry to read that we did not impress you as much as we would have hoped, but at least you thought Karon Cafe was a value and you were not over-charged for what you did not experience. We do our best to offer value along with quality. As always it is good to read the reviews and comments from travelers so that we can continue to strive to improve our products and services.

But, to each his own, and we do appreciate that you stopped by and left a review. I will review with our staff the dishes you comment on, see if we can improve them, and I promise we will always try harder.

Happy Travels to you.

For our readers: Please put this review into perspective by clicking on this reviewers name and checking their other reviews and scores. We felt a lot better after doing that :-)
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“Best Ribs in Thailand”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2012

I can't believe I found ribs this good in Thailand. I had ribs all over in my weeks in Thailand but none could compare to the ribs I had at KCS. Lightly smoked, fall off the bone with a little bit of chew to it, not all that dissimilar to the ribs I've had in the southern US. The only "problem" I had at KCS was filling up on the Curried Carrot soup before my ribs were served. A very addicting and unique soup.

  • Visited November 2011
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0vereasy, Manager at Karon Cafe Steakhouse & Thai Cuisine, responded to this review, 15 March 2012
khillebrandt,

thanks for stopping by our restaurant in Karon and thanks for thinking enough of our ribs to leave such a nice review. we are now smoking and serving more ribs everyday than we did previously so its good to know all that hard work is being appreciated by you and all of our other customers.

although steak and ribs are what our customers typically come to enjoy and comment about its also great to hear again that our soups are also considered to be worthy of praise. every day we offer 3 on our all you can eat salad bar and this year it was decided to offer one each day that would be new and quite different from what can be usually found in a Phuket restaurant. please come back an sample or Curried Eggplant Bisque or the New England Style Clam Chowder, i would love to know what you think.

we look forward to the day that you will return to Karon Cafe Steak - Thai for some more BBQ Ribs and hopefully you will let us know how we are doing in regard to our steaks and Thai food too.

Happy Trails!
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Pattaya, Thailand
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“Always Consistent!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

Whenever I'm in Karon , this is my favorite spot to eat.! Day or nite , very tasty.

  • Visited November 2011
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Karon-Steakhouse, Manager at Karon Cafe Steakhouse & Thai Cuisine, responded to this review, 17 August 2012
Hello & Thank you for taking the time to
post your experience with our food and service
at Karon Cafe Phuket.

Thank you for the feedback .

We like Your fine words thank you.

Our chefs have worked hard to make
sure our Ribs remain best in the market

I am sure other readers will visit us for

Slow Smoked Kissed Ribs

based on your feedback

Safe and Happy Travels
Thank you

Daniel
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“A Little Taste of Home!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

My husband and I live in St. Martin and travel quite extensively. One of our favorite dishes, worldwide, is ribs. Whether they be saucy, smoked, dry-rubbed, we just can't resist and we rate Karon Cafe at one of the very top places on our "Rib List." Definitely, North Carolina style with a rich, smoky flavor. Excellent. We discovered the cafe when looking for breakfast (also excellent) after one of our long beach walks and we found their service and food to be exceptional. Even though a long walk from our hotel, worth every effort. Highly recommend!

  • Visited February 2012
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0vereasy, Manager at Karon Cafe Steakhouse & Thai Cuisine, responded to this review, 1 March 2012
sxmdiver,

thank you so much for considering Karon Cafe's "coconut smoke-kissed" ribs to be some of the best you have eaten during your globetrotting travels. as i have mentioned in some of my other replies below we put a lot into making sure our ribs are the best we can produce. from carefully selecting and cutting the ribs, to the dry dub mix we use to season them, and then the low and slow smoking with local natural charcoal and dried coconut husks, and then finally finishing them off with our home-made BBQ sauce.

i must also thank you for mentioning the breakfast buffet and i am pleased it was good enough to encourage you to come back around for dinner. like everything else we've been serving in Karon Cafe for the last 23 years we take our breakfast fare seriously, and we try to cater to the broad spectrum of international guests who come to our little family owned restaurant.

i hope your dive trip was as enjoyable as anticipated, and that you'll both come back soon to enjoy all that Phuket has to offer.

Happy Trails!
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“our favourite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

we were in karon for 10 nights and i think we spent 6 of them in here, something we have never done before,it was the only place that suited all in our group,the thai food was beautiful,as where the western dishes, i chose the steak and rib combo one evening and it was the best steak i`ve had in ages and the ribs were amazing,we were chatting to a young Australin couple on our boat trip and they asked us if we could recommend a restaurant in karon so we suggested the karon cafe,they were in there finishinf their meal when we walked in,they were over the moon and said it was one of the best meals they had had,also in the bar opposite they have a live singer so its a great place to sit after your meal, having a few drinks and just watching the world go by.The only small problem we had which wasn`t just here was making ourselves understood, we found that straying from the menu even a little was a problem, although not a big enough one to stop us returning night after night.Another great sign was that its always busy. Thankyou all for some great food and lovely evenings

Visited February 2012
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0vereasy, Manager at Karon Cafe Steakhouse & Thai Cuisine, responded to this review, 1 March 2012
debs29,

thanks for coming back time and again, and also for recommending Karon Cafe to the people you met. we put a lot of time and effort into our ribs and they have become a signature dish of the restaurant along with our steaks.

i can see from your review history here in TripAdvisor that you do get around, and enjoy some very nice places. i appreciate that you feel we are as good as the rest, it means a lot. i will let all the staff know that they've delivered on the promise and that all their hard work has not gone unnoticed.

we hope that you return to Thailand in the future, and if you are in Phuket, stop by and say hello.
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