Top 10 Must-Try Kota Kinabalu Restaurants

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Sabah, the capital of the east coast of Malaysia is located on the north western flank of Borneo. This state boasts more than 30 ethnic groups more who communicate is more than 80 different languages. Finding something of interest to eat here is not much of a headache because there is a wide range of Chinese, Malay and Indian food chains to befit all tastes. The capital city of state of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu, which is set somewhere between the South China Sea and lush exotic hills. The best restaurants are obviously situated in Kota Kinabalu. The city of Kota Kinabalu has eclectic restaurants that are always flourishing and offer everything from Italian, American, French, Oriental, Chinese, Seafood, Indian and Mexican influenced dishes along with a wide array of popular local specialties and ingredients.

Kota Kinabalu Restaurants

There’s always a good restaurant to eat in every corner of Kota Kinabalu from Sembulan to Lintas to Damai to the heart of the city. Kota Kinabalu restaurants can be a tad bit expensive because the living standards here are comparatively higher and better, but you will also come across a decent variety of street hawkers selling cheap food. The selection of fares are extensive, and fresh seafood is a definite must amongst all. Can’t make up your mind on where to go for lunch or dinner tonight? Here is a featured list of the best restaurants in Kota Kinabalu that have always remained the talk of the city.

1. Welcome Seafood Restaurant

welcome seafood restaurant

Their dedicated team of innovative F&B experts have made a place in everybody’s hearts with the gastronomic delights and excellent services that they provide. Welcome Seafood Restaurant has won a number of culinary acknowledgement over the years. This home grown seafood eatery started in the year of 2005 and is most famous for its Wet Butter Tiger Prawns and Kam Hiong Crab. The restaurant expanded to Kota Kinabalu in 2010 and can cater more than 2000 diners on a daily basis. Other specialty favorites include Special Sauce Steamed Fish, Braised Fish Head, Salted Egg Flower Crab, Chili Scallop and Chili White Clam, Mongolian Chicken, Deep Fried Squid, and much more.

Address: GF, G-15 – G-18 , Asia City , Jalan Coastal , Kota Kinabalu , 88000 Kota Kinabalu , Sabah, 88000, Malaysia
Phone: +60 88-447 866
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2. Mai Yai Thai Orchid Restaurant

Mai Yai Thai Orchid Restaurant

This is an Asian and Thai restaurant and is highly renowned for offering you a taste of the best Thai and Asian food in Kota Kinabalu. All the dishes are authentically Thai and are prepared by their star chef who originally belongs from Thailand. The restaurant commenced in the year of 2009 and since then has been one of the best. Their Green Thai Seafood Curry and Fried Rice with Pineapple are must tries. The staff here is excellent and the presentation of each dish is exceptional. Don’t forget to try other dishes like Bangkapi Stuffed Squid, Rad Prik (deep fried fish with thai chili), Mai Yai Pla Mamoung (deep fry whole fish with special sauce and mango salad), Nueng Ma Nao (Thai style steamed fish with thai herbs), butter prawns, black pepper crab and more.

Address: Lot 13, The Waterfront, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +60 88-234 841
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3. Little Italy

Their motto of never letting their customers’ leave the restaurant dissatisfied has been working magic for Little Italy. The restaurant takes great pride in its efficient and friendly staff members and on using the freshest and premium quality ingredients. Their wide array of appetizers, soups, breads and starters are a must try, but so are the unique flavored pizzas and delicious Italian entrees. We guarantee that you will leave the premises of the restaurant with a full appetite and a big smile on your face.

Address: Jalan Haji Saman, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88813 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +60 88-232 231
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4. Tavern Kitchen & Bar

This well-known bar and restaurant is known for its local and western specialties. Tavern Kitchen add an innovative local twists to western dishes in order to introduce you to the flavors of Sabah. This restaurant only makes use of the best local ingredients available so that you and family get to experience the best dining amenities possible. Blessed with a highly proficient and talent celebrity chef, Nicholas Pillai does his best to carefully put out everything on the curated menu, with dishes that will spark up the right notes and leave your tastes bud tingling for more. Their savory dishes include Pasta Aglio Olio a la Tavern, Squid Ink Pasta with Hinava, spicy buttered soft shell Crab with seaweed keraBu, Salmon Ramen Wraps etc. Then there are the desserts-to-die-for like Apple Tuhau Crumble, Buah Terap Creme Brulee as well as delectable home-made macarons with chili cheese, fragrant green tea and Tuhau Cheese that cannot be skipped at all.

Address: Lot G-93, Aramaiti Street Walk IMAGO Shopping Mall, KK Times Square Phase 2, Jalan Coastal, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-586 0093
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5. Coast Restaurant and Bar

Situated within the Shangrila La’s Rasa Ria Resort, the Coast Restaurant and Bar features an all-embracing menu but the seafood range is what has won the hearts of many. The bar even hosts a vegetarian carte du jour for those who don’t eat meat. Their signatures dishes like Coast Black Tuna (with a piquant soy mustard butter), the Coast Risotto, and the lamb (with tangy marmalade sauce) are all heavenly and worth a try.

Address:Coast Restaurant & Bar, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Phone:+60 88-792 888
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6. Peppino

This Italian restaurants ranks the highest amongst KK’s most cherished culinary spot for fresh quality authentic Italian dishes. The restaurant has a spacious dining room that can accommodate more than 60 people, and the best thing about Peppino is that it give you the option of dining in an air-conditioned room or al fresco at the outdoor balcony. Peppino is always at your service to cater on special occasions. Their full service bar ranges everything from delicious pastas, pizzas, soup and salads, and their extensive list of noteworthy wines will keep you accompanied during the entire meal as well as enhance your dining experience.

Address: Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa,, 20 Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +60 88-327 888
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7. Noble House

This restaurant with its pastel hues is known for serving authentic Chinese cuisine in Kota Kinabalu. You will come across an awesome selection of mouth-watering dim sums and the glorious crispy Peking duck which they proudly call their signature dish. The Peking duck is accompanied with the hearty portion of plum sauce. Other star dishes of the Noble House include the sizzling beef in barbeque sauce and the take a dive into their esthetic mango pudding for dessert.

Address: Nexus Resort Karambuni, Off Jalan Sepanggar Bay, Locked Bag 100, 88992 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +60 88-480 888
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8. Koryo-Jeong

While you in Kota Kinabalu, this is the one restaurant which you can’t and shouldn’t escape from. Koryo Jeong has the perfect tie between BBQ and Korean under one roof and you can expect to find a blend of al a carte and BBQ dishes, giving you the option of dining in a group or individually. Anyone visiting Koryo Jeong should opt for their delicious Bibimbap, an astoundingly prepared bowl that is a Korean staple made out of the freshest home-made Ingredients.

Address: Block B. B-01-09, Warisan Square, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +60 88-448 860

9. Restoran Puteri Hang Li Po

This unusual restaurant will let you witness the best of Asian cuisines where everybody can find something of interest for themselves. It is a Muslim Chinese and Thai Seafood Restaurant serves a wide range of halal and delicious Chinese and Thai specialties for lunch and dinner at reasonable prices. Feel like having Nasi Arab or sipping hot Tom Yam soup? Head down to Restoran Puteri Hang Li Po and get the best of both worlds under one roof.

Address: Karamunsing Capital, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +60 88-485 002
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10. Restoran Sri Melaka

Situated along the Jin Kamping Air, Restoran Sri Melaka is famous for its authentic Malaysian cuisines and a wide array of other local dishes. Try their special Malaysian Curry Fish Head that has the most authentic flavors, and other rice and noodle dishes such as Nasi Lemak, Curry Laksa, Beef Beehoon Soup, Mee Siam, Mee Hai Lam, Curry Chicken Rice, Fried Singapore Beehoon ad Fried Penang Kuih Teow.

Address: 9, Jalan Laiman Diki, Kampung Air, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +60 88-224 777
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