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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

JJ’s is as good as it was years ago when I first went to this place. An easy stroll from the Marriott Vacation Club, JJ’s offers excellent local food at a fraction of the price of hotel restaurants. Whether it’s a green curry, fried rice...or pad thai, we have not had any disappointments. Being prone to food poisoning, I m very selective in where and what I eat, but I ve never had any issues at JJ’s, who’s become a family hang-out for us. Cash is still King here and take-always are available.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you’re looking for an authentic experience in Mai Khao, or even if you’re not, then JJ’s is a must. The food was amazing and trustworthy, but also the company with JJ and his son Jimmy has been an absolute highlight of our trip, something...we have never experienced before. They are a truly lovely family, and amazing to hear about true a Thai lifestyle. Even if you’re not sure about this, please even try this for lunch first as you will find yourself making a reservation for dinner. A lovely atmosphere when we visited with plenty of custom. It’s a fraction of the price of the hotels that are merely over a wall, but the cost goes straight to a hardworking family so you’ll end up giving a generous tip that still doesn’t even go close to what the hotels charge.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 November 2022 via mobile

Food was excellent and fresh. Casual and relaxed environment. Service was the best ever AND with smiles. Will always cherish this memory. Food price is very reasonable and portion sizes are incredible. Will be here for 3 weeks and will definitely br returning for our...home away from home cooking. Thank you. The Miller's CaliforniaMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 21 September 2022 via mobile

If you are a foodie snob this is not for you but anyone else will enjoy a host who works hard with his family to earn a living producing decent food at very good prices. The “restaurant” looks like it was “furnished “ over many...years of hard graft, and I recommend that you give it a try. Certainly somewhere to write home about. I’m delighted that the family made it through the pandemic……and we will be back for moreMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 7 September 2022 via mobile

Restaurant outside the complex, family run and full of character and really good food. JJ and Paw work very hard to make every visit memorable. The food is fantastic and authentic. We have been here numerous times over the years and it never disappoints.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 20 July 2022 via mobile

Our all time fav place , owner is so fun and nice , with great service , and his son Jimmy was helping his father with heart, Nice cocktail , excellent food, good price , nothing to complain of . Just you need to bring...cash, card is not preferredMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 1 July 2022 via mobile

This place is amazing. The food is delicious, such good value and you can customise the meat and spice level in any dish to your liking. The tom yum and pad see ew were our favourites. We sadly only went here on our last night...in Phuket and it was so good that we had to come back for lunch the next day before our flight. More than the food though, JJ and his family are such lovely, funny and accommodating people and gave us amazing service which made it an experience rather than just a meal. JJ is such a character and is so funny, same as his younger son. And his wife Paw and the older son are great cooks and so hardworking. A beautiful, authentic family business tucked away in Mai Khao that is a nice difference to the fancy resort restaurants in the areaMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 May 2022 via mobile

We loved this small family owned restaurant. The owner is quite entertaining and the food was enjoyed by my whole family. The small seating area is open air but quite cool with the fans running. We took the shuttle from JW Marriott to the Marriott...Mai Khao past the 7-11 and then walked the rest of the way. Get directions from the guards. From Marriott Mai Khao bus stop, walk straight, the turn right and walk thru some staff buildings. Turn left to get to the street and JJ’s is straight ahead.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 2 April 2022 via mobile

JJ’s is a fantastic, family run bar and restaurant serving utterly delicious food at low prices. My husband and I loved it! It definitely doesn’t have the glitz of a large hotel, but what it does have is a very personable host in JJ, a...close family run Thai restaurant and the best food we had whilst in Phuket. It is very tricky to find as you find yourself going past a hotel staff canteen and laundry. so I suggest that anyone wishing to visit just go to Turtle Village then ask a local for directions, they are very willing to help. Believe me, it is well worth it.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 26 January 2022

Jit and his family have a wonderful small restaurant that serves some of the best Thai food I have eaten. The food is fresh, light and full of flavor. The portions are generous and you will leave feeling full and happy. The service was excellent...and attentive. The restaurant is excellent value for money, we ate at this restaurant most nights due to the high quality of the food.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 21 January 2022 via mobile

good food, great host! Classical Thai Food Menu, very well prepared. The service was very friendly. Definitely a good choice in the are.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 7 January 2022 via mobile

JJs has some of the best food I’ve ever had - everything was fabulous. You’d never guess the wonderful tastes produced in this small family run restaurant. A must try

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 21 December 2021 via mobile

Family owned small business, with JJ serving the customers amd the wife cooking. Good and tasty food at very affordable prices. JJ was very kind to drive us back to the hotel after diner.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 19 December 2021 via mobile

Just visited JJs Bar & Food in Mai Khao on Phuket Island for local Thai food and WOW!! JJ’s wife’s food is amazing and JJ is so personable and funny. He keeps you laughing. This was a great find! I ate at Michelin star restaurants...and food stalls in Bangkok and decided to try a food tour too in Bangkok (different post on this), so I ventured all over trying street food and breakfast around Bangkok. I also ate at several restaurants in Phuket, returning to my favorites. The food at JJs is the best I’ve had in Thailand. My favorite was the fried prawns in tamarind sauce. The tamarind sauce was freshly made, light and very flavorful. The prawns had the shells removed and had a nice crispness on the outside without batter or breading. I normally order Yum Nua (spicy Thai beef salad), but wanted something fresh. The papaya salad (Som Tam Thai) was fresh and spiced perfectly. The papaya had a great crunch from the freshness and just enough spice to add mouthwatering flavor. If you like coconut and want desert, try the sticky rice with mango sticky rice for desert. I am not a coconut fan, but I enjoyed this dish too. The fried prawns in tamarind sauce is by far the best…let me repeat…the BEST anything in tamarind sauce. I tried this same dish at another restaurant to compare the dishes and there was no comparison. This dish was so good, I came back to JJs again for fried prawns in tamarind sauce and had to meet his wife, the Chef. Everything was good…correction, every dish I had was great. Aroy dee!!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 25 August 2021 via mobile

Visited this during my Sandbox stay. The food was fresh and delicious, and affordable too! JJ is a delight. Even though there’s very little customers during this time, the restaurant was clean, well lit and inviting. It’s family run and jj’s wife can really cook!...Would definitely recommend. The whole fried fish (sea bass) was a real show stopper. If you’re staying at the Anantara they can send you to this restaurant in a buggy. It’s walking distance from the JW and the Anantara and the AVANI.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Response from Michael K | Reviewed this property |
Very reasonable pricing for both food and drinks, as Steve K said always happy hour.
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Response from Jahanzaib S | Reviewed this property |
Think we went there at 7pm was open and ppl were eating already so you should be fine and the place is open upto 11pm at night the owners is a great guy u will be happy with the experience dining there. Regards
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JJ's Bar & Food is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4