Restaurants

There’s a never ending list of restaurants in Kota Kinabalu & Sabah, because thanks to Sabah’s extensive cultural diversity, food to Sabahans are like the weather to the British; they talk about it all the time. And when you realise how many restaurants and varieties of food there are here, you’ll know why.

Eating out in Kota Kinabalu includes local Indian, Chinese and traditional Malay food as well as Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai and Filipino food. Western food options are also in no short supply. Restaurants in Sabah can be as casual as a quick bite at a roadside-stall, or as formal as a fine-dining restaurant at one of Kota Kinabalu’s 5-star resorts.

With the list of Kota Kinabalu & Sabah’s eating out opportunities listed below, choosing your next restaurant is a couple of clicks away.

The famous Yee Fung Laksa - must try food in Kota Kinabalu

Type: Chinese, Coffee Shop

Avg. Meal: RM 8

Open: 06:30 - 18:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: No

TV: No

Kedai Kopi Yee Fung

Expect exquisite creamy laksa.

Kedai Kopi Yee Fung, or Yee Fung Coffee Shop if you want, is home to Yee Fung Laksa - arguably Kota Kinabalu's best laksa.

Kon Liao Mien Char Siao with lots of delicious chilli

Type: Chinese, Coffee Shop

Avg. Meal: RM 8

Open: 17:00 - 02:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: No

TV: No

How Lee Coffee Shop

Expect awesome noodles and some of KK's best chilli

How Lee Coffee Shop is in Foh Sang, a neighbourhood of Kota Kinabalu about 10 minutes drive from the city centre.

Salam's Curry House in Api Api Centre, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Type: Indian

Avg. Meal: RM 12

Open: -

Happy Hour:

WiFi: No

TV: No

Salam’s Curry House

Expect value-for-money banana leaf and mango lassie.

Salam's Curry House is an Indian restaurant in Kota Kinabalu's Api Api Centre on the Marina Court side of the complex.

Fruit Juice Stall No.6 at Tanjung Aru First Beach's Hawker Centre in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Type: Chinese

Avg. Meal: RM 7

Open: 17:00 - 23:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: No

TV: No

Fruit Juice Stall No.6

Expect quality fruit smoothies and fast, friendly service.

Fruit Juice Stall No.

Kedai Kopi Lotus in Damai for Honey Chicken Wings, Pork Satay & Dumplings

Type: Chinese

Avg. Meal: RM 15

Open: 15:00 - 01:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: No

TV: No

Kedai Kopi Lotus

Expect awesome chicken wings, dumplings and pork satay.

Out in Damai near Queen Elizabeth Hospital 2 you will find Kedai Kopi Lotus.

Oyster Sauce chicken wings at Ang's Hotel (Fatt Kee Coffee Shop) in Kota Kinabalu

Type: Chinese

Avg. Meal: RM 15

Open: 11:00 - 22:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: No

TV: No

Ang’s Hotel (Fatt Kee Coffee Shop)

Expect arguably the best oyster-sauce chicken wings in KK.

Ang’s Hotel Restaurant is actually Fatt Kee Coffee Shop, but because it’s positioned underneath Ang’s Hotel, the signage makes it look like Ang’s Hotel Restaurant, which is how locals refer to it.

Displayed traditional Chinese style, you can inspect the chicken, pork and duck for quality.

Type: Chinese

Avg. Meal: RM 10

Open: 10:00 - 20:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: No

TV: No

5 Star Hainanese Chicken Rice & BBQ Pork

Expect beautiful pork and Chinese dishes.

5 Star Hainanese Chicken Rice & BBQ Pork Restaurant has a branch each in Centrepoint, Gaya Street, City Mall and Suria Sabah, all in Kota Kinabalu.

Greek grilled chicken salad is plenty tasty at El Centro Cafe

Type: Fusion

Avg. Meal: RM 20

Open: 12:00 - 00:00

Happy Hour: Random

WiFi: Yes

TV: No

El Centro – Cafe & Bar

Expect an open-air cafe with fresh ingredients and no MSG.

El Centro Cafe & Bar in Kota Kinabalu places emphasis on delicious food, tasty drinks and a bit of good, old fashioned conversation.

Yu Kee Bak Kut Teh: mushrooms int he foreground, intestines on the right, pork meat on the left and the tofu top right

Type: Chinese

Avg. Meal: RM 15

Open: 14:00 - 22:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: No

TV: No

Yu Kee Restaurant – Bak Kut Teh

Expect porky goodness in a warming herbal soup.

Yu Kee restaurant is a speciality restaurant in Kota Kinabalu's Gaya Street that serves a local, Chinese favourite called bak kut teh, which literally translates as pork tea.

The 1m Cake will get you hooked and if you can find the Red Velvet in stock; buy it! Buy it all!

Type: Western

Avg. Meal: RM 30

Open: 10:00 - 22:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: Yes

TV: No

Chilli Vanilla

Expect Hungarian yes, but many other modern delights, sweet and savory.

Chilli Vanilla is not as much a Hungarian Restaurant as it is Hungarian inspired, courtesy of Szilvie, the Hungarian proprietor.

Sabah Borneo's Pasta Pasta in Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu

Type: Italian

Avg. Meal: RM 6.50

Open: 11:00 - 23:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: Yes

TV: No

Pasta Pasta

Expect pasta served at a quick pace.

Pasta Pasta is a local fast food outlet that serves pasta dishes at a fast pace and very reasonable prices.

Krapow Gai - chilli friend beef mince, a favourite from Thailand

Type: Thai

Avg. Meal: RM 15

Open: 11:00 - 22:30

Happy Hour:

WiFi: No

TV: No

Nok Thai

Expect authentic Thai flavours at non-tourist prices.

Nok Thai restaurant is located in Damai, about 15 minutes drive from the Kota Kinabalu city centre, meaning it's not quite on the path of most tourist, but the effort to get there will be rewarded.

Not the best pic, I'll admit, but this pic of Australian ribs at Mosaic was taken several years ago.

Type: Western

Avg. Meal: RM 50

Open: 10:00 - 23:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: Yes

TV: No

Mosaic at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Expect a comfortable environment with good people-watching.

Mosaic is attached to the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu in the centre of Kota Kinabalu city that brings a bit of quasi-sidewalk cafe culture to our fine city.

Steamed prawns. The healthier alternative to Seri Selera Kg Air's butter prawns.

Type: Seafood

Avg. Meal: RM 50

Open: 17:00 - 22:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: No

TV: No

Seri Selera Kg Air

Expect seafood, seafood and more seafood. Also beer.

Seri Selera Kampung (Kg) Air is food-court of sorts that specialises in seafood dishes.

The Chub's Grill, Karamunsing Capital, Kota Kinabalu

Type: Steak House

Avg. Meal: RM 25

Open: 12:00 - 22:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: Yes

TV: No

The Chub’s Grill

Expect BBQ pork, beef, chicken and lamb.

The Chub’s Grill is a steak house with American BBQ flavours that serves grilled meats, fast and delicious.

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Type: Western

Avg. Meal: RM 25

Open: 15:00 - 22:30

Happy Hour:

WiFi: Yes

TV: No

Sailors’ Cafe

Expect an interesting environment, good prices and a creative menu.

Sailors’ Cafe is a restaurant in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, which opened its doors to much fan-fair in Millennium Plaza off Jalan Pintas.

Maki Roll at Hana Japanese Restaurant

Type: Japanese

Avg. Meal: RM 30

Open: 17:30 - 22:30

Happy Hour:

WiFi: No

TV: No

Hana Japanese Restaurant

Expect Japanese food and service which can be either good or not so good.

Hana Japanese Restaurant is located in Kota Kinabalu’s City Mall, a little distance away from the city centre.

More spicy beef noodles at the Thai Restaurant in the Kota Kinabalu Waterfront

Type: Thai

Avg. Meal: RM 30

Open: 11:30 - 23:30

Happy Hour:

WiFi: No

TV: No

Mai Yai Thai Orchid Restaurant

Expect Thai food at Waterfront prices.

Mai Yai Thai Orchid Restaurant is a new addition to KK’s Thai food offerings, situated at The Waterfront Kota Kinabalu.

Pizzas at Little Italy are value for money

Type: Italian

Avg. Meal: RM 30

Open: 12:00 - 23:00

Happy Hour: N/a

WiFi: Yes

TV: No

Little Italy Pizza Pasta Corner

Expect home-made pasta dishes the way mama makes them

It’s difficult not to like Little Italy Italian Restaurant; the food is fresh, consistent and delicious, the portions are large, the service is efficient and on top of all of that, the price is pretty decent too.

Chocolate Swirl Cheese Cake and Latte at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Damai

Type: Coffee Shop

Avg. Meal: RM 12

Open: 08:30 - 21:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: Yes

TV: No

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Expect a comfortable place with coffee and non-coffee drinks.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, or CBTL for the trendy and hip, has been operational in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for a handful of years.

Beer Kerabu Honey

Type: Chinese, Malay, Thai

Avg. Meal: RM 25

Open: 17:00 - 22:00

Happy Hour: None

WiFi: Yes

TV: Yes

Restoran Puteri Hang Li Po

Expect Halaal Asian food.

Restoran Puter Hang Li Po is an unusual restaurant the marries the best of Asian cuisine at a restaruant where everybody can eat everything.

Starbucks Coffee in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah - Oceanus Waterfront Mall

Type: Coffee Shop

Avg. Meal: RM

Open: 08:00 - 00:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: Yes

TV: No

Starbucks Coffee

Expect expensive designer coffee.

Starbucks Coffee needs no introduction in Kota Kinabalu and you probably just want to know where the nearest one is, right? Here it is.

Hard Rock Cafe Kota Kinabalu, Oceanus Mall, Sabah, Borneo

Type: Western

Avg. Meal: RM

Open: 10:00 - 02:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: Yes

TV: Yes

Hard Rock Cafe Kota Kinabalu

Expect the Hard Rock Cafe Experience

You will find Hard Rock Cafe Kota Kinabalu in Oceanus Waterfront Mall in Sabah.

Boon Somtum interior - Also has free WiFi

Type: Thai

Avg. Meal: RM

Open: 10:00 - 22:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: No

TV: No

Baan Somtum Thai

Expect homestyle and original recipe Thai food.

Baan Somtum Thai Original Recipe House is a new Thai restaurant in Cyber Square Commercial Centre, bordering the Cyber City housing apartments.

Party Play Gaya Street exterior at night

Type: Western

Avg. Meal: RM 30

Open: 11:00 - 01:00

Happy Hour: 17:00 - 20:00

WiFi: Yes

TV: No

Party Play

Expect a reasonable vibe with good food.

Party Play were amongst the 1st wave of themed restaurants to hit Kota Kinabalu some years back, proving that good decor compliment good food.

Pizza sample from the Upperstar in Segama Comlex near Hyatt

Type: Steak House

Avg. Meal: RM 20

Open: 12:00 - 01:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: Yes

TV: Yes

Upperstar

Expect cheap food, beer and Internet access.

Upperstar appeals to the masses of KK with its diner-style concept, cheap-&-cheerful western food & beer and Internet-equipped padded booths.