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.

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.

Ang's Hotel (Fatt Kee Coffee Shop if you would) is a great place for local tastes

Type: Chinese

Avg. Meal: RM 15

Open: 11:00 - 22:00

Happy Hour:

WiFi: No

TV: No

Ang’s Hotel Restaurant (Fatt Kee Coffee Shop)

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

Ang’s Hotel Restaurant isn’t really Ang’s Hotel Restaurant.

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.

Chilli Vanilla's kitchen. Where the magic happens

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 as a lightning-fast pace at a very reasonable price.

Restaurant Exterior

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.

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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.

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.

Upperstar. Not sure what it was supposed to mean, but it has been absorbed in the KK vernacular

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 and why not?Its diner-style concept has people coming back for cheap-&-cheerful western food, drink beer and maybe surf the Internet while eating.

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.