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Friends the Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
As featured in 3 Days in Phnom Penh
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House 215 | Street 13, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 12 802 072
11:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Bear in mind you have to book this place as the first night we got turned away when we just showed up because it was full! You can see why it's so popular. Excellent service, lovely atmosphere and absolutely AMAZING food! We ordered so much food plus dessert and ate it all because it was so delicious. A brilliant experience.

Thank kltaylor154
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Price is not bad, food is good, service great & the restaurant has a nice warm atmosphere. Interesting menu too & decent smoothies.

Thank HeyRulz
New York City, New York
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My boyfriend and I ate here our last night in Cambodia & it was easily our best food of the week. I'd been careful not to eat drinks with ice in them our entire visit but caved here with a strawberry smoothie & walked away none the worse for wear. Everything we ate was great - so don't think you... More 

Thank annepnyc
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There are apparently two of these in PP, and I chose what people have said is the lesser. The food was OK without being memorable. The fans on the verandah just about cope with the climate. At this price point I think you can do better, but the restaurant is set up to help Cambodian young people into the hospitality... More 

Thank 457traveller
FriendsInternational, Public Relations Manager at Friends the Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi 457 Traveller, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We do have two restaurants in Phnom Penh - Friends the Restaurant (which you dined at) and Romdeng which offers creative Cambodian cuisine. If you can let us know which dessert you had so we can look into it, that would be great. If you like, you can email... More 

Siem Reap, Cambodia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing menu! Very creative with unique flavors and ingredients, and I love that it is tapas- so you can try more! The fish lovers tapas are fabulous and desserts are amazing. This restaurant is a tribute to the great work Friends-International does. You will not be disappointed! Highly recommend.

Thank Victoria N
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant by some friends who had already visited it last year. We called in and booked a table for 4 of us. The staff were just lovely attentive and very polite. The food was delicious and I even tried the crumble to finish it was outstanding. The restaurant is for such a good cause and well... More 

Thank Phil R
New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great restaurant with a great cause. I think they are affiliated with Romdeng's NGO program. No worries, unlike Romdeng there are no bugs listed on the menu. All dishes are tapas style so can be a tad bit expensive when the totally bill comes at the end. But it's for a worthy organization. My fav was the red snapper. Cooked... More 

Thank jlongmeir
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My mum and I loved this reastaurant, so we came back the next day again. The dishes are very creative and inspiring and offer a good mix between local ingredients and modern cuisine. We had the Buttery Leek Tarte with Red Beet Aioli and salad greens and the Falafel Burger with spicy Mayonaise and Lotus Crisps for example. Prices with... More 

Thank Mira L
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very clean and modern. Great tapas choices and vegetarian friendly. Good efficient service and great work being done to help street kids. We loved it

Thank johndemreill
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

(Nov. 28, 2016). This place is run by students in hospitality school at the Friends NGO. But, neither the place (on street #13 close to the National Museum) like any other restaurant, or the outside terrasses, the dining room (nice), the greeting (smiles), and the service (not too slow), and, above all, the menu (I had delicious red snapper from... More 

Thank Thierry000

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
European, Asian, Soups, Cambodian, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: House 215 | Street 13, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Location: Asia  >  Cambodia  >  Phnom Penh
  • Phone Number: +855 12 802 072
Located near the National Museum, you'll discover Friends the Restaurant a vibrant and colourful vocational training restaurant. Serving up share plates of creative cuisine with influences from across the globe, refreshing cocktails and fresh juices, you can see why Friends is one of Cambodia's longest running and best-loved restaurants. 100% of profits are reinvested into the education of students in training and Mith Samlanh's social programs. Check out Friends 'n' Stuff for products that changes lives and Friends Nail Bar next door!

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