Sunset Restaurant at Independence Hotel | Review

After a relaxing stay at Independence Hotel, I want to share the details about our visit to Sunset Restaurant their recently opened sea-front restaurant.The restaurant is located on the rocks at the beach, with each table having a view of the beautiful Cambodian coastline. The windows are huge giving an airy and light atmosphere to the space.Views

Located on the pristine beach at the meeting point of vivid blue water and lush tropical forest, the restaurant has a relaxed luxurious vibe. The interior design lends itself to being part of the surrounding nature and each table has incredible views of the small islands in the distance.SihanoukvilleGiven the name, it’s pretty obvious that this location is perfect for enjoying sundowners and taking in the sunset scene.Unfortunately, when we visited the weather wasn’t the greatest – it was super cloudy, meaning we didn’t get to see a clear sunset. However, I can attest that Cambodian sunsets are incredibly beautiful and it’s just another excuse to return here again to enjoy it fully!


The menu offers a selection of dishes including traditional Khmer cuisine, utilising the freshest local ingredients.When you’re having dinner by the ocean, you have to indulge in seafood (that’s my rule, at least) so I had the lobster for my main. It was truly delicious and the accompanying sauce really enhanced the flavour of the meal.

For dessert, I simply couldn’t choose so I ordered two options. A green tea creme brûlée which intrigued me and a chocolate dessert which sounded too good not to try.

The Verdict

With a picturesque beachside setting, delicious food and great service, I thoroughly enjoyed dinner at Sunset Restaurant. I also visited during the day to try out some of their cocktails with the relaxing sound of waves in the background and a cool breeze, it was the perfect place to escape the heat and chill out.

If you find yourself in Sihanoukville, don’t hesitate to visit!

Disclaimer: We received a complimentary dinner from Sunset Restaurant. However, as always, all opinions and photography are my own.



  1. May 8, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    This place has now been added to our list. We are planning a month in Cambodia with some time in Sihanoukville at the end of December this year. Thanks for sharing your wonderful find

    • May 14, 2017 / 7:34 pm

      Hi Natasha,

      Oh I definitely recommend this place. Let me know if you want any tips for Cambodia. I used to live there ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve got some posts about great spots in Phnom Penh coming up soon.

      Gemma x

  2. May 8, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Green tea creme brรปlรฉe….hmm… that looks really interesting!! Cambodia has not been on my list.. not sure why. I guess the world is just SOO big!! I just love this hotel though and need to add it for sure!! Those little squares of food…and the shape of the hotel is just so cool!!

    • May 14, 2017 / 7:35 pm

      Hi Natalie,

      Yes, I know, there are so many places to visit! Hope you do add Cambodia to your list, it’s a very underrated travel destination – so beautiful!

  3. May 8, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    Looks very idealic, I will have to add it to my list next time I visit Cambodia. The Lobster looks amazing, I also go for the seafood by the sea rule.

    • May 14, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      Seafood by the sea is the best way to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. May 9, 2017 / 12:08 am

    I’ll admit this is not how I imagine Cambodia. The food and views look fantastic. I also share your sentiment about indulging in seafood when you are by the ocean. I’m also a fan of ordering two desserts! Haha!

    • May 14, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      Hey Melissa,

      Haha you’d be surprised how many times I hear that. I guess people picture Angkor Wat when they think of Cambodia. There is a lot of paradise places there too. Gotta indulge in the two desserts, why should we have to choose? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. May 9, 2017 / 4:24 am

    First of all I love the architecture of the restaurant and the clean interiors inside! Very chic and elegant! The view of the pristine azure beauty is so spectacular! The dessert looks so yumm! Though I’m all for trying local cuisines, being a veggie, many a times I’m cut short! On the sea side, I still can’t try out seafood!

    • May 14, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Hi Bhusha,

      It’s actually quite easy to try Khmer food if you are vegetarian. It does limit on the seafood front, but there are a lot of other tasty dishes ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. May 10, 2017 / 1:50 am

    The restaurant looks amazing. I like the interior design a lot. It has a tropical vibe and the choice of colors is perfect. The food selections look scrumptious. I like the lobster dish the most.

  7. May 10, 2017 / 8:25 am

    I love love seafood too so I would probably pick that lobster dish as well. This restaurant is amazing and definitely my kind of restaurant. A good view, especially of the beach, is something that makes it worthwhile. Plus, the interior is so well done!

  8. May 11, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    I love chasing sunrise and sunsets and I am doing a series on it too.
    Since you say that Cambodian sunsets are not to be missed, I am enticed to visit Cambodia. This hotel looks like a great choice. Great pictures.

    • May 14, 2017 / 7:45 pm

      Hi Manjulika,

      Wow, will have to check out your series! I love sunsets (and sunrise, but I’m not always awake for that haha).

      Sounds like the Sunset Restaurant is definitely your cup of tea!

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