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15 Best Koh Tao Restaurants for the Foodies

15 Best Koh Tao Restaurants for the Foodies

No doubt Koh Tao is a super exciting diving spot to make every diving enthusiast looking for the best dive sites in Thailand drool. But you’d be doing your palate a huge disservice if you didn’t notice all the sumptuous food the island offers. 

So, whether you’re craving authentic Thai food or classic Western staples, rest easy. In this guide, we’re giving you a curated list of the best Koh Tao restaurants that will make even the most hardcore foodie cry tears of joy.


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Address: 1/1 Koh Phangan – Koh Tao, Tambon Ko Tao, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand

Operating Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 94 956 6261


Costs: ฿฿

This small streetside restaurant near Sairee Beach is the perfect spot if you’re a fan of fish dishes. It has a limited menu, so expect to get food with more quality and consistency than most restaurants in Koh Tao.

They even let you customize the fish bowl from its base down to how the fish is cooked or the dips and add-ons you want to go with it. Your choices for the base are Thai Jasmine rice, steamed fish rice, shrimp paste fried rice, pineapple fried rice, and salad.

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Address: Haad Sairee, The Gallery Restaurant 20/27 Sairee, Soi 1, Koh Tao, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand

Operating Hours: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Wednesday – Monday)

Contact Number: +66 77 456 683


Costs: ฿฿฿

The Gallery Restaurant is one of the more exquisite restaurants you’ll find in Koh Tao. It’s a Thai fine-dining restaurant that only serves a full-course menu they call “Trust the Chef.”

This special offering may have up to 10 courses but the items vary according to the best available ingredients at the time, so the experience here is always unique. If you love excellent food and surprises, this is the place to be.

The Garden

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Address: 2/34 Moo3 Koh Tao, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand

Operating Hours: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 95 980 0720


Costs: ฿฿

The place to go if you’re craving Western cuisine. Plus, this restaurant is near Koh Tao Pier, so it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for something to eat after arriving on the island.

Its menu features a wide range of staple Western dishes. Think Italian pizza, pasta, salads, burgers, sandwiches, roasted chicken, steak, salmon filet, and more.

For a unique experience, don’t forget to check out what their special for the day is.

Gemini Dumplings & Noodles Restaurant

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Operating Hours: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 65 843 3761


Costs: ฿฿

This chill and cozy restaurant in Koh Tao is a great place for Chinese comfort food. Its menu mostly consists of handmade noodles and wonton soups but you can also get barbeque chicken wings and lamb skewers.

If you want something more healthy, go for the vegan noodles, mushroom salad, and cucumber salad. They have two locations, but the one on Sairee Road is more easygoing.

995 Roasted Duck

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Address: Тау Ko Tao, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand

Operating Hours: 

  • 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Daily)
  • 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Daily)

Costs: ฿

This Koh Tao restaurant serves the best Chinese-style duck soup noodles on the island, and it’s definitely worth visiting multiple times. Their dishes are authentic, so don’t expect the same watered-down food that other restaurants serve for foreigners.

Even my Thai friend swears by the Thai food that 995 Roasted Duck serves. This place gets mixed crowds for a reason — the excellent food and affordable prices make it popular with tourists and locals.

Asia Mood Izakaya

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Address: 43 Ko Tao, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand

Operating Hours: 10 a.m. – 90 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 77 601 285


Costs: ฿฿

The go-to place if you’re in the mood for some Asian food while visiting Koh Tao. This restaurant specializes in East Asian cuisine, so expect to see a great selection of Japanese and Korean food items.

Our Japanophile staffers are particularly in love with this izakaya-style restaurant. If you like Japanese ramen, sushi, curry, udon, tea, or “omurice,” this place will meet your expectations.

Chuchu Thai Food & Pizza

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Address: Ko Tao, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

Operating Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 94 597 7182


Costs: ฿฿

Chuchu Thai Food & Pizza is a solid option if you’re looking for a restaurant in Koh Tao that serves classic Thai dishes. It has all the staple dishes you’d expect from a local eatery: tom yum soup, Panang curry, pad Thai, Esan pork, mango sticky rice, and more.

Aside from these classic dishes, the thing to watch out for is their special Thai pizza. These are the unique flavors we recommend most:

  • Panang Curry Pizza – topped with chicken and Panang curry sauce that gives it rich sweet and salty flavors.
  • Esan Pork Pizza – topped with Esan pork sausages that give the pizza the signature sourness of this northeastern delicacy.


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Address: 9 Haat Sairee, 281 Koh Tao Koh Phangan Surat Thani 84360, Thailand

Operating Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 81 981 9342


Costs: ฿฿

Vegetabowl is popular among health-conscious tourists who frequent this paradise island. It’s a great place that serves vegan dishes from a wide range of International cuisines. 

Their Mexican food items are a solid pick if you’re looking for a healthy and flavorful meal. Whether you’re in the mood for a sushi teriyaki burrito, a jackfruit taco, or a pumpkin quesadilla, you’ll likely find one that suits your taste.

Though its interior is nothing to write home about, the place looks clean and serviceable.

Blue Heaven Restaurant

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Address: 37/14, Ko Tao, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

Operating Hours: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 77 456 462


Costs: ฿฿฿

The restaurant in Blue Heaven Resort is a great spot for families who don’t want to travel the extra mile for authentic Thai food. Just book a room at this hotel and you’ll have their selection of classic Thai dishes within arms reach.

Its rustic interior is elegant and its panoramic seaside view is superb. Though that means the food comes with premium prices, we think it’s worth experiencing at least once.

Coconut Monkey

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Address: Ko Tao, Ko Phangan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

Operating Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 93 640 4522


Costs: ฿฿

This beachfront cafe and restaurant along Koh Tao Pier is a great place to have a delicious and healthy meal. The menu is extensive, so expect to see numerous tortilla wraps, veggie rolls, smoothie bowls, vegan breakfasts, and mock meat pasta.

It’s not fully vegan, so you can still get breakfast options with real eggs or bacon slices. A solid pick is the classic English breakfast with pork and apple sausages, bacon, potatoes, eggs, baked beans, roasted tomato, mushrooms, and buttered toast.

The Factory Cafe

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Address: 9/284 Sairee Beach, Ko Tao, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand

Operating Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 96 690 6611


Costs: ฿฿

If you’re looking for a restaurant in Koh Tao that makes excellent smoothie bowls, go to The Factory Cafe. They only have three types of smoothie bowls but they’re all good and the presentation is spot on.

Our vegan staffers swear by their Tropical Bliss smoothie. It’s made with banana, mango, papaya, pineapple, coconut, ginger, and mint.

Overall, The Factory Cafe gives you plenty of healthy meal options with numerous vegan food items. That makes it ideal if your goal is to stay healthy during your Koh Tao vacation.

Barracuda Rooftop Restaurant & Bar

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Address: 14, Above The Coffee House, 29, Koh Tao, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand

Operating Hours: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 80 146 3267


Costs: ฿฿฿

If you love a good seafood platter, Barracuda Rooftop Restaurant & Bar is a must-visit. This place serves a great selection of seafood tapas which you mix and match to make a unique platter or board.

The food here is pricey so going for the special tapas board is a nice way to get more value for your money. This way, you also get to sample their exquisite selection of fresh seafood dishes.

KoPPee Espresso Bar & Restaurant

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Address: 43, Ko Tao, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand

Operating Hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 77 456 587


Costs: ฿฿

KoPPee Espresso Bar and Restaurant in Koh Tao is a relaxing venue that offers an escape from the island’s tourist hotspots. It’s hidden in the quiet Chalok Baan Kao Bay, so expect a peaceful time during your visit here.

This place has a decent selection of salads, pastries, breakfast egg dishes, sweets, coffee, and numerous mixologies. It mostly attracts foreigners so the menu items aren’t as affordable as other local food places, but it’s reasonable.

La Pizzeria da Claudio

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Address: Sairee Road, Ko Tao, Ko Pha-ngan District, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

Operating Hours: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 90 279 1300


Costs: ฿฿

La Pizzeria da Claudio is a crowd-favorite Italian restaurant in Koh Tao for many reasons. Its extensive menu features traditional Italian-style pizza and they top them with homemade ricotta, mascarpone, mozzarella, parmesan, or feta cheese.

It’s a great place that offers the quintessential Italian pizzeria experience in Koh Tao — need we say more?

The French Market

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Address: 2/61 Moo 3, Mae Haad Koh Tao, 84360, Thailand

Operating Hours:7 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 77 457 119


Costs: ฿฿฿

This is the best spot for traditional French cuisine in Koh Tao, so we think it’s worth checking out whenever you’re visiting. Whether you’re looking for a breakfast croissant, French baguette, grilled steak, or crepes, most likely, you’ll find something to your liking.

The Frech Market also has high-quality cheese wheels and cured meats which you can pair with the exquisite drinks from their wine cellar. That makes it the perfect spot for a sophisticated dinner date that will surely surprise your boo.

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