Koh Tao Restaurants and Cafes

Koh Tao restaurants and cafes can be found all over the island, down every street, along every roadside and on many beaches. You’ll find local cuisine being served at many of the Koh Tao restaurants and cafes, or even off the side of a cart. You’ll never be too far away from somewhere that serves good food on Koh Tao. Some restaurants may be very small with only a few tables and chairs casually scattered around, others may be well established businesses with a vast choice of local and international dishes being served from morning until late at night.

For such a tiny island, the choice you have in finding a good Koh Tao restaurant or cafe is outstanding. And while the Thai food here is some of the best you will taste, Koh Tao is also home to expats from around the world, meaning a cuisine scene almost as diverse as any major city. From 50 THB street food snacks to 300 THB luxury dinners, you will never go hungry on Koh Tao.

Most guesthouse and resorts also have restaurants, while the more popular beaches, such as Sairee Beach and Mae Haad Beach, feature restaurants specialising in Thai or various international cuisines, such as Italian or German. Beachside seafood barbecue restaurants are also popular on many of the other beaches. Walk around and see what takes your fancy!

Thai Restaurants

A typical Thai Koh Tao restaurant, that predominately only serves local cuisine, will often have a wide variety of dishes available for you to choose from, such as Pad Thai, Green Curry, Stir-fry Vegetables and Chicken Noodle Soup. The infusion of herbs and spices create a unique flavour which many of us have grown to love so much today.

Although it is a well-known fact Thai’s love their spicy food and chilli, restaurant owners understand that us westerners don’t always have such a tolerant palate. Simply ask them to adjust the spice to better suit your taste buds. If you are a vegan or vegetarian you’ll be catered for just as well as the meat eaters. Most dishes are offers with the option to add in chicken, pork, seafood, tofu or vegetables. Thai cooking varies from restaurant to restaurant, as each chef likes to add their own touch of tradition.

Seafood Restaurants

Seafood has long been a popular choice of food for local people living on the island and you will find plenty of Koh Tao restaurants serving quality seafood. With so much seafood available from the sea surrounding the island, it’s not surprising that a lot of the Koh Tao restaurants serve a large selection of seafood. Many businesses display their selection of freshly caught fish just outside the entrance to their restaurant, attempting to entice you in with their excellently presented catch of the day. They’ll happily have you choose the exact fish you would like them to prepare for you, cooked in a style of your choice too. If you love seafood, such as mussels, barracuda, squid, snapper or prawns, then we’ll help make sure you know where to head for the best Koh Tao restaurants that serve delicious seafood.

International Restaurants

There is no shortage of options when it comes to finding a Koh Tao restaurant that serves international cuisine, such as pizza, pasta, roast dinners, Greek salads, meat stews and burgers. Koh Tao restaurants which specialise in international dishes do often also serve a small selection of Thai dishes too, to help accommodate everyone.  There are bistro’s serving the tastiest burgers and mixed meat grills that you will undoubtedly be able to smell cooking from a mile away. There are also a handful of places where you can experience some seriously sophisticated fine dining if you wish.


Of course there is always the option to sit and relax in a cafe on the island with a delicious freshly made coffee, homemade sandwich or warm chocolate brownie. Get comfy in your chair and watch others go about their daily business. There are many cafes on Koh Tao, some situated right next to the road side and others are tucked away in secluded locations so you can appreciate the peace and tranquillity.

Koh Tao cafes are a great place to hang out alone, or with friends. Plus many of them have internet access so you can make that all important call back home or upload your holiday pictures to Facebook for all to see.  Whether you’re hoping for a quiet sanctuary where you can read your book, or prefer a more social environment where you can meet with friends and talk for hours, there is ample choice.