Shalimar Indian Restaurant has been a long-standing koh tao favourite. Located in a walled garden in central Sairee, shalimar offers a wide range of Indian and Pakistani dishes. Opening in the early evening for dine-in or take-out, people can choose from traditional appetisers, such as vegetarian pakhoras, filling samosas, and onion bhajis.
Some of the most popular main courses are the rich butter curry, tangy vindaloo, and spicy rogan rosh. Most of the main courses have a choice of protein, such as chicken, prawn, or lamb.
Situated right on Sairee beach, Fizz offers a relaxing, laid back ambiance if you want to just sit and listen to the music with a cool drink or try one of the tasty dishes from the menu.
A variety of Thai and western cuisine is served in the restaurant as well as a large selection of drinks at the bar.
The large deck and XL beanbags make a great place to relax and watch the world go by and a popular venue for sunset drinks. Friendly service in a relaxed and light atmosphere.
Located close to Sairee Beach on a quiet hilltop, Darawan offers a high class dining experience at superb prices. Enjoy a menu encompassing a worldwide cuisine, created using their own homegrown organic fruits and vegetables, complimented by specially selected wines. As a recommendation begin your meal with the grilled haloumi with petite basil, watermelon salad and balsamic reduction, followed by the chicken, bacon, avocado and roast pepper risotto. All of this can be experienced in an open-air environment as you take in the sensational sunset view, cooled by a refreshing breeze.
Chez Albert is a slice of France on this tropical island. Tucked just off the main road in Sairee, the newly upgraded restaurant specializes in French cuisine. Chez Albert has a choice selection of starters and antipasti platters to rotisserie meals of whole or half chicken or duck, both served with roasted potatoes or vegetables. Some of the most popular choices are grilled-to-order steaks and the cheese specialties of fondue or raclette.
Of course, no meal is complete without a selection of wine and spirits to accompany your dish. If you can, leave room for dessert! The chocolate fondant is delicious. Bon appetite!
Rim Lae restaurant is located inside the private Koh Tao Cabana Resort, north of Sairee beach. You will be welcomed by the very friendly staff who will guide you to your table. Choose from their selection of tasty starters like fish fingers in wasabi sauce, then tuck into a main course or one of their daily specials. For something different, try the green tea rice or the rib-eye steak. You will find it hard to leave the relaxed atmosphere, so enjoy an after dinner drink and take in the serene, private beach area watching the boats come and go. With its beautiful decor and location, Rim Lae is hard to match.
Fishbowl is one of the most famous and original Koh Tao beach front bars. With its perfectly situated location, you will find the best sunset view the island has to offer. Soak in the local beauty at one of their beach tables complete with Thai cushions and try one of their delicious passion fruit mojitos or a cider from their global selection.
They host a series of local live musical talent as well as internationally recognized DJs. During the evening the bar turns into one of the hottest nightclubs in town. Their staff are fun, friendly, and know how to show their guests a good time.
Located directly on Sairee beach is the newly built AC Bar Beach Club. This new addition to Koh Tao’s social scene offers a combination of two great holiday activities: hanging out by a pool and enjoying a refreshing cocktail. Opening at noon, the pool bar is equipped with sunchairs and loungers where you can kick back and relax with a cold drink or snacks from the restaurant.
The most popular time to come to AC Bar is at sunset where you have the best view of the sky changing colors. Enjoy it with one of the many happy hour drink selections. After sunset, the DJ booth begins to play the latest club music for people to dance the night away.
Zest is a well-known Koh Tao coffee shop and cafe that opens early in the morning and closes late in the afternoon. It has two locations – Mae Haad and Sairee – and both serve the Zest classics: hearty breakfasts, hefty sandwiches, fruit smoothies, and a variety of coffee drinks. Two very popular sandwich choices are the Spicy Chicken and the Sail Rock (salmon and cream cheese). Recently, Zest has made additions to their menu to include vegan and non-vegan Thai food as well as vegan Western dishes. The vegan lentil burger with fries and onion rings is tasty and filling! Stop by to eat at a Koh Tao classic.
Looking to get away from the crowds but still want a great view? Come away from busy Sairee and venture to Zyco Bar located at Tarna Align Resort. This rooftop bar with its jungle surroundings has a spacious area with sofas and tables where you can relax with a cocktail or mixed drink. If you are feeling hungry, Tarna Align is also home to Sushi Mania, a Japanese restaurant. The fine selection of food is prepared the by the chef who is a skilled Japanese food specialist. The dishes are unique and delicious, like the vegetarian sushi roll with mango, sweet egg, and cream cheese and the raw prawn served with Thai chili sauce.
With its modern, open atmosphere and beach front view, you won’t find a better spot to enjoy a high quality cup of artisan coffee. Sourced from Thailand, Brazil, and Ethiopia, you can enjoy your brew in multiple formats from espresso to macchiato. If you are looking for something a little more relaxing, they have a variety of loose leaf teas.
They boast a delectable menu of pastries as well as some of the finest dining options on the island for lunch and dinner. Their chef often creates unique menus for special occasions such as Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
Lazy Bar & Kitchen in Sairee Beach is an open-air restaurant with seating on the decking and on the beach. The menu is a blend of Thai and Western food. The major staples of Thai cuisine are a popular choice among diners, from curries to fried noodles with your choice of chicken, prawns, or vegetables. The Western menu has massive burgers, pasta, and satisfying salads. The signature dish is the Massaman pie, a fusion of an English favorite filled with Thai curry and served with mashed potatoes and cucumber salad. Lazy Bar & Kitchen is also an ideal place for watching the sunset and having a cocktail or other cold drink.
Sunset Restaurant is built at the edge of the jungle coast on the north-west part of the island. It is an ideal place for both breakfast, lunch, and dinner as diners have a clear view of the sea and Koh Nang Yuan island. This restaurant is a perfect place to watch the sunset and enjoy a cocktail with dinner. The Sunset Restaurant serves Thai curries, rice, and noodle dishes with your choice of meat, seafood, or vegetables. An excellent choice is a whole fish, either steamed with lime and chilis or fried with a rich garlic sauce. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and sounds of the ocean waves against the rocks.
A well established restaurant offering an extensive menu including a wide range of authentic French and Italian dishes devised by the chef who is also the owner.
With homemade pastas, pizzas, breads and more, this friendly and relaxed restaurant is a popular choice for all. There is also a good selection of wine available.
Located centrally in Mae Haad, close to the port, it’s open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything in between. Everyone welcome, great venue for families and groups. Friendly service and reasonable prices. Take away and delivery available.
Coffee House is a mere 20 metres from the pier and will welcome you to Koh Tao with its relaxing atmosphere cocooning you from the hustle and bustle of Mae Haad.
Coffee House makes its own organic coffee where you will find all the usual blends as you would expect. You can even buy a packet of your own to enjoy at your leisure. Supporting local business and traders, this is no major coffee chain.
Delicious sandwiches to enjoy as you relax and you can follow this up with one of their dangerously delicious cakes! Daily pie specials and even homemade crumpets made to order, Coffee House welcomes you inside.
Finding a tranquil, beautiful setting on Sairee beach can be hard but Sea Side Restaurant has managed this superbly.
A fusion of Western and Thai cuisine with a choice of genuine Spanish and Thai tapas. Start with tapas, mushrooms with cheese and garlic, chicken croquettes and the obligatory Spanish omelette. Follow with your choice of main dish, try black spaghetti seafood with fried and garlic pepper or grilled pork ribs in BBQ sauce and roasted potatoes.
Grab a beer and play on the pool table as you soak up the serene atmosphere in this semi-secluded restaurant or just sit, relax and watch the evening ocean.
The French Market on Koh Tao only opened in 2019 but has become one of the most well-known eating establishments on the island. Located on the main road in Mae Haad, The French Market opens early to serve freshly baked butter and chocolate croissants, empanadas, and other artisan pastries. Larger breakfasts such as omelettes and sandwiches are also available for order, along with coffees of your choosing. The French Market has become well-known for their daily lunch specials. Each day, a different meal is available at a discounted price. The half rotisserie chicken with homestyle French fries is a favourite, as well as the raclette on a roasted potato with ham and salami…
Located on the southern tip of Koh Tao outside of Chalok Baan Kao, View Point Resort has a beachside restaurant called The Cape. The Cape provides guests with a peaceful ambiance while they dine and watch the moon and stars shine above the sea. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For lunch, guests can choose from the Western or Asian menu for their starters or entrees. Popular choices from the Western menu are fresh salads, pasta, or exquisitely prepared meats or seafood. The Asian menu offers some of the best-known national Thai dishes and some island favourites, like prawns in lime coconut or curried soft shell crabs with egg.
With its stunning sea views and beautiful atmosphere, The Terrace is the perfect place to indulge in a little fine dining. Their menu includes a wonderful selection of western dishes along with a variety of traditional Thai cuisine. Try their succulent roasted duck or melt in your mouth red snapper as your main course.
Accompany your meal with a wine from their extensive cellar or book their VIP room for a proper wine tasting. Their staff are friendly and quick to take care of your needs. If you don’t feel like driving, you can book their taxi for pick up and drop off.
The small beach town of Chalok Baan Kao has a growing number of places to hang out, and Fisherman Koh Tao should be on your list. Found directly on the beach, Fisherman Koh Tao, decorated with a nautical theme, has the best of both worlds; an ocean view with a pool on the beach and a bar serving cold beers and mixed drinks. Fisherman Koh Tao also has a restaurant that serves a small selection of main dishes, like sandwiches, stuffed cabbage, and Thai food, to snacks like spring rolls and fried tofu with a spicy sauce. Enjoy Fisherman Koh Tao’s relaxed atmosphere and friendly vibe for a dip in the pool, an evening drink (or two), or a quiet meal.
Chabalay is located in the southern part of the island in Aow Leuk. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, guests have a clear view of the turquoise bay amongst a mountain backdrop. During certain times of the day, people can even spot reef sharks from the restaurant deck!
The menu is a mix of Thai and western food. What guests look forward to is the freshly caught fish. Every day, the chef buys fresh fish and prepares some of the filets grilled with her signature Thai-French inspired sauce of thyme, rosemary, paprika, and garlic. This is often best served with an organic coconut picked at the prime of sweetness.
Located on the main road in Chalok Baan Kao is the newly opened restaurant Your Place. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is famous for their Thai dishes with duck, such as Pad Thai duck and Panang duck curry. A highly recommended dish is the creamy Massaman curry with duck. It is the perfect combination of flavor and spice. Your Place also is known for locally caught fish, fried or steamed. The fish comes with a choice of sauce, like lime and chili or garlic pepper. The whole fried fish with sweet and sour sauce is excellent! In addition to the main courses, there is a large selection of sides to accompany your meal.