A Gastronomic Journey: Top 10 Restaurants in Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao, Thailand's stunning island paradise, not only mesmerizes with its natural beauty but also tantalizes the taste buds with its vibrant culinary scene. From traditional Thai flavors to international delicacies, the island offers a diverse range of dining options to satisfy every palate. In this article, we present our top 10 restaurant recommendations in Koh Tao, along with mouthwatering descriptions that will take you on a gastronomic journey through this tropical haven.

1. Barracuda Restaurant & Bar:
Situated on Sairee Beach, Barracuda Restaurant & Bar is a culinary gem known for its delectable seafood dishes and picturesque ocean views. The menu features a variety of freshly caught seafood, including grilled fish, succulent prawns, and seafood platters bursting with flavors. Immerse yourself in the laid-back ambiance, sip on their signature Barracuda cocktail, and savor the culinary delights while enjoying the gentle sea breeze. Visit Site Here.

2. Pom Som Tam:
Conveniently located on the 'up' road from Mae Haad Pier, Pom Som Tam is a 'proper' Thai restaurant with excellent authentic Thai food at great prices. They are famous for their delicious Som Tam (Papaya Salad), hence the name, as well as their fried chicken (Gai Tord) or fried pork (Moo Tord).The casual and friendly ambiance combined with generous portions and authentic flavors make Pom Som Tam a favorite among locals and budget-conscious travelers. Visit Site Here.

3. The Garden:
One of the best restaurants on the island for both food and service which is located in Mae Haad on the main road opposite Songserm Road. It's a French restaurant offering international delights from steaks, to rotisserie chicken, to pasta dishes. Don't forget the creme brulet to finish the meal off with! Visit Site Here.

4. Lung Pae
For an authentic Thai dining experience, head to Lung Pae, up towards the way to Aow Leuk bay, just past the electricity station. This family-run restaurant is known for its traditional Thai cuisine, prepared with passion and using the freshest local ingredients. From fragrant pad Thai to rich green curry, each dish at Su Chili bursts with authentic flavors and showcases the essence of Thai gastronomy. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey through Thailand's vibrant food culture. Visit Site Here.

5. La Pizzeria:
A favourite with guests the island and busy each and every night, La Pizzeria will take care of your Italian food cravings. It is located in Sairee on the main road opposite the Cabaret walking street. La Pizzeria specializes in oven-fired pizzas and homemade pasta dishes that will transport you to the streets of Naples. From classic Margherita to gourmet creations topped with local ingredients, every bite at La Pizzeria is a burst of Italian flavors. With its warm atmosphere and genuine hospitality, it's the perfect spot to satisfy your pizza cravings. Visit Site Here.

5. Hungry Hippo Burger:
Quite possibly the best burger you will eat on Koh Tao, maybe even the whole of Thailand, it's that good! The prices are a bit more premium but paying that little bit extra is very much worth it. Add some sides such as cajun spiced fries or onion rings and you are set for a satisfying burger experience! Why not add a snickers milkshake into the mix as well, another speciality. Visit Site Here.

6. Blue Heaven:
Perched atop a hill in Chalok Baan Kao, Blue Heaven offers breathtaking panoramic views of the island's coastline. This romantic restaurant specializes in Mediterranean and Thai fusion cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh seafood and grilled dishes. Dine under the stars, indulge in their flavourful creations, and let the awe-inspiring views complement your culinary journey. Visit Site Here.

7. Ananas:
One of the best restaurants that you will probably never hear of. Based in Chalok, this small restaurant hidden up by the roadside offers a truly delightful selection of Thai and Western dishes, all cooked to perfection. The service is friendly and the staff are great. Whilst you don't have the view, the food itself more than makes up for it. Highly recommended to visit. Visit Site Here.

8. Coconut Monkey:
Another fim favourite is Coconut Monkey, situated near the Songserm Pier in Mae Haad, beachside and overlooking the sea. they open early until afternoon serving the best selection of healthy breakfast and lunch dishes. Don't forget to check out the homemade sweets fridge, right next to where you pay the bill - try not to be tempted to add something! Visit Site Here.

9. The Gallery Restaurant:
Located in the hills of Sairee Village, The Gallery Restaurant entices diners with its artistic ambiance and innovative culinary creations. The menu showcases a tasting plate fusion of Thai and International flavours, incorporating fresh local ingredients. From creative seafood dishes to perfectly grilled steaks, each plate at The Gallery is a work of art, carefully crafted to deliver a feast for the senses. Visit Site Here.

10. Sairee Cottage:
This place has amazing views across Sairee Beach, and is open all day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, both Thai and International dishes. One of the highlights is their nightly BBQ, where you choose between chicken, beef or veggie BBQ skewers - a great deal! They also have a poolside bar, allowing you to go for a swim and drift right up to the bar to order your favourite cocktail. Visit Site Here.


Embark on a culinary adventure through Koh Tao and discover a tantalizing array of dining options that will delight your taste buds. From fresh seafood to international fusion cuisine and authentic Thai delicacies, these top 10 restaurants offer an exceptional culinary experience in breathtaking settings. So, indulge your senses, savor the flavors, and let the vibrant gastronomy of Koh Tao enchant you on your visit to this tropical paradise.


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