Our guide to the best restaurants in Koh Tao is a mix of local and international restaurants serving exceptional cuisine. The island appeals to those looking for a tropical paradise, incredible scuba diving, and white-sand beaches. Even so, this picturesque destination is also beloved for its outstanding dining scene. 

    Whether you prefer traditional Thai dishes or global flavors, finding a delicious meal to enjoy with friends and family is never a problem. Here, we highlight our favorite restaurants to experience while you’re soaking up the island’s pristine beaches, bustling nightlife, and coastal landscapes.



    For freshly made vegan dishes in a coastal setting

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    VegetaBowl is one of the top eateries close to Sairee Beach, making it an excellent spot to enjoy an incredibly fresh meal in Koh Tao. From salad lawn bowling and tacos to burritos and sushi, everything on the menu is 100% vegan. However, you can add optional dairy-based extras like cheese as well.

    There’s also a great selection of local beverages, including freshly opened coconuts, fruit smoothies, and lemongrass ginger ale. For dessert, we highly recommend one of VegetaBowl’s cheesecake jars, which has a salted peanut crust topped with a layer of vanilla cheesecake.

    Location: 9/5 Island Plaza, Sairee beach, Koh Tao Koh Phangan Surat Thani 84360, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)84 692 7749


    Pranee’s Kitchen

    Authentic Thai cuisine and a welcoming atmosphere

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    Pranee’s Kitchen is a local favorite along Mae Haad Beach in Koh Tao. Having served customers for over 30 years, this family-owned business focuses on getting the basics right, with great flavors, service and prices ensuring diners always have a great experience.

    You can find a large menu of exquisite Thai and seafood cuisine, with curries at Pranee’s Kitchen widely considered some of the best on the island. A selection of western-style pizza, pasta dishes, and deep-fried snacks ensure there’s something for all in the family or group to enjoy.

    Location: 9/1 Moo 2 Mae Haad Ko Tao, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)77 45 6924


    Hippo Burger Bistro

    Discover the best burger restaurant in Koh Tao

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    Hippo Burger Bistro is a nice alternate for people looking for something other than Thai cuisine during their stay in Koh Tao. After a short walk from the shores of Sairee Beach, you’ll reach this western-style bistro and its extensive list of American-style appetizers, burgers and desserts.

    Opt for spicy hot wings or chicken tenders for your entree. Then, you can choose from a wide range of burgers, including BBQ ranch, Cajun chicken, and pulled pork. Finally, you can round out this feast with homemade apple crumble or chocolate brownie.

    Location: Sairee Main Road Koh Tao Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)85 226 2648


    Barracuda Roof Top Restaurant & Bar

    Admire the views from the rooftop of this stellar restaurant

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    Barracuda Restaurant offers some of the most incredible views and cuisine in Koh Tao. The restaurant has enjoyed a stellar reputation since it opened in 2010. From its prime position above Sairee Beach, you can dine on locally sourced seafood and Thai-fusion dishes on its vibrant rooftop.

    Barracuda Restaurant is great for enjoying a romantic dinner for 2 and a casual group gathering on the island. Besides its specialty seafood platter, the restaurant also offers sumptuous steaks and vegetarian options – all complement Koh Tao's impressive sunsets.

    Location: Above The Coffee House, 14/29 Moo 1, Koh Tao, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 4 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)80 146 3267


    Breeze Koh Tao

    Catch the sunset with local seafood and craft beers

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    Breeze Koh Tao is a top-notch spot for any meal of the day, with breakfast, lunch and dinner served on the restaurant's stunning beachfront terrace. While the menu draws from numerous international cuisines, seafood is a particular highlight, with local fishermen making daily deliveries of their latest catch.

    Breeze Koh Tao has a great selection of pasta dishes, desserts, craft beers, and even vegan options, making it a popular place to eat on the island. As it’s positioned next to Mae Haad Pier, you can watch the sun dip below the horizon as boats and ferries dock for the evening.

    Location: 9/94 Moo 2 Mae Haad, Ko Tao, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)93 553 4799

    Hudson Brown | Contributing Writer

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