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Thai food is some of the most celebrated cuisine in the world. The tiny island of Ko Tao has a surprisingly developed food scene, full of both street stalls and global flavors. Here are my favorites, which I'm sure you'll enjoy!

Good for
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

The Gallery

Art Galleries

Whitening

Restaurants

Living Juices

Restaurants

Taste of Home

Restaurants

Koh Tao Thai-Riffic

Restaurants

Kusto

Restaurants

Lanta Restaurant

Restaurants

Su Chilli

Restaurants

Barracuda Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants

Sairee Cottage Diving Restaurant

Restaurants

parttimetravel's City Tips

  • While there are numerous Thai dishes to enjoy, at the same time, don't overlook the international options on the island. There are some great Italian, French, Mexican, and other eateries to explore.
  • Most restaurants have a relaxed atmosphere and dress code, especially those close to the beach.
  • Don't miss the chance to try Thai street food... and more than once!
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    The Gallery
    Art Galleries
    parttimetravel Says:

    A smallish spot with a beautiful ambiance, The Gallery serves up excellent Thai food and elegantly presented dishes. If you're looking for an intimate setting, the chef's set special menus are always a nice treat here!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Booking ahead is recommended, especially for weekends and prime times.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 51 things to do in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • WOW! 26/11/2017
    • Fresh seafood 28/09/2017
    • The Gallery
    Address:
    10/46 Moo 1, First Floor
    Koh Tao 84360
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 77 456 547
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 10:00
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    Whitening
    Restaurants (Seafood, European, Asian, Thai, Soups)
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Many call this the best restaurant in Ko Tao. Serving grilled seafood and meats in an unforgettable location, if you've got enough funds to splurge on dining out just once on the island, do choose this spot.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Whitening is more pricey than the other eateries on the island, but it is particularly worth it at sunset.
    • The restaurant is located right on the beach. Perfect for an after dinner stroll!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 180 restaurants in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice Treat 26/11/2017
    • Good but pricey 19/11/2017
    • Whitening
    Address:
    17/ 2 Moo 2, Mae Haad Bay
    Koh Tao 84360
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 77 456 199
    Other:
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    Living Juices
    Restaurants (Cafe, Healthy)
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Seeking healthy eats? Vegetarians and fresh juice lovers need look no further. The numerous raw and vegan options here can be highly customized for any special diets.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Buy some of the healthy snacks to go.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 180 restaurants in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best tasting protein drink I’ve ever had! 27/11/2017
    • Healthy and so so good 02/10/2017
    • Living Juices
    Phone:
    +66 90 916 8967
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$5
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    07:30 - 14:00
    Other:
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    Taste of Home
    Restaurants (European, German)
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Taste of Home is a popular expat spot for a reason... the food is fantastic! A great place to get what tastes like a home-cooked meal (just as the name implies!) of either Thai or Western/European cuisine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don't skip dessert — the chocolate mousse is heavenly!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 180 restaurants in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must go here!! Soo Good!!! 17/11/2017
    • This place was awesome 14/11/2017
    • Taste of Home
    Address:
    12/4 Moo 1 Sairee
    Koh Tao 84360
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 86 012 0727
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$11
    Other:
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    Koh Tao Thai-Riffic
    Restaurants (Cafe, European)
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    parttimetravel Says:

    This cafe is one of the newest on the island, and specializes in delicious homemade desserts, pastries, coffee, and sandwiches. For snacks on the go, or an afternoon treat, this is your spot.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the cakes! You can even pre-order whole cakes for special occasions.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 180 restaurants in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really good desserts! 02/12/2017
    • Thai-Riffic tasting desserts! 21/10/2017
    • Koh Tao Thai-Riffic
    Address:
    18/30 Moo 1 Nay Pon Road
    Koh Tao 84360
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 88 442 9877
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$3
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Kusto
    Restaurants (European, Spanish, Wine Bar)
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Kusto serves up tapas-style Thai and Spanish fusion food. The dishes are innovative, using highly creative recipes, and the beautiful presentation almost makes you reluctant to tuck in!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • A great place to bring a group, so you can sample a bunch of different tastes.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dinner 28/12/2016
    • Great meal 28/12/2016
    • Kusto
    Address:
    17/100 Moo1,
    Sairee Beach at Thalassa Hotel
    Koh Tao 84360
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 77 456 791
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    Lanta Restaurant
    Restaurants (Asian, Thai)
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    parttimetravel Says:

    If authentic Thai food is what you're after, you'll find it here, and at local prices too! Plus, it's great fun to watch the cooks prepare everything fresh after you order.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • This is a convenient stop on the way to Sairee Beach.
    • Beware of the spice level if you aren't used to authentic Thai food!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 180 restaurants in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome traditional Thai food 21/11/2017
    • Very cheap and decent food 04/11/2017
    • Lanta Restaurant
    Address:
    Main road near SB Cabana
    Ko Tao
    Koh Tao
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 81 376 1362
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 23:00
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    Su Chilli
    Restaurants (Asian, Thai)
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    parttimetravel Says:

    With excellent value for really delicious Thai food, many expats 'in the know,' cite this as their favorite place to eat authentically on the island.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the specials!
    • Curries and green mango salad are menu highlights.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 180 restaurants in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great thai food 11/12/2017
    • Amazing 03/12/2017
    • Su Chilli
    Address:
    Sariee Main road
    Koh Tao
    Thailand
    Other:
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    Barracuda Restaurant & Bar
    Restaurants (Seafood, European, Asian, Fusion)
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    parttimetravel Says:

    A laid-back fusion spot run by an English chef, Barracuda is conveniently located right at the heart of Sairee Beach. Its seafood dishes are particularly good.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Reservations are recommended.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 180 restaurants in Koh Tao
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best meal on Koh Tao 11/12/2017
    • Private "chef" at our Villa. 11/12/2017
    • Barracuda Restaurant & Bar
    Address:
    9/9 Moo 1, Sairee Beach
    Koh Tao 84360
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 80 146 3267
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    18:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Sairee Cottage Diving Restaurant
    Restaurants (Asian, Thai)
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Sairee Cottage is known for its beach BBQ, which is highly rated by backpackers especially. A good deal for fresh seafood eaten right on the beach!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Expect a fun atmosphere here, although it can get a bit crowded and rowdy.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 180 restaurants in Koh Tao
    • Great dinner BBQ 27/11/2017
    • Worst food i had in Thailand 25/11/2017
    • Sairee Cottage Diving Restaurant
    Address:
    Sairee Beach
    Koh Tao
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 77 456 126
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