Koh Mak Restaurants

UPDATED for 2018/19 Season

koh mak restaurantsKoh Mak restaurants now offer everything from seafood to familiar western menus and from bakeries to cheap no frills Thai eateries.

Most places are concentrated in the strip behind Ao Kao Beach where you can stroll about and see what takes your fancy, but you’ll also find more options around the street down to Ao Kao Resort and Island Huts, the back road behind Makathanee Resort or along the road to Ao Nid Pier.

Seafood, Western and Thai Food – Koh Mak Restaurants

For seafood, look no further than the island favourite at Koh Mak Seafood built out over the water down near the pier in Ao Nid and when finished, you can brush up on your Koh Mak history at the Koh Mak Museum next door. As an alternative, there’s also a decent seafood BBQ at Koh Mak Living’s restaurant, which is located just behind Makathanee Resort on the road connecting to the hill above Ao Suan Yai Beach.

For western food, the European menu at Swiss Sawasdee, at the northern end of Ao Kao remains very popular, while a little further along at the top of the access road to Ao Kao Resort, Koh Mak Pizza has quickly established itself as baking the best thin crusts on the island. Chic and Chill on the Ao Nid road offers a more upmarket French menu with presentation to match, whilst down by Ao Nid Pier itself, Koh Mak Steakhouse satisfies the carnivore cravings.

For Thai food, Tables Tales, run by the same people as Seatales Speedboat, is a chilled out open air choice behind Monkey Island, with full menu and beer on tap. Next door, Kon Gin Sen has been on Koh Mak for years, a very safe bet for spicy somtam, grilled chicken and sticky rice – look out too for the delicious catfish laab (salad). Alongside it, Food Garden is another long standing island favourite, covering all the BBQ options in a pretty garden setting.

Continuing further along the main strip behind Ao Kao Beach, Clay Pot serves up classic Thai dishes at very reasonable prices, whilst, after the turning towards Ao Suan Yai, Zab Koh Mak concentrates on Issan food but also has a wide selection off its menu. Heading up that connecting road to Ao Suan Yai, Pim Jai on the left is a cheap and cheerful Thai diner, very popular with the workers and further along, Mam next door to Good Time Resort is also another old favourite, full menu or again a wide selection of quick and easy one choice over rice dishes.

Back at the far northern end of the road behind Ao Kao Beach, the tiny and friendly Q Bar, which sits opposite Swiss Sawasdee is another popular BBQ choice, with a cheeky sideline in cocktails too. Finally, the very basic looking Peaw and Om on the Ao Nid road serve tasty, cheap one dish over rice style food and noodle soup to locals and tourists alike. E-Sarn Kitchen down towards Ao Nid Pier is a new addition to the island with a full Issan menu, definitely well worth a stop.

Up in the north east of Koh Mak, there’s a couple of very decent somtam shacks at Laem Son looking out over Koh Kradat with our favourite, Laem Som Somtam, the one on the front.

Coffee Shops – Koh Mak Restaurants

For coffee shops and indeed bakeries, Koh Mak has a surprisingly large number of good choices.

The a/c Coco Cafe at the top of the road from Ao Kao Resort doubles as a full bar, with a roof terrace and bike rentals. Ball Cafe beside Joe’s Corner Hostel about 1/2 way along the strip in Ao Kao Beach, has been a fixture on Koh Mak for many years, while Food Art Hut, sister restaurant to Koh Mak Steakhouse, is a cute and very reliable cafe in the same section as Food Garden and Kon Gin Sen.

Coffee And Sweetcake serves breakfasts and the full range of coffees on its little terrace with views out over Ao Nid and of course, talking of views, Thaidaho Vista has one of the very best in all of the Koh Chang islands with its terrace looking out over Ao Suan Yai and Koh Kham. Pineapple Cafe, just back from the sand by the Koh Mak Resort pier is another new modern addition, coffee, sandwiches and delicious desserts.

Resort Dining – Koh Mak Restaurants

Within the resorts, Relax Restaurant at Holiday Beach Resort is an old favourite, while Sky Beach Resort and Taleh at Baan Koh Mak are both stylish spots to wile away a couple of hours. Ao Kao Resort’s restaurant has a very pretty location on a raised terrace by the sea and I Talay at Koh Mak Resort Pier can also be a good place for lunch.

If out and about, your could stop in for lunch at Green View Resort, nothing fancy but beautifully peaceful or Little Moon Villa offers good coffee and well presented food in its stylish restaurant.

Our Recommendations – Koh Mak Restaurants

Pricing Code/Per person in Baht (B) excluding drinks:
B= under 100; BB= under 500; BBB= over 500;

Koh Mak Seafood

Ao Nid
Per Person: BB-BBB

Just after the temple at the end of the Ao Nid road, long established seafood restaurant with a lovely location by the sea. Usual Thai seafood menu choices. Wine and a museum next door.

Kohmak Steakhouse

Ao Nid
Per Person: BB-BBB

Next to the pier at Ao Nid, charming little restaurant with steaks the order of the day. Beef, lamb, crocodile offered with different sauces, salads and other western or Thai dishes. Coffee, ice cream, nice views.

Chic and Chill

Ao Nid
Per Person: BB-BBB

On the Ao Nid Road, French restaurant offering daily changing specials, steaks, fish with classic sauces as well as desserts, all very well presented. Thai food also available, wine list, cocktails. Free transfers from resorts.

Peaw Restaurant

Ao Nid
Per Person: B

Near the junction at the top of the Ao Nid Road, cheap, tasty local restaurant with a couple of tables inside and out serving up classic Thai dishes, pork, chicken or seafood fried with holy basil, with ginger, with curry pastes. Looks shabby but great for a quick lunch.

Coco Cafe

Ao Nid
Per Person: B-BB

Up on the main road near by the Ao Kao Resort turning, a/c coffee shop offering coffee and cake, with a roof terrace for cocktails. Bicycles for hire or free for a few hours if you take a coffee.

Koh Mak Pizza

Ao Kao
Per Person: BB-BBB

At the top of the road to Ao Kao Resort, intimate pizza restaurant serving up thin crust specialities from its bespoke oven, with a choice of 8 toppings. Wine, beer and affable host.

Swiss Sawasdee

Ao Kao
Per Person: BB

Small restaurant at the top of the road to Island Huts. European food, goulash, schnitzels, salads, home made desserts, Thai choices. Wine, chat, wifi, even a small gymnasium. Can get busy so book ahead.

Table Tales

Ao Kao
Per Person: BB

Open air restaurant behind Ao Kao Beach near to Monkey Island. Offering Thai and western standards, draught beer, cocktails, relaxed spot, friendly service.

Kon Gin Sen

Ao Kao
Per Person: B-BB

Next door to Table Tales, open kitchen serving up some terrific Issan food, with perfect whole fried fish, somtam, spicy laab and sticky rice. Full menu as well. A somewhat erratic service.

Food Garden

Ao Suan Yai
Per Person: BB-BBB

Next door to Kon Gin Sen, tables in the garden and on raised bamboo platforms, noted for its extensive BBQ, prok, seaqfood, chicken as well as full menu including kra ta sets (cook at your table). Popular.

Food Art Hut

Ao Kao
Per Person: B-BB

Cafe and bakery with fresh baguettes and other breads, sandwiches and juices with one dish Thai food as well, in a relaxed setting that makes a great lunchtime break from the beach. Good for that western food fix.

Zab Koh Mak

Ao Kao
Per Person: B-BB

Far end of the Ao Kao strip just beyond Makathanee Resort, diner with Issan bbq at the front and full standard menu. Cheap, well cooked food, comfortable setting, used by the locals.

Pineapple Cafe

Ao Suan Yai
Per Person: B-BB

Behind Koh Mak Resort Pier, modern cafe, offering range of sandwiches, coffees and cakes as well as ice creams, smoothies and sorbets. Just a few steps form the sea.

Ball Cafe

Ao Kao
Per Person: B-BB

Middle of the strip behind Ao Kao Beach, long running Koh Mak cafe which has moved around locations but now settled in this nice garden setting, Coffee, cakes, snacks, breakfast, bikes for rent. Friendly spot, good island knowledge.

Coffee and Sweetcake

Ao Suan Yai
Per Person: B-BBB

High above the pier at Ao Nid, small cafe with outdoor covered terrace serving coffees, breakfasts, sandwiches and cakes. Good views, nice spot to stop if about and about exploring.


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