Koh Mak Restaurants

UPDATED MAY 2017

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 or along the road to Ao Nid Pier.

Koh Mak Restaurants – Different Cuisines

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. You can also pop into the Koh Mak Museum next door.

For western food, the European menu at Swiss Sawasdee, at the northern end of Ao Kao remains very popular, while a little further along, 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 the pier, 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, while next door Kon Gin Sen is a safe bet for spicy somtam, grilled chicken and sticky rice. Continuing further along the main strip behind ao Kao Beach, both Rabbit Bar (formerly Pirates) and Clay Pot serve up classic Thai dishes at very reasonable prices.

In the same strip behind the beach, there are also a couple of no name cheap spots, one behind Baan Koh Mak and another very good one at Zaab Koh Mak just beyond Makathanee, with tables at the back, lots of menu pictures on the wall.

The tiny Q Bar, which sits opposite Swiss Sawasdee is another nice choice at that end, with a bbq out the front most nights. Finally, the very basic looking Peaw and Om on the Ao Nid road serve tasty, cheap one dish over rice style food to locals and tourists alike.

Koh Mak Restaurants – Coffee Shops

For coffee shops and indeed bakeries, the a/c Coco Cafe at the top of the road from Ao Kao Resort doubles as a full bar, with a roof terrace. Ball Cafe in its new location in front of Riverside about 1/2 way along the strip in Ao Kao, has been a fixture on Koh Mak for many years, while Food Art Cafe, sister restaurant to Koh Mak Steakhouse, is a cute and reliable spot near Monkey Island.

Coffee And Sweetcake serves breakfasts 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, just back from the sand by the Koh Mak Resort pier is another new modern addition.

Koh Mak Restaurants – In the Resorts

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 the other Taleh at Koh Mak Resort Pier can also be a good place for lunch.

If out and about, stop in at for lunch at Green View Resort, nothing fancy but beautifully peaceful. And also up in the north east of the island, there’s a decent somtam shack at Laem Son Somtam looking out over Koh Kradat.

Our Recommended 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 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.

Zaab 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.

Wild Heart

Ao Suan Yai
Per Person: B-BB

Come out at the back Koh Mak Resort Pier, up the main road and the 2nd turning on the right to find this organic smallholding with on site restaurant offering standard one dish over rice Thai food. Ingredients straight from the garden. Day time only.


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