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Koh Kood restaurants have steadily increased in number over the last few years and with that expansion, your choices for a meal out are now much more wide reaching. Indeed, everything from seafood to Italian, cheap Thai dishes to French cuisine, coffee shops to bakeries are now available.

That said, down the south west coast and up in the far north west of the island, where the beaches sit a long way from the main road itself, you’ll find little outside the resorts themselves. If staying in these areas, it’s a real boon if you have your own transport in order to seek out some alternative spots.


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Thai Food – Koh Kood Restaurants

Scattered around Koh Kood, there are plenty of cheap Thai diners, where you can eat all the classics including one dish over rice, somtam and sticky rice (Issan) or Ka Ta (BBQ at your table).

Klong Chao Beach and Central Area

In Klong Chao, just around the corner from the central concrete bridge, Ma Der Tum offers hotpot style at your table alongside classics such as pad kapow. Next door, Rimtang Kitchen (standard Thai) and a hundred metres further on, Hin Suay (Issan) have both currently switched to take-out only. Their intention is to revert to normal eat-in come the 22/23 season, though that will depend on tourist numbers.

In the center of Klong Chao, Jong Cafe and Sea Dog sit alongside BB Divers. Jong Cafe (currently closed) serves western breakfast to order as well as a full array of standard Thai dishes. Sea Dog, more Bangkok in its style, specialises in cocktails to compliment its long menu of Thai and western dishes.

Central Area at Hin Dam (Ao Tapao Beach)

Heading north from Klong Chao towards the centre of the island and a kilometre or so after the turning to Ao Noi Resort, you reach the tiny and cheap Leo. A decent enough fallback option, it serves a short range of the standard Thai dishes. Next door, Waree, one of the resort workers’ favourites, is shut at present but may reopen for the 22/23 season.

Continue along here, Esan Family, complete with its dusty hard mud floor and rough wooden tables, is a terrific Issan diner – expect sticky rice, somtam, grilled chicken, pork and catfish.  Another couple of kilometres further on, Little Bird completes the set along here. It specialises in pork, beef and seafood Ka Ta sets – cook at your table in the pot. They do serve some curries and Thai salads as well, but note the service can be slow.

Shortly after Little Bird, by taking the shortcut road by the electricity station and wending your way through the trees, you’ll arrive at The Fisherman Hut. In its old home nearer to Leo, this was a hugely popular spot, packed out nightly with western tourists, offering a full menu as well as a seafood BBQ, wide range of cocktails and live music. Expect the same concept here in a much improved venue.

Pangya Kitchen, a small food court which is always buzzing with activity, sits across the road from the town hall and its huge Koh Kood sign. A little further on, opposite the hospital, 108 is nothing to look at from the outside but head inside to one of its basic tables for some very good Issan food.

Towards Ao Salad

Heading out on the main road towards Ao Salad, look out for the the lovely wooden house set back from the road. It’s a Guay Jab Noodle shop, a fabulous dish comprising crispy pork with a hard boiled egg, bean sprouts and tofu atop a rich broth bulked out with wide rice noodles.

Klong Yai Kee and Klong Han

If you are up in Klong Yai Kee, you can also call in at the boutique resort, Bann Makok in its lovely setting on the canal. They serve a good range of well presented and delicately flavoured Thai food at very reasonable prices.

Nearby, another hidden gem is Soneva Kiri’s Krua Mae Tuk, a beautifully designed wooden stilt house over the water. You’ll find it deep in the mangroves near to Captain Hook Resort’s wooden jetty, which is itself located before the concrete bridge. Open on Wednesday and Sunday evenings only, the restaurant is principally used by Soneva’s guests but you can book it via their website. Prices for a set 3 course dinner are from 3,250bt per head.

On the now (sadly) developing Secret Beach at Klong Han, the cafe restaurant MuEi sits on the lagoon at the southern end. You can get a good range of  classic one Thai food (rice and noodles) as well as coffee, smoothies and cold beers. The actual resort, Moana, is scheduled to open in 2023.

Incidentally, you can also grab somethin at the in-house diner of the newly finished Klong Han Secret.

South from Klong Chao

Heading south from Klong Chao, Chillout Cafe, is roadside shortly after the hill – Thai dishes mainly, either with one dish over rice or rice served separately to the main. Next door, Chaiyo once of Ngamkho Beach offers similar fare but do factor in a long wait as the one woman kitchen prepares everything fresh. Full Moon gives you another option here too.

Dropping  down the hill to Ngamkho Beach and then around the corner, you reach the tiny Black Bananas (former home of Chaiyo above). Their ramshackle wooden diner combines cafe style with a full menu.

Just before Bang Bao Beach, Chiang Mai serves food from Northern Thailand with Khao Soi a speciality. An Issan stall shares the space. Bang Bao Home, a tiny open air restaurant opposite the turning to Siam Beach Resort, makes for yet another alternative.

Ao Takian and Ao Phrao

In Ao Takian, home to the backpacker bungalows of Eve House and Wooden Hut, Im-Yung has been around for a couple of years, serving up the normal range of Thai staples – cheap and tasty.

Much further down the island, Relax (currently closed) garners lots of positive reviews in Tripadvisor, with good well cooked dishes, nothing too fancy but the curries especially are well spiced. You do need to book in advance.

Western Food – Koh Kood Restaurants

Koh Kood boasts a couple of excellent Italian restaurants, with authentic chefs cooking up their home country dishes to the highest of standards. For many years now, Pizza and Pasta has been providing those two very dishes, homemade to their own recipes, in a friendly setting at its roadside location between Klong Chao and the main administration area of Hin Dam.

The Italian chefs at Heaven Sense, situated at the bottom of the little hill just after Bang Bao Beach, offer a wide array of pizzas, mains and desserts, again with freshly prepared doughs and sauces. They are closed for rainy season.

At the start of Ngamkho Beach, Pornthip Pizza sits opposite Paradise Divers. Within easy walking distance of S- Beach, Dusita, Suan Maprao and a bit further, Ngamkho Resort, it’s takeaway mainly but there are a couple of tables too if you want to eat in.

Outside Dusita Resort, the urban looking Kood Vibes combines bistro dishes such as burgers, pasta, steak, fries and sandwiches with a range of coffees, smoothies and cakes.

Bistro Koh Kood provides the island with its French option – cold cuts, freshly baked bread, cheese and wine. It’s near to Eve House in the backpacker area by the road in Ao Takian Beach, the next area down the coast from Bang Bao.

In the same area, Kuba Lounge too has built a decent reputation among the Koh Kood restaurants for its wide array of western dishes including Sunday lunches. They also do plenty of classic Thai dishes.

Seafood – Koh Kood Restaurants

For two of the island’s best seafood restaurants – Noochy and Chonthicha – you need to head to the fishing village of Ao Yai in the south east of the island.

A few years back, a sudden rush of restaurants opened up at the southern end, all housed in the traditional stilt houses built out over the water. Of these, only Noochy Seafood, always the best of them anyway, has stayed the course. See the Sun still does have signs out but has actually moved over to Far East Resort in Ao Ngamkho.

At the other end of the village, Chonthicha, the original seafood restaurant in Ao Yai, serves up fresh fish from nets underfoot to its customers seated at hefty wooden tables in their charming sala.

In the north east of the island at Ao Salad, Captain Nhong Seafood makes a great choice for lunch, with some very well judged dishes, nicely presented and wonderful views over the bay from its vantage point above the village. There are also a couple of other small local Koh restaurants down on the pier, with Jack Seafood and Red Seafood more than passable.

Seafood in Other Areas

Klong Chao is home to Nuch Leuang Seafood, a bustling open air restaurant on the hill at the southern end. With its wide range of classic choices, you’ll find it always busy, particularly with Thai tourists.

Klong Mad too now has a small seafood restaurant, King, next door to Rabieng Talay Homestay on the other side of the sea inlet.

If you are staying in the area near Klong Chao Waterfall at places like PD, Mata, Coco Camping, you can find a cute seafood restaurant, Ploy Mook, just round the corner (in the waterfall direction) from the central crossroads.

Cafes – Koh Kood Restaurants

Found on the narrow road that runs towards Tolani Resort on Klong Chao Beach, Viewpoint Cafe is a converted fisherman’s houses on stilts over the water, great for sunsets. At the far southern end of the beach, Good View, with both coffee and a full menu, can be accessed from steep steps up the rocks from the sand or via a sharp turning off the road on the hill. Its vantage point high above the sea is one of the best on Koh Kood.

Back on the main road, Chic Chom Phu, offers a bakery, smoothies and coffee whilst a kilometre or so further on, Million Beach Cafe within S Beach Resort on Ngamkho Beach has a lovely setting by the sea. 

Inland on the way to Khao Ruerab (Battleship Mountain), Pink Kangaroo (former owners from Viewpoint) remain as reliable as ever for their unique Vietnamese coffee, lassis and food, all excellent. There is also a quaint wooden cafe, Nomkhon Station tucked away near the beach opposite Paradise Divers main shop.

Continuing south, Bann Suan Homestay at the turning to Siam Beach Resort grinds the beans for Bang Bao Beach.

If open, Koh Kood Cafe at Neverland Resort sits by the sea, another wonderful location to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the island’s beaches.

Ao Tapao and Klong Mad

Going north up the island, head to Little 9 Cafe on the approach road to Seafar and Meedee for coffee, cakes and when we visited, oodles of cats (tiny, medium and large).

Back at the main road after the turning above, Mermaid, beside the main garage after the hospital, combines an all day breakfast style cafe with its boutique clothing range. Take a left at the end crossroads and after the temple, down the little lane, you’ll find proper homemade ice cream to compliment the coffee and its full menu at Mateoasis.

Meanwhile, on the hill above Ao Tapao beach, follow the signs in Shantaa to its charming Gathi Cafe down by the sea – one dish meals, coffee and smoothies. Incidentally, their in-house restaurant, also open to non-residents, has a much larger menu with plenty of vegetarian options – fabulous ocean views an added bonus.

Meanwhile, the excellent Suanya Coffee has an air conditioned cafe down by the sea at Klong Mad, a great stop when out and about exploring.


Our Recommended Koh Kood Restaurants

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

Listed in location order, central Hin Dam, moving south down to Klong Chao, then all the way down the island, east coast last. They are not in a ratings order!


night koh kood restaurants

The Fisherman Hut

Per Person: BB – BBB
In a new location along the so called shortcut road next to the electricity station, which is itself on the main road in the centre of the island. Large open air restaurant serving nightly bbq (choose your own fish, seafood) alongside a full menu of classic Thai and western dishes. Cocktails, wine, shakes. Live music too some nights.

exterior pizza pasta koh kood restaurants

Pizza & Pasta

Per Person: BB – BBB
Located on the main road about 2 km after Klong Chao Beach, very friendly Italian owner dishes up authentic Italian fare, with highly recommended thin crust pizzas, home-made pasta served every which way, desserts including tiramasu. Wine, coffee and breakfasts also available. Popular with families. Takeaway service. Recommended.

exterior restaurant koh kood

Esan Family Restaurant

Per Person: B – BB
Also on the main road, next door to the Koh Kood Pharmacy, basic looking but excellent Issan diner offering grilled chicken, pork, catfish, sticky rice together with delicious somtam made fresh to order. Laab, mushroom soups, soft drinks, popular with the resort workers, always a good sign.

front night mermaid koh kood

Mermaid Boutique and Cafe

Per Person: B – BB
By the gas station a few hundred metres after the hospital on the main Hin Dam road (Ao Tapao Beach), cute little spot run by Apple, which combines a clothes boutique with small cafe serving coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, croissants and the signature breakfast bowls – museli, berries, yoghurt.(Currently closed but scheduled to reopen for 22/23 season)

front viewpoint cafe koh kood restaurants

Viewpoint Cafe

Per Person: B – BBB
On the road leading towards Tolani Resort in Klong Chao, small cafe diner built out over the water. Open all day serving breakfast, classic Thai dishes, sandwiches, cakes, coffee, smoothies, ice cream, cocktails, beer and wine. Famed for its perfect sunset watching location. WiFi.

early evening good view cafe

Good View Cafe

Per Person: B – BB
Located high above the southern end of Klong Chao beach (with steps leading up from the sand), cafe that lives up to its name with superb views out over the ocean. Seating either in small covered area or on the terrace – breakfasts, full menu, coffee, beers and shakes. WiFi. Selection of rooms too, massage. Recommended.

nuch leuang seafood restaurant koh kood

Nuch Leuang Seafood

Per Person: BB – BBB
Just up the hill at the Tinkerbell end of Klong Chao Beach, open air restaurant offering a comprehensive range of classic Thai seafood choices, excellent service, great food, very popular with Thai holidaymakers. Open from early evening onwards. Recommended.

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Chillout Cafe

Per Person: B – BB
On the road as you leave Klong Chao heading south towards Ngamkho and Bang Bao beaches, long running and friendly spot with an old school Thai beach vibe. All the usual Thai dishes served either over rice or separate, noodles, some western choices too, with everything well presented and spiced. Motorbike hire, laundry, tickets. Recommended.

interior koh kood restaurants black bananas

Black Bananas

Per Person: B – BB
At the front of the village in Ngamkho just by the turning to Battleship Mountain (Khao Reurab), charming rustic style cafe serving up all the usual fare from coffee to smoothies, one dish over rice dishes or separate rice with curries, soup, some seafood. Western dishes too, pancakes and breakfast. Recommended. WiFi.

front koh kood restaurants heaven sense

Heaven Sense

Per Person: BB – BBB
Bottom of the hill just after Bang Bao, Italian owned restaurant serving all manner of thin crust pizzas made from homemade dough, as well as a full range of pasta (homemade also – look out for the spelt ratatouille), steaks, grilled seafood, burgers, brushettas and delicious desserts. Beer, wine and spirits. Opens at 17.30 daily. Recommended. Closed for Rainy Season May to Oct 22.

front bistro koh kood

Bistro Koh Kood

Per Person: BB – BBB
Roadside, a few hundred metres after Eve House and the Ao Takian Beach (Cham’s House) turning, this is a proper French style bistro with well sourced cold cuts and cheeses alongside dinner dishes including pasta, steak, burgers and other European specialities. Wine, coffee, WiFi. Relaxed quiet atmosphere with a friendly French host too. Recommended.

exterior koh kood restaurants kuba lounge

Kuba Lounge

Per Person: B – BBB
Roadside English/Thai owned restaurant/cafe in the same area as Bistro Koh Kood. Good selection of classic Thai dishes as well as western food including Sunday roasts. Craft beers and ciders, coffee and house speciality cakes and desserts. Spacious ensuite wooden bungalows in the garden behind. Friendly couple. WiFi.

exterior relax restaurant koh kood

Relax Restaurant

Per Person: BB
A roadside location far down in the south west near to Ao Prao Beach, serving up one dish over rice, curries, salads, good home cooking, friendly. Reservations needed as they have a limited amount of tables and its Tripadvisor reviews do the trick – 080 651 2779.(Currently Closedm expected to reopen for 22/23 season)

koh kood resturants noochy seafood

Noochy Restaurant

Per Person: BB – BBB
At the southern end of the pier in Ao Yai fishing village, down the rickety walkway, with seating over the water. Full fresh seafood menu – from whole fried tamarind fish to scallops, clams in roasted chilli, king sized BBQ prawns, steamed crabs and rock lobsters. A friendly family run and popular spot.

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Chonthicha

Per Person: BB – BBB
At the northern end of Ao Yai, down the slope and turn the walkway, terrific spot with its sala out over the water and large wooden tables and benches. Full seafood menu (fish, shellfish, squid) but if available, try the crab per kilo – any which way such as fried with black pepper and garlic or in yellow curry sauce. Fabulous views across the bay. Recommended.


UPDATED MAY 22 for the 22/23 High Season

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