Koh Kood Restaurants – Our Guide with Recommendations

koh kood restaurantsKoh 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.

Seafood – Koh Kood Restaurants

For the island’s best seafood restaurants, you need to head to the fishing village of Ao Yai in the south east of the island.

At the southern end, an enclave of diners have opened up in the traditional stilt houses built out over the water. Of these, Noochy Seafood is the stand-out, but See the Sun, a few steps further along on the wooden walkway, is also worth a look. 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 (formerly Kraten) 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 spots down on the pier, with Jack Seafood more than passable.

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

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 Ao Tapao.

Opened in the last year, the Italian chefs at Heaven Sense, situated just after Bang Bao Beach, also offer a wide array of pizzas, mains and desserts, again with freshly prepared doughs and sauces.

Phonthip Pizza in Ao Ngamkho Beach, meanwhile, is a popular take out spot opposite Big Dreams Guesthouse.

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.

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

Located in Klong Chao, just around the corner from the central concrete bridge, the cheap and unassuming Rimtang Kitchen, cooks up everything from standard noodle soup to a full menu – all good and keenly priced. Hin Suay, a hundred metres further on, draws in a decent crowd each evening, its emphasis on Issan food of grilled chicken, somtam and sticy rice.

In the center of Klong Chao, Yai Jong Cafe and Sea Dog sit alongside BB Divers. Yai Jong Cafe 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 short menu of Thai and western dishes.

Central Area at Ao Tapao

Heading north from Klong Chao, shortly after the turning to Ao Noi Resort, The Fisherman Hut is one of Koh Kood’s most popular spots, offering a full menu with nightly bbq, bar for cocktails, all at reasonable prices.

Continue along here, Waree Restaurant, complete with its fruit stall out front, is a very good cheap diner, plenty of one dish choices, usually busy with hotel workers and tourists alike.

Pa Yoi BBQ too offers a full menu, but it specialises in pork, beef, seafood Ka Ta sets – cook at your table in the pot. Again, it gets both tourists and locals, always a good sign.

There are also basic but tasty Thai noodle or one dish shacks scattered here and there near the hospital. 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.

Klong Yai Kee

One last restaurant that you happen upon if in Klong Yai Kee in the north west is Restaurant Benz. It’s hidden away deep in the mangroves near to Captain Hook Resort’s wooden jetty, which is itself located before the concrete bridge. In the main, this chic wooden diner over the water is used by those staying at Soneva Kiri and the guests arrive by boat to enjoy a 3 course dinner at 3,250bt per head. If not staying at the resort, you can get a table but your resort will need to book it for you. Alternatively, turn up during the day and speak to the staff directly as they set up for evening service.

South from Klong Chao

Heading south from Klong Chao, there are a couple of very good Issan restaurants on the hill immediately after the beach – look out for the small BBQs out front. The larger one also has a longer menu with great seafood options.

Chillout Cafe, once of Klong Chao, is now roadside a kilometre or so before you drop down the hill to Ngamkho Beach – Thai dishes mainly, cheap and cheerful.

At this northern end of Ngamkho, a local curry over rice shop and the bbq at your table Tan Yong Moo Kata occupy the non-descript shop houses opposite Big Dreams Guesthouse.

Around the next corner, the tiny Chaiyo, as basic a Thai diner as they come but with very tasty fare, sits at the front of the village by the creek.

Just before Bang Bao Beach, Chiang Mai is famed among the expat locals for its large though not particularly subtle portions, while Bang Bao Home, a tiny open air restaurant opposite the turning to Siam Beach Resort, makes another alternative.

In Ao Takian, home to the backpacker bungalows of Eve House, Canteen provides all the classic dishes at cheap prices in its roadside diner. Further along, Im-Yung has been around for a couple of years but newer to the area and gaining a following, Kuba Lounge makes for a decent chilled out restaurant, Thai and western.

Much further down the island, Relax garners lots of postive 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.

Cafes – Koh Kood Restaurants

Found on the narrow road that runs towards Away 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 can be accessed from steep steps up the rocks or from off the road on the hill. Its vantage point high above the sand is one of the best on Koh Kood – the food is just as good and the coffee hits the spot. Just beyond this back on the main road, Chic Chom Phu, offers a bakery, smoothies and coffee.

Down in Ngamkho Beach, Ngamkho Resort has a very good little cafe at the southern end, while inland on the way to Khao Ruerab (Battleship Mountain), Pink Kangaroo (former owners from Viewpoint) continue as before – 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. Nearby, Fisherman Hut Music Station, sister venue to its restaurant, opens during the day for coffee and cakes.

Shortly after the Ao Takian Beach turning (Cham’s House), Coffeat provides yet another option, handy for those at Eve House across the road. If open, Koh Kood Cafe at Neverland Resort sits by the sea, another wonderful location to relax and enjoy the island.

Going north, 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;

The Fisherman Hut

Baan Ao Noi after Klong Chao
Per Person: BB

On the main road after Klong Chao Beach heading up the island, relaxed spot with nightly bbq and full menu serving nicely presented breakfasts, seafood, Thai, western dishes, cocktails, wine, shakes. Live music.

Pizza and Pasta

Baan Ao Noi after Klong Chao
Per Person: BB

100 metres further on from The Fisherman Hut, authentic Italian fare from classic pizzas to all sorts of pasta. Coffee and breakfasts also available. Popular with families. Takeaway service.

Waree Restaurant

Baan Ao Noi after Klong Chao
Per Person: B-BB

Opposite Pizza and Pasta, cheap and cheerful diner with one dish over rice choices, noodles any which way or a fuller menu if needed. Fresh fruit out front, beers and soft drinks.

Pa Yoi BBQ

Baan Ao Noi after Klong Chao
Per Person: B-BB

Shortly after Pizza and Pasta and Waree, popular Ka Ta bbq spot – choose from sets of pork, chicken seafood, add veg, noodles, egg, cook yourself. Full menu also.

Viewpoint Cafe

Klong Chao Beach
Per Person: B-BB

Built out over the water and accessed off the winding road after the bridge. Changed hands from Aussie and Thai owners but very similar menu – coffee, sandwiches, wifi. Great for sunsets.

Hin Suay

Klong Chao Beach
Per Person: B-BB

On the back road in Klong Chao, laid back Issan restaurant offering bbq out front, catfish, pork and chicken, sticky rice, somtam as well as other Thai dishes to order. Beers, shakes, little terrace area.

Rimtang Restaurant

Klong Chao Beach
Per Person: B-BB

On the back road in Klong Chao, like Waree, another non-descript building offering excellent good value Thai food – one dish over rice, noodle soup, seafood.

Good View Cafe

Klong Chao Beach
Per Person: B-BB

High above the southern end of the beach, excellent view at this cafe from either its terrace or covered area. Coffee, breakfasts, full menu now added, shakes. Wifi.

Chillout Cafe

Klong Chao to Ngamkho Beach
Per Person: B-BB

On the road as you leave Klong Chao, friendly spot with the usual Thai and western food selection, but well prepared and spiced. Motorbikes hire, laundry.

Pink Kangaroo

Ngamkho Beach
Per Person: B-BB

Formerly Good View and then Viewpoint, Aussie and Thai owners in their latest incarnation, inland on way to Khao Ruerab (Battleship Mointain), Vietnamese coffee, sandwiches, wifi.

Chiang Mai Restaurant

Bang Bao Beach
Per Person: B-BB

On the hill before Bang Bao. Extensive menu, unnecessarily huge portions, cheap and just about tasty enough no frills Thai food. Can spice things up as needed.

Heaven Sense

Bang Bao
Per Person: BBB

Bottom of the hill just after Bang Bao, Italian owned restaurant serving all manner of pizzas from homemade dough, seafood pasta, steaks, spelt ratatouille. Opens at 17.00 daily.

Bistro Koh Kood

Ao Takian
Per Person: BB-BBB

On the road after Ao Takian turning, French owned bistro offering cold cuts, salads, cheese plates and other European specialities. Wine, coffee, wifi.

Kuba Lounge

Ao Takian
Per Person: BBB

English/Thai owned 4 table spot near to the bungalows at Eve House and Roeng Arung. Standard Thai and western food but mostly made using homegrown produce. Craft beers and ciders sometimes available.

Relax Restaurant

Ao Phrao
Per Person: B-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 very well reviewed – 080 651 2779.

Captain Nhong Seafood

Ao Salad
Per Person: BB-BBB

On the road above the walkway, very well balanced, spiced and presented seafood, together with other Thai dishes, high above the bay. Try the Choo Chee Fish. Homestay too.

Noochy Seafood

Ao Yai
Per Person: BB-BBB

At the southern end of the pier, down the rickety walkway, with seating out the back. Full fresh seafood menu, friendly family run place, popular.

Chonthicha Seafood

Ao Yai
Per Person: BB-BBB

At the northern end, down the slope onto the walkway, sala out over the water with large wooden tables and benches. Full seafood menu – try the crab any which way. Fabulous views across the bay.