Koh 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.
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Thai – Koh Mak Restaurants
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 is one of Koh Mak’s best diners, 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, curries in particular, whilst Nuchzabmaks, just after the turning towards Ao Suan Yai, concentrates on Issan food but does also have 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. Friendly and C’est Bien opposite and further along, Mam, next door to Good Time Resort, are all realiable alternatives for quick and easy one choice over rice dishes.
Back at the far northern end of the road behind Ao Kao Beach, the 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 style food and noodle soup to locals and tourists alike.
Up in the north east of Koh Mak, there’s a very decent somtam shack at Laem Son looking out over Koh Kradat – highly recommended for lunch by the sea.
Western – Koh Mak Restaurants
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, Little Red Oven (Koh Mak Pizza) is known for 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 the tiny Koh Mak Coziest Bistro over at the back of Makathanee Resort serves pasta, fish and chips and other classics.
Seafood – Koh Mak Restaurants
For seafood, look no further than the aptly named Koh Mak Seafood built out over the water down near the pier in Ao Nid. They offer a full reasonably priced menu of all the usual standards – steamed whole fish, a delicious house special jungle curry (with or without coconut milk), squid, prawns, oysters and much more besides. When you’re sated, you can brush up on your island history at the Koh Mak Museum next door.
Coffee Shops – Koh Mak Restaurants
Now in its new home next door to Little Red Oven at the southern end of Ao Kao, Food Art Hut is a very reliable cafe come diner offering everything from coffee to smoothies, sandwiches and Thai food.
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 and also now has rooms. Meanwhile, Sweetcake By Moo serves breakfasts and the full range of coffees on its little terrace with views out over Ao Nid.
Pineapple Cafe, just back from the sand by the Koh Mak Resort pier is the choice on that coast – coffee, sandwiches and delicious desserts.
Resort Dining – Koh Mak Restaurants
Within the resorts, Relax Restaurant at Holiday Beach Resort is an old favourite, while the in house diner at By The Sea gets good reviews. It has a coffee shop out front too.
Over on Ao Soun Yai, you could also try Day Beds at Seavana and I Talay at Koh Mak Resort Pier, both locations a perfect backdrop for lunch.
On Ao Kao Beach, I Talay at Baan Koh Mak and Ao Kao Resort’s restaurant in its pretty location on a raised terrace by the sea, are another couple of stylish spots to wile away the hours.
If out and about, your could stop in for lunch at Green View on the back road in the north, nothing fancy but quick and cheap or Villa Allure offers good coffee and well presented food in its stylish restaurant.
The Mak and Little Moon Villa, side by side on that north coast, have quickly become very popular too, not least for their views out to sea.
Our Recommendations – Koh Mak Restaurants
Pricing Code/Per person in Baht (B) excluding drinks:B= under 100; BB= under 500; BBB= over 500;
Listed in location order moving from Ao Nid Pier to Ao Kao and over to Ao Suan Yai. They are not in a ratings order!