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Koh Mak restaurants now offer everything from seafood to pizzas, western style breakfasts, bakeries and vegan cafes to cheap no frills Thai eateries.

You’ll find the majority of choices concentrated in the strip (Walking Street) behind Ao Kao Beach where you can stroll about and see what takes your fancy, but you’ll also find more options along the road to Ao Nid Pier, over on Ao Suan Yai Beach and at more remote spots scattered around the island.

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Thai – Koh Mak Restaurants

On the road running parallel with Ao Kao Beach and diagonally opposite from Rayang Nature Resort, Kon Gin Sen is one of Koh Mak’s longest establised diners and one of its best. They serve an extensive menu of all the usual favourites but specialise in Issan food – look out for spicy somtam, grilled chicken, catfish laab (minced salad with mint) and of course, sticky rice. 

Next door, another long-standing island favourite, Food Garden, covers all the BBQ options in its own pretty outdoor setting and just along from there, you can get cheap and honest, no frills Thai cooking at Pimjai. The restaurant doesn’t look too inviting but the food is reliable and tasty.

On the other side of Kon Gin Sen, Table Tales, run by the Koh Mak Ferry owners,  offers a full Thai menu in its own open air setting. Monkey Shocks, the reggae bar with its cannabis outlet, sits across the way by the sea and also serves food including roti pizzas (munchies inspired?).

Back at the Baan Koh Mak and Makathanee Resort end of this same Ao Kao road, Clay Pot offers both cook-at-your-table BBQ and all the classic Thai dishes as do their near neighbours, the ‘interestingly’ styled Aimmy and long established Rabbit.

Nuchzabmaks, just after the turning towards Ao Suan Yai, is another Koh Mak restaurant which concentrates on Issan food but it has also a wide selection of alternatives off the menu. A few doors down, the long established Chillout has a loyal following for its Thai classics – noodles, Pad Thai and all the curries.

Along that connecting road immediately behind Makathanee, Krun Khun Mam Seafood, makes a reliable choice for quick and easy one choice over rice dishes or for its fuller seafood menu.

Ao Nid

Still on the Ao Kao road but back towards Ao Nid, the friendly Q Bar, which sits opposite Dara Villa, is another popular BBQ choice, with a cheeky sideline in cocktails.

Turning down to Ao Nid at the crossroads, you’ll find two more no-frills spots at Peaw and Om as well as a good all rounder (noodles, som tam and cook to order) at Homehug (Mong and Jam) – the same family as the bungalows on the beach. Nearer to the pier, Dum Noodles cooks up an excellent broth as well as one dish style food.

To the North and North East Coasts

A few other cheap restaurants – Maruey, Little Blue House – have sprung up along the main road just after the turning to The Mak, good for an easy stop when out exploring. In that same area, Green View runs a seafood restaurant on the the turning down to its actual resort but also has a good in-house diner down by the sea.

Meanwhile, continuing all the way to the north east tip of Koh Mak, there’s a very decent somtam shack at Laem Son. It has just a couple of shaded wooden tables but the food and Koh Kradat views are both excellent.

Western and Other Cuisines – Koh Mak Restaurants

The tiny M.A. Bistro over at the back of Makathanee Resort serves a fusion menu with daily specials such as duck leg confit, queen fish sashimi or falafel salad. You can get  breakfasts too and then there are the core pasta dishes, fillet steak (fish or beef), steak sandwiches,and banh mi.

For Italian cuisine, at the top of the access road to Ao Kao Resort, you can pick your toppings and design your own pizzas at Little Red Oven or head over to The Coral Club (formerly Banana Sunset) on the south coast – a popular spot best known for its sunset bar.

Roadside on the hill above Seavana, 12 Bars gives Koh Mak a Japanese twist with sushi, sashimi, gyoza and cocktails. It opens late afternoon. You can also enjoy Japanese food at Terraria on the Ao Nid Road, which serves dishes such as Japanese curry, Katsu-Don (rice bowl), Yakisoba (Japanese noodles) and Takoyaki (Japanese Snack with Octopus).  It offers Thai food too as well as being a live music venue with a full bar.

At the stylish vegan restaurant, Pak Pak, you’lll find dishes like falafal hummus, yellow pumpkin curry, Massaman jackfruit curry and more besides. It’s from the By The Sea crew,  about 100 metres further down the street, same side.

Almost opposite Pak Pak, Blue House offers something a little different in its garden with outdoor seating –  pop-up style, they run different themes each evening including a taco night, pasta night, burger night and pad kapow (Thai holy basil)night.

For a bit of everything, head to Sabai Beach Resort on Ao Kao Beach, where they now offer tacos, burritos and nachos as well as buckwheat crepes (French style) and of course Thai.

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.

Kon Gin Sen and Mam Seafood, as mentioned above, give you two more options.

Coffee Shops – Koh Mak Restaurants

Next door to Little Red Oven at the southern end of Ao Kao, the long running Food Art Hut is a very reliable cafe come diner much loved by the western Koh Mak locals. It offers everything from coffee to smoothies, sandwiches, wide range of breakfasts and Thai food.

Ball Cafe opposite Baan Koh Mak 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.  Across from them, By The Sea’s cafe is open from 08.30 to 15.30, with its breakfast choices and then paninis, baguettes and salads for lunch.

Meanwhile, Sweetcake By Moo serves breakfasts too and the full range of coffees on its little terrace with views out over Ao Nid. Mak Prao is another new addition in the same area.

Pineapple Dessert Cafe, just back from the sand by the Koh Mak Resort pier is the choice on that coast – good coffee, sandwiches and delicious desserts. It’s also home to Panan speedboats check-in.

Resort Dining – Koh Mak Restaurants

Over on Ao Suan Yai, Day Beds at Seavana is perhaps the most popular resort restaurant – lovely design, good food and right on the beach. I Talay at Koh Mak Resort Pier also has a terrific location by the sea.

On Ao Kao Beach, I Talay (same name as above) at Baan Koh Mak and Ao Kao White Sand Beach Resort’s in-house diner with its pretty location on a raised terrace by the sea, are another couple of stylish spots to wile away the hours. By The Sea too has a restaurant on the beach, western and Thai, well worth a visit.

If out and about, you could stop in for lunch at Villa Allure in Ao Daeng, where they offer well presented food (and good coffee) in a stylish brushed concrete restaurant by their red sand beach.

The restaurant at the bungalow resort,Talay Time in the south east corner of Koh Mak has one of the best locations on the island. From its hillside perch, it gives you an amazing panorama of Koh Kood, Koh Rang and back down the Koh Mak coast. They serve all the Thai staples as well as few western choices, breakfasts and drinks.

Finally, the in-house restaurant at The Mak over on the north coast is open to outsiders. With its sea views, infinity pool and ultra stylish villas, it’s the Instagram place on the island so definitely good for a nose about – food’s very acceptable too. Next door and down on the beach, Little Moon Villa is much more subdued but it also makes a great spot for lunch.  

Our Recommendations – Koh Mak Restaurants

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

They are not in a ratings order!

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Koh Mak Seafood

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. Oysters, crabs and selected fish in tanks and under the boards. Wine and a museum next door.

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Kon Gin Sen

Per Person: BB – BBB
On the Ao Kao beach road opposite Rayang Nature, open kitchen serving up some terrific Issan food, with perfect whole fried fish, somtam, spicy laab and sticky rice. Full menu as well, western dishes and a wide variety of drinks. Despite a sometimes slow service, it ranks as one of Koh Mak’s best restaurants (also one of its longest running).

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M.A. Bistro

Per Person: BB – BBB
Tiny unassuming spot at the Makathanee end of Ao Kao road, with just a handful of tables, where the two chefs serve up an eclectic selection of bistro fusion dishes – daily changing specials alongside house favourites such as pasta (mushroom with soy, agnolotti), fish fillet, beef fillet, beef rice bowl, banh mi (taco or baguette), philly cheese steak sandwich and more besides. Homemade desserts and homemade lemonade, beer and wine. Booking via its Facebook page.

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Food Art Hut

Per Person: B – BB
At the top of the access road to Ao Kao Resort and next door to Little Red Oven, well established cafe and bakery serving breakfasts, fresh baguettes and other breads, sandwiches, cakes and juices as well as selected one dish Thai food. Good for that western food fix. Small tie dye clothes store also.

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Pak Pak Vegan

Per Person: BB
On the Ao Kao strip near Makathanee Resort, chic and stylish vegan diner run by the same crew as By The Sea. Breakfasts, lunch and dinner include scrambled mung beans eggs, smoothie bowls,falafel or roasted veg wraps, sourdough sandwiches (truffle hummus), massaman spring rolls, daily specials (pumpkin curry, jackfruit curry) and more besides. Open Tue-Sun 08:30am-16:00, 18:00-21:00.

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12 Bar Restaurant

Per Person: BB – BBB
On the back road from Good Time Resort to Seavana, nicely styled Japanese restaurant serving the full range of dishes from sashimi (individual or sets) to sushi rolls, soba noodles and more. Wine, beer, open from 16.00 to 22.00

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Little Red Oven

Per Person: BB – BBB
At the top of the road to Ao Kao Resort, large open air plaza style restaurant with open kitchen down one side, serving up thin crust specialities from its bespoke oven. A wide choice of toppings, wine, beer, fun bustling atmosphere when busy. Delivery too.

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Food Garden

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

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Per Person: BB
Far end of the Ao Kao strip just beyond Makathanee Resort, diner with Issan bbq at the front and full standard menu. Well cooked food, comfortable setting, used by the locals. Recommended with friendly and efficient service.

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Ball Cafe

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. Can stay too in its upstairs room.

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Pineapple Dessert Cafe

Per Person: B – BB
Set back from the beach at Ao Suan Yai, small cafe with outdoor covered terrace serving full range of coffees, shakes as well desserts including banoffi pie, mango and sticky rice,chocolate cakes, brownies and a selection of ice creams. Good views, nice spot to stop if about and about exploring or after a stroll along this beach.

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Talay Time

Per Person: BB – BBB

Down in the far southern corner of the island, the in-house diner at the resort sits on top of a small hill with amazing views over to Koh Kood, Koh Rang and down the coast of Koh Mak. It’s a standard menu of  Thai classics mixed with some western food, breakfasts and drinks but come for the sunsets and sunrises.

UPDATED 19th July 2024 for 24/25 Season

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