A huge selection of Thai food is available, including lots of seafood. Barbecued fish is one of the local favourites. As a large portion of the population are expats, you will find plenty of other cuisines too. 2011 prices ranging from 60 baht for stuff-on-rice (still possible in 2015, especially if you have a look around the gas station on the main road, about a kilometre south-east from the piers) through to 250 baht for a nice hunk of fresh barbecued fish at a decent restaurant. 30 baht would get you a fresh banana pancake, and 60 baht a bowl of porridge with honey at a budget resort's restaurant. 200-300 baht would get you a bowl of freshly made Italian pasta, and 160-200 baht for pizza. Fresh fruit juices are available at many stalls for 30-40 baht.

  • 995 Roasted Duck (Turn away from the beach at the Sairee 7-Eleven crossroad as if heading towards Hin Wong Bay, walk 3 min). 09:00-22:00. Simple menu consisting of ten well executed dishes. Their spicy noodle soup with duck (or pork/fish balls) is a Thai local favourite.60-80 baht.
  • Bang Bugers (On the main road from Sairee to Mae Haad, across the road from the Trapeze School), +66 81 1366576. 06:00-21:00. Established by an Australian expatriate, Bang Burgers produces 6 varieties of homemade burgers and 6 varieties of homemade sauces. Open for breakfast with fresh ground espresso from north Thailand. Delivery option available.30-150 baht.
  • Cafe del Sol, Mae Haad Square (Mae Haad). Authentic French and Italian-style cuisine, home made pasta and pizza, smoked salmon and choice steaks, excellent wine collection and Erdinger weissbier.
  • Choppers Bar and Grill (Sairee village). Australian sports bar. Live music, live sports, pub grub, and a wide selection of beers.
  • Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant (Mea Haad Square). 16:00 until late. Run by 2 brothers from Apulia, this place offers traditional Italian cuisine in a cosy ambiance. Lavazza coffee, daily home made pasta and authentic pizza, meats from New Zealand, fresh seafood, home-made desserts, wine bar.
  • Farango Pizzeria (Mae Haad and Sairee Village). Italian-style pizza and pasta, always busy with dine in or take away. Expect to pay 140 baht for pasta or 200 baht for a pizza from the wood-fired oven. Delivery available.
  • Greasy Spoon (Mae Haad). Full Monty English breakfast bar. Eat in or delivery.
  • Safety Stop Pub (Mae Haad beach front at Seatran pier), +66 77 456209. 07:00-late. Comfy English pub with tropical beer garden. Draught beers, "wild" buckets. English pub grub. Weekend BBQ's, Sunday roasts, daily specials, live sports.
  • Shalimar Indian Cuisine (Opposite Sairee Plaza), +66 77 456740. Authentic Indian chefs, ingredients, and tandoor. Wide variety of tasty dishes in a beautiful garden setting. Relax in the lounge for cocktails and sheesha. Take away and delivery available.
  • The Snack Shack (Sairee Beach next to Lotus Bar), +66 85 4788753. 18:00-02:00. Late-night burgers, chicken pita kebabs, hot dogs, falafel, chips (french fries to the non-Brits) available with curry sauce, chili con carne or just good old salt and vinegar. One of only a few places on the island open after 22:00 to get food other than 7-Eleven. Delivery between 22:00-02:00.70-140 baht.
  • A Taste of Home (E Sairee past Monsoon Gym). M-Sa, 18:00-22:00. Homemade dishes, large portions, and friendly, relaxed atmosphere made this Trip Advisor's top listed restaurant on Ko Tao.
  • Thipwimarn Restaurant (At the N end of the island). Wonderful sunset views and a "higher class" feel, but the prices are not much different from the rest of the island. Great for dates.
  • Tony & Aoi Bar/Restaurant (Mae Haad, up the road from Songserm Pier, before Ta Chai), +66 80 7183191 (Tony - Italian), +66 80 1458245 (Aoi - Thai/English). Italian/Thai/English place. Imported Italian pasta starting from 100 baht along with the usual English and Thai fare. New, clean and well-priced, especially for the pasta.
  • Tortoise Burger & Beer (Mae Haad side of Sairee Plaza, 3 min walk from Sairee 7-Eleven crossroad). 18:00-04:00. With only five stools, senseless hours, and good music, this place feels like it's been ripped from an alley in Brooklyn. The menu has five options: beef burger, chicken burger, chicken BBQ burger, fish burger, and veggie burger. The veggie burger is homemade and delicious.80-150 baht.
  • Tukta Thai Food (Chalok Ban Kao). Best pad Thai on the Rock!
  • Zest Cafe (On the same side street as Fizz, across from the Lady Boy Cabaret.). 06:30-18:00. Great for coffee, breakfast, and sandwiches. A favourite with the seasonal dive shop employees. Free Wi-Fi, TV always silently tuned to BBC. Friendly, helpful staff. A second location in Mae Haad.60-200 baht.