Koh Phangan’s dining scene is in constant evolution following the sustained growth of visitors coming to the island for holidays. The 10 best restaurants in Koh Phangan offer an eclectic choice of dining options able to satisfy all types of diners. Serving Thai or international food, these restaurants have already made a name for themselves on the bucket-list of many travellers heading to Koh Phangan.
An interesting fact about this list of the most recommended restaurants in Koh Phangan is that they really are located all around the island; some of them on famous beaches, others in remote locations but, funnily enough, none of them is situated in Haad Rin, which is the most popular destination in Koh Phangan. Is this due to the fact that Haad Rin is more notorious for the liquid food served in extra-large quantities once a month at night than for its fine-dining options?
Fisherman’s RestaurantBaan Tai Pier
Opened in 1997, Fisherman's Restaurant is a long-established venue that offers fresh local seafood prepared by Chef Lek (Khun Thanaphorn). Lek is from a local fishing family and was born in Baan Tai. Prepared with the freshest ingredients, Lek’s fish ‘n’ chips, Thai-western fusion fish cakes, homemade fish pie and BBQ ribs are among the restaurant’s specialities. An excellent choice of cocktails, and a great range of wines along with several desserts of the day are also available. You can choose to sit on a modified long-tail boat to dine, which adds to the coolness of the experience.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 22:00
- Location: At Baan Tai Pier pier opposite Dr. Traeng Dental Home
- Tel: +66 (0)84 454 7240
Luna LoungeThong Nai Pan Noi
Located a stroll away from the splendid beach of Thong Nai Pan Noi, on the northeast coast of Koh Phangan, Luna Lounge is paradoxically a stylish restaurant with a strong bohemian feel. You can feast on fine cuisine, blending savours from all around the world, in a relaxed atmosphere. Food and wines are just top-notch, and the restaurant has a pleasant ambience thanks to the management and staff, who ensure that you spend a great time at Luna Lounge. Prices are in line with the high standards of the restaurant, but they remain affordable.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: On the main road that leads to Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, some 300m from the
- Tel: +66 (0)80 618 5154
House PeopleHaad Yao
Opened in January 2015 on the coastal road of Haad Yao, House People rapidly gained popularity due to the quality of its Thai fusion cuisine, international dishes and for its really cool atmosphere and the friendliness of the team. Being housed under a tall thatched roof, House People is a rather large venue that offers plenty of place. It has an undeniable Thai vibe, with its unpretentious décor and laid-back mood. Price-wise, it’s really affordable as most dishes are rated under 200 baht. You’ll also appreciate the two cocktails for the price of one, during the early evening happy hour.
- Opening Hours: 15:30 – 23:00
- Location: On the main road in the central area of Haad Yao, right after the 7-Eleven when heading north
- Tel: +66 (0)62 082 0715
Set in an old wooden house right on the beach of Thong Sala, Beachlounge is a charming restaurant serving delicious Thai food, seafood and east-meets-west specialities. All the dishes are cooked with fresh ingredients and absolutely without MSG (Glutamate). Beachlounge also has one of the most impressive wine selections in Koh Phangan, as well as excellent cocktails. You can choose to sit on the front terrace under a thatched roof, or pick a beach mat with foldout triangle cushion to dine with your toes in the sand. Rates are reasonable.
- Opening Hours: Wed – Mon 17:00 – 22:00 (closed Tue)
- Location: On Thong Sala Beach, in front of the Chinese Shrine, next to Lime&Soda and Dakanda resorts
- Tel: +66 (0)86 870 4942
Jumpahom RestaurantHaad Salad
Serving genuine Thai cuisine at rack rates (most dishes are around 80 baht), Jumpahom Restaurant is a quaint rural-style venue surrounded by vegetation. Located some 200m from Haad Salad Beach, just off the main road, it offers a very pleasant and unpretentious venue featuring foldout triangle cushions, hammocks and low tables on a wooden deck covered with a thatch roof. Very cool indeed.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
- Location: Off the main coastal road, just before to reach Haad Salad
- Tel: +66 (0)81 144 3934
Bite DelightBaan Tai
If you fancy the flavours of Spanish and Portuguese cuisines accompanied by a glass of exquisite red or white wine, then Bite Delight should be on your list of the must-visit restaurants for your next holiday in Koh Phangan. With dark green walls, wooden furnishing and dim lights, Bite Delight has an agreeable lounge atmosphere in its cosy yet unpretentious dining room. The cuisine served at Bite Delight, apart from the Iberian specialities, is oriented toward fusion food.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:30
- Location: Approximately 800m after Baan Tai Pier, on the main road that leads to Haad Rin
- Tel: +66 (0)99 302 2127
Vintage BurgersThong Sala
The name of this restaurant fortunately doesn’t mean that burgers have been prepared years ago to be served to you today. The ‘vintage formula’ of this cool restaurant, located just a stroll away from the ferry pier in Thong Sala, is: fresh + homemade + love = Vintage burger. And this formula works pretty well, as their juicy hamburgers, fresh off the sizzling grill, could almost convince the most hardcore vegetarian to change their ways. Under Portuguese management, this unpretentious yet well thought-out venue, has a very relaxed atmosphere.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00
- Location: In the centre of Thong Sala, next to Tattoo Club and food market
- Tel: +66 (0)95 025 8696, +66 (0)90 070 9873
Petty’s PlaceWok Tum
Located on the coastal roadside near Wok Tum Bay, just north of Thong Sala, Petty’s Place is a simple Thai restaurant made of wood, bamboo and thatch. The seating areas are typically Thai as they are slightly elevated and furnished with foldout triangle cushion and low tables. It’s more on the quality of the food that Petty’s Place makes a lasting impression. Petty prepares absolutely delicious Thai dishes with love including fresh seafood, coming straight from the nearby sea and into her frying-pan.
- Opening Hours: 15:00 – 22:00
- Location: On the coastal road near Wok Tum Bay, some two kilometres north of Thong
- Tel: +66 (0)98 726 6305
L’AlcoveHin Kong Beach
L’Alcove is a jazzy French bistro serving typical homemade specialities such as duck confit, delicatessen and cheese. The restaurant has a warm tropical décor, featuring bamboo walls covered with black and white photos, a thatch ceiling, wooden furnishings and vivid orange cushions. Unobtrusive jazz music is regularly played live to enhance the atmosphere, which is already pretty festive and friendly. You can also pick a table on the beach for a romantic dinner. L’Alcove is a stunning sundowner spot, so try to get there at opening time.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 00:00
- Location: Right on Hin Klong Beach
- Tel: +66 (0)94 579 3769
Ying Ying’s KitchenHaad Salad
To put it bluntly, the décor of Yin Ying’s Kitchen is quite basic. However, the restaurant doesn’t pretend to play above its league. This simple restaurant exclusively serves genuine Thai cuisine – including vegetarian dishes – prepared with a lot of attention by the kind owner, Ying. She takes care of everything by herself in this modest establishment, and has really made a name for herself with both her smile and delicious cuisine. Do not miss Ying Ying’s Kitchen if you come by Haad Salad; you’ll certainly appreciate the laid-back atmosphere and yummy food.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: On the coastal road along Haad Salad
- Tel: +66 (0)95 924 7433