The best restaurants in Koh Rong offer surprisingly high quality on what is essentially a desert island off the coast of Cambodia. Most of the places on our list have a rather rustic beach shack look from the outside, but with the talents of excellent local and international chefs in their kitchens, they deliver great tastes at affordable prices.

    The majority of the most popular Koh Rong restaurants are on Tui Beach, though there are generally several options on most of the island’s many beaches, even if it’s just the kitchen for whatever guesthouses and beach bungalows are there. The following are top picks, serving the finest food in the most enjoyable settings available, all with friendly Cambodian service.

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    Da Matti? (the question mark is part of the name) is a slightly odd mix of Italian restaurant and reggae bar. A long-established venue on one of Koh Tui’s 3 piers, it was previously known as La Mami. The Italian influences here include excellent gnocchi, arguably the best pasta on Koh Rong and the romantic candlelit table settings along the pier.

    The reggae theme is evident from the vivid colour scheme, good selection of cocktails, the floor cushions and low tables further down the pier and the easy-going flexible music policy.

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    Location: Ko Tui 3rd Pier, Koh Tui Village, Koh Rong, Cambodia

    Phone: +855 10 245 712

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    A guesthouse and bakery, Koh Lanta is said to serve the best pizzas in Koh Rong, cooked in an eco-friendly oven. The burgers are also pretty good and the quality of the ice cream is impressive.

    Open 24 hours, the service is excellent and the parasol-shaded seating in front, on the beach, makes it a great place to enjoy a snack on a hot day. The venue’s name is inspired by the French Survivor reality TV show.

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    Location: Tui Beach, Koh Rong, Cambodia

    Phone: +855 93 292 929

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    As the name suggests, Sunrise Restaurant is on an east-facing beach – Coconut Beach – with comfortable red clam-shell seating and excellent food. As a bonus, you can also get a great beach massage.

    The restaurant’s veggie burgers are highly recommended. The atmosphere is friendly and the place has a nice, chilled out vibe, making it a great place to hang out throughout the day.

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    Location: Coconut Beach, Koh Rong 18000, Cambodia

    Open: Daily from 7.30 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +855 96 273 6802

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    Eat Pray Love

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    Situated between the 2 piers at the northern end of Southwestern Beach, Eat Pray Love serves excellent Italian food. There are excellent pizzas and fresh-made gnocchi, prepared with high-quality local and imported ingredients by Italian chefs for genuine taste.

    The open-air upstairs dining area is the best place to enjoy the sunset from. Note that the owners often go for breaks, so it's best to call if they're open prior to your visit.

    Location: Sok San Village, Koh Rong, Cambodia

    Open: Daily from midday to midnight

    Phone: +855 11 454 051

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    The Moon Restaurant

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    The Moon is one of the nicest local beachfront restaurants on Koh Rong. The restaurant has quite a classy interior, by beach shack standards. It has friendly owners, a great location near Sok San Village, impressive wine and cocktail lists and a menu of Khmer and Thai dishes.

    The most popular dishes are mostly the standard favourites of those 2 cuisines, including fish amok, pad Thai and papaya salad. Prices are low and the atmosphere and views are also very pleasant.

    Location: Sok San Beach, Koh Rong, Cambodia

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +855 11 558 660

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    Ben Reeves | Compulsive Traveler

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