Aficionados of everything from fresh seafood to delectable pizzas to fiery Indian cuisine will be more than content with the selection of restaurants on Samui. Because so many different ethnic groups have visited and called Samui home, the food is a diverse range of delights from around the globe, and you can really gain a better understanding of the culture of Samui through cuisine. And of course, authentic Thai food can be savored at almost every corner of this tropical enclave.

26th Degree

26th Degree @ The Kala Samui
210/8 Moo 4, Maret,
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7742 2671

When your urban palate is calling for some international treats, Samui has its fair share of modern and international cuisine. One of the top places to savor urban fusion dishes with an authentic local beach vibe is at 26th Degree. Expect a five-star service and selection as their experienced chef whips up stylishly cooked dishes for the restaurant’s predominantly affluent clientele. For more of its stunning view, stay on for a fun night at The Rabbit Bar where cocktails are as exotic as the island itself.

Recommended menu:
• The Kala Salad
• Tandoori Chicken
• Bamboo Baked Fish

Suggested time:
Dinner, 7pm

The Chef's Table

Nestled in the Sareeraya Villas and Suites, this chic restaurant boasts a large selection of local and international delicacies. An alluring aspect of this venue is that the food, wines and exotic drinks match the luxurious tropical ambience. The restaurant offers a wonderful selection of Western cuisine and signature dishes, plus the freshest and most delicious seafood imaginable. Guests are also invited to check out the “Her Bar” by the pool side and the “Read Red Bar” library lounge for relaxation. Both bars and the restaurant present you with a sumptuous cocktails, extensive beverages and selected fine wine to keep you refreshed and revived.

Recommended Menu:
• Chef’s Signature Sirloin Steak with Potatoes
• Fresh Gulf Prawns with Ginger Sauce
• Hot Fudge Sunday with Pecans

Style: Thai, International and Seafood
Suggested time: Dinner, 5:30 PM

The Chef’s Table @ Sareeraya Villas & Suites
100/1 Moo2, Chaweng Beach Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7791 4333 Fax: +66 (0) 7791 4349

Dining on the Rock

Dining on the Rock @ Six Senses
9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Bo Phut, Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0) 7724 5678

The first word that comes to mind describing the experience at this stylish wooden restaurant is sublime. The magnificent setting overlooking the boulders below offers a real privacy and intimacy, under its minimalist decor and naturally elegant touches.

For the full experience, diners should try the “Experiences” menu, offering a ten course bite size menu that truly captures the taste and feel of Dining on the Rocks’ eccentric New Asian cuisine. After a fine wining and dining, end the elaborate meal with an equally impressive dessert, such as hot chocolate pudding and passion fruit ice cream to full end the meal with a bang. The restaurant is also well stocked with the best selections of over 200 labels of wine.

Recommended Menu:
• Ahi Tuna
• Lamb chops

Style: Asian Cuisine
Suggested time: Dinner, 7pm



For famished travelers in Chaweng looking to get away from the crowds, it is still possible to find a dining spot where you can enjoy Samui’s delicacies in peace, such as at Karebu. A part of Le Paradis Resort, a tranquil dining session is guaranteed here. On the menu are the house chef’s Middle Eastern, European and Thai creations, including a comprehensive Tapas menu if you’re looking for quick bites. This open-air dining area is perfect for both lunch and dinner but to truly experience Chaweng’s picturesque scene, it is best to dine with the sunset as a side dish.

Recommended menu:
• New Zealand lamb chops
• Tuna Croquette

Suggested time: Dinner, 6pm

Karebu @ Le Paradis Resort
101/1 Moo 3, Chaweng Beach, Bophut,
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7723 9041-3

La Brasserie

The name of this beachside restaurant should already be enough to give you an idea of the atmosphere and the menu. The cozy breezy restaurant sees visitors coming it for their to-diefor European flavors, which are cooked in both traditional and fusion way to satisfy the urban tongues. This stylish eatery may appear a little different from other seaside restaurant in town but its laid-back vibe keeps diners coming back for more.

Recommended Menu:
• French grilled beef filet
• Penne al prosciutto di Parma
• Braised New Zealand lamb shanks

Style: European
Suggested time: Dinner, 6pm

La Brasserie @ Beachcomber Hotel
56/4 Moo 6, Mae Nam (off the main road,
across from Pink Lady pharmacy), Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0) 7742 2041


Lan Tania

Located in the renowned Four Seasons Samui, Lan Tania (named after the local blue palm tree) is romantically perched at the top of the resort, more than 328 feet above the beach. Diners may sit indoors in air-conditioned comfort or outside on the terrace, where gentle sea breezes prevail. An adjoining lounge beneath high thatched roofs also makes for a great dining area away from the crowds. Teak wood floors with terrazzo accents complement the contemporary, Thai-inspired décor and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Siam provide the finishing touches. As one would expect from a Four Seasons restaurant, the food is just as excellent as the ambience, with a smashing selection of Thai and Italian specialties.

Recommended Menu:
• Italian Ravioli with Three Cheeses
• Pan-Seared Salmon with Herbs
• Wasabi-encrusted Tuna

Style: Thai, Italian and International
Suggested time: Dinner, 6:00 for sunset

Lan Tania @ Four Seasons
219 Moo 5, Angthong
Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140
Tel: +66 (0) 7724 3000
Fax: +66 (0) 7724 3002

Ocean Kiss

A part of the beautifully designed Villa Lawana resort, this restaurant, boasts rather traditional décor of wood-paneled floors and polished wooden chairs and tables, all set on a covered terrace overlooking the shore. The menu is diverse; if you are feeling a bit posh then select a dish from its international offerings but their sizzling Thai seafood fare is also a hit. For lazy sunbathers looking for a quick bite for lunch before a beach outing, they also cook up burgers and sandwiches to your liking, while the desserts are as beautiful as they are delectable.

Recommended menu:
• Crispy soft shell crab with bell peppers
• Pan fried seabass

Suggested time: Lunch, 1pm

Ocean Kiss @ Villa Lawana
92/1 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Bophut Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0) 7796 0333

Olivio Italian Restaurant

Another prominent Italian culinary establishment on the island, Olivio is a part of the cozy Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort and Spa on Chaweng Beach, boasting itself as one of a kind Italian Beachside Restaurant, with tables literally set out on the beach. Diners can expect an attentive and informative visit from the master chef, Luigi Fadda, who will give you recommendations that give you what Olivio is all about. Pick wisely from their offerings of pastas, cold cuts, soups and main courses like seafood and pastas. Desserts here are as to-die-for, from cakes to homemade icy treats.

Recommended menu:
• Anti Pasto Italiano
• Pumpkin soup with lobster
• Spaghetti Bianche al Sapore di Limone
con Gamberi

Style: Italian
Suggested time: Dinner 7pm

Olivio Italian Restaurant @ Baan Had Hgam
154 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Bo Phut, Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0) 7723 1500


The swanky Karma villa resort isn’t just a pretty spot for leisure seekers to spend away their time on the beach. Foodies can also benefit from this stylish establishment as its signature restaurant, Padma, also boasts the same quality of service. Decked out all in white decor, this seaside eatery serves long-stay guests as well as hungry visitors a Thai and international menu that satisfies all urban cravings. There’s also a bar that serves up a juicy number of provocative cocktails and house blends.

Recommended menu:
• Spicy beef salad
• Panaeng curry with beef
• Fried duck in tamarind sauce

Style: International and Thai
Suggested time: Dinner, 7pm

Padma @ Karma Samui
80/32 Moo 5, Bo Phut, Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0) 7723 4500

Palm Grove

For a fine dining experience, you can always count on Centara Grand’s offerings of quality world cuisines. Those craving Western and Asian fare can stop by Palm Grove for a laid-back vibe that complements its comforting international menu. Located on the lobby of the hotel, the elegant décor of this restaurant perfectly reflects the quality fare you will be served. For mixed groups that cannot make up their minds, the menu here offers a wide selection of spicy Asian dishes to hearty Western favorites to satisfy every palate.

Recommended menu:
• Shark fin soup
• Pan-fried seabass in sweet and sour sauce

Suggested time: Lunch, 12pm

Palm Grove @ Centara Grand Beach Resort
38/2 Moo 3, Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0) 7723 0500


The degree of popularity of Prego can be judged by the number of visitors who flock into this nighttime hangout spot nightly. If you’d rather avoid the crowd, this restaurant, which serves up fresh out-of-the-oven pizzas, also open its doors for lunch to better serve the endless Italian-craving tourists on this island. The menu is plentiful, from pizzas to pastas to more robust main courses like lamb and seafood dishes. The pizzas are made right before your eyes by a team of skillful chefs, so freshness is definitely guaranteed. You’re welcome.

Recommended menu:
• Salmon bruschetta
• Tropicale pizza
• Grilled lamb ribs with baked tomatoes and spinach

Style: Italian
Suggested time: Lunch, 12pm or dinner 6pm

Prego @ Amari Palm Reef Resort
Chaweng Beach (in front of Amari Palm Reef Resort)
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7742 2015-8


Though the name might stir up rather rugged images for a dining place, Rocky’s is nothing short of elegant. Walking into the restaurant is like stepping into a fine dining spot in Bangkok, as the hall is sophisticatedly decorated with modern Thai touches complete with teak furniture highlights with vases of flowers. The restaurant is rather off course, located beyond the Hin Ta Hin Yai formations in Lamai beach, but people make the effort to come here for its superb menu of Thai and European cuisine. Hearty for a restaurant in a beach town but it is worth the trip.

Recommended menu:
• Black spaghetti with prawns in cream sauce
• Grilled king prawns in mango orange sauce
• Pan-fried scallops with bacon

Style: Thai and European Cuisine
Suggested time: Dinner 7pm

Rocky’s @ Rocky Resort
438/1 Moo 1, Maret Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7741 8367

Soma Restaurant

Sanskrit for ‘food of the gods’, Soma offers spectaculardeity-worthy views of the coast and outlying islands. Soma is close to the main facilities of the Kamalaya Resort and overlooks the Kamalaya valley, with ntimate tables arranged throughout the spacious room, in addition to a ‘community table’ where guests may make new friends at dinner. The menu changes on a daily basis and à la carte items including tantalizing salads and raw foods, as well as delectable vegetarian dishes. Be sure to sample the fresh fish, seafood, poultry and lamb options. Selected wines and desserts are available, along with customized dishes for those undertaking a Kamalaya Detox program or those with special dietary requirements.

Recommended Menu:
• New Zealand Lamb with Garlic Herbs
• Fresh Rocket Salad with Homemade Dressing
• Broiled Sea Bass with Asparagus

Style: Thai and International
Suggested time: Lunch, 1:00 PM or Dinner at 6:00 PM

Soma Restaurant @ Kamalaya Koh Samui
102/9 Moo 3, Laem Set Road,
Na-Muang Koh Samui, Suratthani
Tel: +66 (0) 77 429 800
Fax: +66 (0) 77 429 899

Red Snapper

Red Snapper has to be one of the most prominent restaurant son Chaweng Beach thanks to its glitzy decor and ideal location at the heart of the happening side of Samui. The highlight of this sizzling spot are its signature Mediterranean dishes and well-stocked wine list, perfect for those searching for a different way to spend the evening in this beach town. Set yourself on the front porch for an open-air vibe or head inside to avoid the heat in its cozy fancily lit room. Stay on later into the night for some great live music.

Recommended menu:
• Pan fried scallop and prawn mille feuille
• Classic smoked Norwegian salmon
• Sauteed fillet of beef

Style: Mediterranean
Suggested time: Dinner, 8pm

Red Snapper @ Chaweng Regent Beach Resort
155/4 Chaweng Beach, Bo Phut District
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7742 2389-90, (0) 7742 2008-10

The Page

This lifestyle-dining venue offers some ultra tasty cuisine in the chic Library Hotel. A beachfront location, complemented by a vast selection of dishes as well as a comprehensive wine list from around the world, make this place the perfect restaurant for a celebratory or romantic dinner. Enjoy authentic Thai or dabble in an array of international dishes, you can’t go wrong, as the cuisine is prepared by a professional cook staff with years of experience. Beyond the food, is the elegantly stylish vibe that combines the best of Thai décor with alluring modern appointments, creating a uniquely soothing atmosphere.

Recommended Menu:
• Prawn Spring Rolls
• Spicy Seafood Salad, herbs,onion and chilli
• Grilled Australian Sirloin, Thai Style

Style: Thai and International cuisine
Suggested time: Dinner, 6:00 PM

The Page @ Library Hotel
14/1 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach,
Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7742 2767-8
Fax: +66 (0) 7742 2344

The Height Restaurant

Located on a hillside with a panoramic sea view, The Height Restaurant serves fine Asian and International cuisine in addition to a selection of premium wines from around the globe. Choose from either a posh airconditioned dining room or open air seating accented by magnificent sea views of the turquoise Gulf of Thailand. The Height’s unique interior design creatively complements the cuisine, with a selection that offers the best of both moder n and traditional treats.

The Height Restaurant @ Silavadee Hotel

208/66 Moo 4, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7796 0555
Fax: +66 (0) 7796 0055-6

Recommended Menu:
• Jumbo Thai Prawns with Spicy Sauce
• Grilled Steak Filet with Mushrooms
• Caesar Salad with Fresh Greens

Style: International and Thai favorites
Suggested time: Lunch or Dinner, 5:30 PM for sunset

The Z

This chic eatery within an equally modish boutique resort is creatively named “Z” after the restaurant’s companion, a serene beach only a few steps away from the restaurant’s own patio. This al fresco restaurant and bar offers sophisticated dining with a rather contemporary menu of Thai and international fusion dishes as opposed to Samui’s normal array of Thai seafood fare. Decked out in a minimalist design to better highlight the island scenery, Z makes a great spot for a chill-out session in the evening to end a perfectly lazy day in Samui.

Recommended menu:
• Grilled beef tenderloin
• Bouillabaisse Soup

Suggested time: Dinner, 7pm

The Z @ Shasa Hotel
16/1 Moo 2, Maret, Laem Set, Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0) 7791 3888


What started as a backpacker-friendly bamboo huts has now evolved into one of the hottest restaurants on Samui. The swank resort restaurant is highlighted by an offbeat piece of decor, a weathered billiard table, which adds to a good friendly vibe.The house chef is keen on the use of various ingredients found in many parts of Asia to create one-of-a-kind selections such as Cocoa Butter Scallops with Venetian Virgin Delight. The restaurant is accented with Thai, Balinese and Moroccan style touches and can accommodate 60-70 diners, with cove-live inset tables for two offering a private vibe and spectacular views at sunset.

Recommended menu:
• Orgasmic salmon
• Banana flower salad

Style: Vegetarian
Suggested time: Lunch, 1pm

Zazen @ Zezen Resort
Samui Ring Road, between Bo Phut and, Mae Nam Beach
177, Moo1, Bo Phut, Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0) 7742 5085

Dr. Frogs

Don’t be fooled by its funky name, Dr. Frogs is one of the best restaurants on the island with original menus and a picturesque view to boot. Set on a hill on Chaweng Beach away from the busy environments, Dr. Frogs serves up international flavors and Thai seafood selection in its breezy architecture. The menu is hearty and filled with variety of quality ingredients from cheese to fresh catches, making a trip to Dr. Frogs a fulfilling one, both to your stomachs and your mind.

Recommended menu:
• Fresh prawn cocktail
• Blackened Seared Tuna Saku
• Grilled Lamb Chops

Style: International and Thai
Suggested time: Lunch, 1pm

Dr. Frogs
103 Moo 3, Bo Phut District,
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7741 3797

Fuji Japanese Restaurant

Recommended menu:
• Teriyaki Jumbo Prawns
• Shashmi Salmon with Seaweed
• Fried Gyoza with Soy Sauce

Style: Japanese
Suggested time: Lunch, 1:00 PM
and Dinner, 5:30 PM

Get your sushi fix at this authentic style Japanese restaurant nestled in a quiet corner of Samui’s Tesco Lotus. Decorated like a traditional Japanese eatery, Fuji caters offers more than just delectable sushi, with teppanyaki and other tasty dishes. The vast menu features favorites such as teriyaki tiger prawns, grilled sea bass in soy sauce, and some delicious gyoza. Another staple at this dining oasis are the shashmi dishes, ranging from imported salmon to freshly caught tuna. Additionally, a nice selection of Japanese sets are available, all of which come with some spectacular miso soup.

Fuji Japanese Restaurant
G Fl., Tesco Lotus Samui Branch
1/7 Moo 6 Rob Koh Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7724 5925 Fax: +66 (0) 7724 5426

The Five Islands

For the best view of the sunset on the island of Samui, one of the top picks will have to be the Five Islands where you can get the most breathtaking glimpse of the setting sun. Sitting on the beach of Taling Ngam, this beachy restaurant offers not only a scenic view of the ocean but also a wide selection of quality Thai fusion style food. Taste the freshest from the sea as seafood catches are brought to the restaurant daily to retain its quality and flavors. This marks a great spot for romantic couples looking for a quiet place to end their enchanting night.


Recommended menu:
• Prawn tempura
• Fresh oysters
• Mussels steamed in white wine

Style: Thai Fusion
Suggested time: Dinner, 6pm

The Five Islands
348 Moo 3, Taling Ngam
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7741 5359

Green Mango

When it comes to a club, the image of a large dark hall probably comes to mind. Not in Samui, where at Green Mango, the dance floor is often accompanied by sea breezes. Dubbed the “natural discotheque”, Green Mango stands from the crowded nightlife of Chaweng beach thanks to its unique concept and selection of techno dance tunes. It has since gained a legendary status; the street where it is located is even named Soi Green Mango.

This large open building only has one roof, with a dance floor partly extended to the open-air area. It is one of the few clubs in the world where you can dance under the moonlight. For those looking to avoid a crowded scene, this is the place to be as you can roam freely on its 2,500 m2 of dance space.

Green Mango
9/34 Chaweng Beach Road,
Bo Phut District, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7742 2661

King Pakarung

If you ever have a chance to visit the quiet beach of Taling-Ngam, stop by this laid back seafood establishment, which has been a favorite among the locals for over 20 years. Despite two decades in existence, King Pakkarung is still retaining its old charms and the neverchanging recipes that people have grown to love. The restaurant is small, its reputation solely built on word-ofmouth, which usually extols its quality selection of raw ingredients and fresh seafood catches. This is a great seaside spot for a relaxing atmosphere to be shared with friends and family.

Recommended menu:
• Fried fish with lemongrass
• Seaweed salad
• Stir-fried prawns with crab meat
Style: Seafood
Suggested time: Lunch, 1pm

King Pakarung
20 Moo 5 Taling-Ngam Beach
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7733 4045

Juzz'a Pizza

It is definitely not just pizza that is being whipped up here at Juzz’a Pizza. Though many may claim to be the best pizzeria on Samui, if you ask locals and frequent visitors they will unanimously agree that this unassuming restaurant in Fisherman’s Village is anything but ordinary.

Besides its vast selection of hand-tossed pies, Juzz’a Pizza also offers a wide variety of Italian dishes, from pastas to baked mussels. But of course the highlights are on the pans, with creative toppings like blue cheese with Italian sausage or southern curry “kua gling” giving diners a new dining experience on each visit.

Recommended menu:
• Oh! Ohhh!!! Pizza bread
• Juzz’a Mussels
• Kua Gling Pizza

Style: Italian
Suggested time: Dinner, 6pm

Juzz'a Pizza
Fisherman’s Village
6/3 Moo 1 Bo Phut District, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7724 5662-3

Happy Elephant Restaurant

Situated in central Bophut, on the north of the Samui, this restaurant is owned and managed by Thais, assuring an authentic dining experience. Guests can enjoy a large selection of Western dishes in addition to Thai favorites. If you require specially prepared dishes, don’t worry about the language barrier, as the staff is proficient in English. Additionally, the Happy Chang Noi is regarded as one of the best wine cellars in Koh Samui and boasts a variety of very sophisticated table wines and vintage bottles from all the major wine-producing regions. The intimate atmosphere is also ideal for honeymooners or those on a first date.

Recommended menu:
• Thai Papaya Salad with Shrimp
• Roasted Pork with Herbs
• Garlic Encrusted Crab

Style: Authentic Thai and International
Suggested time: Dinner, 5:30 PM

Happy Elephant Restaurant
78/1 Moo 1, Bophut Beach, Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7724 5347, (0) 8 1891 5193


La Dolce Vita

This Italian name perfectly describes the feeling of an island living. “The Sweet Life” is one of the most regarded Italian restaurants on Koh Samui and it serves up an authentic Italian meal for Chaweng dwellers who crave for an urban fine dining experience in this beach town. The restaurant itself looks to have been ripped right from an Italian countryside, with the decoration composes of glass and wood, giving it the final touch of elegance. The food is undoubtedly authentic Italian cuisines, with imported beef and homemade pizzas. They also serve Thai menus if you’re feeling like mixing the East with the West.

Recommended menu:
• Bakd eggplant and parma ham
• Fettucini Pesto
• Pizza Mexicana

Suggested time: Lunch, 12pm

La Dolce Vita
14/26 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road,
Bophut, Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0) 7741 3295


Don’t be fooled by the name, the Zen-garden décor, or the wooden furniture. Rice offers stylish diners on Chaweng Beach something completely different from what you would expect— Italian cuisine. This restaurant-lounge boasts a laid back atmosphere where one can just come and enjoy good home-cooked Italian food with a glass of wine. With the chef hailing directly from Italia, you are guaranteed an authentic Italian dining experience from starters to desserts. After dinner, head over to the lounge and as the night progresses sip on a glass of vino to the beat of great live music.

Recommended menu:
• Gnocchi Sorrentina
• Tuna Tartar with soya dressing
• White snapper wrapped with Parma ham
Suggested time: Dinner, 8pm

RICE Italian Restaurant and Lounge
167/7 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach,
Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7723 1934

Nikki Beach Bar

This internationally renowned leisure brand has set foot on one of Thailand’s most happening islands and they brought along with them some of their superb services, including their five-star dining experience. Nikki Beach Bar lets visitors lounge away on one of their day beds or opts for one of the seatings in the shaded building where great food awaits. The menu composes of various Asian favorites like sushi as well as a selection of Mediterranean and European dishes to satisfy different palates. Not feeling heavy meal? Just sit back and relax with a pick from their extensive drinks menu while enjoying the spectacular view.

Recommended menu:
• Nikki’s crab cake benedict
• Thai style crispy skin duck rolls
• Spaghetti Los Cabos

Style: Asian, Mediterranean and European
Suggested time: Dinner, 6pm

Nikki Beach Bar
96/3 Moo 2 Lipa Noi, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7791 4500

Q Bar Samui

A sibling of the legendary Sukhumvit establishment in Bangkok, Q Bar Samui is brings its big brother’s NYC vibe to the bustling island. The club features a cozy air-conditioned seating area, playing the hottest beats to go with their brawny selection of house cocktails and spirits. For some fresh air, step out on the balcony for a breathtaking view of Lake Chaweng and the surrounding forests. This marks one of the best spots on the island to savor the vibe and the view all at once.

Q Bar Samui
147/57 Moo 2, Bo Phut District,
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7741 3297


Ruen Rup Rong Restaurant

The alliteration in this Thai restaurant name has a meaning that truly reflects the vibe diners will experience. The all-wood Ruen Rub Rong basically gives an image of a living room that welcomes guests into its cozy atmosphere. Located in Bophut, though the restaurant is no where near a beach, but this open-air diner is breezy enough thanks to the wind that travels from the nearby mountains. As for the food, get ready for some spicy Southern cuisine. Sample some of the local delicacies that are sure to leave your tongue burning. There are also seafood dishes for those with a milder palate.

Recommended menu:
• Squid cooked with coconut milk
• Ruen Rub Rong spicy salad

Suggested time: Lunch, 12pm

Ruen Rub Rong Restaurant
15/15 Moo 6, Bophut, Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0) 7796 2333

Sabiang Lay

For sizzling southern selections, you can’t miss trying out a dish or two at Sabiang Lay. The focus here is one spices, so be careful if you have a delicate palate. Aside from its Southern menu, Sabiang Lay also serves up a variety of seafood dishes. Being located near one of the most visited attractions on Samui, Hin Ta Hin Yai, you may find yourself fighting for a table with the locals and tourists at dinner, so opt for a less crowded meal time in the afternoon for a cozy and relaxing vibe.

Recommended menu:
• Sabiang Lay spicy salad
• Fried giant prawns in tamarind sauce
• Southern-style spicy curry with coconut

Style: Thai Cuisine
Suggested time: Lunch, 1:30pm

Sabiang Lay
438/82 Moo 1, Maret Beach,
Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7723 3082-3

Starfish & Coffee

Within the walls of this aptly named restaurant lies one of the coziest cafes in Fisherman’s Village. The restaurant serves up delectable Thai fare in a rather western decor of bricked walls and white statues, not unlike a sidewalk cafe found in the south of France. There’s also a gift shop offering a wide range of original Thai handicrafts. When the sun goes down live bands also take the stage to sooth diners with the tunes of Thai Classical music.

Recommended menu:
• Yum Woon Sen
• Homemade Thai desserts

Suggested time: Dinner, 6pm

Starfish and Coffee
51/7 Moo 1, Fisherman’s Village
Bophut, Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0) 7742 7201

Tandoor Taj Indian Restaurant

Looking for a spicy and sizzling dinner experience but crave something other than Thai food? Have yourself an Indian meal instead. This Fisherman’s Village Indian joint has been a staple restaurant for indian food lovers in Samui. Started by Madan Karki from Nepal, diners are guaranteed an authentic South Asian cuisines. The restaurant also reflects Fisherman’s Village’s laidback vibe, welcoming hungry diners to this breezy restaurant that sits right on the Bophut beach. With chef hailed from New Delhi and imported indian ingredients, you are guaranteed a unique dining experience.

Recommended menu:
• Mixed Pakora
• Mutton Tikka
• Tandoori Lobster
Suggested time: Dinner, 6pm

Tandoor Taj Indian Restaurant
8/7 Moo 1, Fisherman Village, Bophut, Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0) 7742 7212

Ocean 11

No, the owner didn’t name the joint after the blockbuster remake but rather his numerological birthdate. One of the island’s best kept local secrets, Ocean 11 is a cozy converted-house-bythe- beach is quickly becoming one of the hottest destinations. Predominantly fre - quented by locals, its modest exterior does no justice to what awaits inside. The restaurant serves up delicious Thai, Italian and Seafood menu with views overlooking the serene Bangrak beach, enabling you to catch a glimpse of the big Buddha and nearby Koh Phangan.Among the selections are the ever changing entrees and wine specials as announced on its chalkboard. Weather permitting, diners can opt for more relaxed seating at the Thai Sala, or head upstairs to the balcony for a view and a breeze.


Recommended menu:
• Seaweed salmon
• Gnocchi four season
• Roast lamb
Style: Thai, Italian and Seafood
Suggested time: Dinner, 7pm-10:30pm


Ocean 11
Bangrak Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7724 5134

The Cliff Bar and Grill

The Cliff Bar and Grill
124/2 Moo 4, Maret Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 8 1913 2002, (0) 7741 4266

The Cliff Bar and Grill undoubtedly has one of the most stunning postcard-perfect views in all of Samui. Sitting on the hilly road between Chaweng and Lamai, this Mediterranean restaurant boasts a view of Lamai Bay as its surrounding peaks. Reservations are strongly advised as the place fill up fast to catch the sunset, especially the 28 available seats on its terrace.

The Cliff has a lot to offer, especially in the wine category with selections hailing all the way from Italy, South Africa, Australia and Chile. The Spanish, Portuguese and Italian highlighted menu has a small but varied representation of its South African chef’s imagination, so expect unique tastes not found elsewhere on the island.


Recommended menu:
• Zarzuela de Marisco Para Dos Seafood Platter
• Mediterranean Salad
• New Zealand mussels in white wine sauce

Style: Mediterranean
Suggested time: Dinner, 5pm

The Pier

Once a traditional wooden teahouse, The Pier is now a bustling nighttime hang out spot in Fisherman’s Village. The bar and restaurant is considered one of the most stylish joint on the strip, decked out with high ceiling and minimalist interiors, highlighted with cozy and dark-tinted sofas scattered about. The menu is pretty much anything under the scorching Samui sun, from Thai favorites like Pad Thai to exotic taco treats from Mexico. The Pier is perfect for witnessing a sunset, thanks to the wooden open air porch that is extended out towards the sea.

Recommended menu:
• Vegetarian pad thai
• Chicken quesadillas
Style: Thai Cuisine
Suggested time: Dinner 8pm


The Pier
Fisherman’s Village
50 Moo 1, Bo Phut District, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7743 0681-2

Zico's Brazilian Grill and Bar

Besides being one of the most happening spots on the island, Zico’s also serves up more than fifteen kinds of meats, such as beef, pork, chicken, lamb and seafood, to satisfy all of its carnivorous customers. Their meats are tenderly seasoned and slow cooked right before your eyes. Zico’s all-you-can-eat style of dining is one of the reasons why locals and visitors flock to this Brazilian-themed eatery. Around 8pm, there’s also a Samba dance show brought to you by authentic Brazilian dancers who will woo you with their swiveling footwork and bedazzling costumes.

Recommended menu:
• Barbeque selections served
with Thai spicy jaew sauce

Style: Grill and Bar
Suggested time: Dinner, 7pm

Zico's Brazilian Grill and Bar
38/2 Moo 3, Bo Phut District,
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7723 1560-3

The Chef's Restaurant & Bar

The Chef’s Restaurant & Bar overlooks the entire length of Chaweng Bay and is the perfect place for a quiet bit to eat. Relax in the peaceful ambience and enjoy romantic dining in a tranquil environment while savoring god eats and a fine tropical atmosphere. The feeling is one of elegance and the selected menus offer a wide range of traditional Thai and Western cuisine. The head chef takes cooking seriously, with a wide range of creative specialties for every connoisseur. The service is personal and the vibe of warmth and friendliness permeates the venue.

Recommended menu:
• Jumbo Seared Prawns with Chilies
• Roasted Duck with Seasonal Herbs
• Thai Style Pork Skewers
Style: Thai and International
Suggested time: Dinner, 6:30 PM

Samui Paradise Chaweng Beach Resort & Spa
49 Moo 3, Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7723 0294 Fax: +66 (0) 7742 2176

Angela’s Bakery & Café

At Angela’s, choose from an amazing selection of breads, cakes, pies, salads and sandwiches, all made fresh on the premises. A number of tasty western specialties, including distinctive English meat pies and Italian pastrami can be savored at this cozy little café situated near the beach. Make sure to try a freshly baked bagel with your choice of cream, cheddar, or mozzarella cheeses as the topping. In addition to baked goods, a delectable selection of fresh meats, like imported smoked salmon and meatloaf are available to slake your hunger. For dessert try a strawberry crepe with extra sweet powdered sugar and find your piece of paradise in this tasteful haven.

Recommended menu:
• English Pork Meat Pie
• Pastrami on Fresh Rye Bread
• German Style Sauerkraut
Style: Fresh Bakery and Deli
Suggested time: Lunch, 1:30 PM


Angela’s Bakery & Café
Samui Ring Road, Mae Nam
64/29 Moo 1, Tambon Mae Nam
Koh Samui, Suratthani
Tel: +66 (0) 7742 7396


Koh Samui does have its fair share of coffee shops scattered about in this beach town. But if you’re looking for a place not to just have a coffee but to have an experience, head to the beautiful Bakubung for its leisureloving cafe. This cafe serves more than just coffee, customers can order a fruity drink (or a cocktail or two) to go along with some of the cafe’s selections of homemade desserts, and even some savory bites in case you’re a little bit more hungry. Decked out in a beachresort- like design and atmosphere, the view here should be more than enough reason to make a visit to this beachside joint.

Recommended menu:
• Thai-style coffee
• Blueberry cheesecake

Suggested time: Afternoon, 4pm

145/5 Fisherman’s Village, Bo Phut, Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0)8 4636-9090

Ruang Thong Bakery

For some of the best homemade pastries and baked goods on the island, you can’t forget to visit Ruang Thong. This is also one of the favorite spots for locals to have breakfasts as their breads are fresh baked daily, which goes great with their hearty American breakfast sets, perfect to kick start your day at the beach. With a convenient location right within the Nathon Town shopping street, island dwellers will find this bakery a cozy place to chill between excursions.

Recommended menu:
• Pancakes
• Croissants
Suggested time: Morning, 9am

Ruang Thong Bakery
67/5 Nathon Town, Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0)7742 1295

The Deli

If you’re looking for a comprehensive selection of fresh deli baked breads still piping hot from the oven, then don’t miss this enclave of goodies in bustling Chaweng. Operated by Central Samui Beach Resort, The Deli easily has the best selection of fresh bread in downtown Chaweng (and perhaps all of Samui). Try some fresh black forest ham with tangy brown mustard on fresh-baked whole grain rye bread with a side of pickle and kettle chips. A large selection of quality delicious sandwich fillings graces the menu, from salami, Paris ham, and liver sausage to roast lamb or beef. Don’t forget to say cheese, because The Deli offers some sumptuously satisfying cheeses from around the world. Create the perfect sandwich, then head to the outside terrace and enjoy it within the tropical ambience of Samui.

Recommended menu:
• Deli Fresh Rye Bread
• Roasted Chicken Breast with Cheddar Cheese
• Fresh German Liver Sausage

Style: International Deli Cuisine
Suggested time: Lunch, 1:00 pm

The Deli
Central Shopping Arcade, Central Chaweng, Samui, Surat Thani
Open 7 am – 10 pm

Hia Meng Roast Duck

Located next the Nathon Market, Hia Meng has been serving roast duck aficionados, local and visiting, for over 12 years. Though the menu is not as extensive as more expensive restaurants, its small selection emphasizes perfection in recipes and ingredients. The roast duck is usually served on top of steamed rice, as well as in a soup for something a little lighter.

Recommended menu:
• Roast duck with rice
• Pork knuckle stew
• Stewed duck noodle soup.

Style: Thai
Suggested time: Lunch, 12pm

Hia Meng Roast Duck
Behind Kasikorn Bank, 187/5 Moo 3
Ang Thong Islands, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7742 0055

Pa Mam

Taste the ultimate Thai-style breakfast at Pa Mam, who serves up traditional morning meal of congee and savory rice soups. Located in Nathon, this lovely restaurant also boasts a healthy menu, as their congees are made with brown rice instead of refined rice. There are also other soupy selections of the rice soup with different meat toppings as well as pork blood curd soup. The restaurant also doubles as a coffee shop offering a wide variety of milk teas and coffee, Thai style.

Recommended menu:
• Pork congee
• Brown rice congee

Suggested time: Morning, 8-9 am.

Pa Mam
5/27 Moo 3, Sai Rob Koh Road
(opposite Saint Joseph School)
Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7742 0642, (0)8 7895 4518

Pa Maitree's Khanom Jeen

Within the soi 4 of Mae Nam road, one will find themself lost in the world of delicious souther n delicacies and this is the food center where all of the island’s best gather. One of the must-try dish at this spot in Pa Maitree’s KhanomJeen. Often dubbed as a “Thai Pasta”, this dish of white rice noodles are often topped with various curries and chilli pastes. And this 20- year-old catery has over the course of its time gained a lpyal following thanks to Pa Maitree’s endless topping offers. For a merely B30 a dish, diners can experience some of the favorite Thai curry flavors, from the green curry to the spicy fish curry souther n style. Khanom jeen here is served with a selection of crispy fresh vegetables, making this a refreshing and healthy meal.

Jae Mui Stewed Pork Knuckles

The hearty favorite stewed pork knuckles (or Khao Kha Moo in Thai) is a rather common dish. But on Samui, Jae Mui and her sweet dishes rock the menu. A favorite among locals, what makes her pork so scrumptious is the way she cooks it, stewing it until the meat becomes tenderized, almost fusing into the broth. She always starts her process at 7pm the previous night so you can be sure that when it arrives in the dish in front of you it has been done to perfection. She also uses jasmine rice in the menu as it helps bring out the aromatic taste of the stew. For those who want to try a taste of this delicacy, make sure you arrive early or you will be left disappointed when she’s all sold out.

Jae Mui Stewed Pork Knuckles
Between Mae Nam Soi 1 and 2