Koh Samui is one of those destinations where you can’t fail to have a good meal. Whether you are looking for the full-on gourmet restaurant experience, or you want to taste some authentic Thai cuisine, Koh Samui has a restaurant, or a bar, or a café, for you. Samui is a culinary destination now, thanks to many high quality restaurants opening up in recent years. You’ll find all kinds of food from traditional Thai to Indian, Western, and fusion dishes. And if you want to dine on the beach or even on a cliffside, Koh Samui has you covered. Read on for a few of our favorite places to eat on Samui.
Samui restaurant/ Image via Miles Goodhew / Flickr
1) Dining on the Rocks
If you can’t live without dining under the stars while you are on Koh Samui, you must try the restaurant Dining on the Rocks. Located at Choeng Mon Beach, this restaurant is in a beautiful place, and serves some beautiful food. A must-visit restaurant in Koh Samui.
2) Kob Thai Restaurant
If you are staying in Lamai you won’t want to miss the Kob Thai restaurant. There’s a menu of Thai food from traditional favorites to innovative seafood dishes and amazing spicy salads. Highly recommended if you like modern Thai food in excellent surroundings.
3) Red Snapper
If you want to eat in relaxed, laid-back surroundings with a bit of live music or a sports game on the big screen, give Red Snapper a try. Part of the Koh Samui Chaweng Regent Beach Resort, Red Snapper is fun and lively but the food is also delicious. You can relax in the comfortable chairs while you watch the crowds on Chaweng Beach. Don’t forget to order a few cold beers with your meal.
4) Zazen’s Restaurant
This restaurant located in Bophut offers fine food in classy surroundings, and has won awards for its service and its cuisine. The restaurant serves traditional Thai fare from around the country and provides a stylish, atmospheric dining atmosphere. Perfect for a special occasion as the prices are not cheap, but it is worth it for the experience.
A different concept from many of the fine-dining choices on Koh Samui, Zico’s serves up a delicious barbecue style feast with fresh salad and plenty of cocktails. You can also benefit from the entertainment on offer.
Samui beach dining/ Image via Sean Madden/ Flickr
6) H Bistro at Hansar Samui
Looking for some excellent French/ Mediterranean cuisine? Look no further than H Bistro, located in Bophut featuring award-winning food and a long wine list. The dishes are expertly prepared and the ambience is top-notch. Worth a visit when you are on the island.
7) Barracuda Restaurant
Located in Bophut, Koh Samui, the Barracuda Restaurant is well worth a visit for its inventive menu and its focus on fine dining and innovative cuisine. The food is mainly based on a fusion of European and Asian favorites, with a modern twist. The prices are OK, and the restaurant is well-designed and welcoming.
8) 9Gems Lounge Restaurant
This lounge/bar restaurant is set on the hillside leading out of the main town of Chaweng. The minimalist space is like an art installation and you can relax with a meal or a drink looking out over the panoramic vista. A great place for sunset cocktails or a light meal before going out in Chaweng.
9) Tree Tops
When you are looking for a unique dining experience you can’t beat Tree Tops – with only eight tables, each one inside its own individual tree house, you get a great meal in unforgettable surroundings.
10) Café 69
A cute and friendly little place on the Samui Ring Road, Café 69 serves up a variety of modern dishes influenced by a southern Thai taste. The modern place is a good location for drinks and snacks as well as meals.
11) The Boudoir
With opulent surroundings and décor, The Boudoir is a smart and stylish restaurant serving French cuisine and a variety of wines and spirits. The restaurant is decorated with all sorts of silks and satins, embroidery and cushions – much different to the current trend for minimalist restaurant design.
12) Shabash Restaurant
On Big Buddha Beach, Shabash Restaurant serves fusion food with a range of diverse influences from Thailand, India, Singapore and more. If you want an interesting taste of Asia, this is the place to go.
Located right in the heart of Chaweng Beach, Stacked features all the North American favorites you need. Try the signature burgers and get there for Happy Hour to take advantage of cheap drinks.
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