As one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations, Koh Samui has a fantastic selection of places to eat, ranging from authentic Thai food to world class international restaurants, friendly local cafes, beachfront dining and more.
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Dining options on Koh Samui range from cheap and simple street food to excellent high-end Western dining, typically with prices to match. Whether you’re on a strict budget or looking to spend as much as you need to, there’s a dining option on Koh Samui to suit every traveller.
Below, we’ve listed Koh Samui’s best cafes and delicatessens, local Thai restaurants, seafood restaurants, Western dining options and more.
Koh Samui Cafés and Delicatessens
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- Cafe 69
Cafe 69 is an upmarket cafe and restaurant in Bophut. Open from 1pm, the menu is made up of a great selection of Thai and pan-Asian dishes, with excellent appetisers and desserts. Stop by for a fresh cup of coffee during the day or a tasty dinner with great cocktails after dark.
- Chill Inn Beach Cafe
Chill Inn Beach Cafe is a cafe and hostel in Maret — a quiet beach area about two kilometres to the south of Lamai. The cafe has a beautiful view of the water and a quiet feel, making Chill Inn one of the best places to chill out around Lamai Beach.
Zing is a cafe and delicatessen in Chaweng famous for its excellent sandwiches, desserts and pastries. Strong coffee and great value specials make this one of the best places in Chaweng to stop by for your morning caffeine and sugar fix.
- Yogi Cafe
Yogi Cafe is a vegan cafe and restaurant in Bophut Fisherman’s Village, a short walk away from Bophut Beach. The menu includes a great selection of raw vegan dishes, as well as smoothies and other healthy snacks.
- The Deli
The Deli is a classic delicatessen and cafe located on the main road through quiet Mae Nam. A great selection of sandwiches, baguettes, pies and other baked goods are available, as well as freshly prepared coffee.
Koh Samui Thai Food
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- H Bistro at Hansar Samui
H Bistro is an upmarket Thai restaurant located inside one of Koh Samui’s best hotels: Hansar Samui on Bophut Beach. The menu is a mix of expertly prepared Thai dishes and tasty French favourites, all in a lovely setting with sea views.
- Khaw Glong Thai Restaurant
Khaw Glong is a great Thai restaurant in Chaweng that serves high quality classic Thai dishes in a small shophouse setting. Portions are fairly large and prices very reasonable. Make sure to book ahead if you’re dining during high season, as this small restaurant can get quite crowded.
- Phensiri Thai Bistro
Located at the southern end of Chaweng, Phensiri Thai Bistro is a quiet Thai restaurant offering a diverse selection of well-known Thai dishes. In addition to the Thai favourites, Phensiri has a great variety of Western and Thai desserts available.
Nirvana is a modern Thai restaurant in Bophut Fisherman’s Village offering a menu made up of Thai, Western and fusion dishes. Portions are large and prices very reasonable for an upmarket, modern establishment. Many of the outdoor tables have fantastic sea views.
- Kob Thai Restaurant
Kob Thai is an open air Thai bistro located in a quiet part of Lamai. Diners are seated at private tables around a central garden and swimming pool area. The menu is a great mix of well-known Thai dishes and favourites from across Asia.
- Imchai Thai Food
Another Lamai Beach option, Imchai Thai Food is a cheap and simple Thai restaurant close to the beach with a great selection of well-known dishes. Low prices, tasty food and very friendly service make Imchai one of the best casual Thai dining options on Lamai Beach.
Koh Samui Seafood
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- The Island View Restaurant
The Island View is one of Koh Samui’s most famous seafood restaurants. Located on Taling Ngam — a quiet beach on the island’s western side — The Island View offers fresh, perfectly prepared seafood on one of Koh Samui’s best beaches.
Koh Samui Western Food
- Mathis CAFE
Mathis CAFE is a modern French/European restaurant in Mae Nam. High quality French dishes and excellent Australian steak make it one of the best choices on Samui’s north coast if you’re in need of a break from Thai food.
- The Boudoir
Another Mae Nam restaurant, The Boudoir is a small French restaurant inside a cottage with a quiet, remote location. Run by Patrice and Magali, a French expat couple, the focus here is on the excellent French food, tasty desserts and great selection of wines.
- Pepenero Koh Samui
Pepenero is an authentic Italian restaurant in Chaweng with indoor and outdoor seating. Dining options range from excellent appetisers and pasta dishes to a selection of high quality desserts, making this one of Chaweng’s best European family restaurants.
- Stacked Samui
Stacked Samui specialises in one thing: outstanding burgers. As the name suggests, all of the burgers here are stacked high with thick patties and fresh ingredients. Curly fries, buttered corn and a great selection of other dishes give Stacked lots of appeal when it comes to comfort food.
- Pizza Del Sol
Pizza Del Sol is an Italian pizzeria located close to Lamai Beach. With an indoor/outdoor setting and simple decorating, the focus here is 100% on the food, which includes a variety of excellent pizzas, cold cuts and classic Italian favourites.
- Coast Beach Restaurant & Bar
Coast Beach Restaurant & Bar is a bistro located right on Chaweng Beach with excellent views of the sea. Dishes range from tasty burgers to fresh seafood, wood fired pizza and great steaks imported from Australia. Coast also has a large wine, beer and cocktail menu.
- Tandoori Nights
Small, simple and unpretentious, Tandoori Nights is an Indian restaurant located a short walk from Lamai Beach. Fantastic curries and grilled Indian dishes make this a great alternative to Lamai’s numerous Thai and Western restaurants.
- Otaru Sushi Japanese Restaurant
Otaru Sushi is a high-end sushi restaurant near Chaweng Beach. Fresh fish and well prepared sushi — both traditional Japanese sushi and select Western favourites — along with Japanese beer make this a good choice if you’re in the mood for something light and tasty.
Koh Samui Romantic and Viewpoint Restaurants
- Zazen Restaurant
Zazen is a French, Mediterranean and Thai restaurant on Bophut Beach with a great sea view and outdoor seating. The Mediterranean styled interior, beautiful view of the beach and diverse selection of European and Thai dishes make it a great choice for romantic dining in Bophut.
Gusto is an Italian restaurant in Bophut Fisherman’s Village. With outdoor seating overlooking the beach and an excellent selection of Italian dishes, Gusto is one of the best romantic dining options for couples visiting Koh Samui.
- Tree Tops
Tree Tops is a stunning Thai/contemporary restaurant located inside the Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort. The restaurant is built around a large tree, with private platforms for each group of diners. Several set menus are available, as well as a variety of high quality ala carte dishes.
- Hacienda Beach Restaurant
Hacienda Beach Restaurant is a European restaurant on Mae Nam Beach. Located right beside the beach, Hacienda Beach serves excellent steak, pasta, seafood and more with a view of Koh Phangan and great access to one of Koh Samui’s least crowded beaches.
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Koh Samui Travel Guide:
- Koh Samui – A Very Quick Travel Guide
- How To Get To Koh Samui
- Things To Do On Koh Samui
- Places To Eat On Koh Samui
- Koh Samui Airport
- Where To Stay On Koh Samui
- Koh Samui Villas For Rent
- Koh Samui Nightlife
- Koh Samui Day Trips
- Koh Samui Weather
- Koh Samui Beaches