2 Fishes Samui
Located in the heart of Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village, 2 Fishes Samui is an unpretentious yet stylish Italian restaurant. You can sample here the freshest local seafood prepared with love by the talented Chef Leandra Panza. With over 25 years of experience in quoted Italian restaurants in London, Sidney, Melbourne, and Singapore, Leandro Panza offers one of the best gastronomic escapade in Bophut. Serving dishes such as ‘grilled king prawns with hot garlic oil, chili and lemon’ and ‘Steamed Red snapper fillet with sautéed kale and hot garlic dressing, olive oil parsley and aged red wine vinegar’, you’ll retrieve at 2 Fishes Samui all the savours that made Italian cuisine so famous all around the world.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 6pm to 10pm, closed on Mondays
- Location: 79/5 Moo 1, Bophut, Ko Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)99 281 9973
Next door to Bakubung, Ad Hoc sports a wooden-floor terrace, intimate surroundings and classy dining right by the sand. Another great sunset-viewing eatery, Ad Hoc appeals to diners who like to get away from the crowds. Japanese, Thai and international fare with some fusion thrown in for good measure.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 3pm to 7pm, closed on Sundays
- Location: 11/5 Moo 1, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 425 380
- Cuisine: International fine dining
- Price Range: Pricey
Alla Baia Restaurant
Alla Baia offers typical Italian dishes including pizza and has a terrace offering some pleasant sea views. The distinctive exterior design makes this place hard to miss.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 1pm to 10.30pm
- Location: 49/1 Moo 1, Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 245 566
- Cuisine: Italian/Thai
- Price Range: Affordable
Café 69 is a trendy venue located diagonally opposite Samui Go-Kart on Samui Ring Road. The colourful and modern décor is emphasised by clever lighting effects to create a welcoming vibe. Café 69 is a cosy venue run by an extremely pleasant host (and talented Chef!) – Vivien Bella – who despite the constant hustle & bustle in his establishment always find some time to have a word with his guests.
The food served at Café 69 is “a new twist of Southern Thai Indigenous Cuisine” as they call it themselves. In here you can sample standard Thai and Asian dishes – duck dumpling, deep-fried betel leaves with prawn, or white snapper with mango – enhanced by Vivien’s special touch. Try out the smoked duck curry with lychee and grape, it is simply outstanding. With reasonable prices, Zen atmosphere, comfortable seating and excellent food, Café 69 is definitely worthy of its ever-growing success.
- Opening Hours: Saturday–Thursday from 1pm to 11pm
- Location: 157/52, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Remarks: Reservation recommended for dinner
- Tel: +66 (0)81 978 1945
Café De Pier Samui
Associated with the Casa Lapin brand from Bangkok (and also known as Casa Lapin x Samui), Café De Pier brings the style and sophistication of the big city to the quiet little Fisherman’s Village of Samui with a classy beachside venue. Resplendent in dark woods, with an open design intended to take full advantage of the great view out towards Koh Phangan, across the town’s decrepit pier, the restaurant serves a great selection of southern Thai-style seafood dishes, including an extensive platter (950 – 2,200 baht), as well as some unusual fusion dishes like sashimi tacos (320 baht) and excellent signature cocktails (280 baht each).
Rated as one of the best restaurants in Bophut, Chez François is a non-descript building which looks like nothing more than an ordinary house. The front is a solid wooden door, which alludes to the exclusivity within. Being such a small but popular establishment, booking ahead is absolutely essential and walk-in custom won’t be able to Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Saturday from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays
- Location: 33/2 Moo 1, Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)96 071 1800
- Cuisine: French
Copacabana @Fisherman Village
Opened in 2013, Copacabana @Fisherman Village is a recent addition to the Bophut Fisherman’s Village dining scene. Set in one of the famous traditional two-storey fisherman’s houses that make this village so popular, the restaurant is designed in a modern and colourful style, and features two large terraces overlooking Bophut Bay and Koh Phangan in the background. Copacabana is a restaurant serving dishes from all around the world from Turkish kebab (380 baht) to Thai crocodile steak (420 baht), as well as American burgers and a great selection of traditional Thai and fresh seafood favourites. All in all, a great place to lunch or dine in cool settings with a splendid view.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 1pm to 11pm
- Location: 65, Fisherman’s Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Remarks: All prices mentioned are of August 2014
- Tel: +66 (0)91 495 9590
Dining On the Rocks
For some, this is the last word in fine dining on Samui and for others the restaurant is merely overpriced and pretentious. Either way you look at it, Dining On the Rocks is impressive and a pretty unforgettable sensual experience. Low lights, sea breezes, gourmet food, an excellent wine list (over 1,000 labels) and probably the best guitarist on the island along with tip-top service all add up to an impressive evening out. Take a credit card along.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 10pm
- Location: Six Senses Samui Resort, 9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Bophut, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 245 678
- Price Range: Luxurious
Full Moon Restaurant
Full Moon is Anantara Bophut Resort’s signature restaurant. Set in the central area of the resort on an al fresco deck overlooking the swimming pool and Bophut Beach, this classy, contemporary styled restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic dinner in Koh Samui. Full Moon’s speciality is char grill fusion cuisine, but its à la Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12am to 10.30pm
- Location: Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa, 99/9 Bophut Bay, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 428 300
Gusto Italian Restaurant is a great addition to Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village’s tremendous dining, opening in mid-2013. Run by a friendly Italian couple - Marco and Roberta – the restaurant serves quality genuine Italian fare in a nicely decorated renovated shop-house overlooking the sea with romantic dining right on the beach also available. Regarding food, simply expect the best: crispy wood fired pizzas and homemade al dente pasta prepared using many imported ingredients, if you fancy Italian food or just want to escape Thai food for a meal, Gusto is the place to go. They also serve an excellent and reasonably priced house wine.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 1pm to 11pm
- Location: 73/3 Moo 1, Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 332 514
Classy, trendy, and much sought after, the much-awarded H Bistro is one of the best restaurants in Bophut. Situated facing the seafront, H Bistro is the flagship restaurant of Hansar Samui Resort and seats 46 diners inside and 28 on its terrace. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 10.30am, 11.30am to 5.30pm and from 6.30pm to 10.30pm
- Location: Hansar Samui Resort, 101/28 Moo 1, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 245 511
Located about halfway down the main drag, encompassing two adjacent properties, the Happy Elephant is an atmospheric, semi al fresco eatery specialising in seafood. There's a buzz in the air as the place gets busy (it can deal with 150 covers) and a jazz band livens things up even more. Owned and managed by Thais, the restaurant also offers a large choice of international dishes as well as Thai food. The service is friendly, with English-speaking staff.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 10pm
- Location: 79, Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 427 222
- Cuisine: Thai seafood
- Price Range: Slightly pricey
An Italian bistro and beach bar, Il Salotto offers a great range of affordable Italian dishes prepared by Chef Luigi Fadda, including homemade lasagne, pasta and pizzas. They are served with an impressive range of new- and old-world wines and with a great view across the sea towards Koh Phangan in an airy, open piazza-like deck at the back of the restaurant. Notable dishes include the Spinach with bacon and a signature cream cheese sauce (180 baht) for starter the signature Fusilli del Salotto with capers, black olives, garlic, chilli, anchovies and bread crumbs (210 baht). A small selection of Thai dishes are also available.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 11pm
- Location: 32 Moo 3, Bophut Beach Road, Fisherman’s Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 427 088
- Cuisine: Italian
Karma Sutra in Bophut is unreservedly all-out retro hippy chic. Flanking both sides of the entrance to Fisherman’s Village by the pier, Karma Sutra has chunky Indonesian wooden furniture (thankfully with soft cushions to make things a little more comfortable), cool sounds, Buddha images and muted lights. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to midnight
- Location: 37 Moo 1, Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)88 751 8674
Kohinoor Indian Restaurant
With a mixture of décor that can seem confusing, Kohinoor in Bophut can be overstated to some and understated to others. Its saffron-coloured walls are adorned with abstract paintings which in turn are counterpointed by more traditional Indian décor. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30am to 11pm
- Location: 74 Bophut Beach Rd, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)84 063 8285
Krua Bophut Thai Restaurant
Krua Bophut Thai Restaurant is among the most popular of the many excellent restaurants lining the seafront in Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village. It is one of surprisingly few places which specialises in traditional local cuisine, served in a lovely traditional Thai-style setting.
You actually get a choice of dining settings when you enter through Krua Bophut’s greenery-lined Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 1pm to midnight
- Location: 16/16 Moo 1, Bophut Beach Road, Fisherman’s Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 430 030
Taking over from the well-established and popular Classico Restaurant, Link Cuisine is sophisticated Italian and Asian fusion restaurant with a chic yet laid-back atmosphere. Their use of fresh high-quality ingredients and excellent service staff has made the place a fast favourite. Popular choices from the menu include the Fisherman lobster & tiger prawns with homemade egg noodles in a brandy and prawn bisque sauce (795 baht) while cheaper options include a range of 16 pizzas starting at 295 baht. The rooftop Link Lounge, overlooking the sea, is also a popular night spot with special live DJ parties.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 10.30pm
- Location: 79/3 Moo 1, Bophut Beach Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)84 748 1507
- Cuisine: Italian, Asian
My Friend Restaurant
Located between Bophut and Big Buddah Beach, My Friend is a popular spot and very different to most of the more up-market dining options in the area. Although the place lacks 'tourist pull' it does however serve the most amazing Thai seafood at incredibly low prices. If you are looking for a bargain meal without too much Style, it's not to be missed.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9.30am to 10pm
- Location: Route 4171, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 425 187
- Cuisine: Thai
- Price Range: Budget
Nirvana Restaurant & Bar
Opened in 2012, Nirvana Restaurant & Bar is a little gem of a restaurant in Bophut Fisherman’s Village. Staying in line with the original atmosphere of the village, this small and unpretentious venue has a charming vintage look and offers three dining sections: its front side is a great people-watching spot on the constant hustle & bustle of the street after 18:00; its terrace overlooks the sea with great views to Koh Phangan; and its beach dining area is a top-notch place for a romantic dinner with feet in the sand (or in the water, according to the tide). Serving Thai and international fusion food, this affordable restaurant is a great venue to dine or to take a nightcap.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 11pm
- Location: 73/1 Moo 1 Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)87 515 2153
Red Moon Restaurant
The French owner of Red Moon Restaurant is understandably confident in the quality of his cuisine, particularly given his extensive background in fine dining kitchens. The restaurant itself mirrors the fusion between European and Thai which the menu boasts, with a look which combines rustic with classy. The popular choices of food include beef fillets with mashed potato and truffle oil, red tuna tartar and fried ice cream. Prices are reasonable, with simple Thai dishes starting at 180 baht each, and the cocktails are excellent.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to midnight
- Location: 5 Moo 1, Bophut Beach Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)82 808 1680
- Cuisine: French, Thai
Samui Pier Restaurant
Samui Pier Restaurant belongs to Samui Pier Beach Front Resort, a charming compact boutique resort located in Bangrak (between Bophut and Big Buddha) in the northern area of Samui Island. Built in a contemporary style with a Mediterranean twist, the resort and restaurant features large open-air spaces with a manicured lawn, coconut trees and great Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 7.30am to 11pm
- Location: 30/5 Moo 4 Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)81 978 9085
Smile House Restaurant
Smile House is a rather large establishment occupying a beachfront location at the western end of the Fisherman’s Village. It serves classic Thai and western favourites in agreeable settings with great views to Koh Phangan.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 11pm
- Location: 93 Moo 1, Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)87 893 9161
Tapas Barcelona brings the famous late-dining Spanish concept to Bophut Fisherman’s Village in style. Run by Barcelona-born (in Sabadell) Chef Òscar Torra Llonch, this unique Iberian restaurant in Samui offers an excellent alternative and an opportunity to sample and discover other savours than those of the classic Thai tamarind sauce and other usual international favourites. Set in a bright orange two-storey building located right before Karma Sutra, Tapas Barcelona is a cosy venue, perfect place to spend a lively evening with friends while drinking cocktails or wine, and enjoying fresh tapas (40 types available) prepared by the chef. The restaurant’s menu also features varied Spanish, Catalan, and Mediterranean dishes such as paella de marisco (seafood paella), tortilla de patato (Spanish omelet), and arroz a la Cubana (Cuban style rice).
- Opening Hours: Daily from 2pm to 11pm
- Location: 44/1 Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)80 078 7166
The Address is a newcomer on the Bophut Fisherman’s Village dining scene; opened in 2013 and under French management this stylish venue set in one of the traditional shop-houses overlooking the sea, The Address features three dining sections: downstairs, right on the beach; at street level indoor and outdoor dining on a terrace; and upstairs on a balcony. Dressed in white and contemporarily designed, The Address has a certain class, yet its pricing remains reasonable. As with the menu, the venue specialises in fresh seafood; a seafood set for two (two lobsters, one whole fish, six tiger prawns, one squid, and two crabs with side-dish) is charged just over 1,500 baht.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 11pm
- Location: Bophut Beach Rd, Fisherman’s Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)92 392 8445
The Emerald Irish Bar
Irish-owned The Emerald offers draft Guinness and Kilkenny as well as local beers. Fan cooled, the pub has live sports on three screens and occasional live music. Décor wise, The Emerald has genuine Irish pub fittings and on the walls hang historic photos of old Dublin Guinness barges and whiskey ads while some of the bricks Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 2am
- Location: 61/2 Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 332 476
The Hut Café
Located toward the eastern end of Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village, directly opposite The Waterfront Hotel, The Hut Café is a simple and unflashy family business serving delicious home-made Thai specialities at affordable prices. From massaman and other curries to fresh seafood to classic Thai dishes, The Hut Café serves hearty, well-prepared food in a very Thai – in the sense of being laid-back – atmosphere. The restaurant is, in fact, the owners’ family house, to which a dozen tables have been added to seat customers inside or in front, for the al fresco experience.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 1pm to 10pm
- Location: Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)87 278 1536
The Shack Bar & Grill
Take a simple idea: fresh from the barbeque steaks, ribs and burgers. Use only the highest quality meats and fish and serve it all up in large portions with lots of different salads, marinades, dips and dressings and the result, despite the inauspicious, roadside location: a packed restaurant every night. The best way to describe the Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm to 11pm
- Location: 88/3 Moo 1 Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)81 425 5710
- Cuisine: Fusion Thai
- Price Range: Affordable
Yin Yang is another newcomer on the bustling Bophut’s seafront dining scene. Run by French entrepreneurs, this large stylish venue is set in an old shop-house overlooking Bophut Bay in the Fisherman’s Village. Featuring a classy yet unpretentious contemporary styled décor, Yin Yang is in line with its closest competitors with which it shares the sea view to the north, and the ‘dining with toes in the sand’ option (the staircase to the beach is at the backside of the terrace). Regarding food, Yin Yang serves an excellent choice of Thai favourites such as shrimps with basil leaves, fried squid with garlic and pepper, or chicken with cashew nuts, all around the 300 baht mark. Set menus for two are also available: Menu Sawadee (spring rolls, chicken satay, fried red snapper with garlic & pepper served with rice) and Menu Fisherman (tempura shrimps, tiger prawns satay, crab red curry, lobster with garlic & pepper served with rice).
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 10pm
- Location: 61/1 Moo 1, Fisherman's village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)93 575 2782
This award-winning restaurant presents traditional Thai regional dishes with fine-dining touches, sprinkled throughout with culinary flair and brio. The extent of the care put into each dish may be reflected in the high cost of dining here but the chef spares no effort in his quest for perfection, even growing his own herbs. Part of the Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6.30am to 10.30pm
- Location: Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa, 177, Moo 1, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 425 085
- Cuisine: Fine dining
- Price Range: Luxurious