Lamai Beach Restaurants & Dining

Where and What to Eat in Lamai Beach

A quieter destination than Chaweng, dining wise, Lamai seems to have different priorities without losing sight of the fun factor.

Most of the area's most popular restaurants are located in the centre and are minutes away from each other.

Top 10 Lamai Restaurants Top 10 Lamai Restaurants

Lamai’s dining scene bolsters the popular status of this charming resort town located on Samui’s east coast. The dining options available are eclectic enough in cuisine, style, and atmosphere to satisfy the choosiest gourmets. Read More...

Krua Chao Baan Krua Chao Baan

Krua Chao Baan is a large beachside seafood restaurant just south of Lamai on Samui’s ring road with idyllic views out to sea. It has two sections: one rustic and the other slightly more elegant. Read More...

Live India Restaurant Live India Restaurant

Open since 1995, Live India is, at first impression, the heights of unpretentious sub continental cuisine but open the menu and you’ll get a shock. On it there are no less than 140 dishes to choose from. Read More...

Napoleon Restaurant Napoleon Restaurant

With classical lines, embossed plates and serviettes and paintings of Napoleon on the walls, this restaurant simply oozes La Belle France. If you are a fan of French cuisine try Napoleon and you won’t be disappointed. Read More...


Restaurants in Lamai Beach

Baobab Samui

Baobab Samui is a tropical dream restaurant come true. Set right on the southern part of Lamai Beach, next to Ammatara Pura Pool Villas, Baobab is as much a beach club as a restaurant as a dedicated team is in charge of serving customers lying on the sun loungers installed on the beach. Featuring an unpretentious bamboo & thatch one-storey building, bamboo sun loungers, tables and chairs, and white cotton umbrellas and cushions, Baobab retains a chic laid-back atmosphere.

Baobab Samui has an impressive menu apt to satisfy the most demanding customers: Thai, French and western dishes, salads of the day, smoothies and shakes, café latte and espresso, there’s something for everyone here. Baobab is run by a friendly French couple – Greg and Indy – who know how to entertain their customers. Definitely a must-visit place if you’re looking for spending a day sunbathing on Lamai Beach.

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00 daily
Location: on Lamai Beach, just south of Ammatara Pura Pool Villas
Tel: 084-8383 040

Barrio Latino

This warm, friendly establishment brings a slice of exotic Latin America to Lamai Beach. It serves up zesty tapas, Mexican and Latino specialities, seasoned with mostly imported spices and ingredients to stay true to the original flavours. Read More...

Opening Hours: 14:30 – 23:30
Location: Downtown Lamai
Tel: 085 254 5266

Bauhaus Bistro

Once the party central of Lamai, the Bauhaus has toned down from mad all-hours foam parties to serving up fresh seafood, steaks, schnitzels and mixed grills. With a decent wine list and a chic ambience, the restaurant, right next door to the Shamrock Pub, is slap-bang in the centre of things. It also features a large lounge area with TV's – all in all, one of Lamai's leading players.

Opening Hours: 12:00 - late
Location: Lamai Main Street
Tel: 077 233 147, Mobile: 089 972 2241
Cuisine: International
Price Range: Affordable


Erik's is a Swedish restaurant, formerly known as Ciao – and it still is to regulars, which is why it keeps the old name sign out front. Justifiably popular with the many Scandinavian visitors in the area, it has daily specials and suggestions written up on blackboards, plenty of dining space, an open front giving out onto the Main Street and flat-screen TV's for sports. Generous portions and genuine Swedish cuisine make it attractive and this is the place to go when you want a break from English or Asian food. Also serves pizzas.

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 24:00
Location: Main Road Lamai
Tel: 077 424 588
Cuisine: Scandinavian food
Price Range: Affordable

Krua Chao Baan

Krua Chao Baan is a large beachside seafood restaurant just south of Lamai on Samui’s ring road with idyllic views out to sea. It has two sections: one rustic with roughly hewn wooden furniture and basic seats and the other slightly more elegant with rattan furniture and a little more colour to it.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: Just south of Lamai on ring road
Tel: 077 418 589

Kob Thai Restaurant

Kob Thai Restaurant is as reputed as it is difficult to find; located in Soi Haad Lamai 3 off Samui Ring Road some 600m from the beach, this rather large open-air venue features a few tables and eight wooden salas set on the side of a children-friendly swimming pool (maximum depth is 1.20m). It is the perfect place to chill-out and enjoy excellent traditional Thai cuisine.

Under French management, Kob Thai Restaurant’s Thai Chef prepares all the classics of Thai cuisine from outstanding seafood (their crab curry is a must-try) to spicy salads, to mouthwatering Thai desserts (mango with sticky rice), all of them at affordable prices, you can’t be disappointed here. With a relaxing atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious food, Kob Thai is a highly recommended place if you come by Lamai.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00 daily
Location: Soi Haad Lamai 3
Tel: 0 82-5349325
How to get there: Heading north on Samui Ring Road, Soi Haad Lamai 3 is 200m on the right before Lamai Temple. Kob Thai Restaurant is 200m further down on the right hand side of the Soi.

Lamai Diner

A large, cavernous warehouse-like restaurant with concrete floors, colourful lighting and a bustling atmosphere, this is the place for mixed grills, fresh seafood and cold beer. At least with a roof this high the place is well ventilated.

Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
Location: Lamai Main Street
Cuisine: Grills, seafood
Price Range: Affordable

La Palma

A large, two-floored eatery right on Lamai's main drag. Fan-cooled, La Palma's upstairs might just be the best people-watching location in Lamai. This is a typical, no-nonsense trattoria in the best Italian tradition with a wood-fired pizza oven, bare brick walls, plenty of pictures of La Bella Italia and friendly waitresses.

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00
Location: Lamai Main Street opposite McDonald's
Tel: 086 280 0500
Cuisine: Italian
Price Range: Affordable

Live India Restaurant

Open since 1995, Live India is, at first impression, the heights of unpretentious and even humble sub-continental cuisine but open the menu and you’ll get a huge shock and surprise. On it there are no less than 140 dishes to choose from. With only eight tables, this medium-sized shop-house restaurant is not exactly the Taj Mahal in size but it has had a huge reputation since its opening as being one of the finest Indian outlets around; the place to get the genuine stuff. Read More...

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:30
Location: Lamai Main Street
Remarks: Free Wi-Fi

Napoleon Restaurant

With classical lines, embossed plates and serviettes and paintings of Napoleon on the walls, this restaurant simply oozes La Belle France. Napoleon has space for 35 covers and keeps things personal with a purposely limited menu that changes every two months. Read More...

Opening Hours: 19:00 – 22:00 daily
Location: Lamai Main Street
Tel: +66 (0)85 478 4571

Outback Bar

Aussie-owned and expat-frequented, the Outback Bar is the place to meet locals, to hear their beach yarns, to eat all-day English breakfasts and to sink a few beers in cheery company. Serving up Australian steaks and cuts as well as beer, food here is not exactly haute cuisine but it's hearty, reasonably priced and consumed in friendly surroundings. Occasional live music, internet and good service, all live sports shown.

Opening Hours: 09:00 - late
Location: Down the road from McDonald's on Beach Road
Tel: 084 440 5318
Cuisine: Pub grub
Price Range: Affordable

Sala Thai Restaurant

Sala Thai is a popular restaurant name on Samui but the Sala Thai on Lamai's Main Street is something special. Although the classic decor is attractive in itself, the main reason why people visit Sala Thai again and again is the food. The restaurant serves up delicious, well presented and reasonably priced dishes from its extensive Thai and European menu. They also have an excellent selection of fresh seafood and a large choice of wines to suit all budgets. Sala Thai is also known for its great service, with some of the most attentive and pleasant staff around, no matter how busy the restaurant gets. The Sala Thai signature steak is a must-try as is the steamed sole in lemon sauce with butter rice.

Opening Hours: 14:00 – 24:00
Location: Main Street Lamai near the Shamrock Pub
Tel: 077 233 180
Cuisine: Thai/European/seafood
Price Range: Affordable

Samui Röstiland

Samui Röstiland (also spelled Roestiland) is an extremely popular Swiss/Thai restaurant located in the northern area of Lamai, in Soi Flower Paradise that leads to Silavadee Pool Resort. Open since 1993 and run by a charming Swiss couple - Veronika & Franz Seewer – Röstiland is a neat and clean bamboo & thatch venue that features wooden furnishing and a beautiful sea view. Perfectly integrated in a landscaped garden filled with superb tropical plants, Röstiland cleverly blends genuine Thai traditional style with Swiss taste for getting things right.

As for food, Röstiland serves Thai and Swiss favourites; all dishes are prepared with quality ingredients and served in generous portions. Green chicken curry in the Thai menu and cordon bleu with rösti (fried potatoes Swiss style) are two must-try dishes. Both food and drinks (they also have an excellent wine list) come at very reasonable prices. A pool table is also available for a relaxing after-dinner time.

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00 closed on Sundays
Location: right north of Lamai off Samui Ring Road in Soi Flower Paradise
Remarks: free Wi-Fi access available

Shamrock Irish Pub

Downtown Lamai you’ll find this sizeable Irish pub that has dominated the local night scene since 2005. For sports lovers Shamrock provides four separate satellite feeds on six large-screen TVs and the place is big enough to absorb them all without descending into audio mayhem. Shamrock also has pretty feisty live music five times a week (in high season) on a centrally located stage. And if you’re after a game of pool the pub has genuine slate pool tables. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 02:00
Location: Central Lamai
Remarks: Free Wi-Fi
Tel: 081 597 8572

The Patio

The Patio

Well worth a visit, the Patio is Lamai's fanciest restaurant on the beach. Still reasonably priced by western standards, the food is fantastic and looks as good as it tastes. The Patio's menu is extensive with choices from European, Thai and seafood dishes. The restaurant is famous for its beautiful water features; so many, in fact, that wherever you sit in the large open space you can hear the soft sounds of water cascading. Recommended dishes are the black ink fettuccine with smoked chicken breast, asparagus and bacon in a spicy tomato sauce and the Szechuan duck with sea scallops.

Opening Hours: 18:30 – late
Location: Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort, Main Road, Lamai
Tel: 077 424 030
Cuisine: Italian/Thai
Price Range: Pricey for locals


Tropicana is a genuine Italian restaurant and pizzeria located 50m south of Live India – Indian Restaurant in downtown Lamai. Run by a trio of Italian friends – Diego, Lele and Karl – Tropicana has a spotless contemporary-style wooden décor and furnishing and a trattoria-style ambience. Two large-screen TVs broadcast major sport events (with no sound) and a soft jazz musical background allows a relaxing time while dining.

From antipasto (starter) with bruschetta and Italian delicatessen, to primo (first course) with pasta and lasagna, to secondo (main course) with grilled meat and fish, to formaggi e frutta (cheese and seasonal fruits), to dolce (dessert) with tiramisu and panna cotta, you will find all the standard dishes that made Italian food famous around the world. Tropicana’s Chef uses the freshest local ingredients as well as a great deal of imported ones to deliver succulent Italian food.

Opening Hours: 13:00 – 23:00
Location: Lamai Main Street
Remarks: Free Wi-Fi
Tel: 086-9488710

Will Wait

An offspring from Chaweng's Will Wait restaurants, Lamai's version offers pretty much the same menu. There are freshly baked goodies, Thai and western standards, a good salad choice and the same quasi-backpacker ambience enhanced by TV's showing English-language sports and DVD's of the latest and classic movies.

Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00
Location: Main Street
Tel: 077 424 263
Cuisine: Thai and western food
Price Range: Budget

Nearby Lamai


Beach Republic

An ambitious beachside location, Beach Republic incorporates lazy, poolside dining, chilled-out music, very modern design and pioneering tapas and mains menus. With a good wine list, impressive 'mocktails' and a chic, urbane feel to the place, beachside dining doesn't come much better than this. Try the Republic masaman lamb shank or the raw diced tuna steak and hang around on the huge outdoors sofas till the attractive and enjoy one of the best sea views around. Don't miss the famous Sunday Sessions Ultimate Sunday Brunch Club Buffet!

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00
Location: Beach Republic The Residences - North of Lamai Beach off the Ring Road – look for the signs
Tel: 077 458 100
Cuisine: Modern international cuisine
Price Range: Pricey

Dr Frogs

In spite of the almost comical name, Dr Frogs takes its cuisine very seriously and has won several awards. Modern Italian food is served at this cliff-side, sea-view location. Dishes like spaghetti tom yam seafood, pan-fried Atlantic salmon with a honey soya reduction, and choices of traditional Thai and Italian choices have proven popular with local expats and discerning visitors. With an olive-green décor and sweeping marine vistas, Dr Frogs is a trendy place to be and complements its agreeable atmosphere with DJ's and live music. Free WiFi.

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 02:00
Location: Route 4169 Ring Road between Chaweng Noi and Lamai
Tel: 077 413 797
Cuisine: Modern Italian with a Thai menu
Price Range: Pricey



Reputedly the most beautiful restaurant on Samui, Rocky's subtle lighting arrangements are due to silk hanging lanterns that provide a uniform touch throughout the restaurant. Located just south of the Grandmother and Grandfather rocks, the 60-seater restaurant is open sided and flanks a free-form swimming pool and overlooks a rocky beach in a stunning setting. Rocky's Thai chef has had extensive international experience and the result is a fine choice of Thai and worldwide cuisine. There's plenty of entertainment in the form of a Filipino singer and Thai traditional shows.

Opening Hours: 19:00 – 24:00 kitchen closes at 22:30
Location: Just south of Hin Ta Hin Yai Rocks – look for the sign
Tel: 077 418 367
Cuisine: Fine dining
Price Range: Luxurious

The Cliff

The Cliff's hillside location between Chaweng and Lamai affords it some of the best sea views on the island. Split into separate restaurant and bar areas, this award-winning restaurant serves excellent Mediterranean cuisine. Dishes like Portuguese piri piri chicken, clams in white wine Sauce) and Goan curried prawns come in large hearty portions and are a perfect match for one of the many reasonably priced New World Wines on offer. Musically, there's decent chill out tunes in the bar, with occasional guest DJ's, and more traditional Latino grooves in the restaurant. Overall, a great place to spend a lazy, sunny, afternoon.

Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
Location: Route 4169 between Chaweng Noi and Lamai
Tel: 077 414 266
Cuisine: Upmarket international dining
Price Range: Pricey

Waantacha Restaurant & Bar

Waantacha restaurant is located on a street that leads to Lamai Beach and serves tasty and healthy traditional Thai cuisine at affordable rates. Waantacha puts a lot of positive emotions into each portion and has a friendly atmosphere and is therefore a great place to make new friends. At first glance, it may not look outstanding but you’ll find that you can find good service and delicious food here.

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 - 21:00
Location: Soi Lamai Beach 1
Tel: +66 (0)84 717 0444

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