Koh Samui Restaurants

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  • Maenam Restaurants and Dining

    Where and What to Eat in Maenam Beach

    It's easy to think of Maenam as a simple place to drive through on the way to Chaweng or perhaps Nathon, but there are a few world-class restaurants in and around the resorts that line the beach as well as in the village by the pier.

    The types of cuisine available in Maenam are in line with the most famous resort towns in Koh Samui: Maenam’s dining scene counts a long-established bakery, a decent chippie (fish & chip shop), an excellent Japanese restaurant, several Thai restaurants catering to the needs of local expats and visitors to the island, a renowned pancake stall, and a great choice of international cuisine venues.

Restaurants in Maenam

This is a cute little café on Mae Nam’s Walking Street near the beach where the pier used to be. Every Thursday night the colourful and interesting Night Bazaar takes place here but otherwise it is a peaceful, almost sleepy location. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07:30 – 18:00
  • Location: Walking Street Mae Nam

A longstanding Mae Nam institution, Angela’s Diner used to be known as Angela’s Bakery and it sits on the island’s main ring road at the entry of Mae Nam if coming from Bophut. This appealing diner serves all-day breakfasts, fresh pies, salads, sausage rolls, chilli con carne, sandwiches, cold cuts and a whole lot more, including good desserts. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07:30 – 16:00
  • Location: Diagonally opposit to the police station on Ring Road
  • Tel: 077 427 396

Arun@Samui is not only an award-winning Thai restaurant (albeit a quirky one) but is also a cooking school. Sue, the owner, used to live in Sydney, where her restaurant won the 1991 ‘Bent Fork’ award and has since moved back to Samui. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00 closed Wednesdays
  • Location: Next to the K. Bank ATM on Mae Nam’s ring road
  • Tel: 077 921 566

Caffé e Cucina da Angelo

A terraced restaurant, there's a good selection of the usual Italian fare available here and the whole effect is unpretentious and the sort of place to relax and have a family meal in. Fan-cooled interior, internet, good, tasteful background music, you really should try the 'checco' pizza.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00
  • Location: Opposite Santiburi Resort & Spa on the Ring Road
  • Tel: 077 332 126
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: Affordable

Farmer is one of Samui’s most unusual restaurants. In a bucolic setting, surrounded by rice paddies (accessed by the restaurant to reap five different kinds of rice) and even a family of geese, the large dining areas are somewhat sparse with buffed concrete interiors. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 22:30
  • Location: Off main ring road at Mae Nam – well signposted
  • Remarks: The restaurant runs a free shuttle service

John's Garden Restaurant & Bar

John's Garden Restaurant & Bar is a stylish restaurant set in the superbly landscaped garden of a traditional Thai house located off Samui Ring Road in the Wat Napralarn Soi leading to Lompraya Pier. John’s Garden offers a choice between al fresco dining under the stars or under a wooden sala, all the elements of décor are genuinely Thai, and the garden hosts tropical plants and flowers, as well as fountains that gives the venue a very pleasant relaxing and romantic atmosphere in the evening.

Concerning the cuisine, John’s Garden has all the Thai food favourites available with some specialities such as masaman chicken and spicy glass noodles salad with seafood; if western food is your thing, the restaurant also has a great choice of international dishes including steaks and pasta. Prices are reasonable and John is a great host who will do his best to offer you a memorable dinner in his garden.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Off Samui Ring Road in the Wat Napralarn Soi leading to Lompraya Pier
  • Tel: 077 247 694 or 089 972 9369

Kobori Japanese Restaurant

Kobori Japanese Restaurant is considered by many the best Japanese restaurant in Koh Samui. Kobori is named after its Chef Koji O Kobori, and set in a two-storey modern building located along Maenam Walking Street (halfway between Samui Ring Road and the sea). Featuring a sober Japanese contemporary style décor, the restaurant serves an excellent choice of delicious sushi (California roll six pieces at 180 baht), sashimi (salmon sashimi six pieces at 280 baht), teppanyaki (Japanese Mackerel "SABA" Teriyaki steak at 240 baht), and more. Kobori Japanese Restaurant is also famous for the excellent choice of Sake it has.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 - 22:30
  • Location: in the central area of Maenam Walking Street
  • Tel: 083 174 6530

Meaning ‘simple’ or ‘straightforward’ La Bonne Franquette lives up to its name. Located on Mae Nam’s walking street near the traffic lights, La Bonne Franquette has an excellent reputation amongst Samui’s Francophone community for unpretentious and unassuming food. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 17:00 – 22:30, closed Friday
  • Location: Walking Street Mae Nam
  • Tel: 084 182 5819

Lai Thai Restaurant

The Lai Thai Restaurant serves Thai and international cuisine in a relaxing environment with high ceilings and stone-tiled flooring. The restaurant boasts large windows from floor to ceilings to allow 180 degree views across the resort and the ocean beyond. The split-level seating provides yet more choice for where to eat and what to view.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 14:00 & 19:00 - 22:30
  • Location: Napasai Resort, Route 4169, Maenam
  • Cuisine: Thai/International
  • Price Range: Pricey

Pancake Man

Pancake Man is almost a legendary venue in Koh Samui. Khun Lek ‘Pancake Man’ has been established for years in Maenam (since 1999) along Samui Ring Road and became famous for the quality of its pancakes. Banana, chocolate, caramel, Nutella, and other flavours are available to give Mr Lek’s pancakes an incomparable flavour; after experiencing salted pancakes with stuffed meat, Pancake Man got back to make only sweet pancakes which are more popular. His ‘pancake bar’ is permanently installed and features a few plastic tables and chairs for guests to enjoy their snack.

  • Opening Hours: 16:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Off Samui Ring Road close to the T-junction which leads to the public beach near Palm Point Village

Roma Italian Restaurant

Bringing a touch of the Riviera to Samui, Roma at Paradise Beach Resort makes the most of its tranquil beachside setting. The modern leaning menu includes treats such as Crema di Zucca ai Pistacchi e Aceto ai Lamponi (Pumpkin cream soup with pistachios and perfumed with raspberry vinegar), Filetto di Branzino ai Funghi Porcini (Grilled fillet of sea bass topped with boletus mushrooms, white wine sauce and a selection of Italian herbs) and Involtini alla Romana con Polenta al Profumo di Tartufo (Veal Roulade with Parma ham and basil served with truffle perfumed polenta and vegetables) as well as more classic fare.  A fine Italian wine list provides a perfect match for the food.

  • Opening Hours: 18:00 - 23:00
  • Location: Paradise Beach Resort, Maenam
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: Pricey

Sala Thai

Located at Santiburi Dusit Resort, Sala Thai is set in a lush tropical garden.  The restaurant serves the finest Royal Thai cuisine, which authentically tones down the heat and incorporates delicate European flavours. Dishes such as Fuk thong geng kati (Pumpkin with coconut curry) and Geang som malakor kab pla insee (rich orange curry of green papaya and king fish) are difficult to find elsewhere and are well worth sampling here. Immaculate service and presentation, low-key lighting and Thai music all add to the experience.

  • Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Santiburi Resort
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Price Range: Pricey

Sitting right on the beach in the shade of a palm tree, sipping fresh and iced coconut juice, may seem like a cliché but some people simply cannot get enough of it. If you’re partial to this tropical cliché then head down to Sea One right on Mae Nam Beach near the walking street. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: On the beach at Mae Nam. Take a left at the end of the walking street

Seaview Restaurant

This restaurant gets busy before tour boats leave for neighbouring islands and occasionally in the evenings. Not exactly the ritziest place on the island, it does, however, live up to its name and you can almost reach out and touch Koh Phangan from the breezy terrace. Fresh seafood is the order of the day, every day here.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00 and later
  • Location: Maenam Village next to the pier
  • Tel: 077 425 206
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Price Range: Affordable

The Boudoir

Swirling silks, scintillating satins, reams of textiles and the sort of place a Pasha would feel right at home in sprawled among the cushions, The Boudoir is dining opulence. Run by Isa and Stephane from Montpellier, the restaurant manages to balance a French café style with Middle Eastern exoticism. Essentially French cooking, there's a good selection of cheeses, meats, foie gras and even escargots – and a good and cheap house wine.

  • Opening Hours: 18:00 – late. Closed Monday
  • Location: Ring Road near Maenam Post Office
  • Tel: 085 783 1031
  • Cuisine: French
  • Price Range: Affordable

The Corner

Serving English and German breakfasts in an attractive setting, The Corner offers snacks and sandwiches in an ideal people-watching spot.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Maenam Village by the pier
  • Cuisine: Snacks, coffee shop
  • Price Range: Affordable

The Lazy Coconut

Run by a troika of friends, The Lazy Coconut is pretty much the only happening pub in Maenam. It's a fairly large place with outside and inside seating, a pool table, darts board and sports on TV. Featuring all-day breakfasts, an unpretentious menu and lots of beer, nothing is over complicated at the Lazy Coconut – perhaps that's how it got its name.  With the occasional live band, DJ's and regular barbecues there'll likely be something happening the night you visit.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 01:00
  • Location: On Ring Road opposite Siam City Bank
  • Tel: 084 689 0128, 089 651 8414
  • Price Range: Affordable

Zenzibar Beach Bar

Zenzibar Beach Bar is a cool beachfront restaurant located 600m East of Maenam Walking Street featuring a small open-sided indoor dining area and an outdoor terrace allowing dining with the toes in the sand. Zenzibar Beach Bar décor and furnishing is similar to the trillion beach-eats found all around Thailand coasts and offer a laid-back atmosphere as well as an excellent sundowner spot. Regarding food, Zenzibar serves Thai and international delicacies at affordable prices. As many small businesses in Thailand, Zenzibar Beach Bar is a family-run affair; Yuth - the owner – is a competent and friendly manager who has a long experience in the tourism industry.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Right on the beach, 600m East of Maenam Walking Street
  • Tel: 086 268 8178
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