Dining or lunching at one of the best beachfront restaurants in Koh Samui is always a memorable experience. As a wonderful tropical island, Koh Samui features a great selection of sandy strips along its coastline, so there’s a good choice of restaurants at which you can indulge yourself on succulent food with your toes in the sand.
All that these restaurants have in common is their proximity with the sea. Food-wise, you could feast both on Thai and international favourites at most of them. Check out our selection of the most popular seaside dining venues in Koh Samui – you certainly won’t regret it.
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Zazen is an award-winning restaurant located right on the beach, toward the western end of Bophut. It serves traditional Thai regional dishes with fine-dining touches and culinary flair sprinkled throughout. The extent of the care put into each dish is reflected in the high cost of dining here and the French chef spares no effort in his quest for perfection, even growing his own herbs. Part of the Zazen Boutique Resort, Zazen is a great place to indulge yourself and your loved one with a memorable romantic dinner by the seaside. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6.30 am to 10.30 pm
- Location: Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa, 177, Moo 1, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 425 085
Hemingway’s on the Beach is settled amid coconut trees directly on the secluded beach of Thongkrut fisherman’s village, in the south of Samui. It’s an extremely popular beachfront restaurant. Chef Jaa’s home-cooking style has won the hearts (and the stomachs) of her guests with her genuine traditional Thai cuisine, prepared with the freshest ingredients and with the unpretentious convivial atmosphere of her restaurant. Hemingway’s on the Beach features simple settings, great views to Tean and Mat Sum islands, and serves top-notch homemade Thai dishes – what more could you want for a wonderful evening off the beaten track in Samui? Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm (closed on Sundays)
- Location: 79/1 Moo 5, Road 4170, Baan Thong Krut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)61 178 5550
Baobab is a quaint beach restaurant located just south of Ammatara Pura Pool Villas on Lamai Beach. Featuring a beach club atmosphere, rustic yet comfortable setting, friendly staff, and a thick menu hosting a great choice of delicious Thai, French and western dishes, Baobab is decidedly the right place to spend a relaxing day on Lamai Beach. Run by a Franco-Thai couple, Baobab leaves no place to wonder why it became one of the most popular beachfront venues in Lamai.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30 am to 6 pm
- Location: 127/64 Moo 3, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)89 281 8598
Sabienglae Restaurant in Lamai Beach is an outstanding local Thai restaurant. It serves first-class cuisine in an easy-going setting right by the beach, with remarkably low prices given the quality. The restaurant is found between the main ring road around Koh Samui (Route 4169) and the beach, just south of the renowned Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks. The fact that Sabienglae is very popular with local Thais is a good sign, making it a great place in Lamai if you really want to get a true taste of Thailand. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm
- Location: 438/82 Moo 1, Tawirat Phakdi Road, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 332 651
The Virgin Coast Restaurant
Found in idyllic tropical settings on Taling Ngam beachfront, The Virgin Coast Restaurant is a very pleasant dining venue. Surrounded by coconut trees and facing the west, it’s a great sundowner spot, built and furnished in wood, bamboo and thatch to provide a picture-postcard setting. Its local and simple aspect is nevertheless somehow stylish as it’s pretty well realised. The atmosphere of The Virgin Coast Restaurant is extremely agreeable and soothing. Regarding food, the restaurant’s chef juggles with Thai and western influences to serve top-notch fusion cuisine as well as more traditional local and international dishes, including seafood.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm
- Location: 166/9 Moo 1, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 270 689
Located in the central part of Bang Po, in the north of Samui, Som is a simple local restaurant set directly on the beach, offering splendid views to Koh Phangan. This family-run business serves a good choice of traditional Thai and international dishes, as well as the catch of the day as a daily special.
The restaurant’s look is pretty basic – it’s essentially just a wooden seaside shack – but the atmosphere is serene and friendly thanks to the management and staff, who do their best to put guests at ease. With fair-priced food and drinks, down-to-earth ambiance, and beautiful settings, Som is definitely a recommendable venue.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm
- Location: 44 Moo 6, Bang Por Beach, Mae Nam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)81 477 4305
The Island View Restaurant
The Island View Restaurant is a beachfront venue located in Taling Ngam, on the west coast of Samui Island, a stroll away from Olanda Samui Resort. This great sundowner spot is a great place to have a relaxing dinner on the beach while sampling delicious local specialities.
Mostly made of bamboo and thatch, and surrounded by coconut trees, this simple, neat and clean restaurant has all the assets of a postcard cliché. Concerning food, the restaurant specialises in fresh fish and seafood dishes. They also have a list of cocktails served at discount prices during the daily happy hour from 5 pm to 6.30pm.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm
- Location: 348 Moo 3, Nara-Taling-Ngam Rd, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)93 575 8209
Baitong is the signature restaurant of Banana Fan Sea Samui, a stylish yet affordable resort located right on the beach in the central area of Chaweng. Featuring a rather large, open-sided dining room right next to the swimming pool and offering a dozen tables set on the white sand of Chaweng Beach, Baitong is a great place for a tropical dinner under the stars, with your toes in the sand. Regarding food, Baitong serves a great choice of Thai and western favourites. Happy Hours are available from noon to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 7 pm.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 7 am to 10.30 pm
- Location: 201 Chaweng Beach Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 413 483
Zenzibar Beach Bar
Zenzibar Beach Bar is a cool restaurant set right on Maenam Beach, between Ampha Place Hotel and Sensimar Resort, in the north of Samui Island. A great place for a laid-back lunch or dinner with your toes in the sand, this unpretentious family-run restaurant serves a great choice of traditional Thai dishes, international delicacies, and seafood.
Even though the restaurant is north-facing, with great views of Koh Phangan 12km away, Zenzibar is a well-known sundowner spot renowned for the quality of its cocktails. Relaxed and friendly, Zenzibar would please any vacationer in search of exotic beachside dining in Koh Samui.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12 pm to 10 pm
- Location: 18/33 Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)62 315 2324