Dining or lunching at one of the 10 best beachfront restaurants in Samui listed below could be the climax of your holiday in this great destination in south Thailand. As a sought after tropical island, Koh Samui features a great selection of sandy strips along its coastline, so there is a good choices 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, sprinkled throughout with culinary flair and brio. 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 the perfect place to indulge yourself and your loved one with a memorable romantic dinner on the seaside. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
- Tel: +66 (0)77 430 345
Settled amidst coconut trees directly on the secluded beach of Thongkrut fisherman’s village in the south of Samui, Hemingway’s on the Beach is 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: 09:00 – 21:00
- Tel: +66 (0)61 178 5550
Baobab is a picturesque 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: 09:00 – 18:00 daily
- Tel: +66 (0)84 838 3040
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 the perfect place in Lamai if you really want to get a true taste of Thailand. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Tel: +66 (0)77 233 082
Coast is a superb beachfront venue specialising in steak and seafood, located on the grounds of the stylish Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui. Designed and furnished in an elegant and chic Bohemian style associating natural and vivid colours, Coast is a cosy and comfortable beach club and restaurant. Coast’s lunch menu features all the classic dishes of such a venue - from salad to burgers to pasta - while its dinner menu is definitely in keeping with contemporary trends regarding beach dining as it features a great choice of seafood delights such as US scallops, Tasmanian salmon steak, tuna and salmon ceviche (a delicious South America cold lemon soup), and more, as well as meats grilled to perfection on the barbecue.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:00
- Tel: +66 (0)77 230 500 Ext 595
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 is a great sundowner spot, built and furnished in wood, bamboo and thatch, which could figure on a postcard. Its local and simple aspect is nevertheless somehow stylish as it is 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: 11:30 – 22:30
- Tel: +66 (0)89 499 6334 , +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 lying some 12km off Samui’s coast. 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 – and 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: 09:00 – 18:00
- Tel: +66 (0)81 477 4305
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 the perfect place to spend a relaxing dinner on the beach while sampling delicious local specialities. Featuring covered and outdoor areas, The Island View has been pretty well thought-out to render Thainess in style. 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, promoting the warmth and coolness of the tropics. Concerning food, the restaurant specialises in fresh fish and seafood dishes. They also have a list of cocktails served at only 100 baht during the daily happy hour from 17:00 – 18:30.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 - 21:00
- 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 on Samui’s east coast. 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 and with your toes in the sand. Regarding food, Baitong serves a great choice of Thai and western favourites. Happy Hours are available from 12:00 – 14:00, and 17:00 – 19:00.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30 – midnight
- Tel: +66 (0)77 413 483-6
Zenzibar is the perfect place for a laid-back lunch or dinner with your toes in the sand. Located right on Maenam Beach, between Ampha Place Hotel and Sensimar Resort, this unpretentious family-run restaurant serves a great choice of traditional Thai dishes, international delicacies, and seafood fare. Even though the restaurant is facing north, with great views to Koh Phangan lying 12km away, Zenzibar is a reputed sundowner spot renowned for the quality of its cocktails (try out their Mojito!). Relaxed and friendly, Zenzibar would please any vacationer in search of a genuine exotic beachside dining in Koh Samui.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Tel: +66 (0)86 268 8178