Bophut’s dining scene is as eclectic as possible. This popular resort town located in the north of Samui has a bohemian touch blending traditional and contemporary styled venues that make it a unique place on the world-famous tropical island, with the iconic Fisherman’s Village at the forefront. But if seafood is not your thing, never fear because, as in most touristic destinations, all types of cuisine can be found here: Thai (obviously), Italian, French, and more.
Our Top 7 Restaurants in Bophut’s list presents the best and most original eating houses available in and around Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village; places at which punters could enjoy great food, good service, beautiful settings, and a leisurely atmosphere.
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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 find a table. The only choice on the menu is a specially prepared four-course meal by Chef François Porté-Garcia, featuring a starter, a seafood second course, a meat or poultry main course and a special dessert. Exactly what each course is changes from one day to the next but can incorporate your own special preferences. Mostly consisting of first-class French cuisine, this fantastic feast of fine dining costs less than 2,000 baht. 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
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
H Bistro is a classy, trendy, and much sought after restaurant in Bophut. Situated facing the seafront, H Bistro is the flagship restaurant of Hansar Samui Resort; diners can enjoy views of Koh Phangan from the wooden decked terrace and it is an idyllic place for sundowners and cocktails - and indeed people watching.
French-Mediterranean themed food is the main thrust here but vegetarians are also well catered for and the chef is happy to create ‘original’ dishes for diners who have special needs. Thai cuisine is also well represented – you must try the tom yam goong – but the staple of the menu is Mediterranean flavours and textures and the wine list fully reflects this choice of direction. 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
Signature restaurant of Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa, Zazen is an award-winning venue that 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 subsequently the French chef spares no effort in his quest for perfection, even growing his own herbs.
Many of the best Samui hotels recommend this award-winning restaurant to their guests and several international publications have mentioned it in their dining sections. Over dinner try the Canadian lobster with saffron fettuccine and bisque sauce or at lunchtime sample the light menu of salads or a club sandwich. Total private dining is possible here by booking ahead. Enjoy an evening in a private sala with the chef personally rustling up some gastronomic delights. 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
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 carte international menu harbours a great choice of local flavours, including delectable seafood dishes.
The restaurant’s highlights are seared Ahi tuna loin with crushed black pepper, sundried tomatoes and wild rocket leaves; pan-fried barramundi steak on butter sautéed baby leek, fine spring onion and sugar peas; and Tajima Wagyu tenderloin char-grilled with sautéed vegetables and tender greens. Blending European, Thai and Japanese influences, Full Moon’s cuisine is indeed original. 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
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
- Tel: +66 (0)81 978 1945
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