Chaweng’s dining scene is on par with the popularity of this northeastern Samui Island resort town: with an eclectic choice of dozens of venues serving cuisines from all around the world at prices ranging from – according to European standards – ridiculously cheap to extravagant, there’s obviously enough choice to satisfy the choosiest customer.
Our Top 10 Restaurants in Chaweng’s list has been made accordingly to this state of affairs: you will find here places renowned for the quality of their food, décor, atmosphere, service and prices. Some of the restaurants featured below do not gather all of these topics but they share at least a will to offer their customers a memorable experience.
Located in Anantara Lawana in north Chaweng, Tree Tops is one of Samui’s most accomplished restaurants and is definitely the place to head to if you are a fine-dining buff. With only eight tables in the restaurant and each table an individual ‘tree house’ the experience here is unique.
It is worth mentioning that you won’t stand much of a chance to dine here without a reservation because of its popularity and the smallness of the establishment and the earlier you reserve, the wider the choice of tables. Tree Tops’ menu is well adequate and offers choices of red meats (with a clever choice of steak knives), seafood and Thai cuisine – all up to top standards. Diners can also try the set menus which also come with wine pairings. Expect to pay top dollar at Tree Tops. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – kitchen closes at 23:00
- Location: In Anantara Lawana Resort, north Chaweng
- Tel: 077-960333
Named after Milan’s cathedral, Duomo is located diagonally opposite Starz Cabaret in central Chaweng down a small soi that leads to several guesthouses. With typically Italian white tablecloths and sparkling-clean wine glasses, the restaurant wouldn’t look out of place downtown Milan. The venue is cozy, the atmosphere relaxed and family-friendly, and the owner ensures that all things go smoothly, while the staff members have a good level of spoken English.
Duomo is a favourite among Italian expatriates here and has high ratings, largely because its menu (Italian and English language) is dotted with regional peculiarities, and above all because the quality of the dishes served here– whether be pasta, pizza, or else – is simply outstanding. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:30 closed Wednesday
- Location: Diagonally opposite Starz Cabaret
- Tel: 077-414 258
Khaw Glong Thai Restaurant
Khaw Glong Thai Restaurant is one of the most popular venues for sampling genuine Thai cuisine in Chaweng. At this extremely popular restaurant, diners can feast on freshly-cooked traditional dishes, prepared with fresh ingredients and 100% MSG-free. Designed in contemporary Thai style and featuring a pleasant and friendly atmosphere, Khaw Glong is located in a small alley off Chaweng Beach Road, behind the Kasikorn Bank next to Iyara Beach Hotel & Plaza.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 22:00 closed on Sundays
- Location: in a small alley off Chaweng Beach Road, behind the Kasikorn Bank next to Iyara Beach Hotel & Plaza
- Tel: 092-4474837
Coast is a superb beachfront venue specialising in steak and seafood, located on the grounds of the stylish Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui in Chaweng - the prime holiday destination in Koh 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 phase 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. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:00
- Tel: 077 230 500 Ext 595
The Larder describes itself as a ‘gastro-pub’, the equivalent of what would be called a bistro in Paris: a mix of comfort food and classics revived and reinvigorated by a talented Chef – Martin Selby –who uses modern cooking methods with the best ingredients available. The Larder is a two-headed culinary monster as Martin’s partner - Damian Ahern – is a food & beverage aficionado who brings his long experience to make The Larder a ‘gourmet rendezvous’ in Samui.
Modern British & European cuisine with international influences is the style of cuisine served at The Larder. Set in an unpretentious contemporary style wooden décor, the atmosphere here is warm and welcoming; the main focus is the palatable satisfaction of the diners, and according to the Chef’s talent, there’s no way that anyone could be unsatisfied with The Ladder’s cuisine. Please note that reservations are recommended as the restaurant is fully booked most of the time. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 12:00 – 23:00
- Location: opposite Anantara Lawana Resort at the top of the Chaweng Beach Rd.
- Tel: 077-601259
Phensiri Thai Bistro
Phensiri Thai Bistro is a trendy yet unpretentious family-run business serving a great choice of Thai cuisine classics such as pad thai gai (fried noodles with chicken), tom yum (spicy soup), massaman beef curry, and more. Located in the southern part of Chaweng, a very short distance from The New Villa, Phensiri Thai Bistro is a modestly-sized contemporary-style restaurant, featuring indoor and outdoor (under a pergola) dining sections. Reasonably priced, Phensiri also hosts Thai cooking classes.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11:50 - 22:30
- Location: South Chaweng
- Tel: +66 (0)77 952 412
Red is theme colour at Red Snapper with red seat covers and napkins and red birds of paradise flowers. This Chaweng restaurant thinks big in terms of hiring international chefs and has a wide ranging and innovative menu. Its modern décor includes abstract art on the walls, a live music lounge and bar, and an outside terrace hemmed in by teakwood railway sleepers with plenty of plants to keep things green.
Essentially a Mediterranean-influenced restaurant, you can enjoy dishes such as roasted duck breast with red wine sauce and polenta, roasted snow fish fillet in chorizo oil, a whole range of healthy salads and dessert treats such as poached pear ‘Belle Helene’. You’ll find live jazz here every night except Sundays and a sophisticated atmosphere that is very unlike the more laid-back, average Samui dining choice. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 (kitchen closes at 10:30)
- Location: Next to the Chaweng Regent Beach Resort on Chaweng Beach Road
- Tel: 077-422008
The drive up to this hillside resort restaurant may be hair raising (especially the last few metres) but it’s worth it for some of the best views on the island. The northerly views from Jungle Club are of Lamai, Chaweng, Bang Rak and the airport and, at midday on a sunny day, are quite simply unbeatable. Jungle Club has 17 bungalows, ranging from basic to four-star standard and its restaurant, built out of completely natural products, has bamboo sofas with colourful cushions and several different types of chair and table arrangements. The multilevel restaurant has several dining spaces, and you can choose from a wooden deck with Thai cushions to individual thatch-and-bamboo ‘salas’ to the actual restaurant area itself with its jazzy and spacey music and smiling staff.
Food-wise, Jungle Club isn’t going to win Michelin stars but its menu is made up of basic stuff that sticks to the straight and narrow, albeit in a ‘Frenchified’ way. Baguettes, salads, steak and chips and a selection of wines form the backbone of the menu and if you fancy going Thai then there is a selection of curries and other dishes to choose from. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
- Location: Take the clearly marked route up the hill just south of Chaweng on the ring road
- Tel: 081-8942327 or 081-8918263
Stacked is the signature restaurant of OZO Chaweng Samui, a trendy resort set right on the central part of Chaweng Beach. This American restaurant is located at the entrance of the resort on Chaweng Beach Road and features an outdoor terrace overlooking the hustle and bustle of the road, and an indoor dining area decorated in a classy modern style inspired by the American Surf culture. Stacked is a great representation of American style fine-dining. Guests can enjoy Happy Hour everyday from 11:00 – 12:00 and from 17:00 – 19:00: 50% discount on local beers, spirits and selected cocktails. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 01:30
- Location: on Chaweng Beach Road between Beachcomber Hotel and Buri Rasa Village
- Tel: 077 915 222
Gringos Cantina has been on the island longer than the surf and was Samui’s first ever Mexican restaurant, or, to be more accurate, Tex Mex restaurant. There’s a fairly laid-back and fun atmosphere here, largely because the Canadian owner is an extremely friendly guy. Here, you can enjoy Mexican lasagna, enchiladas, burritos, chimichangas, fajitas, and Texan specialities such as spicy Santa Fe pork ribs and beef stew. Vegetarians are well taken care of and the barbecue selection features both local and imported meats. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 22:30
- Location: Behind the Islander Bar in central Chaweng
- Tel: 077 413 267