This is your guide to finding all the best restaurants in Maenam in Koh Samui. This area occupies the north and northwestern side of the island and is far less developed than Samui's prime resort towns of Chaweng, Lamai, and neighbouring Bophut. However, Maenam does still host a great choice of excellent restaurants covering wide array of Thai and international flavours.
From fusion, to genuine Thai, French, Japanese and Mediterranean, almost all types of cuisines can be sampled along Maenam Beach and Beach Road; whether you are looking for hi-end fine-dining or laid-back beachfront dining, there’s surely a venue for your taste in our Top 10 Restaurants in Maenam below. Bon appétit!
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The Boudoir is a chic and cosy restaurant located in a small lane off Samui’s Ring Road in Maenam. Run by a charming French couple – Magali and Patrice – The Boudoir is one of the favourite restaurants in Samui due to its superb Middle Eastern settings featuring loads of vividly coloured cushions and sofas offering a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere (there’s even a hookah lounge); and above all for its excellent Provençal French cuisine featuring dishes such as foie gras salad, goat cheese and honey salad, duck with figs and Cognac, and tuna tartar with avocado to name just a few. The ambience and elegance of the venue makes it the perfect place for a romantic dinner. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Saturday from 7pm to 11.45pm, Sunday from 7pm to 11pm (closed on Mondays)
- Location: 32/2 Moo 1, Mae Nam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)85 783 1031
Farmer Restaurant is an original venue blending a modern settings with a rural theme. Built of buffed-concrete in the centre of a rather large area covered with rice paddies (five different types of rice are grown here for the restaurant), ponds, and aromatic herbs parcels, Farmer Restaurant features an outdoor bar and terrace with swimming pool, and a comfortable indoor dining-room offering outstanding views to the mountainous central Samui area. Regarding food, Farmer Restaurant serves genuine Thai, fusion international cuisine with Italian influences prepared with the freshest ingredients by a talented local Chef. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm tp 10.30pm
- Location: 1/26 Moo 4, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 447 222
Lai Thai Restaurant
Located in Belmond Napasai Resort, 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.
- Location: 65/10 Baan Tai, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 429 200
Angela's Diner is a long-established venue located along Samui Ring Road in Maenam. Named after its charming owner – Angela Birchall – the restaurant is decorated in a style reminding of a standard roadside American restaurant with a certain classy touch; themed in red and featuring comfortable booths, heteroclite objects hanged all around the place, humorous advertising signs, and al fresco dining area under a pergola, Angela’s Diner is quirky and cool. As for the food, Angela’s – which used to be a bakery – serves a great choice of western favourites such as fresh pies, salads, sandwiches, cold cuts and more - all at affordable prices. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 10pm
- Location: 64/29 Moo 1, Mae Nam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 427 396
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 other beach-eats found all over southern Thailand and offers a laid-back atmosphere as well as an excellent spot to watch the sun set. 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: Daily from 12pm to 10pm
- Location: 18/33 Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)62 315 2324
About Café is a small and cool venue located on Maenam Walking Street. Featuring a nice vintage décor like a hippie-chic bar with an indoor beach-vibe (there are tables with umbrellas inside the dining room), postcards and cute souvenirs for sale on display all around the place, About Café is indeed a cosy and unpretentious venue. Opened only during the day, it is just the right place to drink a coffee (11 different types of coffee are available here), refresh yourself with a fruit shake, sample their homemade yoghourt or enjoy a hearty breakfast or light lunch. You also could check your mail or surf the internet at About Café as free Wi-Fi is available for customers. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 7.30am to 4pm, closed on Sundays
- Location: 160/1 Moo1, Baan Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 938 167
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: Monday–Saturday from 1pm to 11.30pm, closed on Sundays
- Location: 26 Moo 4, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 247 694
Pancake Man is a borderline legendary venue in Koh Samui. Khun Lek ‘Pancake Man’ has been established for years in Maenam (since 1999) along Samui Ring Road and has slowly become famous for the quality of his 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 went back to make only sweet pancakes which proved more popular. His ‘pancake bar’ is permanently installed and features a few plastic tables and chairs for guests to enjoy their snack.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 4pm to 11pm
- Location: Route 4169, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)80 690 6816