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: 18:00 – 00:00 closed on Mondays
- Location: Soi 1 Mae Nam – the Soi is off Samui Ring Road, on the left (when heading West) 100m before Mae Nam Police Booth; there’s a Family Mart at the intersection.
- Tel: 085 783 1031
Located on the street where the weekly Walking Street is held, Mathis Café may be a newcomer to this area’s dining scene, but it has fast become one of the most popular restaurants in Maenam. Featuring a splendid and colourful décor inspired by contemporary artists, Mathis Café serves a succulent choice of dishes from all around the world, with a lot of influences from French cuisine. Thai cuisine is also well represented on the menu, which hosts some of the most popular dishes available in this flavoursome cuisine.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: On the main street leading to Maenam Beach
- Tel: +66 (0)86 266 5313, +66 (0)87 693 1284
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: 12:00 – 22:30
- Location: Off Samui Ring Road opposite Samui Lapidary – well signposted
- Tel: 077 447 222 or 077 247 979
Kobori Japanese Restaurant is considered by many to be the best Japanese restaurant in Koh Samui. Kobori is named after its Chef Koji O Kobori, and set in a two-storey modern building located along Maenam Walking Street (halfway between Samui Ring Road and the sea). Featuring a sober Japanese contemporary style décor, the restaurant serves an excellent choice of delicious sushi (California roll six pieces at 180 baht), sashimi (salmon sashimi six pieces at 280 baht), teppanyaki (Japanese Mackerel "SABA" Teriyaki steak at 240 baht), and more. Kobori Japanese Restaurant is also famous for the excellent choice of Sake it has.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 - 22:30
- Location: in the central area of Maenam Walking Street
- Tel: 083 174 6530
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: 07:30 – 16:00
- Location: Diagonally opposite to the police station on Ring Road
- Tel: 077 427 396
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: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: Right on the beach, 600m East of Maenam Walking Street
- Tel: 086 268 8178
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: 07:30 – 17:00 closed on Sundays
- Location: Walking Street Maenam
- Tel: 081 584 4887
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: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: Off Samui Ring Road in the Wat Napralarn Soi leading to Lompraya Pier
- Tel: 077 247 694 or 089 972 9369
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: 16:00 – 23:00
- Location: Off Samui Ring Road close to the T-junction which leads to the public beach near Palm Point Village
Whilst the view from outside Arun@Samui may not be much to look at, this is one of the most famous venues in Maenam to sample genuine Thai cuisine. Run by Sue, a friendly and talkative Thai woman who spent many years in Sidney where her restaurant won the 1991 ‘Bent Fork’ award, Arun@Samui is set in a tiny shop-house featuring a simple dining room which is also used as a kitchen for the Thai cooking courses held here every Tuesday and Thursday. Food here is of top notch quality and comes at very reasonable prices. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00 closed Wednesdays
- Location: Next to the K. Bank ATM on Maenam’s ring road
- Tel: 077 921 566