Lamai Beach Restaurants & Dining

Where and What to Eat in Lamai Beach

Lamai is a quieter destination than Chaweng, dining wise, yet this popular resort town (the second most frequented beach in Koh Samui) hosts some excellent dining venues and a wide range of culinary delights from all around the world to sample for mostly all types of budgets.

Most of the area's most popular restaurants are located in the centre and are minutes away from each other. In Lamai, you could go for a cheap yet delicious local dining style at a typical Thai food court or enjoy Thai style fresh seafood at a beachfront restaurant, or even sample tasty Indian cuisine – just to name a few; the choice is yours and there’s no doubt that you will find something for your taste in the bustling Lamai dining scene.

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26th Degree Restaurant

26th Degree Restaurant is the signature restaurant of The Kala Samui, a charming boutique resort on Koh Samui’s east coast. Located 1 floor below the hotel’s lobby/reception, the restaurant is perfectly in line with the resort’s stylish décor and tranquil, feel-good holiday atmosphere. 

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  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6 am to 11 pm
  • Location: The Kala Samui, 210/8 Moo 4, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
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Asador BBQ

Asador BBQ is notable for its dramatic pavement-side barbecue grill, along with its impressive display of fresh seafood on ice. Prices are perhaps a little higher than the average; seafood is charged per 100g (for any preparation). Thanks to its location in central Lamai, Asador BBQ is very popular and frequently busy. 

  • Location: 122/37 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)84 688 8981
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Bikini Bar BQ

Bikini Bar BQ is a cool beachfront restaurant in the central part of Lamai Beach. The bar features 3 distinct areas, including an indoor section, a terrace overlooking Lamai Bay, and an area right on the beach for some wining and dining on the sand. 

Bikini Bar BQ sums up the diversification of Koh Samui in the variety of dishes it serves. You’ll find all the classic Thai and seafood favourites, but also original dishes such as Jamaican jerk spareribs, beef burrito, and fish & chips, to name just a few. The quality of the food, cool location and atmosphere of the venue, as well as happy hour (4 pm to 7 pm), help keep Bikini Bar BQ pretty busy every night.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7 am to 11 pm
  • Location: 124/217 Moo 3, Lamai Beach, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)98 670 2217
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Dr Frogs

Despite the almost comical name, Dr Frogs takes its cuisine very seriously and has won several awards. Modern Italian food is served at this cliff-side restaurant. Dishes like spaghetti tom yam seafood and pan-fried Atlantic salmon with honey soy reduction have proven popular with expats and visitors.

The restaurant complements its agreeable atmosphere with DJs and live music. With an olive-green décor and sweeping marine vistas, Dr Frogs is a trendy place to be in Koh Samui. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7 am until late
  • Location: 103 Moo 3, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 448 505
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Bondi Aussie Bar & Grill

Bondi Aussie Bar & Grill is a popular chain restaurant in Thailand. Its Lamai outlet occupies a long, 1-storey building that blends Thai (thatch roof) and contemporary styles (modern furnishing and lighting). 

This is a cool and lively joint at which you can follow premier league football or other live sports on their flat-screen TVs. There's energetic live music performed by a local band on Fridays from 10 pm until late. Bondi Aussie Bar & Grill is diagonally opposite the busy Lamai Central Plaza, where you can find beer bars and an outdoor Thai boxing ring. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from noon to midnight
  • Location: 124/88 Moo 3, Maret, Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)80 519 3931
  • Cuisine: International
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The Butcher

The Butcher is a stylish bistro steakhouse set in an open-sided, 1-storey building in the centre of Lamai. Opened in 2014, it has something of a revisited Chicago-style American restaurant, with dark red brick walls, wooden furnishing, and many black and white photos hanging all around the venue.

The menu is dedicated to carnivores, and the quality of the meat – Australian and American beef, NZ lamb, and Kobe Wagyu beef – is top-notch. Seafood lovers will also enjoy dining at The Butcher as its menu includes lobster, jumbo prawn, and barracuda steak. As in most French-run venues, the wine list harbours a good choice of New and Old World labels.

  • Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 4.30 pm to 11 pm (closed on Sundays)
  • Location: 122/37 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)97 062 2935
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Erik's Swedish Restaurant

Erik's Swedish Restaurant is justifiably popular with the many Scandinavian visitors in Lamai. It has daily specials and suggestions written up on blackboards, plenty of dining space, an open front giving out onto the Main Street and flat-screen TVs for sports. 

Genuine Swedish cuisine in generous portions makes Erik's Swedish Restaurant attractive. This is the place to go when you want a break from English or Asian food in Koh Samui.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30 am to 11 pm
  • Location: Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 895 3220
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Krua Chao Baan

Krua Chao Baan is a large beachside seafood restaurant on Koh Samui’s ring road, just south of Lamai. It has 2 sections: one rustic with roughly hewn wooden furniture and basic seats and the other slightly more elegant with rattan furniture and a little more colour to it. This simple venue is a great place for enjoying traditional Thai dished with idyllic views of the Andaman Sea.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm
  • Location: 438/18 Moo 1, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)87 893 7766
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Lamai Central Plaza

Lamai Central Plaza is, as its name implies, right in the middle of Lamai resort town. It is a 2,000-square-metre plaza hosting a dozen beer bars with a Thai boxing ring in the centre, an extremely popular street food court, and several bars and restaurants on its sides.

Lamai Central Plaza usually gets lively after sunset

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6 pm until late
  • Location: Lamai Central Area, Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 422 671
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Lamai Centre

Lamai Centre is a U-shaped modern plaza hosting a wide range of businesses, including restaurants, massage parlours, tattoo studios,  and clothing and jewellery stores. The central lane of Lamai Centre has lounge-like comfortable sofas, chairs and tables offering a cool people-watching spot, and a pond with Japanese koi fish.

  • Location: Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
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Outback Bar

Outback Bar & Grill is a fun venue on Lamai Beach Road. It's styled like an outback saloon without walls, with lots of bar stools for those looking to unwind and watch the world go by. It also has TVs airing live sports matches throughout the day. 

If you're up for a filling meal, Outback Bar & Grill offers classic steaks, burgers, grilled lamb chops, meat pies, and chicken parmigiana. There's also a good range of Australian and Thai beer on the menu.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8 am to 1 am
  • Location: 124/149, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)92 824 9982
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Shamrock Irish Pub

Shamrock Irish Pub has dominated Lamai's nightlife scene since 2005. It has 2 distinct areas: an outdoor terrace and a typical pub interior. It also offers pretty feisty live music 5 times a week (in high season) on a centrally located stage. The atmosphere is fairly peaceful in the early evening but usually gets a lot Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 5 pm to 2 am
  • Location: 124/144 Moo3, Lamai Beach, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)84 818 1266
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Thai Table

Thai Table in Lamai, established in November 2013, is the second branch to open after Chaweng in 1994. The restaurant is part of a small dining plaza on Lamai Main Street. Featuring a refreshing neat and clean contemporary design, the venue is open-sided and dressed in dark wood. 

A fish display counter on the front side of the restaurant presents the catch of the day, ready to be prepared according to customers’ taste. Thai Table is quite cosmopolitan as dishes on offer range from Thai, Chinese and BBQ to German and Italian. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from noon to midnight
  • Location: 308/124 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)98 256 8007
  • Price Range: Affordable
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The Patio

The Patio is one of Lamai's fanciest beachfront restaurants. Across its large open space are many beautiful water features, resulting in a relaxing dining ambience. 

The Patio's reasonably priced menu includes European, Thai and seafood dishes, all of which are fantastic and look as good as they taste. Recommended dishes include the black ink fettuccine with smoked chicken breast, asparagus and bacon in a spicy tomato sauce, and the Szechuan duck with sea scallops.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Location: 124/24 Moo 3, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 424 030
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Tropicana is a genuine Italian restaurant and pizzeria in central Lamai. Run by a trio of Italian friends – Diego, Lele and Karl – it has a spotless contemporary-style wooden décor and furnishing, along with a trattoria-style ambience. Two large-screen TVs broadcast major sports events (with no sound) and a soft jazz musical background allows a relaxing time while dining.

You will find all the standard dishes that made Italian food famous around the world, including bruschetta, pasta, grilled meat, tiramisu and panna cotta. Tropicana’s chef uses the freshest local ingredients and many imported ones to deliver succulent dishes.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 1 pm to 11 pm
  • Location: 124/62 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)86 948 8710
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Will Wait

Will Wait at Lamai is an offspring of Chaweng's restaurant and bakery. It serves freshly baked goodies, Thai and western dishes, and fresh salads. The restaurant's quasi-backpacker ambience is enhanced by TVs showing English-language sports and movies.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7.30 am to 10.30 pm
  • Location: 108/54-55 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 424 263
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The Cliff Bar & Grill

The Cliff Bar & Grill's hillside location between Chaweng and Lamai affords it some of the best sea views on Koh Samui. The award-winning restaurant has separate restaurant and bar areas, as well as an open-air terrace overlooking Silver Bay to the south.

It serves excellent Mediterranean cuisine under the supervision of the experienced Italian Chef Sergio Martelli, who has worked in many top restaurants around the world before settling in Koh Samui. Dishes like gambas al pil pil (Portuguese piri piri prawns), cozze al vino bianco (NZ mussels in creamy white wine sauce) and Thai salsa chicken breast come in large hearty portions. Pair your meal with one of many reasonably priced New World wines on offer. Visit in the late afternoon to unwind with tapas and a cocktail while listening to laidback Latino tunes at the bar.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from noon to 1 am
  • Location: 124/2 Moo 4, Route 4169, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 448 508
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