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 is the signature restaurant of The Kala Samui, a charming boutique resort located between Chaweng and Lamai Beaches on Koh Samui’s east coast. This chic resort blends contemporary style with some French- Cambodian colonial antiques, giving it a post-modern heritage touch. Built on a hillside overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, The Kala offers Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 11pm
  • Location: The Kala Samui, 210/8 Moo 4, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 448 515
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Asador BBQ & Seafood

Located in the heart of the town, Asador 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), with lobster topping the list at 220 baht and red or white snapper at the bottom for 50 baht. In spite of that, the quite spacious restaurant is very popular and is frequently busy.

  • Opening Hours: Dinner
  • Location: 122/37 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)84 688 8981
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Baobab Samui

Baobab Samui is a tropical dream restaurant come true. Set right on the southern part of Lamai Beach, next to Ammatara Pura Pool Villas, Baobab is as much a beach club as a restaurant as a dedicated team is in charge of serving customers lying on the sun loungers installed on the beach. Featuring an unpretentious Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30am to 6pm
  • Location: 127/64 Moo 3, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)84 838 3040
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Bikini Bar BQ

Bikini Bar BQ is a cool beachfront bar and restaurant located in the central part of Lamai Beach in front Summer Inn Hotel. The bar features three 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. “If our seafood was any fresher, it would swim” says a large signboard on the front of the restaurant which, considering it’s just been plucked from the ocean, is probably true.

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 chicken (melts in your mouth says its description, 200 baht for half-chicken), beef burrito (180 baht), fish & chips (250 baht) and their speciality: Jamaican jerk spareribs (one kilo for 550 baht), to name just a few. The quality of the food, the cool location and atmosphere of the venue and the 16:00-19:00 Happy Hour all help make Bikini Bar pretty busy every night.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 11pm
  • Location: 124/217 Moo 3, Lamai Beach, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)98 670 2217
  • Cuisine: Thai, international
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In spite of the almost comical name, Frogs takes its cuisine very seriously and has won several awards. Modern Italian food is served at this cliff-side, sea-view location. Dishes like spaghetti tom yam seafood, pan-fried Atlantic salmon with a honey soya reduction, and choices of traditional Thai and Italian choices have proven popular with local expats and discerning visitors. With an olive-green décor and sweeping marine vistas, Frogs is a trendy place to be and complements its agreeable atmosphere with DJ's and live music. Free WiFi.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am until late
  • Location: 103 Moo 3, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 448 505
  • Cuisine: Modern Italian with a Thai menu
  • Price Range: Pricey
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Bondi Aussie Bar & Grill

Bondi Aussie Bar & Grill is a popular chain restaurant in Thailand (there’s a branch in Chaweng and one at Patong Beach, Phuket). In Lamai, Bondi is situated in the heart of all things, diagonally opposite the busy Lamai Central Plaza and its beer-bars and outdoor Thai Boxing ring. Set in a long one-storey building blending Thai (thatch roof) and contemporary style (modern furnishing and lighting), Bondi is a cool and lively joint at which punters can follow premier league football or other live sports on their flat screen TVs, or listen to energetic live music performed by a local band every Friday from 22:00 ‘til late.

Most of the food is classic pub-grub-style (fish and chips at 299 baht), burgers (cheeseburger at 290 baht) as well as a great choice of western favourites (pasta, pizza, steak). Two Happy Hour periods (Sundowners from 16:00-18:00 and Latenighters from 22:00-00:00) offer buy one get one free Mojito. Bondi is amongst the favourite restaurants in Lamai due to its cool atmosphere but overall for the quality of the food it serves. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm 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 Bistro & Steakhouse

Opened in 2014, The Butcher is a stylish bistro steakhouse set in an open-sided one-storey building located right next to Let me Drink bar in the centre of Lamai. Under French management, The Butcher has something of a revisited Chicago-style American restaurant, with its dark red brick walls, wooden furnishing, and many black and white framed photos hanging all around the venue.

The menu is obviously dedicated to carnivores, and the quality of the meat – Australian and American beef, NZ lamb, and Kobe Wagyu beef – is top-notch. Fish and seafood lovers will also enjoy dining here, as The Butcher’s menu hosts plenty enough of lobster, jumbo prawn, and other barracuda steak. As in most French-run venues, the wine-list harbors a good choice of New and Old World labels such as Argentinean Tierra de Luna Malbec-Shiraz 2012 at 920 baht or Italian Chianti 2013 at 1,190 baht.

  • Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 4.30pm to 11pm, closed on Sundays
  • Location: 122/37 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)97 062 2935
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, international
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Erik's is a Swedish restaurant, formerly known as Ciao – and it still is to regulars, which is why it keeps the old name sign out front. Justifiably popular with the many Scandinavian visitors in the area, 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 TV's for sports. Generous portions and genuine Swedish cuisine make it attractive and this is the place to go when you want a break from English or Asian food. Also serves pizzas.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30am to 11pm
  • Location: Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 895 3220
  • Cuisine: Scandinavian food
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Kob Thai Restaurant

Kob Thai Restaurant is as reputed as it is difficult to find; located in Soi Haad Lamai 3 off Samui Ring Road some 600m from the beach, this rather large open-air venue features a few tables and eight wooden salas set on the side of a children-friendly swimming pool (maximum depth is 1.20m). It is the Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 10.30pm
  • Location: Haad Lamai 3, Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)82 534 9325
  • How to get there: Heading north on Samui Ring Road, Soi Haad Lamai 3 is 200m on the right before Lamai Temple. Kob Thai Restaurant is 200m further down on the right hand side of the Soi.
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Krua Chao Baan

Krua Chao Baan is a large beachside seafood restaurant just south of Lamai on Samui’s ring road with idyllic views out to sea. It has two 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.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
  • 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, located right in the centre of Lamai resort town, opposite McDonalds. It is a 2,000sqm plaza hosting a dozen beer bars (‘bar beers’, as they are called in Thailand) with a Thai boxing ring in the centre, an extremely popular street food court, and half a dozen venues Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm 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 recent addition to the popular resort town’s dining and shopping scene. As its name implies, this small plaza is located in the heart of Lamai, opposite Golden Elephant. Lamai Centre is a U-shaped modern plaza featuring the following venues: Subway – a famous international sandwich restaurant; Apollo 8 – an arty lighting, painting, clothing and jewellery store; Relaxation Place Massage; Uncle Don’s – Ice Cream Café; Mr. Khon – a tattoo and body piercing studio; Scoops – an American ice cream and coffee shop; and Deutsches Reisebüro – a German travel agency. 

The central lane of Lamai Centre features lounge-like comfortable sofas, chairs and tables offering a cool people watching people spot, and a pond with Japanese Koi fish.

  • Location: Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
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Live India Restaurant

Open since 1995, Live India is, at first impression, the heights of unpretentious and even humble sub-continental cuisine but open the menu and you’ll get a huge shock and surprise. On it there are no less than 140 dishes to choose from. With only eight tables, this medium-sized shop-house restaurant is not exactly the Taj Mahal in Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30am to 11pm
  • Location: 124 175 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Remarks: Free Wi-Fi
  • Tel: +66 (0)87 493 2753
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No Stress Beach Bar & Restaurant Koh Samui

No Stress Beach Bar & Restaurant is, as the name suggests, a relaxing place to chill out on Lamai Beach. With sun loungers, umbrellas, free Wi-Fi and a great selection of food and beverages, it has all you need for a relaxing day on the beach.

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Outback Bar

Aussie-owned and expat-frequented, the Outback Bar is the place to meet locals, to hear their beach yarns, to eat all-day English breakfasts and to sink a few beers in cheery company. Serving up Australian steaks and cuts as well as beer, food here is not exactly haute cuisine but it's hearty, reasonably priced and consumed in friendly surroundings. Occasional live music, internet and good service, all live sports shown.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 1am
  • Location: 124/149, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)92 824 9982
  • Cuisine: Pub grub
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Sabienglae Restaurant in Lamai

Sabienglae Restaurant in Lamai Beach is an outstanding local Thai restaurant. It serves first-class cuisine in an easy-going setting right by the beach, with remarkably low prices given the quality. Although there are at least two other restaurants around Koh Samui which have the same name (at The Wharf Samui in Bophut and on the outskirts


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Sala Thai Restaurant

Sala Thai is a popular restaurant name on Samui but the Sala Thai on Lamai's Main Street is something special. Although the classic decor is attractive in itself, the main reason why people visit Sala Thai again and again is the food. The restaurant serves up delicious, well presented and reasonably priced dishes from its extensive Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 3pm to midnight
  • Location: 109 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)88 760 7125
  • Cuisine: Thai/European/seafood
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Samui Röstiland

Samui Röstiland (also spelled Roestiland) is an extremely popular Swiss/Thai restaurant located in the northern area of Lamai, in Soi Flower Paradise that leads to Silavadee Pool Resort. Open since 1993 and run by a charming Swiss couple - Veronika & Franz Seewer – Röstiland is a neat and clean bamboo & thatch venue that features wooden furnishing and a beautiful sea view. Perfectly integrated in a landscaped garden filled with superb tropical plants, Röstiland cleverly blends genuine Thai traditional style with Swiss taste for getting things right.

As for food, Röstiland serves Thai and Swiss favourites; all dishes are prepared with quality ingredients and served in generous portions. Green chicken curry in the Thai menu and cordon bleu with rösti (fried potatoes Swiss style) are two must-try dishes. Both food and drinks (they also have an excellent wine list) come at very reasonable prices. A pool table is also available for a relaxing after-dinner time.

  • Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 9am to 10pm, closed on Sundays
  • Location: Moo 4, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Remarks: free Wi-Fi access available
  • Tel: +66 (0)89 908 7683
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Shamrock Irish Pub

Downtown Lamai you’ll find this sizeable Irish pub that has dominated the local night scene since 2005. For sports lovers Shamrock provides four separate satellite feeds on six large-screen TVs and the place is big enough to absorb them all without descending into audio mayhem. Shamrock also has pretty feisty live music five times a week Read More...

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

Opened in November 2013, Thai Table Restaurant Lamai is the second branch to open after Chaweng in 1994. Located on Lamai Main Street, the restaurant is part of a new small dining plaza which also hosts The Butcher Bistro & Steakhouse and Origami Sushi Bar. Featuring a refreshing neat and clean contemporary design, the venue is open-sided and dressed in dark wood. A fish display counter set on the front-side of the restaurant presents the catch of the day ready to be prepared according to customers’ taste. Thai Table Restaurant is indeed cosmopolitan as the types of cuisine available here go from barbecue to Chinese to Thai to German to Italian to vegetarian to snacks, and more. Affordable and relax, Thai Table Restaurant is a family-friendly restaurant (they have a children menu).

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm 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

Well worth a visit, the Patio is Lamai's fanciest restaurant on the beach. Still reasonably priced by western standards, the food is fantastic and looks as good as it tastes. The Patio's menu is extensive with choices from European, Thai and seafood dishes. The restaurant is famous for its beautiful water features; so many, in fact, that wherever you sit in the large open space you can hear the soft sounds of water cascading. Recommended dishes are 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 6pm to 10pm
  • Location: 124/24 Moo 3, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 424 030
  • Cuisine: Italian/Thai
  • Price Range: Pricey for locals
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Tropicana is a genuine Italian restaurant and pizzeria located 50m south of Live India – Indian Restaurant in downtown Lamai. Run by a trio of Italian friends – Diego, Lele and Karl – Tropicana has a spotless contemporary-style wooden décor and furnishing and a trattoria-style ambience. Two large-screen TVs broadcast major sport events (with no sound) and a soft jazz musical background allows a relaxing time while dining.

From antipasto (starter) with bruschetta and Italian delicatessen, to primo (first course) with pasta and lasagna, to secondo (main course) with grilled meat and fish, to formaggi e frutta (cheese and seasonal fruits), to dolce (dessert) with tiramisu and panna cotta, you will find all the standard dishes that made Italian food famous around the world. Tropicana’s Chef uses the freshest local ingredients as well as a great deal of imported ones to deliver succulent Italian food.

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

An offspring from Chaweng's Will Wait restaurants, Lamai's version offers pretty much the same menu. There are freshly baked goodies, Thai and western standards, a good salad choice and the same quasi-backpacker ambience enhanced by TV's showing English-language sports and DVD's of the latest and classic movies.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7.30am to 10.30pm
  • Location: 108/54-55 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 424 263
  • Cuisine: Thai and western food
  • Price Range: Budget
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Beach Republic

An ambitious beachside location, Beach Republic incorporates lazy, poolside dining, chilled-out music, very modern design and pioneering tapas and mains menus. With a good wine list, impressive 'mocktails' and a chic, urbane feel to the place, beachside dining doesn't come much better than this. Try the Republic masaman lamb shank or the raw diced tuna steak Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 10.30pm
  • Location: 176/34 Moo 4, Maret, Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 458 100
  • Cuisine: Modern international cuisine
  • Price Range: Pricey
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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 the island including some stunning views to Silver Bay to the south. Split into separate restaurant and bar areas and featuring an open-air terrace, this award-winning restaurant serves excellent Mediterranean cuisine under the supervision of the experienced Italian Chef Sergio Martelli who has worked in some top restaurants around the world before settling in Koh Samui. Dishes like gambas al pil pil (Portuguese piri piri prawns at 860 baht), cozze al vino bianco (NZ mussels in creamy white wine sauce at 820 baht) and Thai salsa chicken breast at 480 baht come in large hearty portions and are a perfect match for one of the many reasonably priced New World Wines on offer. Late afternoon, The Cliff is a perfect place to chill-out around a plate of tapas and a cocktail while listening to the laid back tunes and Latino tunes at the bar.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 1am
  • Location: 124/2 Moo 4, Route 4169, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 448 508
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
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The Bistro at Rocky’s Boutique Resort

The Bistro is located at Rocky’s Boutique Resort and has a menu of Mediterranean and Thai favourites that emphasise on grilled meat and fish. The atmosphere is elegant and modern; it mixes Thai décor with a relaxed beach feel. There is also seating either inside or next to the pool.

Some of the choices from the

  • Opening Hours: Daily from midday to 11pm
  • Location: 438/1 Moo 1, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 332 888
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Saffron Restaurant

Saffron is the signature Thai restaurant of Banyan Tree Samui, an opulent 5-star resort located on its own private cove in the northern part of Lamai. The service is in line with the venue’s ranking: upon arrival at the resort, guests embark on an electric buggy that takes them through the magnificent property to the restaurant. Situated at the top of the resort, Saffron Restaurant offers a stunning view to the Gulf of Thailand and to the small bay in which the hotel is nestled. Featuring a stylish décor blending Thai, Chinese and modern styles, Saffron is indeed a class-act.

Coming at 18:00 is recommended so to enjoy a drink before meal on the restaurant outdoor terrace, fully taking in the outstanding vista of the sea’s and sky’s changing colours while the sun set on the other side of the island. Saffron is the right place to degust top-of-the-range authentic Thai cuisine (prawns with Tamarind sauce with a choice of four different of rice - saffron white rice, coconut white rice, lemon grass white rice and brown rice) as well as dishes harmonizing Asian and European flavours (Flappy Sea Bass).

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm to 11pm
  • Location: 99/9 Moo 4, Maret, Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 915 333
  • Cuisine: Thai, Asian
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