Great restaurants in Lamai highlight the charming resort town's diverse dining scene. Here, the options are eclectic enough in cuisine, style, and atmosphere to satisfy the choosiest gourmets. Curiously, Samui Island is a magnet for French citizens looking for a second home, and according to this fact, there's quite a lot of French-run restaurants on the island's east coast.
Some of the most recommended restaurants in Lamai also feature Indian, Italian, Swiss, and of course Thai food. Whatever type of cuisine you like, you’re sure to find it in Lamai.
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Kob Restaurant is a rather large open-air venue with a few tables and 8 wooden salas set on the side of a children-friendly swimming pool (maximum depth is 1.20m). It's a nice place to relax and enjoy excellent traditional Thai cuisine.
Kob Restaurant’s Thai chef prepares all the classics of Thai cuisine (the crab curry is a must-try), and local desserts (mango with sticky rice) at affordable prices. With a relaxing atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious food, this is a highly recommended restaurant if you come by Lamai. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from noon to 10.30 pm
- Location: Haad Lamai 3, Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)82 534 9325
Saffron lies in the northern area of Lamai, on the grounds of the majestic Banyan Tree Samui. This outstanding restaurant is set at the top of a hill, overlooking the Andaman Sea and the northeastern coast of Samui Island.
Saffron has a refined atmosphere and décor, impeccable and discreet service and, above all, delicious Thai food. The fact that many guests residing in other resorts come – sometimes more than once during their stay – to indulge at Saffron tells a lot about the popularity of this restaurant.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6 pm to 11 pm
- Location: 99/9 Moo 4, Maret, Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Baobab Restaurant is one of the most popular venues in the southern part of Lamai Beach. It's also a beach club, with plenty of sun loungers installed on the beach. There's an impressive menu apt to satisfy the most demanding customers, including Thai, French and western dishes, salads of the day, smoothies, shakes, café latte and espresso. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30 am to 6 pm
- Location: 127/64 Moo 3, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)84 838 3040
Beach Republic incorporates an ambitious beachside location with poolside dining, chilled-out music, very modern design, and pioneering tapas and mains menus. Try the Republic masaman lamb shank or the raw diced tuna steak, while hanging around on huge outdoors sofas.
The scene at Beach Republic is decidedly cool as it regularly hosts international DJs and movie nights. You can find it on the northern end of Lamai Beach, where you can relax with excellent views of the Andaman Sea. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 10.30pm
- Location: 176/34 Moo 4, Maret, Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
No Stress 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, this restaurant has everything you need for a relaxing day on the beach. Food is best enjoyed in the small beach shack-style restaurant part of No Stress.
The choices are pretty much what you would expect of a French-owned eatery in Thailand, with a choice of baguette sandwiches, mussel dishes, and well-known Thai favourites like pad Thai (stir-fried noodles) som tam (papaya salad), and pineapple fried rice. Snacks, salads, pasta dishes, homemade ice cream, and grilled meat and fish are also available, all for impressively low prices. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm
- Location: 127/64 Moo 3, Maret, Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)84 119 0182
The Bistro at Rocky's Boutique Resort is one of the most beautiful restaurants on Koh Samui. Its subtle lighting arrangements are due to silk hanging lanterns, which provide a uniform touch throughout the restaurant.
Located just south of the Grandmother and Grandfather rocks, this 60-seater restaurant is open-sided and flanks a free-form swimming pool overlooking a rocky beach. Its Thai chef has had extensive international experience, so you'll find a great choice of Thai and worldwide dishes. Entertainment comes in the form of a Filipino singer and Thai traditional dancers. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from noon to 11 pm
- Location: 438/1 Moo 1, Maret, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84310, Thailand
Live India is an excellent restaurant in Lamai that serves no less than 140 sub-continental dishes. This restaurant keeps things simple, with several discreet pictures on the wall and not a lot else, except 6 wall fans and a TV. The service is unfailingly polite and brisk. With only 8 tables, this medium-sized restaurant has had a huge reputation since its opening in 1995. It's one of the finest Indian restaurants on the island. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30 am to 11 pm
- Location: 124 175 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)87 493 2753
Sala Thai Restaurant serves an impressive selection of good-quality Thai cuisine at affordable prices. It is a big hit with visitors to Koh Samui and even quite popular with the locals. The restaurant is in a charming, traditionally Thai-style building. Having no walls, diners can enjoy the mild evening breeze with their dinner.
The table settings and surroundings give the impression of quite a high-class establishment while the low prices keep the place busy. The friendly atmosphere is further enhanced by the polite and helpful staff. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9 am to 11 pm
- Location: 124/115 Moo 3, Maret, Lamai, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84130, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)81 968 1445
Sabienglae Restaurant is an outstanding local Thai eatery on Lamai Beach. It serves first-class cuisine in an easy-going setting right by the beach, with remarkably low prices given the quality. It is quite a rough-and-ready building, with a palm thatch roof supported by bare concrete pillars.
At the far end is a wooden deck with steps leading down to the beach. Despite these simple surroundings and service which can be a little blunt at times, Sabienglae Restaurant is one of the top-rated establishments in Lamai. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm
- Location: 438/82 Moo 1, Tawirat Phakdi Road, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 332 651
Röstiland Koh Samui
Röstiland Koh Samui is an extremely popular Swiss/Thai restaurant in the northern area of Lamai, in Soi Flower Paradise. Open since 1993, this is a neat and clean bamboo and thatch restaurant with wooden furnishing and a beautiful sea view.
As for food, Röstiland serves Thai and Swiss favourites. All dishes are prepared with quality ingredients and served in generous portions. Green curry chicken and cordon bleu with rösti (Swiss-style fried potatoes) are must-try dishes.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 10 pm (closed on Sundays)
- Location: Moo 4, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)89 908 7683