Koh Samui Restaurants & Dining
Lamai Beach Restaurants & Dining
Lamai Beach has lots to offer whatever your budget or taste in food. From expensive 4 star restaurants to restaurants so small that they don't even have names, there are great dining experiences to be had at every corner. If you're too relaxed to leave the beach then don't worry, the beach vendors will come to you, offering fruit, ice creams and sweetcorn.


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: 09:00 24:00
Location: Main Road Lamai
Tel: 077 424 588
Cuisine: Scandinavian food
Price Range: Affordable
La Palma
A large, two-floored eatery right on Lamai's main drag. Fan-cooled, La Palma's upstairs might just be the best people-watching location in Lamai. This is a typical, no-nonsense trattoria in the best Italian tradition with a wood-fired pizza oven, bare brick walls, plenty of pictures of La Bella Italia and friendly waitresses.

Opening Hours: 12:00 24:00
Location: Lamai Main Street opposite McDonald's
Tel: 086 280 0500
Cuisine: Italian
Price Range: Affordable
Lamai Diner
A large, cavernous warehouse-like restaurant with concrete floors, colourful lighting and a bustling atmosphere, this is the place for mixed grills, fresh seafood and cold beer. At least with a roof this high the place is well ventilated.

Opening Hours: 18:00 23:00
Location: Lamai Main Street
Cuisine: Grills, seafood
Price Range: Affordable
Thai-style food with the added bonuses of English breakfasts and d?ner kebab, along with smatterings of Mexican dishes, Aspendos seems to be trying to cover all the bases at the same time and even has a fresh fish boat display out front, a photo menu and an attractive patio/terrace. Another good people-watching spot.

Location: Opposite McDonald's Main Street Lamai
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: 18:30 late
Location: Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort, Main Road, Lamai
Tel: 077 424 030
Cuisine: Fine beach dining
Price Range: Pricey for locals
Salathai is a popular restaurant name on Samui but the Salathai on Lamai's Main Street is something special. Although the classic decor is attractive in itself, the main reason why people visit Salathai again and again is the food. The restaurant serves up delicious, well presented and reasonably priced dishes from its extensive Thai and European menu. They also have an excellent selection of fresh seafood and a large choice of wines to suit all budgets. Salathai is also known for its great service, with some of the most attentive and pleasant staff around, no matter how busy the restaurant gets. The Salathai signature steak is a must-try as is the steamed sole in lemon sauce with butter rice.

Opening Hours: 14:00 24:00
Location: Main Street Lamai near the Shamrock Pub
Tel: 077 233 180
Cuisine: Thai/European/seafood
Price Range: Affordable
Bauhaus Bistro
Once the party central of Lamai, the Bauhaus has toned down from mad all-hours foam parties to serving up fresh seafood, steaks, schnitzels and mixed grills. With a decent wine list and a chic ambience, the restaurant, right next door to the Shamrock Pub, is slap-bang in the centre of things. It also features a large lounge area with TV's all in all, one of Lamai's leading players.

Opening Hours: 12:00 - late
Location: Lamai Main Street
Tel: 077 233 147, Mobile: 089 972 2241
Cuisine: International
Price Range: Affordable
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: 09:00 - late
Location: Down the road from McDonald's on Beach Road
Tel: 084 440 5318
Cuisine: Pub grub
Price Range: Affordable
Shamrock Pub
With daily specials and a good selection of pub grub along with Irish beers, Shamrock is not just a pub more like a restaurant with lively entertainment early on in the evening. The pub also features large-screen TV's showing live sports on Saturdays and at special occasions, a darts board, a professional slate pool table and a gaggle of lovely Thai waitresses as well as six nights a week of live music expect no sham rock here it's the real thing.

Opening Hours: 09:00 02:00
Location: Lamai Main Street
Tel: 081 597 8572
Cuisine: Irish Pub
Price Range: Affordable
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: 07:00 23:00
Location: Main Street
Tel: 077 424 263
Cuisine: Thai and western food
Price Range: Budget
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 and hang around on the huge outdoors sofas till the attractive red lights come on at dusk, framing one of the best sea views around. Also featuring movie nights and DJ's.

Opening Hours: 08:00 23:00
Location: Beach Republic residences - North of Lamai Beach off the Ring Road look for the signs
Tel: 077 458 100
Cuisine: Modern international cuisine
Price Range: Pricey
The Cliff
The Cliff's hillside location between Chaweng and Lamai affords it some of the best sea views on the island. Split into separate restaurant and bar areas, this award-winning restaurant serves excellent Mediterranean cuisine. Dishes like Portuguese piri piri chicken, clams in white wine Sauce) and Goan curried prawns come in large hearty portions and are a perfect match for one of the many reasonably priced New World Wines on offer. Musically, there's decent chill out tunes in the bar, with occasional guest DJ's, and more traditional Latino grooves in the restaurant. Overall, a great place to spend a lazy, sunny, afternoon.

Opening Hours: 18:00 23:00
Location: Route 4169 between Chaweng Noi and Lamai
Tel: 077 414 266
Cuisine: Upmarket international dining
Price Range: Pricey
Dr Frogs
In spite of 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, 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 d?cor and sweeping marine vistas, Dr Frogs is a trendy place to be and complements its agreeable atmosphere with DJ's and live music. Free WiFi.

Opening Hours: 12:00 02:00
Location: Route 4169 Ring Road between Chaweng Noi and Lamai
Tel: 077 413 797
Cuisine: Modern Italian with a Thai menu
Price Range: Pricey
Reputedly the most beautiful restaurant on Samui, Rocky's subtle lighting arrangements are due to silk hanging lanterns that provide a uniform touch throughout the restaurant. Located just south of the Grandmother and Grandfather rocks, the 60-seater restaurant is open sided and flanks a free-form swimming pool and overlooks a rocky beach in a stunning setting. Rocky's Thai chef has had extensive international experience and the result is a fine choice of Thai and worldwide cuisine. There's plenty of entertainment in the form of a Filipino singer and Thai traditional shows.

Opening Hours: 19:00 24:00 kitchen closes at 22:30
Location: Just south of Hin Ta Hin Yai Rocks look for the sign
Tel: 077 418 367
Cuisine: Fine dining
Price Range: Luxurious
Bophut Restaurants & Dining
Bophut is one of the best places to eat on Koh Samui, especially if its a romantic evening you're after. Away from the crowds of Chaweng but still with plenty of choice of restaurants and cuisine, Bophut offers the best of both worlds. Fisherman's village houses several funky restaurants and pubs, while dining on the beach gives beautiful views of Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao.
Maenam Restaurants & Dining
Maenam beach is one of Samui's prettiest and quietest beaches. There are plenty of restaurants to suit every budget, from 5 star dining to more casual local venues. While the scene is on a small scale there is still a good choice of food from around the world.
Big Buddha Beach Restaurants
Big Buddha beach might be one of the quieter beaches on Samui but there are still lots of fine restaurants and eateries for you to choose from. The selection ranges from delicious pub grub to quirky cafes with deliciously inventive dishes on the menu. There are plenty of excellent local Thai food restaurants on offer as well as international cuisine.
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