Koh Samui is known to be a melting pot of lifestyle and adventure. And when it comes to satisfying your taste buds this island of a gem will fill your insatiable hunger. Surrounding Samujana, there are an array of restaurants and cafes to suit your fancy. Be it a desire to eat an authentic Thai cuisine or tasting a western dish, we are more than happy to recommend this year’s list of best places to eat around at Koh Samui.
Ocean Kiss | Located at Anantara Lawana
An open-air restaurant that treats its patron with sumptuous a la carte Western and Asian menu. Open all day, this restaurant is located near Anantara Lawana’s resort and is overlooking the beach. Enjoy dining indoors or outside on the beachside with a glass of fine wine from their well-stocked wine cellar.
The Larder | Located along Chaweng Beach Road
One of the favourite restaurants for both locals, tourists, and expats. The Larder centres on offering innovative, delicious comfort food with twists. Taking a back to basics appeal, diners are in for a rustic fine dining experience. Try one of their specials with a twist -the peanut butter martini.
Prego | Located at Amari Palm Reef Resort
Eat like a true Italian. One of the best restaurants when you want to try authentic Italian dishes. Dine in this elegantly-designed place while being served with handmade risotto or pasta among their many specialities. Reservations are available every night either 7 PM or 9 PM.
Krua Bophut | Located at Fisherman’s Village
If you love to dwell into Thai culture, this restaurant is just the place. A Royal Thai restaurant, the whole place is set in a classical hand-carved antique house. Nestled beachfront, expect being served with authentic southern-style Thai cuisine.
Poppies | Located along South Chaweng Road
This is one of the amazing restaurants situated along the beach that has the perfect amount of romantic ambience. A well-respected Thai restaurant that serves international cuisines with an Asian twist. Enjoy a night of fine dining with lovely Thai traditional dance and music every Saturday.
The Shack | Located at Fisherman’s Village
For those who want to enjoy a relaxing dining experience then this uniquely design open-sided wooden cabin is the worth visiting. With a capacity for only 50 people, this is place is a long-time favourite for those looking for quality burgers and steak. Pair the house speciality with a wine from their selection of fine wines.
Namu | Located at W Retreat
Set in a chic epicurean environment, get to taste authentic Japanese favourites at Namu. One’s palate will be enamoured with the delicate taste of their food. With options of dining beachside or indoors savour eating their dishes such as sashimi served with special dressing or perhaps a Matsusake steak flawlessly garnished with Gorgonzola.
Tree Tops | Located an Anantara Lawana
One of the most exclusive fine dining restaurants in Koh Samui. Guests are transported to a luxurious setting with the most romantic environment (only one table placed in each ‘tree house’). Enjoy gastronomic cuisines made from the highest quality ingredients and prepared by their team of culinary experts. Reserving in advance is a must to ensure availability.
Dining on the Rocks | Located Six Senses Samui Resort
An award-winning restaurant that sits on the upscale Six Senses resort. Offering the best fusion food in Koh Samui, they only use the freshest organics from the resort’s garden. Feast on the picturesque scenery of the place while drinking one of their fine wines from most respected vineyards across the world.
The Bazaar | Located at Fisherman’s Village
Looking for a different dish that is not Thai nor Western? Then The Bazaar is the place to go. The first restaurant in Koh Samui that focuses only in Turkish cuisines. Experience a true “Turkish Delight” with their lamb kebabs and babaganush paired with fiery raki while watching amazing performance of belly dancers.
Noori Indian Restaurant |Located at Chaweng Beach Road
There was a time when it was impossible to find a restaurant that sells decent curry. Not anymore. Upon opening, Noori Indian became one of the favourite restaurants serving delicious chicken tikka masala among others.
Orchid Restaurant | Located at Choeng Mon Town
For fantastic Thai cuisines, Orchid is one of the places you should not miss. Be greeted by their welcoming and accommodating staff. The restaurant also has an extensive menu of mouth-watering dishes made from fresh ingredients, including Western cuisine.
Chez François | Located at Bophut
With a two-day advance booking requirement, this is one of the best restaurants in Koh Samui. Named after the famous Chef François Porté, the place serves mostly first-class French cuisine and guests can choose from some available ingredients to be prepared into gourmet meals. If this isn’t enough to satisfy one’s craving, the place itself is a treat for those who want a sense of exclusivity as it’s a non-descript building which looks like an ordinary house.
Saffron | Located at Banyan Tree Samui
With a name like Saffron, and refined interiors reminiscent of old-world oriental with a modern twist, guests are already welcomed to a luxurious dining experience. The restaurant has only around 30 seats. With this bespoke arrangement and gastronomic dishes, Saffron is keen on delivering a memorable treat to the senses.
Barracuda | Located at The Warft
An award-winning restaurant specialising in Mediterranean cuisine, Barracuda offers an intimate fine dining experience for its patrons. The restaurant’s prime location gives its patrons a beautiful view of its surrounding while it’s and well-designed space creates the perfect ambience.