Visitors to Samui won’t be disappointed with the food and choice of restaurants. It’s more expensive than Pattaya and about on par with Phuket, but you’re on a quality, tropical island. Restaurants have Thai and international food, with the emphasis on seafood.
Despite being quite expensive, most budgets are catered for on Samui; they have street vendors here, too. There are also many expat pubs with food from around the world, plus a burgeoning fine dining scene with options at most popular beaches.
Most of the eating is done along the beach roads of Chaweng and Lamai, as well as at their beachside pubs and eateries.
There are also exclusive standalone eateries overlooking the sea in choice spots. Most of these will be connected to a hotel, but that should not dissuade you as they tend to offer the best quality.
Recommended Samui restaurants
Poppies: (Thai & Western) Romantic dining at the long-running Poppies Hotel. This is one of the best eateries on Samui owing to its creative, tasty food and ambience. Chaweng Road, tel: (077) 422 419.
Samui Seafood Grill & Restaurant: (Thai seafood) Large seafood eatery in North Chaweng. Huge variety of dishes, buffet style. 13/1 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Bophut, tel: (077) 429 700-9.
Tropical Murphy’s: (Thai & Western) Midrange comfort food in this popular pub, with Irish, British and Thai plates. Popular expat bar. Chaweng Beach Road.
Rice: (Italian) Mediterranean-style restaurant with interesting food and intriguing décor. 167/7 Moo 2, Bophut, tel: (077) 231 934.
The Cliff: (Mediterranean) Tasty food, good wine and great views are the draws to this elevated eatery. 124/2 Maret, Lamai Beach, tel: (077) 448 508.
Rocky’s: (Thai seafood): Large and popular eatery on the beach, with tasty food and some entertainment. Pricey but worth it. Lamai (beachfront), tel: (077) 233 020.
Jungle Park: (Thai & French) Good, midrange French and Thai dishes at the northern end of Lamai. Popular with families. North Lamai (beachfront), tel: (077) 418 034.
White House: (Thai & Western) Romantic dining at this peaceful spot, complete with beachside setting. 59/3 Moo 5, Bophut, Choeng Mon (beachfront), tel: (077) 247 921-3.
Oceans 11: (Mediterranean) The best option for eating out at Big Buddha Beach, Oceans is quite small but has a fantastic setting and great food. Fresh seafood and imported meat, plus large wine list. 23 Moo 4 Bangrak, Bophut, Big Buddha Beach, tel: (077) 245 134.
Starfish and Coffee: (Thai & Western) Popular seafood eatery at the Fishermans’ Village in Bo Phut. Good sea views complimented by snazzy Moroccan décor. Central Fishermans’ Village, Bo Phut, tel: (077) 427 201.
Nick and Nicky’s Harbourside: (Thai and British) Good Thai seafood dishes as well as popular British pub grub is served by the friendly expat owners.
Terrace: (International & local cuisine) Excellent and affordable International/Thai eatery at the Paradise Beach Resort in a casual beachfront setting. 18/8 Maenam Beach, tel: (077) 247 228-32.
See more Samui restaurant listings at 1stopsamui.com.