20 Best Restaurants in Koh Samui - 2020 (Updated with Photos)

One of the little joys of travelling lies in exploring the local cuisine, and there are more than enough restaurants in Koh Samui for just that! The beauty of Koh Samui is that it is nurtured not only by Thai cuisine, but also to some of the finest Italian, French, Indian, and continental cuisines, making it a culinary hotspot in its own right. Samui is also home to some of the world-class chefs from around the globe, whose culinary magic can be experienced lavishly. Doing justice to the authenticity of Thai cuisine, each restaurant lends a wonderful personal twist to its myriad dishes, which essentially means that no place can offer you the same dish! 

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Add to the delightful fusion of cuisines some elegant interior, or if you prefer, panoramic views of the infinite sea. Dip your buds into the savoury French cuisine at La Côte de Boeuf, or head Hemingway’s on the Beach to steal a couple of romantic moments by the bay. A trendy hideout like Cafe 69 is perfect for evenings spent relishing the exotic Thai food. If you find yourself craving some Indian ‘tadka’, Noori India is one of the best Indian restaurants you can count on. 

Here is the list of some of the best restaurants in Koh Samui:

01

Seventy Fahrenheit

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Seventy Fahrenheit

Cocooned in the heart of Lamai Beach Road, Seventy Fahrenheit’s convenient location makes it one of the most preferred Koh Samui restaurants. Proposing an excellent collaboration of Thai and Mediterranean cuisine, Seventy Fahrenheit promises to excite your palates! The owner of the restaurant is a warm, friendly man named Romain, who has lent some of that warmth and spirit to his restaurant.

The restaurant also sports an outdoor patio seating, which is a favourite option amongst guests. The subtle elegance of the place, mingled with the luscious food has resulted in the restaurant’s becoming a quick success. The Blue crab ravioli, duck foie gras, and squid lemongrass soup are some best selling dishes here.

Type of cuisine: Thai, Mediterranean

Timing: Open every day from 12:30 PM to 10:15 PM

Price for two: INR 450 to INR 1096

Location: 124/38 Had Lamai Road, Tambon Maret, Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani

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Pepenero Koh Samui

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Pepenero Koh Samui
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Find yourself in the laps of Italy when you visit the Pepenero Restaurant in Koh Samui, applauded for its fine and authentic Italian delicacies.

Rooted deeply in the Italian tradition, a wholesome meal at Pepenero is essentially incomplete without the classic Bruschetta and pasta, along with a glassful of some exotic Italian wine to wash it down! 

Type of cuisine:
Italian

Timing:
Open from 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM every day. Closed on Sunday.

Price for two:
INR 1,500 to INR 3,000

Location:
4/5 Moo 1 Koh Samui District

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04

Chez Francois

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Chez Francois

A quiet little French restaurant that marks the way into Fisherman’s Village, Chez Francois offers a unique experience with personalised dining and an intimate setting. The restaurant is named after Francois Porte, the owner and chef, whose exceptional culinary skills have earned the place a great reputation.

If you’re looking for a great romantic hideout, Chez Francois is a great pick, with their relaxed atmosphere and only a handful of tables inside. The open kitchen allows guests to catch a glimpse of the chef’s magic at work! Chez Francois offers a unique selection of French dishes, cooked with a great balance of spices to make it enjoyable for the guests. The cherry on top? Great food at great prices!

Type of cuisine:
French / European cuisine

Timing:
Open from 06:30 PM to 11:30 PM every day. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

Price for two:
Starting from INR 3,500 to INR 6,850

Location:
33/2 Moo 1 Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Surat Thani

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05

Ocean 11 Restaurant

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Ocean 11 Restaurant
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A wonderful location amidst the centre of Bangrak Beach, Ocean 11 is the brainchild of Bernd Schilling, who is something of a prodigy when it comes to the culinary arts. Having cooked for countless Hollywood celebrities, along with the late Princess Diana and the King of Thailand, the chef chose to put down his bags in Koh Samui and open up a restaurant.

Designed with startlingly impressive interiors, the restaurant accommodates not more than 25 guests at one time. Bound together by a team of ten expert chefs, Ocean 11 has a lot of accolades for exceptional services, ambience, and food to its name.

Type of cuisine: European, Mediterranean, seafood

Timing: Open every day from 01:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Price for two: INR 1,200 to INR 2,000

Location: 23 Bangrak, Moo.4 Surat Thani Bophut Koh Samui, Surat Thani 

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Dining on the Rocks

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Dining on the Rocks

Opening up to spectacular views of the sea, Dining on the Rocks is an award-winning restaurant sitting at the top of the headland. Offering delicious dishes from the local as well as international cuisine, the outdoor setting of the restaurant exudes calm, peaceful vibes, perfectly in keeping with the stunning view.

Housing eleven wooden tables overlooking the endless stretch of the sea, the experience of relishing a good meal, listening to the melody of the lapping water is something words can’t do justice to. The friendly and hospitable staff promise excellent services to ensure you have no complaints. While it may be slightly higher on the cost side, one visit is all it will take for you to fall in love with this place!

Type of cuisine:
Thai, European, Western

Timing:
Open every day from 05:00 PM to 10:00 PM 

Price for two:
INR 1,700 to INR 13,000

Location:
9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Bophut, Koh Samui

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Noori India Samui

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Noori India Samui
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One of the oldest Indian restaurants in Koh Samui Chaweng, Noori India Samui vows to entice and satiate your taste buds. The aroma of great Indian spices and curries greet your nose the moment you step in.

Choose from five different menus offering a vast selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that will transport you instantly to India. Although North Indian cuisine if their speciality, everything you want to try in the Indian cuisine is here - from roasting papads and raitas to baigan bharta!

Type of cuisine: Indian, North Indian

Timing: Open every day from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Price for two: INR 400 to INR 2,000

Location: 17/1 Moo. 2, Chaweng Beach Road, Bophut, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

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08

Red Snapper Restaurant & Bar

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Red Snapper Restaurant & Bar

Bringing you the sensual combination of cosmopolitan culture and fine dining, Red Snapper Restaurant and Bar enjoys being the finest place in Koh Samui. Featuring stunning design and elegant interiors, the restaurant offers a wide variety of authentic Thai and Mediterranean cuisines cooked to perfection by talented culinary masters.

Dig into the platter of scrumptious food before you, while engaging in a memorable evening with your family or significant other. One of the best restaurants in Koh Samui Chaweng, Red Snapper lets you freely indulge in a night of pure epicurean delight. The seafood dishes here are absolutely unmissable. 

Type of cuisine:
Thai, Mediterranean, seafood

Timing:
Open every day from 05:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Price for two:
INR 620 to INR 2,000

Location:
155/4 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui

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09

Vikasa Life Cafe

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Vikasa Life Cafe
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Set apart by its traditional take on food, Vikasa Life Cafe is one of the most refreshing and exotic Koh Samui restaurants. With beliefs rooted in consciousness and yoga, Vikasa Life Cafe has an extensive range of dishes to offer, all of which are obtained by organic farming.

The menu is created by a collaboration of two immensely talented chefs from Berlin and Paris, whose culinary skills put everything else to shame. Savour your mouth watering meals while looking out at the glistening bay and lush greenery! Sunset is a truly magical time to visit this place. Does it get any better?

Type of cuisine: Asian, International

Timing: Open every day from 09:00 AM to 09:00 PM

Location: 211 Bontji Moo 4, Koh Samui, Thailand, Koh Samui, Surat Thani

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Akbar Koh Samui

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Akbar Koh Samui

Voted as one of the top five Indian restaurants in Koh Samui, Akbar India is a cosy little, family-owned place staying true to the nuances of Indian cuisine, considering the chef is from the north of India.

With a great many dishes of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food to choose from, the restaurant is also home to the most friendly and hospitable staff. A visit to Akbar Koh Samui restaurant is like a very low-budget trip to India!

Type of cuisine: Indian

Timing: Open every day from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Price for two: INR 392 to INR 1500

Location: Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 

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Cafe 69

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Cafe 69

A stylish, cosy little restaurant facing Samui Go-Kart, Café 69 is characterised by its hip decor and brilliant lighting that lends the place friendly vibes. The host is the very pleasant Vivien Bella, who goes beyond his way to make the guests feel welcome.

Offering exotic Thai food with refreshing twists, Café 69 is one of the best restaurants in Koh Samui Chaweng to get acquainted with the classic Thai and Asian dishes. Enjoy the soothing ambience of the cafe while digging into your meals. The smoked duck curry remains a favourite amongst travellers.

Type of cuisine: Thai, Asian, contemporary

Timing: Open every day from 01:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Closed on Friday.

Price for two: INR 350 to 1,700

Location: Mae Nam, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 

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12

Supattra Thai dining

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Supattra Thai dining

If you wish to treat your taste buds with the authentic Thai cuisine in Koh Samui, the Supattra Thai restaurant is a promising place. With its elegant design, traditional theme, cordial hospitality, and lip-smacking food, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place! As soon as you walk in through the door, you’re greeted by peaceful, relaxing vibes that stay with you throughout your evening.

Two of their famous signature Thai dishes, amongst many others, are Hor Mok Mapraw On, and  Balck Tiger Prawn Red Curry which you must try. Revel in the perfect blend of herbs, spices, and curry while sharing the beautiful moment with your loved ones. 

Type of cuisine:
Authentic Thai cuisine

Timing:
Open from 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM every day. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

Price for two:
INR 482 to INR 2,687 

Location:
32/6 Moo 4 Sanam Bin Road Bophut Koh Samui Surat Thani

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13

OM Ganesh Indian Restaurant

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OM Ganesh Indian Restaurant

Bringing you a hearty combination of Indian, Nepalese and Asian cuisine, Om Ganesh is one of the best Indian restaurants in Koh Samui to revive your love for Indian food! Serving food ranging from streets chats like samosas, piping momos to a full-fledged Indian ‘thali’, this restaurant stays true to the authentic culinary style of India. If you want to live the full Indian experience, bank on the faithful ‘thali’ to satisfy your craving!

Type of cuisine: Indian, Nepalese, Asian

Timing: Open every day from 08:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Location:
Ban Tai, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 

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14

Fi Greek Restaurant Koh Samui

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Craving a taste of Greek cuisine amongst the throngs Thai and Italian restaurants in Koh Samui? The Fi Greek Restaurant is just the place you need! Indulge in authentic Greek - Mediterranean dishes at this elegant restaurant, which is like a trip to Greek while in Thailand! There are fantastic options for vegetarians to explore, too.

True to the original Greek cuisine, a perfect balance of flavours and spices go into each dish, assuring you just the savoury delight you came for. Don’t forget to taste the great collection of wine that Fi Greek offers!

Type of cuisine:
Greek - Mediterranean

Timing:
Open every day from 10:00 AM to 08:30 PM. Closed on Sunday.

Price for two:
INR 350 to INR 2,200

Location:
2/56 Moo 6, T. Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani

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Salefino Koh Samui

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Salefino Koh Samui

One of the greatest Koh Samui restaurants, Salefino Koh Samui is a quaint little treat that opens to an incredible view of the sea. Sporting an impressive chic interior, the restaurant is made to seat only six odd tables, rendering it perfect for those wishing to escape crowded diners.

Specialising largely in Italian seafood along with traditional Mediterranean dishes, the restaurant uses only fresh ingredients obtained from the best suppliers in Koh Samui. The homely vibes of the restaurant, combined with the spectacular sea view has quickly endeared it to locals and travellers alike. Given how popular this little joint is, it is highly recommended that you book your table in advance. 

Type of cuisine:
Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood 

Timing:
Open Monday to Friday from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM and 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM and Saturday from 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Closed on Sunday. 

Price for two:
INR 1,100 to INR 2,690 

Location:
4171, Tambon Bo Put, Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani

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Pasta House

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Another cosy little treat is hidden in the heart of Koh Samui, Pasta House is a great Italian restaurant, heralded for its quality of food. Using only fresh produce, this is one of the best Koh Samui restaurants to dive into the authentic Italian cuisine in Thailand.

In addition to the tantalising dishes and top-notch services, the staff is friendly and warm, ensuring you a memorable meal. Top off your experience by complementing your meal with a glass of excellent French wine, followed by spoonfuls of creamy dessert. 

Type of cuisine:
Italian / European

Timing:
Open every day from 01:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Price for two:

Location:
3/26 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng, Koh Samui, Koh Samui District, Surat Thani 

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17

Kohinoor Indian Restaurant

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Kohinoor Indian Restaurant

Craving a taste of the Indian curry while in Koh Samui? The Kohinoor Indian restaurant makes it possible! With an original décor style, the Kohinoor Indian Restaurant in Koh Samui caters to all palates seeking Indian curries.

The interior is painted with an interesting blend of abstract art and traditional Indian décor. Some of the best dishes to try here are the mutton-tandoori, and mix vegetable kebabs, along with a glass of cold lassi or piping tea to go with it.

Type of cuisine: Indian

Timing: Open every day from 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Price for two: INR 890 to INR 1438.

Location: Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 

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18

Hemingway's on the Beach

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Hemingway’s On The Beach in Thong Krut is ideal for a romantic evening. Located quite close to the beach, this exotic restaurant lets you pamper your taste buds with home-cooked Thai food while treating you to the glorious hues of the sun as it sets over the beach.

The informal outdoor seating coupled with the tropical beauty of the beach has endeared this little heaven to countless travellers. The restaurant also serves delicious and freshly cooked vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes. The budget-friendly rates only add to its appeal!

Type of cuisine:
Authentic Thai cuisine (home-cooked)

Timing:
Open from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM every day. Closed on Sunday.

Price for two:
Starting from INR 138 to INR 344

Location:
Unit 2. 79/1 Moo 5. Road, 4170, Ban Thong Krut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani

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19

2 Fishes

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A recent addition to the restaurants in Fisherman’s Village, 2 Fishes brings you a vast range of Italian dishes with traditional and modern variations. The rapid popularity of the place may be ascribed to the head chef who has worked across some of the top restaurants across several countries.

Their dishes are prepared with fresh local ingredients cooked in an exquisite blend of flavour and herbs. Some of the classic ingredients are imported from Italy, so it’s essentially like visiting Italy while in Thailand! Wrap up your exotic lunch or dinner by digging into their delicious homemade Italian desserts. 

Type of cuisine:
Italian

Timing:
Open from 05:30 PM to 11:00 PM every day. Closed on Monday.

Price for two:
INR 689 to INR 2,700

Location:
Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

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La Côte de Bœuf Koh Samui

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One of the best restaurants in Koh Samui Chaweng, La Côte de Boeuf is a beautiful garden-restaurant shaded in Bangkok’s Bang Rak district. What sets this restaurant apart from the rest is the fact that the head chef is a French national, and has worked for well-known French and Swiss restaurants.

Grilled dishes are cooked by the chef right before you, and are a speciality of the restaurant, perfectly complementing their excellent bistro menu. Not to mention, the range of exquisite French and foreign wines that you can sip on with your meal! All this is offered at fairly reasonable prices, too. With the great service, delicious food, and pocket-friendly rates, it’s little wonder why La Côte de Boeuf is a traveller-favourite! 

Type of cuisine:
French, European

Timing:
Open from 04:00 PM to 10:30 PM, every day. Closed on Wednesday

Price for two:
INR 758 to INR 2,274 

Location:
30/26 Moo 4, Bang Rak, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani

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21

Babu's Indian Hot

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Babu's Indian Hot

A great place to indulge in some guilt-free pleasure, Babu’s Indian Hot restaurant is known to serve you with the best North Indian dishes in Koh Samui. Tucked away in Maenam district, Babu’s is well-preferred amongst travellers, given its great prices.

A little off the beaten path, the restaurant features a cosy atmosphere and comfortable interiors to promise you an enjoyable meal. The daal takda here is a signature dish, along with the classic butter naan that brings Indian cuisine alive in a very real way!

Type of cuisine: Indian, Asian

Timing: Open every day from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Price for two:

Location: Mae Nam, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 

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