Koh Samui Restaurants
The Larder could well be described as a gastro pub serving modern British and European dinners with worldwide influences. A good selection of wines are available along with imported and local beers. Situated at the very top of the Chaweng Beach Road (opposite Anantara Lawana) you can enjoy their luncheon or evening menu, with daily specials. The Larder is a place where you can relax, let down your hair and fill yourself to the brim with unsurpassed food and intricate drinks without feeling like you have to wear your best suit. Bookings advisable as this has become a very popular restaurant. Well worth a visit. www.thelardersamui.com
You’ll find a wonderful à la carte breakfast, sandwiches, salads, homemade pizzas and a wonderful Thai and European/Mediterranean lunch and dinner menu here @ Secret Garden. With friendly staff and a old style beach experience of drinks and food, you have to try it out so bring your flip flops. Most Sundays you’ll find the Secret Garden Sunday Sessions featuring live music and a barbecue and buffet. Secret Garden has daily happy hours which on Fridays are extended an hour with a selection of finger food as well. Fridays is especially popular with the island’s residents who come to unwind after a week at work. The beach is only meters away so you’ll be able to unwind to the waves. www.secretgardensamui.com
Based at one of the most scenic viewpoints on Samui, Dr Frogs offers a great dining experience plus there’s a bar area too. Seating is in two main areas. Firstly, there is the split-level interior (which is open on three sides), and then there’s an open terrace where you can dine under the stars at night (there are shades to protect you from the sun in the daytime). But wherever you sit, you’ll have an uninterrupted views of the ocean plus the whole of Chaweng Bay. Lunch is an unhurried affair, and finding a more scenic place to enjoy it on Samui would be hard. The all-day menu has some very tempting dishes so take your time and enjoy life. Evening dining is a treat for those lucky enough to book ahead and dine on the open terrace. The menu has something for everybody and there is even Thai food too. But let’s not forget the extra-ordinary pizzas available at Dr. Frogs. Whatever cuisine you decide to go with, there’s a great selection of New and Old World wines to complement the culinary experience. www.drfrogssamui.com
With great choices on the menu along with its picturesque setting, The Cliff is a natural choice for a superb lunch or dinner. You’re sure to enjoy eating at The Cliff after The Cliff Samui was designated as one of the country’s best restaurants. It overlooks Thong Takian Bay, one of the island’s best beaches, and has beautiful views. Naturally the restaurant’s terrace is extremely popular, so it’s always recommended to make a reservation. The menu caters for all pallets and the extensive range of wines is impressive. It even has an air conditioned room if you wish to cool off. The Cliff is open daily from midday and drinks continue till a lot later on. www.thecliffsamui.com
Dining on The Rock at Six Senses Resort
Known for it’s uniqueness and exquisite cuisine, Dining on the Rocks is a fascinating restaurant where all can experience a new way of dining under the stars. Dining on the Rocks is one of Samui’s most popular restaurants. Tourists as well as locals all come to witness first hand the absolutely stunning view that overlooks Samrong Bay. Beautifully located in Plai Laem on the Six Senses Hideaway Resort, Dining on the Rocks is easily accessible for anyone looking to experience the elegance of Koh Samui. The ideal time to visit Dining on the Rocks is just before sunset, where guests can really appreciate the scenery of the restaurant’s atmosphere. This restaurant takes pride in it’s stunning 270 degree view of Samrong Bay and features an intricate work of platforms and terraces, all linked together by luxurious walkways. Guests will view the island of Koh Phangan on the left and the tranquil waters of the Samrong Bay on the right. The interior is primarily wood along with bamboo and teak giving a very natural feel. Guests have a choice between the usual chair-table dining or enjoying a more relaxing and casual meal along their terrace seating. Of course Dining on the Rocks is also very popular because of its gastronomic offerings. Familiar Asian favorites have been tweaked and given a new twist to give food lovers an original yet exciting taste. Due to a limited amount of availability in the seating area, Dining on the Rocks offers a secluded and romantic dining experience for those looking to treat their special someone. The view at Dining on the Rocks is truly phenomenal. See you there. www.sixsenses.com
Woo Bar & The Kitchen Table at W Retreat
Open on three sides and ideally situated on the corner of a hillside, WooBar offers a two hundred and seventy degree view of the the Gulf of Thailand and nearby islands. Try and get here before sunset to really appreciate the bar and restaurant transform from day to night time. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between at The Kitchen Table. Open show kitchens and stunning cut-out glass ceilings stage a rare culinary experience, while a dynamic “floating” space set over the edge offers infinite views of the sea and islands beyond from dramatic high-back sofas and booths with daybeds. Outdoors, an expansive terrace houses plush patio furnishings and similarly stunning views that complement the comforting and unique menu, which includes freshly baked treats; the catch of the day, locally and internationally; favorites ranging from Thai curries to gourmet pizza plus a whole lot more. As you’d expect, drinks are freely available local and international plus coffee and a lot more. Valet parking is available and we would suggest you book ahead as many of the guests at W Retreat, drink and dine here too. www.wretreatkohsamui.com
Sitting on the expansive deck suspended over the rock pools and ocean below, it’s hard not to picture a more perfect setting. The tables with comfortable armchairs upholstered in shades of teal and neutrals reflect the surrounding environment. Bar stools are set at a wooden balustrade at the front – the perfect spot for sun-downers while sharing a platter of oysters, which RockPool is famous for. Upon arriving at Kanda Residences, you’re immediately whisked away in a golf cart and driven down to the beach side cliffs where the restaurant is perched. Close enough to Chaweng for easy access, yet far enough to avoid the crowds, you’ll find the well sign posted Kanda Residences and RockPool along the road connecting Chaweng with Choeng Mon Beach. The menu is well-balanced, with options for meat, seafood and poultry lovers, as well as appealing options for vegetarians. And evening alfresco dining wouldn’t be complete without an interesting salad. RockPool’s a la carte menu also really shows off flare for fabulous food. Pop in. www.rockpoolsamui.com
Zico’s Brazilian Restaurant
Zico’s is a smart contemporary-styled Brazilian barbecue restaurant. This restaurant is on the southern part Chaweng Beach Road, opposite Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui. As you approach you’ll hear the rhythmic samba beat spilling out onto the street by way of enticement; which it certainly does. Choose to dine inside the completely air-conditioned 90-seat interior with its novel floor-paneled lighting, or in the open-air 45-seat section under the stars. But, wherever you sit, you’ll be on super-comfortable chairs in plenty of space. And the first thing you’ll be invited to do by your waitress is to help yourself to the salad bar. There are all manner of sauces and dips to tuck into, too. And, whilst you’re on your feet, do take a look in the well-stocked walk-in wine cellar where you can make an unhurried choice of a favourite bottle. Its a fun restaurant too be dancers on some evenings and a great selection of meats that they bring to your table all too often. Zico’s is definitely a cut above most on the island. Especially when you’re looking for somewhere that’s exciting, has great food, is terrific value, and gives you that reassuring feeling of being somewhere special. www.zicosamui.com
Local Thai Restaurants
There are hundreds of small restaurants around Koh Samui run by the locals, with a variety of tastes from around the country.
The general rule for the best food is to find restaurants busy with Thai’s, just be careful what you order as the locals do love their chilli.