Dining or lunching at one of the best beachfront restaurants in Koh Samui is always a memorable experience. As a wonderful tropical island, Koh Samui features a great selection of sandy strips along its coastline. You'll find a good choice of beachfront restaurants at which you can dine with your toes in the sand. 

    All these restaurants have in common is their proximity to the sea. Food-wise, you can expect both local and international dishes, as well as a wide range of beverages to enjoy with your meal. Check out our selection of the most popular seaside dining options in Koh Samui. 

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    Zazen Restaurant

    Zazen is an award-winning restaurant located right on the beach, toward the western end of Bophut. It serves traditional Thai regional dishes with fine-dining touches and culinary flair sprinkled throughout. 

    The extent of the care put into each dish is reflected in the high cost of dining here and the French chef spares no effort in his quest for perfection, even growing his own herbs. Part of the Zazen Boutique Resort, Zazen is a great place for a memorable and romantic dinner by the seaside.

    Location: Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa, 177, Moo 1, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6.30 am to 10.30 pm

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    Hemingway's on the Beach

    Hemingway’s on the Beach is settled amid coconut trees directly on the secluded beach of Thongkrut fisherman’s village. Chef Jaa’s home-cooking style has won the hearts (and the stomachs) of her guests. She prepares genuine traditional Thai cuisine with some of the freshest ingredients on the island.

    Hemingway’s on the Beach features simple settings, great views to Tean and Mat Sum islands, and serves top-notch homemade Thai dishes – what more could you want for a wonderful evening off the beaten path in Samui?

    Location: 79/1 Moo 5, Road 4170, Baan Thong Krut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)61 178 5550

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    Baobab Restaurant

    Baobab is a quaint beach restaurant just south of Ammatara Pura Pool Villas on Lamai Beach. Run by a Franco-Thai couple, it leaves no place to wonder why it became one of the most popular beachfront venues in Lamai. It has a beach club atmosphere, rustic yet comfortable setting, friendly staff, and a thick menu consisting of Thai, French and western dishes.  

    Location: 127/64 Moo 3, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)89 281 8598

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    Sabienglae Restaurant in Lamai is an outstanding local Thai restaurant. It serves excellent local cuisine in an easy-going setting right by the beach, with low prices given the quality. 

    The restaurant is between the main beltway around Koh Samui (Route 4169) and the beach, just south of the renowned Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks. The fact that Sabienglae is very popular with locals is a good sign, making it a great place in Lamai if you want to get a true taste of Thailand.

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    Location: 438/82 Moo 1, Tawirat Phakdi Road, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)77 332 651

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    The Virgin Coast Restaurant

    The Virgin Coast Restaurant is a very pleasant dining venue on Taling Ngam beachfront. Surrounded by coconut trees and facing west, it’s also a great sundowner spot. 

    The restaurant is built and furnished in wood, bamboo and thatch to provide a picture-postcard setting. Food-wise, its chef juggles with Thai and western influences to serve top-notch fusion cuisine. You can also enjoy traditional local and international dishes, including fresh seafood. 

    Location: 166/9 Moo 1, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)77 270 689

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    Som Restaurant

    Som is a simple local restaurant set directly on the beach, offering splendid views of Koh Phangan. This family-run establishment serves a good choice of traditional Thai and international dishes, as well as the catch of the day. 

    The restaurant’s look is pretty basic – it’s essentially just a wooden seaside shack – but the atmosphere is serene and friendly, thanks to the management and staff. Som is located in the central part of Bang Po, north of Koh Samui.

    Location: 44 Moo 6, Bang Por Beach, Mae Nam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)81 477 4305

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    The Island View Restaurant

    The Island View Restaurant is a beachfront venue in Taling Ngam, on the west coast of Samui Island. This sundowner spot is a great place to relax on the beach while sampling delicious local specialties.

    This simple restaurant is mostly made of bamboo and thatch, with coconut trees providing shade. Food-wise, you can enjoy fresh fish and seafood dishes. The Island View Restaurant also serves excellent cocktails at discounted prices during happy hour (5 pm to 6.30 pm).

    Location: 348 Moo 3, Nara-Taling-Ngam Rd, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)93 575 8209

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    Baitong Restaurant

    Baitong is the signature restaurant of Banana Fan Sea Samui, a stylish and affordable resort right on the beach in central Chaweng. It has a rather large, open-sided dining room right next to the bathing pool, with a dozen tables set on the white sand of Chaweng Beach. 

    With an extensive menu of Thai and western favorites, Baitong is a great place for a tropical dinner under the stars with your toes in the sand. Happy hour is from noon to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 7 pm.

    Location: 201 Chaweng Beach Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 10.30 pm

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    Zenzibar Beach Bar

    Zenzibar Beach Bar is a cool restaurant right on Maenam Beach, between Ampha Place Hotel and Sensimar Resort, in the north of Samui Island. A great place for a laidback lunch or dinner with your toes in the sand, this family-run restaurant serves a great choice of traditional Thai dishes, international delicacies, and seafood.

    Even though the restaurant is north-facing, Zenzibar is a well-known sundowner spot with great views of Koh Phangan. It would please any vacationer in search of exotic beachside dining in Koh Samui.

    Location: 18/33 Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from noon to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)62 315 2324

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    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveler

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