Our pick of great restaurants in Koh Samui shows how the island is now a culinary destination in its own right. It boasts several world-class restaurants featuring extremely talented and innovative chefs. From genuine, traditional Thai cuisine to trendy fusion creations, Koh Samui's best restaurants have a myriad of flavors for you to discover.

    Browse through our pick of some of the great restaurants in Koh Samui to find those that match your taste. Cliffside dining? Of course! Beachside? Obviously. On Koh Samui, it's merely a question of knowing where to look.

    A romantic dinner under the stars at the Dining on the Rocks, the signature restaurant of Six Senses Samui, can be a unique and superb experience. Relax on the terraced decks, whether in the open air or in the covered seating neighborhoods, and enjoy fantastic 270-degree views of the ocean and surrounding islands. The menu offers New Asian cuisine with a crossover accent and is a fine exponent of the increasingly popular ‘slow cuisine.’

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    Location: Six Senses Samui Resort, 9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Bophut, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)7 724 5678

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    Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar is located in Anantara Lawana in north Chaweng and is one of Samui’s most accomplished restaurants. It’s definitely the place to head to if you are a fine-dining enthusiast. With only 8 tables in the restaurant and each an individual ‘treehouse’ the experience here is unique. It’s particularly romantic, too – a good one for couples looking for something a little special.

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    Location: Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, 92/1 Moo 2, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)7 796 0333

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    2 Fishes Samui

    Bophut

    Located in the heart of Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village, 2 Fishes Samui is an unpretentious yet stylish Italian restaurant. You can sample the freshest local seafood here, prepared with love by the talented Chef Leandra Panza. With over 25 years of experience in noteworthy Italian restaurants in London, Sidney, Melbourne, and Singapore, Leandro Panza offers one of the best gastronomic experiences in Bophut.

    Standout dishes include broiled king prawns with hot garlic oil, chili and lemon or steamed red snapper fillet with sautéed kale and hot garlic dressing, olive oil parsley and aged red wine vinegar.

    Location: 79/5 Moo 1, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 6 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)99 281 9973

    Chez François is housed in a non-descript building that looks like nothing more than an ordinary home from the outside. Inside, it’s rated as perhaps the best restaurant in Bophut and among the best in all of Samui. The only choice on the menu is a specially prepared 4-course meal by Chef François Porté-Garcia. Mostly consisting of first-class French cuisine, this fantastic feast of fine dining is great value when you consider the high level of the cuisine.  

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    Location: 33/2 Moo 1, Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)96 071 1800

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    Café 69

    Bophut

    Café 69 is a trendy venue on the Samui Ring Road near Bophut. The colorful and modern décor is emphasized by clever lighting effects to create a welcoming vibe. It’s a cozy venue run by an extremely pleasant host (and talented chef!) – Vivien Bella – who despite the constant hustle and bustle in his establishment always find some time to have a word with his guests.

    The food served at Café 69 is “a new twist on Southern Thai indigenous cuisine,” as they call it themselves. You can sample standard Thai and Asian dishes – duck dumplings, deep-fried betel leaves with prawns, or white snapper with mango – enhanced by Vivien’s special touch. One of our favorites is the smoked duck curry with lychee and grape.

    Location: 157/52, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Saturday–Thursday from 1 pm to 11 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)81 978 1945

    With a relaxing atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious food, Kob Thai is a highly recommended place if you come to Lamai. Under French management, the Thai chef prepares all the classics of Thai cuisine from outstanding seafood to spicy salads to mouth-watering desserts, all of them at affordable prices.

    A serene tropical setting, just off the main hub of Lamai Beach Road, adds a lot to the experience. Tables are set in a tropical garden under individual wooden salas. The restaurant also has an outdoor bathing pool for the kids to splash in, so be sure to bring your swimsuits. After dark, the garden and pool are lit up with multi-coloured lights, creating a rather romantic ambience.

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    Location: Haad Lamai 3, Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 12 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)82 534 9325

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    H Bistro

    Bophut

    Strongly focused on delivering cuisine at the highest level, H Bistro at the Hansar Resort features a French Mediterranean menu and exclusive wine list. The award-winning 74-cover restaurant has indoor and alfresco dining from breakfast until late at night. This is fine, innovative dining and definitely worth a visit.

    With modern lines, sea breezes and well-trained staff, H Bistro is one of Bophut's classiest restaurants. Diners can enjoy views of Koh Phangan from the wood-decked terrace, which also makes for an idyllic place for sundowners, cocktails, and people-watching in Koh Samui.

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    Location: Hansar Samui Resort, 101/28 Moo 1, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 10.30 am, 11.30 am to 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)7 724 5511

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    Red Snapper

    Chaweng Beach

    Red Snapper doesn’t seem to be totally focused on its food, judging by the big screen and a nightly live band. However, the quality of the cuisine speaks for itself. Part of the Chaweng Regent Beach Resort, Red Snapper fronts onto the Beach Road and is great for a laid-back meal, enjoyed while watching the passing throngs.

    Essentially a Mediterranean-influenced restaurant, you can enjoy dishes such as roasted duck breast with red wine sauce and polenta, roasted snow fish fillet in chorizo oil, a whole range of healthy salads and dessert treats such as poached pear belle Helene.

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    Location: 155/4 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Chaweng, Koh Samui 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)7 730 0200

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    The Boudoir is opulent dining at its best. Swirling silks, scintillating satins, reams of textiles – it’s the sort of place a Pasha would feel right at home in, sprawled among the cushions. Essentially French cooking, there's a good selection of cheeses, meats, foie gras and even escargots – and a good and cheap house wine.

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    Location: 32/2 Moo 1, Mae Nam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 7 pm to 11.45 pm, Sunday from 7 pm to 11 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)85 783 1031

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    Kobori Japanese Restaurant

    Kobori Japanese Restaurant is considered by many to be the best Japanese restaurant in Koh Samui. Kobori is named after its Chef Koji O Kobori and is set in a modern 2-storey building located in Nathon.

    Featuring a sober, contemporary-style Japanese décor, the restaurant serves an excellent choice of delicious sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, and more. Kobori Japanese Restaurant is also famous for the excellent choice of sake it has.

    Location: 310/19 Moo 3, Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)83 174 6530

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    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveler

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