The best restaurants in Maenam are great for those looking for diverse dining options on the island of Koh Samui. This coastal area still hosts a great choice of excellent restaurants covering Thai, Japanese, French and Mediterranean cuisine.

    You can find many world-class restaurants in and around the resorts that line Maenam Beach, as well as by Pralarn Pier. Whether you are looking for romantic dining or laidback beachfront dining, there’s surely a great Maenam restaurant that suits you.

    Where are the best places to eat in Maenam?

    The Boudoir is a chic and cozy restaurant in a small lane off Koh Samui’s Ring Road in Maenam. Run by a charming French couple, it has superb Middle Eastern settings with vividly colored cushions and sofas. 

    You can enjoy excellent Provençal French cuisine in a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. Standouts include foie gras salad, goat cheese and honey salad, duck with figs and Cognac, and tuna tartar with avocado. 

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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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    Lai Thai Restaurant

    Lai Thai Restaurant at Belmond Napasai Resort serves Thai and international cuisine in a relaxing environment. The restaurant has floor-to-ceiling large windows that overlook the resort and ocean. The split-level seating provides more choices for where to eat and what to view.

    Location: 65/10 Baan Tai, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

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    Angela's at Moonhut

    Angela's at Moonhut is a long-established restaurant in Maenam, along the Samui Ring Road. Its design might remind you of a classic American diner, with comfortable booths, quirky ads, heteroclite objects hanged all around the place, and an alfresco dining area under a pergola.

    As for the food, Angela's at Moonhut serves a great choice of western favorites such as fresh pies, salads, sandwiches, and cold cuts – all at affordable prices.

    Location: 64/29 Moo 1, Mae Nam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)77 427 396

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    Zenzibar Beach Bar

    Zenzibar Beach Bar is a cool beachfront restaurant located 600 meters east of Maenam Walking Street. It has a small open-sided indoor dining area and an outdoor terrace for those who want to dine with their toes in the sand. 

    Zenzibar Beach Bar serves Thai and international delicacies at affordable prices. This is a family-run affair – Yuth is a competent and friendly owner/manager who has experience in the tourism industry.

    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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    About Café

    About Café is a small and cozy venue on Maenam Walking Street. It has a nice vintage décor, with tables shaded by umbrellas inside the dining room. Postcards and cute souvenirs for sale are on display all around the cafe. 

    About Café opens during the day, serving 11 different types of coffee, fruit shakes, and homemade yogurt. It's a great place for a light lunch or breakfast in Maenam. Free Wi-Fi is available as well. 

    Location: 160/1 Moo1, Baan Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7.30 am to 4 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)77 938 167

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    John's Garden Restaurant

    John's Garden Restaurant occupies a traditional Thai house with a lovely garden in Maenam. The venue is just off Samui Ring Road in Wat Napralarn Soi, leading to Lompraya Pier. The restaurant offers al fresco dining or semi-indoor dining in a wooden sala, both of which overlook tropical plants and flowers. 

    John's Garden Restaurant is great for a relaxing and romantic dinner in Koh Samui. Food-wise, you can find classic Thai favorites like masaman chicken and spicy glass noodles salad with seafood. If western food is your thing, the restaurant has a great choice of steaks and pasta. 

    Location: 26 Moo 4, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 1 pm to 11.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)77 247 694

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    Hacienda Beach Restaurant

    Hacienda Beach Restaurant is a lovely all-day dining spot on Maenam Beach, north of Koh Samui. With an open-sided contemporary-style dining room and a beachfront deck, it is a cool place to enjoy a hearty meal with views of the ocean.

    Hacienda Beach Restaurant serves mostly western classics like salads and sandwiches, as well as delicious Thai specialties, meat and seafood. The restaurant has sun loungers and umbrellas – great for enjoying cocktails on the beach after dinner. 

    Location: Hacienda Beach Resort, 82/2 Moo 1, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)77 427 036

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    Sala Thai

    Sala Thai is set in a tropical garden at Santiburi Resort. The restaurant serves fine Royal Thai cuisine with delicate European flavors. Dishes such as fuk thong geng kati (pumpkin with coconut curry) and geang som malakor kab pla insee (rich orange curry of green papaya and kingfish) are difficult to find elsewhere and are well worth sampling here. Immaculate service and presentation, subtle lighting, and Thai music all add to the sophisticated dining experience.

    Location: Santiburi Resort, 12/12 Moo 1, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 7 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)77 425 031

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    Som Restaurant

    Som is a simple local restaurant set directly on the beach, offering splendid views of Koh Phangan. Located in central Bang Po, this family-run business serves a good choice of traditional Thai and international dishes, as well as freshly caught seafood as daily specials. 

    The restaurant is pretty basic, occupying a wooden seaside shack, and has a rather serene atmosphere. With fairly priced food and beverages, as well as beautiful views, Som is one of the most popular restaurants in Maenam.

    Location: 44 Moo 6, Bang Por, Maenam, 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 Kitchen Table

    The Kitchen Table at W Koh Samui is a great place for exquisite international cuisine and crafted cocktails in Koh Samui. The restaurant has a very elegant dining space and an outdoor terrace that overlooks the Gulf of Thailand. 

    The all-day menu includes classic pizzas and pasta, as well as Thai classics like green papaya salad and tom yam soup. Like everything else associated with this five-star hotel, The Kitchen Table is very swanky.

    Location: W Koh Samui, 4/1 Moo 1, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

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    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveler

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