Lamai has a great and varied range of restaurants and eateries that easily rival anything that you will find in Chaweng.
Popular with expats and foreign tourists, many of the restaurants that can be found in Lamai cater for a wide range of budgets and tastes including Italian, British, Scandinavian and Thai. The great thing about the quickly established restaurant scene that can be found in Lamai is that you no longer have to travel over to Chaweng each time you want a good meal.
Outback Bar (Australian/British)
Popular with expats, this Aussie owned bar is the place to go for a couple of beers in the company of the English speaking locals. With English breakfasts served all day, Australian steaks and beer by the bucket load, the food here might not be fine dining but could definitely be described as hearty. It is also very reasonably priced and the atmosphere is laid back and relaxed. Outback bar is located a bit further down from McDonald’s on the main Beach Road and is good place to watch live sport on the TV.
Open: 8am to 2am
Tel: 084 440 5318
Price Range: Budget/Affordable
The Cliff (Mediterranean Fine Dining)
Situated in between Lamai and Chaweng, The Cliff’s location, up on the islands hillside, overlooks some of the best and most stunning sea views on all of Koh Samui. As well as the spectacular views, this award winning restaurant produces some of the finest Mediterranean cuisine in all of Thailand. Large, hefty portions of favourite dishes including, piri piri chicken, curried prawns and muscles in white wine sauce, go so well with one of the many fantastic wines that can be found on The Cliff’s extensive wine list. The restaurants bar area plays relaxing chill out music, with more Mediterranean or Latino tunes played in the main eating area.
Open: 6pm to 11pm
Tel: 077 414 266
Price Range: Expensive (but wait until you see those views!!)
Formerly known simply as ‘Ciao’, this Swedish restaurant is understandably popular with many Swedish and Scandinavian tourists that visit Koh Samui. Located on the main road in Lamai, the restaurants generous portions make for a welcome break from English pub grub, Thai or Italian food. With daily specials and a large open dining area, Erik’s can get quite busy in evenings, especially at the weekends if there is live sport on the TV.
Open: 9am to midnight
Tel: 077 424 588
Price Range: Budget/Affordable
Tawann (Thai/International Fusion)
Tawann restaurant in Lamai is part of the five star Renaissance Koh Samui Resort and Spa and is the perfect place to enjoy an early evening drink or three, whilst watching the sun go down from the restaurants splendid outside terrace, which offer stunning views of the sea and horizon. Just as spectacular as the views and chic decor is the food, which is everything you would expect and more, from a 5 star resort of this kind. Choose from an eclectic mix of French, Spanish, Italian and Thai cuisine. Particularly look out for the croque Madame, tortilla Espanola, beef tenderloin and roasted Red Snapper fillet with fennel. No matter where you are staying on Koh Samui, a visit to Tawann is essential in order to sample of the incredible food that is on offer here.
Open: 6pm to 11pm (closed on Wednesdays)
Tel: 077 429 300
Price Range: Expensive (but worth each single Baht!)
Rocky’s (Thai Fine Dining)
Quite possibly one of the most beautiful restaurants on Koh Samui, Rocky’s has an excellent reputation and is a popular choice amongst many people who visit the island. Located just south of Hin Ta and Hin Yai, the restaurant overlooks the rocky beach below, which helps to create a wonderful setting. The food is a nice mix between contemporary Thai and international cuisine, thanks in no small part to the restaurants highly experienced, internationally trained Head Chef. There’s also live entertainment each night and the option of custom-prepared meals in the restaurants private dining area; very romantic!
Open: 7pm to midnight (last food orders 10:30pm)
Tel: 077 418 367
Price Range: Luxuriously pricey!
La Palma (Italian)
This large Italian restaurant offers bare brick walls, a giant wood fired pizza oven and very reasonably priced Italian food. Spread over two floors, it is fair to say that La Palma offers one of the best spot on Lamai’s central strip. Here you could sit for hours enjoying authentic Italian cuisine, whilst watching the comings and goings of the people outside. The waitresses are friendly and the service is good too. If you are looking for a no frills, good value Italian meal then head over to La Palma.
Open: 12pm to midnight
Tel: 086 280 0500
Price Range: Good Value
Barrio Latino (Mexican/Spanish)
Why not sample a bit of exotic Latin America during your visit to Lamai? Barrio Latino is warm and friendly and has a relaxed atmosphere and serves up some fantastic tapas, as well as a host of other traditional South American specialities. The extensive and varied menu includes a wide range of Mexican and Latino classics, such as tacos, burritos, fajitas and hearty chilli con carne. Located on the main high street in Lamai, opposite McDonalds, Barrio Latino offers authentic Mexican and Spanish cuisine, seven nights of the week.
Open: 5pm to midnight
Price Range: Good Value
Ninja Crepes (Thai)
Ninja Crepes is somewhat of an institution in Lamai and whilst the decor might not be up to much, this cheap and cheerful eatery serves up delicious Thai food and crepes 24 hours a day. Not only is the food great but it is also really inexpensive, perfect for anyone who is on a budget. Next to the main diner there is also an internet cafe where so you eat food and surf the web all night long. Located on the main ring road, not too far from the PTT gas station Ninja Crepes is a popular haunt for backpackers
Open: 24 hours
Price Range: Budget (This one is for the backpackers!)
The Patio (Thai/Italian Fusion)
This is fine dining in Lamai at its very best and is one of the fanciest beachside restaurants on the whole island. Part of the Pavilion Boutique Resort, despite the quality of the food, the restaurant is still fairly reasonably priced when you compare it to prices in the west. The restaurant itself is enormous, with an expansive terrace that looks out onto the beachfront. The food is absolutely delicious; in fact the whole setting is very comfortable indeed. Our words probably won’t do The Patio the justice it deserves. Recommendations from the menu include the steamed salmon in a red pepper sauce, black ink fettucine and smoked chicken breast. For desert you simply have to try the hot chocolate soufflé.
Open: 6:30pm to midnight (last orders for food 10:30pm)
Tel: 077 424 420
Price Range: Good Value (particularly for the quality of the food)
Tarua Samui Seafood Bar and Restaurant (Seafood)
Eating at Tarua Samui Seafood Bar and Restaurant is what enjoying great food on your holiday is all about. This place is simply fantastic and we think that it is so good that you will probably visit more than once when you are staying on Koh Samui. Many visitors to the island return year after year to Tarua and it easy to see why. The mixture of stunning views and great food is what the Tarua is all about and it is this winning combination that makes this restaurant so popular with so many people. Located high up on the side of the mountain which overlooks Lamai, the views from the restaurant are absolutely spectacular. During the day you look down onto the islands clear blue waters and at night you witness the island beautifully lit. The sea food here is also just as good as the surrounding views. Make sure you sample the grilled prawns and glass noodle salad.
Open: 12pm to 11:30pm
Tel: 077 960 635
Price Range: Moderate