No vacation will ever be complete without food and if you happen to be in Koh Samui, among the best things that you can do is to visit as many restaurants as you can. The dining scene on the island is without a doubt one of the finest in Asia. The diversity of the restaurants in terms of cuisine, price range, ambience, and service style will make any true foodie satisfied.

Here are some of the best restaurants on the island of Samui.

Barracuda Restaurant

For those who are dining in groups and would love a cozy ambience and great cocktails, Barracuda Restaurant in Bophut is a must try. This combines a relaxing casual ambience with a great food selection. The fact that the items on the menu are reasonably priced won’t hurt too.

The menu is inspired by Mediterranean Cuisine and something that foodies will love to know is that the chef makes great use of locally available ingredients while maintaining the delicate flavors that Mediterranean food is known for. Set by the sea at The Wharf in Bophut, here one can indulge his taste buds and his eyes at same time.

Because of Barracuda’s theme you can expect to see a lot of seafood on the menu. To warm up your appetite, we highly suggest that you start with the seared scallops. For a kickstart, the spicy crab rolls are amazing too.

For the main meal, one should not forget to try the seabass, which is made more special by the unique and tropical passion fruit sauce. Desserts are a must too. The house’s warm chocolate cake is just the right hint of sweet to finish your meal.

Spices Cafe

If you happen to be a purist foodie and want to indulge on local food while on vacation, you definitely have to stop by Spices Cafe. This is among many traveler’s favorite spot for authentic Thai food. Here people can enjoy local dishes, beers, and loads of cocktails. Their serving size is perfect for sharing and its casual ambience seem to be a hit among beachgoers who just want to enjoy great tasting dishes made from fresh ingredients. Here, even those who are not a fan of spicy food will feel at ease since the place accommodates different spice (heat) preferences. This means you can have your curry mild or fiery hot—whatever want.

Among Spices Cafe’s most raved offerings are the papaya salad, chicken satay, and red duck curry. This is a recommended venue for friends or large groups as the price range leans more on the affordable side. Located in Maenam, this is only a few meters away from the beach and could be a possible favorite whenever you visit the island.

Cafe 69

For the open minded foodie who want a different take on local cuisine, there are plenty of fusion Koh Samui restaurants for you to choose from. Cafe 69 is surely among the most popular ones nowadays.

People are drawn to this charming place because of its welcoming staff and very accommodating owner who happens to be at the restaurant most of the time. The price is great and people rave about the twists made in some popular Thai dishes.

The ambience is cool and quirky and everything on the menu will tickle one’s interest. Be sure to try the mixed noodles and the duck dumplings—both really unforgettable choices. Also don’t forget the ever popular chicken curry pie, which foreigners can’t seem to get enough of.


Italian food seem to have everyone captivated and you are no foodie unless you aren’t a little crazy over pizza and pasta. If you happen to be craving for a little Italian feast and have overdosed on curry and pineapple rice, then there is a nice place where you can pig out on your favorite comfort food. Pepenero is one of Koh Samui’s top restaurants. Whether you are dining alone, with a loved one, or your whole gang, Pepenero won’t disappoint.

Service here is amazing and the quality of their food is excellent. This is one of the most highly rated Italian restaurants on the island as it offers great value for money. The authenticity and the integrity of the flavors of Italy that can be observed on every dish is of note too. A friendly tip: make reservations to make sure you have a table. The restaurant is not that big and is usually packed.

Al pesto pasta is a crowd favorite so is their burrata bruschetta. Their Mediterranean spaghetti is also winner and is something that you will surely think about til your next visit. A family favorite is their classic lasagna, something which kids will love for sure.

A simple reminder: don’t miss their Tiramisu. It is simply divine.

The Boudoir

For foodie couples who are looking for a romantic place to dine, a distinct Koh Samui restaurant that you should visit is The Boudoir. Just the name brings to mind sensory delights and well, this restaurant is all about that. The interiors are relaxing and quiet, making it a superb venue for a memorable evening with a loved one. If you are thinking of impressing someone who adores fine food or are contemplating popping the big question (hint: proposal), The Boudoir is a top choice. Yummy French food and great wine are what you can expect here.

The menu standouts are the foie gras, tuna tartare, and salmon. Their ratatouille is also worth raving about. Of course, a meal can be made more romantic with a little dessert. For that, their chocolate fondant has our vote. Delicious!

Aside from their menu, what seems to be the secret of this lovely place are the hosts who welcome their guests with gusto. Combining outstanding service, reasonable price and comprehensive food choices, The Boudoir truly deserves being hailed by food lovers in Koh Samui.

On the island of Samui, dining is a favorite activity of many. If it happens to be yours, then be sure to check these five incredible restaurants and satisfy your cravings while on your holiday.

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