The second most popular resort in Koh Samui (after Chaweng, in case you were wondering), Lamai houses countless amazing dining venues, catering to all tastes and budgets. Most of the restaurants in Lamai serve genuine Thai cuisine on a midrange budget, but there are also a couple of fine-dining where you can really splurge. Check out our list of the top ten restaurants in Lamai!
1. Romantic Bamboo
Nestled under a palm-thatched roof and tucked in lush tropical greenery, Romantic Bamboo features appealing bamboo (of course!) furnishings, a cosy decor and intimate setting. Serving traditional Thai food and scrumptious Italian cuisine, this beautiful venue is one of the most popular restaurants in Lamai, so making a reservation is highly advised.
2. Kob Thai Restaurant
Kob Thai Restaurant is a family-friendly open-air dining venue, featuring a few tables and several wooden cabanas fringing a child-friendly swimming pool. Serving a wide selection of Thai dishes from scrumptious seafood curries to mouth-watering desserts, the restaurant provides an exceptional dining experience at a fantastic value, so if you are travelling to Lamai, Kob Thai is definitely a must-visit.
3. Sabeinglae Restaurant
It’s not just the amazing beachfront location that makes Sabeinglae Restaurant stand out, but also its incredibly delicious Thai haute cuisine. Night after night, the restaurant packs a full house with visitors flocking to savour outstanding local fare and indulge in the stunning ocean vistas.
4. Live India
You would never believe that this unpretentious and even awkward eatery, Live India, is one of the most long-established and best Indian restaurants in the region. Serving more than 140 dishes, the restaurant stands out with its amazing food, brisk service and intimate setting. The unassuming venue only has eight tables, so if you want to savour some genuine Indian cuisine while in Koh Samui, a prior reservation is recommended.
Another pioneer on Lamai’s dining scene, Rostiland Restaurant is an intriguing wiss/Thai hybrid located in the northern part of Lamai. The venue features traditional bamboo and wooden furnishings and unparalleled ocean views. The restaurant offers delicious local and international fare (which comes in generous portions) and an elaborate wine menu.
Tucked away in a tiny soi (alley) in the centre of Lamai, Tropicana attracts Italian food buffs and those wanting a break from the ubiquitous Thai cuisine. Small and cosy, the restaurant stands out with its impeccable service, amazing thin crust pizzas and a wide selection of refreshing cocktails to quench your thirst with.
7. Imchai Thaifood
Shrouded by lush greenery, Imchai Thaifood features a simple and unpretentious setting and serves inexpensive, genuine Thai cuisine in huge portions. The must-try here is the local curry, served with steamed rice and your choice of chicken or seafood.
8. Tandoori Nights
Tandoori Nights is a tiny bright dining venue, serving authentic Indian cuisine in a friendly atmosphere. Besides the a la carte options, the restaurant also offers attractive set menus, which include two or three courses depending on the menu, allowing guests to sample various dishes in a single visit.
9. Pizza Del Sol
For an authentic thin crust Italian pizza, head to Pizza Del Sol located on Lamai Beach Road. Small and simple, the venue offers delicious Italian and Mediterranean fare. Besides pizzas, the restaurant also specialises in steaks and salads as well as serving mouth-watering desserts.
10. Dining Room at Rocky’s Boutique Resort
Dining Room is considered one of the best restaurants in Koh Samui and for good reason. Chic and elegant, this open-sided fine-dining venue overlooks a rocky beach and offers a truly remarkable setting for enjoying dinner. Chef Mon will amaze you with his culinary masterpieces, applying his wide experience in cooking Thai and Western dishes.