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Tamarina Bistro & Bar (formerly Big Buddha Cafe)

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14/22 Moo 5 Ban Plai Leam, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Name/address in local language
+66 62 243 0008
09:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

We just run in to the place. Food was perfect view perfect... Its 5 minutes walk over the damm from big buddha. We had beefsalad veggie curry green an and penang spareribs spicey frice and penne aribiata nicely a dente very good place if u sick of hotel food ...

Thank seafood71
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

I and my husband visited here a couple time because we love the sunset from this restaurant. They have cozy atmosphere and easy relaxing couch. The staffs are very kind and they show great hospitality when mosquitos obsessed our dinner. Foods are also good and we like Thai food but if you visit family and group, appetizer set would be... More 

1 Thank matsuom2015
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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

We decided to have lunch here. Very nice setting. Very modern an a great view over the ocean and the surrounding islands. The Club Sandwich was actually great although a bit large. Not the cheapest place around we the food and setting make up for a lot

1 Thank Danny v
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

We were heading to another restaurant and stumbled on this restaurant! Food was lovely the cleanest restaurant we have been in! Will be back !

1 Thank Louise C
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61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We ate here last night and should of read the reviews before we came. The view for sunset was amazing and the drinks, iced fruit drinks and cocktails were good; everything else was terrible, Service is the worst I have come across and the wait staff didn't seem to know what they were doing. The food was equally as bad,... More 

Thank MaisyB
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

I recently went here for a coffee because the view was amazing. I haven't eaten here but I would highly recommend coming for a drink. About 100 bhat for a coffee.

Thank Alex J
Ko Samui, Thailand
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

I just see that I wrote the review to this place long time ago and it's 5 stars. This is not even the same. That's why I have to write it again, as it's not fair for people that see my review and go here and disappointed. This new place call Tamarina which is new, lovely place, clean and lovely... More 

Thank Vicky2518
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Lovely place to lounge, have lunch, and dinner. What a nice view! Prices are affordable. Food is excellent and lots of choice - Thai food is excellent, especially the curries. Wood burning pizza oven. Staff is friendly and nice. Nice venue, modern Thai. Prices are reasonable. Highly recommendable!

Thank Sebastiaan_de_Bont
Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

As before: nice location. Everything is new and looks nice. I read before that the restaurant will be smaller, but it isn't, it's huge. They also have a closed area with AC and outside some chill-out beanbags. So that looks all fine for me. The staff is very friendly. We had a platter of appetizers, 2 thai dishes, 2 cocktails,... More 

Thank Martin L
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125 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

We ordered a pizza and chicken steak. Food tastes good but noting surprising. Chicken steak comes with a heavy cream sauce and tastes bit oily. Coffee is very sweet. It is not a fine dining restaurant, not comparable to the Cliff or other western setup on the island. The view, instead of the food, is the wow factor. Open sea... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
European, Thai, Italian, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Asian, Pub
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14/22 Moo 5 Ban Plai Leam, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
  • Location: Asia  >  Thailand  >  Surat Thani Province  >  Ko Samui  >  Bophut
  • Phone Number: +66 62 243 0008
Tamarina Bistro&Bar is a Thai fusion seafood spot boating one of the best sunset view on Samui island. We value the art of traditional Thai cooking in combination with locally sourced seafood and a twist of Italian influence. Come relax and unwind under our ocean front Tamarind tree, we are ready to serve you!

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