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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
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09:00 - 22:00
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant has a great view with Bangrak beach. Nice shot for sunset here. Many style of drink such as import beer, thai beer, wine, cocktail with reasonable price. Nice food and good decorate. Staffs are all friendly especially chef to take care of us but if have more Will be better ^ ^. Love!!

1 Thank pattaraporn c
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Probably my tenth visit and bringing my well behaved dog was never an issue until now. This time we arrived early and almost no people were present. Were greeted by a grumpy patron who basically threw us out. Ok, so you don't want the business of your best local supporters, Angelina will gladly take our money.

Thank Marc R
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

worth a visit, for beer, beautiful sunsets and food. real nice lounge area! staff is attentive and welcoming, worth the trip here if you not live nearby!

Thank Dan J
Phoenix, Arizona
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

The venue is very nice, great views. Staff is nice. Had the Tamarina breakfast for 200 baht, didn't show on the menu what that was, had only one fried egg, toast, ham, hot dog, bacon and three slices of fried potato. Would have preferred an omelette, not sure why they don't have that as an option. Potatoes were over-cooked and... More 

Thank John D
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I couldn't get enough, I am one of those people who tries to only eat somewhere once and tries something different at each place but I came back 4 or 5 times during my 2 weeks in Koh Samui. The staff are friendly, the food is superb (sometimes things look the same on the menu or there are duplicates but... More 

Thank Haynesyholidays
Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

By far the worst service on the Island and I have been traveling there for YEARS. It's a very pleasant view but you spend a lot of time trying to wave down staff that are propped up against the bar and completely ignoring you! Smiles come out when the wallet opens to pay though. The curry was OK. I'd never... More 

Thank katecrulci
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Tasty food right next to big Buddha. The sunset though was the highlight. Unfortunate that the restaurant is so empty though. Deserves more customers as the food is very good.

1 Thank Nicholas M
Rome, Italy
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74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Extremely overpriced for the worst food I had in thailand in three weeks... Terrible. The Ceasar salad was basically green salad covered by majonese with no chicken (no idea which meat the put inside... Bacon?). The pinapple fried rice had wurstels inside (??) with a terrible taste... I just save view and location (pretty nice modern place)

Thank Fabio83_Italia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

The location is perfect to relax and enjoy the view. The Drinks were delicious (eg. Cappuccino Frappe with Hazelnut syrup) and the staff was really friendly. Their english is just not that good but we could communicate. We loved this place and will miss the amazing view and the drinks.

1 Thank lisssy21
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Food what great (a bit over priced) but this part was covered and covered well. However, the view in one word is heaven! Being able to look at the sea, plains coming and going, sun and all while laying down on a poof. who is the genius that thought about the flat fence?!

Thank Eldar R

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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
USD 10 - USD 40
Italian, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, European, Asian, Thai
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, View, 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: 66622430008
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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