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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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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

located right next to the entrance of the big Buddha temple, it is not possible to miss this place. the restaurant is massive, open and breezy. we went for dinner but I can imagine the views being pretty amazing in the day and at sunset. there's an area with beanbags which is great for lazing around. you get to see... More 

Thank Sylvia K
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

the restaurant located at the entrance of Big bhudda temple. The decorations of here is nice for travelers for relax. you can see The big bhudda at the right hand side and the pier at the left hand side. the foods is thai foods and seafoods,they served beer , cocktails and beverages.

Thank Gamemita G
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

We drove past this place and decided to stay for lunch. It was empty but we were well taken care of. Had fried rice with chili powder and regular fried rice and it was really good. Would love to come back for sunset! The view is amazing. The beach here is really bad so don't expect to go swimming.

Thank Josefin F
Zurich, Switzerland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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
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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90 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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
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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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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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
Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic, View
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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