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Tamarina Bistro & Bar (formerly Big Buddha Cafe)

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14 22 Ban Plai Leam, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Rome, Italy
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69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank lisssy21
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 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
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 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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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $40
European, Thai, Italian, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Pub
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic
Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 22 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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