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Tamarina Bistro & Bar (formerly Big Buddha Cafe)

14/22 Moo 5 Ban Plai Leam, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
+66 62 243 0008
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
Apr 20, 2017
“Nice view and enjoy food”
Aug 16, 2017
“NOTE: The Bar/restaurant is closed for renovation”
Closed Now
Thai, Italian, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, European, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
14/22 Moo 5 Ban Plai Leam, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

We had lunch here with the kids, late afternoon.. Nothing was a problem, food was excellent, and the owner, Mark, very hospitable, and friendly.. The chocolate mousse was oustanding, coffee good.. The outlook across to Big Buddha is beautiful, and the sea breezes made it...More

Thank chatelaua
Reviewed December 23, 2011

Had a great meal here, we had the Sunday roast but the whole menu looked great. Recently renovated, and moved back to its original location. Try and time your visit for sundown as they have the best sun sets on the island.

Thank saudimako
Reviewed December 13, 2011

Food was incredible and good value for money. Views are great and service was fantastic. Would go back again and recommend to anyone.

Thank BumbleBee023
Reviewed December 5, 2011

popular with Aussies and owned by a Kiwi, it was recommended to us by fellow Aussies because it has flavours that are recognisable to us after so much of the Thai cuisine. We got in trouble for wanting to organise our own taxi home because...More

Thank Saunderooni
bbcsamui, Owner at Tamarina Bistro & Bar (formerly Big Buddha Cafe), responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2011

Thank you for your review. It was great to see the food and service met your standards. In terms of the taxi service, we do not get any kickbacks but have used the same operator for over 7 years as he has agreed to keep...More

Reviewed November 29, 2011

Food was average and the owners 2 cats kinda freaked out my friend.More

Thank Gary M
bbcsamui, Owner at Tamarina Bistro & Bar (formerly Big Buddha Cafe), responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2011

Dear Gary M. Sorry about the cats "freaking out" your friend. Generally if we see they are causing a problem with the guests, we take them and lock them at home. Many customers do like them and many do not and we are fully aware...More

Reviewed November 29, 2011

Had a ham and cheese sandwich. needed a break from thai food and they delivered it with super crispy fries. nice coconut cocktail and good service. not pricey and the views were stunning. looks like the place is well kept and clean. very close to...More

Thank tomjet3
Reviewed November 22, 2011

I have been to BBC atleast 6 times since June and both me and my fiance always leave the place satisfied. We tend to eat the same thing every time though, but its great.. and it is crab that we are eating. Staff are not...More

1  Thank eye4details88
Reviewed November 9, 2011

Last night i had Australian sirloin steak at BBC. I wanted medium rare , though they cooked it like that, it didnt taste medium rare at all because the beef quality probably . I think at around 600 baht I could get better steak at...More

1  Thank Erfana S
bbcsamui, Owner at Tamarina Bistro & Bar (formerly Big Buddha Cafe), responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2011

Dear Erfana. I am sorry that the steak was not up to your standard. We use imported frozen steak for the Australian Sirloin. We do not sell a huge amount of steak and we depend on the quality that the supplier can provide. I used...More

Reviewed November 7, 2011

i have eaten hear many times but not got round to a review it certainly deserves it wide range of food including thia and european good when in mixed company thai and english good value good food for breakfast lunch dinner or a late snack...More

1  Thank paulb57
Reviewed November 2, 2011

Very good service, very reasonable priced place, breathtaken views, and outrageous cheef. Especially mention the desserts, homemade chockolate cream is just dreamfull. Thank you Mark, my hurt is broken, see you next time:)

1  Thank Perfecta2000
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
$10 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, 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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups
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 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
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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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