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“Not impressed at all” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of ZENZIBAR Beach Bar & Restaurant

ZENZIBAR Beach Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #10 of 95 Restaurants in Mae Nam
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: A small restaurant lay in the middle of the clean and uncrowded of Maenam beach, close to the sea and you can feel the sand on your feet.
london
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“Not impressed at all”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

We were staying next door at the Moonhut, and following on the reviews on TA we were looking forward to trying out Zenzibar. I'm assuming we got them at a bad night. We ordered two cocktails and two main courses from the owner, who went to the bar and then promptly disappeared. 15 minutes passed and still no drinks. My wife went up to the bar and asked for the drinks, which appeared 10 minutes later. The food turned up not long after. My wife ordered steamed fish which was bland. I ordered Penang seafood curry, which came with deep fried fish and virtually no gravy at all. When the bill came, we had been charged for 4 cocktails instead of 2. There are a great many places to eat in Maenam. Zenzibar isn't one of them.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Must visit: Zenzibar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Zenzibar is set directly on the beach in an out of the way location in Mae Nam. When we arrived the staff had prepared a special table for us by the water and had gone to so much trouble to make it the most romantic and special dining event with beautiful decorations and attentive service.
The meal we had was one of the best so far in Thailand: we had the seafood special with lobster. The dishes were to die for and the Red snapper was the absolute highlight. This business is only seven months into operation. Please support these people. They are genuine in their desire to deliver an amazing sunset dining experience.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Thaitimes
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Koh Samui's hidden gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

We came across this bar/restaurant the other afternoon when walking along from our hotel Paradise beach resort, just a few minutes away. We stopped for some lunch and some cocktails. The owner was such a lovely guy, so willing to please and the service was exceptional. The food and cocktails were also great. We therefore decided to go back for dinner tonight (two days later). He said he would make it special for us and he did not disappoint. We arrived to have a special table set out for us on the beach with lighting and flowers and we watched the sunset, it was very romantic. The food we had was great, such as the tiger prawns and crab fried rice, the quality in the ingredients is second to none and the price is so good! The owner spoilt us and really made it special. As we are here on honeymoon this has been the perfect evening. We cannot recommend this place enough! This is our first time to Thailand but we will come back, just to go back to Zenzibar! Thank you!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Dannydbessex
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“Romantic dinner for two on the beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Having read the Trip Advisor reviews i gave the owner a ring and asked him to book a table for two on the beach next to the sea. He immediately offered to pick my wife and I up from our hotel, which was a great start. This personal service continued throughout the night with a standalone candle lit table next to the waters edge, sea food and wine recommendations and a lift home at the end of the night. The personal service, romantic setting and delectable seafood made for lovely night!

Visited September 2013
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“The best restaurant in Thailand”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

This is the best restaurant i've been to so far in Thailand. Excellent service, the food is amazing, and the atmosphere is great! Littlebit tricky to find the place, but if you call the owner, he will pick you up for free.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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