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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%
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“club sandwich” (4 reviews)
“thai food” (14 reviews)
“nice food” (5 reviews)
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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 17 August 2017

Just to let everyone know, we went here in August 2017 but the 'See Sea' bar / restaurant was closed for major renovations. Not sure when it's reopening, but looking at the works and knowing the speed of Thai workmen, not at least until Christmas...More

Thank RoystaDoysta
Reviewed 20 April 2017 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...More

1  Thank pattaraporn c
Reviewed 24 March 2017 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...More

Thank Marc R
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
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...More

Thank John D
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...More

Thank Haynesyholidays
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...More

Thank katecrulci
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
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...More

Thank Fabio83_Italia
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...More

1  Thank lisssy21
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Romantic, View, Kids, Child-friendly
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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