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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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Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 omelette, not sure why they don't have that as an option. Potatoes were over-cooked and... More 

Thank John D
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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 is superb (sometimes things look the same on the menu or there are duplicates but... More 

Thank Haynesyholidays
Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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 come out when the wallet opens to pay though. The curry was OK. I'd never... More 

Thank katecrulci
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Rome, Italy
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73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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 terrible taste... I just save view and location (pretty nice modern place)

Thank Fabio83_Italia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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 amazing view and the drinks.

1 Thank lisssy21
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 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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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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

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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
US$10 - US$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
Child-friendly, Groups, 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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