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Tamarina Bistro & Bar (formerly Big Buddha Cafe)
Ranked #183 of 439 Restaurants in Bophut
Price range: US$10 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, European, Asian, Thai
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Good for: Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, View
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Cash Only, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: 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!
Ko Samui, Thailand
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Yummy!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by the staffs at the Tango Luxe resort and did nor fail to deliver. Tom yum was pretty good.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice view, good location, nice service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013 via mobile

Traveling during low season, good thing is u can get a nice view seat with ease! Superb view, Ok food. Nice service, as I travel alone, I asked for a taxi, they can arrange it with correct price! One thing, free Wi-Fi here

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Thank FanW
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Bangkok
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51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“The most famous sunset on Samui !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

So say all the postcards ! With the BBC logo !
The food is consistently good, and the owner is always on hand to check on high standards. Views across the bay are magnificent. Good selection of up-market dishes!

Visited August 2013
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Thank Dr Christopher H
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Berks UK
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Why don't they care?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

As per all other reviews, great location, amazing views.

Everything else is average at best, in Koh Samui average is lower than many people's expectations. Apologies prices are way above average

Given the owner has been here for many years, he should know better, I guess he has made too much money as he seems to be commercially astute.

I hope this review kicks him into action a 5% difference would make all the difference, try tasting your own food and watch your staff moving at 1 mph?

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Steveg10
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Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“good location, that's all ...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

I was there a few times, and was nearly always disappointed by the food. Even simple meals like Spaghetti bolognese - unbelievable. That one was actually a joke, more carrots than meat in it.

Pizza is very small, Ham&Eggs dry, no good seasoning on the dishes at all. Watermelon shake with crushed black seeds (first time on samui). Staff was playing with the phones, overall, i got the impression they don't care.

It is not that cheap, for the quality of the food way to expensive in my opinion.

To be fair: i only tried the western food. But my girlfriend always had thai, and she said it was not that good.

The only good thing is the view.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Martin L
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