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“Great little secret ”

ZENZIBAR Beach Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 96 Restaurants in Mae Nam
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, 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.
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3 reviews
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“Great little secret ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is hidden away on the beach and a little difficult to find but if you phone the owner he will come and pick you up from the hotel and drop you back, the Thai food is fresh and simple with the owner doing his best to please you.
The tables are on the beach front with the sea washing up to the edge of your chair, the pricing is very reasonable with the fresh crab being a bargain.

2 Thank Noky83
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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“Never in my wildest dreams......”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

We decided to try out the Zenzibar (luckily) on our second night on holiday in Mae Nam further to the TripAdvisor reviews.
I agree with other travelers that it was a bit tricky to find, especially at high tide on the beach in the dark however, we were determined to find it and persevered.
Thank goodness we did quite frankly, this place was absolutely unbelievable - from the moment we appeared at the restaurant - it was low season and we were the first there for the night - the owner and his entire family welcomed us with open arms and phenomenal hospitality.
We were immediately asked if we had walked and assured we would be driven home by the owner who then proceeded to arrange a beautiful table - in the sand next to the sea with flowers, candles etc. Next steps were the fabulous and very reasonable cocktails and drinks for our young children who spent the night playing in the sea. The menu was reasonable in size inside and we couldn't wait to taste some of the dishes, given previous feedback.
I have honestly never tasted food like this before - the first meal I ordered wasn't to my taste - entirely my fault and was whisked away and the menu represented for me to chose an alternative with much support and suggestions from the owner.
The entire night revolved around us being made to feel special, eat fabulous food with many small thai dishes thrown in 'to taste' and ice cream for our children - not all of these items were charged for either, just seen as a way to add further enjoyment.
Needless to say, us and the children spent many a night and day in the Zenzibar - in the day the staff there sorted out beds and umbrellas and even brought out sand toys for my youngest child.
Feeling guilty, we ate in a far more expensive restaurant in Bohput one of the nights - the next night we were straight back to the zenzibar - nothing competed with the fresh and beautifully delicate tastes we enjoyed here.
I cant recommend this restaurant enough - the owner and his team are just the most fantastically hospitable bunch - we gave a good tip one night as the meal was particularly outstanding and were given it back in change - there is no hidden agenda, just a desire for everyone who goes there to have an amazing night.
If you visit this restaurant in high season (we were there last week) you need to book a table in advance - do it - you will not regret it.the prime concern of the team here is enjoyment for their clients and this stretches from the owner right down to his son coco who took great delight in delivering our drinks and food and playing with my son.
Phenomenal experience eating under the start every night with food out of this world, try the Red Snapper and the 'special' duck curry - yum. This isn't on the menu so needs to be asked for specially.
Thank you to all the team at zenzibar - particularly Yuth for his kindness - he even offered to take us back to the airport on our last day! Amazing stuff :)

  • Visited November 2013
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3 Thank R0bandKathy
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“Phenomenal food, service, location ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013 via mobile

My husband and I came here after seeing the wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor. We had our hotel concierge call the owner who agreed to pick us up even on short notice. Everything surpassed our expectations from the impeccable service, delicious food to the stunning moonlit views. This place is truly a hidden gem tucked away on the beach. What a wonderfully romantic evening! We will certainly be returning!

2 Thank Sonya C
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Great vegetarian food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

Really great food in a lovely location, with tables right on the edge of the shore. The owner made great recommendations for vegetarian food and our curries were the best meals we had during our two weeks in Thailand. The owner goes out of his way to make sure that you have a great time and I would definitely recommend a visit.

  • Visited August 2013
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3 Thank Mrs J
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Simple plus Fantastic - Simply Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

We celebrated at the Zenzibar and were absolutely delighted with the simplicity and quality of the food and service. A host that goes to great lengths to make sure your meal and service are the best they can be. Tables that have your toes practically tickled by the water. Great place!

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank Relaxanista
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