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“Best food in Maenam!”

ZENZIBAR Beach Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 96 Restaurants in Mae Nam
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Thai, International
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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“Best food in Maenam!”
Reviewed 13 November 2013 via mobile

Zenzibar hands down was the best restaurant we went to over 6 days in Maenam. We went twice and each time the food was superb! We sampled both the Thai and European food and were not disappointed. The service was fantastic too, the owner was so friendly and generous giving us complimentary entrees each time. Very good value also. We will definitely be back next time we are in Maenam.

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1 Thank AliDwan
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Zenzibar is a very good beach Restaurant”
Reviewed 12 November 2013

We stopped here for happy hour cocktails and they were great, the manager was very friendly and gave us a free sample of his food, we especially liked the fish with their own garlic and pepper sauce it was yummy. We all 7 booked a table for lunch today and we all had great meals.. King prawns in garlic pepper sauce, Tuna salad, Spicy glass noodle salad, Chilli pork and Chilli chicken + salads rice garlic bread and drinks. We all enjoyed and will be going back tomorrow, good food good service great view reasonable price....what more can you ask :)

  • Visited November 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A Hidden Paradise”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

We were recommended to try ZENZIBAR by some guests we met at the hotel we were staying at who had been multiple times. They spoke highly of the the manager, the view and of course the food, and luckily we were not disappointed. It was a great day thanks to the manager Yuth. We called on late notice and he was still able to pick us up from our hotel which was very helpful for us, especially as it could be hard to find. However, once you arrive it is a hidden paradise.

The drinks we ordered were brought to our sun loungers and the food we ordered was amazing. Yuth is a gentleman and made every effort to ensure we were comfortable and happy. We were given a complimentary dish of barracuda which was so tasty.

We only found out about this restaurant the day before we left which was unfortunate because we would of come back again. We definitely will visit next time we visit Koh Samui. It is a beautiful place and I would definitely recommend visiting.

Thank you Yuth.

  • Visited November 2013
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2 Thank Rebecca M
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Bangkok
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great little secret ”
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.

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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“Never in my wildest dreams......”
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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