I've lived in Thailand for 6 years and The Buddha View is easily the best restaurant I have dined in. It's not really a place you'd stumble on. We only found it after the owner, Jan, saved our lives at sea!!! (but that has no bearing on the review...haha). It's located at the end of the pier in Bang Bao and offers stunning sunset views as the restaurant is open ended facing out to the bay.
The atmosphere is very relaxed. The chilled background music is at just the right volume where you can hear it clearly, but it wont drown out conversation. The staff were extremely friendly & attentive. The decor was eye catching and clean. There are the conventional tables & chairs, but we sat at the end of the pier where there are cushions on the floor, which is quite common in Thailand, but the floorboards have been removed to allow your legs to freely dangle above the water. It has a glass topped table, so you can looked down and see a variety of sea life swim by. Once the sun has set there are spotlights under the pier directed at ornate statues.
The menu has a good choice of western & Thai foods at reasonable prices. The staff spoke decent English and would try their best to accommodate any special requests. Our meals were brought out at the same time which is a VERY rare thing in Thailand! This is the first restaurant I've been in where I wasn't looking at my watch every minute waiting for the food. It's also the first restaurant where I didn't leave as soon as the bill was paid.
On our trip we'd planned to eat every meal in a different place, but after going to Buddha View we went back every night for the rest of the holiday :-D
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- Lovely guesthouse with great in-house restaurant, beautifully set on the pier in the fisherman village of Bang Bao. Magnificent views and a unique atmosphere at an affordable price, luxury for all! ... more less
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