So much food, so little time *SIGH*. Choosing between Bali’s Best Restaurants is hungry work, especially when there are more sensational restos popping up across the island than you can wave a fork at. And that’s before we even get started on the cafes, the branches, or the monthly lineup of Hot New Tables (believe us, there are plenty of them).
Yep, as you already know, Bali is becoming a real foodie destination, with all the best cuisine from around the world now on our tiny paradise island. And it’s not only the food that’s getting global gourmands’ attention. We have designer decor, celeb chefs, chic cocktails and awards a go-go – not to mention some of the most dreamy settings on the cliffs, beach and deep in the jungle…
So, we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up Bali’s Very Best Restaurants from every neighborhood. These are the crème de la crème. The cream of the culinary crop. So if you’re after Bali’s best local food, the best cafes or the best coffee shops, this one ain’t for you. But if you’re a die-hard gourmand or a curious epicurean, then read on. Bring your appetite and get dressed in your best – here are Bali’s Very Best Restaurants for serious foodies.
Bali’s Best Restaurants: UBUD
BLANCO Par Mandif
Every Bali foodie will be very well acquainted with BLANCO Par Mandif – the once ten-seat-only restaurant that serves ultra-fine dining Indonesian cuisine in a refined and intimate setting. Well, following so much foodie hype, Indonesian celeb chef and restaurateur Mandif Warokka (the same genius behind Teatro Gastroteque in Seminyak) finally expanded this award-winning resto to now seat 28 lucky guests each evening.
Overlooking Ubud’s lush vegetation, this uber-stylish fine diner has managed to maintain its intimacy and elegance, and in true Warokka style, the concept here is all about degustation. The menus are made up of 7 or 9 courses of exquisite gastronomy, sublimely served, explained and precisely paired with fine wines and cocktails. A signature here is the butter-poached Jimbaran Bay Rock Lobster, intricately served with a kalio curry sauce, glutinous rice, and a petal of grilled onion. You’ll want to reserve one of the hot seats here because Warokka has his sights set on Michelin stars, and we don’t doubt him for a second…
BLANCO Par Mandif, Komplek Museum Blanco, Jl Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2284, e. email@example.com. Open daily from 6 pm.
If you’re lucky enough to get a booking at this über-popular Ubud favorite (def book a table long before you actually arrive in Bali) you’ll know what all the fuss is about. Go a la carte or try the famed, seven-course degustation feast for a true taste of the culinary genius of Chef-Owners Eelke Plasmeijer and Ray Adriansyah. In case you didn’t know, these guys made history at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards by single-handedly representing Indonesia and becoming the only restaurant (ever) to skyrocket up the list by a whopping 27 places. Once you’re done losing your mind over their insanely good food, pop up the road to their spin-off cocktail bar The Night Rooster for a nightcap tipple or two.
Locavore, Jl Dewi Sita, Ubud, p. +62 361 977 733. Open for lunch Tues – Sat 12 pm – 2.30pm and dinner Mon-Sat 6.30pm – 10 pm.
For something totally different (yet undeniably awesome) head to Room4Dessert for uber cool sweets and drinks in an outlandish late-night venue, helmed by famed New Yorker Will Goldfarb. Indoors, embrace gluttony with a degustation menu of desserts and cocktails, or head out back to the terrace garden to revel in a Spanish tapas-style concept, stuffed full of tasty morsels like Iberico ham and braised beef shanks.
Room4Dessert, Jl Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 81 236 662 806. Open Tues – Sun 5pm – 11pm.
Mozaic Restaurant has won so many awards, we couldn’t even begin to list them all. That says quite a lot about Chef Chris Salans’ ever-changing menu, which consists of à la minute creations that showcase his passion for local ingredients of the highest standard, sourced from the sea and farms across Bali. Mozaic is a legend in the world of gastronomy, and a favorite in Bali. It follows the philosophy of ‘Cuisine du Marché’, which refers to a marriage of seasonal ingredients with modern French techniques – both in the cooking and presentation. All of this is then wrapped up in an elegant setting with impeccable standards of service.
Mozaic Restaurant, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 361 975 768, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 6 pm – late (last reservation 9.45pm).
Widely recognized as the best fine diner in Bali, Kubu at Mandapa – a Ritz Carlton Reserve, is truly divine. Cooled by a tropical Bali breeze and the soothing sounds of the Ayung River below, this signature bamboo restaurant is cocooned by both nature and sheer decadence. Under the expert and creative direction of Executive Chef Maurizio Bombini, Kubu serves up fine Mediterranean-European cuisine, prepared with the region’s fresh premium produce. Try the chef’s six- to eight-course degustation menu, and you might want to bring a hot date because this place is just dreamy.
Kubu at Mandapa, a Ritz Carlton Reserve, Jl Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2777. Open daily 6.30pm – 11pm.
Yep, another Will Meyrick creation. Bali’s beloved street food chef (of Sarong and Mama San fame) is credited yet again for putting his spin on Asia’s street food favorites at another award-winning restaurant – this time at his Ubud baby, Hujan Locale. The double story restaurant features a vast menu with some of Will’s signature tastes and flavors, bridging the cultural divide of Asian fine dining and casual home cooked food.
Hujan Locale, Jl Sri Wedari No. 5, Ubud, p. +62 361 849 3092. Open daily from 11 am – 3 pm and 5.30pm – 11 pm.
Situated in a high Balinese-style thatched roof house, on a ridge overlooking the luscious “Valley of the Kings”, CasCades promises one helluva wonderful dining experience. Owned and managed by Aussies, CasCades sources the finest produce from around the globe including Australian Wagyu beef, Canadian lobster and French foie gras. The food is sublime and the tropical views are second to none, and there’s even live Grand Piano performances in the evenings.
CasCades at Viceroy Bali, Jl Lanyahan, Banjar Nagi, Ubud, p. +62 361 972 111 e. email@example.com.
Brought to you by the same award-winning culinary team of Restaurant Locavore, Restaurant Nusantara is all about top-end Indonesian food from all over the archipelago. It’s as authentic as it is delicious, and with dishes that represent the heart and soul of this massive country, you can be sure of a culinary journey like no other. Just like Locavore, our hot tip is to book ahead, as this one’s another year-round hit.
Restaurant Nusantara – By Locavore, Jl Dewi Sita, Ubud, p. +62 361 972 973, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily, 6 pm – 10 pm.
Bali’s Best Restaurants: SEMINYAK
Stroll upstairs at Ku De Ta and you’ll find yourself in Mejekawi, one of the most cutting-edge restaurants you’ll find anywhere. The culinary team of chefs – Ben Cross and Stephen Moore – are constantly evolving the fine dining, a degustation menu, served up tasting plate-style in the relaxed yet chic dining room with views out over Seminyak Beach. It’s foodie heaven right here, and perfect for an extraordinary date night or special occasion.
Mejekawi, Jl Kayu Aya No. 9 Seminyak, p. +62 361 736 969, e. email@example.com. Open daily 5pm – midnight.
This open-air beachfront spot at W Bali – Seminyak is, without doubt, one of Bali’s most impressive restaurants – and that’s before we mention the food. Specializing mostly in the finest seafood around, Starfish Bloo is an icon on the island. It’s best known for its Sunday brunch that offers an ultra-luxurious (and delicious) weekend foodie sesh overlooking the ocean at what’s become one of Seminyak’s swankiest resort addresses. And while it’s one of our fave Bali brunches, we highly suggest you feast here any day of the week, because the quality of Pan Asian flavors is unparalleled.
Starfish Bloo at W Bali – Seminyak, Jl Petitenget, Seminyak Bali, p. +62 361 3000 106. Open daily 7am – 10.30pm.
The Legian Bali’s multi-award-winning dining destination, dinner at The Restaurant promises fine dining cuisine, seamless service and the most gorgeous brasserie-style interiors you could imagine. The menu focuses on Asian influences and local ingredients with a European twist, showcasing the finest produce in Bali whilst using a combination of French and Southeast Asian cooking techniques. Opt for the “Evolve” menu and you’ll be served a selection of The Legian’s very best dishes of the moment – perfectly paired with a glass of wine and a postcard-worthy seascape of the shimmering Indian Ocean out yonder.
The Legian Bali, Jl Kayu Aya, Seminyak Beach, p. +62 361 730 622 e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 7 am – 11 pm.
Easily one of Seminyak’s best-known and respected restaurants, Sarong is the brainchild of celebrated chef Will Meyrick. The concept is simple: authentic Asian street food presented in a fine dining atmosphere. There are plenty of imitators, but Sarong really is the OG – the plush vintage décor, the high ceilings, the semi-alfresco areas, the cocktail bar… Everything is just perfect at this Seminyak institution.
Sarong, Jl Petitenget No.19x, Seminyak, p. +62 812 3634 3386. e. email@example.com. Open daily 6.30pm – midnight.
Whoever thought you’d be able to find Peruvian-Asian gastronomy on the Petitenget strip, alongside world-class beats, modern street art, and creative cocktails? Yup, there’s a lot to digest at AYA Street – from the vibrant urban interiors decorated by Banksy, D*Face and Space Invader (all available for purchase) to the open kitchen that pumps out the most beautiful tapas this island has ever seen – it’s hard not to love it all. Our top tip? Sit at the “show bar” and let the chef take the reigns of your order…
AYA Street, Jl Petitenget No.99 A, Seminyak, p. +62 0877 6302 9889, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 6pm-1am.
Sarong may have got the Will Meyrick ball rolling, but it was the oh-so-trendy Mama San that put this celeb chef firmly on the culinary map. A more casual affair than the sister Sarong restaurant, Mama San is all about shared street food bites, sensational cocktails, and even a raw food menu, wrapped up in an old-Shanghai-meets-gentleman’s-club interior. The place is rammed every night, which only fortifies Mama San’s stellar rep.
Mama San, Jl Raya Kerobokan No.135, Seminyak, p. +62 813 3942 3033. Open daily for lunch 12pm – 3pm, and dinner 6pm – 11pm.
Food fans rejoice! Teatro takes fine dining in Bali to epic new levels, with its sophisticated Asian twist on French cuisine. Celebrity Indonesian chef Mandif Warokka (the man behind BLANCO Par Mandif) and his expert culinary team put the ‘theatre’ into every one of their inventive dishes, showcasing a serious passion and love of gastronomy in some of the most elaborate degustation menus around. If you consider yourself a true foodie, then Teatro quite simply cannot be missed.
Teatro Gastroteque, Jl Kayu Aya Blok C No. 1-2, Seminyak, p. +62 851 0170 0078, e. email@example.com. Open daily 6.30pm – 10.30pm.
Is it the stunning architecture (think cathedral-like ceilings and rain-catching pillars) or the stunning twist on Indonesian food that has made this grand dining destination more popular than a Nasi Goreng? Actually, it doesn’t matter, because this gorgeous and great date night destination has delivered en-masse since its opening, and it’s one grand design you’ll want at the top of your fine dining hit list.
Merah Putih, Jl Petitenget 100x, Seminyak, p. + 62 361 8465950, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 12pm – midnight.
Metis Restaurant & Gallery
One of the original fine dining joints in Seminyak, Metis has been surprising and delighting foodies for years with its classic French cuisine and magical ambiance overlooking the rice terraces of top-end Petitenget. Get your glad rags on and enjoy the flawless service and sophisticated vibe here, and whatever you do, don’t miss the selection of high-grade steaks – they’re the best around.
Metis Restaurant & Gallery, Jl Petitenget No.6 Kerobokan, p. +62 361 4737 888, e. email@example.com. Open daily 11am – 11.30pm.
The Plantation Grill
As the opulent culinary hotspot at Seminyak’s Double-Six Luxury Hotel, The Plantation Grill flaunts twenties-style colonial glamour and a dazzling menu to match. Look out for gourmet goodies like whole lobster, T-Bone steaks, jumbo Tiger prawns and baby back pork ribs – cooked over custom-made coal and wood grills and wood-fired ovens. For dessert, the Bombe Alaska is flambeed and famous – a real sweet treat not to miss. After dinner, head up to the stylish Sling Bar for a nightcap, mixed up by one of the expert bartenders.
The Plantation Grill, Double-Six Luxury Hotel, Fourth Floor, No. 66, Double Six Beach, p. +62 361 734 300. Open daily 6 pm – midnight.
Part of the epic Potato Head empire, KAUM is all about exotic Indonesian dishes served up in a fine dining setting (just upstairs above the buzzing beach club). Its beautiful interior is a scrumptious love letter to this incredible archipelago with elements from all over the country, so saddle up for a culinary journey you won’t forget any time soon at this chic Seminyak hotspot.
KAUM, Jl Petitenget 51B, Seminyak, p. +62 361 300 7990, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 12 pm – midnight
As the sister restaurant of the celebrated La Lucciola, walking into Bambu is like finding some secret corner of Seminyak, where authentic Indonesian flavors and classic dishes come to life in a beautiful, overwater setting. Expect impeccable service and a tranquil, upmarket ambiance that’s perfect for date night, and don’t be surprised if there’s a queue out front – this unstoppable spot has reigned supreme for many, many years now…
Bambu, Jl Petitenget No. 198, Seminyak, p. +62 361 8469797. Open daily 6 pm – 11 pm.
Bali’s Best Restaurants: CANGGU
Ji Terrace by the Sea
Part of the iconic Hotel Tugu Bali, this breezy and beautiful rooftop spot is crammed full of cultural touches, colorful designs, and some of the best Japanese fusion food on the island. The scrummy Asian-inspired menu is the work of renowned chef Colin Buchan, previously from Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants in London, Jason Atherton’s Pollen in Singapore, and the personal chef to David and Victoria Beckham. Try the signature Dragon of Ji (a chopstick treat of crispy Ebi tempura, slick avocado slices and a creamy, slightly spicy sauce on expertly rolled rice) and the beautifully seared Tuna Tataki with a light sesame seed crust.
Ji Terrace by the Sea, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Beach, p. +62 361 473 1701 / +62 81 239 652 695, e. email@example.com. Open daily from 12 pm – 12 am.
One Eyed Jack
A playful take on a Japanese Izakaya and Sake Bar, One Eyed Jack is a culinary underdog. While its aesthetic is all about casually shared plates in a cool and vibey setting, make no mistake – One Eyed Jack means business. The menu is the work of a Noma-trained chef, and as such, the Japanese food here is some of the best we’ve tried in Bali (if not in Indonesia). The cocktails are also worth a mention, as are the spicy tuna bites on crispy rice topped with an eel sauce – they are next level delicious. Seriously.
One Eyed Jack, Jl Pantai Berawa No.C89, Canggu, p. +62 819 9929 1888, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 5 pm – 11.30pm.
Bali’s Best Restaurants: JIMBARAN & NUSA DUA
A shining beacon of the culinary scene in Bali and a five-time winner of the Wine Spectator Award, Kayuputi is the fine beachfront dining restaurant at The St. Regis Bali. Offering a dining experience unlike any other, think luxurious Asian-influenced haute cuisine with a stellar wine list to match, not to mention a priceless setting with magnificent ocean views. Decadent and divine, Kayuputi is a showstopper, and if you’re in the neighborhood on a Sunday, the brunch here is especially world-famous.
Kayuputi at The St. Regis Bali Resort, Kawasan Pariwisata Lot S6, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 300 6786, e. email@example.com. Open daily 12 pm – 11 pm.
It’s no secret that we’re totally cuckoo for Cuca – and we’re not alone. This cult-status restaurant in Jimbaran comes with serious credentials and an ever-growing foodie following. Maybe it’s the El Bulli-trained chef that makes this place worthy of awards, or maybe it’s the ever-creative, almost-too-pretty-to-eat “tapas-style” cuisine that leaves you wide-eyed and jaw-dropped after each bite. Whatever it is that’s helped spread Cuca Fever, you’ll want to catch it too. Try the Honey Baked Pumpkin Salad, the Smoked Butterfish, and the BBQ Octopus – and whatever you do, don’t miss the cocktails served up in Cuca’s home-branded bottles.
Cuca, Jl Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran, p. +62 361 708066, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 12pm – 11pm.
Bali beachfront dining bliss. Sounds tempting, right? Sundara (Sanskrit for ‘beautiful’) is an all-day dining and lifestyle destination that just so happens to serve some of the best food around. Think sultry beach-club by day, iconic fine dinner by night. We love the perfect mix of five-star flair and relaxed beach-club vibes at this sophisticated address. And when the sun goes down, the fire pits are lit, the bartenders get busy and the impeccable fusion cuisine really comes to life.
Sundara, at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, p. +62 361 708 333, e. email@example.com. Open daily 11 am – 11.30pm.
Soleil is the stunning, signature beachfront dining favorite at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, overlooking the ocean and offering Mediterranean and Pan-Asian cuisine with influences from Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. The Mulia’s array of food is as vast as their never-ending pool, with a fantastic selection of premium meat, grilled seafood, and endless other delicacies. Stick around on a Sunday to try the famous brunch – it’s arguably the very best in Bali.
Soleil at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Kawasan Sawangan, p. +62 361 301 7777, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 11am – 11pm.
Bali’s Best Restaurants: ULUWATU
Sake no Hana
How does sipping on sake and tucking into gourmet sushi sound, all the while overlooking Uluwatu’s sun-soaked cliffside? Yep, we thought so – heaven! Well, that’s what you get at Sake no Hana – the internationally-acclaimed modern Japanese destination at OMNIA Dayclub. This London-born brand is anchored around the word “shun”, which basically refers to any moment of utter perfection, and Sake no Hana is exactly that. Framed by nature and open to the elements with its al-fresco, latticed space, the restaurant manages to merge seamlessly with the buzz of the day club below.
Sake no Hana at OMNIA Dayclub, Jl Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak Desa, Uluwatu, p. +62 361 8482 150, e. email@example.com.
Die-hard foodies, this ones for you. Quila is the gastronomic fine dining restaurant at the stunning Alila Villas Uluwatu, designed to tap into all five senses with a daily-changing degustation dinner menu of 10 different plates, artfully tailored by Executive Chef Marc Lorés Panadés. Each plate is perfectly sized to deliver a powerful fflavorpunch, a witty bite, or a provocative shot of surprise, and each one looks almost too good to eat. Almost…
Quila at Alila Villas Uluwatu, Jl Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Pecatu – Uluwatu, p. +62 361 848 2166 e. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come for the tasty Spanish fare and stay for the million dollar views at this Bukit treasure, perched high up on the cliff tops above Bingin Beach. Casually cool with modern Mediterranean decor and 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean, you can get stuck into tapas, paellas, cocktails, beers and good wines in between dips in the famous cliff edge infinity pool – easily the best spot in the area to watch the sun go down with your crew.
El Kabron, Jl Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu, p. +62 851 0080 3416, e. email@example.com. Open daily 11.30 am – 11.30pm.
Dugong Restaurant at Suarga Padang Padang
Authentic Indonesian flavour meets fine dining at the super swank Dugong Restaurant. One of the Bukit’s most exclusive resorts, Dugong has a menu to die for and a view to match over Padang Padang beach. The talented culinary team here source everything from within a 50km radius, ensuring the freshest ingredients without going to the ends of the earth.
Dugong Restaurant at Suarga Padang Padang, Jl Pantai Labuan Sait, Br Dinas Labuan Sait, Pecatu, p. +62 361 472 5088, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 10am – 10pm.
Ju Ma Na
Ju Ma Na has long earned itself an island-wide reputation for stellar dining, designer drinks and exquisite food in an incredibly beautiful setting. As the Banyan Tree’s premier restaurant, it has attracted and delighted foodies for some time now, and it doesn’t disappoint. We recommend going whilst the sun is still out to enjoy the panorama before dinner (drinks on the balcony are a must), and their Moonlight Dinners (on full moon evenings) each month are very popular for very good reason. Book ahead, and don your very best dress.
Ju Ma Na, Banyan Tree Ungasan, RT.Banjar Kelod, Ungasan, Bali, p, +62 361 300 7000. Open daily 12pm – 10.30pm.