Bali's restaurant guide across the island

August 24, 2015 Narelle Craig
Best restaurants in Bali

Designer decor, celebrity chefs, mouth-watering menus and chic cocktails… choosing between Bali’s best restaurants is not for the faint hearted.  Aside from where to shop, stay and be oh-so-blissfully pampered, everyone coming to Bali rightly asks us where to wine and dine their balmy, blissful nights away sampling Bali’s best restaurants.   And as there’s no shortage of amazing addresses to tantalise the tastebuds, here’s our list of Bali’s best restaurants of the moment to love.

Firstly, as the Seminyak-only list could go on all night, our list of Seminyak’s top ten restaurants (yes, Sarong, MamaSan and more options from Merah Putih through to Ultimo are on this list) are already featured in our Hip Seminyak Guide (check out the cafes too when you’re in the hood).  There’s a whole island out there to check out after all, but we’ve still included some extra Seminyak faves below.

If you’re wanting to know about Bali’s newest, hot restaurants to have opened since your last trip, check out any of our Hot New Tables stories here, here or here.  Otherwise, get comfy and take notes….

Things to do in Bali

Bambu in Seminyak offers a beautiful dining experience… day in, day out

Bambu, Seminyak

La Lucciola’s newish (opened in 2014) sister restaurant further north on Jalan Petitenget towards Potato Head is tucked away behind a discreet wall that hides this beauty from the street.  The simple menu and flavours of Indonesia’s classic dishes and cuisine come to life in this beautiful setting, with impeccable service and tranquil, upmarket ambience.   They’ve been #1 on TripAdvisor since they opened.

Bali's best restaurants:  Plantation Grill

New York, or Seminyak? The Plantation Grill is world-class fare in designer decor

Plantation Grill, Seminyak

This is the fancy dinner option when you’re craving decadent surrounds and Bali’s hottest seafood and meat grill, brought to you by Robert Marchetti.  The restaurant flaunts twenties-style luxury, with marble finishes, a vaulted double-height ceiling and huge glass windows looking out to the sea.   When even the styley bar menu serves dishes such as steamed lobster roll, minute steak, hand cut fries and wood grilled pasture fed burgers, you can be assured the restaurant’s specialties – dry aged, exclusively sourced and imported meat and line-caught sustainable seafood – cooked over custom made coal and wood grills and wood-fired ovens, is (beyond) top-notch.
Plantation Grill, Double Six Luxury Hotel, Seminyak, Fourth Floor, No. 66, Double Six Beach, Bali.  Open daily, 6pm-midnight.

New restaurants in Bali: Saigon Street

Freshly made delights on offer at Saigon Street

Saigon Street, Seminyak

This brightly coloured street-canteen-styled Vietnamese hotspot opened in July 2015 and has been pumping ever since.  It’s a great vibe and fun decor, with a few neon touches adding life to Jalan Petitenget.  The extensive menu is Vietnamese street food meets designer cuisine, with all the favourites you love but fused with modern and delicious touches.
Saigon Street, Jalan Petitenget No. 77X, Seminyak Bali, p. +62 (0)361 897 4007. Open seven days from 11am.

Indonesian restaurant inBali: Republik 1945

Republik1945 is named after the year of Indonesian independence

Republik45, Seminyak

One of Seminyak’s most popular newbies, Republik45 offers the most incredibly delicious and authentic Indonesian dishes to try from right across the archipelago.  The interiors are vast yet cosy, designer yet intimate, and entirely welcoming.  Even better, they offer fabulous live acoustic music on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights which complements their seven-nights-a-week, social bar and lounge scene.
Republik 45, Jalan Raya Kerobokan 86A, Seminyak, p. +62(0)81 916 741 844, e. reservation@republik1945.com.  Open daily from 12noon-late.

Bali's best restaurants:  Gado Gado

Beachfront and beautiful, Gado Gado is a different, casual scene to fine dining but still amazing food

Chez Gado Gado, Seminyak

Perched along the beachfront in the southern part of Seminyak, Chez Gado Gado restaurant and lounge offers open-air dining and drinks, with ocean breezes and a killer menu.  More casual than some of Seminyak’s fine dining options, Gado Gado offers chic interiors and great service with a smile.  It’s a great destination for an afternoon drink, and to watch the Bali world of beach hawkers do their best to – from a distance – sell you an elaborate kite or two, to take home.
Chez Gado Gado, Jalan Camplung Tanduk (Dhyana Pura) 99, Bali, p. +62 (0) 361 736 966.

Best restaurants in Bali: Teatro

Delicious, culinary genius at work at Teatro – but it’s so stunning, can you eat it?

Teatro, Seminyak

Fancy a Quail Egg in Nest, or Butter Poached Lobster with miso sabayon, melted fennel, brioche and caviar?   Teatro takes fine dining in Bali to a new level, with their sophisticated Asian twist on French cuisine.   They put the ‘theatre’ – their namesake – into fine dining, as their culinary team showcases a serious passion and love of gastronomy, presented in immaculate and impeccable way by their butlers.   Not to be missed.
Teatro Gastroteque, Jalan Kayu Aya Blok C No. 1-2, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, p. +62 851 0170 0078.

Best restaurants in Bali:  Echo Beach House

Echo Beach House’s Sunday BBQ sessions became so popular, they’re every night now

Echo Beach House, Canggu

Far Away in Time… We may pretend this Echo Beach is from the song but sadly it’s not – but nor does it need to be.  This ocean-facing, legendary address famous for their Sunday seafood BBQ’s (now every day of the year) is equally famous for their never-ending menu (eight pages), frozen daiquiris, busy scene every night of the week, and great music with dancing inside. You haven’t done Canggu until you’ve been here.
Echo Beach House, Echo Beach, Canggu Bali, p. +61 (0)361 747 4604.

Best restaurants in Bali: Lacalita

Lacalita in Canggu is a favourite of locals, expats and now tourists for its fun, local vibe and great food

Lacalita, Canggu

Did somebody say, Mega Margaritas?  Yup, thought so.  But that’s not the only reason we love Canggu’s local fave for great mex food and fanfare.  It’s about great food, bright colours, great prices and the cool, hipster crowd.   If you can’t get to Canggu, you can stay Seminyak local and visit their equally-cool sister restaurant of Laca Laca.
Lacalita, Jalan Raya Batu Bolong 68, Canggu, Bali, p. +62 (0)822 4731 2217.

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So much to love about La Laguna, but just seeing everyone’s eyes widen when visiting is the best

La Laguna, Canggu

We’ve raved about this pocket of fabulousness a bit already, we’re loathe to give it too much more air play.  However, this gypsy wonderland of eclectic and bohemian restaurant, bar and lounge in between Canggu and Seminyak is soooo worth discovering.  Find out more from our stories of Editors Faves, Hot New Tables  or New in Canggu.
La Laguna Bali, Jalan Pantai Kayu Putih, Berawa, p. + 62 (0)361 4741 214.

Best restaurants in bali:  La Finca

Alfresco and fun La Finca might just have the best tapas in Bali – modern and magic!

La Finca, Batu Belig

Alimenta El Alma… Feed the Soul!  La Finca is an authentic, rustic Ibizan-Spanish Mediterranean dining experience where everything is home-prepared with fresh, organic ingredients, using traditional, artisan methods and recipes.  They serve a slice of life with modern-tapas deliciousness in every dish, alfresco designer surrounds and the coolest cocktails and drinks around (in more ways than one).  We say:  possibly the best and most unique tapas in Bali.
La Finca, Jalan Subak Sari No.77, Batu Belig, p. +62 (0)819 9910 5888.

Best restaurants in Bali: Kayuputi

Kayuputi Restaurant, St Regis Bali Resort – a stunner

Kayuputi, Nusa Dua

A beacon of the culinary scene in Bali, the five-time Wine Spectator Award winning, fine beachfront dining restaurant at The St. Regis Bali offers a brilliant dining experience.  Premium Asian-influenced haute cuisine with a stellar wine list meets a priceless setting of intimate ambience and magnificent views of the ocean.  But it’s really all about that food, it’s decadent and divine – their Sunday brunches especially are world-famous.
Kayuputi,  St. Regis Bali – Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua Lot S6, Nusa Dua, Bali, p. + 62 (0) 361 300 6786.

Best restaurants in Bali:  El Kabron

El Kabron is one of Bali’s most stunning venues, at Bingin Beach

El Kabron, Bingin

This is a good, Spanish themed restaurant but with a view, of the million dollar variety.  This Spanish restaurant and cliff club boasts the prime position, cliff-top, in Bingin – overlooking the epic Bingin sets, beach and ocean… straight out into those famous, stellar sunsets.  With a modern Mediterranean decor and 180 degree views of the Indian Ocean, you can enjoy tapas, paellas, cocktails, beers and good wines in between your sunset photo shoot and dips in the pool.   It’s a self-papparazi paradise, but is more than worth staying for a delicious dinner once the sun has gone down.
El Kabron, Jalan Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu, Bali, p. +62 851 0080 3416.

Luxury hotel in Bali: Banyan Tree

Ju-Ma-Na Restaurant and Bar at Banyan Tree is world-class

Ju Ma Na, Ungasan

Ungasan’s #1 restaurant (at time of writing) has earned an island-wide reputation for stellar dining, with their incredibly beautiful setting, designer drinks and exquisite food.  The Banyan Tree Ungasan’s premier restaurant has attracted and delighted foodies for some time now, and doesn’t disappoint.  We recommend going whilst the sun is still out to enjoy the panorama before dinner (drinks on the balcony please), and their Moonlight Dinners (on full moon evenings) each month are very popular.
Ju Ma Na, Banyan Tree Ungasan, RT.Banjar Kelod, Ungasan, Bali, p, +62 361 300 7000.

Best restaurants in bali:  Sundara

Sundara restaurant in Jimbaran is classy, stylish and boasts a high-quality menu

Sundara, Jimbaran

Bali beachfront dining bliss.  Sounds tempting, yes?  Sundara (Sanskrit for ‘beautiful’) is an all-day dining and lifestyle destination, sultry beach-club by day, iconic restaurant by night, on Jimbaran Bay.  We love the perfect mix of five-star flair and relaxed beach-club vibe at this sexy and sophisticated address. We also love to lounge the afternoon away on an ocean-front bale,  daybed or table overlooking the infinity edge pool.  And when the sun goes down, the fire pits are lit and bartenders get busy… bliss.
Sundara at at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, p. +62 (0)361 708 333.

Best restaurants in Bali:   Uma Cucina

Uma Cucina in Ubud is always being talked about

Uma Cucina

This informal (yet stylin’), Italian-inspired restaurant and lounge bar at Uma by COMO luxuriously stretches from the outdoor terraces to a large communal dining table at the heart of the space. Reflecting the homely ‘kitchen’ spirit behind its name (‘cucina’ means kitchen in Italian), menus are strong on fresh, locally-sourced produce and the flavours of Italy.   House specialities include handmade pastas, cheeses and sausages, woodfired pizzas and breads, as well as classic Italian gelatos and granites.   Yes, please bella.
Uma Cucina, Uma by COMO, p. +62 (0) 361 972 448.

Best restaurants in Bali:  Sayan House

Sayan House in Ubud is a popular favourite

Sayan House, Ubud

This Ubud gem just ten minutes from the town centre is like stepping into someone’s private residence, yet with panoramic views of the surrounding forest beyond the sacred Ayung River.  So it’s already a winner.  But Sayan House is loved for their home-style contemporary Asian cuisine and old-time favourites, as well as unique new blends and varieties of foods and drinks – all inspired by local Balinese taste and culture, but held to today’s international epicurean standards.
Sayan House, Jalan Raya Sayan No. 70, Sayan, Ubud, Bali, p. +62 (0) 361 4792592.

Best restaurants in bali:  Hujan Locale

Stir fry prawn with chili jam cashew nuts Thai basil long bean and lime leaf, at Hujan Locale

Hujan Locale, Ubud

Did somebody say, Will Meyrick?  Bali’s famous chef, of Sarong and MamaSan fame, is credited with putting the international, and gourmet, into Asia’s street food favourites and his latest, Ubud baby Hujan Locale is another foodie legend.  The double storey restaurant features a vast menu (analysis-paralysis:  beware) with the same, signature and fabulous mix of flavours, tastes and fresh produce that the Seminyak sisters of Sarong and MamaSan have become famous for.
Hujan Locale,  Jalan Sri Wedari No. 5, Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 849 3092.

Best restaurants in bali: Mozaic

Mozaic is one of the first fine dining restaurants in Ubud

Mozaic, Ubud

Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique is so award-winning, we can’t possibly list them all.  Chef Chris Salans’ ever-changing menu consists of à la minute creations, based on market availability, but always showcasing his passion for local ingredients of the highest standards sourced from the sea and land across Bali, and the highlands of Bedugul. Mozaic is a legend in the world of gastronomy, and a favourite in foodie Bali – especially this Ubud original.  Their Seminyak Beach Club is also a stunner.
Mozaic, Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud  Bali, p. +61 (0)361 975 768.

Best restaurant in Bali:  Locavore

Locavore uses the most beautiful, freshest produce from around the island

Lovacore, Ubud

If you’re lucky enough to get a booking at this uber-popular favourite – you should book far before you arrive in Bali – you’ll know what all the fuss is about.  Whether patient enough to try the famed, seven-course meal or anything else on the menu, you are most likely to agree with every other visitor that Lovacore has served their most favourite meal in all of Bali.
Lovacore, Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 977733.

 

 

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