Eating out should be one of your favourite of things to do in Bali! Why? Well for starters, you are on holiday, and you are allowed to treat yourself. Secondly, Indonesian food is amazingly delicious with gorgeous blends of herbs and spices and most importantly, the island is home to some of the finest restaurants with splendid dining settings, too. Here are 6 best restaurants in Bali you have to check out during your island stay:
1. Sarong Restaurant Seminyak
One of the most famous Asian-influenced restaurants in all of Bali is Sarong, located on the celebrated Petitenget strip in Seminyak. The fabulous Southeast Asian cuisine with a refreshing innovative twist will make your senses feast while dining at this sophisticated Seminyak restaurant. Sarong Restaurant features a very elegant design with traditional intricately-carved daybeds, chandeliers, draped curtains, candlelit dining table and lush tropical greenery all around as if dining in a beautifully landscaped garden. The head chef is Will Meyrick who has a passion for Indonesia and all of her flavours. Meyrick travelled around southeast Asia in search of authentic street food before opening this exquisite restaurant in Bali and he works exclusively with fresh produce from local organic farms. Coming to Bali? Sarong is a must-visit!
Villa Finder’s tip: The place is fully-booked most of the time, so make sure to reserve a table before you come.
Address: Jl. Petitenget No.19x, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Contact: +62 812 3634 3386
Opening hours: 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm every day
2. Swept away at Samaya Ubud
An amazing riverside dining venue with hundreds of sparkling lights beneath the starlit sky, this is probably the most romantic restaurant in all of Bali. The menu features a mix of international favourites and traditional dishes cooked to perfection. Swept away sits on an elevated deck right above the picturesque Ayung River Valley at Samaya Ubud. You can be sure of an exceptional fine-dining experience – you’ll get swept away by the surrounding beauty, indeed!
Villa Finder’s tip: If you are looking to organise a party or celebration, this restaurant is a great choice! The view is beautiful here.
Address: Jl. Raya Sayan, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
Contact: +62 361 973 606
Opening hours: every day from 11 am to 10 pm
3. Ji Restaurant at Tugu Hotel
Another extraordinary dining venue is Ji Restaurant next to Tugu Hotel in Canggu. Tucked in a 311-years-old Chinese Temple, the setting is pretty unique and to top it off, Tugu Bali Restaurant also boasts ocean views to take your breath away while feasting on delicious Japanese fusion food. The personal chef of David & Victoria Beckham is the head of the kitchen and you can be sure you would be licking your fingers if only it was a proper thing to do 🙂 You can sit at Ji Bale Sutra, the antique Chinese temple decorated with gorgeous antiques or head upstairs to Ji Terrace By The Sea with the splendid 180-degrees ocean views.
Villa Finder’s tip: Come here at around sunset time for a wonderful dinner with a mesmerising view!
Address: Pantai Batu Bolong Street, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali
Contact: +62 361 4731 701
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 4:30 pm – 11 pm | Sunday: 11 am – 11 pm
4. Bumbu Bali Nusa Dua
Want to get a taste of high-end authentic Balinese food? Head over to Bumbu Bali in Nusa Dua for a traditional “Rijsttafel”. Rijsttafels are meant for sharing and you get to taste a little bit of everything – just what everything means, right? Want to learn the trades of Indonesian home cooking? Sign up for a cooking class at this restaurant, you’ll go home with some great new skills!
Villa Finder’s tip: We love bebek betutu (image above!)
Address: Jl. Pintas Siligita No.101 Nusa Dua, Bali
Contact: +62 361 774 502 & +62 361 772 344
Opening hours: 11 am – 4 pm & 6 pm – 10.30 pm
5. Metis Petitenget
Authentic French gastronomic food and a really sophisticated dining setting, Metis should also be one your list of must-visit places to eat in Bali. Located in Petitenget, this restaurant features lovely views of the garden and rice paddy fields. Munch on classic French haute cuisine with a Mediterranean twist and have it with a glass (or a bottle!) of wine – the wine list is pretty impressive, too!
Villa Finder’s tip: The steak is a must-try!
Address: Petitenget Street No.6, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali
Contact: +62 361 4737 888
Opening hours: 11 am – 4 pm & 5.30 pm – 11.30 pm
6. La Lucciola Seminyak
This beachfront restaurant is an old-time favourite of many Bali holidayers. Located right on Petitenget Beach, La Lucciola serves extremely good, authentic Italian Food and we just have to admit it, at some point we are all craving for it no matter who much we love the Indonesian kitchen. Want to be sure of amazing Italian flavours, there is no place like La Lucciola and the setting is superb with ocean and sunset views and all. The restaurant is tucked in a gorgeous traditional structure made out of teak wood and there are indoor and outdoor seating arrangements. You will love it! This restaurant is so popular, they don’t even have a website and still, they are always full – make sure to reserve yourself a table!
Villa Finder’s tip: We love coming here for a relaxing brunch. You should try the Eggs Benedict!
Address: Pantai Petitenget, Jalan Kayu Aya, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Contact: +62 361 730 838
Opening hours: 9 am – 11 pm every day