Where to Eat and Drink in Bali

Where to Eat and Drink in Bali


From casual cafes to fine dining, and from Balinese cuisine to international specialties, there are so many fantastic options for all budgets. I have rounded up some top picks of where to eat and drink in Bali to help you get the most out of your trip.

Where to eat and drink in Bali – Jimbaran

The peaceful coastal town of Jimbaran is home to one of the best restaurants in Bali, Cuca. Billing itself as a casual sharing experiennce, it serves up an eclectic menu including this Cocoa 99, a mix of warm organic chocolate, mint ice cream and cocoa croutons. Chef Kevin Cherkas honed his skills at the famous El Bulli, La Broche in Madrid and Arzak in San Sebastian amongst others. He studies all the ingredients to find out how they were traditionally used and then prepares them, applying Western techniques. Make time to enjoy a drink before or after dinner in their peaceful garden lounge.

Where to eat and drink in Bali
There’s also a great Indonesian restaurant Tapis, which is located next to Cuca in the Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Villas and Spa. Tucked away in a traditioanl Balinese compound and next to a pool, you’ll find excellent service and a focus on market-fresh ingredients, particularly seafood and spices. Why not try the Rijstaffel feast for two, a sampler menu showcasing a range of Indonesian cooking styles and specialties.

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Seminyak

With a whole host of dining establishments, Seminyak is the place to go for trendy beach bars, cool cafés and more fine dining restaurants than you can shake a stick at. For a relaxed ambiance, Ginger Moon is located on the main shopping street, also knicknamed “Eat Street”. There’s a huge choice of eateries here but Ginger Moon is a good choice if you’re looking for very reasonably priced Modern Asian cooking.

Where to drink Bali
For dessert, I can highly recommend the trio of creme brulees…

Ginger Moon Bali review
Continuing the casual theme, SOUQ is a funky boutique and café, located close to Eat Street, that is great for a healthy pitstop at lunchtime. Who knows, you might even pick up a bargain whilst you are there!

SOUQ Seminyak BaliOne of the most visually appealing places on Eat Street is La Favela bar and restaurant, with its intricate decor and signature cocktails.

La Favela Seminyak drinkThe outdoor terrace is ideal to escape the hustle and bustle outside.

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The last of my Eat Street picks is The Bistrot, a French shabby chic style venue over two floors. I loved the comfy armchairs, vintage theme and cobbled floor.

The Bistro Seminyak cocktails
They serve very tasty comfort food including these ribs, plus a range of healthy salads.

Le Bistro Seminyak BaliMama San has been a fixture on the Seminyak dining scene for several years. The brainchild of Will Meyrick, it aims to be more than just a restaurant and has a clubby vibe. It complements renowned sister restaurant Sarong with its 1920s style, spread over two floors. There’s a bar and cooking school as well as valet parking.

Mamasan Bali review
If you’re looking for somewhere to party, drink and eat at the same time, then Potato Head is the ideal spot. With a prime location right on the beach, you can choose to relax in their swimming pool or stay cool under a shady umbrella. The buiding itself is stunning and was designed by well-known architect Andra Matin to be a modern take on the Coliseum.

Potato Head Bali review
There are two restaurants, one offers Western style dishes and the other is Lilin, serving Indonesian specialties. We opted for the latter and washed down our meal with a coconut mocktail served in the shell.

Kilin Potato Head Bali review
Equally popular at night time, Ku De Ta is an iconic beachfront venue that has been popular since first opening in 2000. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset whilst sipping a signature cocktail and enjoying the DJ set.

Ku De Ta Bali Bali review
Whilst my final beach front venue is renowned for the quality of its cuisine – Mozaic is the place to come for fine dining with a spectacular sea view, and its sister restaurant in Ubud is equally popular.

Mozaic Beach Club Seminyak review
Merah Putih means red and white, and it’s the colours of the Indonesian flag. This spectacular restaurant serves up fine Indonesian cuisine and was the ideal place for our wedding anniversary dinner.

Merah Putih Bali review
They’re particularly renowned for their fresh seafood served with herbs and spices.

where to eat fish Bali
One of the most romantic restaurants in Petitenget near Seminyak is Sardine, where you’ll dine overlooking a working rice field. The restaurant is housed in an imposing bamboo structure and the menu changes daily to include the very freshest seafood and vegetables.

Sardine restaurant review

Ubud

No trip to Bali is complete without a visit to Ubud, the spiritual heart of the island. If you’re looking for a quick bite before or after a visit to the Monkey Forest Sanctuary, then Locavore to Go is a brilliant option. The little sister of Locavore, the hot newcomer on the Ubud dining scene, rustles up unpretentious food in a rustic setting.

Locavore to Go Ubud
We feasted on pulled pork sandwiches with homemade coleslaw but they also have a range of vegetarian options.

where to eat Ubud
For fine dining in the gorgeous hills surrounding Ubud, Alila’s Plantation Restaurant makes an excellent choice. On certain evenings, they arrange Balinese dancing by local children whilst you dine. Executive Chef Eelke Plasmeijer believes that thoughtful travellers are prepared to be adventurous and the menu offers locally sourced delicacies such as mackerel, beef, king prawns and rabbit.

Alila Plantation review
Finally, Three Monkeys Ubud is just right for a sundowner. Overlooking a rice field and a few minutes walk from the Monkey Sanctuary, this café really comes alive in the evenings when the lanterns are twinkling.

Three Monkeys Ubud luxury blogWe hope you’ve had fun reading this list, it’s by no means exhaustive and we would love to know what places that you would recommend to eat and drink in Bali. Do check out our beginner’s guide to Bali for more tips.

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  • Oh, this post makes me want to go back!! Some great places on here – we stayed at the Alila and loved the food there. And loved Potato Head and Ku De Ta for evenings. Saving this post for when (hopefully!) I return one day soon!xx

    • Fingers crossed that you get to do so, such a great country!

  • This post is so mouthwatering! The dishes look fantastic. Seems like it’s worth visiting Bali merely to have all this food alone.

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    • I have to say that the food was a revelation, so tasty and fresh and not as spicy as I feared

  • I love the variety of cuisines you can get in Bali — everything sounds delicious! That trio of creme brulee is calling my name 🙂

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    • The creme brulee trio was so tasty, and perfect after a spicy meal!

  • That food looks amazing and so fun.

    Amy Ann
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  • These all look absolutely delicious! It looks like you tasted some amazing dishes in Bali!

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  • Lucy

    What I love about Bali is that many of the settings for restaurants are destinations in their own right and your pictures are testament to this. The food looks wonderful especially the fresh fish. I am definitely going to go back with Mike and use your blogs as my guide Lucy x

    • I was surprised at how impressive the restaurants were, many with the double height that’s quite rare in London. The fish was particularly tasty, so many different types

  • Looks absolutely delicious, Suze! I don’t know much about Bali and have never been there, so thank for these tips on good places to eat.

    • I hope that you get the chance to go one day, Anda – it’s so scenic and much trendier than I would have imagined

  • Paola

    Great tips…. I love Bali!!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  • The photos are amazing! Mouth-watering!! I loved the tips!

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  • Wow this restaurant looks incredible, great styling

    xo

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  • Bookmarking this for our next Bali escapade! 🙂

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    This is a great guide Suze, really useful for people looking for great food in Bali. We loved Cuca (I see we had the same dessert) and I wish we’d had a chance to try Mamasan.
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

    • That’s very kind Angie, I know that you loved Sarong – I found the chairs in Mamasan a bit hard but I was feeling the effect of the two flights!

  • Seminyak sounds interesting 🙂

    I need to look out for these when I travel Bali

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    • It’s very hectic in Seminyak but it’s great for shopping and dining

  • Trang Do

    Food looks delicious!! Amazing restaurant!!
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  • Catherine Lux

    Suze you always manage to put together really useful guides!! All of the food looks incredible, I’ve never really had Indonesian food before all of it looks delicious. Also those cocktails look fab!

    C x | Lux Life

    • I hadn’t tried it before visiting Bali but I was pleasantly surprised, it’s got lots of flavour but not too spicy and the cocktails washed down the food nicely!

  • the italian glam

    all those dishes look so tasty, my dear…makes me wanna go to Bali on my next trip…
    loved the wood dishes and the great atmosphere in the photos…
    kisses
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    • The wood dishes really set off the food, they certainly know a thing or two about presentation and the dishes were very tasty

  • Ellie Adams

    It’s safe to say, if I ever end up in Bali, Gingermoon and The Bistrot will be at the very top of my list of places to visit, so so pretty!

    Elle
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    xx

    • I’d definitely recommend both those restaurants, Elle – great food and decor

  • Oh my! all of the food that you showed, they all look amazing

    I Want too try everything.

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  • Oh my god. How can you even pick a favorite? All of these places look fantastic, and the food looks so good too. If I ever make my way over to Bali, I’ll make sure to have another look here

    N- Naomi in Wonderland

    • Good point Naomi, very hard to pick a favourite although Cuca probably won out on the strength of its cuisine

  • Summer

    The food looks so delicious♥♥

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  • Rebeca Ch

    OMG I’m planning to go to Bali on Feb so this will definitely be very useful on my trip!

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    • Lucky you Rebecca, have an amazing time! Looking forward to reading about it

  • Danielle

    All the dishes look not only delicious but also pretty! I would like to try everything, especially the fish. These restaurants are really impressive! Have a nice day!

    Danielle
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    • I really loved the fish, it had a lot of flavour and it was nice to try out a local one – have a great week Danielle

  • Nina

    The food looks so delicious.

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  • EVERYTHING IS JUST SO BEAUTIFUL I JUST CAN’T EVEN. But I can yell, apparently, so I’ll do that x

  • What a delicious compilation of meals! The trio of creme brulees is enough of a reason to visit Bali in my opinion 😉

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    x

  • Albert Wijaya

    Amazing list! There’s always something new in Bali
    Can’t wait to get back there again soon! 🙂

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    • It certainly seems to keep up with trends, there’s a whole new shopping centre being built in Seminyak that will have more new restaurants

  • Corinne C

    All the restaurants look stunning!

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  • JOURNAL OF STYLE

    Oh, Suze! An incredible experience appealing to all senses. That’s foodart at its finest! Bali is one of those holiday places I really want to visit next time.

    xoxo Ira
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    • I think you would love Bali, Ira – the food is fantastic and the people are amazing!

      • JOURNAL OF STYLE

        I can’t wait to go there one day. (My husband mentioned this destination for the holidays lately.) So maybe in two years… 🙂
        Thank you, Suze!

        xoxo

  • Wow, so many beautiful dishes! I really want to visit Bali!

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    • Bali is a fantastic place to visit, Valerie – fingers crossed that you get to go

  • Love this round up, Suze! Looks like you really found some incredible places to visit! Loving reading all about your Balinese adventures.

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • Thanks very much Lauren, we were certainly spoilt for choice!

  • Ahhh, I want to go to Bali so bad! Gorgeous shots!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Glad you liked them Ashley, it’s such a photogenic place

  • Summer

    The food looks nice ♥♥

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  • Such a good round up of places to go Suze! It is now my mission to get to Bali as soon as possible, it all looks great!

    Ash | Liakada

    • You definitely should Ash, I know that you would love it! Have a great weekend

  • Well Bali looks like such a great place for foodies 🙂 Mmmmm! I am literally drooling over that trio of creme brulee! And the beach front restaurants all look like such serene places to relax and unwind with a glass of wine

    Rachel xx
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    • Yes and it’s easy to get to from where you’re based so really worth a visit for the food and scenery!

  • I love the restaurant scene in Seminyak. Next visit I want to get to La Favela (what a gorgeous interior!) and The Bistrot. They both look right up my alley. I wanted to make it to Locavore on my last trip but they were booked– wish I had known about L To-Go! May I recommend two favorites of mine in Seminyak… Barbacoa and Biku — lovely interiors and great food at both.

    Amy
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    • I think that L To-Go has opened within the last few months. Thanks so much for the Seminyak recommendations, they both look great, I remember that Barbacoa was quite close to Sardine

      • Yes in Kerobokan. Forgot one more! Sea Circus! Yummy, casual, great caiproskas. Vibe better at lunch, FYI. And Saigon Street. It just opened recently. The decor was ok but good food and fun vibe.

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  • Ryan Biddulph

    Hi there LC,

    All awesome spots. We usually do small, local haunts but sometimes go a bit more upscale. We’ve eaten at some 40 or 50 restaurants or warungs over the years; our fave has to be Warung Sopa in Ubud, a fab little vegan spot off of the beaten city path. Bali has so many tasty hang outs and you covered a bunch of them. On a side note thanks for your support of my blog. Really appreciate you.

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  • Thanks for this wonderful post Suze. It’s come at a great time because Rich and I have aaaalmost decided on our babymoon destination, and we’re leaning towards Bali. Going to lap up all of yours and Angie’s posts, and this is a great place to start!

    Polly xx
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  • @SecretRetreats

    CUCA is all about flavour, and every dish is crafted with passion and heart, we can’t wait to go back to that Jimbaran hidden culinary gem! Oh and that Trio of creme brulees at Ginger Moon, is definitely on the list!