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19 Best Restaurants In Bali To Dine At

Because calories don't count when you're on vacation.

19 Best Restaurants In Bali To Dine At

Because calories don't count when you're on vacation.
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While you’re busy running around and ticking off all the best things to do in Bali, you’ll need to fuel up on the way with the best restaurants in Bali.

Our foodie hearts just love exploring all the restaurants and eateries when we visit a new destination, and we’d strongly argue that it’s one of the best parts of going on holiday.

When in Bali you’ve got a few choices – those serving up the more traditional flavours and dishes, or those taking an international approach with everything from Mexican to Italian and Western. From fine dining and architecturally brilliant to beachfront settings and hidden jungle gems, there are plenty of restaurants in Bali to eat your way through.

Here are 19 of the best Bali restaurants, in no particular order.

1. Sangsaka Restaurant

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Moodily lit with a crisp interior, Executive Chef Kieran Morland at Sangsaka is whipping up a mouth-watering menu of bold Indonesian flavours. 

The 40-seat nook is that Bali casual feel we’ve come to love, and the modern cuisine coming out of the countertop kitchen is nothing short of exceptional. Traditional flavours are transformed through charcoal and woods for unique dishes that capture the island’s relaxing essence. 

2. Barbacoa

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Fueled by smoke, and fire, Barbacoa has cemented itself among the Bali eateries scene with its punchy Latin American-themed menu.

Think charcoal chicken in a spice rub, 8-hour woodfired Pork Asado, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, woodfired chapa bread, and char-grilled corn in black mayo. The interior itself is set up in a rustic warehouse space sporting recycled wood, high ceilings, sandstone walls and colourful mosaic tiled floors. 

Wash it all down with a unique flavoured cocktail or bottle of wine from their cellar. 

3. Mama San

Throwback to 1920s Shanghai at Mama San, adorned with mah-jong tables and oversized tan leather chesterfields.

The menu oozes casual, taking its roots from quality South East Asian-style food accompanied by a carefully crafted list of cocktails. There’s both a ground floor sit-down area for eats and chats or an upstairs bar and kitchen serving from 6.30pm ‘til late.

4. Rolling Fork

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If you’re searching for the best pasta in Bali, we may have found it. 

Rolling Fork is in the business of dishing up Italian food featuring handmade pasta, crispy pizzas, fresh grilled fish, and prime imported meat. It’s all housed in an antique Balinese joglo with the beach a few steps away and forest views making up the surrounds. 

5. Ginger Moon

For some of our favourite dumplings and dim sum in town, a stop at Ginger Moon is essential in the trip planning.

First-class chef Dean Keddell uses regional flavours and ingredients in a fun and exciting menu made for sharing, while the bar shakes up a creative list of locally inspired cocktails and beers. We’re also obsessed with the super cute Bali-style interior for the gram. 

6. Fat Mermaid

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Fat Mermaid fits right into the vibrant neighbourhood of Canggu with simple eats fusing the cuisine of the Western and Indonesian cultures. 

It’s just moments from one of the best surf spots in Bali, so drop in for a sandy breakfast or head over later in the night to soak up the balmy evening vibes. We’d recommend the teriyaki chicken bowl, nasi goreng, loaf of my life, or berries smoothie bowl – but the menu is super extensive so there are options a plenty. 

7. Boy’N’Cow

We’re massive fans of any kind of steak house, especially when it’s Bali’s Boy’N’Cow.

It’s actually a steakhouse, cocktail lounge, and meat boutique – so colour us impressed. Their detailed cooking method ensures all steak is of only the highest quality, and they are particularly good at dishing up a neat dry-aged steak. 

And if steak isn’t your thing you can always go the mushroom risotto, crispy skin salmon, or grilled octopus. 

8. The Plantation Grill

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Speaking of steak, it would be remiss of us not to encourage a visit to The Plantation Grill as well which can be found just down the road. 

Their flagship restaurant is located on the famous Double Six beach and is very easy on the eyes with marble finishes, glass windows encasing the glistening ocean view, and luxury leather booths. The kitchen specialises in dry-aged and line-caught sustainable seafood served up on custom designed coal and wood grills for that flavourful finish. 

Once you’re full head up the spiral staircase to Sling Bar, an intimate Great Gatsby looking room with prohibition-style cocktails until the wee hours.  

9. Ona Restaurant Canggu

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Instagrammable interior meets fresh Mediterranean cuisine at Ona.

Set around open air dining and rooftop cocktails, this is the place to be if you’re searching for an afternoon sipping in the sun or group lunch. The dishes include vegetables plucked from their own garden onsite, and follow the same beachy, sunny day theme as the place itself. 

10. Merah Putih

After being closed for some two and a bit years, Merah Putih is stepping back onto the island’s foodie scene fresh and better than ever. 

It offers a full Indonesian experience of cuisine, culture, and craftsmanship, with the legendary Jasper Manifold at the helm. Setting-wise, you’ll sit under a translucent roof soaring above a lush indoor garden and trickling water feature.

11. Shady Shack

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If your dietary preferences are under the vegetarian category you’ll have to hunt down this little Canggu gem. 

Shady Shack sits among leafy greens overlooking the picturesque rice fields and serves up dishes of nutritious fare in colourful arrangements. Chow down on everything from smoothie bowls to burgers and nasi goreng as you completely relax into the surroundings. 

12. Fat Bowl

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When more is more – ever wanted to eat a burger that’s literally the size of your head? You’ll find that and more at Fat Bowl.

A must for the best restaurants in Bali list – Fat Bowl is known for its huge 1kg burger, nut the rest of the menu is just as delightful, inspired by the great cuisines of the Asian region with share plates featuring bao buns, sushi, spring rolls, pizza and rice paper rolls. This place is always buzzing with activity and good vibes, and they put on plenty of specials throughout the week.

13. La Lucciola

La Lucciola does Italian beachside.

While we could rave on about the authentic food choices and friendly service, it’s all about location here. It’s the perfect spot to catch a romantic sunset with that special someone, overlooking one of the most gorgeous stretches of Seminyak beach with the breeze on your face. Add a drink in hand and you’ve got the perfect vacation dinner. 

14. Motel Mexicola

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Our ultimate number one spot when heading to Bali on a girl’s trip? Motel Mexicola baby!

This place serves up huge party vibes and atmosphere in a unique setting popping with colour, dishing out a range of Mexican specialties to share. Plus, the frozen margaritas here are to die for – we’ll take ten.

15. El Kabron

Beach club meets Spanish restaurant at El Kabron. 

Found in the heart of Uluwatu, dining here will consist of a modern twist on the traditional paella and tapas and plenty of perfectly plated seafood. It’s a place where you can settle in for lunch or dinner and then hang around in the infinity pool with a cocktail in hand. 

16. La Brisa

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Bali’s Echo Beach is one of the most famous spots on the island, and La Brisa has made its home on the shoreline. 

It was built using reclaimed wood from over 500 old fisherman boats, and sustainability is at the core of everything they do. The shack-style hotspot radiates true Balinese character with locally sourced seafood caught by Balinese fishermen and ingredients plucked from around the island. 

17. Penny Lane

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Penny Lane pretty much blew up on Instagram a few years back as the place to be thanks to its boho-chic, vintage decor setting – and it holds strong to this day.

The restaurant serves up sharing plates, traditional Balinese dishes, bar bites, and signature cocktails, and the interior truly looks as though it’s dropped straight out of our Pinterest inspo board. They take reservations for groups of 10+, or you can walk in at any time for a table.

18. Ji Restaurant

Get ready to be wowed by the views and the food here.

Ji Restaurant is housed in a reconstructed 311 year old temple with a terrace looking out over 180 degree ocean views. It’s a journey of all the senses, mainly influenced by a Japanese menu while throwing in some other exotic cultural influences. 

19. Strawberry Fields

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Highly popular to this day, those visiting Bali on the regular will be very well acquainted with Strawberry Fields.

If you fancy yourself a nourishing smoothie bowl after one too many Bintang’s the night before or want to stuff some of the best burgers in Bali in your face then look no further. These guys walk the line of healthy fixes and calorie-loaded cheat day meals, giving you a taste of whatever craving hits you on your visit.

Plus the location itself is an absolute vibe for a few late night beverages.

Feature Image: @merahputihbali

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