Looking for the best restaurants in Bali?
While I think Micah and I only scratched the surface of what Bali has to offer foodies, I wanted to share our top picks for the best restaurants in Bali!
Overall, we never had a bad meal while we were there. We had one so-so, overpriced meal on the beach, which, looking back, was a bit of a tourist trap… but overall, the food was amazing! Here are our picks for the best restaurants in Bali! These are listed according to location, not by favorite.
Bridges is a French fusion restaurant located next to the river in Ubud. The ambiance here is absolutely amazing! In fact, that is what drew us in. We had walked past it the night before and I thought that it looked like a great place to sit and have a drink. Our plan was to split an appetizer and have a glass of wine, then head off to somewhere else for dinner. We ended up drinking two bottles of wine, eating three apps, and splitting an entrée. Everything was exquisite! Bridges Bali is perfect for a splurge dinner or a special night. I recently suggested it to a friend who was in Ubud, and she also had nothing but good things to say!
Just an FYI, Mudra is closed on Mondays! We stumbled upon this place as we were leaving a yoga class. It’s a low-carbon-emitting cafe serving only what is locally and sustainably raised, meaning they have eggs but no dairy and some sustainably-sourced fish and poultry. This is my kind of menu! We were there in the morning, so we each had an amazing cappuccino with coconut milk. Micah had the avocado toast with an egg, and I had a dragon bowl, which the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! And we couldn’t help but split an order of the gluten-free, cassava pancakes with strawberry sauce. Everything was amazing! I wish they would open a franchise in Southern California so I could eat there all the time!
If you want to know more about things to do in Ubud, give this a read!
Rolling Fork has two locations in Bali: one in Padang Padang, and another in Seminyak. We found the one in Padang Padang while we were on a scooter cruise, looking for a spot to eat. We rode past it twice and kept thinking, “We are in Bali… we don’t want to eat Italian food in Bali.” Yes, it’s Italian food! When we rode past, it looked empty, but it has a beautiful ambiance, with market lights and tables in the back. We figured we would give it a go! Turns out, the only reason it was empty was because we were there before the dinner rush. It was soon packed. They served all handmade pastas that were to die for! We had the whole nine yards–appetizer, entrées, and dessert! It was some of the best pasta I have ever had! On our last day in Bali we were shopping in Seminyak and found the second location, and I was so tempted to eat there again!
Bukit cafe is truly one of the best restaurants in Bali for breakfast! Bali breakfast was good everywhere, but at Bukit Cafe it was out of this world! The food in Bali is pretty cheap compared to the U.S., so Micah and I, in true foodie fashion, would order a few things so we could try different dishes. The zucchini fritters were epic! They are a must! We also had a smoothie bowl, some fresh juice shots, and the “big breakfast.”
Remember when I said we had one so-so meal? This was not it! We had heard that Jimbaran beach was the place to go to eat seafood on the beach, and we were planning on doing that towards the tail-end of our trip. But when we were staying in Bingin Beach, we found out that a restaurant just steps down the beach from where we were staying did a nightly seafood BBQ. After you order your food, you are asked to come pick it out. We were a little confused, so our waiter walked us up to the BBQ and began opening coolers of fresh seafood! We were able to pick out exactly what pieces we wanted. It was so delicious and and such a cool experience to eat seafood with our feet in the sand!
When we finally did our seafood dinner in Jimbaran beach, we were a little disappointed. This was the so-so meal. It was over double the price of what we had in Bingin (about $150 USD, which in Bali is a small fortune) and the food was not great. It didn’t taste as fresh. And the place was packed. If you have the choice, do the one in Binging!
Last on our list of best restaurants in Bali is somewhere that’s actually not really in Bali (sorry about that, but it was too good not to share!). We stayed at Le Pirate in Gili T, a tiny island off Lombok, a neighboring island to Bali. During our stay, we ate at the hotel restaurant for quite a few meals. Every meal was amazing! I was introduced to my favorite Indonesian dish, Kari Ayam, while we stayed there. I have made it three times since we have been home! We also loved the tuna with the Balinese sauces.
All in all, I dream of the food we ate in Bali! I can’t wait until we get the opportunity to go back and try more places! If you have any recommendations on good restaurants in Bali, please share in the comments below so we can add them to our list for next time!
If you want to read more about our time in Bali, check out this article!