There are so many fabulous restaurants in Ubud it is easy to see why the area has fast become one of the best places in Bali for food! Suiting all budgets, there is jungle tree top fine dining, riverside romantic hangouts, and cheap and cheerful roadside grub to get your taste buds going at. You don’t have to only check out Hujan Locale, Lovacore and Mozaic to love Ubud’s food options!
With so many amazing restaurants in Ubud, from gourmet to gastro and expensive to cheap as chips, the area is a foodie paradise! You will find western grub, such as great tacos, pizzas and pastas, but whilst you are in this magical place, stay away from what you’re used to and discover the delights of authentic satay, suckling pig, grilled fish and local vegetables. Tickle those taste buds, you won’t regret it! Here are our top 23 places to eat in Ubud for all budgets:
Murni opened her little Warung with just one table and two chairs in 1975, but the popularity can be seen in the expansion of the restaurant that now sprawls over four open-air levels down the side of a steep valley. Choose to dine by the roadside or by the river – either way you can’t be disappointed by the delicious variety of homemade dishes, with different specials everyday. Murni’s has attracted a number of high profile clientele over the years – who wouldn’t want to sample the delicious Sweet Sour Shrimp!
Murni’s Warung, Jalan Raya Campuan, Ubud, p. +62 361 975 233.
Bebek Bengil means the Dirty Duck Diner – and word has got round about their signature dish, the Bebek Betutu! It is arguably the best on the island. The whole menu here is almost entirely dedicated to the duck – crispy fried duck, duck in chilli sauce, duck fried rice, and of course the smoked duck [tip: if you are planning a visit, make sure to order the Bebek Betutu the day before to ensure that you aren’t disappointed]. There is a main restaurant building, but if I were you, for a fun dining experience you won’t forget in a hurry check out one of the traditional bamboo pondoks [raised huts with a long table and cushions] that look out over the rice fields.
Bebek Bengil Jalan Hanoman, Padangtegal, Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 975 489.
Naughty Nuri’s Warung and Grill
Like peanut butter goes with jelly, martinis and pork ribs are the done thing at Naughty Nuri’s Warung and Grill! Their ribs are to die for [seriously, you will be wanting to order round two!]. Their tasty BBQ sauce is lathered on the ribs before they are grilled to perfection on the BBQ… our mouths are watering already! You can’t reserve a table so make sure you get there in good time, and be prepared to share a table with a fellow martini-mate!
Naughty Nuri’s Warung and Grill, Jalan Raya Sanggingan, p. +62 (0)361 977 547.
Bebek Tepi Sawah
Duck, duck and more duck! This restaurant is all about the bebek – whether it’s ducks splashing in the pond, the duck statues around the restaurant, or the delicious crispy duck on your plate! Located in the corner of a beautiful green rice paddy, this restaurant serves a wide selection of cuisine, including contemporary western and innovative Indonesian or Balinese specialties. They also boast a great fruit juice and shakes menu! If you venture here on a Sunday, you can treat yourself to a classical Legong dance performance [for IDR 100,000 per person].
Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant and Villas, Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Br. Tegas Peliatan Ubud, p.+62 (0)361 975 656.
Arrrrriba! If you fancy a taco, burrito, enchilada, fajita or quesadilla then head to Taco Casa! Everything is made from scratch [and contains no MSG or preservatives], and tastes finger-licking good! They deliver or you can dine in – we suggest dining in, that way you can order their divine margaritas [what’s a Mexican dish without something tequila based to wash it down with!].
Taco Casa, Jalan Pengosekan (South end of Ubud), Ubud, p. +62 (0)812 2422 2357.
Ibu Oka Warung
If you want to eat the best crackling you will ever have, then head to Ibu Oka Warung! This little shanty cafe, opposite Ubud Palace, is an Ubud institution that draws both locals and food lovers from around the world, all because of their succulent roasted suckling pig! The roast pigs themselves arrive by motorbike [cooked off the premises], and are served up in big chunks in a rattan bowl with rice, fried intestines, spicy vegetables and Ibu Oka’s secret sauce. For the meat lovers, this is something you do not want to miss!
Ibu Oka Warung, Jalan Tegal, Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 976 435.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy Ubud town, and immerse yourself into the lush green rice paddies at Terracotta Restaurant. Enjoy a gourmet dinner on the terrace as the sun sets across the fields, and feel at one with the nature around you – simple breathtaking! Dine on authentic Indonesian food, all of which is beautifully presented, and a tasty fruit cocktail as you watch the locals hard at work in the rice paddies. Perfect for a romantic dinner [or breakfast] for two.
Terracotta Restaurant, Jalan Raya Lungsiakan Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 898 9700.
This vegan restaurant in Ubud serves a variety of salads, desserts, and main plates, plus a fantastic selection of smoothies, juices, and mocktails. The juicy and savory Jackfruit Tacos has become the most popular dish – definitely worth a try! Served with black beans and Mexican style rice, the slowly baked jackfruit is topped with pico de gallo and a choice of chipotle sauce or cilantro. Sage is located just south of Ubud’s Monkey Forest, so the perfect spot after you’ve been to see the monkeys!
Sage Bali, Jalan Nyuh Bulan, Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 976 528.
‘Where worlds meet’ is their motto, and you can see why! This restaurant offers something a little different. Bridges is situated at the end of the two Campuhan Bridges, nestled in the valley overlooking the River Wos, and has seven different levels at which you can dine at – so when you are relaxing on your terrace, you can watch as the outside world carries on on the bridges above you. Their food is fantastic, as is their extensive list of imported wines and cheese. This is indulgent and memorable dining at its best! Who doesn’t love a wine and cheese night?!
Bridges Bali, Jalan Raya Campuhan, Ubud, p.+62 (0)361 970 095.
D’Star Bar & Resto
This unique bar and restaurant is sure to be a memorable dining experience, with its recycled metal artwork that adorns the walls, and the big ‘LOVE’ taking centre stage, plus the funky lighting. There are games to be played, music to enjoy, and of course, the food! They serve western, Indonesian and Baliense cuisine, with the highlight of the menu being the live BBQ station, along with a fine selection of wine, alcoholic drinks and scrumptious milkshakes. One word for D’Star Bar & Resto: unique! We love it.
D’Star Bar & Resto, Jalan Raya Mas, Br. Abianseka Mas, Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 370 0620.
This has been said to be the most beautiful place in Ubud to have dinner, and it’s not hard to see why – the cafe looks out over an immense lotus pond bordered by tall flowering trees, and [if that wasn’t enough!] beyond that is the Pura Saraswati temple, which at night comes to life with performances of Balinese dancing accompanied by a gamelan orchestra. Dinner with a WOW! For a real authentic Balinese dining experience, sit on the bamboo mats whilst you gorge on delicious Balinese food. Our fave has to be the Tamarind Tuna – grilled tune flavoured with tamarind, served on a salad of glass-noodles, snow-peas, and cherry tomatoes. Yum!
Cafe Lotus, Jalan Raya Ubud, +62 (0)361 975 660.
This healthy cafe is a hot-spot on Jalan Batu Belig, and hooray, they have opened one in Ubud! Coffee, juices, rustic breakfast, scrumptious salads, homemade cakes, and so much more! They nail just about everything. My fave? The pumpkin burger with chips – not that you could even feel guilt when you are eating something so damn tasty, but this vegetable burger is the perfect healthy treat! And the best bit about the Ubud Watercress? The Wine Bar! Located upstairs, come for happy hour and enjoy a glass of vino as you feel the breeze around you amongst the trees!
Watercress, Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 976127, Open 7.30am-10.30pm.
L’Hort is perfect for a romantic evening for two
If you are looking for the perfect place to take your lover for an evening of romantic ambiance and good food, then head to L’Hort. L’Hort means “the garden” in Catalan, so it is easy to understand the name. This al fresco place is rustic and casual, with romantic lighting, an open kitchen, high-top tables, and a small garden. The restaurant offers Catalonia-inspired snacks and nibbles which are to die for! The menu is simple with ten foods and one dessert in total, but that is enough – you won’t regret an evening out at L’Hort, believe me!
L’Hort Backyard of Room 4 Dessert, Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Monday-Saturday 5.30pm-12am, p. +62 (0)361 553 2598.
This beautiful wooden deck, a stone’s throw from the river, creates a relaxing and tranquil dining area at the heart of the Samaya Resort. Relax on the comfortable lounge furniture, and let the cool breeze from the river, along with the lush greenery around you, fully relax and unwind your mind, body and soul. There are various menus throughout the day to choose from, including a breakfast [including vegetarian options], light lunch menu, a small bites menu serving delicious Asian style tapas, and, as the evening draws in, their two dinner menus [a la carte and a degustation].
swept away, The Samaya, Banjar Baung, Desa Sayan, Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 973 606.
The Sayan House
This Ubud gem is just ten minutes from the town centre, away from the hustle and bustle! With panoramic views of the surrounding forest beyond the sacred Ayung River it is a winner from the moment you arrive! Expect luxury fine dining here with 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. And the staff are exceptional – if you are looking for a beautifully presented, tasty dinner, in tranquil surroundings, then this is for you.
The Sayan House, Jalan Raya Sayan No. 70, Sayan, Ubud, Bali, p. +62 (0) 361 4792592.
Around for over twenty years, and brought to you by respected Bali icon Janet De Neefe, is Casa Luna. With its relaxed tropical atmosphere, it offers a fine selection of Balinese and Mediterranean dishes. Casa Luna serves wholesome, affordable food, in particular their legendary Balinese-style Paella, the scrumptious lime tart dessert, and not forgetting their baked goods which are famous on the island! Casa Luna is a favourite with visitors from all over the world, and will soon by a favourite with you!
Casa Luna, Jalan Raya Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 977 409.
Chris Salans, creator of popular Mozaic Bali, has done it again! This all-day Gastrobar has become a popular favourite in Ubud already. Serving affordable, casual good food in a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere, you will experience perfectly blended Indonesian ingredients and flavours to a Western cuisine Café style, from quick bites to a full hearty meal! Sit at the bar and watch the culinary team whip up the dishes, or sit at the communal tables and watch the world go by though the glass windows. This is an eatery not to miss!
SPICE, Jalan Raya Ubud No 23, Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 479 2420.
Hujan Locale’s chef Will Meyrick has been all over, from London to Sydney and now through South East Asia, and he is about as famous as chefs get in Bali! He brings inspiration from all over to the menu of Hujan Locale, and that, coupled with their use of fresh produce, gives this double storey restaurant a vast menu consisting of a fabulous mix of flavours and tastes to satisfy your hunger pains. With various delicious curries and stir fries on offer, the problem is choosing with one!
Hujan Locale, Jalan Sri Wedari No. 5, Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 849 3092.
Award winning Mozaic Restaurant is one for the foodies – a legend in the world of gastronomy – it has an ever-changing menu based on what is available at the market that day. Chef Chris Salans takes Indonesian ingredients and incorporates them into a range of French dishes, resulting in creations like curry butter-roasted crayfish and passion fruit cream baked in phyllo pastry. This is for the diners who are looking for a bit of a splurge for dinner and you won’t be disappointed by the food, or the experience. Relax on a white sofa in the newly renovated lounge with a glass of bubbles and select your menu before moving to the main dining room and garden, full of tropical greenery!
Mozaic, Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud Bali, p. +61 (0)361 975 768.
If you’re lucky enough to get a booking at this uber-popular favourite you are sure to not be disappointed. As the name suggests, Locavore uses only sustainably sourced ingredients from the island itself [even the plates are made locally]. There is a lunch and a dinner menu, with only one sitting each night, meaning you can really take your time over your meal. Located in the middle of Jalan Dewi Sita, it is a modern, open plan and intimate restaurant perfect for great food, great atmosphere and unbelievably great food!
Lovacore, Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 977733.
Kubu in Indonesian means hut or shelter, where Balinese farmers keep the rice after harvesting habitually. This tradition inspired the new Ritz Carlton Reserve address Mandapa in designing its signature bamboo restaurant. This is the perfect romantic dinner date setting – with nine private cocoons overlooking the Ayung River, you can sit in your own privacy and enjoy fine Mediterranean-European cuisine and international wines, whilst the calming sounds of the water trickle around you.
Kubu Restaurant, Jalan Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan, Ubud Gianyar, p. +62 361 479 2777.
Blanco Par Mandif
You will have to book in advance to get a table at Blanco Par Mandif [located in the grounds of Ubud’s Blanco Museum], as they have capacity for only 10 – perfect for an intimate dining experience. This is award-winning Chef Mandif M. Warokka’s second boutique restaurant, and he has nailed Indonesian fine dining showcasing exotic Indonesian flavours with international standards. Working with local farmers, the food is fresh and produced locally, and whilst it takes centre-stage, lets not forget the drinks list! We love the mini-cocktail counter at the chef’s tasting table, which produces classic cocktails shaken and stirred infront of customers – how very 007!
Blanco Par Mandif, Komplek Museum Blaco, Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2284. Open daily, 6–10pm.
Uma Cucina at Uma by COMO
If you are looking for an Italian-inspired splurge, look no further than Uma Cucina! Uma Cucina at Uma by COMO welcomes you to enjoy tasty Italian cuisine, with food that is locally-sourced and fresh. The use of a brick-fired oven and charcoal grill gives a wonderful smokiness to their dishes, so you can enjoy rustic, authentic Italian grub with friends, especially their wood-fired pizzas! You will also find delicious pastas, breads and cheeses on the menu, not to mention their array of fab cocktails [put together by Lewis Wilkinson, a leading mixologist who currently works at the Met Bar in London!]. With its wonderful food, drinks, atmosphere and gorgeous surroundings, Uma Cucina is a place to drop in for a drink and light meal at any time of day!
Uma Cucina, Uma by COMO, Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Banjar Lungsiakan, Kedewatan, Ubud, p.+62 (0)361 972 448.
CasCades at the Viceroy
Situated in a high Balinese style thatched roof house, on the ridge overlooking the luscious Valley of the Kings, CasCades bar and restaurant is the perfect place for a wonderful dining experience with loved ones. Owned and managed by an Australian family, CasCades sources the finest produce from around the globe including Australian wagyu beef, Canadian lobster and French fois gras. Come and enjoy delicious food, good music [there are piano performances in the evening], and beautiful wine in a vibrant, tropical setting.
CasCades at the Viceroy, Jalan Lanyahan, Br Nagi, Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 972 111.
Top image: swept away