From Canggu and Seminyak to Uluwatu and Sanur, here's our pick of the best beachfront restaurants in Bali with spectacular ocean views...
Bali is best known for its stunning beaches and world-class surf – but that’s not all you’ll find on Bali’s pristine coastlines. Sitting directly on the sand, you’ll also find some of Bali’s very best restaurants, where you can kick back with a cocktail in hand, epic ocean views all around and your toes in the sand. And because no visit to the island is complete without one of these iconic beachfront dining experiences, we’ve found all the best restaurants on the beach in Bali – helpfully broken down by each South Bali neighbourhood.
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BEST RESTAURANTS ON THE BEACH IN BALI – CANGGU
1. Hippie Fish
Paying homage to the laid-back lifestyles of both Bali and the Mediterranean, Hippie Fish on Pererenan Beach is where it’s at for beachfront feasts, epic cocktails and endless ocean views. The menu itself is all about Mediterranean specialities and refined recipes. We say, come early for a rooftop sunset cocktail, before tucking in to the ocean-fresh cured sea bass, and the Spaghetti in Black – squid ink pasta served with bisque and baby calamari. Or, you can’t go wrong with swapping and sharing any of the grilled seafood from the market: try the charred prawns, the grilled octopus and the tuna crudo, served with a stracciatella salad. Pair it all up with a chilled white wine straight from Italy, and you’ve got yourself a spectacular evening feast, right by the seaside.
Hippie Fish, Jl Pantai Pererenan No. 171, Pererenan, Canggu, p. +62 813 3759 6236; Open daily 7am – midnight.
2. The Lawn
With its front-row seats to Canggu’s world-famous waves, a shimmering infinity pool nudging the black sands and crowds of beautiful people lounging beneath boho umbrellas, oceanfront grazing doesn’t get much better than at The Lawn – and that’s before we’ve even mentioned the food. The menu at this ultra-chill beach club is all about sharing and gourmet nibbling, from the lobster nachos to the chorizo cavatelli – you could happily munch your way through the entire menu here while lapping up the laid-back, island vibes. And with a stylish list of infused cocktails to wash it all down, the grass really is greener at The Lawn – especially when golden hour comes around. Top tip: swing by on a Friday night for one of the best beachside parties in town.
The Lawn, Jl Pura Dalem, Canggu, p. +62 811 3800 4951; Open daily from 10am.
3. Skool Kitchen
Sitting right above The Lawn and overlooking the waves, Skool Kitchen is one of the hottest beachfront restaurants in Bali where every dish is touched by fire. A primitive style of cooking meets contemporary culinary excellence here, with its honest modern menu powered by natural wood and charcoal embers. Try the wood-fired bone marrow with capers and toast, or the ash-baked beetroot with straciatella and hibiscus. Even the artisanal, house-crafted cocktails get a taste of the flames, like the Burnt Lemon Daiquiri – perfect for watching a fiery Bali sunset overlooking the ocean…
Skool Kitchen, Jl Pura Dalem, Canggu, p. +62 361 620 0603 / +62 811 3800 4952; Open daily from 5pm.
4. Times Beach Warung
Toes-in-the-sand vibes meet sublime food and cocktails at Times Beach Warung – Canggu’s open-air beachfront cafe and restaurant by the same peeps who gave us The Lawn. By day, graze on yummy brekkie and brunch staples (cream cheese bagel and berry Danish, we’re lookin’ at you), and by night, swap and share the beach snacks and bites alongside a few rounds of cold beers and shaken or stirred signatures. Unsurprisingly so, golden hour is when the good times really ramp up at this shabby-chic seaside destination…
Times Beach Warung, Jl Pura Dalem, Canggu, p. +62 811 3800 4953; Open daily 6am – 10pm.
5. La Brisa
From the same family as La Laguna, La Favela and La Plancha, La Brisa is the quirky-yet-cool destination from the “La” family, and the coolest boho-beanbag beach club on Echo Beach in Canggu. Best enjoyed sans sandals and with a long drink in hand, La Brisa is a bohemian hub of rustic Spanish cooking (hello charred octopus and tomato burrata salad!), delish cocktails, multiple swimming pools and a hot soundtrack to top it all off.
La Brisa, Jl Pantai Batu Mejan Gg. La Brisa, Echo Beach, Canggu, p. +62 811 394 6666, e. [email protected]; Open daily 10am – 11pm.
6. Ji Terrace by the Sea
Asian-fusion bites, boho-chic vibes and the crème de la crème of killer ocean views – Ji Terrace By The Sea really has it all when it comes to wining, dining and beachfront swooning in the ‘Gu. This breezy and beautiful rooftop spot overlooks the ocean, crammed full of cultural flourishes, colourful design touches, and of course, some of the best Asian fusion food on the island. Try the signature Dragon of Ji sushi roll (a chopstick-treat of crispy ebi tempura, slick avocado slices and a creamy, slightly spicy sauce) and the Japanese-style salmon carpaccio. You’ll also want to sip on the smokin’ Coco Sexo (inspired by the volcanoes of Indonesia) and – our favourite – the Gin & Tea: tea-infused gin with green tea syrup.
Ji Terrace by the Sea, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Beach, p. +62 811 388 9599, e. [email protected]; Open daily 12pm – 11pm.
BEST RESTAURANTS ON THE BEACH IN BALI – SEMINYAK
True to its name (and its beachfront address), Seasalt is Seminyak’s ocean-and-salt-inspired restaurant that we’ve fallen head over flip flops for. It’s located right on the coastline at Alila Seminyak, with endless ocean views and an ever-present sea breeze as company. Beachy, chic and also home to one of our fave Sunday brunches in Bali, this fabulously fresh seaside restaurant is a must-try, with sublime Japanese-infused dishes. It goes without saying that sundowners here are unparalleled, with exceptional designer cocktails that follow a strict zero-waste concept. Cheers to that!
Seasalt at Alila Seminyak, Jl Taman Ganesha No. 9, Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 361 3021 889 / +62 811 3867 544, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7am – 10pm.
8. Starfish Bloo
Starfish Bloo is the glamorous yet casual, open-air beachfront spot at W Bali – Seminyak, and without doubt one of Bali’s very best restaurants for a foodie sesh beside the seaside. As you sit overlooking the ocean and the designer pool areas of one of Seminyak’s swankiest resorts, you’re beyond spoilt for choice at this five-star address. As you’d expect, the quality here is unparalleled, featuring Pan Asian flavours with Western essences, from sizzling seafood to regionally-inspired recipes. Sample your way through the chef-curated tasting menus and la carte sharing platters, or drop in for the legendary brunch by the beach every Sunday.
Starfish Bloo at W Bali – Seminyak, Jl Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 817 001 5808, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 7am.
9. KU DE TA
One of the true Bali originals, KU DE TA continues to wow the crowds with its beachfront perch, great tunes and delish food to boot. Simple, tasteful and elegant, this famous beach club and restaurant is quite simply unmissable. Eat brekkie or brunch by the beach, graze away the arvo by the oceanfront infinity pool, or settle in for a romantic dinner beneath the stars.
KU DE TA, Jl Kayu Aya No. 9, Seminyak, p. +62 361 736 969, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 8am.
10. La Lucciola
Seminyak’s original, simplest and possibly most-loved beachfront institution, La Lucciola on the Seminyak coastline is a little bit of ‘old-Bali’ in the best way possible – before high-tech and high-stylin’ took over. It’s potentially Seminyak’s only place with no Wi-Fi, just like Bali used to be, and you’ll regularly spot the island’s long-time expats here, tucking into the Mediterranean fare and huge selection of wines. It’s impossible not to love “La Looch”, with its always amazing service, legendary food and those excellent beach views.
La Lucciola, Pantai Petitenget (next to Petitenget Temple), Seminyak, p. +62 361 730 838 / +62 819 0102 5999, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 9am.
Set inside Bali’s most progressive beach club, Ijen at Potato Head is Indonesia’s first ever restaurant that follows a zero-waste philosophy. But that’s not all. Their ocean-fresh seafood is simply sublime, caught locally using a hand-reeling process and classically grilled over an open fire. The menus here are all printed on sustainably harvested paper and recycled truck tyres, the furniture is made from foam offcuts and recycled wood, and the floor is poured from a mix of broken plates, glasses and cement. It’s a remarkable space, with equally exceptional dishes, like Rillette, prawns and squid tartare served alongside a range of creative veggie dishes and some of the best local sambals we’ve ever tasted. This is guilt-free feasting at its best.
Ijen at Potato Head Beach Club, Jl Petitenget No. 51B, p. +62 361 473 7979. e. [email protected]; Open daily 12pm – 10pm.
BEST RESTAURANTS ON THE BEACH IN BALI – JIMBARAN
12. Sundara Bali
Bali beachfront dining bliss. Sounds tempting, right? Sundara Beach Club (Sanskrit for ‘beautiful’) is an all-day dining and lifestyle destination that just so happens to serve some of the best food around. Think sultry beach club by day, iconic fine diner by night. We love the perfect mix of five-star flair and relaxed beach club vibes at this sophisticated address. And when the sun goes down, the fire pits are lit, the bartenders get busy and the impeccable fusion cuisine really comes to life. Sundara, we love you!
Sundara Bali at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Jl Bukit Permai, Jimbaran, p. +62 361 708 333 / +62 361 701 012, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 11am.
13. Kisik Lounge & Seafood Restaurant
Beachfront tables, tiki torches, an iridescent pool and a sunset backdrop – it doesn’t get more ‘iconic Jimbaran’ than that. Kisik’s menu concept mimics a seafood market given a luxe touch, AKA your favourite fine fish, served with Indonesian gado gado, Jimbaran bouillabaisse, steamed rice and Balinese veg. Wash it all down with the cliff bar’s signature cocktails, like the Watermelon Sling (vodka base with fresh watermelon) or spice it up with the Spicy Sea (dry gin with red chilli).
Kisik Lounge & Seafood Restaurant at AYANA Estate, Jl Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran; Open daily 5.30pm – 11pm.
14. Nelayan Restaurant
Grilled seafood in a chic, boho beach-shack on the white sands of Jimbaran beach? Count us in! Nelayan Restaurant’s ocean and earth inspired menu sees classic Mediterranean cuisine with Balinese influences. The kitchen uses seasonal ingredients and Indonesian spices while showcasing flawless French techniques. Start with a classic lobster bisque or Bedugul organic farm salad, then tuck into grilled local seafood marinated in Balinese sambal or a garlic basil paste. Not a fan of seafood? Try the restaurant’s signature roasted chicken, Ayam Panggang Jimbaran Puri. As for desserts, expect European favourites with Balinese twists, like the Kintamani apple tarte tatin or the Balinese-style black sticky rice. Sip on a fresh Bali Mule, let your feet touch the sand, and enjoy Jimbaran at its very best.
Nelayan Restaurant at Jimbaran Puri A Belmond Hotel, Jl Uluwatu, Yoga Perkanthi Lane, Jimbaran; Open daily 12pm – 5.30pm & 6pm – 9.30pm.
A true Jimbaran-style seafood restaurant, Hatiku serves up an authentic menu with a few twists we love. Nestled on Jimbaran’s white sandy beach with a magical sunset backdrop, enjoy the freshest seafood from Hatiku’s endless bounty of seaside delicacies – from lobsters and crabs, to prawns, clams and fish, you name it, they have it! For an authentic experience, choose any fish or seafood classically grilled ‘Jimbaran-style’ and cooked with the famous Jimbaran sauce, plus three other sauces and water spinach (AKA kangkung) on the side. Pair it with the chef-recommended salted egg or Indonesia’s favourite Padang sauce. All this best shared with great company and an icy cold Bintang in hand.
Hatiku, Muaya Beach, Jl Bukit Permai, Jimbaran, p. +62 877 8611 2121, e. [email protected]; Open daily 11am – 10pm.
16. Jimbaran seafood markets
For a taste of real Bali, settle in to a totes-in-the-sand table on Jimbaran beach to feast on barbecued fresh-from-the-net seafood. Yep, every evening as the sun sets, Jimbaran beach is the spot to feast on the day’s catch at the bustling beachfront barbecues. Head to the bay before dark and choose your ocean treats from the never-ending displays to devour just a few minutes later. One of the most popular is Menega Cafe, but there are literally hundreds to choose from, dishing up grilled seafood caught that’s been caught that same day. For an al fresco night with its perfect sunset location right on the beach, it’s the ultimate island-style dinner destination.
BEST RESTAURANTS ON THE BEACH IN BALI – NUSA DUA
A shining beacon of the culinary scene in Bali and a twelve-time winner of the Wine Spectator Award, Kayuputi is the fine beachfront dining restaurant at The St. Regis Bali in swanky Nusa Dua. Offering a dining experience unlike any other, think luxurious Asian-influenced haute cuisine with a stellar wine list to match, not to mention a priceless setting with magnificent ocean views. Decadent and divine, Kayuputi is a showstopper, and if you’re in the neighbourhood on a Sunday, the brunch here is especially world-famous.
Kayuputi at The St. Regis Bali Resort, Kawasan Pariwisata Lot S6, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 300 6786, e. [email protected]; Open daily 12pm – 10pm.
Soleil is the stunning, signature beachfront dining favourite at Mulia Bali, overlooking the ocean and offering Mediterranean and Pan-Asian cuisine with influences from Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. The Mulia’s array of food is as vast as their never-ending infinity pool, with a fantastic selection of premium meat, grilled seafood and endless other delicacies. Stick around on a weekend to try the famous Sunday brunch – it’s arguably the very best in Bali.
Soleil at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, Jl Raya Nusa Dua, Sawangan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 301 7777 / +62 855 3904 391, e. [email protected]; Open daily 11am – 11pm.
19. The Beach Grill
This seafood dining option at The Ritz Carlton Bali dishes up an upscale take on the classic beach grilling. Here, you can choose to dine indoors for an intimate and cosy atmosphere, or head to the beach for a barefoot BBQ dinner with the sand in your toes and a cool sea breeze as company. Looking to impress a date? Try the private dining experience right on the beach, where you’ll dine under the stars, surrounded by candles and the breathtaking ocean as the backdrop.
The Beach Grill at The Ritz Carlton Bali, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Lot III Sawangan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 849 8988 3388 / +62 821 4465 5057, e. rc.dpssw.re[email protected]; Open daily 12pm – 10.30pm.
20. Reef Beach Club
Standing right on Nusa Dua’s pristine stretch of white sandy beach is Reef Beach Club. Set within the luxurious The Apurva Kempinski Bali, this iconic beach club combines laid-back beach life with elegant Indonesian heritage. Taking centre stage is the 42-metre infinity pool overlooking the ocean, surrounded by comfy sun-loungers, daybeds and cabanas. Spend the day lounging and grazing on the charcoal-grilled premium meats and seafood, and wash it all down with a refreshing cocktail or one of 30 rosé wines. As the sun sinks into the ocean, the beach club comes to life with a romantic ambiance, a spectacular bonfire and a live music performance right under the stars…
Reef Beach Club at The Apurva Kempinski Bali, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 209 2288, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7am – 11pm.
21. Nusa Dua Beach Grill
If you’re after a laid-back post-surf destination to take your sandy feet and salty hair, then head to Nusa Dua Beach Grill for some beachfront BBQ-ing. Take a break from the up-market five-star restaurants and head to this beachfront spot to ‘chill at the grill’ with an ocean breeze as company. The menu offers a selection of easy daytime fare, such as pizzas and pasta, delicious seafood, and Indonesian staples, alongside a solid list of cocktails and cold beers to boot. Cheers!
Nusa Dua Beach Grill, Jl Pura Geger, Nusa Dua, p. +62 811 3983 779, e. [email protected]; Open daily 8am – 8pm.
BEST RESTAURANTS ON THE BEACH IN BALI – ULUWATU
22. Kelly’s Warung
Tucked away at the bottom of the cliffs on Bingin Beach, Kelly’s is something of an institution in Uluwatu. Overlooking the famous waves out front and with steps that go right down onto the sand, there are few better places to while away a lazy Bingin day. The food is simple, healthy and hearty, with a refreshing drinks list and some of the coldest beers around. Try the colourful Pitaya Bowl for brekkie, and the generous wraps for a post-surf lunch. We love the breezy lounge and boho-chic vibes on the second floor…
Kelly’s Warung, Bingin Beach, Bingin; Open daily 9am – 8pm.
23. Sundays Beach Club
Everyday feels like a Sunday down at this stunning beach club, tucked at the bottom of the cliffs on Bali’s southern coast. Billed as a ‘piece of hidden paradise’, Sundays Beach Club is a Robinson Crusoe-meets-St. Tropez venue, where you can feast from midday until dinner on beach-friendly fare. Think tropical smoothie bowls, fish & chips, piping hot pizzas and even a gourmet Nasi Goreng. Chill and graze on the loungers by the lagoon-like ocean, or dine within the ramshackle-chic bamboo restaurant. And as the day rolls on, pull up a beanbag around the bonfire for the best sunset seat in the house. A designer drinks list completes the picture here at this Honeycombers’ fave.
Sundays Beach Club, Jl Pantai Selatan Gau, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, p. +62 821 4405 7406, e. [email protected]; Open daily 10am – 8pm.
24. Le Club 22
Break out the superlatives for this hidden paradise nestled at the bottom of south Bali’s dramatic sea cliffs. Le club 22 is a boutique beach restaurant at Karma Beach, with the whitest sand, bluest water and tropical-est of vibes (yeah we just made that word up). Adding to Karma Kandara’s never-ending list of outstanding and tropi-cool drinking dens, the restaurant dishes up Mediterranean-style grilled seafood and bites, while the adjoining Tiki Bar is all about high-end cocktails, carefully crafted by the resident mixologist using local ingredients and quality European spirits. Sip on a bespoke cocktail, splash in the lagoon, then take a walk on the pristine beach before the sun sets. Pure beachfront bliss.
Le Club 22 at Karma Beach, Karma Kandara Jl Villa Kandara, Ungasan, p. +62 361 848 2205, e. [email protected]; Open daily 11am – 9pm.
25. Roosterfish Beach Club
Quirky, fun and playful, Roosterfish was the first beach club to make a home on Bali’s famous Pandawa Beach – a shimmering stretch of white sand at the base of a dramatically-carved cliff. It’s the house beach club of Renaissance Bali Uluwatu (situated 10 minutes from the resort) and once you’re down on the sand, it’s a fabulous fusion of both land and sea (hence the name, Roosterfish) with fresh ingredients finding their way into the wood-fired pizzas, grilled seafood and oversized icy cocktails from the swim-up pool bar. Settle in for a day of smokey barbecues and signature cocktails, or just soak it all up from one of the floating bean bags.
Roosterfish Beach Club, Jl Pantai Pandawa, p. +62 811 3940 3588, e. [email protected]; Open daily 8am – 10pm.
26. Jimmy Beach Cafe
Need to refuel inbetween surfs? Jimmy Beach Cafe is just a step away from the waves of Balangan Beach. Drop by for a quick lunch and taste the fresh and colourful poké bowls or veggie burger, or stick around for longer to take in the stunning views of the ocean and distant volcanoes. After a day of riding the waves, Jimmy Beach Cafe’s signature seafood platter will fill you right up, then top it all off with a cold beer, just in time for sunset with your crew!
Jimmy Beach Cafe, Jl Pantai Balangan, Ungasan, p. +62 821 3562 6650; Open daily 8am – 9pm.
BEST RESTAURANTS ON THE BEACH IN BALI – SANUR
Sitting right on Sanur’s beachfront within the luscious grounds of Hyatt Regency Bali, Pizzaria is the only seaside Italian restaurant in Sanur, located right beside the coastal promenade. The restaurant’s totally al fresco bar and dining area soaks up ocean views all around, making for a stunning lunch and dinner spot that’s open to everyone, not just resort guests. You’ll want to try Pizzaria’s ocean-fresh and locally-sourced tuna carpaccio, or the thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas (they’re made from traditional sourdough) before finishing off with the chocolatey Italian pudding with whipped cream, seasalt and olive oil. Our top tip? Swing by on a Sunday for Pizzaria’s family-friendly Sunday brunch – you won’t be disappointed!
Pizzaria at Hyatt Regency Bali, Jl Danau Tamblingan No. 89, Sanur, p. +62 361 281 234; Open daily 11am – 11pm.
28. Fisherman’s Club
An upscale take on Jimbaran’s iconic toes-in-the-sand seafood barbecues, Fisherman’s Club is where you can soak up vast sea views, finger-licking food, and live entertainment – right on Sanur’s beachfront. It’s a premium dining destination at Andaz Bali, with fresh-from-the-net ocean delicacies on display over the weekend for you to pick your own and have it cooked your way. Think buttery soft grilled squid (we’ll take a side of kimchi fried rice, please!), enormous seafood platters to share, and seaside favourites like The Fisherman’s Burger, and of course, fish and chips. Not into seafood? There’s also red meat, chicken, and veggie options, too – all given a Japanese, Korean or Latin touch. Come early and enjoy the laid-back beach club ambiance – cocktails aren’t mandatory, but highly recommended…
Fisherman’s Club at Andaz Bali, Jl Danau Tamblingan No. 89A, Sanur, p. +62 361 320 1234, e. [email protected]; Open daily 11am – 11pm.
29. Soul on the Beach
Located on the bright white sands of Sanur’s Sindhu Beach, Soul on the Beach is the family-friendly little sister to Shotgun Social and Soul in a Bowl. It’s perfect for kids that need to run and play in close proximity to the restaurant’s casual and relaxed dining area. And just like its urban cafe counterparts, the menu here is creative and wholesome, constantly evolving and complemented by a variety of daily specials. We love this spot for its menu of small plates, perfect to swap and share with friends or family.
Soul on the Beach, Jl Pantai Sindhu, Sanur, p. +62 813 3975 1932; Open daily 7am – 11pm.
30. Byrd House
Nestled right on Sanur’s stunning Segara Beach, Byrd House is a breezy pool club with vibrant Mediterranean vibes that the whole fam will love. You’re greeted by bamboo architecture, sleek lines and minimalist interiors, while the outdoor area is all about lounging by the pool. Bringing the kids? There’s also a fun playground with its own kiddie splash pool and treehouse. Having breakfast or brunch? You’ll be pleased to know that the patisserie is stocked full of quality coffees and various artisan pastries, all made in-house. As for lunch and dinner, try the menu of Italian staples which are artfully executed using the very best locally-sourced ingredients. Flock to the bar, where you’ll find a selection of creative concoctions, courtesy of the expert mixologist (hello sunset cocktails!).
Byrd House, Jl Segara Ayu, Sanur, p. +62 361 288 407 / +62 812 3866 7935, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 6.30am.
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