Wherever you chose to eat, you are virtually guaranteed cool breezes and lovely ocean views with many places offering tables right by the water’s edge. Most restaurants fire up the barbecue each night for fresh grilled seafood; everything from snapper, lobster, calamari and huge king prawns.
The variety is excellent, especially on Gili Trawangan. There are Spanish tapas bars, sushi, an Indian restaurant, Mexican, Thai and much more. On each of the islands there is a wealth of street stalls selling cheap local dishes through the night.
The Gili Islands are Islam orientated but even during the fasting month of Ramadan all tourist restaurants remain open through the day and serve full meals and alcohol. Similarly, the bars of the islands stay open just as they would do otherwise with no discernible difference, so no need to fret on which time to come.
Gili Meno restaurants
An unassuming rustic beach bar and cafe that serves up a wide array of tasty local curries and grilled seafood. Situated a little off the radar in the quiet northwest, it is the perfect spot for lunch in between snorkeling with turtles at nearby Meno Wall. It offers fantastic views across to Gili Trawangan. Well presented dishes at very affordable prices.
Deservedly the most popular eatery on the island, this smart beach cafe has lots of local character and an imaginative menu heavily reliant on fresh seafood. A lively spot for Gili Meno standards for either lunch or dinner, it offers casual fine dining at value for money prices. There is a decent choice for vegetarians too.
Gili Air restaurants
Frangipani Cafe at Coconut Cottages Gili Air
A lovely garden restaurant offering an extensive local and Western menu with refined dining in candlelit cabanas. Special ‘ristaffel’ Indonesian banquets are a specialty for groups of five or more (reserve one day before), while exotic cocktails and wine (in high season) are also on the menu.
Gili Trawangan restaurants
This is the Gili islands’ most refined dining experience with poolside or beachfront restaurants offering sumptuous seafood buffets, modern Asian fusion cuisine and a range of delectable desserts. Many dishes are surprisingly well priced and there is also a small cafe open 24 hours a day. The wine list is the most extensive in the Gilis.
Attached to the Gili T Resort by the jetty, Terminal offers an interesting choice of sizzling hot plates, Balinese specialties, Mexican bites and filling sandwiches and soups. It benefits from wonderful sea breezes and has a casual laid back atmosphere perfect for families. Shows sports action on the TV most nights.
This is a haven for homesick expats who crave delicacies such as roast beef, smoked salmon or Danish blue cheese. It is a continental style cafe that makes the ideal place for a long lazy lunch out of the hot sunshine. The menu is quite extensive with lots of delicious home baked sandwiches and cakes, albeit at Western prices. An excellent choice of gourmet breakfasts.
Elegantly draped cabanas afford a refined and romantic dining experience here complimented by mariachi style live Latin music. There is a fabulous selection of grilled seafood, Mexican tapas, pizza and steaks. Service is efficient and friendly and prices are excellent value compared to most other eateries in the vicinity. Located close to Gili Trawangan harbour.