There is no fear of going hungry during a stay in Kuta. As a bustling cosmopolitan resort, it serves up a feast of flavours from every corner of the globe. Whether you are an adventurous foodie with a penchant for the hot stuff or just prefer the familiar tastes of home, dining out in Kuta knows no bounds. You can easily eat for under a dollar in an atmospheric roadside food stall or perhaps push the boat out with some five star decadent dining. Kuta has the most eclectic restaurant scene in Bali and the variety is staggering.
For cheap eats the Poppies Lane district is the place to be and boasts wall to wall cafes, trendy bistros and local restaurants where you can eat heartily for next to nothing. There is also several fast food outlets here too.
More refined dining can be had along the entire length of Kuta beach where trendy lounges and elegant hotel restaurants line the beachfront offering a little romance and top notch gourmet cuisine. Early evening is the time to visit for the much lauded ocean sunsets.
In addition to a high number of Italian, Thai and Japanese eateries, you will also chance upon more obscure cuisines such as Russian, Brazilian and Lebanese. Simply stroll around and see what takes your fancy, wherever you wander you are no more than a few paces away from the next tempting restaurant. However to save you a little shoe leather we have come up with our top picks for dining out in Kuta, from the very finest budget cafes to the most alluring five star luxury.
Recommended Kuta restaurants
Cafe Sendok (International)
Open 24 hours a day, this German owned eatery offers vast portions of Pan Asian stir fries, German sausages and authentic pasta. A good selection of indulgent desserts and pastries and full English breakfast available anytime. website: www.sendokbali.com.
Bamboo Corner (Indonesian)
This is the number one budget restaurant in Kuta bar none. Exceedingly busy, this unassuming restaurant serves up wholesome Indonesian fare to a devoted crowd of expats and locals and by 19:00 they are usually queuing out of the door. Tuck into a huge basket of baby lobster for just rp75,000 but get there early to avoid disappointment.
Stadium Cafe (American)
A cavernous all American sports bar with a fun loving lively ambience, it serves up huge burgers, ribs and steaks until late. Big TV screens, pool tables and a wealth of exotic, well priced cocktails ensure good times for all.
Tucked away in the backpacker village, this is a beautiful open air garden restaurant deservedly popular with expats and tourists. It serves up well executed seafood, Mexican tapas and authentic pasta. For a romantic experience dine in one of the intimate private cabanas. Also has its own cigar lounge.
A lively Euro-style cafe highly popular with the surfing fraternity. The menu is Mediterranean in influence and presented with imagination and flair. It boasts an excellent selection of Spanish tapas. It is a convivial spot for early evening sundowners or stay awhile and watch new Hollywood releases on the big screen. website: www.completehospitalitybali.com.
Ma Joly (mostly French)
A spectacular ocean-front location sets the scene for a memorable fine dining experience; fusing western style with a distinct French touch. By no means cheap but exceptional service marks this out as one of Kuta’s finest and it is well worth the splurge. Located in the extreme south of Tuban beach. website: www.ma-joly.com.
Fun loving Havana is a great casual spot for drinking or dining Latin style. There is good value hearty Tex-Mex and Cajun dishes and lots of succulent seafood options which are all laid out before you on ice. All you can eat buffets are a weekly highlight and deservedly popular with the budget travellers who frequent this area. They also claim to make the best martinis in town. A perfect spot for large groups who want to share in a memorable dining experience. website: www.havana-club-bali.com.
One of Kuta’s hidden gems, Ketupat is not the easiest place to find but well worth the effort. Set in a lovely shaded courtyard it offers classy Indonesian seafood specialities in private cabanas by a pool. One of central Kuta’s best places for a romantic evening. Located behind Jonathon Gallery. website:www.ketupatdewisrirestoandbar.com
Rosso Vivo (Italian)
Front row seats to a glorious Kuta sunset is what you get at Rosso Vivo, a romantic restaurant and lounge that is popular with young trendies. It serves exquisite Italian seafood and also boasts a lush courtyard and open air swimming pool. Make a night of it with late lounging and dancing until the early hours. website: www.kutaseaviewhotel.com