Nusa Dua restaurants and dining guide

On first impression it seems that Nusa Dua dining is pretty much restricted to an expensive hotel restaurant scene, but a little exploration will find plenty of affordable options at Nusa Dua’s shopping mall and the neighbouring village of Bualu. The latter especially offers the best value eating out and plenty of atmosphere. There are eateries serving up succulent seafood, Balinese buffets and classy Mediterranean cafes.

For really cheap eats head past the opulent St Regis Hotel in the south of the resort to Gegel beach. Here there is a collection of ramshackle local food shacks selling tasty grilled fish, satay and spicy fried chicken at a fraction of the cost within hotels. Do not discount the elegant beachfront hotel restaurants during your stay because the quality of food is terrific and exquisite service guaranteed. Most places employ experienced Western chefs with all encompassing menus featuring the highest quality ingredients.

Prices can vary widely depending on individual ambience and the menu with main meals costing somewhere between rp100,000 – rp300,000. Most upmarket hotels also have casual dining options with more realistic prices. Nusa Dua is not a place for simply strolling around aimlessly looking for a suitable place to eat.

With the exception of the centrally located shopping mall, most independent restaurants are well spread out so take heed of our intuitive guide to the best dining to be had in Nusa Dua. We have listed a combination of fabulous five star dining, great value restaurants and hand-picked eateries with special atmosphere.

Recommended Nusa Dua restaurants and dining

Mai Mai
An attractive open air seafood grill and steakhouse busy with tour groups and expats alike. Lots of grilled meats and vegetarian kebabs and a wealth of authentic Italian pasta. Excellent range of cocktails and premium imported beers that are surprisingly good value.

Kolak
This long time tourist favourite is still the cheapest hotel dining in Nusa Dua. It has a lovely open air aspect benefitting from cool sea breezes and soothing acoustic music. It serves well executed Indonesian and pan-Asian dishes and hearty soups and sandwiches. It is  particularly noted for its generous American and continental breakfasts.

Bumbu Bali
This is Bali’s first five star dining establishment devoted to local cuisine. There is a sumptuous array of fine wines from all over Europe and the new world plus beautifully presented dishes such as slow roasted duck in traditional Balinese spices. Dining is in private thatched pavilions set around a lush garden to the sounds of soothing gamelan music. It also offers professional Balinese cookery courses.

Ulam
One of the busiest places in Nusa Dua, this Balinese seafood restaurant is simply furnished with al fresco courtyard dining or enjoy an intimate meal in the VIP private lounge. Good value dining for the area and free transport home provided for diners.

Salsa Verde
A lovely romantic spot for savouring top notch Italian fare. There is a choice of covered or open air dining around a lush garden courtyard enjoying cooling ocean breezes. Delicious wood fired pizza and speciality pastas are a little pricey but worth the splurge. There is a separate menu for children and hearty buffet breakfasts.

Benoa Café
An excellent budget choice, this simple Hungarian-owned cafe has a wide ranging menu of central European meat dishes, a little seafood and the usual traveller’s fare such as burgers and pasta. A highly popular spot with movie screenings and live sports coverage each night. Free transport home for diners.

Chess
Elegant fine dining and stylish tropical surroundings mark out this beachfront restaurant as one of Nusa Dua’s finest. Exquisitely presented Asian fusion dishes, fine wines and ocean views to die for offer the perfect recipe for a romantic evening.

Matsuri Japanese
An award winning Japanese lounge and sushi restaurant, tucked away in the Bali Collection shopping mall in central Nusa Dua. It offers teppinyaki counters, sushi and Korean specialities in typically modern decor. There is al fresco dining in an authentic Japanese garden beautifully illuminated with twinkling lanterns. Prices are pretty good value for the area.