Dining possibilities are virtually endless in Sanur, boasting almost every conceivable cuisine in a wide range of establishments from romantic beachfront cafes to lively American diners. Sanur’s dining scene is conveniently separated into two distinct areas, so you can stick to whichever is closer to your hotel or rent a motorbike and explore father afield without working up a sweat.
The entire beachfront contains numerous trendy cafes serving up succulent grilled seafood and elegant hotel restaurants offering top notch French fare, Japanese sushi, Italian pasta, modern Asian dishes and much more besides. Although lacking the range of the nearby resorts of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, there is plenty of great dining in Sanur for all pockets.
Running parallel with the ocean is Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur’s main high street which provides even more variety but lacks those unforgettable ocean views and sea breezes. There is a little bit of everything with lively tapas bars, hearty pub food, Mediterranean cafes and even a Russian restaurant.
Cheap no frills dining in Sanur is very limited with most places catering to the discerning tastes and pockets of Western visitors. There is a night market at the northern end of Jalan Danau Tamblingan which sets up after dark and offers a wealth of Balinese and Javanese seafood, snacks and spicy curries at bargain prices.
This cheap and authentic Balinese cafe is tucked away in South Sanur but is well worth seeking out. Its menu covers just about every local Balinese specialty including a decent selection of veggie dishes and fiery hot stir fries. It has a lovely courtyard garden for dining under the stars and service is efficient and friendly. The best bet for inexpensive and tasty local food in Sanur.
Stars Café Bali
This trendy diner features weird and wonderful decor blending minimalist chic with elegant colonial era furnishings. The menu is just as flamboyant, offering modern Asian fusion, Mexican bites and scrumptious cakes and home made breads. It provides low key lounge style dining with a touch of romance.
A large glass fronted eatery with a classy menu of tasty Mediterranean dishes. This is a deservedly popular place with affluent tour groups and bookings are recommended. It hosts occasional live music and weekly Balinese dances. It can get very lively at weekends but still exudes a romantic ambience with lots of style.
Dine out with the Tsars at this elegant and rather expensive Russian eatery that offers caviar and plenty of authentic character. It is perhaps the most formal dining experience in town but the food is first class and totally unique for Bali standards. A pretty broad menu serves up a feast of succulent dishes such as imported veal, pan fried venison and smoked salmon along with a range of delectable desserts. As expected there is a virtually limitless choice of premium vodkas and Russian aperitifs.
A prime position right on the beach ensures a lively atmosphere most nights and it has become a favourite with local expats. The decor is a little uninspiring but the ocean views are to die for. A broad menu offers simple western dishes such as burgers, pizza and steaks which are well executed and come in hearty portions. This is casual beachfront dining at keen prices and a great spot for sundowners.
Banjar Beach Club Cafe
This is a lovely beachfront cafe and cocktail bar with tables spread out right up to the water’s edge. Located in peaceful Mertasari beach, simple elegance and good value succulent seafood is what they do best and there is a great choice of exotic cocktails. The ocean views are delightful and it is often standing room only come sunset time as romantics flock here in their droves. A breezy ocean front diner with lots of character.
Set back from the noisy bypass road, this elegant place offers a tranquil green oasis where diners can enjoy traditional Balinese dances and haunting gamelan music. Japanese, Korean and Indonesian dishes predominate and there is a decent selection for vegetarians. A slightly formal place that is especially popular with tour groups and provides free pick up in the Sanur area for diners. website: www.canangsari.com.
As the name suggests this place is basically an English-style gastropub with an inventive menu of Asian and Mediterranean style dishes all at decent prices. It is busy right through the day until closing time, with a faithful expat clientele and a prominent spot in central Sanur. It can get quite lively with regular live bands on show, karaoke and cheap happy hours. A good bet for a celebration or for large groups of friends.