Dining out in Ubud is one of the many pleasures of a Bali holiday and the town has no shortage of choice with over 300 restaurants. It is the island’s gourmet capital, home to exquisite fine dining restaurants but also has a fair variety of cheap cafes too. However obscure your tastes may be there is something for everyone and is especially rewarding for vegetarians.
Monkey Forest Road and Ubud High Street is virtually wall to wall eateries with a wealth of elegant open air restaurants and European-style cafes. Prices are generally higher than traditional budget areas such as Kuta but decent value for money can still be found.
The many villages that surround Ubud all have fabulous eateries, too, and the unforgettable views only add to the experience.
The hamlets of Campuhan and Sanggingan, especially, are a good bet for romantic fine dining and there are also several vibrant steakhouses and tapas bars to add further dimension.
All the large resorts have their own onsite Ubud restaurants, although prices may be artificially high when compared with independent eateries in the surroundings.
Recommended Ubud restaurants
The food here is outstanding but the views alone are worthy of a visit. Perched over an almost bottomless river gorge, this large place on four levels is reminiscent of a rustic English country inn and features its own art gallery and craft showroom. Operated since 1974 by Balinese legend Murni, you can expect exquisite Western dishes, delicious home made desserts and high class authentic Balinese specialties in a slightly formal yet picturesque setting.
The menu of modern Asian and European dishes are served here with the real attraction of the quite astounding views. The dining area looks over an enormous lotus pond and historic royal temple beautifully illuminated at night. It also has a traditional gamelan orchestra playing each night. Booking recommended.
This laid-back retro diner is a real haven for the town’s discerning expats and has a fabulous range of organic vegetarian dishes and healthy booster juices. There is a little of everything from greek salads, tapas, home made quiche and gourmet sandwiches. It has a distinctly bohemian ambience, frequented by Ubud’s artistic community and the perfect place to spend a long, lazy afternoon.
Twinkling fairy lights light up this delightful garden restaurant by night in one of Ubud’s most romantic settings. A moderately priced menu features authentic Balinese roast dishes and Mediterranean-style seafood. Save room for some of the most mouthwatering desserts around. Low key acoustic live music sets the tone perfectly for a memorable romantic meal.
This delightful open air eatery provides lots of style and a distinctly romantic ambience with twinkling fairy lights and candlelit gazebos for two. It is a spacious courtyard restaurant filled with tropical foliage and intriguing Balinese stone carved figurines. There is a lovely art deco inspired cocktail bar well stocked with premium imported cigars and hard liquor of every description. The broad Asian/international menu covers all bases and is heavily influenced by grilled seafood. A perfect spot for that special occasion.
Very cheap Western and Asian comfort food in simple surroundings makes this place deservedly popular with Ubud’s budget diners. Food quality is very good for the price and it offers a broad menu of Indonesian favourites and typical travellers fare such as steaks, burgers and pasta. There is cheap beer on tap and some interesting desserts to try out. Often full from early evening.
A laid back bohemian bar and grill with a flamboyant menu that spans the globe. It is an artfully designed modern lounge restaurant attracting a stylish crowd of expats and tourists. Dine in intimate alcoves or stretch out on comfy floor cushions. There are lots of veggie options, delicious home made breads and cakes and the cocktail list is both extensive and imaginative.