There is plenty of choice for dining out in Amed with both budget and mid range options in all the villages. With the exception of Lipah Beach, most are quite spread but many of the more popular places lay on complimentary transport for diners if booked ahead. Eating out in Amed is a casual affair with just a couple of fine dining establishments.
Most menus offer traveller friendly Western favourites such as pasta and steaks along with a selection of typical Balinese dishes. There are a couple of eateries specialising in Italian and Mediterranean fare and many places have menus dominated by grilled seafood dishes. Prices are generally good value and many restaurants also put on Balinese dance performances once or twice a week.
Nightlife in Amed is very low key with just a handful of beach bars. A couple of places have regular live bands playing and some of the more popular restaurants show the latest Hollywood movies or live sports action. Most people have a long lazy dinner before retiring and the entire coastline is usually completely quiet by midnight.
The best bet for a night out is the cluster of small diver friendly bars in Jemeluk and Lipah Beach which are usually great fun and occasionally stay open late if the crowds show up. See our dedicated guide to Amed’s best places for dining and drinking.
A popular traveller’s cafe serving up piping hot soups, pasta and grilled seafood in a convivial atmosphere. There are also lots of Indonesian noodle dishes at rock bottom prices and beer is among the cheapest in Amed. A good value eatery that also has twice weekly Balinese dance shows for diners. website: www.barongcafe.com
Funky decor and stylish Mediterranean tapas ensures a vibrant night at this popular beach cafe. Pricier than many places, the food is nevertheless imaginative and presented with lots of flair. There is also a decent choice of grilled seafood and plenty of designer cocktails. An excellent spot for a sunset drink. www.restaurantamedbali.com
This long established Amed institution is still one of the most popular places in town. Situated in the Blue Moon Villas complex, the decor is full of elegant topical touches and offers a casual and fun dining experience in the company of its extrovert owner.
It serves up the most authentic Balinese dishes in Amed yet all are reasonably priced. There is occasional live music during the week. A great dining experience with good times guaranteed. website: www.bluemoonvilla.com
This Australian-run barbacue house specialises in grilled meat with ribs, steak and chops all cooked to perfection. There is a decent wine list and daily specials including grilled sesame-encrusted tuna and hearty appertizers. You will not leave hungry and they friendly staff even helped us get our flat tire fixed when we left. website: www.balibeerngrill.com
One of the most popular of Amed’s budget beach restaurants, this lively place specialises in cheap, wholesome Indonesian dishes such as spicy fried chicken and saté. It is located right on the beach with tables leading down to the water’s edge. It offers a romantic ambience without the high prices.
Fresh seafood buffets are the order off the day here and the range is phenomenal for Amed standards. Prices are pretty reasonable and service is always friendly and efficient. There is also free WiFi for diners and a large TV screen showing live sports. website: www.amedcafe.com
Amed bars and nightlife
Located in central Lipah Beach, this quite lively beach bar is always a hive of activity and is as rowdy as sedate Amed ever gets. There is live music a couple of nights a week and lots of animated banter between divers, backpackers and local expats. It is a good natured, generally laid back place where you will be equally at home chilling out with a cocktail or dancing to music.
This weird and wonderful beach bar is the premier expat hang out in Amed and attracts a wealth of divers and local youngsters too. It usually has a laid back and slightly bohemian ambience with mellow background music. Things hot up a little at weekends with live bands and there is also a weekly Balinese dance night. Lots of delicious fruity cocktails to try and beer is cold and cheap. website:www.bali-wawawewe.com