Eating out in Nusa Lembongan is generally a laid back affair with a mass of beachfront restaurants offering peaceful romantic dining. There is a fair amount of variety considering its size and most places feature a broad range of Western dishes and local Balinese specialties. Many of the larger restaurants have barbecues on the beach, serving up a wide range of fresh seafood. There are also a handful of places specialising in authentic Italian, Thai and Chinese fare.
The resort of Jungutbatu has the highest concentration of eateries and is where you will find the best value meals. Virtually all Jungutbatu restaurants are moderately priced and away from the beach you will find many small cafes serving very cheap Indonesian dishes. Nearby Mushroom Bay is a more refined experience with several elegant beach restaurants providing a romantic ambience for dining under the stars.
There are few bars outside the main beach resorts in Mushroom Bay but Jungutbatu can boast a fairly wide choice of places to drink at night. There are lively surfer bars, traditional pubs and a couple of trendy lounges. Some also host occasional live music and you can also spend a night watching movies or live sports on TV.
Prices for both drinking and dining are similar to mainland Bali but tend to close earlier at around 22:00. Very few bars stay open after midnight. To make the most out of dining and drinking in Nusa Lembongan, see our comprehensive guide to the island’s best bars and restaurants.
Nusa Lembongan restaurants
Travellers flock here for tasty local Indonesian and Chinese food at very cheap prices. It always seems to be full despite its rather hidden location off the beachfront and the atmosphere is always lively. The menu is a little limited compared to other tourist restaurants but meals come in hearty portions and there is a surprising variety of vegetarian dishes. An excellent budget choice.
Pondok Baruna Warung
A varied choice of home cooked hearty meals can be enjoyed here overlooking the nicest stretch of Jungutbatu beach. The menu has a host of spicy Javanese dishes, sizzling seafood hotplates, sandwiches and plenty of rotating daily specials. Prices are excellent value and it is the best place for romantic dining on a budget. website: www.pondokbaruna.com.
Located in the exclusive hillside Batu Karang Resort, this classy restaurant affords the finest views in Jungutbatu. The food is just as memorable with exquisite Mediterranean seafood and imaginative Asian fusion dishes. It is a breezy open air eatery beside an alluring infinity edge pool. There is an extensive wine list and lots of exotic cocktails to choose from. The ambience is slightly formal but the food is excellent and definately worth the splurge. website: www.batukaranglembongan.com.
Located in tranquil Sunset beach, this friendly beach cafe is noted for its nightly seafood barbecues and delicious fruit cocktails. There is a small selection of hearty western dishes and full breakfasts and the breezy ocean views are worth the price alone. It offers free transport to your hotel. The best value tourist restaurant outside of Jungutbatu.
Nusa Lembongan bars and pubs
Scooby Doo Beach Bar
This lively beach bar is a favoured spot for Australian surfers and the best place in town to watch live sports action. The atmosphere is friendly and a good bet for single travellers to socialise. You can play pool or watch loud music videos in the early evening while tucking into a hearty burger or authentic pasta.
Mainski Bar and Lounge
A trendy bar lounge with the biggest wow factor in Jungutbatu. You can chill out to mellow sounds around the swimming pool or lounge in breezy cabanas on the beach. It has a romantic ambience with twinkling fairy lights at night and the menu of Mediterranean inspired dishes is excellent. It can get crowded during the day with visiting day trippers but evenings are usually laid back and an ideal spot for sundowners.
Surfer Beach Café & Bar
This cozy beach bar is a riot of colour with sparkling neon signs and walls covered in retro surfer memorabilia. It offers a lively night with cheap happy hours, a pool table and impromptu jamming sessions by the talented bar staff. Beer is cheap and things can get quite boisterous late in the evening although it is generally good natured and easy to socialise.