It’s time for Michelin to come to Bali…
Bali’s high end dining scene will surprise you! While Michelin still hasn’t launched a guide for Indonesia (they only sell tires here), there’s a handful of restaurants in Bali that can definitely compete at the international level. We live in Bali and love dining, so we’ve tried many of the high-end restaurants and tasting menu experiences across the island. In this article we highlight our 10 favorites, based on our own experience visiting most of these high end restaurants in Bali!
Fine Dining is relatively affordable in Bali, especially compared with similar restaurants in Europe or the United States. We therefore suggest even those on smaller budgets to give fine dining a consideration: this might be the most affordable place to try a Chef’s tasting menu (where the menu consists of multiple courses set by the restaurant).
Bali’s best restaurants can be found where the high(er) end tourists are. Typical hotspots with the best restaurants are Ubud, Seminyak and Uluwatu, with more and more fancy restaurants opening up in Canggu lately as well. The best restaurants are often part of luxury Bali hotels, but all restaurants listed below can be visisted without staying overnight. If you do want to stay somewhere overnight after your dinner, check out our list with the most luxurious hotels in Bali.
If you intend to treat your partner and yourself to a fine dining experience on your Bali Honeymoon, make sure to reserve a table in as far as possible in advance. These are all very popular restaurants that run out of seats!
Note that all prices of menus listed below are excluding taxes and services, usually around 20%. The order of these restaurants is by region: Number 1 is not necessarily better than number 10!
1. Room4Dessert (Ubud)Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
Not something you would expect in the Ubud jungle... The world's first fine dining DESSERT experience, made famous by the Netflix show Chef's Table. Chef Will Goldfarb is lauded to be the Best Pastry Chef in the world. He learned the trade at multiple well-known restaurants including the legendary El Bulli.Official Website
You won't need to have dinner before heading here, as the 5 course dessert experience starts with some savory snacks. These are followed by the five unique desserts, wrapping up with delicious petit fours. The courses can be paired with amazing cocktails or mocktails.
We visited Room4Dessert and enjoyed the experience a lot. In advance, we were a little afraid that it would be too sweet, or too much dessert in a row. We did feel a little full at the end, but considering how many desserts we just consumed it still felt relatively balanced. The staff is extremely welcoming and friendly, and they explain each of the dishes - many of which use locally sourced ingredients and flavors unique to Bali. This is a very unique experience that you won't be able to find anywhere else in the world, and for that reason alone we are happy to recommend it to any couple visiting Ubud.
5 Course Dessert Tasting (+snacks +petite fours): roughly 60$ p.p. (90$ with cocktails).
2. Arcadia (Ubud)Tjampuhan Bridge, Ubud
Arcadia is formerly known as Bridges Restaurant. The venue overlooks the the spectacular bridge crossing at Tjampuhan and has one of the best views of Ubud. If you plan to go here, definitely ask for a table overlooking the valley.Reserve
The restaurant offers both a-la-carte and tasting menus. Either are of great quality, but we would recommend trying one of their tasting menus, as they are extremely good value. You can choose your favorite: The Garden (vegetarian), The Pastures (meat), The Sea (fish and seafood) or Plant-Based (vegan) set menu. All of them offer 5 courses. You probably can't go wrong with either of these, but we really loved the seafood one.
The dishes are classic and of high quality. The only critique we could think of is that the food lost a bit of its connection with Bali and Indonesia, as its more inspired by Japanese and Italian cuisine.
5 Course Menu: roughly 40$ (60$ with wine or cocktail pairing).
3. BLANCO par Mandif (Ubud)Tjampuhan Bridge, Ubud
The number one best fine dining restaurant in all of Indonesia according to Tripadvisor, run by award-winning Indonesian Chef Mandif M Warokka (Indonesians know him as judge in Master Chef Indonesia). This restaurant is part of the Blanco Renaissance Museum complex in Ubud, and overlooks the Tjampuhan bridge and valley. BLANCO par Mandif's dining room looks classy and is intimate, with only 20 seats.Official Website
This is one of the more expensive fine dining experiences you can book in Bali. You will however experience an 8 course tasting menu inspired by Indonesian flavours, plus additional aperitifs and mignardise desserts.
The signature degustation includes Wagyu Steak, Rock Lobster, Scallops and even Caviar are part of the current menu (this does change, check the website for the latest). You may choose a pescatarian or vegetarian degustation as well.
8 Course Signature Degustation Menu: 165$ pp (255$ with drink pairing).
4. Kubu at Mandapa (Ubud)10min drive north-west of Ubud
The Kubu restaurant at the Mandapa resort (Ritz-Carlton) is situated in a spectacular open air bamboo building alongside the banks of the Ayung river near Ubud. For the most private experience, you could book a private "cocoon" overlooking the river as your dinner table.Offiical Website
This is a high-end fine dining option, with a smart casual dresscode and pricier than some of the other fine dining options in Bali (but still a great deal compared to fine dining elsewhere in the world). Guests are served an 11-course Mediterranean-European Degustation menu, composed by Indonesian chef Bayu Retno Timur.
Anyone who has been in Bali before knows that high quality European and international wines are difficult to find. You won't go wrong with the selection available at Kubu. We believe they have one of the widest selection of international wines on the island.
11-Course Tasting Menu: roughly 100$ (170$ with wine pairing).
5. Sangsaka (Seminyak)Seminyak, 5-10m drive from tourist area
Sangsaka is a modern Indonesian restaurant in Seminyak offering one of the best tasting menus we have had in Bali, as well as à la carte options. Don't get confused with their website, it does not list the tasting menu but it does exist! We have added the 7-course menu from when we visited below, but the latest online reviews indicate that the menu is now 8 courses.Official Website
What we love about Sangsaka is the cozy ambiance (it is a small restaurant), personal attention and unique Indonesian-inspired dishes with a modern twist. Our favorites were the tuna with avocado and the dragonfruit dessert with elderflower. When we were visiting most of the guests were other couples, which is understandable considering the cozy and romantic vibe. It is a bit away from the main tourist area, so if you are staying near the beach in Seminyak we would suggest taking a 5-10 minute taxi ride to get there.
Tasting Menu: roughly 50$ pp.
6. Mauri (Seminyak)Petitenget, North Seminyak
Mauri stands for Maurizio, the first name of the South-Italian chef Maurizio Bombini, who runs this fine dining restaurant in Seminyak inspired by flavors from his home-town region of Puglia.Official Website
At Mauri, you can enjoy a tasting menu that comes very close to a level that would be rewarded by a Michelin star if it were in Europe. The classic option is the Signature Tasting Menu, but more adventurous couples might opt for the Discovery Tasting Menu (a bit more expensive too). However don't expect typical Italian food: while the dishes are inspired by Italy, you won't easily recognize the dishes as typical Italian - they are unique and creative,
TIP: You can upgrade your steak to Wagyu at a very affordable cost. While the portion is quite small, we do believe this is worth considering to level up an already great experience to something very memorable.
Discovery Tasting Menu: roughly 60$ pp (110$ with wine pairing).
7. The Cave (Uluwatu)Pecatu, 20 mins from Uluwatu
The most spectacular fine dining experience you will find in Bali, in a real natural cave! We've been at The Cave and loved it, but its one of the more fancy and expensive fine dining experiences in Bali. You will pay a lot more here than in some of the other fine dining restaurants. Dining in a cave is a very spectacular experience though, and we believe it might be worth splurging on this if you love to experience something very unique.Official Website
The Cave is located in an actual natural underground cavern near Uluwatu that was only discovered a couple of years ago. They turned the space into a circular restaurant with around 10 tables for two people. This means capacity is very limited, book in advance! As we arrived early, before the start of the dinner the waiters suggested us to explore a bit of the cave beyond the main chamber.
Seven or ten courses will be served (we opted for seven), and between courses they will dim the lights and project a light show on the walls of the cave. The menu is designed by chef Ryan Clift, who worked with famous chefs like Peter Gordon and Emmanuel Renaut. We believe the food was very good and original, but the most memorable thing definitely is the setting in which it is served.
7-Course Set Menu: Roughly 105$ pp (200$ with wine/cocktail pairing).
8. Cuca (Jimbaran)Jimbaran (between airport and Uluwatu)
Cuca is located a few steps away from Jimbaran Beach, just south of Bali's airport, It is roughly a 30 minute ride from either Uluwatu or Seminyak. On arrival you will walk through the large garden to reach the restaurant. We watched the sunset on the beach first before heading to dinner.Official Website
Cuca offers a Chef's Tasting Menu at great value. When we visited it consisted of 9 courses with outstanding tapas and desserts. Don't expect traditional Spanish Tapas dishes, the food is very original and based on local Balinese flavors and produce. The town of Jimbaran is known for Bali's largest fresh fish and seafood market, so expect some great seafood dishes being part of the experience!
We believe the restaurant is a great option for a honeymoon. They even offer the "ROMANCE @ CUCA" package (which you can reserve when booking a table on the website). With the romantic package your dinner will be served on a table with candles and roses. A bit cheesy but we did it (we are running a honeymoon site after all....) and it's all fun, they even had a surprise gift for us in the end!
Chef's Tasting Menu: roughly 45$ pp. Romance package roughly 15$/couple.
9. Indigo (Canggu)Berawa, Canggu
On the other side of the Canggu shortcut, in Berawa, you will find a great place for high-end Sushi. Its a 20-minute drive from Batu Bolong, but by car this can take a bit longer sometimes if there is a lot of traffic. But its worth the effort heading here!Official Website
Chef Morita Shigehiko worked at the first Michelin-star restaurant in Kyoto before opening Indigo. He describes his food as "innovative with a traditional approach".
Indigo does not have a set tasting menu, but they do have great à la carte options instead. When we visited we got the "new style" salmon sashimi as well as the Signature Sushi Set (order this twice, one for each of you). You'll probably want to try some more dishes after enjoying these dishes. Lovers of steak might try the actual Miyazaki Wagyu.
No set menu. Signature Sushi Set roughly 12$ PP. Sushi from 5$. Wagyu 45$.
10. Sa'Mesa (Canggu and Seminyak)Two branches: Canggu and Seminyak.
The happiest dinner experience in Bali. During your honeymoon, you probably prefer having dinner in a private most of the time. Sa'mesa is completely different. Here, you are seated at a large table with strangers who may become your friends by the end of the night!Official Website
Due to popularity, Sa'Mesa now has two branches: one in Canggu and one in Seminyak. The popularity is understandable, as this restaurant offers amazing value. An 18-meal(!) Italian home-cooked dinner experience is served. This isn't fine dining, but it is a unique tasting menu sharing experience that is worth being part of. We loved the Burrata, home-baked breads and fresh fish. To add to the experience, unlimited limoncello liquor is served for free. You can imagine the vibes by the end of the night after many shots of limoncello, it feels like one big celebration!
18-Course sharing dinner: roughly 38$ pp.
Written by Olivia & Dirk
Hi! We have put together this guide with a lot of care, based on our own experiences. As a couple, we have lived in Bali for the past 5 years, and we fell in love with the island. We have visited every corner of Bali, especially the romantic places ;-). While our articles do contain affiliate links, you can trust us to recommend only the experiences that we love.