Padang Bai is a major seaport in Bali and a staggeringly undervalued resorts town. Boasting paradisal white-sand beaches and world-class diving, this coastal town remains reasonably uncrowded, and most of the travellers visit the village en-route to other islands (namely the Gilis).
There are plenty of reasons to stay in town for longer, one of the best ones being the amazing seafood restaurants in Padang Bai, which are very affordable. Check out our list of the best restaurants in Padang Bai and get ready for a serious food coma.
1. The Colonial
One of the most elegant restaurants in Padang Bai, the Colonial attracts visitors with its modern interior, large swimming pool glistening in front of the venue and amazing Indonesian and European dishes. Don’t forget to try their desserts, they are to die for!
2. Double Barrel Cafe
Double Barrel Cafe is an unpretentious roadside cafe specialising in amazing coffee, organic breakfasts and gorgeous pancakes. Build your own crepe or pancake from the delicious toppings available, get your daily dose of caffeine and finish your meal with a gorgeous homemade dessert.
3. Omang Omang Cafe
Perched atop the imposing hill overlooking the village, Omang Omang Cafe has a cute decor, energetic vibes and a wide range of Western and local dishes to sample. Those with a sweet tooth are treated to mouth-watering organic desserts and homemade ice-cream, while carnivores will appreciate the delicious barbecue and steaks cooked to your liking.
Omang Omang is also a popular evening hangout, so should you want to have an evening cocktail, play pool and listen to some chilled out tunes, head here after sunset.
4. Surf and Turf Warung
Surf and Turf is a local eatery that offers the freshest seafood barbecues and delicious Indonesian cuisine around. Sample their fish of the day, which can be grilled, steamed or fried to your liking. The dish comes served with seasonal vegetables, traditional barbecue sauce and steamed rice. Delicious, affordable and authentic, this venue is a must-visit in Padang Bai.
5. Helix LXIV
A midrange restaurant set under a traditional thatched roof and featuring a modern interior, Helix LXIV specialises in American and Asian flavours with a focus on healthy cuisine. Providing mesmerising views of the Blue Lagoon, this open-sided venue is a popular spot among locals and tourists alike, so if you are travelling in high season, booking a table is highly recommended.
6. Puri Rai
Puri Rai specialises in yummy Western food. You can savour a wood fired pizza, succulent seafood barbecue and juicy steaks cooked to perfection. Choose a glass of fine wine from the restaurant’s vast list, watch a movie on the huge TV screen (available almost all nights) and enjoy an amazing, laid-back dining experience with your family or friends.