Jimbaran is often referred to as the “Millionaires Row” or the “Beverly Hills of Bali” due to the high concentration of hilltop villas, high-end resorts and luxurious boutiques complete with a five-star dining scene. Jimbaran houses one of the largest seafood markets in the region where fishers deliver the catch of the day in the early morning, which by lunch time could appear on your plate. Here is a quick guide to the most sophisticated restaurants in Jimbaran, which you should definitely not miss during your stay in Bali.
Rather than talking about the elegant setting of Cuca restaurant nestled in a gorgeous garden and overlooking a coconut grove, let’s take a peek inside the kitchen. Punctilious Chef Kevin Cherkas – who used to work in the several Michelin star restaurants all over the world – creates flawless tapas, contemporary Western cuisine and sumptuous seafood cooked in a distinctive manner using only the freshest ingredients. The best ingredients are selected and sourced exclusively from Indonesia to help support local farmers and showcase the diversity of delicious Indonesian products.
Sundara is set at the southern end of Jimbaran Bay and the secluded location provides a serene, tranquil and classy ambience. Overlooking the mesmerising Indian Ocean, Sundara is not only an exquisite fine dining restaurant but also a trendy beach club during the day. Relish a fabulous dinner, savour an ample range of delicious Pan-Asian dishes and snap some Instagram-worthy photos at this chic Jimbaran restaurant.
3. Balique Restaurant
Balique Restaurant stands out with its charming ambience, harmonious setting and mouth-watering cuisine served on vintage tables set in the spacious open-plan dining room. A range of local and international dishes – from delicious Mediterranean dishes to rich Asian fare, all the way to authentic Indonesian cuisine – appeases all palates and promises an unforgettable dining experience.
4. Kayumanis Resto Jimbaran
Set amidst a splendid tropical garden in a custom-built Javanese Joglo house, Kayumanis Resto celebrates authentic and flavourful Indonesian cuisine, inviting diners on a gastronomic journey across the archipelago. This elegant dining venue caters to both solo travellers, families and larger groups of friends, and provides both a romantic and a fun atmosphere to make your dining experience truly outstanding.
5. Beach Restaurants
Jimbaran Bay is famous for its seafood beachfront restaurants with tables and chairs placed right in the sand, providing unbeatable sunset views. Should you want to relish some scrumptiously fresh jumbo prawns, clams, lobster and calamari, opt for one of the venues lining the shoreline. Your tastebuds will be treated to mouth-watering seafood grilled on coconut shells with traditional Bali sauces served on the side. All the beachfront restaurants are more or less equal in terms of taste and price. There are a couple of standouts that usually draw the biggest crowds, namely Menega Cafe, Made Bagus Cafe and Lia Cafe. If you wish to dine at one of these venues, reserving ahead is highly recommended.
6. Akua Bali Restaurant
Serving the widest range of cuisine one could possibly imagine, Akua Bali Restaurant caters to both local and foreign travellers offering Mediterranean, Pan-Asian and Indonesian cuisine along with healthy options guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest of diners. Picturesque setting and magnificent vistas are great additions to a hearty and sumptuous dinner, lunch or even breakfast, so do not miss the opportunity to dine in style while visiting Bali.
7. Fat Chow Temple Hill
Fat Chow Temple Hill serves an eclectic mix of Chinese, Thai and Asian Fusion. The venue offers a serene and casual atmosphere, funky music and super friendly staff, taking your casual dining experience to new heights – literally. Perched on top a high hill, the restaurant offers scenic views overlooking Jimbaran Bay. The menu’s highlights include Pad Thai, Akira Pepper Beef and Chow Pao.
8. Happy Cow Bali
Happy Cow is arguably considered the best steakhouse in Bali. Lining the “Street Food Area” of Jimbaran, this open-plan venue features recycled boat timber furnishing, casual ambience and a wide choice of steaks cooked to your liking. The simple, bargain-priced and appealing eatery has already become one of the favourite dining venues among locals and travellers alike. HappyCow offers a diverse menu featuring flavourful Asian and amazing Japanese cuisine, guaranteed to appease all palates.
Another fantastic steakhouse, but far more elegant, and yes, pricey, Dava features a chic setting, fabulous views and luxurious decor. This sophisticated restaurant specialises in gorgeous steaks, but also serves the freshest seafood cooked to your liking, so you can be sure you won’t leave the place with an empty stomach.
10. Bella Cucina
Bella Cucina is an outstanding fine dining restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine in a chic and spacious dining pavilion. This exquisite dining venue offers a romantic and intimate atmosphere, so should you want to celebrate a special occasion, Bella Cucina could be the best option for dining in Jimbaran.