Despite its tiny sizes, Nusa Lembongan features a surprisingly diverse and vast dining scene. From the local warungs serving authentic Indonesian cuisine to the beachfront fine-dining venues, this is our guide to the top 10 restaurants in Nusa Lembongan.
1. Deck Cafe and Bar
The Deck Cafe and Bar features modern design, a white decor and incredible ocean views. Serving delicious local and international cuisine, the Deck Cafe and Bar is an excellent midrange venue to relax and relish the beautiful setting on a budget.
2. Muntings Bar and Restaurant
Muntings is a fine-dining restaurant offering splendid vistas and a wide selection of cuisines. From Indonesian to Australian and all the way to European flavours, this elegant dining venue will appease all palates. Those with a sweet tooth can savour their amazing desserts, and for the little ones, there is a special kids menu.
3. Indiana Kenanga
Tasty Indonesian ingredients are used in cooking the exquisite French cuisine offered at Indiana Kenanga, an upmarket establishment offering an outstanding dining experience. Sample their King of the Prawns dish: succulent jumbo prawns that come with a cold mousse of zucchini and basil sauce. Be sure to save some room for dessert – they are divine here.
An oasis of serenity and seclusion tucked away amidst a lush tropical garden, Tigerlillys is specialised in genuine Indonesian food and selected Western favourites such as pizza, guacamole and unparalleled cheesecakes for dessert.
5. Nyoman’s Warung
Nyoman’s Warung is located on the north shore of the island. This simple, unpretentious local eatery serves fresh and delicious fish, cooked by the owner’s wife with traditional side dishes such as brown or white rice, steamed vegetables and various sauces catering to both Indonesian and foreign palates.
6. Bali Eco Deli
Bali Eco Deli is a popular and often crowded cafe specialising in healthy eats. The deli offers a wide range of delicious organic dishes and vegan fare at a very reasonable cost. The venue also serves numerous gluten-free options, making the venue a great option for those following a special diet.
7. Kayumanis Restaurant
An alluring beachfront dining venue, Kayumanis specialises in seafood barbecues and is one of the best-loved restaurants on the island. The beautiful setting, succulent catch of the day cooked on the grill and gorgeous desserts take casual beachfront dining to a new level.
8. Warung Putu
Located on the southern coast of the islet, overlooking the minuscule Nusa Ceningan, Warung Putu is famous for its scrumptiousBalinese cuisine. Grab a cold beer, relax and watch the seaweed farmers at work while waiting for your red curry or fish satay. Warung Putu provides an authentic local dining experience.
9. Lemongrass Bar and Restaurant
Lemongrass Bar and Restaurant is a newcomer to Nusa Lembongan’s ever-expanding dining scene. Though low-key and relaxed, this beautiful venue is easy to spot as it’s set right on the main drag of Jungut Batu. This local establishment serves a wide range of Indonesian and Western, offering the sumptuous combo of high quality and reasonable prices.
10. Warung Bambu
Warung Bambu is another great place to savour fresh, succulent and delicious seafood. Here, the catch of the day is grilled on coconut shells according to Balinese cooking traditions. Depending on what the fishers caught that morning, you could sample delicious snapper, tuna or mahi-mahi, or go for the gorgeous prawns, clams or octopus served with traditional spicy sambal sauce. Besides the fantastic seafood, the venue also offers authentic Indonesian dishes to sample and to share.
Nusa Lembongan offers pristine paradise beaches and a divinely relaxed setting for a beach getaway – there are no motorised vehicles on the island! If you’re heading to Bali, try to squeeze in a few days in Nusa Lembongan (it’s only a short boat ride away) and enjoy a wonderful, relaxed meal right by the beach. Heaven!