Over the years, Bali has evolved with each wave of travellers and is now becoming a first-class dining destination where ones can enjoy numerous International dishes with its authenticity and rustic charm right in place. Whether you are looking for a fine dining venue to celebrate a special evening or looking to revel in a friendly place with mates, this island gives you umpteen options to conclude your culinary journey with a sinful delight.
Each fancy restaurant on this island is unique, but all share a few common characteristics. With precise attention to detail, perfect execution and exceptional service, every fancy restaurant aim for a top-notch experience. And while today’s fine-dining has evolved into an eclectic blend of cuisines and concepts, many aspects of the high-end experience remain the same.
There has been a real explosion of top quality boutique restaurants down in the south of the island, and all of them compete to be the best in the region. They offer a great range of cuisine in terms of region and sophistication, from Western to Eastern, right through to contemporary Indonesian cuisine. Some of the restaurants feature unique locations with awe-inspiring views and artistic interiors.
Here, in this article, I personally tried to compile the best high-end restaurants on the island. However, these restaurants are considered as high-end or fancy not only because of their pricing but also the taste and surroundings they try to keep up to deliver the best culinary journey. Be rest-assured the dishes served on the table are where the magic and mystery lies.
Padi Fine Dining
This restaurant is tucked away beneath the entrance bridge that leads to the Desa Visesa Ubud. As one of Bali’s most distinguished dining locales, Padi Fine Dining features three separate menus to meet the dietary requirements of three distinct gastronomic traditions: meat-free vegetarians; fish and vegetable devotees – pescetarians; and the limitless heartiness of the carnivoran palate. Each of these culinary preferences is available in degustation menus of 5 or 3 courses for lunch or an expanded selection of 7 or 5 courses for dinner. Be seduced by the food and the unique experience of dining in a cosy grotto beneath a bridge, dining at Padi is very exclusive with seating available for a maximum of 30 guests. lumbungpadiubud.com/padifinedining/
Di Mare Restaurant
Dedicated to local ingredients and traditional Balinese cooking, this signature restaurant at Karma Kandara delivers a European-Asian style where ones can feast on the incredible views. The scenery on the hill, overlooking the best angle of the Indian Ocean, is truly wondrous, spotting the restaurant as one of the world’s most beautiful restaurants. Carrying a vision to always keep up quality to the highest level, the restaurant has become one of the most essential fine dining establishment in Bali. The chef has revamped the resort’s dining offerings, drawing upon their culinary influences to create bold flavours highlighted by the best in local produce. karmagroup.com
La View Restaurant
Offering jaw-dropping views of a tropical valley, this restaurant at Kupu Kupu Barong Ubud puts a high standard for a luxury Ubud’s lunchbreak. The scenery over the Ayung River Valley is marvellous! This restaurant is a charming split-level setting with outdoor terrace for intimate wining and dining with a menu of gourmet cuisine that transcends South East Asia with a distinct French infusion. kupubarongubud.com/la-view-restaurant/
Dining at Sundara is truly reflecting Jimbaran’s heritage as a hundred-years-old fishing village. As one of the most exclusive dining destinations in the area, this restaurant highlights the panoramic view of the exotic curve of Jimbaran Bay coastline. This area is very famous for its nightly ritual of fresh seafood dinners with coconut husk BBQs along the beach. sundarabali.com
Offering the best angle of the Indian Ocean and the possibility to forget all the stress of the day, this signature restaurant at Banyan Tree Bali is nestled on the cliff of Ungasan. The evening is indeed the best time to dine when the lighting in the restaurant blends with the lights from the boats below the oceanwide. Truly magical! banyantree.com
To be considered as a cosy and homey restaurant, the interior of this restaurant is mixing French and African style, which blends perfectly with the location of the restaurant among the outstanding world-class resorts and villas. Looking humble under its whirring fan-open style roof with high-ceilinged open space, feast your eyes to the antiques and artefacts sourced from around the Indonesian archipelago. balique-restaurant.com
Jemme Restaurant & lounge
Combining food, wine, lights and music, Jemme is an elegant and intimate dining space with a modern Baroque style decorated the interior. Draped, sheer curtains, large silver and white candle holders sparkling lights, small silk table lamps as well as pearled tablemats add to the sheer and beauty of this venue. The restaurant’s extensive list of imported wines and glamorous environment, this is one of the most elegant dining spots in town. jemmebali.com
This Seminyak’s new look ocean-inspired restaurant highlights a refined dinner menu packed with sublime cuisine. Fronted by ocean views, the delightful fresh additions to Alila Seminyak’s Seasalt experience will include 12 new dishes and 8 new inventive cocktails created with an array of ingredients that are locally sourced or homegrown at the resort’s rooftop organic garden. Diners can feast their eyes and their taste buds on the chef’s divine creations. To support the local community, the dishes are seasoned with traditional organic Kusumba sea salt from East Bali. seasaltseminyak.com