Dining With a Difference: Bali’s Most Exclusive Restaurants
With so many amazing options for eating out, Bali has truly become a foodie’s paradise. But with all these delicious options, the hardest part can be choosing where to go—there just isn’t enough time to try them all!
While there are plenty of local traditional restaurants, cafes and warungs, we wanted to put together a list of the most unique restaurants in Bali, for those who like to dine differently! Whether it’s an extraordinary setting, typical service or something else, all these places have one thing in common: they all offer something unique that will make the Bali dining experience unforgettable.
Rock Bar Bali
Watching the Bali sunset fade into the ocean at Rock Bar Bali deserves a place on your bucket list. Perched on distinctive rock formations and beautifully landscaped, this restaurant and bar guarantees phenomenal views. To get down to the restaurant, you’ll make use of a cliff-top tilter, which gives you a bird’s-eye view before finding your seat. In addition to great food options, Rock Bar Bali is also known for its signature cocktails using only the highest quality imported spirits combined with local fruits, herbs and spices. These cocktails are carefully designed to match the spectacular sunset. Stay late into the night and watch the DJs take their places inside a custom DJ booth carved out of the rocks to spin some good beats. Rock Bar Bali is open every day from 4 pm to midnight.
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Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364
At Bali’s first aquarium restaurant, you can dine underwater among the fish! This unique experience is sure to stimulate all your senses. As beautiful sea creatures swim past the many windows, you can enjoy the skills of Koral restaurant’s award-winning chef, Andrea Astone, in the form of a set menu and a signature tasting menu. Using fresh, seasonal produce on an ever-changing menu, these bistronomic delights will delight your taste buds. With a mesmerizing soundtrack and the unique atmosphere of life under the waves, an evening at Koral Restaurant is more than just dining. You even get a folder on arrival listing all the different marine life you can see at the aquarium. Make sure to be in your seat when the diver passes by for your perfect photo opportunity too!
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jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Sawangan, Nusa Dua, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Another place facing the sea with an impressive view is the Kisik restaurant. A seafood restaurant where you can enjoy a table on the beach, with glowing tiki torches, the sounds of the Indian Ocean and the wonderful Jimbaran sunset setting the mood. After the fun incline ride you can head to the seafood bar where all the fresh seafood is on display for you to choose your taste. Everything freshly caught and directly from the fishing boat into the hands of these experienced chefs. Kisik Restaurant even has a dock with tables right on the edge for a truly romantic and unforgettable dining experience.
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AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI, Jl. Karang Mas, Jimbaran, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364
If you are looking for a truly magical experience, Merlin’s Magic is the place for you as one of the most unique restaurants in Bali. Step into a place that looks like it’s straight out of a mystical fairy tale with trees and plants scattered all over the place and many mystical wonders everywhere. Everything here is on the theme of a truly magical night. Even the food, with every dish and drink decorated to match the fairytale setting. Merlin’s Magic also has an extraordinary option where you don’t choose your food, the food chooses you! With the Oracle Experience tarot cards, each guest chooses 3 cards and receives clarity on their past, present and future, while The Oracle suggests the perfect menu for that day that includes a main starter and dessert. Our advice is to trust The Oracle because there are many delicious dishes to try here.
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jl. Raya Pengosekan Ubud No.108, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Karen’s dining room
Karen’s Diner is gaining a reputation as the world’s rudest restaurant. She Don’t be surprised when the waitress greets you and gives you the middle finger! This chain has recently opened a store in Bali. Karens Diner prides itself on giving you the worst service, so why would you want to go here? It’s a ton of fun! The service is deliberately rude and the opposite of anything you’re used to (especially in Bali with its warm hospitality) and the whole experience will have you laughing out loud. Each Karen is auditioned to test her best grilling skills and her quick wit. As a guest at Karen’s Diner, you’ll hear original insults she’s never heard before. It’s cathartic and fun and offers a very different experience than all the fancy restaurants. On top of that, the burgers are really good! So if you want a taste of the worst service you’ve ever received in Bali, head to Karen’s restaurant for a fun night out.
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Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Badung Regency, Bali 80361
Frankenstein’s Laboratory Bali
If you like scary things, you must visit Frankenstein’s laboratory. At this spooky restaurant, it’s Halloween every day of the year. Here you will find zombies, mummies, monsters and vampires, this place is not for the faint of heart. All food and drinks are served with a scary twist and you can paint your face to fit in with the rest of the zombies! With huge burgers and drinks served in syringes and IV bags, there’s plenty to enjoy, but this place isn’t just for eating. Sit easy because every night of the week there are 5 different horror cabaret shows! Whether it’s a Scary Tuesday or a Scary Saturday, every day of the week is a good choice for something spooky! There are children’s shows earlier in the evening, and 13+ shows later and all shows are free to enjoy with a drink and your food.
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jl. Camplung Tanduk No.6, Seminyak, Kec. Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Sa’Mesa is a unique authentic Italian restaurant that brings real Italian family vibes to Bali. The concept of Sa’Mesa is based on “La Nonna Carmella”, an Italian grandmother who invites everyone to a great dinner. All the diners in this restaurant sit at the same table! A total of around 18 dishes served on various plates arrive at the large table. Grab a seat, meet new people, and embrace the slow Italian way of dining. Everyone will have the opportunity to try each of the delicious dishes. You can of course come here with a large group and have an amazing evening together, but you can also come and socialize at the table. You pay a fixed price for the entire menu with free flow limoncellos included to liven up the atmosphere. Don’t worry if you have any allergies, their talented chefs can substitute any food you can’t handle. At Sa’Mesa the motto is: “Enter as strangers, leave as friends”.
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jl. Tanah Barak No.1e, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351
Looking for a fine dining experience in an environment that truly sets itself apart? How about one that has been in development for tens of thousands of years? Introducing The Cave, a beautiful restaurant built in an underground cave that was discovered in 2013. Here you can try the 7 or 10 course menu designed by renowned chef Ryan Clift. The combination of this surprising atmosphere and the spectacular menu will stimulate all your senses. You can strap on a helmet and explore the natural beauty of The Cave for a bit, or just sit back and enjoy the stunning surroundings as patterns are projected onto the cave walls between courses.
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Jalan Pura Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
La Favela is a place well known for its incredible parties, as many people come here to dance the night away with great drinks in a stunning setting inspired by Mexico and Brazil. This place has impressive indoor and outdoor areas that include a model of the Christ the Redeemer statue. But lesser known is that La Favela also has a unique Latin-inspired restaurant, as well as unique private rooms where a butler will bring all the food and drink for him. This is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious steak or tapas with friends before hitting the club later in the evening.
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Jalan Laksamana Oberoi No.177X, Seminyak, Kec. Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80561
Tsavo Lion in Bali Safari Park
At Tsavo Lion at Bali Safari Park, they bring the food to a unique new location. Here you can enjoy a 5-star meal inside a lion’s den! At this African-themed restaurant, you can enjoy your meal while watching the lions socialize with each other to create a truly unique dining experience. We recommend visiting Safari Park before visiting the restaurant as they have more than 100 species and are one of the leading wildlife conservancies in Indonesia. Take a look at some of the rare animals and then enjoy a delicious meal in the middle of the lion’s den. Don’t be surprised when you come out of the bathroom and a lion looks right at you as you use the sink…with just the glass between you!
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Serongga, Gianyar, Gianyar Regency, Bali 80515
Mexicola is another place with a lively party atmosphere, perfect for making wild memories. But Motel Mexicola has much more to offer than just parties. This colorful piece of Mexico in Bali only turns into a nightclub at 10 pm Before this time it is a great place to enjoy your lunch or dinner serving the best specialties Mexico has to offer. And the lively Mexican vibes are present throughout the day, so feel free to dance on the table after you’ve tried all the tapas and tacos. At Motel Mexicola there is always something happening around every corner… and being loud and fun is highly recommended!
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jl. Kayu Jati No.9X, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
We hope this list has inspired you to dine differently with the most unique restaurants during your stay in Bali! There is nothing like adding to the main memories of him a fun experience in Bali. For those of you who take your food seriously, you’ll also want to check out our Must-See Dining Experiences in Bali article.
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