Uluwatu is the place to go for stunning beaches, famous surf and some of the best food on the island. Best known for its cliffside spots, the tradition of watching sunset in the Bukit has established a trend of fancy-dancy, chilled out and beachside restaurants serving up all types of cuisine .
For a meal to accompany the stunning colourful sunset, or a place to chill out and do some work while you eat delicious food – I have the restaurants in Uluwatu for you.
I have scoured every inch of Uluwatu to find the best restaurants and spots to have a tasty bite.
JU-MA-NA – O’lala
For a fine dining experience with a view, JU-MA-NA is where it’s at. It is the place to go if you are wanting a luxurious and lavish setting.
You can have a romantic meal for two on the open balcony overlooking undisturbed, endless ocean views or gather all your loved ones inside for a feast. JU-MA-NA is a sumptuous restaurant for a memorable meal.
Within the Ungasan Resort, the restaurant serves a taster or a-la-carte menu, where you can tuck into some delectable treats accompanied by their matching, unique cocktails.
For an amazing dining experience, JU-MA-NA is perfect!
Luxury like Bvlgari
You can’t get finer than the Bvlgari Resort!
The Sangkar restaurant is an extension of the decadent resort, serving unbelievable cuisine in a sumptuous, yet relaxed setting. The ideal place for a dinner to remember, you can gather up your friends and family for an exquisite meal.
The menu is made up of classic Indonesian dishes, alongside Italian favourites. Depending on your preference, you can dig into ultra-lavish local cuisine, or try the fancy tastes of their Italian dishes.
Encompassed by ocean views, it is at the top of the list of must-visit Uluwatu restaurants.
La Baracca, Bonanza!
The Seminyak location of La Baracca is one of my favourite restaurants to go with my friends. Their Uluwatu location is equally as incredible, exuding the same style, relaxed atmosphere and, of course, unbeatable Italian food.
One of the best Uluwatu restaurants for pizza, you can’t visit La Baracca without trying their incredible pies. The combination of toppings, fresh sauce and crusty base makes it a mouthful worth crying over, *chef’s kiss*.
Make sure to try out the Prosciutto pizza, the perfect marriage of sweet and salty. You won’t find a better bite outside of Italy!
A Caffeine Fix After Some Morning Waves
I love Suka Espresso. Between their Ubud and Uluwatu locations, they have built a cult community of undying fans for their perfectly prepared coffees, tasty breakfasts and buddha bowls.
It is a great place to meet with friends for an early brunch, or hole yourself up with your laptop for a few intense hours of work. With the friendly staff, varied menu and chilled atmosphere, you can get your work done with a coffee in hand.
Who said coffee can’t be a meal?!
Bukit, Brunch and Beers
Nourish is, in my opinion, one of the Uluwatu hotspots for a pre-beach brunch. A bright and idyllic setting for a calm afternoon, you can pig out on the large breakfast and brunch menus. Both of which are filled with decadent treats of burgers, wraps, full-cooked breakfasts and bagels.
Dine in for a chilled meal, or order the food out for a beachside picnic. Nourish is one of those Uluwatu restaurants that never disappoints. You will come away feeling Nourish-ed – get it..
An Island Favourite – Bali Buda
No matter which of their locations you drop in on, Bali Buda is a safe-haven for healthy, guilt-free treats.
Their huge menu spans from curries to cakes, oatmeal to sandwiches keeping you stuffed and happy whatever the time of day. My favourite dishes are the coconut oatmeal and their delicious selection of soups. They give me a taste of home, despite the tropical island location.
The Bali Buda in Uluwatu is perfectly located at the heart of town, making it a great stop for your morning snack or a meal on the way home.
Exuding treehouse-chic, Hatch is a concept created and executed by some self confessed ‘hippies’.
The setup of the restaurant is beautiful – surrounded by tropical greenery, towering trees and bright artsy murals. For big party nights or a quiet meal with your friends, it is a chill and cool atmosphere with amazing music and friendly staff.
The Hatch menu has something for everyone with a range of tacos, burgers, salads and sweets. Get your teeth into a succulent burger and sip one of the signature cocktails. With a deal for each night of the week, Hatch is a must-try!
Mi Casa es Su Casa, Asia
With an all-day menu from breakfast through to dinner, Casa Asia can feed you any time of day.
Residing within a comfortable, family-run guesthouse, the restaurant serves up a vast menu of Indonesian and Italian dishes. A labor of love, the simple and comfortable design allows the food to speak for itself.
Get a mouthful of Rome with one bite of pasta. You will be transported across the world to the heart of Italy with the fresh bruschetta.
Located just a few minutes drive from Bingin Beach, Casa Asia is perfect for a pre-surf energising breakfast or evening dinner with loved ones.
Food to Get Your Fork Rolling
An Uluwatu restaurant with love at its core, Rolling Fork is a spot for authentic Italian cuisine.
The go to place for fresh pasta and mouthfuls of cheesy heaven, the Italian owners and local staff make for a comfortable and friendly dining experience. After a day tackling the waves, nothing hits better than a plate full of carb-y pasta.
Test the limits of your trousers by sampling lots of different plates, or find your favourite and see how it measures up. For a complete and traditional Italian feast on the Bukit Peninsula, Rolling Fork is a must-try!
A Mediterranean Dream at El Kabron
El Kabron is luxurious pool club for sun-dwellers and sunset cocktail-goers in Uluwatu. With great music, tasty cocktails, a relaxed setting and stunning Indian ocean views, there is more on offer than just a glistening pool and parties.
The on-site restaurant matches the vibey, tropical atmosphere with its Mediterranean-style menu. Drawing inspo from Spanish cuisine, you can tuck into freshly made paellas, tapas plates and huge sharing platters.
After a day of lounging in the sun, there’s nothing better than a light, fresh snack. It is also a great spot to hang out with friends overlooking magnificent sunset views, and digging into insanely delicious plates.
El Kabron’s Younger Sister – El Merkat
Much like its sibling, El Merkat has a delicious menu filled with Spanish inspired dishes to satisfy you from morning to night. Just a 15 minute drive from Dreamland and Padang Padang beaches, this is a great stop to stock up on snacks, or build up your energy before tackling the steps down to the sand.
El Merkat is a comfortable restaurant with a cool and calm setting where you can dine solo or with friends around-the-clock. Start by sipping on fresh juices, that will quickly turn to cocktails as the night goes on.
They don’t only serve food, they sell it as well! El Merkat has a deli that sells meats, cheeses, wines, freshly made cakes, and ready meals that just need to be thrown in the microwave.
For a little sister, El Merkat certainly stands out!
Mana is an Uluwatu restaurant located within the luxurious Uluwatu Surf Villas resort. A calm and relaxed restaurant, it looks out over the ocean with a tropical breeze flowing through the open space.
The menu is packed with Mexican food all prepared with fresh, local produce. After a day of relaxing by the pool – which, by the way, is open to diners – you can catch a magical sunset over a delicious meal and refreshing drink.
Mana has a beautiful wooden design that perfectly blends into the horizon. It is a beautiful place to bring a loved one for an unforgettable meal.
Karma, a Dish Best Served.. at di Mare
The Karma Kandara Resort is one of the most well-known and lavish resorts in Bali. It should come as no surprise that their restaurant, di Mare, is one of the best Uluwatu restaurants.
The award-winning spot has a menu packed with Mediterranean inspired dishes that will get your tastebuds dancing.
Perfectly located overlooking a glistening pool and the turquoise ocean, you can dine with a view – or ask for the poolside menu for waterside snacks. The luxury of the resort is reflected in the comfortable setting of di Mare. You can relax and unwind with the 5* service and remarkable food!
Ulu – What to Eat?
Ulu Cliffhouse is one of the best pool-clubs in Uluwatu, perched atop a cliffside overlooking an endless expanse of the ocean.
A place for sumptuous fun, you can spend a day basking in the sun on the comfortable day beds, dipping into the pool and being served tasty bites right to your bedside.
The perfect spot for spectacular views at sunset, sit back and have a relaxed snack around the pool or head into the restaurant for a more formal setting. The Ulu Cliffhouse menu is stacked full of everyone’s favourites – fresh seafood, wood fired pizza, hearty salads and small plates to tempt every diner.
Party on the Rocks at Single Fin
An Uluwatu hotspot for a Sunday night sunset, Single Fin is famous for its sundown parties and gigs. What is often overlooked is their tasty menu!
Filled with Western and Indonesian delights, you can dine on delicious dishes looking out over the phenomenal backdrop and undisturbed Indian ocean views. Line your stomach with big burgers and fresh salads before a night of dipping cocktails.
As the sun winds down, the music turns up and the party really starts. Hang out with your friends as popular island DJs and bands work hard to keep you dancing.
It is one of my personal favourite restaurants in Uluwatu.
Fresh, Fish and Fabulous
What is a day on the Bukit without a poké bowl?
Coco & Poké has all your needs covered from their prime spot inside Single Fin. Dig into deliciously fresh fish and salads after a morning of catching the intermediate waves, or sunning on the sand. The colourful and healthy menu will keep you energised throughout the day for more Uluwatu adventures.
Create your own salad from the selections, or try one of the tried and true combinations from the menu. For a fish-fanatic and a vegetarian looking for a good salad, Coco & Poké is one of the best spots!
Meet You Under the Cashew Tree!
A hub of fresh healthy food, boutique brands and live music, The Cashew Tree is one of the Uluwatu restaurants that shouldn’t be missed.
Located just above Bingin Beach, you can sit on the balcony overlooking the stunning white sand and blue waters while a local musician strums calm melodies in the background – dreamy.
The Cashew Tree menu offers charcuterie inspired platters, tasty burgers, bright breakfasts and snacks to get you through the day. The playground is ideal if you are travelling with children, and the shop is packed with independent local brands selling homemade wares and delicate, recyclable pieces.
Descend into a Heaven of White Sand and Blue Waters, with Falafel on the Side
Kelly’s Warung has a well established following among the Uluwatu crowds. Perched on the rocks above the white sands, overlooking the incredible blue waves of Bingin Beach, it is the perfect spot to nibble and people watch.
You can set yourself up for a day of sunning, surfing and eating. If you have surfed all morning and want a bite before you climb back up the 188 steps to the car park, Kelly’s Warung has a menu full of tasty, healthy and fresh treats to get you pumping.
Fluffy pancakes and deep fried cauliflower are a few of my personal favourite dishes. They make the trek down the cliffside worth it – in case the picturesque beach isn’t enough for you that is.
There are so many spots in Uluwatu that you simply can’t miss out on!
If you are looking for beachfront fine dining, quaint cosy and comfortable or a quick healthy snack – Uluwatu has it all!
I can’t wait to get back to the Bukit to try a Cashew Tree platter! Of course, I will be returning to my old faithful Single Fin.
Which of these restaurants has you drooling on your screen? You know what, why choose one? Just try them all!
Featured image: Ju-Ma-Na