Uluwatu is the place to go for stunning beaches, famous surfing waves and some of the best food on the island. Well-known for its cliffside sunset spots, the tradition of sunset watching in the Bukit has established a trend of fancy-dancy, chilled out and beachside restaurants offering all types of cuisine and dishes.
If you are looking for a meal to accompany your stunning colourful sunset, or a place to chill out, do some work and eat some 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.
I am going to start us off with some of Uluwatu’s fine dining restaurants.
JU-MA-NA — O’lala
Offering a fine dining experience with a view, JU-MA-NA is the place to go if you are wanting a luxurious and lavish setting. 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 Banyan Tree Hotel, the restaurant serves a taster or a-la-carte menu where you can tuck into some delectable treats accompanied by their unique cocktails. For an amazing dining experience, JU-MA-NA is the place to go.
Luxury like Bvlgari
You can’t get more fine 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 to go for a dinner to remember, you can gather up your friends and family for an exquisite meal. The Sangkar has two menus – The Balinese and The Italian. 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 definitely at the top of the list of best restaurants in Uluwatu.
Fine Dining, the Japanese Way
Sake No Hana is a sushi restaurant located within the prestigious Alila Uluwatu Villas Resort. Breezy, bright and calm, it is a great place to head for a light lunch or dinner with your loved ones. The menu is full of fresh fish sushi, traditional Japanese dishes and fancy-takes on the classics. It is the perfect spot for a sushi-enthusiast. Enjoy a spectacular dinner with an equally as spectacular view of the endless ocean. If you are dining in the afternoon you are promised a cool breeze, and if you are dining in the evening, get ready for a magical sunset.
If fine dining isn’t your style, perhaps these more chill and relaxed restaurants will get your tastebuds dancing.
La Baracca, Bonanza!
The Seminyak location of La Baracca is one of my favourite restaurants to go to with my friends, and their Uluwatu location is equally as incredible; it exudes the same style, relaxed atmosphere and, of course, serves up the same unbeatable Italian food. One of the best restaurants in Uluwatu for pizza, you can’t visit La Baracca without trying their incredible slices. 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. It is definitely one of the best restaurants in Uluwatu.
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 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 the restaurants in Uluwatu that never disappoints. You will come away feeling Nourish-ed.
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 the perfect 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, you are sure to find something to suit you in Casa Asia – whatever time of day you come. Residing within the comfortable, family-run Casa Asia Resort, the restaurant serves up Indonesian and Italian dishes to every type of diner. A labor of love, the simple and comfortable design of the restaurant 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. It is up on top of the list as one of the best Italian restaurants in Uluwatu.
Food to Get Your Fork Rolling
A restaurant with love at its core, Rolling Fork is a place of authentic and traditional Italian cuisine. The place to go for fresh pasta and mouthfuls of heaven, you are promised a relaxing meal in their friendly restaurant. Rolling Fork also offers a breakfast menu which is served 8am until 4pm with sweet bowls and hearty full-cooked plates. Spend a morning digging into a delicious breakfast, or an evening with your loved ones sampling the decadent plates of pasta and pizza. For an authentic Italian meal, this is an amazing place to go.
Steakhouse by the Sand
Bondi Grill’e has made the journey over from Australia to serve up tender ribs, huge steaks and BBQ chicken to the Uluwatu masses. A traditional steakhouse serving up all the trimmings, this is an ideal place for the carnivore who is looking for a big chunk of meat to eat. Just a short walk from Thomas Beach, you can step off the sand and into this rustic-style spot for a tasty, filling feast. With a choice of fresh seafood dishes and the classic Bali Bintang, you can’t go wrong! I can’t wait to get my hands on one of their burgers *drool*
A meal with a view? I’ve got you.
A Mediterranean Dream at El Kabron
Famous for its luxurious pool-club, El Kabron is a place for sun-dwellers and sunset cocktail-goers to head for great music, tasty cocktails, a relaxed setting and stunning sunset views. From its cliffside position, the entire club looks out over bright blue waters, and enjoys a cool sea breeze. The on-site restaurant matches the atmosphere with its Mediterranean-style menu filled with dishes with Spanish inspiration. Tuck into freshly made paella’s, tapas plates and huge sharing dishes. Whether you are visiting with your friends or looking for a poolside snack, El Kabron promises a kick of flavour with each bite.
El Kabron’s Younger Sister – El Merkat
Much like its sibling restaurant, El Merkat has a delicious menu filled with Spanish inspired dishes to satisfy you from morning to night. The comfortable restaurant is a cool and calm setting where you can dine solo or with friends round-the-clock. Enjoy sipping on fresh juices that turn to cocktails as the night goes on. But they not only serve food, but sell it as well! El Merkat has an attached deli that sells meats, cheeses and 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 Uluwatu is a resort filled with private luxurious villas overlooking the ocean. The private residence is closed for hotel guests only, but the restaurant and pool are open for everyone. The calm and relaxed restaurant setting looks out over the ocean, with a cool breeze blowing through the open space. Ideal for escaping a hot sunny afternoon, or enjoying a sunset dinner, Mana Uluwatu has a menu packed with fresh produce. If you love tacos and burritos, then this is the must-try! Spend an island day relaxing around the refreshing infinity pool before heading in for a delicious meal. One of the most chilled restaurants in Uluwatu, you can enjoy the perfect meal, with the perfect ocean backdrop.
Karma, a Dish Best Served.. at di Mare
The Karma Kandara Resort is one of the most well-known and lavish resorts in Bali, so it’s no surprise that their restaurant di Mare is one of the best restaurants in Uluwatu. The award-winning restaurant serves up a menu packed with Mediterranean inspired dishes to get your tastebuds dancing. Perfectly located overlooking the glistening pool and turquoise ocean, you can dine with a view – or even ask for the poolside menu for waterside snacks. The luxury of the resort transmits into the comfortable setting of di Mare where 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, residing right on the cliffside overlooking endless tropical views 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 sunset, enjoy 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, pizza, salads and small plates to tempt every diner.
Party on the Rocks at Single Fin
A 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 with the stunning backdrop and undisturbed views of the ocean. 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 working 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 within Single Fin. Dig into the deliciously fresh fish and salads after a morning of catching waves, or sunning on the sand. This colourful and healthy dish will keep you energised throughout the day for more Uluwatu adventures. Choose your own salad and favourite toppings to create your own bowl, or select one of the tried and true combinations from the menu. If you are a fish-fanatic or 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 restaurants in Uluwatu that shouldn’t be missed. Located right 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. The menu offers charcuterie inspired platters, tasty burgers, bright breakfasts and snacks to get you through the day. The Cashew Tree playground is ideal if you are travelling with children, and the shop is packed with independent local brands making 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. Encompassed by white sands and overlooking the incredible blue waves of Bingin Beach, 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 carpark, Kelly’s Warung has a menu full of tasty, healthy and fresh treats to get you pumping. Fluffy pancakes and deep fried cauliflower are some of my personal favourite dishes. They make the trek down the cliffside worth it – in case the picturesque beach isn’t enough for you.
There are so many spots in Uluwatu that you simply can’t miss out on!
If you are looking for beachfront luxury, quaint cosy comfort or a quick snack – Uluwatu has it all! I can’t wait to get back to the Bukit to try one of the Bondi Grill’e burgers and 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? Just try them all!
Featured image: Ju-Ma-Na