My top 15 favorite Restaurants in Ubud and why you can trust this list.
y family has been in the restaurant biz for 50 plus years, I’ve worked every position in restaurants, eating food, shopping for food and cooking food is one of my joys. So yes, I am a foodie. I look for quality first and atmosphere second. While my picks are by no means an exhaustive list of your dining options in Ubud, they are based purely on my own experiences while living in Bali. Enjoy.
• Tutmak is my go to place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The vibe is breezy and homey, the breads are homemade, the staff is attentive. Daily specials are always good choices. Dewi Sita Road.
• Pizza Bagus is a nice surprise of Italian quality foods which also has a deli. Craving subs to take on a daytrip picnic? Kinda wishing for pasta instead of rice? The Indonesian options are great too. Near Arma Museum on Pengosekan Road.
• Café Wayan. It’s not the Wayan from Eat Pray Love, but is the spot for a true fancier Indonesian experience. Ask for a seat towards the back in the gardens. Go for the Sunday night buffet to try lots of new things. Then you’ll know what to order at your next local warung. Monkey Forest Road.
• Citta Ovest is where you’ll see the crowds at this tiny spot. Worth the wait every time for everything on the menu. Comfort food, pastas, pizza, salads. Dewi Sita Road.
• Kebun Bistro always pleases. Feels like you’re in a charming café in Paris. Owned by the Yoga Barn crew and serving top notch icy cocktails and mediterranean delights. Hanoman Road.
• Kafe is another spot owned by Yoga Barn. Here it’s all about lounging while tasting the freshest ingredients from their great health conscious menu. Try Meg’s Salad for a new spin on a big salad bowl.(some of their profit from the sales go to charitable organizations in Indonesia) Hanoman Road.
• Bali Buda where everything is homemade. Breakfast, salads, soups, sandwiches and our favorite power drink menu. Try the ‘jamu’ (Bali magic juice) when you need a pick me up. They also have a small food market. Good choice for kids, grilled cheese and PB&J on the menu. Jembawan Road (across from the Ubud Post Office).
• Taco Casa, hands down party in your mouth when you need your mexi-fix. Burritos, a fab taco salad, quesadillas etc. are made fresh to order. Try the housemade hot sauce and the local Bintang beer. Pengosekan Road.
• Taksu Garden Cafe where their food is as pretty as the restaurant. This small garden oasis café offers ala carte menu and incredible small buffets. Please try the bottomless iced ginger tea or cold pressed juices. Goutama Road.
• Petani Restaurant, part of the Alayna Hotel, feels like dining in the outdoors. This is another place to try authentic Indonesian dishes. Ask your server to tell you about their signature crispy duck and don’t forget to get a bowl of their spicy sambal sauce. (Balinese salsa) Great pride is taken in their coffee and desserts. The smiling-est staff around. Hanoman Road.
• Yasmin Middle Eastern café. You can’t miss the inviting purple walls and glass lanterns. Snack here sitting on pillows at low tables and order bunches of plates to share. Exotic flavors of tagine, hummus, falafel or beetroot with yogurt & mint served with soft pita triangles. Pengosekan Road.
• Warung biah biah has two locations and is another delicious choice for Balinese food. Colorful presentations on baskets and banana leaf plates, popular with locals and tourists. Goutama Road.
• Locavore ‘To Go’ is the mini version of its highly rated and hard to get a reservation at mama restaurant across the street. Sidewalk cafe and take away melt in your mouth bits only open for breakfast and lunch. Innovative sandwiches that is consistently tasty on a whole new level. Dewi Sita Road.
• Café Marzano. Three of my favorite words; wood fire pizza. Large space which can accommodate big parties. Serving Italian specialties, but it’s their crispy pizzas with real ingredients that bring the repeat customers. Ask for a spot in the back for a rice paddie view if go at sunset. Hanoman Road.
• Divine Wine Bar at Bridges is where you’ll relax outside the hub of downtown. Sip your wine and enjoy a slice of old Bali with breathtaking scenery and sounds of the river. A bit on the fancy side with a special bar menu. A wonderful way to start or end your evening. Raya Campuhan.
When researching where to eat, try looking for articles or blogs written by local insiders instead of relying solely on Trip Advisor.
With so much being said about the lack of credibility in TA’s reviews, a much better option is to read food bloggers and journalists articles in the area you seek. They’ve lived in the locations they write about and chances are they didn’t just visit the restaurant once.