10 Best Restaurants in the Gilis

Best Places to Eat on the Gili Islands

These best restaurants in the Gilis include wonderful spots on the three islands where you can enjoy gentle sea breezes and spectacular ocean views - all while enjoying delectable Asian, western and seafood selections. The available range goes right from fine dining venues in luxury resorts on Gili Air, with services that channel the charm and quality services of their hosts, to laidback seafood grills at Gili Trawangan’s night market, where you can settle for a shared feast and cold beers.

Both Gili Trawangan and Gili Air are known for their well-established dining and nightlife choices. However, you can also find some good spots to enjoy lunch or dinner on Gili Meno, despite this island’s softer appeals among the trio and lesser lustre when compared to its two sister islands. In fact, Meno is home to some of the finest venues on this list, such as Mahamaya and its own Karma Beach Club. For some good bites while island-hopping, check out this compilation of best places to eat on the Gili Islands.
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Ko-Ko-Mo Restaurant Gili Trawangan
Ko-Ko-Mo Restaurant

Part of the 4-star Ko-Ko-Mo Resort on the popular southern coast of Trawangan, Ko-Ko-Mo Restaurant serves fine Asian cuisine with a good international wine selection. You can choose from dining under the stars with Trawangan’s seascapes in view and piano music on the beachfront, or in the cosy main inner area. The kitchen is overseen by Sydney chef and restaurateur Matthew Blundell, presenting delights that range from beef carpaccio and Aussie tenderloin to Peking duck and a range of tempting homemade desserts. Mains are from IDR 150,000 (USD 11) for a crab ravioli or tuna steak, and up to IDR 290,000 (USD 22) for a mouth-watering seafood platter.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Jalan Pantai Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands
  • Tel: +62 (0)370 613 4920
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Mahamaya Restaurant Gili Meno
Mahamaya Restaurant

Mahamaya Restaurant serves as the centrepiece of the Mahamaya Resort, on the secluded north-western, brilliant coral-white sand coast of Gili Meno. The beachfront restaurant features favoured setups on the sand, where you can enjoy calm seascapes and the outline of Gili Trawangan on the horizon. The restaurant and bar has an open kitchen, where executive chef Hamzar prepares a tempting selection of western and Asian-inspired dishes, ranging from spicy laksas, curries, and a variety of seafood selections. Non-spicy mains include a marinated chicken kebab at IDR 115,000 (USD 9) and, if you’re looking for spicy local flavours, try Lombok’s famous Taliwang chicken, served with spicy sambal sauce, at a similar price.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Pemenang, Gili Indah, Gili Meno, Gili Islands
  • Tel: +62 (0)888 7155 828
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Gili Trawangan Night Market

This is the main public dining spot on the ‘party island’ of the 3 Gilis. The night market caters to budget travellers with its open-air food stalls and traditional ‘warung’ style cafeterias that mostly open just before sunset. While many local warungs, selling cheap traditional Sasak cuisine and Indonesian favourites, line the main southern beach street and around the island, the Gili Trawangan night market is where you can score a one-stop experience, with different stalls showcasing fresh catches-of-the-day together with grilled meats, Chinese wok-fries, and all-time favourite Indonesian dishes like ‘nasi goreng’ fried rice, ‘soto ayam’ chicken broth, and ‘bakso’ meatball soup. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 17:30 - 01:00
  • Location: Southeast Beach Pier, Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands
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Karma Beach Gili Meno
Karma Beach

Karma Beach Gili Meno is the most stylish restaurant and beach club that you’ll find on Gili Meno’s placid eastern coast. Here, you can step under the unique all-bamboo structure and two-layered grass-roofed rotunda, or settle for a setting of rattan tables and chairs under parasols on the sand. The beach club complements the beachscape of Karma Reef Gili Meno, and is only a short stroll from Meno’s main anchorage. From Aussie breakfasts to the chef’s pick of fresh grilled reef snapper at IDR 120,000 (USD 9), the menu selections are predominantly Mediterranean, complemented by architectural settings and calm sea views that make a perfect match. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 - 23:00
  • Location: Karma Reef, Dusun Gili Meno, Gili Indah, Pemenang, Lombok
  • Tel: +62 (0)370 630 982
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Pearl Beach Lounge Gili Trawangan
Pearl Beach Lounge

For some truly laidback seaside ambiances and amazing views, while still maintaining a sense of elegance, the Pearl Beach Lounge is a great go-to when on Trawangan. Set along a length of clean white sand on the island’s southern coastline, this beachfront venue of the Pearl of Trawangan Resort features a strikingly fluid, all-bamboo design that fits in seamlessly with the calm blue ocean backdrop. Laid out on the sand are colourful beanbags between bamboo torches, where film screenings are set up on weekend movie nights. The menu features western and pan-Asian cuisines, with mains such as Pad Thai rice noodles with duck or tiger prawns from IDR 85,000 (USD 6.40).

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:30
  • Location: Pearl of Trawangan, Jalan Pantai Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan
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The Beach House Restaurant

Part of The Beach House Resort, the Beach House Restaurant enjoys a prominent beachfront location, built partly on stilts and overlooking the azure waters of Trawangan’s main south-eastern coast. The restaurant and bar offers great gourmet specials alongside fresh seafood barbecues that you can enjoy throughout the day. Just about any visitor who has just hopped off the boat at the main harbour nearby will likely be tempted by the venue’s fresh seafood displays and billowing barbecues on the restaurant’s opposite side. Choose from whole lobster, coral trout, barramundi and even barracuda between IDR 60,000 to 90,000 (USD 4.50 – 6.80) per gram, or fillets from IDR 120,000 to 155,000 (USD 9 – 11) per serving. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00
  • Location: South beach main road, Gili Trawangan
  • Tel: +62 (0)370 642 352
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Santi Restaurant & Lounge Bar Gili Trawangan
Santi Restaurant & Lounge Bar

Sharing the lush coconut palm grove settings of the Pondok Santi Estate on Gili Trawangan, the Santi Restaurant & Lounge Bar is open for non-staying guests as well, and serves international fusion cuisine for lunch and dinner. There are different spots to choose from, including the grove, lounge bar, dining on the beach and the marquee. Led by London Chef Jamie Tack, the restaurant’s menu is designed around locally sourced seasonal ingredients, with highlights that include Sumatran ‘beef rendang’, and even a pulled beef rendang taco for its ‘Taco Tuesday’ promos. There’s a happy hour between 15:00 and 17:00 daily, with must-try cocktails such as chili lemongrass, coconut mix and a chili berry margarita.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Jalan Pantai Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan
  • Tel: +62 (0)819 0705 7504
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Malibu Beach Club Gili Trawangan
Malibu Beach Club

Sunsets with a calm seaside ambiance on the southwestern coast of Gili Trawangan make up most of your dining experience at the Malibu Beach Club. The modern beach club features a cool design, with a brightly red-tiled pool you can soak in with views of the surf, all while sipping refreshing signature cocktails (IDR 85,000-110,000 or USD 6.50-8.30) such as a Gili Trawangan Sling or frozen watermelon daiquiri. Highlights from the food selection range from burgers to an all-day dining menu with western and Asian comfort food. A special Mediterranean dinner menu features a seafood paella and delicious skewers from around the world. Try their ‘nasi goreng gila’ (IDR 70,000 or USD 5.30) for a spicy take on the all-time favourite Indonesian fried rice.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Jalan Pantai Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan
  • Tel: +62 370 619 5251
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Scallywags Beach Club Gili Air
Scallywags Beach Club

Part of the Scallywags group of hotels, with properties in Gili Trawangan and Gili Air, this beach club on Gili Air features a predominantly bamboo design in its main dining space, with relaxing sun loungers on the sand overlooking the calm blue waters on the island’s south-eastern coast. The beach club’s menu highlights fresh catches of the day, with grills and pan-fried seafood delights, such as Scallywag’s signature butterfish (IDR 145,000 or USD 10) and a spaghetti prawn marinara (IDR 95,000 or USD 7). You’ll find great local specialties as well, from Sumatran beef rendang to sweet and sour whole deep-fried snapper, served with steamed rice. A combination of favourite cocktails, wines and cold beers tops your beach dining experience on Gili Air here.

  • Location: Jalan Pantai, Gili Air
  • Tel: +62 (0)878 6584 7309
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Casa Vintage Beach Gili Trawangan
Casa Vintage Beach

This quirky chill-out spot on Gili Trawangan’s western coast combines light menus with arty fixtures, spread out over its white sand beachfront. Choose a spot among Casa Vintage Beach’s bright white tables, beanbags, hammocks, beach rugs under trees, or a stool at its thatch-roofed bar. From its menu are Caribbean and Jamaican-inspired cuisines, such as beef chilli, falafels, trench town chicken, and potato pie (prices range from IDR 75,000 to 99,000 or USD 5.60-7.50). The chilled setting makes it one of the go-to places on Trawangan for relaxing at sunset. Your evenings here are illuminated by cool lighting features with occasional beach fires, and a playlist of jazz and blues.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Jalan Pantai Gili Trawangan, Gili Trawangan
  • Tel: +62 (0)819 1724 3808
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