These best local Balinese restaurants in Kuta introduce you to the vibrant local dining scene, serving exotic cuisine from the island and some even highlighting famous dishes from the Indonesian archipelago. They’re worth trying out, especially if you’re in for adding some culinary adventures on your Bali holiday, and they might even be the place where you get your next acquired tastes!
In addition to opening your new horizons, these great local restaurants in Kuta offer good quality food, clean settings, all at cheap to mid-range prices!
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Kori is one of the longstanding restaurants in Kuta, located on the legendary Poppies Lane 2, where you can enjoy Indonesian delicacies, from seafood to hot stone and grilled selections. The chef's signature Balinese ‘bebek goreng bumbu pedas’ or spicy fried duck is among the popular must-tries. Cosy garden settings and away from the hustle of the streets are also among its appeals. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 22:00
- Location: Poppies Lane 2, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 758 605
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/kori.kutabali
A great place to head to for local cuisine and hearty snacks in the southern area of Kuta, and with a more refined restaurant setting, Kafe Batan Waru’s specials include small plates such as tahu isi or fried stuffed soybean curd, otak-otak fish cakes, and savoury chicken martabak, while heavier choices include nasi campur that consists of tempe, red chili chicken and satay, fried egg and mixed veggies. More of a modern restaurant than a warung, Batan Waru also serves some great cocktails.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-24:00
- Location: Lippo Mall Kuta, Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 897 807 4
Open since 1969 with very humble beginnings, Made’s Warung started off as a warung in its traditional sense and has rapidly grown into the sociable dining and hangout venue that it is now, increasingly popular among domestic and international visitors to Kuta. Although it has evolved much into a modern restaurant, the menu sticks to its local roots, serving a wide variety of local dishes such as gado-gado, nasi campur, and a variety of meat satays.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 24:00
- Location: Jalan Pantai Kuta, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0) 361 755 297
Pondok Tempo Doeloe welcomes you to explore rich Sundanese cuisine. This family-friendly restaurant is located on Kuta’s southern end of Sunset Road, and offers quite an extensive menu, with favourites that include freshwater fish and seafood items such as signature Ikan Bakar Tempo Doeloe grilled fish, steamed tilapia in sweet-sour sauce, and banana leaf-wrapped spicy steamed fish. Orders come with rice baskets and vegetable sides. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Location: Jalan Sunset Road, Kuta
- Tel: (0361) 919-6868
This is the only dining spot in the urban area of Kuta that welcomes you to dine in ‘floating’ thatch-roofed pavilions set over an artificial lake filled with carp and tilapia. The varied menu is mostly Sundanese style, with prawn among its speciality highlights prepared in a wide variety of ways and with spicy sauces of different hotness levels to suit your taste. Of course, there are meat grills and bite-sized snacks as well.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
- Location: Jalan Nakula 88, Sunset Road, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 8947 119
A tucked-away dining spot but which is very popular among Kuta backpackers is Warung Malang on Jalan Patimura. Its menu is thick and varied, covering Indonesian-Chinese favourites such as chop suey and nasi goreng with shrimps or chicken, and many stir-fried delights. They have a great roadside seafood grill and have expanded with a steakhouse serving western cuisine.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-23:30
- Location: Jalan Patimura, Kuta
- Tel: (0361) 758638
Part of a local restaurant chain, D’Cost VIP on Sunset Road offers a good selection of seafood and Indonesian favourites served in a cosy air-conditioned setting. From grilled ‘honey sauce’ lobsters to fried gourami and Padang style chilli sauce crabs, the price range is only between USD 0.7-21 (IDR 10,000-290,000).
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
- Location: Jalan Sunset Road no.6, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 766 611
For a good variety of local Balinese, Javanese and Chinese dishes, head to Kedaton, a local restaurant franchise on the main Jalan Raya Kuta road that is popular among office staff and locals around the area, which is most evident during lunch hours. You can pick morsels to fill up your nasi campur rice plate or choose for their standard portion at USD 2 (IDR 23,000), or choose from their varied a la carte menu with selections such as stir-fried eggplant, oxtail soup and sweet soy sauce fried chicken.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-20:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Kuta no.62/3, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 763 712
A favourite among locals and expats in Kuta, this humble little warung on a small alley just off Poppies Lane 2 offers cheap local and Indonesian favourites starting from only (IDR 15,000) per serving. These include the likes of the locally ubiquitous nasi campur, which consists of chicken, rice, and mixed vegetables. There are also soups, satays and fried fish dishes available on the menu.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 24:00
- Location: Poppies Lane 2, Gang Ronta, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 759 817
If you’re staying around Kuta’s interconnecting side streets of Jalan Bakung Sari and the Jalan Pantai beach street, you’ll find comfort and prices that won’t break the bank at Warung Nikmat. This little warung serves tasty nasi campur with many different items that you can choose that will add up to the price you pay. For roughly only USD 1 (IDR 15,000-20,000) you’ll get a full plate with either rice, a chicken drumstick, boiled egg, and stir-fried veggies. Their 'soto iga' beef rib soup is also a must-try at USD 2.5 (IDR 36,000).
- Opening Hours: 08:30 - 21:00
- Location: Jl. Bakung Sari, Gg. Biduri No.6, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 764 678