These best Balinese restaurants in Legian let you briefly cut loose from the exciting nightlife scenes this popular beach resort north of Kuta is best known for, and experience a wealth of authentic dishes that are too good to miss during your holiday in Bali. These establishments all feature popular Balinese and Indonesian dishes, together with signature specialities and derivatives as well.
From small warungs or small locally run roadside stalls, to modern restaurants presenting local fare, Legian has quite a variety. And they don’t always necessarily cater to a local clientele, as some have gained a popular following even among expats and curious visitors to Legian looking for something different to spice up and highlight their time on the island. With clean settings, good quality food and at cheap to mid-range prices, let these great local restaurants in Legian introduce you to your next newly acquired tastes.
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This dining oasis on Legian’s end of Jalan Dewi Sri features classically-themed interiors that can be a bit too glitzy for those looking for just local cuisine. However, the great local selections off their menu include renderings of popular local dishes such as succulent pork ribs, spicy Indonesian favourites such as sop buntut oxtail soup (USD 9 or IDR 125,000) and beef rendang, once ranked as the world’s most delicious food. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 08:00 - 23:00
- Location: Jalan Dewi Sri No. 1A, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 938 615 4
This beachfront restaurant in Legian is well-shaded by trees but with open ocean views. Here you can dine over tasty Balinese delights, from juicy slow-roast duck of ‘bebek betutu’, to fresh seafood in a variety of preparations such as pepes or traditional banana leaf-wrapped snapper or shrimps, and the favourite Indonesian mixed vegetable dish with tofu and rice dumplings known as gado-gado, doused in sweet soy and peanut sauce blend. Or, go for all the goodies of the archipelago with 20 different dishes through its Balinese rijstaffel offering for a minimum of two, at only USD 5.5 (IDR 75,500) per person.
- Opening Hours: 07:30 – 24:00
- Location: Jalan Arjuna No.1, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 735 268
The Kopi Pot serves great local and Indonesian dishes together with international selections, set in lush Balinese gardens that offer a retreat from the bustling Legian main road. Besides being a good place to sip some Balinese coffee or an ice cold Bintang, their lunch and dinner menus introduce you to delicious dishes such as Javanese 'tongseng kambing' spicy lamb stew, crispy deep-fried duck, ayam betutu slow-cooked chicken, nasi campur mixed rice plate, and a host of homemade traditional desserts. Indonesian selections range between USD 3 and 5 (IDR 39,000-69,000).
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 24:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 752 614
Despite its self-promotion as a Thai food spot in Legian, Warung Asia is a good stopover for some local dishes, with Indonesian favourites that include Jakarta style mie ayam or chicken noodles, karedok fresh salad with glass noodles, and the long-time favourite of gado-gado. An Indonesian special fried rice comes with fried egg, prawn crackers and two sticks of chicken satays on top. Prices start from USD 3.5 (IDR 48,000) per dish.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-21:30
- Location: Jalan Werkudara No.5, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 742 0202
Great home style cooking with traditional dishes from the town of Yogyakarta are the main draw of this little warung on Legian’s northern end of Jalan Padma. The aptly named Warung Yogya offers such delights as nasi campur with your own selections of toppings to go with your streamed white rice, nasi pecel or rice topped with vegetables and doused in traditional peanut sauce dressing, and noodles in various preparations – fried or with soup. Dead cheap prices start from USD 1.4 (IDR 20,000) per serving.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
- Location: Jalan Padma Utara No.79, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 750 835
Straightforward and friendly service together with good Balinese food is the emphasis at this little warung on Legian’s Jalan Padma. Great Selections include traditionally fried and grilled chicken with sambal varieties to go with them, as well as spring rolls, samosas, curries and gado-gado. Either swig down with a cold Bintang, or opt for a truly refreshing young coconut with your meal. USD 7 (IDR 100,000) should please your cravings well for a good local meal.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
- Location: Jalan Padma No.14, Legian
- Tel: +62(0)812 361 098 08
Clean settings and cheap, tasty, homemade Indonesian food make up this tucked away little warung in Legian. Good variety of satays, from the common Indonesian style to the Balinese wrapped fish options, are available at a mere USD 1.5 (IDR 20,000) per serving. Meaty bakso meatballs soups and stuffed tofu also make good starters, before diving into the mains, which includes nasi goreng fried rice, noodles, sambal marinated tuna, chicken curries and local style chop suey at USD 2 (IDR 30,000).
- Opening Hours: 12:00-21:00
- Location: Jalan Lebak Bene 18X, Legian
- Tel: 62 (0)812 3787 4344
Part of a local Balinese restaurant chain, Warung Mina in Legian specialises in seafood and seafood based Indonesian dishes, with great selections that include fried or grilled gourami and sweet sour sauced prawns. Side dishes that usually accompany a meal include plecing kangkung stir-fried water spinach with spicy sauces and traditional Balinese sauces. Nasi goring fried rice, chicken satays and Chinese-Indonesian favourites such as bakmi egg noodles are among the other varieties (from USD 2.5 or IDR 33,000).
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: Jalan Legian 153B, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 750 504
A hidden gem off the main Legian roads, Warung Kampung offers a cool respite from the heat of the day, with cheap but good quality local dishes the likes of mie goreng fried noodles and sambal fried prawns on the menu. Try their special rendering of nasi goreng fried rice or ayam goring lalapan, a serving of steamed rice with fried chicken and fresh garden vegetables with spicy sambal chilli sauce on the side (USD 1.5 or IDR 18,000).
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
- Location: Jalan Melasti No.20, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)852 3820 5004
You’ll easily know this restaurant’s main offering from its name. Ketupat is a traditional Indonesian rice cake, and Ketupat Restaurant on the midsection of Jalan Dewi Sri offers an authentic Indonesian dining experience. There’s perkedel jagung corn croquettes and pangsit ayam goreng or chicken dumplings for starters. Mains feature selections from all across the archipelago, such as sambal udang prawns from Makassar and a sweet-sour ayam limau chicken in lime sauce from Kalimantan. Meals are on the pricier side for local restaurants, from USD 7 (IDR 100,000).
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 24:00
- Location: Jalan Dewi Sri, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 758 969