Opt for these best local Balinese restaurants in Nusa Dua whenever you feel like taking a break from your hotel’s offerings, and go local to treat yourself to some Balinese and Indonesian flavours. You’ll be surprised at what’s available just outside the main luxury resort enclave and within the Bualu village nearby, ranging from roadside warungs (locally-owned food kiosks) to modern restaurants part of a local chain with menus listing a variety of local favourites.
Selections go beyond the common nasi campur mixed rice plates and nasi goreng fried rice, with some prominent warungs tucked away within the neighbourhood, and specialising in babi guling spit-roast pork, crispy fried duck, and slow-roast chicken or duck best known as betutu. All of these great local restaurants in Nusa Dua are frequented by both locals and visitors. And the best thing is that they are clean and serve good quality food at cheap to mid-range prices.
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The Nusa Dua branch of one of the most recognised restaurants in Ubud, Bebek Bengil brings its signature dish of crispy fried duck, typically served with an assortment of Balinese sambal varieties, to the scenic bay of Nusa Dua. There are elegant and cosy indoor seating options as well as outdoors in separate thatched roof pavilions with ocean views. The menu also presents seafood selections as well as some Indonesian and western favourites. Mains range between USD 6.5 and 9 (IDR 90,000-125,000).
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 10:00-23:00
- Location: The Bay Bali, BTDC Area, Nusa Dua
- Tel: +62 (0)361 8948 111
While the flagship Bebek Tepi Sawah restaurant in Ubud is known for its scenic dining amidst rice paddies, the layout of this Nusa Dua branch at the Bali Collection shopping and dining complex is a whole lot simpler, but with emphasis on its famous crispy fried duck and grilled pork ribs. Also a must-try dish is its fried and smoked chicken, served with stir-fried water spinach and three different types of sambal sauces and dips. Items are USD 4-7 (IDR 51,000-95,000).
- Opening Hours: 10:00-23:00
- Location: Bali Collection, Nusa Dua
- Tel: +62 (0)361 771 662
Ulam is one of Nusa Dua’s long-established restaurants, and remains a popular recommendation for visitors looking for homemade Balinese cuisine in a cosy setting. Specialities include a seafood basket filled with grilled delights, as well as fish and meat barbecues a la carte, together with Indonesian rijsttafel options that allow you to enjoy a feast of small portions served successively. Added convenience is free transport to your hotel in Nusa Dua as well as Jimbaran. Specialties range between USD 5 and 10 (IDR 72,000-130,000).
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
- Location: Jl. Pantai Mengiat No. 14, Nusa Dua, Bali
- Tel: +62 (0)361 771 590
A favourite lunch spot among locals and visitors, this little warung on Nusa Dua’s Jalan Siligita offers its nasi campur mixed rice plates with a standard portioning of juicy fried chicken in mild to spicy sambal mixes, along with Balinese salad mixes. Spicy is a key feature here, so you might want to ask for no extra sambal, which is typically added on the side of the steamed white rice. Fresh coconut water helps cool tingling lips. The average price for a meal and drink starts from around USD 2 (IDR 25,000).
- Opening Hours: 07:00-18:00
- Location: Jalan Siligita No.27, Nusa Dua
- Tel: +62 (0)849 8109
Warung Bule and Susy is a little warung located on the first half of Nusa Dua’s Jalan Siligita, and is run by an expat and his local wife hence the simple name. Humble local dishes include nasi goreng fried rice and tempe penyet or tempeh served with crushed chilli sambal toppings, and the display is predominantly full of other Indonesian delights, while also including western selections catering to foreign palates, making it a favourite among locals, expats and visitors. Prices start from a cheap USD 1 (IDR 15,000) per serving.
- Opening Hours: 08:00-20:00
- Location: Jalan Siligita no.88, Nusa Dua
- Tel: +62 (0)361 855 7702
A variety of popular Indonesian dishes awaits you at this restaurant on the main Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, with specialties that include grilled chicken called ayam bakar sontoloyo, freshwater fish and gourami in various preparations from grilled to fried and doused in spiced sauce called pesmol¸ fish head curry and Javanese style fried noodles. A highlight item is a ‘bebek mumbul’ crispy fried duck, their own take on the favourite local dish. Dishes range between USD 1.5 and 4 (IDR 21,000 – 60,000).
- Opening Hours: 08:00-23:00
- Location: Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Nusa Dua
- Tel: +62 (0)361 402 1112
Each resort area in Bali seemingly has its own star warung serving the all-time local favourite of babi guling spit roast pork. Nusa Dua’s own is this little spot owned by a villager named Pak Dobiel, located halfway on Jalan Srikandi. A typical serving comes with a bowl of pork leg soup and a plate containing steamed white rice, a single stick of Balinese ‘wrapped’ style satay known as sate lilit, together with rich chili dips dices of the succulent meat and the must-try crispy roasted pork skin.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-04:00
- Location: Jalan Srikandi No.9, Nusa Dua
- Tel: +62 (0)361 771633
Among the array of restaurants within Nusa Dua’s Bali Collection, this restaurant is a great spot to retreat from the heat of the day. Sometimes they also present you with cold towels too! Mai-Mai Restaurant serves up a predominantly Balinese menu with some Asian and Chinese selections that are somewhat ubiquitous to small restaurants in Bali also available. Balinese favourites to try here include nyat-nyatan celeng or sliced pork fillets in a traditional stew comprising onion, red chilli, celery, leongrass and bay leaves, served with steamed white rice at USD 4 (IDR 60,000).
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
- Location: Bali Collection, Block B 13, Nusa Dua
- Tel: (0361) 772 406
A full-fledged modern restaurant rather than a small warung, Coconut Bali on the Jalan Pratama main road of Tanjung Benoa (the neighbouring resort area north of the Nusa Dua proper) is a cosy stopover for some Balinese favourites such as betutu slow-cooked chicken, a selection of grilled seafood, and its signature stir-fried pork in sweet soy sauce. Some Asian and western cuisine is also featured on the menu for safe measure. Mains start from USD 5 (IDR 72,000).
- Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00
- Location: Jalan Pratama No.77, Tanjung Benoa
- Tel: +62 (0)361 775 512
Bumbu Bali, the dining extension of the famous Bumbu Bali Cooking School, is a good alternative for those who want to cut to the chase and enjoy Balinese and Indonesian dishes without having to join their classes. Brainchild of well-seasoned chef Heinz von Holzen who has dedicated his professional career to Balinese cuisine, Bumbu Bali offers great treats from slow-cooked betutu chicken and duck, grilled Balinese fish satays, and all the common servings the likes of nasi goreng fried rice, and variety of sambal dips. Set 10-course Balinese dinners for two are available, starting from USD 35 (IDR 475,000).
- Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00
- Location: Jalan Pratama, Tanjung Benoa
- Tel: +62 (0)361 774 502