Have these best local Balinese restaurants in Sanur on your checklist whenever you want to explore outside your beachfront villa or resort and be welcomed to a vibrant dining scene, with cheap and locally run restaurants flanking classier ones. These selections serve day-to-day meals and are frequented by locals, while also attracting inquisitive visitors willing to try out some exotic cuisine and add a bit of culinary adventure on their Bali holiday.
These cheap to mid-range restaurants and warungs (simple and traditional local roadside food stalls) welcome patrons of all kinds and budgets, and above all else, don’t require advanced bookings – come as you are, pick a spot or take a seat, and dine casually over wholesome meals. Balinese nasi campur mixed rice feature dominantly, but each venue’s portioning and presentation vary widely. Some close as soon as their stock finish; others focus on food over style. Whatever your choice, these great local restaurants in Sanur are your windows to some newly acquired tastes.
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Seafood lovers looking forward to trying out some local flavours in Sanur should drop by this small warung at the end of Jalan Hang Tuah where the asphalt meets the sand. Warung Mak Beng is famous for its red snapper soup, with other selections that include grilled fish and Balinese style fish satays. The restaurant usually closes right after lunch time, as soon as its fresh stock finishes with the last order. Generally hot and spicy, you can also order to your preference. Standard serving of rice, soup and grilled fish is at USD 2.5 (IDR 34,000).
- Opening Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
- Location: Jalan Hang Tuah 45, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)361 282 633
Near the beach end of Jalan Pantai Segara Ayu, you’ll often witness crowded morning scenes with loyal customers queuing up at this local warung. Warung Nasi Ayam Bali Men Weti serves a mixed plate of rice, spiced roast betutu chicken, deep-fried crispy chicken skin, Balinese chicken wrapped style satay or ‘sate lilit’, spicy chicken soup, half egg topped with hot tomato sambal, blanched cassava leaves, shredded coconut lawar mix, fried peanuts and a special sambal that consists of sliced shallots, chilli and salt. It is a favourite among locals and weekending Jakartans visiting the island, and you can also get in line if you’re in for trying out a spicy local treat. The fresh stock usually runs out by noon. Around USD 1-2 (IDR 15,000-25,000) a serving.
- Opening Hours: 08.00 - 12.00
- Location: Jl. Pantai Segara Ayu, Sanur
This little roadside spot on Jalan Duyung serves a variety of Asian and Indonesian delights, from fish and vegetable curries to gingered beef, noodles and the popular Indonesian tofu and veggie salad in peanut sauce known as gado-gado. You can go for a la carte, or head to the food display and select what different pieces you wish to have on your plate. A cool serving of freshly poured coconut water adds up to the wonderful dining experience, together with a selection of fresh fruit juices. Their ayam bakar sambal bongkot or grilled chicken with ginger torch salsa is one of the local must-tries, at USD 3 (IDR 40,000).
- Opening Hours: 08:00-21:00
- Location: Jalan Duyung No.1, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)361 938 0103
A passionate endeavour by a local who wanted to continue his father’s warung business by applying creative interiors and design elements following his major in architecture, Lilla Warung is a cosy spot to drop into and enjoy local favourites with a cold Bintang. Among the items on the menu are chicken curries, a take on the favourite nasi goreng fried rice, and a variety of local veggie salads such as water spinach. Tropical fruit juices are according to what’s in season, and you can have a hearty meal with some good reads or sport feeds at well under USD 7 (IDR 100,000).
- Opening Hours: 08:00-23:00
- Location: Jalan Bumi Ayu 6, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)812 3614 559
For popular homemade style Indonesian dishes, drop by this little restaurant on the main Jalan Danau Tamblingan road, where selections include mie goreng fried noodles and nasi goreng fried rice, together with some other simple western dishes. Generously portioned, you have yourself a wholesome local meal with warm hospitality by the restaurant’s family/owners. There’s also their version of nasi campur mixed rice plate, served with fried chicken, satay, pork meat and eggs, together with vegetable salad in peanut sauce. Their chicken satays are great, cooked with charcoal. Prices for local fare are USD 2.5-3 (IDR 33,000-45,000).
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 20:00
- Location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan No. 142, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)361 288 872
This long established and modern restaurant on the Sanur main road offers a laidback vibe with friendly services by local staff. Although the menu slightly leans to western, there are Balinese favourites highlighted as well, ranging from whole babi guling spit-roast pork that you can book in advance for a party of up to eight, or on any given day, there’s ayam betutu slow-cooked chicken at USD 15 (IDR 200,000) for two and nasi lawar rice mix with chicken and pork at USD 7 (IDR 100,000).
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 23:30
- Location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan No.34, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)361 745 4968
A bit of a twist to a traditional Balinese warung, this spot on the Sindhu beach route in Sanur has a mix of Mexican dishes alongside its selections of mie goreng fried noodles, sweet soy sauce basted chicken satays and sayur pecel salad mix doused in peanut sauce. The local and Indonesian items range between USD 1 and 2 (IDR 15,000 and 25,000). The name, which loosely translates as ‘fresh Sanur warung’, reflects its emphasis on fresh tropical fruit juices to wash meals down.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 19:30
- Location: Jalan Pantai Sindhu No.2A, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)853 7991 8171
This early morning warung in Sanur specialises in a favourite local rice dish that highlights lawar, the Balinese cold shredded meat (either pork, chicken or duck) or vegetable salad served with rice and spicy homemade sambal sauces. Warung Nasi Lawar Men Tinggen, or Warung Men Tinggen for short, opens in the evenings and through dawn. It’s one of the late [places for ‘supper’ for the locals. Its vegetable lawar ranges from jackfruit and thin-sliced coconut, and its pork also comes as sweet floss with sweet soy sauce-marinated pork known as ‘babi kecap’. A typical meal and iced tea starts from USD 2 (IDR 25,000)
- Opening Hours: 20:30 - 04:00
- Location: Jalan Pejang Sari, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)878 6095 7118
One of Sanur’s tucked away but popular warungs is Warung Lawar Kodi, which serves up tasty homemade nasi campur mixed rice topped with babi guling roast pork and a highlight lawar (minced meat and vegetables) on the side. The original lawar is mixed with aromatic herbs and spices and, usually with fresh blood – so it’s definitely one for the adventurous. However, at times, there is a ‘white’ lawar version without the blood. That single dish is basically the only thing on the menu here, at around USD 2-2.5 (IDR 25,000-30,000) with a cold drink.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 06:00
- Location: Jalan Sekuta, Gang Arum, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)361 289 230
If you're looking for great spicy dishes that are all-day favourites among locals, then this is the spot in Sanur for you. The menu has all the spicy snacks of a traditional Balinese household, the likes of 'rujak' fruit salad in chilli and shrimp paste broth, as well as seaweed salads, and the ubiquitous 'nasi campur' mixed rice platter with options of babi guling roast pork and 'lawar' shredded red meat included. For something different, try the Balinese dish of 'tipat cantok', similar to Indonesian gado-gado, but with the mix of sliced rice cakes, bean sprouts and chopped snake beans doused in a generous portion of hot chilli and peanut sauce. Average price per dish is as IDR 10,000 (under a dollar).
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun, 11:30 – 19:00
- Location: Jalan Sekuta 32C, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)819 1611 6633