Jimbaran seafood cafes should be on your must-visit places for your Bali holiday, especially if you're a seafood lover. Not only is the bay one of Bali’s best places for memorable sunsets, but it's also a popular coast to enjoy grilled seafood. Over a dozen seafood cafes line the white-sand beach, which is locally known as Pantai Muaya.
Mostly open from afternoon until late, each Jimbaran seafood cafe serves freshly grilled seafood at beachfront and candlelit tables. As the sun goes down, the horizon features faint lights from Ngurah Rai Airport and traditional fishing boat lanterns in the sea.
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The cafes at Jimbaran Bay
You’ll notice similar setups as you approach the Jimbaran seafood cafes from the beach – wooden tables with parasols down to the tide’s edge and some with attractive palm leaf decorations. Drop off from the main entrance and you’ll see grills and live seafood displays under signboards of each cafe that show different stock and ‘catches of the day’.
From several dinners we had at different cafes, we noticed slight variations in the homemade sambal (traditional chilli sauce) in form and spiciness. Menega and Intan Sari are quite consistent in terms of stock and taste (usually getting most of the crowds), while others have torches and attractive table setups. Mild competition among these venues means good service. Staff and waiters are attentive and speak simple English.
Jimbaran seafood cafes and restaurants along the beach:
The food at Jimbaran seafood cafes
Ease into a chair as a small dish of salted nuts and/or kerupuk (shrimp crackers) comes served as accompaniments to your beer or drink of choice. Birthplace of ikan bakar Jimbaran or ‘grilled snapper à la Jimbaran’ with the essential sambal, these cafes offer selections of red snapper, crab, calamari, prawns and lobster, served with steamed rice and traditional side dishes of spicy plecing kangkung (stir-fried water spinach) and fresh fruit platters for dessert. Use your fingers as part of the experience – a bowl with water and lime slices comes as standard ‘rinse’.
Look out for 2 sambal varieties, the famed red paste and another pungent version called sambal matah (fresh chopped chilli, shallots and lemongrass). Try both if you can handle the spice, or simply ask for a modified, milder version in advance. Some of the Jimbaran seafood cafes even have French fries, fried rice, and chop suey on their menus for variety, and even expand their seafood selections to barracuda, grouper, mahi-mahi, and kingfish.
How to get to Jimbaran seafood cafes
Southward from InterContinental Bali Resort, an intersection at Jimbaran Corner leads you to Jalan Bukit Permai, also named Jalan Four Seasons. Pantai Muaya spans 1 km along the bay, positioned between 2 five-star hotels. The large parking space under an arching signboard and billowing smoke from the burning coconut husks are hard to miss. All local drivers know the way to the Jimbaran seafood cafes. If you stay at these hotels, you can take an easy stroll along the sand and pick an unreserved table.
Although it's ‘first-come, first-served’ most of the time, reservations are necessary during the holiday seasons when it is usually packed. A local taxi cooperative holds a monopoly in the area. You can come in by public transport, but going out leaves you no other option. Negotiate your destination and rates beforehand.
Jimbaran Seafood Cafes
- Opening Hours: Daily from 3pm to 11pm (hours may vary)
- Location: Jalan Four Seasons Muaya Beach, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Jimbaran, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia