Kedonganan seafood cafés and restaurants line the coast of the namesake fishing village, serving the day’s catch fresh from the sea, while you can enjoy ocean views with your feet in the sand. The dining destination is only half a kilometre north of the popular Jimbaran Bay, otherwise known as Muaya Beach. Sumptuous grilled seafood feasts, paired with Bali’s dramatic sunsets, is the main draw of the seafood restaurants in Kedonganan. It offers a large variety to choose from, and while most feature a reasonable price range, some venues within the cluster are upmarket with fresh, modern designs and refined settings.
Some venues are open early for lunch, others in time for sunset and until late. These venues offer fresh-grilled seafood served at neat parasol-shaded or candlelit tables spread out on the sand. The strip of Kedonganan seafood cafés and restaurants are positioned at a good distance to Ngurah Rai International Airport’s landing strip; providing a unique evening backdrop but with jet sounds only faintly audible. Gently lapping waves, distant boat lights on the water and the glimmering airport runway lights to your right all combine to provide a wonderful alfresco dining experience under the stars. There are over a dozen different venues in Kedonganan, which provide a great variety to choose from and with ample parking space available.
Kedonganan Seafood Cafés and Restaurants:
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A group of cafes on the southernmost strip, called 'Cafe Sembilan':
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Take your pick!
Most of the Kedonganan seafood cafés and restaurants feature indoor and outdoor seating options. Each strives to offer something a bit different to its neighbour, be it the atmosphere, setup, entertainment features or, most of all, the signature homemade barbecue marinades and sambal dip recipes.
The seafood variety is similar: red snapper, grouper, calamari, lobster, crabs, clams, shrimps and prawns, and selections of local salad mixes and western-style sides. A common serving of a ‘Balinese seafood platter’ package normally consists of grilled fish, clams, fish satays, prawn or crab, stir-fried snake beans, a basket of steamed rice and a bowl of fish soup, ranging between IDR 150,000 and 300,000. Ice-cold Bintang or fresh-cut coconut washes your meals down perfectly.
Preparation options for a la carte items aren’t limited to the grill. For example, you can have your snapper steamed, stir-fried, or you can opt for the traditional banana leaf-wrapped ‘pepes’ style for a local dining experience. Some higher-end venues also feature western menu options, and a bar with a great selection of cocktails to accompany your pre-dinners and sunsets.
No, it’s Not Jimbaran!
Upon inquiring about ‘the best place to enjoy seafood at sunset in Bali’, your hotel concierge and local tips might lead you to the seafood cafes on Muaya Beach. However, make your turn into the village of Kedonganan, famous for its fisherman’s landing site and adjacent bustling fish market. In fact, this is the island’s main source of fresh daily local catches, and where local restaurant owners and five-star chefs come to handpick their prized seafood. The cluster of Kedonganan seafood cafes and restaurants are only a short distance from the fish market and landing site.
Kedonganan Seafood Cafés and Restaurants
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – late (after 24:00)
- Location: Jalan Pantai Kedonganan, South Kuta