Sanur is one of the main beach resort areas in Bali that has a notably large collection of restaurants and bars that are set alongside traditional ‘warungs’ (local establishments mostly selling local food), making it one of the best places to go to if you’re in for some culinary adventures with a wide variety of food. Even though some fall into the ‘fine dining’ category, the overall dining atmosphere follows the general laidback nature of this quiet coastal village area.
Some of Sanur’s best restaurants are on the beachfront, while many dominate the streetscape of the main Jalan Danau Tamblingan. Here is our collection of the best places to eat while in Sanur, each with its own trademark style and offering, which all goes down to providing you with an eclectic mix to enjoy.
Cafe Batu Jimbar is one of Sanur’s well-known landmarks, comprising a restaurant and a café. The restaurant is best known for its all-embracing use of fresh organic ingredients, as well as a main venue for its anticipated regular Sunday morning organic markets. Naturally, most of its diners are from the health conscious crowd, but its food and presentations are delicious and top notch. Established in the 90s, and having undergone significant layout changes throughout the years, the café continues to attract loyal customers to its Indonesian specialties as well as European and Asian cuisine. A great place to start the day with healthy favourites such as whole wheat crepes and pukkola muesli, it also serves lunch and dinner, with selections of tapas and a signature dish of Ikan Woku Belanga, a snapper fillet in Manadonese spicy sauce served with rice and sautéed vegetable. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08.30 - 23.00
- Location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan no.75A, Sanur
- Tel: +62(0)361 287 374
Three Monkeys Sanur is the urban-style extension to its sister rice field-side café in Ubud. Located on Sanur’s Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Three Monkeys presents an eclectic choice from its menu, and serves them up with cool jazz tunes. Plush sofas under a shady terrace and under the shades of white parasols and frangipani overlook the sidewalk and an upper level with air-conditioned indoor dining serves as an alternative option for those who want to escape the heat. The contemporary menu features modern Indonesian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean delights. From grazing, pide (Turkish flatbread), Italian pastas and a wide variety of mains, there is a lot to choose from. The drinks menu is also extensive, from homemade soda mixes, shakes and icy blends, to granitas, lattes and an array of alcoholic beverages. A decent wine list with Australian, New Zealand, and Argentinean wines is also available. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:00
- Location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)361 286 002
The Village Cucina Italiana
The Village is a fine Italian restaurant and lounge in Sanur that features an extensive menu of authentic Italian cuisine. From timeless favourites such as homemade pastas and wood fire oven pizzas, The Village is open for lunch and dinner, serving classics with a touch of luxury, with must-tries including seared scallop in black olive crust, ‘cioppino’ seafood soup of clams, delicious pastas and risottos, and grilled Tasmanian salmon fillet. Prices range between IDR 60,000 t0 185,000 with the prime offering of a rosemary grilled lamb chops with sautéed veggies and Barolo wine jus. All are flavoursome and presented to international standards. Live music by a pianist sets the mood right with flowing tunes. It is one of the most refined places to enjoy a top quality meal in Sanur.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan No. 47, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)361 285 025
Char Ming is one of the luxurious restaurants in Sanur. Offering a sophisticated dining atmosphere with attention to detail, the restaurant features an impressive subtly-lit layout that blends Javanese architectural features of a 'joglo' traditional house together with Balinese touches through its 'wantilan' pavilion. Dining alfresco is also an option, with its lush gardens providing a relaxed dining setting. The cuisine at CharMing has a French influence, with Asian and European selections, with must-tries that include an appetizer dish of shrimp, chicken, vegetable and vermicelli spring rolls, as well as the beef ‘rendang’ and the Aussie steak with mushroom sauce. Prices range between IDR 46,000 and 225,000. A great experience is the rijstaffel, presenting 10 Indonesian specialities for two, at IDR 360,000. It also has a good wine list to pair with. Open for dinner only. Advanced bookings recommended. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 23:00
- Location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan 97, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)361 288 029
Kopi Bali House is one of the most popular coffee shops in Bali, and its first and flagship outlet is located on Sanur’s end of the Ngurah Rai bypass. The coffee shop is the offshoot of Kopi Bali, the island’s top coffee producer and distributor of the famous Butterfly Globe brand. The shop features three levels and serves Western and Indonesian dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, together with cakes, pastries and a coffee-orientated drinks list. It is also one of the best places you could go to in Bali if you’re keen on learning more about Indonesia’s fine high-grade beans, with some cultivated right here in Bali. There’s also the curiously famous ‘kopi luwak’ civet cat coffee, also known as the world’s most expensive. Its upper level café also has a gallery where you can admire life-size surreal coffee paintings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 23:30
- Location: Pertokoan Graha Niaga Sanur No 4, Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 405E, Sanur
- Tel: +62(0)361 270 990
Art Café Sanur
Art Café Sanur, now located in new premises on Jalan Danau Tamblingan, is open daily and continues to serve its loyal clients with all-day breakfasts, lunch and dinners, with an expanded menu featuring innovative dishes created by Executive Chef, I Komang Edi Saputra. The restaurant’s relaxed ambiance is best experienced during dinner time, with its subtly-lit foyer and soothing interiors lined with attractive décor and original paintings by local artists currently working in Sanur. The menu covers many different tastes and the great collection of cocktails and wines make for a great night out. Selections include curries, pepes ikan banana leaf steamed fish, satays, as well as a signature rijsttafel platter that provides a sampling journey through some of the best Indonesian dishes. International menu items include a variety of dishes featuring available seafood, chicken and beef, as well as a selection of pork and lamb entrees.
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - 23:00
- Location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan 82, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)361 283 811
Brainchild of long-time Bali resident and chef, Massimo Sacco, his eponymous restaurant serves classic Italian cuisine, featuring the finest imported ingredients that are lovingly prepared and creatively presented. Must-tries include deep fried breaded fresh mozzarella with tomato sauce and anchovies for starters, mushroom and cream soup with garlic croutons, together with selections of salads, pastas, gnocchi, pizzas, Italian desserts including the chef’s own homemade gelato, which is considered one of the best in the island, and the chef’s specials from the southeast coast of Italy. There’s also a classical styled wine cellar housing a big selection of Italian wines for pairings. The layout is homey and congenial, with the chef occasionally delivering a touch of personalised services for his customers.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00
- Location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan 228, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)361 288 942
Byrdhouse Beach Club at the Segara Village Hotel in Sanur is the only dining and leisure complex of its kind on the Segara Ayu beachfront area of Sanur, easily accessible to outside guests via Sanur’s beach footpath. The beach club comprises three different restaurants and two bars, while live bands and colourful cultural dance performances feature throughout the week to accompany your seaside seafood barbecue dinners. It’s a fun seaside vibe with varying dining options for families and beachgoers by day, with a chic and slightly sophisticated atmosphere as the sun goes down. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:00 – 24:00
- Location: Segara Beachfront, Segara Village Hotel, Jalan Segara Ayu, Sanur
- Tel: +62 (0)361 288 407
Tsavo Lion Restaurant offers a unique dining experience: enjoying your meal in the company of live lions. Located within Bali Safari & Marine Park in Gianyar, the restaurant’s African-themed dining room is separated from the lions prowling right outside by floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Next to lions, you can also spot meerkats and hippos. The theme of the restaurant even extends to the restrooms, where you can get up close and personal with a lion prowling just beyond the safety glass. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - 22:00
- Location: Bali Safari & Marine Park, Jalan Bypass Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,8, Gianyar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 950 000
Keramas Aero Park offers one of the most unique dining experiences in Bali. The island has several ‘abandoned planes’ lying around, but this is the only plane that was actually restored, painted in navy blue and red livery, and repurposed into a really quirky restaurant, complete with dining table and leather seat setups in makeshift interiors. Inside, you can enjoy local and international dishes served by its ‘flight attendants’. The plane is hard to miss along the Keramas Beach section of the Ida Bagus Mantra bypass, and is simply great for families looking for fun photo ops. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
- Location: Jalan Bypass Ida Bagus Mantra KM. 28, Keramas, Gianyar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 479 1830