Best Restaurants on the Bukit: Date Night & Special Occasion Worthy

The beautiful Kayu Putih Restaurant By Night
Whether celebrating a special day, living it up on your honeymoon, a fancy night out with your bestie or impressing your new sweetheart. Our list of the Best Restaurants on the Bukit Peninsula include spectacular Clifftop Dining in Uluwatu, Hidden Gems in Bingin and Beach Front favourites Nusa Dua and Jimbaran. You’ll find something for all budgets and styles. Staying with us? We’re happy to make reservations for you, contact us here. 
 

CUCA, Jimbaran

Created by Michelin-trained Chef Kevin Cherkas (of El Buli), Cuca is a culinary jewel and one of our favourite dining experiences in all of Bali. Hidden amongst exclusive private homes, villas and hotels just off Jimbaran beach, it delivers style, innovation & polished service. Commit to the 9 course Chef Tasting Menu to experience plate after plate of mouth-watering, eye catching and deliciously original dishes. It’s a gastronomic gala for all the senses.

Dine on Cuban Corn, Smoked Butterfish, Baked Scallops, BBQ Octopus, Crispy Fried Chicken, Roasted Pork Buns – all like you’ve never seen them before! Ending with breakfast eggs for desert and the famous Cuca brews. It’s magic on a plate and candy for the eyes. If you want a front row experience of the chefs in action, book a seat at the “Food Bar”. Bookings recommended.

KAYU PUTIH, nusa dua

Pull out your best threads and dress up for one of Bali’s most iconic fine dining experiences. Kayu Putih is located in the exclusive St Regis Bali Resort in Nusa Dua. It oozes elegance, indulgence and sophistication. Chef Agung Gede’s exquisite menu showcases a Pan-Asian haute cuisine featuring the finest ingredients from the land and the sea.

Did we mention their wine list? It’s so good it has garnered  multiple awards from Wine Spectator. Choose from an a la carte menu or the 3-6 course tasting menu. Our pick – the seafood linguine is the best you’ll ever have! If a daytime session is more your thing, The St Regis Sunday Bruch is a thing of legend!

GOOSEBERRY, bingin

Just 100m from Melali you’ll find  Gooseberry Cafe & Restaurant. It’s location, hidden from the hustle and bustle of main roads and traffic noise, is the perfect spot for brunch with friends, a long lazy lunch or romantic dinner spot. It is casual, chic & scrumptiously stylish. 

Choose to sit inside the air conditioned French-brasserie inspired space – complete with marble table tops and plush leather bench seats (perfect to cosy up to your love on). Or sit in the pebble garden by the pool – al fresco style. With a great cocktail, wine, champagne and beer list, start with drinks and small bites by the pool, then continue on to the main dishes. Our favourites are their Tuna Tataki, the Pan Fried Gnocci Tartufo and their Beef Brisket (cooked to perfection on their Komodo BBQ). Still have room? Try the deliciously decadent Chocolate Salted Caramel Pot.

MANA, Uluwatu

Perched above the cliffs of Uluwatu with views of the Indian Ocean, Mana is a great choice if you like dazzling sunsets and a casual, endless summer surfer vibe. T-shirts and flip flops are welcome here. Perch yourself in one of their poolside cabanas and nibble on moorish small plate options. Or if you prefer, wander upstairs to the restaurant and dine in the joglo inspired building (a wonderful example of Balinese & Indonesian craftsmanship). 

Their tacos and tostadas are crowd favourites, as are their seafood dishes. The grilled octopus, soft shell crab & seared blackened tuna are the standouts. If you’re a chocolate lover be sure to leave room for the Semifreddo – a chocolate, almond, cashew, raspberry, waffle cookie – it’s so good it should be illegal. FYI: Daytime date? The pool is popular with families, so if you prefer your cocktail sans kids, best to wait til sunset. 

THE WARUNG, uluwatu

The Alila Uluwatu is all class. A stunning property designed by world renowned architecture firm WOHA perched on top of the rugged cliffs of Uluwatu’s southern facing coastline. She’s a real head-turner and home to one of our favourite Indonesian Restaurants –  The Warung. You’ll experience 5 star luxury and wonderful service. 

The Warung is an exceptional example of Traditional Balinese and Indonesian fare showcasing the diversity of flavours and styles from across the archipelago. Meat, fish, seafood and vegetarian dishes are cooked to chef’s kiss perfection and keeps us coming back for more. The local deserts (hello dadar guling!) are divine. You can order by the dish or opt for the Chef’s Selection of 11 dishes. We love this place! Bookings recommended.  

SUNDARA, Jimbaran

Sundara (meaning “beautiful” in Sanskrit) is part of the exclusive Four Seasons Hotel in Jimbaran. A stunning location, tucked away at the end of the Jimbaran cove, directly on the beach. Its timeless style and sophisticated beachside dining combines classical French with Asian flavours. 

Along with world class cuisine, there’s swanky cocktails, stunning sunset views, 5 star service, beach-side luxury, ambient lounge music and a glowing fire pit. It has all the ingredients for a most romantic evening. Throw on your finest threads and prepare to be pampered. Our tip – arrive in time for sunset and pre-dinner drinks. If you’re a brunch lover – their Sunday brunch is bomb! 

SAKE NO HAN, Uluwatu

Located within one of Bali’s swankiest daytime destinations – Savaya Day Club – Sake No Hana is a unique dining experience that celebrates the very best of modern, high end Japanese cuisine. Hailing from Mayfair in London, Sake No Hana opened in Bali in 2018 and has since been on every Best in Bali list.

Dine on mouth-watering sashimi & sushi, bento boxes, kamameshi rice dishes and don’t miss sampling some of the charcoal grilled options. Too much to choose from? You can’t go wrong with Chef Hendry’s tasting menu. Whatever you do leave room for desert, an explosion of creativity and sublime flavours. They also boast the largest sake selection in Bali and a seriously impressive cocktail and wine list. Our tip – wait til the day club closes for a more sophisticated dining experience. 

EL KABRON, Bingin/dreamland

Perched atop the cliffs between Dreamland and Bingin Beach, El Kabron will dazzle any hashtag lover with spectacular views and stylish Mediteranean vibes. Its crisp white adobe walls, warm timbers, ambient beats and breezy alfresco feels makes for a dining pleasure. The menu is Mediteranean Spanish with an emphasis on poolside grazing & share plates, showcasing different regions of Spain, from the Basque country & Catalonia to the Iberian Peninsula. 

Expect cured meats, freshly shucked oysters, crispy croquetas, authentic skillet panned paellas and fresh mediteranean salads. They also have a killer wine, champagne and cocktail list. Our tip – kick off the evening with a charcuterie board and some champagne. Sit back, relax and take in the sublime sunset. FYI, a minimum spend applies for seating in the pool area. 

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