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

The beautiful Kayu Putih Restaurant By Night
– Updated March 2023
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. Regardless of your budget or preferred style, our list has something to suit everyone’s taste.

BARTOLO, Uluwatu

Opening its doors in July 2022, Bartolo emerged as a refreshing and delightful addition to Uluwatu’s rapidly expanding dining landscape. This chic European style Bar & Restaurant offers a sophisticated and intimate dining experience. Whether you’re visiting with loved ones or cherished friends, Bartolo guarantees a memorable experience. The service is top notch, food is of the highest quality, the cocktails meticulously crafted and the art deco-inspired decor exudes an atmosphere of timeless class.

We recommend kicking off your Bartolo experience with one of thier signature cocktails. Be warned, just reading the cocktail list will have you salivating, and you’ll be rearing to give them all a try.  Now on to the food. Sharing (plates) is caring at Bartolo – so start with a couple of their “aperitif” plates (the market clams, the crostini di polenta with Grana Padano and the lamb kofta are just wow!). Then move on to their more substantial dishes and sides – the market fish with a side of frites and the radicchio salad is a trio you wont forget.  The homemade pasta with cavolo nero & mushrooms is also a standout.  Finish with the granita – an absolute taste delight!

Book a table immediately, we promise you’ll love it. 

MASON, Uluwatu

September 2022 marked the welcome arrival of Mason to the Uluwatu community. Already acclaimed as one of Canggu’s best restaurants their second location has hit the ground running. These are experienced restauranteurs, and you can tell – the food, drinks, ambience and service are all on point.

Begin with an aperitivo – their barman are mixing maestros who’ve perfected the craft of cocktails. Try some of their signature drinks or order an old classic. They also have some wonderful imported wines. Moving on to food – their menu celebrates simple, yet innovative dishes that allow the produce to shine. Expect contemporary Australian & European wood fired & grilled delicacies. Start with some cured meats, hummus served with the most succulent flat bread or the tuna tartare. Follow up with their wood fired barramundi, charcoal chicken or slow cooked beef short rib. To balance it out, we love their sides of crisp cos, asparagus with parmesan, or that insanely good broccoli salad.

Mason is suitable for groups of friends or a romantic dinner alike. We recommend booking on their website


Just 100m from Melali you’ll find one of our most favourite dining haunts, 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 a romantic dinner spot.  Relaxed by day, they up the ante at night with beautiful lighting and white table cloths. It really is lovely and we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do. 

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 (omg!) and their Beef Brisket (cooked to perfection on their Komodo BBQ). In fact anything cooked on this BBQ is mouthwatering & heavenly.  Room for desert? Don’t miss the deliciously decadent Chocolate Salted Caramel Pot. 

Bookings recommended. 

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.

THE CAVE, Uluwatu

Located within the depths of a 25,000 year old cave, “The Cave” provides a truly unforgettable fine dining experience, making it one of Bali’s top culinary destinations. With critically acclaimed and celebrated Chef Ryan Clift (formally of Melbourne’s  Vue de Monde & Singapore’s Tippling Club) at the helm, this ultra-exclusive, 22-seat degustation-only restaurant guarantees a remarkable visual and sensory journey. Prepare to be captivated as the cave transforms into a breathtaking spectacle with its mesmerising light show. Each dish is a work of art, showcasing imaginative avant-garde creations that exemplify the pinnacle of modern gastronomy, seamlessly blending the realms of food and art in perfect harmony. It’s an experience that will leave you in awe.

Prices IDR 1.600.000++ 7 course set menu or IDR 3.400.000++ 7 course set menu with wine and cocktail pairing. Only 3 seatings per day (lunch, 5pm and 9pm dinner options). Bookings early are essential. 

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! 

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!

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. 

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