Take a look at this list of Bali’s Most Unique Restaurants with their one-of-a-kind experience and services.
With so many amazing options for eating out, Bali has truly become a foodie’s paradise. But with all these tasty options the hardest part can be choosing where to go, there’s simply not enough time to try them all!
While there are plenty of traditional restaurants, cafes and local warungs, we wanted to put together a list of the most unique restaurants in Bali, for those of you who like to dine with a difference! Whether it’s an extraordinary setting, a typical service or something else, there’s one thing all these places have in common: they all offer something unique that will make for an unforgettable dining experience in Bali.
Rock Bar Bali
Watching the Bali sunset fade into the ocean at Rock Bar Bali is worth a place on your bucket list. Perched atop distinctive rock formations and beautifully designed this restaurant and bar guarantees phenomenal views. To get down to the restaurant you’ll make use of a cliffside inclinator, giving you a bird’s eye view before you find your seat. Besides great food options, Rock Bar Bali is also known for their signature cocktails using only the highest-quality imported liquors combined with local fruits, herbs and spices. These cocktails are carefully designed to match the spectacular sunset. Stick around into the later hours and you’ll see the DJs take their place inside a custom DJ booth carved into the rocks to play some nice beats. Rock Bar Bali is open everyday from 4 pm until midnight.
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At Bali’s first aquarium restaurant, you can dine underwater between the fish! This unique experience will surely stimulate all your senses. As beautiful sea creatures swim by the many windows you get to enjoy the skills of Koral Restaurant’s award-winning chef Andrea Astone in the form of a set menu and a signature degustation menu. Using fresh and seasonal products in an ever-changing menu these bistronomic delights will marvel at your taste buds. With a hypnotic soundtrack and the unique atmosphere of life under the waves, a night at Koral Restaurant is more than just a dinner. You even receive a folder on arrival that lists all of the different marine life that you can spot in the aquarium. Be sure to be in your seat when the diver comes past for your perfect photo opportunity too!
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Prepare for a venue that is sure to take your breath away. With its stunning cathedral-like dome interior and impressive column structures, Merah Putih certainly makes an impression from the moment you step inside. Perfectly located in central Seminyak, it ticks all the boxes for a venue that oozes romantic vibes, as well as offers an ultimate fine dining experience.
Brought to you by renowned Balinese Chef Wiwik – his expert blend of traditional Indonesian dishes and authentic flavours is a true feast for the senses! From light bites to large plates, you’ll find something to tickle those taste buds, with plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options clearly marked on the menu. Why not choose a few small plates and enjoy with friends whilst sampling a glass or two or their expansive imported wine selection? Merah Putih also offers a chef’s tasting menu – the perfect gastronomical experience for celebrating a special occasion! And with perfectly paired signature cocktails brought to you by Agung Ari – one of Indonesia’s leading mixologists – those good times are sure to keep on flowing all night long!
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Another oceanfront spot with a stunning view is Kisik Restaurant. A seafood restaurant where you can enjoy a table right on the beach, with glowing tiki torches, the sounds of the Indian Ocean and the marvellous Jimbaran sunset setting the mood. After the fun inclinator ride down you can make your way to the seafood bar where all the fresh seafood is on display for you to pick your fancy. Everything is freshly caught and straight from the fishing boat into the hands of these experienced chefs. Kisik Restaurant even has a pier with tables right at the edge for a truly romantic and unforgettable dining experience.
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If you’re looking for a truly magical experience Merlin’s Magic is the place for you as one of the most unique restaurants in Bali. Step foot into a place that looks like it came straight from a mystical fairytale with trees and plants spread throughout the place and lots of mystical wonders everywhere. Everything here is in theme for a truly magical night. Even the food, with every dish and drink decorated to match the fairytale vibe. Merlin’s Magic also has an extraordinary option where you don’t choose your food, the food chooses you! With the Oracle Experience tarot cards, each guest picks 3 cards and receives clarity regarding their past, present and future, while The Oracle suggests the perfect set menu for that day including a starter main and dessert. Our advice is to put your faith in The Oracle because there are so many delicious plates to try here.
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Karen’s Diner is building quite the reputation for being the world’s rudest restaurant. Don’t be surprised when you’re greeted by the waitress sticking out her middle finger to you! This chain has recently opened up a venue in Bali. Karens Diner prides itself in giving you the worst service, so why would you want to go here? It is heaps of fun! The service is deliberately rude and opposite from everything you’re used to (especially in Bali with its warm hospitality) and the whole experience will make you laugh your ass off. Every Karen is auditioned to test their best roasting skills and quick wit. As a guest at Karen’s Diner, you will hear original insults you’ve never heard before. It’s cathartic and fun and offers a very different experience than all the fine dining places. On top of that, the burgers are really good! So if you wanna try out the worst service you’ll ever get in Bali, head to Karen’s diner for a fun night.
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Frankensteins Laboratory Bali
If you like scary stuff you need to visit Frankensteins Laboratory. At this creepy restaurant, it’s Halloween everyday of the year. Here you’ll find zombies, mummies, monsters and vampires, this place is not for the faint of heart. All the food and drinks are served with a scary twist and you can get your face painted so you fit in with the rest of the zombies! Boasting massive burgers and drinks served in syringes and IV bags there are heaps to enjoy but this place is not only for eating. Sit tight because every night of the week there are 5 different horror cabaret shows! Whether it’s a terrifying Tuesday or a scary Saturday, every day of the week is a good choice for some creepiness! There are kid-friendly shows earlier in the night, and 13+ shows later on and the shows are all free to enjoy with a drink and your food.
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Sa’Mesa is a unique authentic Italian restaurant bringing real Italian family vibes to Bali. The concept of Sa’Mesa is based on “La Nonna Carmella”, an Italian grandmother who invites everyone over for a big dinner. Every guest at this restaurant sits at the same table! A total of about 18 dishes served over several courses make their way to the large table. Take a seat, get to know new people and embrace the slow Italian way of dining. Everyone will get the chance to try out each of the delicious dishes. Of course, you can come here with a large group and enjoy an amazing night together, but you can just as well come along and socialise at the table. You pay a set price for the whole menu with free-flow limoncellos included to liven up the atmosphere. Don’t worry if you have any allergies, their talented chefs can substitute any food items you cannot handle. At Sa’Mesa the motto is: “Come in as strangers, leave as friends.”
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Looking for a fine dining experience in a setting that truly sets itself apart? How about one that’s been in the making for tens of thousands of years? Introducing The Cave – a beautiful restaurant built in a subterranean cave that was discovered in 2013. Here you can try the 7 or 10-course menu designed by renowned chef Ryan Clift. The combination of this astonishing ambience and the spectacular menu will stimulate all your senses. You can put on a helmet and go on a little exploration of the natural beauty of The Cave, or just stay seated and enjoy the stunning surroundings while patterns are projected onto the cave walls in between courses.
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La Favela is a place well known for their amazing parties as many people come here to dance the night away with great drinks in a stunning, Mexico and Brazil-inspired setting. This venue features impressive indoor and outdoor areas including a model of the Christ the Redeemer statue. But lesser known is that La Favela also has a unique Latin-inspired restaurant, as well as unique private rooms where a butler will bring all your food and drinks. This is the perfect place to enjoy a mouthwatering steak or tapas with friends before hitting the club later in the night.
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Tsavo Lion at Bali Safari Park
At Tsavo Lion in Bali Safari Park, they take dining to a new unique location. Here you can enjoy a 5-star meal inside a lion’s den! At this Africa-themed restaurant, you can enjoy your food while observing how the lions socialize with each other making for a truly unique culinary experience. We recommend checking out the Safari Park before visiting the restaurant as they have over 100 species and they’re one of the leading wildlife conservations in Indonesia! Check out some of the rare animals and then have a delicious meal right in the middle of the lion’s den. Don’t be surprised when you come out from the bathroom to have a lion staring directly at you while you’re using the basin…with just the glass in between the two of you!
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Mexicola is another place with a lively party vibe perfect for making wild memories. But Motel Mexicola has much more to offer than just the fiestas. This colourful piece of Mexico in Bali only turns into a nightclub at 10 pm. Before this time it’s an excellent place to enjoy your lunch or dinner serving all the best specialties Mexico has to offer. And the lively Mexican vibes are present throughout the day so don’t be shy to dance on the table after you’ve tried all the tapas and tacos. At Motel Mexicola there’s always something happening in every corner…and being loud and fun are strongly encouraged!
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We hope this list has inspired you to dine with a difference with the most unique restaurants during your time in Bali! There’s nothing like adding to your core memories with a fun Bali experience. For those of your who take your food seriously, you are also going to want to check out our Not-to-be-missed Dining Experiences in Bali article too.
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