Best Restaurants and Cafes in Kuta and Legian

Visitors have finally returned to Kuta and Legian. And we’re thrilled to see that the fun and frenetic energy of these original holiday hotspots has returned with them. The streets are bustling with activity and it’s business as usual at the beach. And amongst the familiar dining stalwarts, the neighbourhood has welcomed a handful of exciting new eateries. Hungry? Here’s our guide to the best restaurants and cafes in Kuta and Legian.

Our Pick of Bali’s Best Cafes and Restaurants in Kuta and Legian Area

Whether you’re after pizza perfection, fiery local fare or the best dry-aged steak Rupiah can buy, you’re in the right place. Scroll down to find out where to eat in the Kuta and Legian area with our picks of the best cafes and restaurants the Kuta and Legian area offers.

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Fresh and fragrant Thai food, made from scratch, is what you’ll get at this recently refurbished Legian eatery. It’s owned and operated by Balinese native Wayan Sadi, and has been going strong for 22 years.

The new-look restaurant has a pretty air-conditioned dining room plus a bar lounge and terrace for al fresco dining. And the food is just delicious. From prawn Pad Thai to yellow and green curries and mango sticky rice, the menu showcases classics done well.

Spice Mantraa​

Spice Mantraa Kuta Food
Spice Mantraa Kuta Gosht Dum Pukht Biryani

Innovative Indian cuisine is the order of the day at Spice Mantraa Kuta. More casual than its Seminyak sister outlet, the eclectic menu sees traditional specialties — like clay-oven cooked Chicken Tikka — alongside fusion dishes, like the curried cauliflower arancini. 

The 190-seater restaurant also features an exotic bar menu of cocktails designed to get you in the holiday mood. Mango Mania, anyone? And thanks to its handy location (opposite Discovery Mall) and lunch and beer specials, it’s a favourite with tourists. 

The Coffee Club Foods
The Coffee Club Landscape

Slap bang in the middle of Legian beach road, The Coffee Club serves up brunch classics in a peaceful, plant-filled dining space. The glass roof maximizes natural light, and tropical shrubs and patterned cushions bring coziness.

From all-day breakfasts to pasta galore and healthy grilled salmon, the kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Signatures include the ‘Fat Boy,’ a juicy beef and bacon burger, the river prawn Pad Thai, and the Aussie-style chicken parmigiana. If you’re watching your carbs, there’s a range of hearty salads to choose from, too.

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Azul Beach Club - Bali | Exterior-2

Facing out over palms and beach, this boho-feel beach club is a go-to sundowner spot. The sandy lower deck is perfect for strolling in straight from the ocean, and the Tiki-inspired cocktails are as exotic as the setting. 

Climb the bamboo stairs, and you’ll find an infinity pool, pod-like seating overlooking the sea, and an al fresco dining area. The extensive dinner menu includes fresh seafood, prime meat cuts, handmade pasta, and risotto. If you’re after a show-stopping dish, try the pan-seared Tasmanian salmon, or opt for the crispy Balinese pork belly, cooked low and slow for 12 hours.

Kuta Social Club Live DJ

Occupying the rooftop at Mamaka by Ovolo, this relatively new venue is a go-to for sundowners, seafood, and live DJs. Chef Ben Harrington, previously from Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants, is the man behind the menu, which focuses on fresh, local fish and charcoal grilled dishes.

We love the char grilled king prawns with chilli and garlic. And the charred aubergine with  lemon and mint yoghurt is a great example of how veg dishes don’t have to be boring!  Balinese fruits add zing to the cocktails, which take inspiration from the classics. There’s also an infinity-edged pool with day beds, resident DJs spinning island-inspired sounds, and one seriously dreamy view of Kuta’s sunset. A must visit.

Santorini Greek Restaurant kuta
Santorini Greek Restaurant is one of the best cafes and restaurant in Canggu area

This cute semi-al-fresco corner eatery serves up colourful Greek and Mediterranean food overlooking the hustle and bustle of Poppies Lane. With inviting blue-and-white interiors and a very well-priced menu, this lively taverna is a popular choice with passersby. 

The menu includes light and healthy bites like mezze and Greek salads as well as tasty mixed grills, doner kebabs, and souvlakia. They’re open for breakfast, too — go for the great coffee and Greek omelettes.

The Beach House Legian dining area

Housed within the Away Bali Legian Camakila resort, The Beach House boasts a spectacular setting with an infinity pool and bar. 

With direct beach access, it’s the ideal spot to catch one of Bali’s legendary sunsets. Families and kids are welcome and the menu spotlights local favourites including their signature mie goreng (fried noodles). There’s also regular live music performances — just give them a call for the details.

Tenkai Japanese Nikkei
tenkai japanese nikkei at padma resort legian

Immaculate Japanese presentation meets bold Peruvian flavours at Tenkai, the Nikkei-inspired restaurant at Padma Legian. With its soft lighting, dark wooden latticework, and theatrical teppanyaki grills, eating here is a true sensory experience. And with options to suit vegetarians, coeliacs, and kids, the whole family will be happy here.

Specialities include an array of ceviches, robata anticuchos (Peruvian skewers), and beautifully put together sushi rolls.Or, opt to have prime cuts of beef or seafood flame-grilled in front of you on the sizzling teppanyaki grill. The drinks menu stays on theme with a great selection of sake.

And if you’re a wine lover, you’ll be delighted with the number of premium wines available by the glass.

Makan Place Legian
Makan Place Crispy Pork knuckle

“Makan dulu!” — literally “let’s eat first!” is a phrase you’ll often hear in Indonesia. And it’s this love of sharing food that underpins the concept at Makan Place. Semi al fresco with a bamboo roof, the popular Legian eatery specialises in family-style Balinese fare, but it also does great Asian and Western dishes.

Meat lovers will adore the 800-gram Balinese crackling pork knuckle, while there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly salad bowls. While we always order local, there are plenty of Western dishes too. Juicy burgers, pizzas, and pasta dishes are a few of the options.

% ARABICA Beachwalk Outdoor Sofa

% Arabica, the design-led coffee emporium from Japan, has recently opened doors in Bali. One of four stores in Indonesia, the clean, crisp-white interiors are a reflection of the modern Japanese aesthetic — with a few Bali touches.

Outside, custom-made daybeds are the perfect place to relax with a coffee and Kyoto-inspired bites overlooking the ocean. But none of this detracts from the coffee. The store has a world-leading espresso machine and its own Tornado King small-batch roasting machine. That means you can pick your preferred beans and have them tailor roasted for you on the spot. Now that’s unique!

Final Words

We hope you get to try some of these amazing restaurants and cafes in Kuta and Legian and this guide has been helpful!

You know, everyone has their own preferences, and it is for this very reason that we have made a list of places as broad and varied as possible. We cannot wait to hear your perspective and… bon appetit!

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