Where is the most underrated spot in Bali you ask? It has to be Jimbaran!
Jimbaran has a mellow sandy beach which is good for swimming and is home to plenty of resorts and hotels, restaurants, cafes and shopping. You just need to know where to go. Not only is everything you need already there, but it is also a stone’s throw from Denpasar airport and is a great jumping-off point for exploring the stunning beaches of the Bukit peninsula and other sites the Southern tip of Bali has to offer. Passing through or staying for a while, here is a roundup of where to eat in Jimbaran, featuring Jimbaran’s top cafes and restaurants that need to be on your to-do list.
This little treasure on the Jimbaran Cliffside has it all. Views, vibes and very good food and drinks. The versatile menu featuring modern, globally influenced cuisines with ethically sourced ingredients focuses on lighter, vegetable-forward dishes. The wrap-around terrace and indoor and outdoor seating complimented with romantic lighting give Opia a classy edge without a huge price tag. If you are looking to impress with a view, you can’t miss Opia when in Jimbaran.
Within the Asai Village of boutique villas is ASAI Cafe. We love the fresh and clean modern aesthetic of this spot just a stone’s throw from Jimbaran Beach. Their menu is full of tasty meals in generous portions. Their salmon croissant is a delight and it pairs perfectly with their signature Jamu drink, an Indonesian staple for good health.
Looking for a fantastic spot in Jimbaran where you can both relax and be productive? Look no further than Mapogu Bali! This unique spot seamlessly combines a restaurant and coworking space, creating the ideal environment for both digital nomads and diners alike. With their delightful fusion of Asian cuisine and a wide array of refreshing drinks and cocktails, Mapogu Bali offers the perfect blend of delicious food and a productive atmosphere.
Their Cheesy Korean Fried Chicken is a must-try, combining the crispy goodness of fried chicken with a gooey and savoury cheese topping. For those seeking a bit of spice, their Prawn Flatbread offers the perfect combination of succulent prawns and zesty toppings. And with their selection of milkshakes and fancy lattes, there is plenty to satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings. Fully air-conditioned and offering fast WiFi, Mapogu Bali is sure to be the one-stop destination for productivity and culinary bliss.
Address: Jl. Goa Gong No.88x, Jimbaran, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung
WAHAHA is a well-known rib joint in Bali, with the first restaurant opening in Seminyak in 2009. Pork is a staple in Bali, especially for ceremonies and special occasions and this Balinese-owned Restaurant has got pork right. Their signatures are the WAHAHA pork ribs of course and the pork knuckle. The WAHAHA crews pride themselves on warm Balinese hospitality. A great option for families with kids, the restaurant has two floors with indoor and outdoor seating and is within the SAMASTA Jimbaran mall. There is seating for big groups as well as car parking.
Address: SAMASTA, Jl. Wanagiri No.1, Jimbaran, Kecamatan Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Website: WAHAHA Ribs
If comfort food is what you are looking for, Pancious is where it’s at! You will find all the naughty things from waffles to pancakes loaded with ice cream, burgers, pasta and more. This family-friendly restaurant is spacious and handles big groups. You will find satisfying eats and great service at this spot in the heart of Jimbaran!
Unique Rooftop Bar & Restaurant at RIMBA by AYANA
If you are looking for something a little more…. Unique? Unique Rooftop Bar offers a stunning rooftop location within the RIMBA by AYANA complex. Modern Mexican food and international comfort foods can be enjoyed along with views of Jimbaran Bay. On Friday nights there is live music which makes it a great spot for cocktail hour. You are welcome to use their pool while enjoying their delicious food and drinks also! This is the perfect venue to dine while taking in the famous Jimbaran sunset view.
Address: RIMBA by AYANA Bali, Sejahtera, Jl. Karang Mas, Jimbaran
Jimbaran institution Sundara is an exquisite bar, restaurant and pool club all rolled into one. The restaurant has a dinner and lunch sitting, as well as a Sunday Brunch. The menu presents bold and fresh flavours, often inspired by the neighbourhood Jimbaran fish market. The cocktails are uniquely Indonesian and crafted with zero waste in mind. Sundara Beach Club is nice for a little bit of luxury while you lap up the Bali sun. Order some nibbles and drinks to your private Cabana and spend the day slipping in and out of their 57m swimming pool. Parents take note- there is a kid’s club with plenty of fun kids activities so you can enjoy some food and drink.
Kisik Seafood Bar & Grill at AYANA Resort
Fresh locally sourced seafood awaits you at Kisik restaurant. Located beachfront within the AYANA Resort complex, the views and ambience don’t get much better than this. You will dine with your toes in the sand much like the other Jimbaran Seafood restaurants located on Jimbaran beach, but you will taste the difference in the dishes expertly prepared by the AYANA’s culinary team. Catch of the day and seafood market-style dining are available. Fresh seafood complemented with Indonesian flavours, sounds of crashing waves and views of the beach, Ocean Beach Pool and Kisik Pier making this dining experience slightly more exclusive than other seafood restaurants in Jimbaran.
Cuca is all about inventive cooking using the freshest locally sourced ingredients from all across Indonesia. Known for their inventive tapas, cocktails and desserts all crafted with a focus on intense taste, this award-winning restaurant is a casual meets fine dining experience you want on your Bali bucket list, even if you are not staying in Jimbaran! Dietary requirements are no problem here either, everyone gets to enjoy the amazing delights of Cuca, just let the team here know of your requirements and they will take care of the rest. Whether you head here to try a few tapas, or indulge of in the full Chef’s tasting meal (recommended!!), there is good reason why Cuca makes it to one of our not to be missed dining destinations in Bai list!
Scusa Restaurant at AYANA Segara
Located on the lower floor of the AYANA Segara Bali, Scuca is known for its exquisite Mediterranean flavours. The kitchen team is led by an experienced Italian chef so the menu covers authentic Italian dishes from meat to seafood to soups and pasta. All complimented by a world-class wine list, this stunning restaurant with a breezy terrace lounge is the perfect spot for a romantic date. After all, nothing says romance like the taste of Italy!
Address: 647R+55, Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali
Instagram: Scusa Restaurant
This modern Italian eatery has an extensive menu that changes seasonally to celebrate the Italian tradition of cooking seasonal specialties. PEPeNERO reinvents fresh pastas with delicious sauces and of course, the pizzas are perfectly crackly-crusted. PEPeNERO is a spot you will want to share with your friends and is an ideal spot for groups.
Oil & Vinegar
New to Jimbaran and making its mark, Oil & Vinegar is a complete farm-to-table dining experience. Sourcing vegetables, meats, cheeses, seafoods and salts from organic and sustainable suppliers across the island, Oil & Vinegar serves up all of your favourite comfort food with a gourmet edge. Soups, salads, sandwiches, tapas, grazing boards and more all await you! Best still you can also purchase cheeses, breads, chutneys, meats and more to take home with you too. Why not also indulge in some craft beer or their delicious wine selection while you’re there too for a complete experience. If you don’t feel like leaving your accommodation, you can also order their food on the Grab app to be delivered directly to your door.
With this handy list of Jimbaran eateries in hand, we are certain you will find Jimbaran to be as much of a hidden gem as we do! If you want to know more about this area of Bali, check out our Jimbaran guide here!
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