Step aside Paris, London, Tokyo and New York – Bali is taking the spotlight to redefine the global culinary scene, as a premier fine dining destination.
The Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Bali
The restaurant vibe on the island of the gods isn’t just world-class, it’s super classy! Fine dining in Bali is levelling up all the time, with the hottest chefs and restaurateurs from around the world flocking to the island, bringing their innovative new concepts for restaurants and degustation style dining.
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, or you are a serious foodie looking to add another notch to your fine dining belt, Bali is the perfect opportunity to get dressed up and practise the language of gastronomy in a sophisticated and stylish setting. But fine dining isn’t ALL about haute cuisine – it’s the combination of ambiance and service, as well as plenty of tantalising tasting menus. You will find luxe decor, incredible attention to detail and of course a high standard of service from expert staff giving you an all-round exquisite dining experience. Just make sure you are well suited and booted when visiting these fine dining Bali establishments – leave your Bintang t-shirt and flip flops at home!
5-star restaurants can be found all over the island, so we have broken down the best fine dining destinations in Bali, neighbourhood by neighbourhood. Let the gastronomic adventure begin!
Merah Putih, meaning ‘Red and White’, refers to the colours of the Indonesian flag. At this fine dining restaurant in Seminyak, you will uncover an Indonesian dining experience like no other. Traditional flavours and spices from all around the archipelago are curated to form modern and mouth watering cuisine that exceeds anything you have seen in Indonesia. You will even find street food flavours adapted to 5-star dishes, all served under the cathedral-esque ceiling and sky high indoor palm trees. Merah Putih is a real bucket list destination for any foodie when visiting Bali, as you won’t find cuisine like this anywhere else in the world. Their 4-course tasting dinner menu showcases the very best of their dishes and they can even cater to vegan and gluten-free dietary requirements.
This sophisticated Petitenget establishment is a modern steakhouse with a sprinkling of Korean flare. Chef Joel Si Jin hand selects the most exquisite cuts of meat from all around the world, skillfully applying traditional Korean and Japanese techniques that will leave you with a long lasting impression of tender cuts and exotic flavours. Their premium dry aged and wet aged meats are sourced from all corners of the globe, and cooked on special smokeless grills at each table. They also have starters and sharing plates to compliment the impeccable cuts of meat, ensuring a memorable fine dining experience in Bali.
Address: Jl. Petitenget No.100, Seminyak
Curated with the Chef’s hometown Puglia in mind, Italian Chef Maurizio Bombini began his legendary culinary journey at his parent’s restaurant on the shores of the Adriatic sea. There is a tempting signature tasting menu, discovery tasting menu, as well as an à-la-carte menu to choose from, meaning that you can keep returning to MAURI and sampling Chef Maurizio’s unique cooking style. Each dish is presented to perfection and compliments the restaurant’s Italian-inspired decor. As you savour each bite, the Puglian roots of MAURI will weave seamlessly throughout this exceptional dining experience. Of course, there is also an impressive wine list available featuring a wide variety of Italian wines, with options for wine pairing. For something a little more up close and personal, you can even book a private tasting with Maurizio at the Chef’s counter. MAURI is a 5-star restaurant in Bali that has been recognised with many awards of excellence celebrating its commitment to epicurean brilliance. A true culinary symphony!
Kayuputi – St Regis Bali Resort
Address: Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua
Set against the mesmerising backdrop of the Indian Ocean at Nusa Dua Beach, Kayuputi has been a key player in Bali’s fine dining scene for many years – and rightly so! The team at Kayuputi have masterfully fused Western and Eastern dishes to create what they call ‘Pan-Asian haute cuisine’. Their 8-course degustation menu is ALMOST too good to be true, using the freshest ingredients from the land and sea, cooked with masterful precision to create one of the best fine dining experiences in Bali. Their wine list has won awards 11 years in a row from Wine Spectator! So if you are looking to try one of the finest 5-star restaurants in Bali, Kayuputi is A++ for top notch food, premium wines and perfect ocean views.
Izakaya by Oku at The Apurva Kempinski Bali
Address: Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Sawangan
An authentic Japanese atelier with a contemporary twist, Izakaya by OKU at the Apurva Kempinski offers two special ‘Omakase’ menus offering 5 and 6-courses. Their menu consists of classic Izakaya dishes with a fine dining edge, incorporating premium ingredients like wagyu beef, caviar, toro sashimi and lobster. Presentation is key for all Japanese cuisine, and Chef Shunji has mastered the art of presentation for each of his dishes. Even their bento (often reserved for more casual style dining) has been meticulously imagined, offering the opportunity to savour several signatures from the menu, featuring captivating dishes crafted from luxurious ingredients. It wouldn’t be customary to sample these Japanese delicacies without some sake, and Izakaya by OKU has an impressive selection featuring many different varieties of sake, unparalleled to any other restaurant in Bali.
Address: Jl. Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran
It’s not often you can enjoy fine dining in a casual atmosphere like at Cuca, but being a little ‘out of the box’ is what this fine dining restaurant in Jimbaran is all about. Cuca isn’t your average formal 5-star restaurant, their dining room area is full of vibrant pops of colour, matching their playful and unconventional approach to dining. The concept is to bring together the finest ingredients from across Indonesia to be shared and enjoyed amongst friends and family, showcasing traditional comfort foods with unexpected tropical flavours. A leader in gastronomy and fine dining within SouthEast Asia, Cuca’s ‘Tasting Meal’ is made for sharing, offering a more interactive and unique approach to the classic chef’s tasting menu.
The Cave by Chef Ryan Clift at The Edge
Most definitely the most impressive and unique setting for fine dining in Bali, The Cave is set within a natural underground cavern that was discovered in 2013, during the construction of a villa. Chef Ryan Clift has created a 7-course and 10-course degustation menu with optional wine or cocktail pairings to accompany each course. The gastronomy is as stellar as the remarkable underground ambience, ensuring both the flavours and the setting shine in unison. Converting a historic cave into a modern dining room is no easy feat, but The Cave’s team have incorporated luxury dining harmoniously alongside the impressive natural cave – stalactites and all! Not only that, The Cave, along with Ryan Clift’s modern gastronomy skills, has clinched an award for its exceptional contributions to the realm of luxury fine dining. Prepare yourself for a culinary journey that goes deeper than any cave exploration!
Il Ristorante, Bulgari Resort
Il Ristorante – Luca Fantin, is an Italian haven that is sure to whet the appetite of any hardcore foodie partial to the exquisite flavours of Italian cuisine. Chef Luca Fantin is known to create beautiful dishes by combining ultra fresh ingredients with cutting edge techniques, producing lighter interpretations of traditional Italian recipes. His dishes bring together the contemporary and the authentic, presented as art on a plate. Following in the footsteps of his flagship Il Ristorante branch in the exclusive and trendy Ginza district of Tokyo, Fantin opened his second location at the Bulgari Resort, Bali in 2017. Therefore, it’s no surprise that he has been awarded a Michelin Star, alongside many other accolades – even being named ‘The Best Italian Chef In The World’! His ‘Menù Degustazione’ features high end ingredients from around the globe, complemented by an exquisite selection of fine wines, mostly hailing from Italy – Saluti!
BLANCO par Mandif
This fine dining institution, created by Chef Mandif Warokka, is fittingly located at the Don Antonio Blanco museum in Ubud. One of the most talented chefs to come from Indonesia, Chef Mandif uses incredible craftsmanship to create superbly presented dishes. His menu showcases Indonesian dishes like never before – degustation style. His vision is to put Indonesian heritage cuisine on the international culinary map, and at BLANCO Par Mandif all of these delicious dishes are served with a large helping of warm Balinese hospitality. Already having won prestigious awards such as ‘Best Chef In Bali’ and ‘Best Restaurateur’, Chef Mandif is famous throughout SouthEast Asia, having appeared on Indonesian television shows like Indonesian Masterchef and Hell’s Kitchen.
The Locavore group is renowned for their dynamic restaurants and innovative and edgy menus, with the hugely celebrated and award-winning Locavore restaurant having consistently been featured in the top 10 restaurants in Bali, as well as the top 50 restaurants in Asia. Recently it closed to give way to a bigger and better project – Locavore NXT. The philosophy is still the same, but in true Locavore style, they are taking things up a notch. From the meticulous sourcing of their ingredients, to experimenting with flavours and epic collaborations, these guys define what they do as nothing short of a food rebellion, and a far cry from the conventions of classic fine dining! Opening on the 24th of December 2023, we can’t wait to see what Locavore NXT will do next! One thing is for certain, it will follow in the footsteps of Locavore’s legacy with an unwavering commitment to creating unforgettable and sustainable dining experiences.
Kokokan, Kappa Senses Ubud
Rice field views come together with semi-gastronomy degustation at Kokokan, Kappa Senses Ubud. It’s all about traditional, rich ingredients infused with the latest techniques to create cuisine the likes of which you have never experienced before! You will notice a distinct French spin on the menu, with the 3, 4 and 6-course degustation menu, including classic Parisian dishes such as foie gras and frog legs. Captivating in presentation, each dish at Kokokan contributes to a highly sensory fine dining experience, complemented by breathtaking views of the surrounding rice fields. It’s easy to see why Kokokan stands as one of Bali’s premier fine dining destinations!
Apéritif at Viceroy
Apéritif is an elegant 1920’s inspired fine dining restaurant in Ubud with a culinary team led by Chef Nic Vanderbeeken. The restaurant itself oozes grandeur, with black and white checkerboard marble floors and art deco style lighting. It’s the perfect destination for a romantic dinner or special occasion, as the restaurant impresses in every way. An opulent restaurant calls for an opulent menu, and the global gastronomy on offer at Apéritif is nothing short of luxurious. You will feel like you are a world away from Bali, except for the subtle hints of flavours from the Spice Islands expertly combined with modern European culinary techniques, showcasing locally and globally sourced ingredients.Their sommelier is always close at hand to expertly recommend perfect food and wine pairings which are guaranteed to perform a delightful tango on your tastebuds.
Showcasing some of Bali’s best gastronomy, Mozaic Restaurant plays with Asian flavours to create fine dining with a unique twist. Chef Chris Salans has been a prominent figure in Bali’s culinary scene for many years, recently bringing Chef Blake Thornley onboard to infuse his own distinctive blend into the fine dining experience. Choose from their seasonal degustation menu, botanical degustation menu or the exclusive Chef’s table degustation experience – the latter offers an up-close and personal dinner with the chef and his team while they showcase their culinary skills live!
Got a sweet tooth? Room4Dessert is a whimsical concept created by Chef Will Godfarb where desserts are the star of the show! Their 21-course tasting menu comes with 5-courses of savoury ‘snacks’, after which the sweet dishes take centre stage. Indulge in 5-courses of desserts, followed by 5-courses of petit fours complete with wine and cocktail pairings, expertly balancing the sweet flavours of the dessert dishes. Room4Dessert also has their very own ‘apothecary’ or garden where they source all of the botanicals which are incorporated into their tempting treats! Taking a hands-on approach, the team personally tends to the garden, meticulously managing conditions to ensure the produce is not only aromatic, but also sustainable. They’ve even implemented a water treatment system, designed to minimise their carbon footprint. Not only good for the palate, but also good for the planet!
Kubu at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Kubu Restaurant blends the essence of fine dining and the beauty of nature within the extraordinary thatched bamboo structure of its riverside location in Ubud. Enjoy your dining experience nestled amongst private bamboo cocoons set alongside the banks of the Ayung River, with the soothing sounds of the river setting the scene for a host of Mediterranean inspired gastronomy. The 11-course degustation menu offers an alluring range of flavours and ingredients, which have been expertly prepared to create classic dishes with a contemporary twist. The courses pair perfectly, not only with the wine, but also the natural surroundings to create a truly unforgettable meal.
Whether you’re into fusion delights, classic European fare, or totally out-of-the-box degustation experiences, this list of fine dining restaurants in Bali will have die-hard foodies rushing to secure table reservations faster than you can say ‘Gastronomy’. Bon Appétit!
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