One of the best things about Bali is that every place you visit has its own unique charm, and Sanur, a quaint coastal stretch of beach in Denpasar, is no exception.
If you’re looking to make a home away from home when visiting Bali, Sanur in southeast Bali is one of the best places to do it.
A town in its own right, Sanur has everything, including a notably diverse range of restaurants, bars and cafes. So if it’s a culinary adventure you’re after in Bali, you’ll surely find a wide variety of delicious food in Sanur.
Restaurants in Sanur differ greatly in themes and the type of dining on offer. While there are a number of Sanur restaurants that do fall into the category of ‘fine dining’ in Bali, your overall dining experience will be relaxed, because there’s nothing more peaceful than being able to enjoy a meal along the beachfront of a archetypal Balinese coastal village.
Some of the best restaurants in Sanur dominate the busy beachfront. Here are some of our favourite Sanur restaurants where you can discover an eclectic fusion of foods from traditional Balinese meals to Western inspired ones.
Located on Jl. Duyung, the beach street walkway in Sanur, Lilla Pantai is a friendly family restaurant that has successfully incorporated a number of traditional Balinese features with more modern western ones.
The curved thatching that hangs over the entrance is just as friendly as the staff’s smiles, and anyone who appreciates a synthesis of old and new will surely appreciate the old Balinese black and white photographs that decorate the walls. Traditional lamps have been interplayed with a sleek modern space, and it all goes together remarkably well.
Other than the delicious food and cocktails on offer, you’ll also love the stunning sea views, which everyone dining has thanks to the internal tiered space. For a more romantic setting, dine al fresco outdoors on one of the wooden beachfront tables that sit on the sand.
When visiting Lilla Pantai, go hungry – the portions are both generous in size and affordable. For some of the best traditional Indonesian cuisine with an Italian twist in Sanur, you can’t go wrong here.
Make sure you try the melt-in-the-mouth calamari and the Gado-Gado salad. There’s also an impressive range of Italian inspired dishes, so if you’re looking for a break from your regular nasi goreng, tuck into a bowl of soul-satisfying pasta instead.
You’ll find this beach hut style café directly across the road from the Mercure Resort Sanur. Just a stone’s throw away from the unique Sanur Beach, you’ll love the ambience that the traditional Balinese architecture of thatched roofs offers.
This is al fresco dining in Sanur at its finest. With plenty of space and sprawling beach in front, this is probably one of the best Sanur restaurants for families.
Open from 7 in the morning, you’ll be able to meander to the Art Café from your Sanur villa and feast on a healthy breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs, and freshly squeezed orange juices. Open until 23:00, you’ll also love the atmosphere and friendly welcoming staff that are always wearing huge smiles on their faces.
Indonesian food dominates the menu at Art Café, but with a hint of an Australian influence. Known for its delectable seafood, the tuna and snapper dishes come highly recommended.
You’ll find this luxurious Sanur restaurant in the heart of Jl. Danau Tamblingan. Char Ming is a classic Sanur restaurant that offers guests a sophisticated dining experience.
One thing you’ll notice about Char Ming is its attention to detail. With a distinct Javanese architectural feel to it, you’ll also notice the subtle local Balinese touches with its intricately designed pavilion and sculptures.
Dine indoors or dine alfresco in Char Ming’s lush gardens, which make for a comfortable and relaxed dining setting, and enjoy one of the best meals you’ll eat in Bali.
Char Ming specializes in fusion food with French, Asian and European influences. The shrimp and vermicelli spring rolls are to die for and will surely whet the appetite for some of the delicious mains on offer such as the traditional Indonesian dry curry, Beef Rendang, and the world famous Australian filet steak cooked to your taste and smothered with a creamy mushroom and brandy sauce. Or if you’re looking for the ultimate food experience in Bali, a must-try is a platter for two known as the Rijstaffel, which showcases 10 of Indonesia’s best dishes.
This exclusive Sanur restaurant opens in the evening only, and because of its continued popularity amongst tourists and Sanur expats, advanced bookings are recommended.
Three Monkeys Sanur
If you’re looking for a cosy Sanur restaurant, this urban-style diner with its traditional bamboo décor is located on Jl. Danau Tamblingan.
With a range of hot and cold dishes on the menu, you’ll be able to find soul-satisfying foods from Bali right through to the Middle East. The epitome of casual elegance, The Three Monkeys in Sanur offers an innovative global cuisine mixed with some cool ambient vibes. It’s a Sanur Beach restaurant not to be missed!
With its cool stylish open plan layout, this Sanur diner offers many seating options. Relax and dine under the shady terrace and be hypnotized by the tantalizing smells from the kitchen coupled with the sweet smelling frangipani – it’s a sensory experience that will please all diners whether you’re a group of friends enjoying a casual meal and a glass of wine or a family with young children.
The well thought menu is modern and offers a range of delights from across the globe. Leafy fresh salads, Mediterranean couscous, Turkish flatbread, fresh Italian pasta dishes, and thin crust wood oven baked pizzas are just a few things you’ll find on the menu.
The drinks menu is just as extensive. Kids will love the homemade soda mixes and milkshakes while you can enjoy one of the many fine Australian and New Zealand wines that the restaurant stocks.
The Three Monkeys in Sanur is definitely worth trying if you’re looking for a menu that has something for everyone.
Not too far from the famous Sanur Beach, Massimo is one of the village’s number one restaurants and it features frequently in some of the best restaurants in Bali guides.
Comparable to an open-air Milanese style café with a traditional Balinese garden full of fragrant flowers, Massimo restaurant in Sanur is located on the busy Danau Tamblingan Street.
An Italian restaurant with a clear Balinese flair, you’ll be instantly welcomed by the friendly waiting staff that are ready to make your dining in Sanur a memorable one.
You’ll instantly notice the mouth-watering array of gelato in front, and you’ll soon discover your kids begging to go indoors. If you don’t have time for a sit-down meal and feel like something refreshing, take away some of the best homemade gelato you’ll ever try.
Perfect for every occasion, the restaurant is split into three sections. A daytime favourite spot is in the front leafy garden, which is shaded by a plethora of lush tropical trees and plants. Romantics love the nighttime garden feel, where they can take in the quixotic atmosphere over a beautifully presented candle-lit dinner.
Chef Massimo takes his inspiration from his hometown in the south of Italy. This is Italian food in Bali at its best. Massimo prides himself on his ‘homemade is best’ motto – this Italian restaurant in Sanur even makes its own mozzarella, which is then used to decorate their homemade pizzas, pasta dishes and salads. Using only fresh organic ingredients, you’ll notice the difference in taste when you take your first bite.
And if you’ve got a little bit of room left, the gelato is a must. The chocolate-mint gelato is refreshing and the Smurfs gelato is always a real hit with the kids!
This is perhaps one of Sanur’s best-kept secrets when it comes to the best beach restaurants in Bali. Located right on the beach front and housed in a large open Balinese-style pavilion, Isola Restaurant offers a wide variety of cuisines from around the world, notably Australian, Indonesian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean.
Part of the La Taverna Hotel on the beachfront, you’ll be able to relax on the beach in your private cabana and take in some of the most breathtaking scenery there is while feasting on some fulfilling meals whether it’s a light snack or a full course dinner.
The crunchy potato wedges are divine, the tomato and basis bruschetta refreshing, and the rucola insalata is just right to prepare you for the delights that are about to follow.
For your mains, the homemade gnocchi is a filling and satisfying meal that the whole family will love, or if you’re looking for something a little more daring, the Australian T-bone steak coated in an abundance of fragrant Italian herbs is also worth trying.
Not only will you sample some great food beachside, you’ll also get to witness the legendary sunsets of Sanur, which make for a real romantic setting – it’s worth it just to get that perfect Instagram picture in Sanur!
Warung Coconut Tree
A modern take on the traditional Indonesian warung (family restaurant), Warung Coconut Tree is everything you could want if you’re looking for a cool beachside eatery in Sanur that’s not going to break the bank.
The simple colourful wooden décor is enchanting, and there’s a real old-school beach retro feel to it. The staff is just as pleasant. You’ll immediately be welcomed with a smile and ushered to your table where you’ll be treated like you’re the only guests in the restaurant.
They’ll be quick to recommend some of their signature dishes, all of which are Indonesian-Balinese meals. You haven’t tried Nasi Goreng and Nasi Campur until you’ve sampled it at Warung Coconut Tree!
At Warung Coconut Tree in Sanur, they also specialise in ice-cold drinks, which are just what you need on a hot day. The fresh fruit juices hit the spot, as do the iced coffees if you’re looking for a bit of a caffeine kick. Try the Frozen Café Oreo for a decadent treat; it’s heavenly!
For some of the best pizza on the beach while in Bali, head to La Playa on the beach front of Sanur. There’s nothing like a delicious home cooked oven-baked pizza to keep you going for the rest of the day.
Nestled behind trees and vines, La Playa restaurant in Sanur is a hidden gem when it comes to the best pizza restaurants in Bali. A quintessential beach bar with bamboo and wooden décor, you’ll feel right at home as soon as you step through the open doorways. If you’re looking for a table with a view, make sure you snap up one of the best tables in the restaurant directly on the beach.
It doesn’t matter whether it is breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner you’re after, you’ll surely enjoy a quiet relaxed meal at this local favourite.
Specailising in Indonesian and local Balinese food as well as pizza, the seafood dishes are some of the best most reasonably priced in the whole of Sanur. Dine alone, eat out with friends or family, or enjoy a romantic meal for two right on the Sanur beachfront.
Some favourites amongst the regulars include the Ayam Betutu, a delicious Balinese spicy chicken dish cooked and wrapped in banana leaves and the grilled mixed seafood platter that includes fresh grilled lobster, the catch of the day fish, prawns and calamari covered in a velvety garlic butter sauce.
Word has spread fast about La Playa, so if you want to be guaranteed a seat at peak dining times, make sure you head down to the beachfront a little earlier – it’s a Sanur beach restaurant you can’t miss!
If you’re looking for a quiet place to dine on the Sanur beachfront, Villa Shanti offers a peaceful setting. Shrouded in tropical plants and complemented by pools and the welcoming sea, Villa Shanti is heaven on earth for those looking to get away from the usual tourist traps in Bali.
Villa Shanti specialises in a fusion of Western and Asian dishes. Dine under the temple inspired building or right on the paved beachfront and enjoy some of the best food in Sanur.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll find Villa Shanti Resto, which offers comfort food with a luxurious twist, a place you’ll feel immediately at home.
Tickle your taste buds and start your meal with some golden brown calamari fritters that are melt in the mouth delicious. Or if you’re looking for some bruschetta with a difference, the crusty bread starter topped with fresh marinated seafood and herbs will create a fantastic explosion in the mouth. The house specialties include chicken cordon bleu and grilled spicy snapper.
The drinks list is impressive and runs on for many pages – you’ll be hard pressed when it comes to making a final choice. We recommend Illusion, a refreshing cocktail of vodka, Malibu, midori and pineapple juice. Or if you prefer the classic cocktails, you’ll also be spoiled for choice with Mai Tai, Singapore Sling, Mojito, and Blue Lagoon featuring on the drinks list! It’s the perfect way to start or finish your day!