Written by Junanto Xu
Travelling to Bali on a special occasion with your loved one? Want to dine by the river lit with a hundred candles? Or would you prefer scenic views of the rainforest valley, mountains, and lush green paddy fields? Curious to find out what is dry aged beef or Peruvian cuisine?
If you’re thinking that prices of such a fancy dinner would be crazy, you’re wrong! We’ve discovered 17 romantic restaurants in Bali where you can enjoy a good meal at Rp.170,000 per person (approximately USD 12) or less. To top it off, many of them also come with classy interiors and good service – ticking all your boxes for a romantic date night while being perfectly wallet-friendly at the same time!
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Note: All prices below are subject to 10% government tax with 7.5% service charge unless otherwise stated.
1. Celebrate romance amidst nature: Sayan House
This quaint little restaurant overlooking the Ayung River is a popular spot for private receptions, and we can really see why.
On a day when you’re supposed to feel like you’re on top of the world, what could be better than literally being on top of the world?
The Sayan House will speak to the nature lover in you, with its signature view of forests, rice fields and the rushing waters of the sacred Ayung River below.
Enjoy a romantic dinner with your loved one while watching the sun set over the valley, or hang some fairy lights on the trees and watch the place come alive as a fairytale wedding setting.
Better yet, The Sayan House has some pretty amazing contemporary and unique Asian dishes up for grabs.
Try out their Crispy King Prawn & Avocado Maki, and the Salmon Carpaccio too! There are also fusion dishes like Babi Guling Sushi – if you’re fond of trying out new things, you won’t be disappointed.
2. Sit for a high-end dining experience perched ledge-side a quarry – Opia Bali
This dining establishment located in Jimbaran prides itself as a unique destination for travellers visiting the island – Opia Bali offers exquisite international dishes with a modern Asian touch from ingredients and other produce sourced locally.
While nestled in an extraordinary setting, you can dig into seasonal and artistic meals with excellent local flavours.
Opia delights locals and visitors alike with exceptional dishes and extraordinary flavours with spotlight items ranging from fresh meat options such as classic short ribs to sustainably sourced fish and seafood, exciting vegetarian dishes and seasonally-inspired dishes.
The unique luxury dining restaurant features a dazzling menu, which has had Bali’s food critics raving. You are welcome to come in for a date night or a special celebration, cocktail and dinner or anything in between.
Their international menu features small bites, mains and closing plates meticulously prepared and artfully served. These are best accompanied with the restaurant’s brilliant cocktails. While the restaurants excels in all of its food categories, we would strongly recommend their Crispy Soft shell Crab.
Another brilliant spark to Bali’s thriving culinary scene with its upheld high standards, modern setting and magnificent views!
3. Step out of Bali and have a hearty dinner in Greece: Slippery Stone
Find yourselves in Greece when you visit Slippery Stone, a “Greek oasis” where patrons are welcomed to sit back and lounge in elegant Grecian comfort.
Its ethereal settings combine sculpted pillars reminiscent of old Greece, with a dash of greenery and modern comforts.
There’s even a garden ceiling that provides the perfect mix of ‘picnic under the setting sun’ – every nook and cranny of the restaurant screams picture perfect!
Moving on to the food, when in Greece, you can of course expect Greek cuisine! “Diverse and healthy”, enjoy an authentic taste of Greece as everything is homemade the traditional Greek way.
If there’s one thing we love about Greek food, it’s how the simplest of ingredients can come together to create unexpectedly amazing flavours that explode on your tastebuds. From olive oil and olives, to lamb, beef and cheese, and homegrown greens, only quality ingredients are used!
All you need to know is that at Slippery Stone, one can definitely expect a hearty and delicious dinner surrounded by the beauty of Greece.
PS: For the health/weight conscious, no butter or fat is used in the cooking, and all of the meats are trimmed, making them very low in fat!
PPS: Every Sunday, be entertained as you dine with belly dancers, fire dancers and drag queens performing live!
4. On top of the world – The Kampung Café
Eating at Kampung Café will make you feel like you are on top of the world.
The multi-level raised restaurant affords a spectacular view over the treetops, across the planted rice hillside and amazing gardens.
You can see it all from up here, the Sapat River Valley, and acres of beautifully landscaped private gardens.
Kampung Café is part of the Kampung Villas Resort – a private sanctuary of peace and beauty. Owned by a trained Japanese Chef and master woodcarver, his fondness for beautiful wood is obvious.
The Japanese influence can also be seen in the menu – the Tuna Tataki and rice paper rolls are to die for.
There is something for everyone on the Kampung Menu, authentic Indonesian, a touch of Mexican and even some European classics.
The Kampung Café prides itself on great affordable food served with a smile. With a restaurant so clean and simple, all you need to focus on are the amazing views.
The sympathetic and authentically Balinese villas in the resort will also make it feel like you are dining above a real Balinese village.
Exquisite Japanese in a traditional Balinese setting? It’s one crazy combination that surprisingly enough, works perfectly together!
5. Fine dining with vast sunflower fields: Sardine
We know how many restaurants in Bali boast of paddy views, but have you heard of one with sunflower fields, and in Seminyak too?
Sardine used to be one of those fine-dining-with-paddy-views option, but they have recently planted sunflower seeds which have sprung up into happy blossoms that will surely make you smile.
If you prefer to sit indoors (we understand some of you might not like the afternoon heat!), Sardine is located in a vast airy bamboo building, which may be more sculpture than simple structure.
You can also linger at the lounge area and watch the rare white carp in the pond (which are pets, not food, so don’t feel guilty bonding with them).
On the menu, you will find seafood and organic vegetables freshly harvested from the restaurant’s garden. Most mains are on the pricier side but hey, you are here for the overall sunny ambience and view!
Just try not to get too tipsy on the arak cocktails!
P.S. The sunflowers are seasonal, and it takes time for them to mature and bloom when they are planted, so please call the restaurant to check if the flowers are blooming before you head down!
6. Dine by the river valley – Di Abing Restaurant
Looking for the perfect romantic dinner getaway to rekindle the spark in your relationship? You will fall in love with Di Abing Restaurant.
During the day, nature lovers will enjoy dining against the backdrop of the Osh river valley. Feel the warmth of the sun and hear the chirping of the birds as you enjoy your meal in this secret tropical hideout.
When the sun goes down, that’s when the magic happens. It starts to get chilly as mist clouds the valley, while the restaurant is lit with dim lights and a classy ambience.
As you dig in, their Mediterranean and Asian fusion cuisines will not disappoint. We recommend their ribeye steak and bake ratatouille that have always been patrons’ favourites.
7. Nice Nice Rice – Terracotta Restaurant
Get away from the bustle of Ubud town and settle yourself in an expanse of emerald rice fields at the beautiful Terracotta Restaurant.
Rice is a crucial Balinese commodity, so being able to see these active paddy fields is an experience in itself. Watch the fields in various stages of growth and harvest yourself a grand view with the majestic Palms fringing the edges.
The restaurant is housed in a traditional open sided Bale – with the breeze and sounds of nature drifting across the restaurant adding to the already peaceful environment.
The authentic Indonesian cuisine at Terracotta is all beautifully presented and full of mouth-watering flavours.
Enjoy a romantic meal on the terrace as the sun sets across the fields, and feel at one with the nature around you. The Romantic Dinner set menu is a perfect way to spend the evening with a loved one.
Alternatively, why not try a romantic breakfast? Enjoy freshly prepared food and tropical juices as the sun rises over the fields. Watch the workers begin their day in the paddy fields and appreciate how hard the Balinese locals work.
It’s amazing to know that the rice on your plate came from those little rice plants! And for some reason, eating rice whilst surrounded by paddy fields makes it taste extra delicious.
8. A fiery Indonesian romance – Merah Putih
Dining in Merah Putih is about celebrating Indonesian food especially in its communal and convivial sense. Simplified by the owner, the menu is divided into 2 sections: traditional and modern.
Whether you are into the non-fussed traditional Indonesian menu or enjoying a sample of innovative culinary creations in its modern menu, chances are you’ll be in awe of this unbelievably grand and artistic restaurant.
A gorgeous dining space, with sky-high ceilings and penetrating sunlight through its glass walls, the classy ambiance fills the restaurant hall with a glamorous atmosphere.
Merah Putih is not just unlike any other place you’ve ever been in, its beauty is almost unreal.
9. A step into Peru – AYA Street
Do you love art or food, or both? At AYA Street, you can satisfy both loves at the same time.
Here’s how you should spend your time here: First, together with your loved one, feast your eyes on the eclectic global street art – the brainchild of world-renowned artists and you definitely want to snap some couple shots!
Next, head to the terrace or show bar, where you’ll get to witness a mouthwatering performance – watch Chef Gian Carlo as he turns locally produced ingredients into Peruvian fusion cuisine.
Expect the real Peruvian gastronomy experience from the strong multidimensional flavours from the mixture of spices and herbs – essential in authentic Peruvian cuisine.
After your hearty meal, wash it down with few glasses of their unique signature cocktails such as Booty Call (made of pure ginger juice), or if you can’t get enough of the Peruvian flavor, try out Peru’s national drink, Pisco Sour with a twist – the Duck Lips!
10. Fire up your love with Barbacoa
Where would you like to have your premium BBQ dinner? In a rustic yet classy dining spot, or outdoors overlooking vast paddy fields? Guess what, at Barbacoa, you’ll get the best of both worlds.
Established in 2013, Barbacoa has been making the buzz online and we can see why. The building has a large warehouse space with high ceiling, mosaic tiled floors, vintage leather banquettes, and an elegant ambience that spells ‘perfection’.
We recommend dining outdoors, where you can impress your sweetheart with a romantic dinner and a view of the vast paddy fields. Bonus points guaranteed!
As for its food, Barbacoa is inspired by Latin-American style flavours and uses combined firing methods to deliver the best quality meats to your table. Their signature suckling pig is grilled on wood-fire for 8 hours to achieve top-notch results – talk about dedication!
11. Taste exotic 60-day dry aged beef – Salazon
If you are a meat connoisseur (or a serious carnivore), have you heard of dry aged beef?
Nestled in the busy neighborhood of En Vie Lane, Salazon is one of the very rare restaurants in Bali that make dry aged meats, a technique involving aging large cuts of beef for several weeks to months before being cut and prepared into steaks. There’s even a dry aging showroom for you experience this novel culinary art!
Sit by kitchen counter and witness the chef put their culinary skills to the ultimate test. One thing you should definitely order is their longest dry-aged meat, 60 Day Op Rib, which is so juicy and tender it will melt immediately in your mouth. Try out their Baked Bombe Alaska too.
Salazon is ideal for a date night if both you and your sweetheart are meat lovers – it’s surely a unique and memorable fine dining spot in the heart of Bali!
12. Jemme Dining: Luxurious lighting, fabulous food, blindingly bright bling
Founded by a London-based jewellery designer, Jemme is as blingy as you’d expect it to be. The lights are low and romantic, the furniture is velvet, the ambience glamorous, and chandeliers drip from the ceilings.
If that weren’t enough, it’s connected to a jewellery store, so after you’ve eaten and admired the lighting – you can buy some bling for your neck and hand.
Herbs and vegetables at Jemme are organically farmed in Bali to ensure maximum goodness. In spite of this focus on bringing you the best herbs and vegetables, Jemme’s real emphasis is on red meat and seafood.
Get the calamari with green mango salad on the side; lobster and prawn bisque perfectly finished with brandy; steak and chips; and macadamia and apple spring rolls with berry compote.
In addition to the indoor dining area, you can also choose to eat on the patio where you can enjoy the weather and get closer to the adjacent paddy field.
13. Bridges: Food to die for, wine to die for, view to die for
This one is for wine connoisseurs, or for people who like their French food with an Asian twist, or simply want to eat in an unusual place.
Bridges houses Ubud’s only wine bar, and its wine store, aptly named DIVINE, has a vast collection for you to choose from.
But Bridges is likely to leave an impression even before you step into the cellars. Located by a ravine, you can hear the sound of the river rushing by as you eat.
Metis has a superb view of paddy fields and its magic begins its work before you even take a seat for dinner – with a whimsical path leading into the restaurant through pretty gardens with large lotus ponds.
Photo via: Rosanna Faraci
Foie gras enthusiasts will love Metis for this reason alone: it has a fantastic foie gras centric menu. Foie gras terrine, crispy foie gras, yellow fin tuna sushi roll and pan seared foie gras. We’d carry on but we don’t want your keyboard to get wet.
Photo via: P Base, Lady Iron Chef, I Dream Of Bali
Before and after your meal, you can hang out at the al fresco lounge. Live DJs play sets nightly, and there’s a retractable roof to maintain maximum fun even if the weather gets unpredictable.
Photo via: Lady Iron Chef
15. Kajin: An intimate hideaway, complete with Japanese food
Izakaya dining is all the rage now. Why not get it in Bali too?
In addition to the usual sushi and sashimi, be sure to try the cured fish dishes, which are cured in-house. Kajin has a wide selection of sake and wine, and will have something to suit every taste.
Speaking of taste, we recommend the seafood tartare cocktail and beef tataki.
Just stepping into Kajin will put you in the mood. The area above the bar glows under the light of numerous yellow hanging lightbulbs. And its interior is like a treasure box with lacquered wood.
16. Soleil: Come for the Greek architecture, stay for the Mediterranean food
Located in The Mulia, Soleil is surrounded by Greek architecture which gives the whole place a very omnipotent feel – not inappropriate since Bali is the island of the Gods.
17. Mamasan: Asian street food, not walkers
Despite being located in a converted warehouse, Mamasan is more glamorous than grungy.
A mix of 1920s Shanghai and British colonial style elements in this establishment will transport you back to the days – where smoking indoors was allowed and no ever EVER left the house in flip flops.
Photo via: The Style Junkies
Essentially two concepts in one, Mamasan’s first floor is a restaurant, while its upper level is a lounge area, with vintage leather armchairs and chandeliers that whisper gentlemen’s club.
Photo via: Lady Iron Chef, Asia Bars
Founded by the chef behind Sarong, Will Meyrick, Mamasan specializes in a variety of Asian street food given an upscale twist.
When you pay a visit you’ll be able to bite into succulent lamb and pumpkin potstickers; crispy pork hock and roast duck noodles that are definitely not like the usual kind you get at the local hawker centre.
Photo via: Lady Iron Chef, Tan and Brown, The Lux Traveler.