Ubud has a wide and varied selection of restaurants that cater to every taste. Ever since Julia Roberts put Ubud on the map with ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ tourists have been flocking to this small town in the uplands of Bali. I recently returned for my second visit to compile a list of the best restaurants in Ubud.
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8 Best Restaurants in Ubud, Bali
Blanco par Mandif
Jalan Raya Tjampuhan Museum Blanco Complex // +62 361 4792284
Blanco par Mandif rivals any Michelin star restaurant I’ve ever tried. The small restaurant serves a maximum of ten patrons per seating, so you will definitely need a reservation. The menu highlights Indonesian flavors using only the freshest local ingredients.
We opted for the nine-course dinner with pairings. It was fascinating to watch the dishes come to life before us from our seats, which all face the kitchen. The mixologist is an expert as well. I would have never thought to combine some of the complicated flavors in the way he did, but every one of the pairings worked.
An amazing concept is nothing without skilled chefs to advance the idea. The chefs in Blanco par Mandif’s kitchen are all experts. The delicate plating was done with expert precision. The dishes are literal artwork, and you wonder how something so delicate and perfectly presented could contain so much flavor.
Course after course, we constantly tried to reevaluate our favorite, but it was too difficult. Each course was truly incredible.
The service at Blanco par Mandif is also exceptional. Our servers were always nearby, but never intrusive. They would deliver plates with a short introduction to each dish. When the staff found out we were celebrating a friend’s birthday, they went out of their way to make the night truly memorable.
As it’s fine dining, the dinner was definitely a bit of a splurge, but incredibly worth it. It stands as not only one of the best meals I’ve ever had, but also one of the most memorable. definitely one of the best restaurants in Ubud.
Jalan Raya Penestanan Kaja // +62 361 973034
Cafe Vespa is located beyond the main part of Ubud, but it’s well worth the visit. This was one of the few places I visited more than once during my stay in Ubud.
The large menu predominantly features healthy choices, but there are several burger and fish and chip selections to satisfy your less healthy cravings as well.
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Jl. Dewisita // +62 361-908-1843
Of course, I was going to seek out Mexican food while in Ubud. Cantina has a small but phenomenal menu. All of the ingredients are fresh, and the tortillas are homemade, which is a rare feature to find in most parts of Asia. I also really loved the open kitchen concept. We were able to not only watch the chef prepare our meal, but also chat with him while he assembled dishes.
Black Beach Italian
Jl. Hanoman 5 // +62 036 197 1353
I was surprised to find a great Italian dinner in Ubud. This gnocchi dish was simple but had a ton of fresh flavor. Black Beach uses fresh, organic ingredients and prefers a light cooking technique. In addition, Black Beach makes their own pizza dough in-house daily.
Jl. Raya Sayan No.70 // +62 361 479 2592
The Sayan House features a Japanese/Latin American fusion concept. It was my first introduction to these flavor pairings, and I can’t wait to try more. My personal favorite was the sashimi tacos served with wasabi.
I always mention how I’m not a dessert person, but my friend was crazy for the churros they served at the end of our meal. They were served hot on a bed of ice cream with powdered sugar sprinkled over the top.
I also can’t fail to mention the insane view you get with your dinner at The Sayan House. The dramatic view overlooks the Sayan Gorge. Definitely come for sunset cocktails and stay for dinner like we did.
Spice by Chris Salans
Jalan Raya Ubud No. 23 // +62 361 4792420
Also featured in my ‘Where to Eat in Sanur‘ guide, when I learned Spice had a second location in Ubud, I knew I had to check it out. This location has a less formal, more modern cafe feel to it, but their food is just as great as their first location.
Applying French cooking techniques to fresh, locally sourced ingredients, the concept has been a hit in Bali. The group is currently expanding soon with a third location.
Babi Guling Ibu Oka
Jalan Tegal Sari No. 2 // +62 623 61976345
Don’t be mistaken by how simple this plate of food appears– looks can be deceiving. Babi guling is a typical local dish of spit-roasted suckling pig. This restaurant was made famous by a visit from Anthony Bourdain, who declared it, at that time, the best pig he had ever had. Since then, Mr. Bourdain has declared Lechon his favorite. Making Babi one of the best restaurants in Ubud.
Porchetta will always have the top spot in my heart, but babi guling is insanely delicious nonetheless. I love this restaurant because they serve flavorful meat with roasted skin, sausage, rice, and vegetables. Although this place is always crowded with tourists because of its international recognition, you’ll still find locals eating here too.
Jl. Hanoman 44b // 62 361 4792078
Kafe was my first stop when I arrived in Ubud, as it was highly recommended by friends living there, and for good reason. Kafe’s menu is large and impressive, featuring many of your favorite dishes, only made slightly healthier. The restaurant prides itself on using local Bali-harvested and chemical-free produce and provides a wide range of both vegetarian and vegan, raw, gluten-free, macrobiotic, and world cuisine dishes.
The eatery sits in a prime location in the center of Ubud and has a tropical cafe feel to it. This is a great place to bring a book and lounge around as you work your way through the menu, or bring your laptop and catch up on some work.
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There you have it- the best restaurants in Ubud. Which one looked best to you? Let me know in the comments section below.
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Travel writer and owner of the blog. My work has been featured on Fodors, Eater.com, International Living, and Great Escape Publishing, among many others. My story? Nearly six years ago, I left my job at an Oklahoma City law firm and embarked on a journey around the world. At the time, I thought I would only be gone for 6 months, but the more I traveled, the longer my bucket list became. Flashpacker describes how I travel. Rather than traveling as the normal world wise backpacker and staying in hostel dorms, I prefer a more comfortable experience, and typically stay in private rooms, take Ubers instead of taxis, and now use a suitcase instead of a backpack. Foodie, on the other hand, describes one of the key reasons why I travel. I love to pick a central “base camp” and then explore the surrounding area, really immersing myself in the culture and interacting with the people, and enjoying and exploring the food of an area is an essential part of this experience.
Wednesday 7th of August 2019
Wow, this place looks great. I am definitely gonna be there on my next visit.
Friday 15th of March 2019
Nathan, a great article and wonderful pictures, shame you don't have a FaceBook share button!
Monday 18th of March 2019
Thank you! I used to have them but unfortunately they interfere with the ads I installed so I had to yank them down. Feel free to copy and paste the link if you like!
Tuesday 8th of January 2019
I’m going to Ubud in a few days and am quite concerned about Bali Belly from the local water supply. Do you know if the vegetables are washed on filtered water or local water? I really would like to enjoy the food if the region to the maximum without the concern of illness
Tuesday 15th of January 2019
most of the nicer restaurants or restaurants aimed at Westerners will use filtered water. You can always ask your server. I never had any issues! Enjoy your trip!
Thursday 14th of June 2018
I love your article and I'd like to feature some of your recommendations on my Bali article: https://angelinaroundtheworld.com/bali/
If you're interested in collaborating just send me an email and we'll make it happen!
Love, Angelina DiGivanni.
Sunday 11th of March 2018
WOW what great reviews. I will be visiting Ubud this July and can't wait to try some of your recommendations.
Monday 12th of March 2018
Please let me know what you think of them after you try them!