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9 Of The Best Restaurants In Seminyak To Feast At In 2024

By Penny Watson
8th Mar 2024

Sure—the sights and sounds of Seminyak can be overwhelming compared to some of the more relaxed coastal corners of Bali, but this bustling hub is serving up some serious spots this year worth the chaos.

Here's 9 of the best restaurants in Seminyak that you need to book a table at in 2024.

Warung Melati

Jl. Nakula 5, Legian

Warung Melati Seminyak Bali authentic rice dishImage credit: Warung Melati | Facebook

One of Seminyak’s best-loved eateries is Warung Melati, known for its healthy, tasty halal food made fresh from market ingredients each morning. It’s served from a simple diner with scooters lined up out the front, a handful of a plastic tables and a glass counter filled with a feast of dishes. The Javanese cuisine, much of it vegetable-based and gluten-free, is cooked by owner-chef Ibu Muji and served by her son Adi. Guests point to the dishes that take their fancy—it might be tahu kecap (tofu with soy sauce), bakwan jagung (crispy corn fritters) ayam sisit (chicken with spicy salsa), or ikan asam pedas (spicy-sour fish). They’re piled onto plates together with yellow or white rice (nasi putih or kuning). Get there around midday for the most choice.

Kaum

51B Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak

Kaum Restaurant Seminyak BaliImage credit: Kaum | Instagram

Potato Head resort is known for doing good things for the planet, and it’s bang-on when it comes to pleasing the palate too. Kaum is its original modern-Indonesian restaurant, a crowd-pleaser that invites guests and visitors at the resort’s renowned beach club to explore an archipelago of native dishes in modern surrounds. Sit indoors or on the smashing outdoor ocean-view deck and indulge in highlights such as a sambal tasting platter (including raw sambal matah and sambal bongkot made from torch ginger flower) followed by babi genyol, a braised pork cheek dish with Balinese spices. Pair it with lemongrass infused cocktails or Kaum’s own turmeric-loaded medicinal jamu drink.

Mama San

Jl. Raya Kerobokan No.135, Kerobokan

Mama San Seminyak restaurant BaliImage credit: Mama San | Instagram

Mama San is a Seminyak stalwart, a much-loved culinary hub for foodies keen to chow down on authentic flavours from across Asia in a modern convivial space. That’s not to say the place stays the same. Last year, Mama San extended into the space next door to create an expanded (and a little more stylish) lunch and dinner dining room with an open-kitchen emphasis on grilled dishes such as grilled king prawns and fiery thigh chicken and wood-fired pork tomahawk. More recently, the upstairs Supper Club opened for swanky group dinners that promise whiskey-based digestifs into the wee hours.

The Long Table

John Hardy Seminyak, Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan

John Hardy The Long Table Semiyak Bali restaurantImage credit: John Hardy | Instagram

Want to treat the extended family to a special dinner like you’re some kind of Indonesian Godfather? The Long Table at John Hardy Seminyak is the place. This recent addition to the Seminyak street scene is traditionally built with all the style and sensibility of a contemporary build. Upstairs, the famed Bali brand has curated an exquisite gallery for showcasing Bali’s intriguing creative sustainability enterprises alongside their own handcrafted jewellery designs. Shop the iconic bamboo, naga and chain link collections. When you’re done, it’s cocktails at Jamu Bar to help celebrate any special purchases before heading downstairs to the Long Table, serving twists on Indonesian family favourites including a dessert of es campur, the Javanese street food tradition of mixing shaved ice with jellies, fruits and syrups. Bookings essential.

La Lucciola

Jl. Kayu Ayu, Seminyak

La Lucciola Seminyak Bali verandah tableImage credit: La Lucciola | Website

Nabbing a beachfront dinner table at famed La Lucciola is like a rite of passage in Seminyak. The open-sided, grass-topped bamboo pavilion has pride of place on Petitenget Beach and a following of Italian food fans who have come to know that the fare will be as reliably good as the ocean views. Sit in cane chairs to peruse a menu that promises all the favourites including stuffed zucchini flowers, king prawn and calamari fritti, tiger prawn linguini, and chicken breast with mascarpone and rosemary. If you’re lucky you’ll be perfectly positioned to snap the perfect shot of your cocktail, a silhouetted row of coconuts, and the setting sun. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily.

Fed by Made

Jl. Kunti I, no. 117, Seminyak

Fed by Made kitchen Seminyak BaliImage credit: Fed by Made | Instagram

When foodie peeps are talking emerging local talent, there’s one restaurant that never fails to enter the conversation—Fed by Made. Chef Made Dhanu is a Seminyak local who cites Melbourne’s Fitzroy food scene as his inspiration. Along with his two co-founders, all of them Balinese and not yet 30, Made has devised a restaurant with a small set share menu that changes every four weeks. The concept is working. Fed’s, with its tiled open-kitchen and simple interior, is booked out most opening nights (Thursday to Sunday) with a lively crowd revelling in the fare. The menus don’t give much away. The latest features raw fish with fermented rambutan, glazed pork leg with onion agrodolce, and potato with tomato and watercress. But if the menu starter—freshly baked bread served with in-house seaweed butter—is anything to go by, it will be pretty good.

Dome

Desa Potato Head, Jl. Petitenget No.51B, Seminyak

Dome Potato Head Seminyak Bali restaurantImage credit: Dome | Instagram

The futuristic curve-topped restaurant site under Potato Head’s oceanfront suites has become home to Dome, the quirky space’s best iteration to date. The natural food and wine bar has had a casual makeover making it a cruisy place for casual dining or a mingle on the couches with DJ tunes in the background.  The grazing menu has small dishes of exceptional quality and technique including an unforgettable oyster topped with beef tartare, and octopus croquettes with aioli. Of the natural wines, Bali’s own Lazarus Pulp sparkling is a gamechanger.

Mauri

Jl. Petitenget, no. 100, Seminyak

Mauri Restaurant Seminyak BaliImage credit: Mauri | Instagram

Fine dining restaurants are rare in Bali, fine dining Italian restaurants are even rarer. Headed up by talented chef-owner Maurizio Bombini, Mauri is an homage to the wunderkind’s Italian hometown of Puglia both in décor and menu. The uber-contemporary space has a stucco façade and a whitewashed two-storey atrium finessed with pale wood and soft terracotta tones. The cuisine similarly mirrors the southern Italian style with clean fresh flavours but with crafty culinary techniques and presentation. Try the 24-months aged Parmigiano cheese ravioli with onion consommé, followed by charcoal lamb rack loin with eggplant, roast artichoke and goat cheese. Tiramisu, affogato, grappa and limoncello come next, naturally.

Motel Mexicola

Jl. Kayu Jati no. 9X, Kerobokan

Motel Mexicola Seminyak Bali restaurantImage credit: Motel Mexicola | Instagram

The original Mexican joint is still dishing out outrageously good authentic Mexican food in a festive atmosphere even after 11 years in business. With its open-sided restaurant and colourful carefree Latino décor, Motel Mexicola is a place for a casual dinner that has more than half a chance of turning into a big night. Binge on classics like guacamole, quesadilla, tacos and tostadas before ordering up bigger plates of aromatic braised duck with green chilli and coriander (carnitas de pato) or braised pork belly with roasted capsicum, tomato, chilli and peanuts (pancita guisada). Pair it with margaritas, mezcal and tequila-based cocktails for a late night or head home to bed with a tummy full of churros—Mexican doughnuts served with caramel, cinnamon and sugar.

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