These best Balinese restaurants in Legian let you briefly cut loose from the exciting nightlife scenes this popular beach resort north of Kuta is best known for, and experience a wealth of authentic dishes that are too good to miss during your holiday in Bali. These establishments all feature popular Balinese and Indonesian dishes, together with signature specialities and derivatives as well.
From small warungs or small locally run roadside stalls, to modern restaurants presenting local fare, Legian has quite a variety. And they don’t always necessarily cater to a local clientele, as some have gained a popular following even among expats and curious visitors to Legian looking for something different to spice up and highlight their time on the island. With clean settings, good quality food and at cheap to mid-range prices, let these great local restaurants in Legian introduce you to your next newly acquired tastes.
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Kori Restaurant and Bar is a garden restaurant on the popular backpacking side road of Poppies Lane, which is practically connects Kuta and Legian, and where you can enjoy a large variety of Asian and international cuisine in cool and relaxed settings. The restaurant allows you to escape from the heat and hubbub of ‘Downtown Legian’ and is a good option if you’re up for trying out some authentic Balinese or Indonesian dishes while in the neighbourhood. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00-24:00
- Location: Jalan Legian, Poppies Lane II, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361) 758 605
The Kopi Pot serves great local and Indonesian dishes together with international selections, set in lush Balinese gardens that offer a retreat from the bustling Legian main road. Besides being a good place to sip some Balinese coffee or an ice cold Bintang, their lunch and dinner menus introduce you to delicious dishes such as Javanese 'tongseng kambing' spicy lamb stew, crispy deep-fried duck, ayam betutu slow-cooked chicken, nasi campur mixed rice plate, and a host of homemade traditional desserts. Indonesian selections range between USD 3 and 5 (IDR 39,000-69,000). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 24:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 752 614
Open since 1969 with very humble beginnings, Made’s Warung started off as a warung in its traditional sense and has rapidly grown into the sociable dining and hangout venue that it is now, increasingly popular among domestic and international visitors to Kuta. Although it has evolved much into a modern restaurant, the menu sticks to its local roots, serving a wide variety of local dishes such as gado-gado, nasi campur, and a variety of meat satays.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 24:00
- Location: Jalan Pantai Kuta, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0) 361 755 297
Bale Udang Mang Engking
This is the only dining spot in the urban area of Kuta that welcomes you to dine in ‘floating’ thatch-roofed pavilions set over an artificial lake filled with carp and tilapia. The varied menu is mostly Sundanese style, with prawn among its speciality highlights prepared in a wide variety of ways and with spicy sauces of different hotness levels to suit your taste. Of course, there are meat grills and bite-sized snacks as well.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
- Location: Jalan Nakula 88, Sunset Road, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 8947 119
A tucked-away dining spot but which is very popular among Kuta backpackers is Warung Malang on Jalan Patimura. Its menu is thick and varied, covering Indonesian-Chinese favourites such as chop suey and nasi goreng with shrimps or chicken, and many stir-fried delights. They have a great roadside seafood grill and have expanded with a steakhouse serving western cuisine.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-23:30
- Location: Jalan Patimura, Kuta
- Tel: 62 (0)361 758638
Part of a local restaurant chain, D’Cost VIP on Sunset Road offers a good selection of seafood and Indonesian favourites served in a cosy air-conditioned setting. From grilled ‘honey sauce’ lobsters to fried gourami and Padang style chilli sauce crabs, the price range is only between USD 0.7-21 (IDR 10,000-290,000).
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
- Location: Jalan Sunset Road no.6, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 766 611
Rumah Makan Kedaton
For a good variety of local Balinese, Javanese and Chinese dishes, head to Kedaton, a local restaurant franchise on the main Jalan Raya Kuta road that is popular among office staff and locals around the area, which is most evident during lunch hours. You can pick morsels to fill up your nasi campur rice plate or choose for their standard portion at USD 2 (IDR 23,000), or choose from their varied a la carte menu with selections such as stir-fried eggplant, oxtail soup and sweet soy sauce fried chicken.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-20:00
- Location: Jalan Raya Kuta no.62/3, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 763 712
Despite its self-promotion as a Thai food spot in Legian, Warung Asia is a good stopover for some local dishes, with Indonesian favourites that include Jakarta style mie ayam or chicken noodles, karedok fresh salad with glass noodles, and the long-time favourite of gado-gado. An Indonesian special fried rice comes with fried egg, prawn crackers and two sticks of chicken satays on top. Prices start from USD 3.5 (IDR 48,000) per dish.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-21:30
- Location: Jalan Werkudara No.5, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 742 0202
Warung Mina Legian
Part of a local Balinese restaurant chain, Warung Mina in Legian specialises in seafood and seafood based Indonesian dishes, with great selections that include fried or grilled gourami and sweet sour sauced prawns. Side dishes that usually accompany a meal include plecing kangkung stir-fried water spinach with spicy sauces and traditional Balinese sauces. Nasi goring fried rice, chicken satays and Chinese-Indonesian favourites such as bakmi egg noodles are among the other varieties (from USD 2.5 or IDR 33,000).
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: Jalan Legian 153B, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 750 504
A hidden gem off the main Legian roads, Warung Kampung offers a cool respite from the heat of the day, with cheap but good quality local dishes the likes of mie goreng fried noodles and sambal fried prawns on the menu. Try their special rendering of nasi goreng fried rice or ayam goring lalapan, a serving of steamed rice with fried chicken and fresh garden vegetables with spicy sambal chilli sauce on the side (USD 1.5 or IDR 18,000).
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
- Location: Jalan Melasti No.20, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)852 3820 5004