Restaurants in the Kuta / Legian Area of Bali

Like many tourist areas around the world, restaurants can come and go with the seasons. Even good and highly regarded restaurants can lose their leases, or have their chefs retire. The list below displays some of the many places we've tried in the Kuta and Legian areas. Entries are dated according to last visit. For more ideas, check out Bali Eats as well as our suggestions for Seminyak restaurants.

Poco Loco
Mexican - Large, open air but rather up-market restaurant and bar along the narrow winding street that runs from Jalan Padma up towards Jalan Double-Six. It's set well back from the street, so if coming by car, keep an eye out for the rather small sign. The decoration is bright primary colors and the staff is friendly. The food was acceptable although much less spicy than I like. There is of course and extensive bar menu featuring many flavored Margaritas. You will probably pay around 50,000 Rupiah (3.00 USD) or more per person, excluding drinks. July 2007
Ristorante Italia
Italian - This large outdoor Italian restaurant sits right on the beach road not far from the Double-Six club, and a few steps away from the Jayakarta Hotel. The restaurant is actually part of another small hotel, and has some indoor seating as well. The extensive menu is naturally focused on seafood dishes, but has something for everyone and even has a few Indonesian and Western dishes. However, it'd be a shame to pass up the featured cuisine, which runs from hand-made pizzas baked in a wood fired oven to pastas and heavier fare. For the quality, the price is reasonable at around 60,000 Rupiah (3.60 USD) or more per person, excluding alcohol. July 2007
Batan Waru
Indonesian - Kuta branch of a rather well known Ubud restaurant. The selection of Indonesian and Balinese food is quite good, although rather expensive for the locals. Expect to pay 100,000 Rupiah (6.00 USD) or more per person, excluding alcohol. On Jalan Kartika Plaza, between the Discovery Mall and Bali Garden Hotel. March 2006
Mexican - Edible but not very remarkable American styled Mexican food. All the standard dishes, including burritos, tacos and fajitas. Not expensive for western fare, at around 60,000 Rupiah (3.60 USD) per person. In Kuta Centre, on the second floor facing Jalan Kartika Plaza. March 2006
Black Canyon
Thai - Branch of the large Thai coffee house chain. Serves very authentic Thai cuisine, along with a large selection of coffees and other drinks. The sidewalk café at the rear of the Discovery Mall, facing Kuta beach, is quite popular at sunset. A second, indoor, location in the outer mall is less crowded. Relatively inexpensive, at around 40,000 Rupiah (2.40 USD) per person. April 2007
Café - Coffee shop selling great sandwiches and other light meals as well. Covers two floors. Ground floor has large deli for ordering and take-away. The second floor is a nice lounge space nicely fitted out for those with notebooks who need to get some work done while they're on vacation. On Legian Street, next to the bomb site. April 2007
Made's Warung
Indonesian - Something of an institution in South Bali, Made's Warung has grown from a small road stall to a large and popular restaurant. The current main location on Legian Street in Seminyak combines a large rambling outdoor restaurant with several boutique shops selling local and imported handicrafts. April 2005
Poppies Restaurant
Indonesian & Western - The 'original' Bali restaurant run by the same people as Poppies Cottages. The rather small restaurant is set in a garden a short way up Poppies Lane from the cottages. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. Reservations recommended for dinner. Tel 751 059 April 2007
California-Mexican - Pleasant open air restaurant on Poppies Lane, just a few steps from Poppies restaurant. Food is quite good, with a choice of mild or spicy salsa. Then there's the Margarita Menu fill of a selection of fruity drinks. Tel. 751-093 April 2007