Cheap Restaurants in Bali

The best way to score cheap and tasty food in Bali is to follow the golden traveler rule -- do as the locals do. Avoid chain restaurants and pricey resorts. The most delicious cuisine can often be found at the inconspicuous holes-in-the-wall with plastic furniture or at the rickety roadside cart -- both are typically referred to as a warung. These busy places frequented by locals serve the ubiquitous Bali rice and noodles. But you'll also be surprised by how far you can stretch your rupiahs for regional specialties like grilled chicken, minced seafood satay, or even a ceremonial roast suckling pig.

Super touristy Kuta Beach has the highest density of restaurants though it may be hard to distinguish cheap culinary gems from potential "Bali belly." This is the home of McDonalds and Pizza Hut, but authentic cheap eats can be found for a better price at the beach stalls lining Kuta and Legian beach. A massive pile of Indonesian noodles or Nasi Uduk (coconut rice served with meat or vegetable) will cost a mere $2 in Kuta Beach.

Not far from Kuta is expensive Seminyak, the place to splurge on dinner in Bali. But even here, travelers will find some excellent budget options. Pony up $1 and you'll be stuffed. Nusa Dua is a remote enclave of luxury hotels across the isthmus from Kuta and is best avoided in the search for affordable cuisine. Most of its overpriced restaurants are aimed at tour groups. But you can catch a rare break here at Bumbu Bali, the best place in the area to try cheap but excellent traditional Balinese food.

In Jalan Danau Poso, Ketut's Warung offers a good selection of hearty homemade local Indonesian cuisine. Although slightly off the beaten path, it garners patronage from locals as well as tourists. The trip here is worth the while. Away from the overpopulated southern tip of the island, culturally rich Ubud has an incredible variety of options with many family-owned warungs eager to feed the budget traveler. You can enjoy a feast of Ibu Oka's world-famous babi guling (spit-roasted pig) with all of the fixings for $3. A journey up to the smaller villages in the north, east or west, as well as the offshore islands, will reward travelers with bamboo beach huts and street-side vendors serving coastal cuisine. The red snapper and large shrimps should not be missed, and the sea breeze adds a nice touch of ambiance.

Mezzanine Restaurant & Bar

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Jalan Danau Tamblingan No. 63
Sanur Village

Exciting East - West Cuisine... read more

Rumours

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Jalan Laksmana No. 100
Oberoi-Seminyak

Fun & Lively Drinking & Dining... read more

Kura Kura

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Jalan Sari Dewi
The Oberoi

Open-Air Dining... read more

Poco Loco

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Jalan Padma Utara

Great Mexican Food... read more

Lemongrass Thai Restaurant

Jl. Melasti, Legian, Kuta

Thai Food, Thai Style, Balinese Service... read more

Cafe Lemongrass

Jl. Canggu

Thai Food, Thai Style, Balinese Service... read more

Vincents Restaurant

Jalan Raya

Cultured Restaurant & Bar... read more

Warung Mentari

Jalan Pantai Kuta 1
Inna Hotel, Denpasar

Perfect Oceanfront Location... read more

Nirvana

Jalan Dyana Pura 100

Sleek & Chic Seminyak Club... read more

Galaxy

Jalan Abimanyu 9A
Hotel Galaxy, Seminyak

Cultured Seminyak Dance Bar... read more

me'nu Restaurant

Jalan Caplak Tanduk

Great Restaurant in Seminyak, Bali... read more

Ayam betutu Gilimanuk

Jalan Merdeka - Mohammad Yamin, Sumerta Kelod

Breeze Beachside Restaurant

Jalan Laksmana
The Samaya Hotel

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Jaya Pub

Jalan Raya Legian
Kaja seminayak

Fun Pub... read more

Fortuin Cafe

Jalan Pantai Kedonganan
Jimbaran Bay

Grilled Seafood on the Beach... read more

Nest Village Restaurant

Jalan Mertasari 28
Sunset Road

Exotic & Varied International Cuisine... read more

Bali Aussie

69X Melasti Street
Jalan Legian end

Enjoy Mate!... read more

Queen's Tandoor

73 Jalan Raya Seminyak
Gallery Seminyak

Imaginative Indian in Bali... read more
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