What’s a trip to Bali without sampling the fresh seafood? Thanks to the rich waters, there is never a shortage of restaurants in Bali that serve up sumptuous seafood cooked just the way you like it! Are you ready to go on a virtual tour of all the best seafood restaurants in the island? Here are nine of Bali Kid Guide’s must-visit Bali seafood restaurants serving fabulously fresh seafood.
1. Cut Catch Cucina
Cut Catch Cucina is located in Sofitel Bali Beach resort, and since it opened in 2014, the restaurant has repeatedly won local and international recognition as one the best Bali Seafood Restaurants. Of course, you simply cannot go to Cut Catch Cucina without trying out its extensive seafood options. The restaurant has a standalone grilling area where you can choose all sorts of fresh seafood and have it grilled perfectly. If you are coming in with the whole family, go for the Sunday Brunch because of the eye-popping selection of seafood and desserts. Even better, children below 12 years old can dine for free. You’ll also get free access to the adjacent pool and enjoy your meals while being serenaded by a live band.
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
Jl. Nusa Dua, Benoa
2. Benoa Fish Market
As the name suggests, Benoa Fish Market is a massive wet market that sources fresh seafood from the abundant waters around Bali. But now, the market isn’t just about selling and supplying fresh seafood to Bali’s restaurants. A dining area has been set up within the market. Essentially, you will pick all sorts of seafood you like from the market, go to the dining area and have all the seafood you bought cooked according to your liking. What a fun concept!
The main dining area overlooks Bali Wake Park’s artificial lake and has comfortable wooden seating with low tables. You can either sit inside the dining area or al fresco to enjoy the gorgeous view. Our recommended must tries are the seafood bucket, seafood pasta, and seafood thin crust pizzas.
Benoa Fish Market
Jl. Pelabuhan Benoa no. 8, Pemogan
+62 361 8468881
3. Sambal Shrimp Restaurant & Bar
Think of Sambal Shrimp Restaurant & Bar as Bali’s answer to the crazy popular Bubba Gump. As its name suggests, Sambal Shrimp Restaurant specializes in shrimp-based dishes and seafood. The dining area is airy thanks to high ceilings and all-wood interiors. A visit to Sambal Shrimp Restaurant & Bar isn’t complete without trying the house special: Sambal Shrimp. We also love the shrimp satay, butter, and garlic shrimps and grilled squid. Sambal Shrimp Restaurant additionally features a bar counter that serves up a wide selection of cocktails, beers, and other spirits.
Jl. Kayu Aya No.6 Lt.2, Seminyak
+62 623 61738399
4. Urchin Grill and Raw Bar
Urchin Grill and Raw Bar is one of the newest seafood restaurants Bali’s Seminyak area. According to Australian chef and owner Steven Skelly, his vision is for Urchin to offer a five-star dining experience without the sky-high prices. The restaurant features expansive, airy interiors with an open kitchen. It’s quite exciting watching chef Skelly together with his staff, creating sumptuous seafood feasts from scratch. As far as the dining experience goes, we loved the casual dining, the open kitchen, and the cozy seating.
And of course, the food is just as impressive. We love the roasted barramundi with braised cos and shimeji mushroom consommé and the savory crispy skinned red snapper served with carrots, almonds, and sherry vinegar. Urchin Grill also features a raw bar that serves up a variety of raw dishes, including coral trout carpaccio, sashimi, sushi, and tartare.
Jl. Laksmana 22 – opposite The Samaya Hotel, Seminyak
+62 361 736 319, +62 361 732 413
5. Meads Beach Bar & Grill Bintang
Meads Beach Bar & Grill is an award-winning restaurant and bar located in Tanjung Benoa. This Bali restaurant is the brainchild of Warren Mead, a celebrity restaurateur who fell in love with Bali (who can blame him?) and opened this restaurant. We love Meads Beach Bar & Grill because of the fantastic selection of fresh seafood and the convenience. You see, the restaurant is just a few minutes away from Bali Collection, which is one of the hottest shopping hubs in the area.
Meads Beach Bar & Grill boasts over 35 years of experience, mastering the art of cooking fresh produce and seafood perfectly to bring out their delicate flavors. Some of our favorites on the menu are the seafood chowder, fresh oysters, smoked salmon, Mahi-Mahi fillets and the house special, Black Tom Mash! We also love the battered squid rings (perfect with cold beer), Mead Special (a medley of oysters, smoked salmon, chives, and cream), and the seafood duo of snapper and king prawns in garlic sauce.
Meads Beach Bar & Grill
Jl. Pratama 99, Tanjung Benoa
+62 361 776604
6. Menega Cafe
Any seasoned traveler will tell you, the best Bali seafood restaurants are located in Jimbaran Bay. After all, Jimbaran is the undisputed seafood capital of the island. This is the best place to dine on freshly caught seafood at and watch the sun sink into Jimbaran Bay.
There are dozens of seafood restaurants in the area but Menaga Cafe has the best reviews and we can vouch for them firsthand. People literally line up for tables at Menega, which is why we recommend arriving early (well before sunset) to beat the crowd. The cafe offers a dizzying selection of seafood. We love the jumbo prawns, the lobsters, clams, barracuda, red snapper, and octopus! You can choose fresh seafood from the tanks or ice trays and have your pick cooked exactly how you like it.
Jl. Four Seasons Muaya Beach
You simply cannot miss Sardine Restaurant’s stone wall façade at Seminyak’s northern end. The entrance of the resto will lead you to a striking bamboo-beamed dining hall with al fresco dining that overlooks the stunning rice paddies beyond.
The dining experience and the extensive menu are just as impressive as the setting. Sardine is best known for their seafood-dominant menu. We recommend the grilled lobsters, char-grilled squid, crab dumplings, and plump scallops.
Jl. Petitenget no. 21, Kerobokan
8. Kisik Bar and Grill
Kisik Bar and Grill is one of the most popular onsite restaurants at Ayana Resort and Spa in Jimbaran. Because the resto is located close to Jimbaran, you can bet that the seafood is guaranteed freshly caught, never frozen! This is a family-friendly restaurant with lots of options for the kids. If you are heading to Kisik Bar and Grill, we recommend booking for dinner to catch the sunset. Checking out Kisik Bar and Grill’s very extensive menu, you will be overwhelmed with the selections of fresh seafood and popular Balinese sauces.
AYANA Resort and Spa
Jl.Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran
+62 361 702222
9. Nusa Dua Beach Grill
Nusa Dua Beach Grill is a gem of a Bali seafood restaurant located on Geger Beach inthe resort area of Nusa Dua. Right on the beach, it’s a great spot for families and big groups with kids who want to run around while the parents chill with a cold drink. Fresh, local seafood is the highlight of the menu, with a selection of prawns, fish, lobster grilled to perfection. Don’t expect gourmet dishes, but they do the basics well. If you’re staying in Nusa Dua the restaurant will even do a free pick up and drop off service!
Nusa Dua Beach Grill
Jl. Pura Geger, Nusa Dua
This article was originally published by Bali Kids Guide, a total guide for Bali with kids, holiday tips, reviews, currency & visa info, and more.