Ubud is probably the most popular tourist place on Bali that is not located on the coast. The city is considered the cultural center of Bali and crafts can be found at every corner. Ubud is located about 30 kilometers north of Denpasar and the popular seaside resorts of Bali. Around 30,000 people live in Ubud.
Are you planning a trip to Bali? Chances are very high you will stumble into Ubud sooner or later. Ubud offers a huge variety of accommodation, activities, attractions, restaurants and bars. With our list of the 13 best restaurants in Ubud, we want to offer you a little help for choosing a restaurant with good and cheap local food.
In recent years, Ubud has grown considerably and has become another popular tourist destination in Bali. When we first visited, it was mainly backpackers who came to Ubud. Today there are many luxury hotels and resorts in the middle of rice fields and more package tourists visit Ubud.
Yoga, cooking class, spa, dance show: You never get bored in Ubud
The range of activities in and around Ubud is huge and there is something for everyone. There are more and more yoga studios, wonderful spas, fine restaurants, shops of international clothing manufacturers, cooking classes, markets, dance shows and much more.
Often it is much quieter in and around Ubud in the morning. Around noon the first day visitors from the tourist resorts around Denpasar arrive in Ubud. We have learned that it is better to visit attractions and do activities in the morning. In the morning you have more peace and places are not that crowded.
In the evening there are still many day trippers in town. They all want to attend dance shows and afterwards have dinner in one of the restaurants. But after dinner it is getting quieter again and Ubud feels a little more peaceful and comfortable again. The center of Ubud is located at Jalan Raya Ubud and the cross street Jalan Monkey Forest. There are many restaurants, shops and attractions along these roads.
This time we have spent two weeks in Ubud. During our stay, we have tried a number of different restaurants. We haven’t been to the expensive and elegant places but have looked for places with cheap and good local food. So our list of the 13 best restaurants in Ubud is focused on cheap places with good Indonesian food.
The best restaurants in Ubud for cheap Indonesian food
You can still find many small and cheap warungs (local restaurants) with typical Indonesian dishes in Ubud. There are also many restaurants that specialize in Western dishes. You can find places for Schnitzel, Mexican food, Thai food, Italian and many more. Of course the prices vary a lot and so you can choose from local warungs with reasonable prices to restaurants in luxury hotels with prices comparable to European standards. We have compiled a list of the 13 best restaurants in Ubud where you can have a cheap and good Indonesian meal.
Exchange rate as per April 2016: IDR 10‘000 is about USD 0.76
In most restaurants you will have additional 10% to 15% tax and service charge added to your bill.
Ubud is growing very quick and so the whole town and the restaurants are being spread in a larger radius. Many of the recommendations of the 13 best restaurants in Ubud are in the center of Ubud at Jalan Raya Ubud and Jalan Monkey Forest or one of the cross streets. There are hundreds of restaurants and of course we only visited a fraction of all the restaurants in Ubud. Our list of the 13 best restaurants in Ubud is by no means complete. Nevertheless we want to offer you a guide for selecting reasonably priced restaurants with good Indonesian food.
The 13 best restaurants in Ubud, Bali
Umah Pizza: The best Pizza in Ubud
Address: Jalan Bisma No.12
We love Indonesian food and in Ubud there are plenty of restaurants with delicious local food. From time to time we also like a change and every now and so often we crave for pizza.
On the way from our Guest House to the center of Ubud, we pass by the pizzeria Umah. This restaurant is always busy. Especially in the evening it is well attended and sometimes it’s difficult to find an empty table. The smell of freshly baked pizzas from the wood stove is irresistible. So we need to try a pizza at this place.
Our favorite pizza in this restaurant is the Pizza Umah with Parma ham and rocket salad. The pizzas come in two different sizes 20 and 32 cm. Pizza always tastes best with a glass of red wine. If a whole bottle of wine is too much for you just can order wine by the glass. Umah pizza offers good value for your money and it’s definitely one of the best restaurants in Ubud to have a Pizza.
- Starters and Salad: IDR 12‘000 – 35‘000
- Pizza: IDR 20‘000 – 60‘000
- Pasta: IDR 30‘000 – 48‘000
- Wine per glass: IDR 30‘000
Kopi on Bisma: Great Coffee
Address: Jalan Bisma (ca. 100 metres from Jalan Raya Ubud)
The Kopi on Bisma is, as the name already suggests, located at Jalan Bisma. It is a small, nondescript cafe with a handful of tables. The coffee beans are purchased locally and are freshly roasted. The coffee, which is produced at Kopi on Bisma is very good. Our favorite is the double shot latte, but the cappuccino is very good too.
Kopi on Bisma has a loyalty card and every eighth coffee is free.
- Breakfast: IDR 20‘000 – 50‘000
- Lunch: IDR 32‘000 – 57‘000
- Cappuccino / Latte: IDR 26‘000 (an additional shot costs IDR 15‘000)
Warung Boga Sari: Tiny restaurant in a courtyard
Address: Jl. Raya Ubud 23 (Opposite Jalan Bisma)
Warung Boga Sari is a very cozy, small and inconspicuous restaurant in a tiny courtyard. Once you leave the main road and walk into the courtyard, you leave the hustle and walk into another world. The restaurant has only a few tables between the buildings and temples. Most of the tables are low and you sit on cushions on the floor.
The food is very good and there is a whole range of local dishes you can choose from. The portions are generous and very good value. Our favorites are the curries and the delicious Mie Goreng.
This is one of the best restaurants in Ubud for cheap Indonesian food. It’s beautifully hidden, small, cozy and with great service and very tasty, inexpensive food.
- Indonesian main courses: IDR 27‘000 – 37‘000
- Vegetarian meals: IDR 25‘000 – 27‘000
- International meals: IDR 47‘000 – 57‘000
Alit Warung: Live music in a garden
Address: Beji Lane (Down the small lane opposite Warung Ibu Rai on Jl. Monkey Forest)
Alit Warung has a beautiful location with tables in a garden with lots of space. We walked down the small alley, branching off from the Jl. Monkey Forest and discovered Warung Alit by accident. The restaurant has a few tables under a patio and the rest of the tables are located in a beautiful garden with palm trees.
From time to time there is some live music in Alit Warung. One evening there was a duo with a guitar and the voice of the singer was absolutely amazing.
The food is good and cheap. This is our favorite place to have an Arak Attack after dinner. Especially when there is some live music playing.
- Arak Attack: IDR 25‘000
- Main course: IDR 25‘000 – 65‘000
Warung Pondok Buag: Wonderful spot in the middle of the rice fields
Address: Jl. Subak Sok Wayah (In the middle of the rice fields on the way to Sari Organic)
The Warung Pondok Buag has a beautiful location in the middle of the rice fields of Ubud. You can get to the rice fields from Jl Raya Ubud. Just follow Jl. Raya Ubud in western direction and head to the right before the road drops down toward the bridge. Warung Pondok Buag is on the way to Sari Organik. That’s how we have discovered this place. We were on the way to Sari Organik and have ignored this Warung the first time. Mistake!
For us, Warung Pondok Buag is the better choice, because the value you are getting for your money is much better. The dishes are not quite as nicely presented and the ingredients are not as fancy as in Sari Organik. On the other hand the servings are larger and the food is delicious.
- Salad / Soup: IDR 25‘000 – 40‘000
- Nasi / Mie Goreng: IDR 40‘000
- Set menu with four courses: IDR 85‘000 – 120‘000
- Fresh Fruit Juice: IDR 20‘000
Sari Organik: Organic delights
Address: Jl. Subak Sok Wayah, Tjampuhan (In the middle of the rice paddies)
Sari Organik is rated as one of the best restaurants in Ubud. As the name suggests organic ingredients are used. On the menu you’ll find unusual Juice combinations, many salads and organic creations.
The restaurant is located in the middle of the rice fields of Ubud and the tables offer stunning views over the paddy fields. From the main road in Ubud it’s about 15 minutes by foot. The meals are not cheap but justified for such a well-known restaurant and organic home-grown ingredients. However, the portions could be a little bigger.
- Soups: 33‘000
- Salads 35‘000 – 45‘000
- Mains: IDR 40‘000 – 60‘000
- Juices: IDR 18‘000 – 30‘000
Taman Curry: The place for Curries
Address: Jl. Raya Ubud No.35
Although Taman Curry is located on the main street it’s not really in the center of Ubud. From the outside it looks quite nondescript. From the elevated balcony you can watch the hustle and bustle on the road. One evening a procession has passed by and that was very interesting to watch.
If a restaurant name already contains curry, we thought we must also try the curries. Our favorites are the Kare Ayam Taman and the Green Chicken Curry but also the Honey Chicken and Redang Curry are delicious.
- Starters: IDR 22‘000 – 26‘000
- Local dishes: IDR 25‘000 – 45‘000
- Curries: IDR 30‘000 – 37‘000
Warung Rococo: Great spot for people watching
Address: Jl. Raya Ubud 26
The Warung Rococo is located at the main street of Ubud opposite Jl. Bisma. It’s a small restaurant with only a few tables. In front of the restaurant there are chalkboards with the menu. There are mainly western dishes but also some Indonesian classics.
We have been here a few times to drink a beer and watch the hustle and bustle on the road. There are two tables on a small raised balcony directly on the road. That’s the perfect spot for drinking a beer before having dinner. There are fresh peanuts coming with the beer which is a bonus.
- Starters: IDR 20‘000 – 35‘000
- Mains: IDR 25‘000 – 40‘000
- Beer with peanuts: IDR 25‘000
Warung Makan Bu Rus: Delicious Indonesian food
Address: Jl. Suweta No. 9
The Warung Makan Bu Rus is a small, cozy warung with only a few tables. The meals are great value and it’s an excellent place to eat typical Indonesian dishes.
The Nasi Campur is our favorite but other Indonesian dishes are delicious too. Everything is freshly prepared in a tiny kitchen and tastes really good. One of the places you can have really good cheap local food.
Warung River View: Cozy place in the middle of Ubud
Address: Jalan Kirpalana (In an idyllic riverside garden)
The Warung River View is located on the main street of Ubud. It’s very central but still far away from the busy hustle and bustle of the street. Warung River View is set in a garden high up over the small valley and it feels like a little oasis in the middle of Ubud.
Not all the reviews in TripAdvisor are good but we still gave it a try. Sure, the service is not top notch, but we have repeatedly eaten here and the food was always delicious. With the great, central location in the garden and the view over the river, it is still one of our favorite places.
You will find mainly Indonesian dishes on the menu but there is pasta available as well. The Nasi Goreng and Nasi Campur are our favorites here. Especially the Nasi Campur is really tasty and the ingredients very fresh. The portions are quite large and we really like the cozy garden atmosphere in this place. Our favorite spot in this restaurant is on one of the two low tables with pillows under the patio.
- Starters: IDR 22‘000 – 30‘000
- Main dishes: IDR 22‘000 – 42‘000
- Fresh fruit juices: IDR 20‘000
Seniman Coffee Studio: The meeting place for digital nomads
Address: Jl. Sriwedari No. 5
The Seniman Coffee Studio is probably the most popular coffee spot in Ubud at the moment. The cafe expands more and more. Meanwhile, there are different parts of the cafe in different rooms and its own roasting facility across the street. You can also take a barista courses if you like to learn more about preparing a good cafe.
Many of the guests are digital nomads and busy working on their laptops. The coffee is really good and comes on a small tray with water and a small snack.
The coffee beans are from Bali and freshly roasted in the coffee roasting facility across the street.
- Espresso Double: IDR 23‘000
- Cappuccino / Latte: IDR 28‘000
- 250 g coffee beans: IDR 99‘000
- Brakefast and meals: IDR 25‘000 – 65‘000
Maha Bar/Restaurant: great place for everything
Address: Jalan Monkey Forest (close to Monkey Forest)
Maha is located at Jalan Monkey Forest near the entrance to the Monkey Forest. It is ideally located to have a coffee after visiting the Monkey Forest before you head back to the center of Ubud.
The menu is extensive and you can choose from breakfast, coffee, local Indonesian dishes, Thai dishes, pasta, pizza, burgers and cocktails.
We just had a cup of coffee but we really liked the place. The cappuccino and the latte are strong and good. The atmosphere is cozy and on the road, there is always something to see. So it’s a perfect spot for people watching.
- Breakfast: IDR 20‘000 – 35‘000
- Set breakfast: IDR 65‘000
- Snacks: IDR 25‘000 – 30‘000
- Main dishes: IDR 35‘000 – 80‘000
- Cappuccino / Latte: IDR 25‘000
Dian Restoran: Best set lunch deal in Ubud
Address: Jalan Monkey Forest (About midway from the Monkey Forest to the center of Ubud)
On the way from the Monkey Forest back to the center of Ubud we discovered Dian Restoran by chance. The restaurant is cozy and next to our table we had a small garden with a water feature.
Our favorite is the set lunch menu with iced tea, Nasi Goreng or Nasi Campur and fresh fruits. The value is very good. The main course is generous and really tasty. The fresh fruits for dessert are a great bonus. This is one of the best restaurants in Ubud for a cheap lunch.
- Set lunch menu (Ice tea, Nasi Goreng, fruits): IDR 40‘000
- Starters: IDR 24‘000 – 34‘000
- Main dishes: IDR 29‘000 – 54‘000
That’s the list of our 13 best restaurants in Ubud, Bali. What’s your favorite restaurant in Ubud, Bali? Which restaurant in Ubud do we have to visit next time? We look forward to your advice.