From beachside seafood feasts to lavish, candlelit dining, discover the best restaurants in Lombok, Indonesia.
Laid-back tropical vibes and stunning natural views are always a given in Lombok, and so is delicious food. This quiet island has several tourist hubs dotted with wonderful restaurants. Culture Trip lists the 10 best restaurants to try when you’re in Lombok, Indonesia.
Asmara means ‘romance’ in Bahasa Indonesia, a name well fitting considering the romantic atmosphere and all the love you’ll be having for Indonesian food after dining here. Indulge in scrumptious traditional yellow rice, satay and nasi campur, which is a heaped plate of tempeh, curried meats and fried vegetables on seaming white rice. The space is airy and lush with green vines and dreamy lights twinkling into the night.
Ashtari is perched on top of a hill, surrounded by lush jungle with a view of the glorious Kuta bay – capturing Lombok’s diverse landscapes all in one picture. The menu highlights Indonesian cuisine, including nasi goreng and mie goreng – all with vegetarian options. Pleasantly enclosed by nature, Ashtari also offers daily yoga classes and an open-terrace barbeque on Friday nights.
This restaurant is mostly renowned for its scrumptious pizza, best enjoyed with cold Bintang beer and finished off with a portion of homemade tiramisu. Beyond authentic Italian fare, Lotus Bayview also serves fresh seafood and delicious Indonesian cuisine. Located at the lively coastline of Senggigi, it boasts a beachfront seating area with a lovely ocean view.
From food to design, El Bazar is a slice of the Mediterranean in tropical Lombok. The restaurant’s laid-back, wooden facade is contrasted inside with Moroccan decorations, creating a unique aesthetic to enjoy colourful and nutritious smoothie bowls. The food is as authentic as it is delicious, from Moroccan tagines to fresh seafood carpaccio.
Oceanfront beanbag chairs, feet in the sand and a cocktail in hand – an afternoon at Cafe Alberto is as relaxing as it gets. Pair that with the restaurant’s tasty Italian menu that features pizza and pasta and it’s no wonder this place is a firm favourite for many tourists in Lombok. Don’t worry about wanting to keep coming back because Cafe Alberto offers a shuttle service to and from your hotel.
Tourists love Verve for its striking modern design with stylish oceanfront cabanas and poolside daybeds that are surrounded by the shade of palm trees. The setting is lavish enough to truly enjoy a feast of delicious food, ranging from steak to sushi. The vibe turns romantic as golden hour sets in, culminating in a majestic sunset. After that, the revelry continues with music, drinks and more food.
Located in the bustling Senggigi area, Spice is a beachside venue popular for its tranquil setting. It is an excellent spot to dine with a view, sand between the toes and palm trees overhead. The homely lounge bar is for chilling with a cocktail in hand, while the upstairs fine-dining area serves fancy French courses in the candlelight. The restaurant also serves authentic Indonesian food with a lavish twist, all while the ocean sways beneath you.
Laut Biru’s sleek, all-white design sits elegantly in the middle of a verdant garden just steps away from the Lombok coast. If you want to go al fresco, dine at the beach’s seating area shaded by lush trees. Laut Biru, meaning blue ocean, does not do justice to the idyllic view of Selong Belanak where this restaurant sits. Relatively quiet compared to Kuta and Senggigi, this coast is amazingly pristine with gorgeous blue hues and rolling hills hugging the bay. The restaurant serves a wide range of Western, Asian and Indonesian cuisine. Try the Rage Rajang, which is Lombok’s traditional spicy fish meal.
The expansive menu on offer at Square Restaurant makes it a favourite for many. Whether you’re curious about Indonesian cuisine or craving a little taste of home, this restaurant delivers delicious food made with high-quality ingredients. Square Restaurant is located on the coast of Senggigi, Lombok’s busy tourist hub also known for its incredible sunsets.
Combining modern design with Lombok’s tropical vibe, Kemangi Bar & Kitchen is a contemporary and green space at the heart of Kuta Lombok. This restaurant is frequented by tourists looking to dine in an elevated setting. The varied menu consists of Western and Asian dishes, all prepared with fresh, locally grown ingredients that pair well with imported spirits and wine. Their traditional Ayam Taliwang and Sumbawanese Daging Samawa are worth trying.