“Warung” in Indonesian means “little family-owned business.” They’re the best places to get a delicious and affordable taste of the mouthwatering local cuisine. Perfect for both a quick meal and a full dining experience, the best warung in Ubud are an absolute must-try.
Located in the Penestanan village, northwest of Ubud, Warung Mendez is one of the best local restaurants in the region. Not only is the food remarkable, but so is the attention to detail and quality of the ingredients. All dishes are MSG-free, they don’t use plastic cutlery and straws and the napkins are reusable. This is as important as a satisfying meal. Also, if you can’t choose between nasi goreng and mie goreng, they have a traditional dish that mixes them all: nasi magelangen. An absolute tastebud sensation.
This is a classic Indonesian/Balinese buffet where you can make your own meal, choosing among several delicious options. The base for all dishes is white (putih) or yellow (kuning) rice and then there’s a vast choice of local delicacies, from fried tempe to veggies and grilled chicken. Amazing quality for the price.
Mie means “noodles” in Bahasa Indonesia and that’s what You & Mie specialize in. It’s a small family-run business, with a small menu, few seats and a homey ambiance. They make their own homemade egg noodles and wonton—steamed dumplings—free from preservatives, coloring and chemicals. Healthy and delish.
Bintang means “star” in Bahasa Indonesia, and the food here is definitely stellar. A five-minute drive north of downtown Ubud, Warung Bintang is all about freshness: the vegetables are picked from their own garden. Perfect for a romantic sunset dinner overlooking the emerald green rice field, the warung is also ideal for a meal with friends. It’s famous for its pork ribs.
If this is your first time in Bali, or in Indonesia, get all your travel buddies together and plan a meal at Biah Biah. The menu is rich and includes the signature dishes of the local cuisine. Mie goreng – fried noodles, and nasi goreng – fried rice. A classic.
Literally translated as mango honey, Manga Madu is the warung to visit with a big group of buddies. Their menu is vast as their dining space. Do try the coconut chicken and the nasi pecel, rice with crispy chicken and crackers.
9 Angels is more than a warung: it’s a community project and space where people can come and enjoy a lovely meal, see performing arts, read a book, share conscious skills and get inspired. It opened its doors in 2013, thanks to Thony and his friends. The food—all delicious local vegetarian—is served as buffet and diners pay with an honor system, leaving a donation on the table.
With an ample dining space, Warong Pojok is ideal for a meal with friends. They serve the best local traditional dishes, with an explosion of spices and sauces. A must-try is the tofu nuggets and the black pepper chicken.
If you like seafood and fish, Warung Be Pasih is the place to go. Pak Kony—Mr. Kony—prepares the most delicious and fresh ikan bakar, grilled fish, and ayam bakar, grilled chicken. Pair it up with a lemon iced tea and enjoy a good local meal at a great price.