Ubud Food Guide: 10 Food Spots That Will Fit Your Budget (and Occasion!)

Written by Katherine

March 13, 2024
Last Updated on March 16, 2024

Ubud is known for its beautiful lush-green rice paddy fields and cultural vibes. But even then, it also has a lot of food spots worth checking out. From modern cuisine to casual cafes and warungs, there is always something that will fit your budget and occasion. Since our villas were usually further away from Ubud’s main street, we spent most of our time in our villas instead. As such, this Ubud food guide is not as long as I wanted it to be. Nonetheless, I hope you will still get something out of it! (´• ω •`)ノ

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Restaurants that Serves Food with a Twist in Ubud

I will kickstart this food guide by sharing two unconventional restaurants we have visited in Ubud. If you are looking to take a break from Indonesian or Western food in Ubud, these two places might be up your lane for something different! (@´ー`)ノ゙

1. Locavore NXT

I was going to write about Locavore as we had one of the most unique dining experiences there. However, it seems like it has since closed in October 2023. (´-ω-`) If you are interested in its innovative cuisine, fret not, as the owners have now opened a restaurant called Locavore NXT! It is still in Ubud, though not located centrally. I can’t vouch for how good it is now. But considering our experience at the former restaurant, if price is not an issue for you, I think it’s worth visiting it for something different. ( ´ ω ` )

The exterior of the former Locavore, and some of the food we had at the restaurant in Ubud

📌 For more details, check out our experience at the former Locavore! (´• ω •`)ノ

COST OF DINING

💲 Tasting Menu (20+ Courses): 1,800,000 IDR per pax (~155 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE NEW RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 5.30 PM – 8.30 PM (Thurs – Tues), 8.30 AM – 8.30 PM (Wed)
☎️ Phone Number: +62 821 4495 6226 | Reservation at Locavore NXT
🔎 Website | Facebook | Instagram

2. The Sayan House

The Sayan House is another restaurant that I highly recommend you visit, not only for its chill vibes but also for its fantastic food. The restaurant serves Latin-Japanese food, not something you easily come by anywhere, let alone Ubud! Most things turned out different from what we expected and were SO GOOD. If creative dining is your thing and Locavore is a bit painful on your pocket, I recommend visiting The Sayan House! ⸜( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

The exterior and interior of The Sayan House and the dessert we had at the restaurant

📌 For more details, check out our experience at The Sayan House! (´• ω •`)ノ

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Sopa Chawanmushi: 150,000 IDR (~13 SGD) | Matcha Tiramisu: 75,000 IDR (~6.50 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 12 PM – 11 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +62 822 4737 0344 | Reservation
🔎 Website | Facebook | Instagram

Casual Dining Food Spots in Ubud

Well, I hope I didn’t start off too fancy and scare you off with those unconventional food options in Ubud. It’s time to put those aside and check out some restaurants with more casual settings for enjoying a meal! (>ᴗ•)

3. Locavore To Go

I will be upfront and say that I did not visit this or another Locavore sister restaurant I will mention later. Based on what we have experienced at Locavore, I thought these two sister restaurants in Ubud would be just as good as well. Unlike Locavore NXT, Locavore To Go will not burn a hole in your pocket. Haha! Instead, it is meant to be a casual dining spot where you can enjoy some good old burgers and fries. (´• ω •`)

The exterior of Locavore To Go in Ubud
Image Credit: Locavore To Go Facebook

I have briefly looked through the reviews on Google and was surprised to know that the restaurant had its butcher that is located just right next door! This aligns with Locavore’s idea of using locally-grown ingredients. (ᵔ◡ᵔ) You know what else is interesting? A section on the menu lets you pick your sausage or steak from the butcher and have them prepare the way you like it! How cool is that? I say you should definitely check this place out if you are a burger and sausage kind of person.

PEOPLE’S RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Burgers: 95,000 – 115,000 IDR (~8 – 10 SGD) | Sandwiches: 90,000 – 110,000 IDR (~8 – 10 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 9 AM – 9 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +62 361 9080757
🔎 Website | Facebook | Instagram

4. Nusantara by Locavore

This is the second sister restaurant of Locavore NXT, serving authentic Indonesian food. I thought I would only casually mention this place, but I was impressed when I read its reviews on Google! Many were talking about its exceptional food quality and taste. Not only that, unlike other Balinese restaurants, Nusantara serves not only Balinese but also food from around Indonesia.

The interior of Nusantara by Locavore and one of the food items at the restaurant in Ubud
Image Credit: Nusantara by Locavore Facebook

The reviews got me so hyped that I felt I missed a good restaurant on our last visit. (´-ω-`) Well, I didn’t get to visit, but you can for your next trip to Ubud if you want to taste some fantastic Indonesian food in Ubud! Be warned, though; many people mentioned that they are quite heavy-handed on the spiciness of the dishes. So you might want to let them know to see if they can adjust it to be less fiery. (´・ᴗ・ ` ) Also, reservation is a must, so don’t just walk in~!

COST OF DINING

💲 Small Dishes: 70,000 – 150,000 IDR (~6 – 13 SGD) | Big Dishes: 165,000 IDR – 225,000 IDR (~14 – 19 SGD)
📒 Set Menu: 450,000 IDR per pax (~39 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 6 PM – 9.30 PM (Mon), 12 PM – 2.30 PM, 6 PM – 9.30 PM (Tues – Wed, Fri – Sun), 12 PM – 9.30 PM (Thurs)
☎️ Phone Number: +62 821 4681 3714 | Reservation
🔎 Website | Facebook | Instagram

5. Plantation Restaurant (Alila Ubud)

We were at The Plantation restaurant for our late lunch after enjoying a spa session at Alila Spa. Since the restaurant is located in Alila Ubud, and hubs and I generally had great experiences with Alila, we expect no less from this restaurant. And we did! The view was excellent. We watched the monkeys having fun on the coconut trees while we ate.

The exterior of Plantation Restaurant and some of the food we had at the restaurant in Ubud

But the restaurant was closed during the pandemic and was reopened a while ago. There are now mixed reviews on Google, so I don’t know if its standard has been maintained. Considering this restaurant is a bit out of the way, if you intend to travel here, I suggest booking a spa session with the amazing Alila Spa. So even if the food disappoints, maybe the spa session can help to salvage the situation? (*/ω\)

📌 For more details, check out our experience at Plantation Restaurant! (´• ω •`)ノ

COST OF DINING

💲 Appetizers: From 95,000 IDR (~8 SGD) | Seafood Mains: From 165,000 IDR (~14 SGD) |Meat & Poultry: From 175,000 IDR (~15 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 7 AM – 10.30 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +62 361 975963 | Reservation
🔎 Website | Facebook | Instagram

6. Uma Cucina (COMO Uma Ubud)

For some bizarre reason, I always seek out Italian restaurants in Bali as I always crave Aglio Olio overseas after days of having local food. Haha! Aglio Olio is like my comfort food, but finding a restaurant that makes good ones in Bali was tricky. (´-ω-`)

The iconic motorbike at Uma Cucina and some of the food we had at the restaurant in Ubud

So when we were staying at COMO Uma Ubud, I thought I could have some delicious Aglio Olio at Uma Cucina since it is an Italian restaurant. But sadly, they don’t have it on the menu. Boohoo. We did end up having the fantastic arancini, which, to this day, we can’t seem to find anything close to how incredible it was at Uma Cucina. If you are craving some Italian food in Ubud, Uma Cucina might be worth considering. But make sure to make a reservation, as it gets full almost everyday~! ( ´ ω ` )

For more details, check out our experience at Uma Cucina! (´• ω •`)ノ

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Arancini: 85,000 IDR (~7 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 12 PM – 11 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +62 361 972448 | Reservation
🔎 Website | Facebook | Instagram

Local Food Delights from Food Delivery in Ubud

I noticed something interesting while tidying up my notes for the food we ordered through GoJek and GrabFood while in Bali. Compared to when we were staying in Seminyak or Sanur, we seemed to order less food in Ubud. It might have to do with our shorter stay in Ubud and preferring the host to cook meals for us instead of ordering in.

Having stayed at Ubud a few times, it was weird that my list of local food delights through delivery was only a handful long! Haha! (´• ω •`) Anyway, here is a list of warungs and food stalls in Ubud that we have ordered through either GoJek or GradFood for your consideration! (@´ー`)ノ゙

7. Crispy Duck

Crispy duck is one of the recommended dishes that you should try in Ubud. I seriously wanted to find out where we ordered our crispy duck from. But since it has been a long while ago, hubs and I have both lost the record. So, sadly, I cannot share where we got this from with you. I vaguely remember it was from a famous restaurant, but not knowing which one it was, I decided to comment on the dish itself then! As much as it sounded delicious, the dish came rather underwhelming. It looked dry and bony. Flavour-wise, it was okay, but we could hardly get much meat from it. I would say there was probably more rice than meat that we could have for that meal. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

The crispy duck we tried in Ubud
Left: Restaurant’s crispy duck | Right: Villa Kelusa’s crispy duck

Putting aside our past disappointment, we ordered crispy duck again at Villa Kelusa! This time, the dish was prepared by the in-house chef. And honestly, it was one of the best dishes we had at the villa, if not the best. (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ The skin was crispy, and the meat was succulent, a lot of meat, actually. So I guess the dish works, but it depends on where you have it! I will leave you to do your homework on which restaurant to try for this amazing dish! (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

PRICE FOR REFERENCE (VILLA KELUSA)

💲 Crispy Duck: 150,000 IDR per portion (~13 SGD)

8. Cukup Tahu!

I think tahu is exceptionally delicious in Bali. For this exact reason, hubs and I are always looking out for places that sell crispy tahu goreng. (☆ω☆) And we came across this place called Cuckup Tahu! that sells a variety of crispy tahu goreng. Intrigued by the variety, we ordered one portion with sambal fillings and another just the good old plain crispy tahu goreng.

The crispy tahu we tried in Ubud

The one with sambal fillings tasted somewhat similar to what we have in sardine puff but spicier. Hubs loved this version, probably for the spiciness. While I, on the other hand, prefer the plain crispy tahu goreng! The plain ones are easier on the palette, and I could eat more. Hehe. Both versions were nice and crispy when eaten fresh from the pack. We expected the tahu to be small, so we got 12 pieces of plain crispy tofu. Wrong move, as they came HUGE! Haha! So, erm, a little warning so you can order less for sampling. (*/ω\)

WHAT WE HAD 👅

💲 Cukup TAHU! Kriuk 12 Pcs: 27,000 IDR (~2.30 SGD) | Cukup TAHU! Sambel Gami 4 Pcs: 14,500 IDR (~1.30 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE FOOD STALL

⏰ Opening Hours: 12 PM – 9 PM
☎️ GoFood Delivery
🔎 Instagram

9. Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka

We were underwhelmed when we tried Ibu Oka in Ubud a few years ago. Ibu Oka is supposed to be a popular babi guling warung among tourists. Considering how much we love the touristy Pak Malen in Seminyak, we thought it would suit our taste buds. Not wanting to believe it was not our liking, we decided to try it again for our recent trip.

The babi guling we ordered from Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka, one of the food items we had in Ubud

And yet again, we were disappointed. Haha! For some weird reason, we weren’t given any kulit, or crispy skin, in our pack of babi guling. Probably, perhaps, they ran out of kulit? I don’t know. I just know it was a disappointment. It came with a generous portion of the meat, though. Putting aside the kulit, the side dishes were not as exciting for our taste buds. So yeah, it seems like Ibu Oka, and we are just not meant to be. ┐(‘~`;)┌

WHAT WE HAD 👅

💲 Nasi Babi Guling Spesia: 65,000 IDR (~5.60 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT WARUNG BABI GULING IBU OKA 1

⏰ Opening Hours: 11 AM – 7 PM
☎️ GoFood Delivery

10. Babi Guling Ibu Gendut

Not wanting to believe that no babi guling in Ubud suits our taste buds, we decided to try our luck with another warung! And this time, we were super satisfied~! After taking a first bite from the food pack, I was so happy as the babi guling brought as much joy as Pak Malen’s does! The side dishes were flavorful, and yes, we had kulit! Everything was SO GOOD. If you are like us and like Pak Malen’s babi guling, you might want to get this in Ubud to satisfy your craving! (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

The exterior of Babi Guling Ibu Gendut and the babi guling we ordered
Left Image Credit: Google Map
WHAT WE HAD 👅

💲 Nasi Babi Guling Biasa: 33,000 IDR (~2.80 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT BABI GULING IBU GENDUT

⏰ Opening Hours: 8 AM – 9 PM
☎️ GrabFood Delivery

So, How Much Does Food Cost on Average in Ubud?

I think my answer will be pretty silly, but it depends on where you eat while in Ubud. I believe this is true for any country that you are visiting. If you go to fancy restaurants, you are definitely looking at around 100,000 IDR onwards per person for one meal. And it even depends on how fancy the restaurant is, as with the example of Locavore NXT. But if you are mainly dining at more local and less touristy warungs, you can get food like the babi guling we got from Babi Guling Ibu Gendut at an affordable price of 33,000 IDR.

So, to conclude, while you are out enjoying yourself at Instagram-worthy cafes and restaurants, do also seek out local warungs for a simple and fulfilling meal. If distance and travelling are a problem, food delivery services such as GoFood and GrabFood are the ones that you should definitely use to help you explore more food options. So, go out there and start eating all the good food in Ubud! ٩(。•́‿•̀。)۶

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