Best restaurants in Jakarta

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in South Jakarta

    Loewy

    One of Jakarta’s most popular dining spots, this casual 1940s Paris–meets–New York bistro is located right in the middle of the busiest business district. It serves classic French brasserie (French onion soup or steak frites) and Asian fare (Indonesian short ribs and Hainan chicken). However, it’s after dark when Loewy really comes alive – it's staffed by top mixologists.

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    Plan B Spanish Resto

    Plan B is a humble Spanish eatery serving authentic delicacies courtesy of Basque chef Oskar Urzelai. Locals love this out-of-the-way-but-buzzy neighbourhood spot for its good plates of tapas, pintxos (Basque tapas), paella and, of course, the generous servings of silky jamón serrano, which pairs perfectly with ice-cold sangria. Despite its hidden location, Plan B always packs a crowd.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Cikini & Menteng

    OKU

    Inside Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, OKU is an outstanding Japanese dining experience. Its Zen-like minimalist dining room allows the food to stand out. Chef Kazumasa Yazawa serves up modernised Japanese cuisine, but don't mistake this for fusion. Standout dishes include the extraordinary wagyu with macadamia nuts and black garlic miso, Japanese hot pot and sashimi cuts. Reservations recommended.

  • Restaurants in South Jakarta

    J Sparrow's Bar & Grill

    A nautical art deco interior, bespoke cocktails and an excellent seafood menu make J Sparrow's one of the most stylish places in central Jakarta to grab dinner and drinks. Expect fresh sea produce including lobster and Cajun prawns, plus meat dishes such as lamb chops and tri-tip beef. Vintage cocktails include New York sours and gin fizzes.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Jakarta

    Common Grounds

    Common Grounds is a pioneer of Melburnian third-wave coffee culture in Jakarta. Its award-winning baristas brew fine coffees roasted in-house, while the kitchen churns out a range of excellently prepared international comfort dishes such as smashed avocado on toast, huevos rancheros with rendang, chicken and waffles, Thai beef salads and breakfast burritos.

  • Restaurants in South Jakarta

    Atico by Javanegra

    Hip Atico has warehouse-style exposed cables, pipes on the ceiling and hardwood floors. There's a relaxing outside terrace with skyscraper views from which to enjoy a glass of wine. It serves Spanish-Mediterranean fare with a focus on quality ingredients. Order classic small tapas plates such as patatas bravas or heartier meat dishes.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in South Jakarta

    Blue Terrace

    Counteract some of Jakarta's toxins at Blue Terrace, which crafts beautifully presented dishes for the health conscious. The menu is chock full of colourful salads and mains, all delicately arranged and many garnished with edible flowers. The seared yellow fin tuna with quinoa, beetroot, capsicum, roasted cherry tomato, quail egg and pesto dressing is simply divine.

  • Restaurants in Cikini & Menteng

    Lara Djonggrang

    It's easy to think you've stumbled across an enchanting lost temple at Lara Djonggrang. Its dimly lit, incense-filled space is decorated with traditional furnishings – dark-wood chairs, red tablecloths and Indonesian sculptures and art. Imperial Indonesian dishes are tasty and beautifully presented with a smorgasbord of colour. Interestingly, the bar was actually created from part of a 200-year-old temple.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Cikini & Menteng

    Kunstkring Paleis

    High tea or cocktails? You can have both, plus a divine Indonesian dinner in between at this alluring re-imagined Dutch colonial mansion, once Batavia's fine arts centre (it showed works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Chagall and Gauguin after it opened in 1914). Exhibitions continue today.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in South Jakarta

    Nusa

    Inside this grand old 1920s colonial house is one of Jakarta's best upmarket Indonesian restaurants. The menu changes nightly depending on what the chefs source from the best local markets and suppliers. Expect creative inspiration and nuanced flavours. Note that as the restaurant is halal, no alcohol is served. Food styling is elegant; many tables overlook the back garden.

  • Restaurants in Cikini & Menteng

    Crystal Jade Palace

    Expand your culinary palette at this branch of the acclaimed Michelin-starred Singapore chain, located at Grand Indonesia mall. The high-end Chinese dining experience includes exceptional quality and authentic regional Chinese dishes. You won't find sweet and sour chicken here: instead the roasted Peking duck is out of this world and the soupy crab xiao long bao dumplings are delicious.

  • Restaurants in South Jakarta

    Three Buns

    Sometimes you've got to satisfy that urge for a dirty burger, and Three Buns, voted Asia's best burger in 2019, in South Jakarta is just the place to do it. Set in a converted warehouse filled with tropical plants and tiered-crate seating, the menu runs from Aussie prime beef and crispy pork belly to yoghurt-brine fried chicken or twice-cooked portobello brioche burgers.

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    Lewis & Carroll

    There are more than 70 types of artisanal tea on offer at Lewis & Carroll. The tea lounge serves locally sourced teas with names like Batavia Grey and Java Jewels. If you don’t know where to start, the fragrant loose-leaf teas are presented in trays of test tubes that you can smell before ordering.

  • Restaurants in South Jakarta

    Mamma Rosy

    Mamma Rosy is often in the kitchen at this very authentic (and popular) Italian trattoria. With her son Daniel, Mamma has brought a taste of the old world to this bright yellow spot in trendy Kemang. Fresh pasta, pizzas and heartier mains make up the menu. Enjoy the chef's special pesto inside or out in the large walled garden.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in South Jakarta

    Din Tai Fung

    This branch of the Michelin-starred Taiwanese dumpling restaurant, one of many in Jakarta, is well hidden and has a relaxing ambience. It specialises in xiaolongbao (steamed dumplings), plus other exceptionally executed dumplings and dishes. Order delicious jiaozi fried dumplings, plus roast duck, crispy fried chicken with chilli, and black pepper tenderloin beef with garlicky green beens.

  • Restaurants in South Jakarta

    Queen's Head

    Seminyak meets Islington in this popular lounge-pub that combines Balinese style with hip geometric design and a modern take on British pub fare. Fish and chips, roasted pork belly, seafood red curry, beef pie and freshly baked bread are some of the options. There's an outdoor area and the bar serves top cocktails well into the early hours.

  • Restaurants in Jalan Jaksa Area

    Honu Poké & Matcha Bar

    Jakarta has joined the poké revolution. This cool little local chain serves 10 varieties of the Hawaiian protein bowls. The 'torched' bowl comes with flame-seared salmon, salmon belly, shiitake, red radish, edamame, nori and tobiko. There's also raw tuna, tofu and chicken options, all served with veggies on a bed of rice.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Jalan Jaksa Area

    Waha Kitchen

    A fittingly fashionable bistro occupies the lobby of the designer Kosenda Hotel, with a 24-hour bar and a menu of modern Asian. Food appears to be served with a Western palate in mind, with classic but well-executed dishes like spicy seafood noodles, Hainanese chicken rice, black pepper beef and salted egg yolk fried prawns.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kota & Glodok

    Historia

    Served in a hip Kota warehouse with soaring ceilings, big art murals and a retro-industrial vibe, Historia's dishes hail from around the archipelago. Try bandeng goreng sambal (grilled milkfish with steamed rice and Balinese sambal), sate ayam (grilled chicken satay with rice and peanut sauce), bakmie godog Jawa (Javanese noodles with a spicy broth) and plenty of tasty mixed-rice dishes.

  • Restaurants in South Jakarta

    Mie Chino Pasar Santa

    The hipster haven of Pasar Santa has a charming little independent market on the top floor. Here, stalls sell food that stems from the culinary dreams of young chefs. This no-frills budget joint has only three things on the menu – meatballs, dumplings and unbelievably tasty bowls of chicken and mushroom noodles. Believe us, they must be tried.