Best restaurants in Indonesia

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Semarang

    Holliday Restaurant

    It's easy to see why this two-storey restaurant is permanently packed: the food is exceptionally good! Earning the unreserved recommendation of the local Chinese population, the restaurant attracts large parties to its circular tables even on a weekday. Dishes of super-fresh seafood, including jellyfish and lobster, and hot plates of bean curd are among the local favourites.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Borobudur

    Patio

    For a magical hilltop setting enhanced by traditional music, this vintage restaurant, 4km west of Borobudur, is hard to match. Eat in the formal dining room or out on the terrace with views of the monument. Local dishes are served with modern international flair and there's an extensive wine list.

  • 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.

  • Restaurants in Jakarta

    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.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Echo Beach

    Samadi Bali

    A guesthouse, yoga studio (class 140,000Rp), holistic treatment centre and organic cafe rolled into one, Samadi Bali is the quintessential wellness stop in the heart of trendy Canggu. The popular Sunday organic market (9am to 2pm) is a great spot to stock up on produce, baked goods and local crafts. The menu in the health-conscious cafe covers the globe.

  • 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 Gianyar

    Gianyar Night Market

    The sound of scores of cooking pots and the glare of bright lights add a frenetic and festive clamour to Gianyar's delicious and wonderfully aromatic pasar malam (night market), where some of the best street food in Bali is on offer. Scores of stalls set up each night in the town's main street and cook up a mouthwatering and jaw-dropping range of dishes, including delectable babi guling (spit-roast pig stuffed with chilli, turmeric, garlic and ginger).

  • 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.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Amlapura

    Bali Asli

    The green hills around Amlapura are some of east Bali's most beautiful and Australian chef Penelope Williams takes full advantage of the vistas at her elegant restaurant and cooking school. Produce sourced from the restaurant's own garden is used for meals that explore the vibrancy of Balinese and Indonesian flavours. This may be the best nasi campur you'll ever eat.

  • 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 Surabaya

    De Soematra 1910

    Put on your posh frock to come to this highly regarded restaurant. It's set inside a renovated colonial mansion with 6m-high ceilings, chandeliers and carved wooden drinks counters (with sherry decanters, of course). The food, which is modern Italian, is as memorable as the setting and includes treats such as mushroom cappuccino with lace truffle oil, and pan-fried baby lobster.

  • 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 Malang

    Melati

    The Tugu hotel's poolside restaurant is a romantic setting for a meal, with attentive staff to guide you through the delicious Indonesian and Chinese Peranakan options. It also does a damn fine rijsttafel (selection of Indonesian dishes served with rice). International mains such as pasta and grilled meats are also excellent. The wine list rocks, as does the selection of cocktails.

  • 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.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ende

    Sari Rasa

    This sparkling-clean, bare-walled restaurant is filled with travellers out for a taste of local food, but who come back for Martin, the charismatic owner and self-appointed 'captain of the boat'. He'll colourfully explain the short, whiteboard-scrawled menu cooked by his wife as jazz plays in the background.

  • 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.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pangandaran

    Pasar Ikan

    Pangandaran’s terrific fish market consists of more than a dozen large, open-sided restaurants just off the east beach. Karya Bahari is considered the best – which is why it's so crowded – but all operate on exactly the same basis. The fresh seafood here is so good it could probably entice a mermaid to the table.