Where to Eat in Gili Air: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 6, 2017 Deane Carmody

The unspoiled natural beauty of Gili Air sets the perfect scene for a secluded island vacation. Chill out with a drink at a beachside bar or cafe, or hit the water for some superb reef diving and snorkeling. Labyrinthine walking paths snake all over the island, including a coastal path that will take you all the way around the island in about an hour and a half.

1. Chill Out Bar & Bungalows

Main Strip, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Seafood, Asian, Indonesian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$110 +62 818-0379-8554
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Chill Out Bar & Bungalows

Chill Out Bar is set on the main beach area of Gili Air looking directly at Mount Rinjani Lombok and the warm tropical blue waters between them. This is an ideal setting for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner or just to kick back relax and watch the world go by sipping on our freshly made Juices or a few Cocktails. We have a very extensive menu which includes a variety of appetizers, freshly made soups and salads. Indonesian and Chinese cuisine and Western favourites such as Pizza & Pasta, Burgers & Sandwiches all made from our In-House Bakery.Our daily Fresh Seafood BBQ is one of the best on Gili Air.

Reviewed By Jane M - Melbourne, Australia

Loved the setting on the beach in the main street of Gili Air. Seafood grill was fresh, as was the seafood curry. I went twice during my holiday.

2. Ruby's Cafe

Jl. Scallywags Mango Retreat | we are next door to Scallywags Mango Retreat, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia (Formerly Warung Gili) Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards International, Asian, Fusion, Indonesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks HK$157 - HK$2,372,179 +62 878-6355-8972
Excellent
73%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 860 reviews

Ruby's Cafe

Ruby's Cafe is owned and operated by Indonesian Chef Ruby. Her Mission is to provide fresh homecooked with passion from experience from working overseas inspires her delicious curries using imported ingredients unique to her cafe and her time in top Italian restaurants in Bali comes through in her perfect pasta dishes. Every plate is cooked from scratch, spring rolls,croquettes, curries, only the Rendang is cooked before as it takes 2 hours, no portions pulled from the freezer and buzzed in Micro. Ruby's is a simple open air cafe dedicated to providing tasty FRESH food with love. Sorry even though many reviews advise booking we do not take Reservations works better on a rolling basis, last oders 3.30 lunch and 9.30 dinner.

Reviewed By OG705x - Birmingham, United Kingdom

What a beautiful restaurant with a friendly owner, lovely staff and amazing food!! A small menu to choose from yet it was so hard to pick what to eat with each thing sounding mouthwatering. Really recommend this place to anybody. Great portions and so fresh. It really was the best meal we have had so far. Thank you!!

3. Scooperific Cafe & Gelato

Jalan Pantai, West Nusa Tenggara 83353, Indonesia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Street Parking, Wine and Beer Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Late Night HK$47 +62 821-4708-4662
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 561 reviews

Scooperific Cafe & Gelato

Scooperific proposes home-made Italian gelato and sorbet served in home-made cones.Welcome to our friendly outlet located next to the Chillout Bar on the main beach walk.All our products are home-made in Gili Air in our laboratory fully equipped in stainless steel, using the best Italian recipes and ingredients.Hygiene and respect of the cold-chain are our priorities to ensure maximum food safety.Gelatos are made with pasteurized full cream milk and Sorbettos are made with imported mineral water.We only use premium products imported from Italy and we produce gelatos and sorbettos every day to deliver the best possible quality to our customers.We try to be as eco-friendly as possible, thus we don't use plastic cups and we recycle everything that we can.

Reviewed By rlecroy1 - Jeonju, South Korea

We ate here only once during our week-long stay, despite close proximity to our hotel. When we were given samples of the ice cream, it was more icy than creamy, and slightly lacking in flavor. But, they also served Nutella on waffles and crepes, so we decided to give it a try.
We ordered a Nutella-covered waffle and coconut ice cream served on the side. We were able to order it Takeout, which was nice.  We spread the coconut ice cream over the waffle, which was absolutley delicious. The freshly-cooked waffle was crispy and savory, the Nutella portions generous, and the ice cream added a bit of sweet coolness to it all.
Overall, I believe it ended up being about 75,000 IDR, which is a bit expensive by Indonesian standards, but well worth it for a decadent treat. If you order a waffle alone, its about 45,000, and I think the crepe is a bit cheaper. We liked this place, but there were other ice cream shops with interesting flavors just nearby.

4. The Mexican Kitchen

Bintang Beach, West Nusa Tenggara 83352, Indonesia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Healthy, Mexican, Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$78 +62 877-6578-1643
Excellent
57%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 590 reviews

The Mexican Kitchen

The Mexican Kitchen is a relaxed and kitsch beach restaurant and Margarita Lounge in beautiful Gili Air. We offer delicious and GMO free delicacies from mexican cuisine as close as possible to the authentic flavours. We also sell organic coconut oil and bamboo straws, protecting the environment and supporting local communities. We provide kitchen training and capacity building for our local staff. Not to mention you will find here the best margaritas in town prepared with love, organic coconut syrup and freshly squeezed juice! We also have a very tasty vegan and raw food menu to bring out your light! Please come and enjoy our socially and environmentally conscious sunset corner..!

Reviewed By Michelle L - Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

I reserved a table facing the sea for my wife's birthday, and the staff were lovely keeping it for me.
The restaurant is set right by the sea, offering some Seating outdoors or inside. Staff were friendly and attentive. We liked Hola their pet chicken who sat dutifully at the front by the menu welcoming visitors. The Frida Kahlo artwork added to an overall nice and relaxed vibe. When we passed by the next day they said hello and remembered my name which is always a really nice touch.
We each ordered a range of drinks between us throughout dinner, all of which were mixed well and had a good kick to them. We tried the watermelon margarita, strawberry and mint mojito, their signature Tequila and coffee drink, and a banana daiquiri. As it was happy hour each came with a bowl of their nachos which tasted fresh and were a nice nibble as we waited for dinner. They were surprisingly filling and we struggled to finish the last bowl that came!
For dinner we shared the alambre and red mole and tiger prawn enchiladas. Both were delicious, well flavored, and with nice fresh ingredients. My wife favored the prawn dish whilst I the beef.
Our bill for 2 mains and 4 alcoholic cocktails came to 480,000. Not bad for a nice evening out with good food, cocktails, a nice atmosphere, and the waves splashing in the background. Recommend for a nice occasion or drinks by the sea.

5. Classico Italiano

Gili Air Lombok 83352 | Close to Scallywags Smugglers, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner +62 819-1604-3357
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 834 reviews

Classico Italiano

New opening in Gili Air Classico Italiano restaurant and pizzeria . The owners , a young couple of Italian DOC The bistro style restaurant offers lunch with classic and traditional dishes such as bruschetta , focaccia and pasta with seafood from 11 am till 14pm. Pizza Romana with 11 hours rising time , from 6pm till 10pm. All the ingredients used are the best quality present in the Indonesian market and available from Lombok .

Reviewed By Qentis - Karlsruhe, Germany

We went there and it was not to busy at that evening also they tried to give everyone the space you needs to enjoy . Stuff was excellent and really nice .
Pizza and lasagne
But also the price I think bit to much , because of that one star less.
But why should they change when it's full every day

6. Warung Bambu Gili Air

West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Indonesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +62 361 975577
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 278 reviews

Warung Bambu Gili Air

Reviewed By Annelies H - Antwerp, Belgium

We really liked the food here, excellent value for money and kind and attentive staff. Should really try the martabak but we also enjoyed every dish we tried there. Highly recommended.

7. Coffee & Thyme Gili Air

Jl. Harbour, Oceans 5 Dive Resort | Jalan Harbour, West Nusa Tenggara 83552, Indonesia Takeout, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Healthy, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 528 reviews

Coffee & Thyme Gili Air

Coffee & Thyme is about fresh coffee and homemade goods such as vegan cakes! Swing by any time for a good time.

Reviewed By Qentis - Karlsruhe, Germany

The taste was really good but for me it was to oily I hade the rice surprise . The drinks where good and the stuff is so nice and funny like this guys .

8. Mowie's Bar

Jl. Gili Air | Nusa Tenggara Barat, West Nusa Tenggara 83125, Indonesia Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Seating, Full Bar Healthy, European, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 +62 878-6423-1384
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 790 reviews

Mowie's Bar

The chilled out vibe at Mowie's bungalows has drifted closer to the beach with a modern sunset bar offering ice cold beer and a spectacular sunset view. Healthy menu including the signature Egg's Benedict on a bed of bubble and squeak and 'Happy Salmon'; a bamboo charcoal infused ciabatta with lettuce, smoke salmon, blue cheese and sun dried tomato. The quality Organic ingredients are imported fresh from Bali and Lombok . It's not just the food that will make you return, the staff do too. You're more than customer at Mowie's and it's the people that makes this place so special, which is why Mowie's is often referred to a "home away from home".

Reviewed By Hassan H - Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium

Th place is amazing and good location with nice vibes. We have been here 4 times or so and each time the local Indonesian staff is very unfriendly. Even at 8pm they practically refuse a beer because they close at 9 pm.
I fully respect that but kindness and courtesy Would be nicer. I think the staff need to be told about how to do their jobs rather than stare and banter tourist ladies.
Too bad, such a greater potential place being run amok because most likely the owners don’t prefer a hands on approach

9. Scratch Beach Club

#1 Salili Beach, Grand Sunset Hotel, West Nusa Tenggara 83352, Indonesia Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards American, Asian, Contemporary, Bar, Seafood, European, Indonesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$55 - HK$196 +62 819-3433-7000
Excellent
67%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 330 reviews

Scratch Beach Club

Setting the standard for cuisine, cocktails, service and venue on this booming resort island. The critically acclaimed Scratch restaurant in Kerobokan, Bali has brought their innovative yet unpretentious gastronomic style, original cocktails and relaxed atmosphere to this gorgeous venue surrounded by coconut trees, white sand Beaches and grand sunsets.

Reviewed By Jimmy C - Helsinki, Finland

Scratch is from the more expensive category of restaurants in Gili. We came here a couple of times during one week.
Better service and better quality food than in many other places on the island. You pay more but also get more. Service is also less creepy and the guys are not on mushrooms, which is nice. I reckon there are some Australians working there - maybe managing the place.
Good place for a "last night" party or other special occasion if you do not want to spend all your backpacking money right away. Worth visiting.

10. Sharkbites

Main Harbour Street, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia Delivery, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +62 878-6441-4908
Excellent
66%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 423 reviews

Sharkbites

Reviewed By Anna D

If you're a meat lover you're at the right place!
Amazing pulled pork burger, it was juicy and the homemade potato fries were great to it.
Had the beach bun ( 200gr beef patty) and it was sooo tasty, one of the juiciest burgers I ever had and I live currently in Australia were burgers are a holy thing.

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