Best Labuan Bajo Restaurants

Nestled on the west side of East Nusa Tenggara Flores lies the once-sleepy seaside town of Labuan Bajo. Skipping to the last 5 years the Labuan Bajo trip has turned into a bustling gateway to Komodo National Park – the only place in the world to see the Komodo Dragon in its natural habitat.

As many tours depart early in the morning, it’s common for travellers to arrive the day prior, book into a hotel in Labuan Bajo, before commencing their adventure on a Komodo Islands boat tour. Labuan Bajo Indonesia has therefore upped its game in the hospitality scene with a range of accommodation from budget hostels to 5-star resorts and several restaurant options too!

Thousands of tourists now flock to this Jurassic Park-like landscape to catch a glimpse of the mythical Godzilla-like creature along with the many other awe-inspiring islands within the park.

One of the rewards of a rush in tourism is an increase in great restaurants.

Labuan Bajo Indonesia is home to some incredible local food, in a variety of cuisines to cater to tourists seeking local delights and international tastes!

This is a shortlist of Labuan Bajo restaurants that cracked the nod from many visitors. I’ve included the images from Instagram so you can see some of their latest dishes and atmosphere

Best Restaurants in Labuan Bajo

La Cucina

La Cucina Labuan Bajo is a friendly Italian spot offering a welcoming airy vibe that draws guests in for their nostalgic and comfort cuisine. Admired by many online, this Labuan Bajo restaurant hosts a multitude of great reviews based on its chilled aesthetic which sets the mood to look out over the ocean and its delights catering to breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sourced from mainly local ingredients, it still delivers a wonderfully authentic Italian experience at a fraction of the price of what you’d pay in Italy.

Although prices may still appear to be expensive by local standards, ‘Western cuisine’ is generally pricer than local dishes at any restaurant in Indonesia.

TRAVELIST TIP: The La Cucina menu is diverse in its Italian dishes, but it’s recommended to stick to the popular dishes as well as sampling some of their deliciously moreish daily baked goods!

Catering to guests’ WiFi needs they also offer a great little terrace to overlook the bay whilst enjoying a cold drink and the sunset. Labuan Bajo has places to enjoy an incredible sunset and this is a hot contender!

LA CUCINA
Recommended Dishes:
Homemade pasta dishes or their endless pizza topping choices and their daily baked goods
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, European
Special Diets: Gluten-free pasta options, vegan and vegetarian options
Facilities: WIFI, credit and debit card payments, ocean views, outdoor seating, alcoholic beverages

Mediterraneo Restaurant

This was the first restaurant I tried upon arrival in Labuan Bajo. They’ve created a wonderfully colourful and eclectic atmosphere serving modern creative cuisine using spices and traditional elements of the Mediterranean.

Overlooking the Labuan Bajo harbour with indoor and outdoor seating options, Mediterraneo Labuan Bajo makes for one of the most popular restaurants, serving pizza, pasta, salads, seafood, and some fusion Indonesian traditional dishes.

Dishes are exquisitely presented and deliciously uncomplicated, combining classic Italian and Mediterranean inspiration.

They have free WiFi and a laid-back bean-bag lounge for a great chilled hang-out.

I have a great love for this restaurant. Labuan Bajo Mediterranean cuisine gets a thumbs up from all visiting this spot.

MEDITERRANEO
Recommended Dishes:
Roasted Seabass and Spaghetti Aglio E Olio or Rich Ragu
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Italian, Pizza, Indonesian fusion
Special Diets: Vegetarian-friendly, vegan and gluten-free options
Facilities: WIFI, credit and debit card facilities, oceanview, outdoor seating, alcoholic beverages

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Happy Banana

Happy Banana Labuan Bajo is at its heart a sushi restaurant, but also offers Japanese, Asian fusion and health foods.

With Japanese at its essence, their dishes are a delight for the eyes and taste buds. Offerings from breakfast to dinner include organic salads, open sandwiches, quinoa bowls, homemade noodles, superfoods and even homemade desserts.

HAPPY BANANA
Recommended Dishes: 
ANY OF THEIR SUSHI options! They also have a new range of healing menu items created with the Traditional Indonesian healing properties of dishes as the focus. Certainly, something to try.
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian Fusion, health foods
Special Diets: Vegan and vegetarian options
Facilities: Credit and debit card facilities, WiFi, outdoor seating, alcoholic beverages

Bajo Bakery

Love straight from the oven in Flores Labuan Bajo!

This is how I epitomize this generously divine establishment! If you enjoy authentically handmade bread baked with healthy ingredients and love, this is the place to visit!

Renowned for their ever-popular and eye-feasting super smoothie bowls this cafe offers a delightful choice of 3 floors to sit at with floors two and three hosting stunning ocean views.

This is a scrumptious bakery, from the moment the door opens one is greeted by the delicious aroma of freshly baked goods.

I literally live for those moments!

Offering affordable and well-sized portions, it’s no surprise that tourists have had multiple breakfasts here on their stay in Labuan Bajo- shoving hotel breakfasts aside for something from this menu.

Travellers rave about the great service and a diverse menu for a café. If you haven’t been here yet, It’s definitely a must on your next travel to Labuan Bajo.

TRAVELIST BONUS POINTS: You can refill your reusable water bottle here for free. Just a nod to how great this café tries to do its part for the environment.

BAJO BAKERY 
Recommended Dishes:
OK can I just list everything? Items are freshly baked and sellout easily so you’re always bound to get something great whether it’s baguettes and pretzel or rich muffins, brownies, cakes, and cookies – you need to try something from their baked selection! The acai super healthy smoothie bowl is an absolute must-try for those seeking a healthy punch which is super Instagrammed as well!
Cuisines: Cafe, International, European, Healthy
Special Diets: Vegetarian-friendly, vegan and gluten-free options
Facilities: Free WiFi, ocean views, outdoor seating

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Bajo Taco

TACOS & TEQUILA! Or a burrito and a Bintang!

This is a funky Tex-Mex bar with fresh ingredients, fast service, and a great atmosphere.

Many travellers have commended their awesome twist on Mexican and Indonesian dishes which makes for excellent return customers.

With its vibrant and fun decor, it is a unique place to relax with a cold beer or fresh margarita and enjoy some tacos, burrito or any of their daily specials

From a spacious window overlooking the Flores sea watch the Komodo tours from Labuan Bajo leave the harbour, sunset views and feel the cool breeze combined for a great chillout spot.

BAJO TACO
Recommended Dishes:
Fish tacos, quesadillas and jalapeno poppers
Cuisine: Mexican, Latin, Bar
Special Diets: Vegetarian Friendly, vegan and gluten-free options
Facilities: CASH ONLY, ocean views, WIFI, terrace seating, alcoholic beverages

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Made In Italy

Another Italian offering catering to fine-dining travellers of Labuan Bajo. The pricing may be a bit out of place for the local fishing village locals but the dishes are authentically Italian crafted by chef Patron Marco Bertini.

Working closely with local farmers, while educating them about healthy organic produce, Made in Italy Labuan Bajo now hosts two permaculture synodic farms, where fresh ingredients are sourced and used alongside the finest imported ones.

Whilst receiving mixed reviews from some travellers visiting Labuan Bajo, this establishment boasts an extensive wine collection, sublime décor, and magnificent plating.

MADE IN ITALY
Recommended Dishes:
Any of the decadent homemade plates of pasta, seafood soup, and burrata – not to mention finishing off with a delectable tiramisu
Cuisine: Authentic Italian
Special Diets: Vegetarian-friendly, vegan and gluten-free options
Facilities: Wifi, credit and debit card payment, outdoor seating, alcoholic beverages

TRAVELIST TIP: Every Sunday a traditional Italian breakfast from 8:30 until 11:30 am is served. Introducing Italian favorites such as Cornetti, Saccottini, Girelle, Trecce, Sfoglie alla marmellata, Sfogliatine alla mela and more.

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Plataran Komodo Resort – Atlantis on the Rock & Atlantis Beach Club

Plataran Labuan Bajo is a stunning resort on the Waecicu Beach and has two gorgeous dining offerings.

Atlantis on the Rock offers a breath-taking view whilst enjoying delectable cuisine.

Enjoying an exceptional selection of local and international cuisine, alongside a varied menu of wines, cocktails, and other drinks Atlantis Labuan Bajo is a place to sit back, unwind, and enjoy the sunset.

Atlantis Beach Club, Labuan Bajo’s treasured sundowner spot makes a splash with its distinctive architecturea sunken phinisi boat that has been refurbished into a restaurant and beach club.

Both establishments make for a divine culinary experience and if you have the time, both are certainly worth checking out before you cruise Labuan Bajo for Komodo!

ATLANTIS BEACH CLUB | ATLANTIS ON THE ROCK
Recommended Dishes:
Atlantis on the Rock: Kerapu Bakar Labuan Bajo, Dulang Seafood, Nasi Goreng on the Rock | Atlantis Beach Club: Anything from the seafood selection!
Cuisine: Atlantis Beach Club: Italian, Indonesian, Seafood, Bar | Atlantis on the Rock: International, Indonesian
Special Diets: Vegetarian options
Facilities: Outdoor Seating, Ocean views, WIFI, debit and credit card facilities

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Bajo Bay Fisherman’s Club

Located a distance from the main road lies Bajo Bay Fisherman’s club. A predominantly seafood restaurant with a great bar and lounge area to try before sailing Labuan Bajo for Komodo Islands.

Situated on Labuan Bajo bay it holds panoramic sunset views with seaside vintage décor. The fish dishes are deliciously diverse and portion sizes might not feed the hungriest of characters, but the flavours and plating are nothing short of stunning.

With its additional cocktail selection, tapas menu, and live music this is a great atmosphere to take in the sweeping views of the ocean whilst soaking up the dusk and a cocktail.

BAJO BAY FISHERMANS CLUB
Recommended Dishes:
Try a grilled whole fish or barracuda fish fillet or the fish soup
Cuisines: Seafood, Asian and Indonesian Fusion, Tapas
Special Diets: Vegetarian options
Facilities: Outdoor Seating, ocean views, WIFI, credit and debit card facilities, alcoholic beverages

AYANA Komodo Resort

Considered to be one of the best hotels in Labuan Bajo, If you’re looking for luxury, then look no further than the Ayana. Labuan Bajo restaurants like this are the envy of Instagram feeds and with 3 places to get snaps like these. You’re bound to find something delicious.

KISIK

Kisik Labuan Bajo presents the alluring ambience of Jimbaran’s famous beachfront barbecue scene. Satisfy your luxurious cravings for lobster, fish and artisan wood-fired pizza

Open for Dinner: 17:00 to 21:00

UNIQUE

Unique is a rooftop bar serving refreshing tipples and light bites set against a backdrop of a tropical island restaurants fantasy, open-air gazebos and contemporary DJ sessions.

Open for Evenings: 17:00 to 21:00 (Only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)

RINCA

RINCA Restaurant offers impressive all-day dining from AYANA’s garden level. Boasting sea breeze-fresh tables on the patio with serene pool and ocean views, or an exciting interactive experience next to the dynamic open kitchen and bakery area.

Breakfast: 06:30 to 10:30 | Lunch: 11:00 to 17:00 | Dinner: 17:30 to 21:00

Facilities: Outdoor seating, ocean views, WiFi, credit and debit card facilities, alcoholic beverages

Other Labuan Bajo popular restaurants and cafes mentioned in reviews:

Baccala Labuan Bajo

Cafe in HIT

Labajo Flores Coffee

Paradise Bar Labuan Bajo

Where can I dine in at hotels in Labuan Bajo?

Yes, Labuan Bajo has many hotel restaurants, I have outlined a few of the island hotels in the article below: 

Mohini resort Labuan Bajo

La Prima Labuan Bajo

La Cecile Labuan Bajo

Inaya Bay Resorts Labuan Bajo

Bayview Gardens Hotel Labuan Bajo

Sudamala Resort Labuan Bajo

Treetop Labuan Bajo (Ecotree ‘Otel)

Sunset hill Hotel Labuan Bajo

READ: Where to stay in Labuan Bajo: Hotels, hostels and resorts in Labuan Bajo

Labuan Restaurant FAQ

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If anything, this should be a given for any trip you take! But be sure to keep a copy of your insurance details. If Indonesia is not your home country you need to be prepared for anything. All of these experiences have risks.

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I hope this travel guide to Labuan Bajo restaurants has teased your taste buds enough to book the trip to this incredible seaside gem, The Komodo Resort restaurants are equally delightful and make worthy contenders to other restaurants and cafes sprawled across Indonesia.

Have you visited any of these? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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