22 Amazing Labuan Bajo Restaurants to Try for the Hungry Traveller

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, and book into a hotel in Labuan Bajo, before commencing their adventure on a Komodo Islands boat tour.

Labuan Bajo Indonesia, the alluring gateway to Komodo National Park, is not only famed for its natural beauty but also for its burgeoning food scene. Here are 22 must-try Labuan Bajo restaurants and cafes that will tantalize your taste buds with their unique offerings, from fresh seafood to delectable desserts. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey full of surprising and delightful flavours.

Check out the exact locations of the best Labuan Bajo Restaurants below

Best Restaurants in Labuan Bajo

Artomoro Restaurant and Grill

Artomoro Seafood and Grill Labuan Bajo Restaurants
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For those seeking a cosy atmosphere with hearty meals, look no further than Artomoro Restaurant and Grill. This welcoming establishment serves Western and Indonesian favourites.

TRAVELIST TIP: They also have live music on certain nights so be sure to check out the Facebook or Instagram pages to find out the line up.

Kick back on their main indoor dining area or the outdoor terrace. Seafood is their speciality and their beachy wooden decor definitely speaks to the chilled vibes of the coast.

ARTOMORO RESTUARANT & GRILL

CUISINE: Seafood

DINING STYLE: Casual

DISHES TO TRY: Salted egg soka crab & the seafood platter

PRICING: $$

SERVES ALCOHOL: Yes

FACILITIES: Indoor and outdoor seating, card payment facilities, wifi

Mola’s Cafe

Molas Cafe Labuan Bajo Restaurants
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Escape to Molas Cafe for the ultimate oasis of relaxation with a vibrant social scene and laid back pool-side vibes in Labuan Bajo. Indulge in their delicious food, refreshing drinks, and uplifting music. Definitely be sure to take a dip in our inviting swimming pool, challenge friends to a game of billiards, or unwind with a rejuvenating spa treatment.

TRAVELIST TIP: You can also look forward to engaging cultural events, including Manta talks hosted by the Marine Megafauna Foundation, Indonesian movie screenings, and traditional dance performances on certain nights so be sure to follow them on Instagram or Facebook to check out the schedule.

MOLAS CAFE

CUISINE: Indonesian & Western

DINING STYLE: Casual & Poolside

DISHES TO TRY: Satay or Rendang Quesidilla

PRICING: $$

SERVES ALCOHOL: Yes

FACILITIES: Indoor and outdoor seating, card payment facilities, wifi

Pondok Mai Ceng’go Labuan Bajo

Pondok Mai Ceng'go Labuan Bajo Restaurants
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Experience authentic Manggarai cuisine at Pondok Mai Ceng’go Labuan Bajo. This charming establishment specializes in traditional Indonesian dishes with a local flair. Specializing in seafood and grilled and fried chicken dishes you wont be short on delectable dishes to try.

Conviniently located close to the airport, this is a great place to try on arrival or just before you head home. sit back and bask in the rich cultural ambience while savouring a truly unique meal.

PONDOK MAI CENG’GO

CUISINE: Indonesian, Asian

DINING STYLE: Casual & Family Style

DISHES TO TRY: Udang Goreng with black pepper sauce & Ayam Bakar

PRICING: $$

SERVES ALCOHOL: No (Strictly Halaal)

FACILITIES: Indoor and outdoor seating, card payment facilities, wifi

La Cucina

La Lucina Labuan Bajo Restaurants
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Experience the warm and inviting atmosphere of La Cucina, where simple elegance and authentic Italian cuisine meet. Dishes are prepared with the same love and care as your Italian nonna would, using time-honoured traditions and recipes. Their trattoria-style space features maritime-inspired decor in shades of blue and white, and is run by a Neapolitan chef and Italian owners for an authentically Italian experience.

Indulge in homemade pasta, crafted fresh each morning and served with classic Italian sauces. From the daily staples of tagliatelle and gnocchi to creative twists on traditional dishes, not forgetting beloved pizza, made with fresh, typical Italian ingredients and a whole lot of love. >> Full Menu here

TRAVELIST TIP: Feeling adventurous? Let their chef surprise you with their daily special ‘Dish of the day’, featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients and expertly crafted flavours.

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

LA CUCINA LABUAN BAJO

CUISINE: Italian

DINING STYLE: Casual

DISHES TO TRY: Fettuccine pasta and any of the pizzas

PRICING: $$

SERVES ALCOHOL: Yes

FACILITIES: Indoor seating, card payment facilities, wifi

Hong Signature Restaurant

Hong Signature  Restaurant Labuan Bajo Restaurants
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Hong Signature Restaurant offers is the place to visit when you need comfort and seafood. Although seafood may be their speciality, diners have raved about their fried rice dishes too, quoting “some of the best they’ve had in the world’ Known for their exquisite fusion of Indonesian, Chinese, and Western flavours, we recommend indulging in their mouthwatering Black pepper Crab dish and definitely their fried rice options.

HONG RESTAURANT

CUISINE: Seafood, Chinese & Asian

DINING STYLE: Casual

DISHES TO TRY: Black Pepper Crab and Fried Rice

PRICING: $$

SERVES ALCOHOL: No

FACILITIES: Indoor and outdoor seating, card payment facilities, wifi

Happy Banana

Happy Banana Labuan Bajo Restaurants
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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.

TRAVELIST TIP: They also have a number healing and medicinal tonics created with traditional Indonesian healing properties such as: Chrolophyll, Jamu and Tumeric ginger – Certainly, something to try.

A vibrant food experience which also offers vegan, vegetarian and omnivore options.

HAPPY BANANA

CUISINE: Japanese, Asian fusion, Health food

DINING STYLE: Casual

DISHES TO TRY: All sushi options are highly related + Vegan Chocolate Mousse

PRICING: $$

SERVES ALCOHOL: Yes

FACILITIES: Indoor and limited outdoor seating, card payment facilities, wifi

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Made In Italy

Made in Italy Labuan Bajo restaurants
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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.

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

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 LABUAN BAJO

CUISINE: Authentic Italian

DINING STYLE: Elegant

DISHES TO TRY: Any of the decadent homemade plates of pasta, seafood soup, and burrata – not to mention finishing off with a delectable tiramisu or pannetone

PRICING: $$$

SERVES ALCOHOL: Yes

FACILITIES: Indoor and outdoor seating, card payment facilities, wifi

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

Atlantis on the Rock Labuan Bajo Restaurants

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 on the Rock Plataran Komodo Resort and Spa Labuan Bajo Restaurants
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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.

Atlantis Beach Club at Plataran Komodo Resort and Spa Labuan Bajo Restaurants
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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 ON THE ROCK | ATLANTIS BEACH CLUB

CUISINE: Atlantis Beach Club: Italian, Indonesian, Seafood, Bar | Atlantis on the Rock: International, Indonesian

DINING STYLE: Casual

DISHES TO TRY: Atlantis on the Rock: Kerapu Bakar Labuan Bajo, Dulang Seafood, Nasi Goreng on the Rock | Atlantis Beach Club: Anything from the seafood selection!

PRICING: $$$

SERVES ALCOHOL: Yes

FACILITIES: Indoor and outdoor seating, card payment facilities, wifi

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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.

AYANA Komodo Waecicu 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 multiple places to get incredible food and snaps like these. You’re bound to find something delicious.

Honzen Komodo

Honzen Komodo at Ayana Komodo Resort Labuan Bajo Restaurants
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Honzen Komodo offers an elegant dining experience nestled within the Ayana Komodo Resort. Using the freshest ingredients, this restaurant serves up modern interpretations of Japanese dishes. Be sure to try their signature Tuna Tataki while soaking in the ambience of their contemporary indoor setting or the sweeping ocean views from their outdoor terrace. >> Full menu here

HONZEN KOMODO

CUISINE: Japanese

DINING STYLE: Elegant

DISHES TO TRY: Tuna Tataki and Teppanyaki

PRICING: $$$

SERVES ALCOHOL: Yes