Romantic Dinner In Bali

The other night, Shelby and I decided we were long overdue for some fine dining. Don’t get me wrong, the $4 pad thais usually do the trick, but after 3 months of traveling, there comes a time where you just really need to treat yourself. Although we’d splurged on a few nice dinners with friends and family in Japan and Hawaii, we’d yet to have a romantic dinner to ourselves since we left home. So after finishing up the day’s adventure, we hopped on our scooter and headed down to Jimbaran for a much needed date night at Opia.

To say our expectations were met would be an understatement. As soon as we walked in the front door we were greeted with our choice cocktails and mocktails . We were then led down a gorgeous corridor where we caught our first glimpse of an impeccable zen water garden. The floors and walls were all a pristine white and a matching runway split the water to a panoramic chapel overlooking a small crater and Jimbaran Beach.


Reliving the runway days at @opiabalidining

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The entire restaurant was basically a cliffside luxury retreat. Similar to Bali’s rice paddies, it was terraced off into different sections. There were 2 different patio sections, a covered dining area, a few bars, an outdoor eating section, a green area, an indoor dining space and 2 separate cabana areas, one with a swing for good measure. Each space came equipped with sprawling views of the surrounding hillsides. It was easy to see why it’s a popular destination wedding venue.


After finishing up the grand tour, we ordered our first round of drinks and appetizers;  the Jon Snow cocktail and the Beef Rendang are absolute must tries. For the entrees, we went with the Dirty French Duck and the Black Pasta & Crab. The black pasta was perfectly smothered in a parmesan and mixed seafood pesto and had an actual crab on the side. This was honestly one of the best dishes I’ve ever had, let alone since we left home 3 months ago.


For dessert, we opted for a final round of drinks (tequila was involved this time), a decadent chocolate concoction and a no bake mango cheesecake that came layered in a clear glass. Unlike Shelby, I’m not a huge chocolate fiend, but I thought the cheesecake tasted even better than it was presented, which is saying quite a lot. Once we wrapped up dessert there was nothing left to do but sit back and enjoy the live music.

Maybe it’s because we don’t treat ourselves very often while we’re traveling, but our dinner at Opia is certainly one we’ll never forget. The food was incredible and the setting was better than anything we could have imagined on our own. Regardless of if you’re staying in Jimbaran, Ubud, Seminyak, Canggu or Amed, I can’t stress enough how much I’d recommend making the trip to Opia for a date night while you’re in Bali. If you do go, take my word for it and order the Beef Rendang, Black Pasta & Crab and No Bake Mango Cheesecake. You won’t be disappointed.

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