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Located in tranquil Jimbaran, Cuca offers a cutting-edge concept of globally inspired, locally sourced tapas, cocktails and desserts. Michelin-trained Chef Kevin Cherkas and his Spanish entrepreneur partner, Virginia Entizne, not only realized a life-time dream opening Cuca in Bali in 2013, but also successfully developed a radically different, casual meets fine-dining experience serving inventive comfort food meant for sharing and bursting with flavour. With its hard-earned solid reputation, Cuca is indeed one of South-east Asia’s most celebrated foodie destinations, coming highly recommended by, among many others, the Michelin Travel Guide and being awarded Trip Advisor Hall of Fame Winner
PRICE RANGE
$15 - $45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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European, Asian, Indonesian, International, Contemporary
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Playgrounds, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Top class lunch in a beautiful setting. Sleek dining room and beautiful grounds. Attentive, professional staff in abundance. Beautiful food presentation. As expected, not cheap by Bali standards but stilla lot cheaper than a compatible meal in Australia (unless you buy wine of course). The...restaurant is 100 metres back from the beach and you can dine outside also. The grounds have a playground near the tablesMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear guest, Thank you, for your detailed and wonderful review! We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the top-class lunch, our beautiful setting, and the attentive service provided by our staff. It's great to know that the food presentation and overall experience met your...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The personal attention given from the time of entering the grounds to the very end was special without being overbearing. The food flavours were exquisite. My choices were mainly seafood and each dish was cooked to perfection. The scallops and crab were particularly delicious. There...are vegetarian and meat options as well that I observed others enjoying. I recommend a visit to Cuca as an essential dining experience whilst in Bali. Don’t miss out.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Cathy, we're overjoyed to receive such a wonderful review from you! It’s fantastic to know that our team's personal attention made your visit special and that our seafood dishes met your expectations, particularly the scallops and crab. Thank you for recommending us as an essential...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cuca offers a preset Chef menu as well as a ka carte. Dishes are tapas size but they recommend three for one meal and it is indeed filling. I went three times - tried Chef’s menu and a few different others - I prefer the...seafood section of the menu but the other ones are good as well. I have not had something I disliked. Service is very good, communication may be more or less difficult but personnel is very attentive and dedicated. A bit more expensive but that’s normal for this type of establishments. For a different meal in Bali I recommend Cuca!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Vioricac, for your detailed feedback and for visiting us multiple times! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed our creative dishes, especially the seafood selections, and found our service attentive and dedicated. We appreciate your understanding regarding the pricing and your recommendation for...More

Reviewed April 4, 2024

Booked a table for family of 6 in Cacu’s outside garden. Service was top, and by far the best we had on Bali. We had the 9 course tasting menu and it is worth every bit of the 780 R. Every course had is own...twist and the concept of sharing some of the dishes, worked perfect for us as a family It realy exeeded my expectations. Go there if you are in the Jimbaran Beach-areaMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2024

Dear guest, Thank you so much for the glowing 5-star review! We're thrilled to hear that you and your family enjoyed the Chef's 9-course tasting menu in our garden. It's fantastic to know that our concept of shared dishes added to your experience. Your kind...More

Reviewed April 2, 2024 via mobile

Wow! We arrived for dinner and were escorted through subtlety lit gardens. A pre dinner drink outside allowed us to view the elegant surroundings. We then made our way into the restaurant. The menu was of small plates or tapas. These were beautifully designed in...looks and taste. The service was superb. A special thank you to Mr Tiko the dining room manager for his help and assistance. The whole evening was very special and a fitting way to end our holiday in Bali. If you get chance, Cuca should be top of your list of restaurants in Jimbaran!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2024

Dear Richard, Your glowing review has brought smiles all around at Cuca! Thank you so much for your kind words and for the 5-star rating. We're absolutely delighted to know that your dining experience with us was a highlight of your holiday in Bali. It's...More

Reviewed March 26, 2024

Slightly disappointed given the price if I'm honest. Why? Well, starting with the drinks, I was half expecting a welcome drink to be included with the Chefs Tasting Menu but there wasn't so my wife had a cocktail at R150 (approximately double what we've been...paying for the last 2 weeks for fantastic cocktails in Bali). It came pre-mixed in a bottle which needed to be poured into a glass with a large lump of ice. No fruit, leaves or garnish. I ordered a beer, which, unlike many places, the staff didn't bother to pour into the glass. Later on, my wife wanted a glass of wine but there was only one white, red or rose by the glass so very limited options. Onto the food, the serving mats describing the dishes were informative but also took away the element of surprise and any excitement at what might be coming next. The first 3 dishes - scallops, pork bun and butterfish were all delicious but after that there was a strange concoction of roasted pumpkin (fine) with granola, green beans and tarragon. I'm not sure what the chef was thinking here to be honest but it was the first food in Bali that I haven't been able to eat. The chicken and beef dishes that followed were slightly disappointing and lacked flavour. However, the 2 desert dishes to finish were very nice. Overall, my wife enjoyed it more than I did but she viewed it more as an activity/experience rather than simply a meal. In terms of price, it cost approx R2600 (£130) at least 3 times as much as some of the very nice restaurants we have been enjoying and overall, whilst an interesting experience, for the price I feel it could be better.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2024

Dear Malone, I'm genuinely sorry to hear that your recent visit to Cuca fell short of expectations, especially considering the anticipation and price point. It's disappointing to know the drinks and some dishes didn't hit the mark for you. We take your feedback about the...More

Reviewed March 22, 2024 via mobile

I came here for a super early dinner and sat at the bar/ kitchen area. I ordered 5 dishes, was half way through and the owner came over to me. He had been busy sitting down the other end of me so wasn’t in the...kitchen cooking. I’m assuming he went into the kitchen to just to see how my dinner was going. He was concerned what I ordered might all be similar flavors and that I needed to break them up. He then instructed his staff to give me two dishes in between my last 3 free of charge. The most amazing experience/ hospitality I’ve ever had. Such a cool guy and super passionate about giving customers the best experience. It filters down through all of his staff too. I’ve never had someone care that much about my experience at a restaurant and probably never will. The food!! The food is amazing, un real. I ate way too much but totally worth it. Everything I had was delicious. Soft shell crab and tempeh ribs were ridiculous!!! Very cool place and will definitely be going back again. One of the best meals and experiences in a restaurant I’ve ever had. A no brainer if you’re in Jimbaran.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2024

Dear guest, Thank you so much for your fantastic review! We're thrilled to hear about your extraordinary experience at Cuca. It's heartwarming to know that our team's dedication to personalized care and culinary excellence shone through, especially with the thoughtful gestures from my husband, Kevin!...More

Reviewed March 19, 2024

Absolutely stunning food. Did the chefs menu & was so delicious. Staff attentive , delicious cocktails & beautiful atmosphere.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2024

Dear Sally, We're over the moon to hear about your superb dining experience at Cuca! Delighted that the Chef's Menu hit all the right notes for you and that our team's attentiveness, along with our cocktails and atmosphere, added to your enjoyment. We can't wait...More

Reviewed March 18, 2024 via mobile

We loved our experience at Cuca. We loved it so much, we visited twice during our 6 night stay in Bali. The service was professional, welcoming and prompt and the staff knew the dishes well. We tried different dishes each visit, with the exception of...the chilli chicken satay which were inventive and delicious. Other standout dishes were the mushroom croquettes, tempeh ‘ribs’ and soft shell crab. On our second visit we bumped into Chef Kevin, who we had a great conversation with. There is no doubt this places breathes the passion of Kevin and his wife, Virginia. Do yourself a favour and experience the flavours and delightful service at Cuca!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2024

Dear Guest, We're absolutely thrilled to hear about your fabulous experiences at Cuca, and how you've fallen for our unique blend of inventive comfort food. Your kind words about our professional service and the culinary adventures you embarked on, not forgetting your special meet with...More

Reviewed March 17, 2024 via mobile

Very modern restaurant. Staff is helpful. When you arrive you think it is a michelin star restaurant but it is really a tapas restaurant. You choose 3 dishes per person. Not too much indonesian unfortunately. The dishes were ok but not great. The mushroom croquette...was ok but a bit tasteless. The beef and marrow signature dish was good but not really special. It is more a 7/10 than an 8/10More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2024

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review and for giving us four stars! We're glad you found our staff helpful and enjoyed the modern ambiance of Cuca. It's interesting to hear your perspective on our concept as a tapas restaurant; we indeed focus on a...More

Reviewed March 13, 2024

We have been in Indonesia for the last 5 days and this restaurant was the best we had so far. We took the « Chef’s table » and each plate was a discovery and a great pleasure to taste. It was at the same time a show...because we sat in the kitchen…. Greater experience if you are a foodie. We recommend this restaurant big time!!!! I would dream to convince the Chef who is Canadian to come in Montreal for an exchange for one week at Montreal en lumière. He will show his great talent and his love of food. It was the best meal we had so far and thank you to the whole team. The service was also seamless, friendly and great.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2024

Chère Hélène, Thank you for your glowing review and for choosing Cuca during your stay in Indonesia! We're absolutely thrilled to hear that your Chef's Table experience was the highlight of your culinary journey. It's fantastic to know that each dish was a delightful discovery...More

Reviewed March 11, 2024 via mobile

We have been here 3 times now in the past few years and each time the food has been exceptional, the service great and in a calm relaxed atmosphere.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2024

Dear Guest, It's wonderful to hear from a returning guest like you! We're thrilled that each of your visits to Cuca has been a delightful experience, marked by exceptional food and great service in our calm, relaxed atmosphere. Your ongoing support means the world to...More

Reviewed March 10, 2024

A must-visit everytime we are back in Bali. Five star experience each time. The food and cocktails are inventive and most importantly, super delicious. The staff are amazing and so hospitable. The restaurant is beautiful. I would suggest sitting at the kitchen table to get...a front row seat to all the action.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2024

Dear Jolenea, Thank you so much for your lovely review and for making Cuca a part of your Bali tradition! It's heartwarming to hear that both our food and cocktails continue to delight you, and that our team's hospitality adds to your experience. Your suggestion...More

Reviewed February 24, 2024

After 1 weak in Bali, we pick Cuca for our special dinner. More than an experience, it was like find a family. The chef menu is amazing and leaves us around the world with tastes and smells . Definitely the best choice! Dont leave Bali...without taking cuca moments with you.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2024

Dear Vera, Thank you so much for your glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that your special dinner at Cuca was like finding a family. It's wonderful that our Chef's Menu took you on a delightful journey around the world through tastes and smells. Your...More

Reviewed February 23, 2024 via mobile

This was my second visit at the restaurant having been before with my husband in May 2014. This time, we took our children aged 9 and 6. A truly memorable meal - mostly for my husband and I. Every dish had a unique taste though...I would rate the ayam betutu starter, the lobster roll and pork bun slightly higher than the rest. The uniqueness of each dish is not just in their taste but the experience in your mouth from texture to flavour and trying to decipher the ingredients used. We had the Bali Breakfast, Snow White and Last Slice of Cake for dessert. Bali breakfast and Snow White were excellent palette cleansers. The Last Slice of cake was also nice but probably not as special compared to the other 2 we tried. Service was excellent. Wait staff are attentive and polite. Children are welcome and the staff look after them well. We would like to thank Tiko for his wonderful hospitality. He spent a good 15 minutes talking to us and welcoming us back to the restaurant. He even walked us all the way out of the restaurant and arranged a cab for us. Thank you Tiko! All in, a memorable meal and a fantastic way to end a wonderful holiday in Bali. We’ll be back!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Virginia Entizne, Owner at Cuca Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2024

Dear Tanya, It's truly heartwarming to hear about your delightful return visit to Cuca, this time with your children. We're thrilled that both you and your husband enjoyed our unique culinary creations, especially the ayam betutu starter, lobster roll, and pork bun. It's wonderful to...More

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No I had a port dish there!!
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Hi Federico! we do not have any dress code so feel free to dress as you wish but do please come with an open mind and an empty stomach! :)
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Hi! Apologize the late reply! For Christmas, we do not offer any special menu. We tried to have a Christmas menu before but we learned from the past years experience that when guests come to Cuca they want to eat what we are... More
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Cuca Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5