Bintan Island Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Bintan Island

December 19, 2017 Tynisha Seiler

A popular destination for golfers looking for better rates and more accessible courses, Bintan is also a nice way to escape the bustle of Singapore. A ferry ride takes between one and two hours, depending on where you’re headed. From there you can relax on one of the beaches or head inland for hiking and ATV rides or take a ride at the elephant park. There are a couple of towns on Bintan, but the island’s natural beauty is what draws visitors.
Things to do in Bintan Island

1. Baan Aarya

No 1 Indra Maya, Bintan Island on Nirwana Resort property | Nirwana Gardens, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province 29152, Indonesia Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, Thai Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$392 +62 770 692789
Excellent
41%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 59 reviews

Baan Aarya

Founded in 1998, Baan Aarya is a gem of a restaurant on Bintan Island.

Reviewed By vn_nilesh - Singapore, Singapore

This was our 2nd trip to Bintan for a family vacation. We had visited Baan Arya restaurant on previous occasion. The restaurant is famous for serving Thai food from local produce. Last time we had tried Tom Yum soup. It was very spicy. On this occasion we were expecting something similar. But it turned out to be much milder version. All the vegetables cooked in the soup were cut into very very large portions. It would have been nice to cut them into smaller pieces.
For appetizers we tried the veg spring rolls. The veggies were stuffed inside a very thin wrap and it was cold. The sauce was adding a nice flavor to these unique spring rolls.
Main course was veg fried rice. The staff was proactive enough to confirm if egg was ok or not. This was the best dish we had for our dinner. Everything was nicely cooked and tasted very nice with the right mix of spices & veggies. For the desserts we tried fried banana with ice cream. The combination of cold ice cream & hot fried bananas was nice.
The outdoor Seating is very close to the sea shore and the evening breeze is quite enjoyable. You need to be prepared for mosquitoes. We had the mosquito repellant to our rescue. The place is well decorated and staff is very helpful. Prices might be slightly overpriced but then you are on vacation and you know that everything will be costly.
Both our visits have been very good to Baan Aarya and we will definitely visit in future if we visit Bintan again. Recommended if you like Thai food and want to have a quite meal by the sea side.

2. The Kelong Seafood Restaurant

Nirwana Gardens, Jalan Panglima Pantar, Lagoi 29155, Bintan Resorts | Nirwana Gardens, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Chinese, Seafood, Asian Lunch, Dinner +62 770 692505
Excellent
25%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 459 reviews

The Kelong Seafood Restaurant

Built on stilts just above the sea, a unique blend of Chinese and Indonesian culinary style. The only place to go in Bintan which has the richest and freshest seafood while offering panoramic view of South China Sea. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Friend recommend us and we ordered steam mantis shrimp, garlic chicken (nice but too many bone pieces) and Assam sotong (black and sour sotong). We read another review that recommend gonggong n tried but was a disappointment as some of them r still cold. It does have a indo Performances and transport to it are done by the kelong. So going and return to resort was easy. During trip out to kelong one can still enjoy the mangrove view.

3. Dino Bistro

Jalan Panglima Pantar | Nirwana Resort Hotel, Lagoi, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province 29155, Indonesia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Indonesian, Italian, International, European, Fusion Dinner, Lunch +62 632 36636
Excellent
19%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
9%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 125 reviews

Dino Bistro

With dishes ranging from mushroom-cappuccino soup to beef fajitas, this restaurant serves Western dishes influenced by Asian tastes. Guests can also enjoy live Performances by the in-house band. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 09:00 AM - 10:30 PM.

Reviewed By Flyhead - Taipei

Went for family dinner to Dino’s.
The staff were friendly, however kind of lacking in service ability.
E.g. I’ve asked for a table for four of us;
Then my daughter was asking me something, and I’ve answered her, meanwhile the waiter went to our table and waved at us to come over...
The food was soso.... Spaghetti were ok, steak was dry when ordered medium, salmon was ok and the pizza too.
However everything was served Wehen finished by the kitchen, but definitively not together. More like one after each... as I was done with the salmon and my wade was still waiting for the steak ...
And I waited about 10min before I’ve started to eat.
Based on the pricing, i can’t recommend that place much.
However, in this resort you don’t have much choices...
Best so far in the Nirwana resort ist the pool-restaurant...

4. Spice Restaurant

Mayang Sari Beach Resort, Jalan Panglima Pantar, Lagoi, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout Indian, Asian, Indonesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Excellent
32%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 91 reviews

Spice Restaurant

Reviewed By SingaporeExpaddy - dublin

the food is nice quality Indian and Indonesian, compared to some other restaurants nearby it is not too expensive but dare I say it still a bit overpriced.

5. Saffron

Banyan Tree Hotel, Jalan Teluk Berembang | Laguna Bintan Resort, Lagoi, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province 29155, Indonesia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner
Excellent
55%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 61 reviews

Saffron

Reviewed By Deepa M - Singapore

Delicious food and wonderful service!
They make you feel very special from your entry into their restaurant until you exit.
We had a great time sitting by the window and looking on to the sea while enjoying Thai delicacies. Interior is also done tastefully.
However, prices are a bit towards higher side. And you need to book the place before you show up. Also pack some smart casuals to wear for the dinner at Saffron. And then you are all set for a wonderful evening!

6. Restoran Sederhana Masakan Padang

Jl. Hang Tuah no. 11, Tanjung Pinang, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations Indonesian, Asian, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +62 771 23183
Excellent
17%
Good
66%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Restoran Sederhana Masakan Padang

Reviewed By MelvinLin - Singapore, Singapore

We heard good things about this place and decided to check it out. Unfortunately, it was pretty average, nothing to shout about.
The people were friendly and helpful. However, the food was served cold, and most dishes were rather average in quality. Somewhat pricey too.
Won't recommend going out of your way to visit.

7. Sei Enam Seafood Restaurant Tanjung Pinang

Jln. Usman Harun No. 31 | Teluk Keriting, Tanjung Pinang, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province 29113, Indonesia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Chinese, Seafood, Asian, Fusion, Indonesian, Halal Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch +62 771 23357
Excellent
21%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Sei Enam Seafood Restaurant Tanjung Pinang

Reviewed By BradCS1 - Jakarta, Indonesia

Stopped off for lunch on the way from the airport based on recommendations from friends. Food is generally pretty good although I wouldn't recommend the sea scallops. Portions are very generous and prices are reasonable. It is a Kelong style restaurant ( on a platform over the water) so it has exceptional views and a nice atmosphere. Would try again next time I visit Bintan

8. Lotus Cafe

Jl. Teluk Berembang | Laguna Bintan Resort, Lagoi, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Asian, Indonesian, Cafe, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch
Excellent
32%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Lotus Cafe

Reviewed By Mikeyflee - Singapore

Overall I would rate this restaurant 4 stars. Somehow the food was fine. Not overprice. Service ok. Must try the mee goreng and Nasi goreng. Food price in Bintan was Singapore Hotel pricing. It is fine if you are on vacation.
The verandah lounge was nice and there is a band playing every Wednesday night. Good place for coffee, cake and relaxation
Thanks

9. Pizza Casa Italia

Pantai Trikora, Gunung Kijang, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia Italian, Pizza, European Dinner
Excellent
49%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Pizza Casa Italia

On the road between Bintan Cabana Beach and Bintan Serumpan Rabi

Reviewed By Mutiara_Toby - Bintan

the east coast of Bintan offers a great variety of cool & original little touristic gems, complementing the upmarket stylish resorts located in Bintan Resorts, on the northern coast of the island
one of these is the Casa Italia pizzeria, run by Armando & family, who have been in Bintan for quite some time
Casa Italia's wood-fired oven proposes a range of tasty pizzas at very reasonable prices
the pizzeria is right on the beach, a simple cabana layout with friendly service
open every day from 10 am till 7 pm, except on Mondays
... worth a visit, take away boxes available too

10. Calypso Floating Bar

Jl. Panglima Pantar | Nirwana Gardens, Lagoi, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands Province 29155, Indonesia Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff +65 6323 6636
Excellent
51%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Calypso Floating Bar

Reviewed By youke_worldwide - Singapore

This is like the real "kelong" because there is a long bridge out to the sea from the kelong. It is an open air bar and very nice after the walk. Quite empty. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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