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

December 27, 2017 Kiesha Cripe

Samarinda is the capital of the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. The city lies on the banks of the Mahakam River. It is the most populous city on the entire Borneo island, with an estimated population of 842,691, up from 726,223 at the 2010 Census. Although it is the capital of East Kalimantan, some government institutions such as the Police, Indonesian Army District VI Of Tanjung Pura, and Pelabuhan Indonesia (Port Transportation) are located on the island. Samarinda is known for its traditional food amplang, as well as the cloth sarung samarinda. The city also has a bridge connecting its river banks, Mahakam Bridge. The city center is on one side and the other side is named Samarinda Seberang.
Things to do in Samarinda

1. Pondok Borneo

Jl. Abul Hasan no. 5, Samarinda, Indonesia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Seafood, Asian, Indonesian, Halal Lunch, Dinner +62 541 736605
Excellent
24%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 112 reviews

Pondok Borneo

Reviewed By honghong87 - Balikpapan, Indonesia

Their smoked crab is awesome, smoky and still smooth, not dry. should try this when in Samarinda. in short vacation if my friend want to go to Samarinda and i can go too i will eat lunch or dinner in this restaurant.. not to expensive too.
two thumbs up..

2. Lipan Hill Restaurant and Cafe

Jl. Cipto Mangunkusumo | Gunung Lipan, Samarinda 75136, Indonesia International, European, Asian, Indonesian Dinner HK$24 - HK$78 +62 541 263660
Excellent
25%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
35%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 20 reviews

Lipan Hill Restaurant and Cafe

A River view resto and cafe in the heart of Samarinda

Reviewed By May_Ngangenin - Samarinda, Indonesia

The food not delicious but the view from this restaurant very nice especially in the afternoon you can see sunset and mahakam river. The staff was nice.

3. Ayam Goreng Banjar

Jl. Abul Hasan no. 6, Samarinda, Indonesia Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indonesian, Asian, Fusion, Halal Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
21%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

Ayam Goreng Banjar

Reviewed By Deddy-RF - Samarinda

Menu favorites fried chicken is very typical and famous once. let alone eaten warm fitted on the tongue. complete with fresh lime sauce .. very fit on the tongue

4. Martabak Banjar

Jl. P Hidayatullah, Samarinda, Indonesia
Excellent
28%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Martabak Banjar

Reviewed By Fnras

Martabak Banjar isn't Martabak as usually i ate. It's totally different. The taste a bit sweet but delicious. Could find at 06.00pm or 07.00pm (start to open) and this isn't restaurant. Martabak Banjar could find opposite the Aston Hotel Samarinda. Must try when you go to Samarinda.....

5. Soto Banjar Restoran Amado

Jl. Diponegoro no. 45, Samarinda, Indonesia Takeout, Waitstaff Asian, Indonesian Lunch, Dinner +62 541 7242604
Excellent
27%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 77 reviews

Soto Banjar Restoran Amado

Reviewed By BenGtho - Melbourne, Australia

the 'soto banjar' is famous for this resto. been there twice and still great taste. can't remember other foods in the menu.

6. Mie Jogja Pak Karso

Jl. Slamet Riyadi no. 06 RT. 04, Samarinda 75124, Indonesia Takeout +62 541 7074731
Excellent
21%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Mie Jogja Pak Karso

Reviewed By NoorAisyah - Balikpapan, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia

Come here for lunch to expect a warm spicy noodles.
Order Mie Godog Daging Super Pedas, and it came beautifully.
The taste was amazingly super yum, eeverything inside the noodles are to die for.
I would like to recommend improvement in the dining area.
It is too dark, and small and not really welcoming, I almost think that they was closed.
But for good taste, it is must try!

7. Ta Wan Restaurant

Jln. Pangeran Suropati no. 8 | Big Mall Samarinda, Samarinda 75126, Indonesia Chinese
Excellent
21%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Ta Wan Restaurant

Reviewed By HeruMaulana - Bogor, Indonesia

Often to eat bubur ayam in this place.. best bubur ayam in Samarinda for sundanesse people like me.. my fave menu is kailan bawang putih, udang telur asin and chinesse tea..

8. Kedai Sabindo

Jl. Letjend R.Soeprapto no. 5D, Samarinda 75123, Indonesia
Excellent
21%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Kedai Sabindo

Reviewed By Deddy-RF - Samarinda

Waktu yang pas ke tempat ini adalah sore/malam hari.. bisa santai alias hangout apalagi sama teman-teman. menu andalan disini adalah menu makanan/minuman dari Malaysia..

9. Starbucks Big Mall Samarinda

Jln. Pangeran Suropati 96, Samarinda 75126, Indonesia
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Starbucks Big Mall Samarinda

Reviewed By febriciihuy - Batam, Indonesia

Who doesn't like coffee especially at the starbucks...well here is my review..this afternoon i visit with two if my friends..and we choose open air to have a seat..but sadly it's full but i've seen one table only with one chair..after that i've looked another one chair in the corner..it's quite annoying if i did my self to take that chair..and i ask Mr Faiz (supervisor) which is standing in front of me and im asking him to ask thr visitor who neat that chair whether those chair is available or not..but you know what is the answer..he straight to the point to rejected my wish..after that im asking to the lady in the cashier and the cashier said "this is a self service" right through my face with the unfriendly face..hello....it's different ambience that i felt with another starbucks i felt those baristas face thinking im newly person who tried strbx..i felt different way witj any stbx that i've ever visit especially in batam (mega mall and hang nadim airport) even they dont know yet their customers they treat us like a friend..that is the differnt if being baristas in stbx and other coffee shop....this is very dissapointed i feel humiliated in there..i came there because of the coffee not the baristas..the way they treat customers are different..seems like they chose the customers...
Thank you

10. Alaya Food Festival

Jl. Bukit Barisan no. 01 | Kawasan Terpadu Alaya, Samarinda 75122, Indonesia Takeout Fast Food, International HK$31 +62 541 742291
Excellent
20%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Alaya Food Festival

Reviewed By Muliadi K - Samarinda

Pros:
The tenants are famous for the locals.
Various of food choices.
Free parking lot, which is very rare in the town
Reasonable price
cons:
the payment method is very primitive. only accept cash and we have to queue twice, firstly at the tenant when ordering food, secondly at the cashier to pay the bill, which is not practical when it is crowded. i felt frustrated when it happened. they must consider using prepaid card for more pratical use. I do not want to go there in the weekend.
the waitresses or the tenants are lazy to deliver the food if we sit too far from them. that time i ordered Sabindo, i had to collect the food i ordered at the tenant, it made me queue 3 times just to have the food and teh tarik there. I will never order at Sabindo anymore.
suggestion: you must provide small change money, because the cashier seldom give you the change money

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