Seafood restaurants in Batam
In Batam, nothing brings families and friends together like a sumptuous seafood feast. From freshwater fishes such as the region’s trademark gouramis to more universal staples like crabs, you never have to walk far to find quality seafood on the island.
While the variety’s good, the sheer number of options does mean that finding the cream of the crop can be tricky, especially if you’re trying to avoid overpriced tourist traps. For a proper pescatarian feast, these 10 seafood restaurants in Batam serve fresh fishes and crabs for group dining.
1. de’Sampan BBQ & Seafood – laid-back local favorite tucked inside a residential area
Fresh fishes ready to be cooked, laid out on de’Sampan’s canoe-shaped table.
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Nestled in the row of shophouses in a sleepy residential area, de’Sampan BBQ & Seafood might not look very inviting. And yet, from Friday night onwards, the place is almost always jam-packed with locals and workers from nearby Batam Center looking for the one thing they know they’ll find here – fresh, quality seafood.
The word sampan is Indonesian for canoe and in a very on-brand move, diners here get to pick whichever frozen fish, prawns, or crabs they like from the canoe-shaped table as in a wet market. The food is then cooked in the open-air grill out back while in the meantime, you can whet your appetite with some Otak-otak or fish cake provided at the table.
De’Sampan’s Grilled Mackarel, often known here as Saba
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The headliner here is of course the Grilled Mackerel with yellow turmeric-based dressing that when paired with de’Sampan’s own sambal is just heavenly. We also recommend trying out the Grilled Eggplant and the local delicacy Grilled Stinkbean, known here as petai, that also goes down well with the sambal.
de’Sampan’s laid-back atmosphere and location are what makes it popular for after-work dinners
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While it might not have the scenic locale of the more touristy areas such as Barelang or Nongsa, you get more affordable prices in exchange. Even after you’ve stuffed yourself full with a seafood banquet worthy of a C-Level exec, you’re going to be billed around just Rp. 150,000, (~USD10.69) per person.
Address: Jl. Ruko Greenland Jl. Raja M Tahir No.2, Tlk. Tering, Kec. Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29461
Opening hours: 5PM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 812 7730 080
2. Ikan Bakar Acia – affordable charcoal-grilled fish in an open-air setting
Ginger Grilled Fish with Acia’s signature herb-infused dressing
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At night, the streets around Nagoya spark to life as many streetside food stalls pop up offering quality food at affordable prices. It’s hard to choose our pick of the litter but Ikan Bakar Acia, or Acia Grilled Fish, definitely belongs in the conversation.
Otak-otak, or Indonesian fishcake, wrapped in banana leaves
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As the name implies, Acia’s specialty is their Ginger Grilled Fish, served with greenish herb-infused dressing that adds flavor without overwhelming the fish. Their grilling expertise also extends to the Otak-otak and we highly recommend trying them out as an entree to the grilled fish main course.
Acia’s joint in Nagoya is located next to dozens of other street food stalls
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Aside from Acia itself, what’s great about eating by the streets of Nagoya is there are plenty of other stalls around if you’d like to try out other dishes. With this being a mostly local hangout, prices are pretty great with an average of around Rp. 100,000 (~USD7.13) but fair warning, vendors only accept cash payments.
Address: Komplek Batam Park, Lubuk Baja Kota, Lubuk Baja, Batam City, Riau Islands 29444
Opening hours: 11.30AM-11.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 812 7002 807
3. Pantai Restaurant – classy joint serving Peranakan-influenced seafood cuisines
Wok-fried Mud Crab with black pepper sauce
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Located inside Montigo Resorts in the quiet seaside enclave Nongsa Beach, the ambiance in Pantai Restaurant is just as unparalleled as the food. The restaurant is styled after traditional wooden fishery platforms known as kelong, giving a rustic vibe to the luxurious restaurant.
Pantai’s signature Nyonya Style Steamed Fish
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The food in Pantai mostly follows the Peranakan style of cuisine, showcased in their signature Nyonya Style Steamed Fish. Compared to Chinese steamed fish, this dish has much more of a kick thanks to the addition of ginger and turmeric and goes well no matter if you’re picking the grouper, sea bass, or snapper available in the restaurant.
The ambiance is modeled after offshore wooden platforms known as kelong
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Also of note is the Wok-fried Mud Crab, available in a variety of sauces ranging from black pepper to salted egg. Prices are seasonal but with the ambience and the rather extravagant plating, expect to spend at least Rp. 350,000 (~USD25.23) per pax.
Enjoy Nongsa’s gorgeous sunset while you work up your appetite
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If you’re thinking of going, make sure to come early in the evening and choose to sit in one of the outdoor tables available. Nongsa is famous for its sunset views and that moment when the sun falls over the horizon as Singapore’s city skyline lights up the night is quite a sight to behold.
Address: Ruko Greenland Batam Center, Tlk. Tering, Kec. Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 6PM-10PM | Sat–Sun 12PM-3PM
Telephone: 778 776 8888
4. Barelang Seafood Restaurant – fresh seafood with a view of the scenic Barelang Bridge
Steamed Gong Gong, a local delicacy found in Batam and the surrounding Riau Islands region
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Other than being one of Batam’s best-known landmarks, the Barelang Bridge is also famous for having some of the region’s best seafood joints. The aptly named kelong-to-table Barelang Seafood Restaurant is one of them, where you can personally pick which fish you want cooked from the on-site fishery.
The Cantonese-style Steamed Fish, here with a sea bass but also available with a grouper
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The gold standard here is the Steamed Fish, cooked Cantonese style and properly served with soy sauce. Another local favorite is the Steamed Gong Gong, a sea snail delicacy found all over Batam and the surrounding islands with a chewy texture not unlike calamari.
The restaurant’s offshore kelong provides the best vantage point to see the first of the six bridges that make up the Barelang Bridge
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For the best Barelang experience, pick a table in one of the semi-outdoor rooms and enjoy the area’s pleasant breeze while you wait for your food. While there are several indoor tables available, the semi-outdoor tables with Barelang’s seaside breeze aren’t something you’d want to miss out on, especially after your long drive from the city center.
You can personally pick any fish you want cooked in the restaurant’s kelong fishery
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Despite the touristy area, we’re happy to report that Barelang Seafood’s price falls on the reasonable side with an average of around Rp. 250,000 (~USD17.83) per pax.
Address: Jalan Trans Barelang City, Tembesi, Kec. Sagulung, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29472
Opening hours: 10.30PM-6.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 812 77559191
5. Kopak Jaya 007 Kelong Seafood Restaurant – kelong-style joint with great sunset view
Seafood spread with hepos, crabs, clams, squids, prawns, and gong gongs
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We don’t know where Kopak Jaya 007 got their name from but if we have to guess, it’s probably because of their killer combination of the food and the view. This kelong-style restaurant is a couple hundred meters before Barelang Bridge with a great view of the bridge on one side and the sunset on the other.
Sour & Spicy Fish is a local favourite found all over Batam and the Riau Islands
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Thankfully, the food is equally excellent and we recommend trying out the Sour & Spicy Fish, a favorite around Batam and the surrounding islands. They also have a bit of a reputation for their salted egg dishes, with the Salted Egg Flower Crab and Salted Egg Cuttlefish getting rave mentions.
One of the photo spots in Kopak Jaya, with Barelang Bridge just visible in the background
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While Kopak Jaya looks somewhat rustic, it’s actually a young establishment that first opened in 2016 and it shows. There’s a touch of contemporary to the property, with a couple of photo spots and a romantic bridge that lights up at night, and it shares a space with a small coffee shop if you’re looking for a place to chill after dinner.
After dinner, take some pictures on Kopak’s scenic bridge
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Kopak Jaya luckily doesn’t charge extra for the ambience, with an average of around Rp. 200,000 (~USD14.28) per diner.
Address: Kampung Tua Tiangwangkang, Kec. Sagulung, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29472
Opening hours: 10AM-7PM, Daily
Telephone: 812 1378007
6. Cita Rasa Seafood – fresh seafood with a rustic fishing village atmosphere
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Just 20 minutes away from the Galang Refugee Camp in the southern regions of Batam, Cita Rasa Seafood is the place to go if you’re feeling famished after your visit. This hidden gem of a restaurant boasts a pretty scenic view of Batam’s more untouched beauty and a pleasantly rustic fishing village atmosphere.
Blackpepper Hepo, or slipper lobster, is one of Cita Rasa’s specialties
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One of the more famous offerings here is the Blackpepper Hepo, a close cousin of the crayfish that’s sometimes referred to as slipper lobster. The black pepper seasoning is in fact so good that we recommend going for the Blackpepper Crab as well just to have more of the good stuff.
Cita Rasa sits in the middle of what looks like a traditional fishing hamlet
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As with Barelang Seafood, they have their own kelong fishery out back where you can scoop up your choice of fish by yourself. Cita Rasa even goes the extra mile in pursuit of authenticity, with tables sitting on top of the very same wooden platforms accompanied by a view of the nearby mangrove forest.
True to its surroundings, Cita Rasa’s ambience is authentically rustic
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As can be expected from the rural setting, prices fall on the lower end with an average of around Rp. 150,000 (~USD10.69) per pax. Do note that if you’re staying in downtown Batam, you might want to consider the taxi fare before dining here.
Address: Dapur Enam, Sembulang, Galang, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29481
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 10AM-5PM | Sat–Sun 10AM-6PM
Telephone: 812 77559191
7. Rezeki Seafood – grilled fish stuffed with chili and wrapped in banana leaves
In terms of flavor, Rezeki’s Chili Crab leans on the sweeter side
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For travelers flying out of Batam, Rezeki Seafood about 15 minutes from Hang Nadim Airport is often their final pit stop before they leave the island and it’s small wonder why. The quality of the food in Rezeki, which has been in business since the 80s, has been a constant bright spot even as the island rapidly transforms over the last few decades.
In Rezeki, the fish is grilled while wrapped in banana leaves
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Their specialty is the Chili Crab, doused in their trademark Rezeki chili sauce, unique for the added hint of sweetness that helps balance the overall flavor. We also particularly like their Grilled Fish, stuffed with chili and wrapped in banana leaves before being grilled, making for a rather flavorful and aromatic dish.
Rezeki sits on what used to be a jetty
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While it’s located deep in a kampung rural area, Rezeki is pretty tourist-friendly, with menus in English and Chinese in addition to the standard Indonesian. Prices are also on the reasonable side, with an average of around Rp. 250,000 (~USD17.83) per pax.
Address: Pantai Batu Besar, Jl.Haji Muhammad Saleh, RT 002/RW 001, Pulau Batam, Kepulauan Riau
Opening hours: 9AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 778 761180
8. Sei Enam Seafood – fresh seafood in a comfortable round table setting
For the best result, we recommend ordering the Signature Chili Crab with the Fried Mantao
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Originally a modest, family-run seafood joint in neighboring Bintan, Sei Enam Seafood now ranks as one of the best places to get fresh seafood in Batam. The restaurant is located just down the road from the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya temple with rotating round tables set up just the way a proper Chinese restaurant should be.
Sei Enam’s Whitepepper Crab stands out from the garden-variety black pepper crabs
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The star of the show here is the Signature Chili Crab and while the default setting leans on the sweet side, you can always ask them to tone it down if you want some more heat. Also of note is the Whitepepper Hepo and Whitepepper Crab, slightly milder than the usual blackpepper variety but no less tasty to our palates.
If you’ve grown tired of the kelong-style joints, Sei Enam is a nice change of pace
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While the ambiance might not be as impressive as the kelong-style restaurants and their scenic ocean views, it’s also much more well-maintained. There’s little worry of nasty surprises when opening the bathroom doors and no need to prepare insect repellant before your dinner.
Despite the comfortable setting, prices are more than acceptable with an average of around Rp. 250,000 (~USD17.83) per pax.
Address: Komplek Ruko Mahkota Raya, Jl. Raja H. Fisabilillah No.2, Kec. Batam Kota, Kepulauan Riau 29461
Opening hours: 9AM-9PM, Daily
Telephone: 853 60096888
9. Love Seafood Piayu – lavish seafood steamboat fit for royalty
The Spicy Steamboat variant comes with a red, hot broth
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First impressions are important and Love Seafood Piayu knocks it out of the park as a massive knee-level fish tank greets diners at the entrance. Only the restaurant staff are allowed to scoop up the fish from the tank but we find enough comfort in knowing that only the freshest of seafood is served here.
With a knee-high fish tank located at the entrance, there’s no questioning the freshness of the seafood served in Love Seafood
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If that’s not impressive enough, try ordering their trademark Seafood Steamboat with all the steamed crabs, prawns, clams, and gong gong you’ll ever want in a lifetime. The steamboat is available in mini, regular, and jumbo size and there’s even a spicier version if you feel like working up a sweat.
While waiting for your food, enjoy the beauty of the surrounding Tanjung Piayu, or Cape Piayu, outside
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The dining area is divided into two, the main building with a semi-outdoor dining area and a more private, air-conditioned room, and the kelong-style area by the sea. It is a bit out of the way, located in the Tanjung Piayu kampung area but there’s another Love Seafood joint in downtown Batam Center if you don’t mind giving up the lovely view.
Even with the opulent meal, prices for Love Seafood are more than reasonable, with an average of Rp. 200,000 (~USD14.27) per diner.
Address: Kampung Tua Tanjung Piayu Laut RT.02/RW.10 Sei Beduk, Kabil, Kecamatan Nongsa, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau
Opening hours: 10AM-9PM, Daily
Telephone: 823 61117775
10. Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant – glitzy seafood joint on a promenade with live music
The sunset views around the Harbour Bay seaside promenade area deserve an A+
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With plenty of dining options along the seaside promenade, and several seafood joints mixed in, you’ll never run out of options in Harbour Bay by the ferry terminal. Our pick though, goes to the simply named Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant with fantastic sunset views and live music performances on the weekends.
The Blackpepper Crab regularly draws raves for the sauce
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The go-to menu item here is the Blackpepper Crab with the sauce in particular being a highlight. We’re also a fan of the Salted Egg Prawns, which are less creamy than the usual but just as appetizing.
Harbour Bay Seafood’s Salted Egg Prawns are of the dry variety
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Harbour Bay Seafood actually underwent a revamp last year to a new location that now has a covered outdoor area. The new place is actually nicer, if slightly smaller, with more of a classy ambience than the old one.
The outdoor patio has a roofed section to help you shelter from the weather
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Keeping in mind the ambience and the location, prices are pleasantly affordable, with an average of around Rp. 200,000 (~USD14.28) per pax.
Address: The Promenade Blok 8E, Harbour Bay Downtown Jl. Duyung Sei Jodoh, Sungai Jodoh, Kec. Batu Ampar, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau 29444
Opening hours: 10AM-9PM, Daily
Telephone: 741 5188
Seafood restaurants in Batam for group dining
With fresh and tasty crabs available all over the island, it’s no surprise why seafood restaurants in Batam regularly draw diners from neighbouring Singapore.
Do note that prices are typically omitted from the menus of these restaurants and we recommend confirming with the staff first before placing your orders.
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