Kota Kinabalu’s restaurant scene is flourishing and eclectic, offering American, Italian, French, Indian, Oriental and Mexican influenced dishes as well as other famous local delicacies and ingredients. There's a good place to eat at every corner of the city, from Damai to Lintas to Sembulan to the heart of the city itself!

Can’t choose where to dine for lunch or dinner tonight? Here are our current top 10 favorites, the most talked-about restaurants in Kota Kinabalu!

If you enjoy barbecue, you’ll fall in love with The Chubs Grill – serving only the freshest and uniquely prepared meats with rich flavors. The lengthy menu features something for everyone; flame grilled lamb shoulder, pork belly, pork ribs and loin, beef t-bone, beef sirloin and salmon; all marinated using the finest herbs and spices, then flame grilled to perfection. 

The à la carte menu – all reasonably priced – is perfect if you want to sample a little of everything. There is such an emphasis on fresh ingredients at The Retro Club; diners are guaranteed to be served only value for money, authentic American food, fine wine, and a romantic evening with your loved one, and if you like, a long night of good retro music right after.

With global coffeehouse chains taking over the local landscape, it’s easy to miss some of the impressive independent Sabahan chains around town. But Kopi Ping Café @ Damai isn’t about to let itself fade into the background! With over 20 dishes on their menu, ranging from light breakfast toasts to filling lunch and dinner servings as well as its own beverage brand, EZ Fizzy, Kopi Ping Café is well on its way to world domination - worth trying out if you find yourself in the area.


Witness, experience and take part in live traditional dance performances and ritual performed and demonstrated by the “1Malaysia Cultural and Variety Show” as you dine at Kota Kinabalu’s only lakeside floating seafood restaurant set within a lush botanical park. Picturesque by day and breath taking at night, the traditional Malay architecture only adds to the charm of the floating restaurant. Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Market Restaurant serves an abundance of only the freshest seafood, meat, vegetable and wine, as well as beautifully arranged and well prepared ala-carte and steamboat set menus, all served by attentive and friendly staff.Although Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Market Restaurant is an open air eatery, VIP rooms complete with KTV facilities are also available upon request and advanced booking.

If you’ve been looking for an eatery with both an excellent food and drinks menu in addition to a breezy, “chillax” ambiance and an atmosphere of excitement, Bar Tzar Bistro & Bar is the place to go. Located at The Waterfront, Bar Tzar Bistro & Bar is a gorgeous seaside joint well known for its nightlife and bar scene (happy hours start as early as 11AM).

Situated smack in the middle of Gaya Street is where it’s at – a small, cozy place where you can taste the chefs' passion in every bowl. The ramen noodles are made in-house with a machine imported from Japan and most of the ingredients are seasonal and imported from the country of the rising sun. This is not a run-of-the-mill lazy ramen ladled up by drones, but flavorful, savory bowls of goodness created by real chefs who are undoubtedly passionate about cooking and Japanese cuisine in general.