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  • Non Smoking, Swimming pool/beach, Wifi
  • Bar, Beach restaurant, Restaurant, Sport Bar, Tapas bar, Upmarket Bar
  • Lombok, Gili Air | Map
  • General European, Modern European, Pasta, Tapas
  • Electronic Chill
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Exclusive, Mid Range, Upmarket

Gili Air restaurant Caballito de Mar

Gili Air restaurant Caballito de mar pool and tents

Gili Air restaurant Caballito de Mar

Gili Air restaurant Caballito de Mar was a new (2014) upmarket restaurant-come-beach club on the Gili Air foreshore that had already closed by early 2015.

Lets see if it re-opens

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Gili Air restaurant Caballito was recommended to me to check out and my first impressions, from reading the list of rules of entry placed next to the menu on the wall on the street, was that of misplaced pretentiousness.

No kids, no this no that, none of which I had a problem with really, just feel irked by written rules.

Caballito de Mar Gili Air is, unusually for Gili Air restaurants, closed from the street, accessible from a passageway (see photos) and then opening up into a beautiful restaurant with the pool, couches and some tables under tents by the pool.

It is interesting being there, because you feel you are on the beach, and the sand underfoot clearly says you are on the beach, but because of the perspex fence you aren’t really aware of it like you are elsewhere.

Like you do not hear the waves lapping, or see the reflections of lights on the water. You are on the beach but disconnected from it as well which is a bit odd.

Yes, it is private, an unusual feeling in Gili where there are very few fences and everywhere is open to passersby. This also means you have very few locals there.

See the bottom of this page for lots of photos of the menu and also the spaces inside Caballito de Mar.

As the only two story restaurant allowed on the foreshore of Gili Air Caballito de Mar poses a few questions about who and why, especially when the upstairs area, while nice, was empty each time I was there.

Perhaps this question was answered when it was closed down in 2015.

The first time I went to Gili Air restaurant Caballito de Mar myself and friends were all disappointed with the food.

I chose the burger and was unimpressed with the stale bun (Doesn’t anyone know about wetting stale burger buns before cooking to make them taste fresh again??) and fairly boring insides.

My friends had mussels which were too salty and both said they wouldn’t come back, feeling it was overpriced and contrary to the ‘Gili Air vibe’, being more like Bali.

I did go back, to watch football one day (If you are into AFL there are not many places in Gili Air where you can watch a game, and this is a good spot for that.) and ordered the rosemary potato side dish, which was really good.

I then ordered a pasta which was good too, so I was happy about that.

Gili Air restaurant Caballito de Mar is definitely a new type of restaurant for Gili Air, providing an option for more exclusive and adult tastes, somewhat of a Spanish beach club vibe which is where the name derives from.

Caballito de Mar Gili Air is a beautifully done restaurant and Gili Air beachclub that will appeal to those who prefer a secluded environment.

By Mark O’Brien August 2014.

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admin August 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Beautiful place, with an oddly 'non Gili Air' vibe about it. A very different experience than other bars and beach restaurants on Gili Air

Restaurant Information

  • Non Smoking, Swimming pool/beach, Wifi
  • Bar, Beach restaurant, Restaurant, Sport Bar, Tapas bar, Upmarket Bar
  • Lombok, Gili Air | Map
  • General European, Modern European, Pasta, Tapas
  • Electronic Chill
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Exclusive, Mid Range, Upmarket