Our list of the best Filipino restaurants in Manila will certainly please all those who fancy discovering the myriad of flavours inherent in Filipino cuisine. Saying that this cuisine is hearty is an understatement. Blending native, Asian, Spanish, and North American influences and flavours, Filipino food is rich and generous.
As Manila is the capital city of the Philippines, it attracts people coming from all over the country. This diversity makes the Filipino dining scene of Manila eclectic and very interesting as each chef has their own culinary background according to the island he/she comes from. Check out Manila’s most popular local diners displayed below, and forget your diet, it’s holiday time, after all.
Bistro Remedios is a chic venue dedicated to Filipino cuisine and culture. Located right opposite Remedios Circle – hence its name – this elegant venue is famous for the quality of its local dishes. Many locals eat here for its festive ambiance, rocked by a trio of talented guitarists and singers. From gising-gising (spicy Filipino vegetable soup) to kare-kare (meat stew), many classic local food are available here, and they are simply exquisite.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Thursday from 12pm to 3pm and from 6pm to 11pm, Friday–Sunday from 12pm to 3pm and from 6pm to midnight
- Location: 1911 M. Adriatico St, Remedios Circle, Malate, 1004 Metro Manila, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)2 523 9153
Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant
Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant serves genuine Filipino cuisine with a real Filipino ambience. Located on General Luna Street, resident musicians play serenades during lunch time, before being joined by dancers in the evening, offering guests a very pleasant show while they enjoy their dinner. If you come to Manila and want to have an authentic Filipino experience, then Barbara’s should be your place of choice.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Thursday from 11am to 2pm and from 6pm to 9pm, Friday–Sunday from 11am to 2.30pm and from 6pm to 9pm
- Location: Plaza Sans Luis Complex, General Luna St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)2 527 4083
The Aristocrat is a long-established restaurant in the capital city of the Philippines, dating back to 1936. It's so successful that The Aristocrat has several branches throughout Manila. The restaurant serves a wide range of Filipino specialities at reasonable prices, though the house specialty of honey-cured chicken barbecue has been a favourite for generations. Drinks include beer, juices, soft drinks and mineral water.
- Opening Hours: 24/7
- Location: 423 San Andres St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)2 524 7671
MilkyWay Café, located on Antonio Arnaiz Avenue, has 5 separate dining venues within its 3-storey building. Azuthai (Thai), Cirkulo (Spanish) and Pop’s Candy Store (sweet things, obviously) occupy the first floor, while the 3rd floor hosts Tsukiji (Japanese). The 2nd floor that you’ll find MilkyWay Café, where you can enjoy genuine Filipino cuisine. Its décor highlights the 50-year-long history of the restaurant.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 11am to 10pm (closed on Sundays)
- Location: Milkyway, 900 Antonio Arnaiz Ave, Makati, 1200 Metro Manila, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)2 843 4124
Dedicated to the memory of the Filipino artist-writer, and gourmet Emilio Aguilar Cruz, Abe's Restaurant has many branches throughout Manila. It serves a delicious Filipino-Kapampangan cuisine inspired by Abé’s travels all around the island country.
The restaurant’s specialties include lamb Adobo with popped garlic, pork lengua Estofado (pork tongue braised in tomato sauce), and betute (roast chicken).
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 3pm and from 6pm to 11pm
- Location: Mcarthur Avenue, Bonifacio Global, Taguig, 1630 Metro Manila, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)2 856 0526
Manam Comfort Filipino
Manam Comfort Filipino is a chain of restaurants that counts 4 branches in Manila. Featuring a contemporary Filipino décor, the restaurant serves home-cooked Filipino cuisine, including classic and slightly twisted dishes. The house crispy sisig (pork hash with rice and egg) and the original sinigang (sour and savoury stew) are some of Manam Comfort Food.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 11pm
- Location: Ayala Center Makati, Makati City, Esperanza St, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)2 625 0515
Romulo Café was named after Carlos P. Romulo, an important figure of the international diplomacy in the mid-20th century. Photos of the owners' famed ancestor are part of the restaurants’ décor.
Romulo Café serve ald-fashioned Filipino comfort food, along with vegetarian dishes. Most of the recipes used in the restaurants are family’s heirloom recipes.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 3pm and from 6pm to 10pm
- Location: 148 Jupiter St. corner Comet St., Bel-Air, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila, Philippines
- Tel: +63 2 478 6406
Sarsa Kitchen + Bar
Sarsa Kitchen serves contemporary Filipino food with a twist. This popular chain of restaurants has around 6 branches around Manila. Featuring a modern and warmly coloured décor, the restaurant is not only reputed for the quality of the food it serves, but also for its courteous personnel and relaxed atmosphere. The most popular dishes include some classics of the Filipino cuisine such as kalabasa, gising-gising, and binakol.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
- Location: SM Mega Mall, 202 EDSA Cor Dona Julia Vargas Ave Ortigas Center, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)2 914 3482
The Singing Cook & Waiters
Get ready for the ultimate musical dining experience at The Singing Cook & Waiters. The restaurant was founded by Chef Ongpauco, who also created the crispy pata – a deep-fried pork delicacy that's very famous all around the Philippines.
This unique restaurant serves delicious local cuisine prepared by an energetic kitchen team, who sing and dance at the same time. Mixing food and entertainment is a great idea, especially when both of them are of quality.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 3pm and from 6pm to 11pm
- Location: Roxas Blvd, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)2 832 0658
Gerry’s Grill's 1st outlet is located near the corner of Pedro Gil and Adriatico Streets in Ermita District. It became a chain that features over 80 branches locally and internationally. Its extensive menu of classic Filipino dishes is also highly recommended, especially the kare-kare (Philippine stew complimented with a thick savoury peanut sauce). Prices are slightly higher than other restaurants of the area, yet remain reasonable.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 9pm
- Location: Natividad Lopez St, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)2 353 4266