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.
Located on the side of Remedios Circle, in the bohemian district of Malate, Bistro Remedios is a tasteful restaurant famous for the quality of its local cuisine. The fact that many locals come to eat here is usually a good indicator of a local restaurant’s value. Every night, a talented trio of musicians offers dinners a pleasant show which takes them further into the Filipino culture. From cuisine to service, and from ambience to décor, everything’s well-crafted at Bistro Remedios. Do not miss it if you are looking for local cuisine in Manila.
- Opening Hours: Lunch from 11:00 – 15:00; dinner from 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: at the Remedios Circle in Malate
- Tel: +63 2 523 9153
Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant
From its cuisine to its décor to its ambiance, Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant is a genuine Filipino venue. Settled in Intramuros, the historical neighbourhood of Manila, this restaurant offers you a total immersion in the Filipino culture. Enjoy authentic Philippine cuisine served, at the buffet or à la carte, in a very local atmosphere. Musicians and dancers offer a traditional Philippines dancing show in the evening. Prices are reasonable.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: General Luna Street, Manila Intramuros
- Tel: +63 2 527 4086
Established since 1936 on San Andres Street, just off Roxas Boulevard, a short distance from Manila Bay, The Aristocrat is a sought-after Filipino restaurant in Manila. The fact that it counts eight branches throughout the capital city of the Philippines is certainly a good benchmark as for the quality of the food it serves. You’ll find here most of the Filipino specialities at reasonable prices. The honey-cured chicken barbecue is especially recommended.
- Opening Hours: 24/7
- Location: The original branch is on San Andres Street, just off Roxas Boulevard, right opposite Rajah Sulayman Park.
- Tel: +63 2 524 7671 to 80
Milky Way Café
Milky Way Café is a multifaceted type of venue. Located on Antonio Arnaiz Avenue in Makati District, it houses five separate dining venues in a three-storey building. Azuthai (Thai), Cirkulo (Spanish) and Pop’s Candy Store (sweet things, obviously) occupy the first floor, while the third floor hosts Tsukiji (Japanese). But it’s on the second floor that you’ll find Milky Way Café itself. Specialised in genuine Filipino cuisine in a décor highlighting the 50 years’ history of the restaurant, it serves exquisite home-made style Philippine cuisine prepared by a Chef that has been here since the sixties.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: On 900 Antonio Arnaiz Avenue in Makati District
- Tel: +63 2 843 4124
Abé Serendra Restaurant
“Where good friends dine” is Abé Restaurant’s motto. Dedicated to the memory of the Filipino artist-writer, and gourmet Emilio Aguilar Cruz, more commonly known as Abé, this 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, binukadkad na crispy pla-pla, and arobung camaru and betute. Abé Serendra Restaurant is a classy venue with an unpretentious atmosphere.
- Opening Hours: From 11:00 – 15:00, and from 17:30 – 23:00
- Location: Abé Restaurant has branches in Serendra, Trinoma, SM Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Centre, and SM Mega Fashion Hall
- Tel: +63 2 856 0526 and +63 2 856 7696
Manam Comfort Filipino
Manam Comfort Food is a chain of restaurants that counts four branches in Manila (please note that the location map below is of the Bonifacio Global City branch). Featuring a contemporary Filipino décor, Manam Comfort Food serves home-cooked Filipino cuisine, including classic and slightly twisted dishes. The house crispy sisig and the original sinigang na beef short rib and watermelon are two of the most popular dishes served at these restaurants. Price range is affordable.
- Opening Hours: From 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: Manam Comfort Filipino has branches in Greenbelt 2, SM Mall of Asia, Ayala Fairview Terraces, and Bonifacio Global City
- Tel: Bonifacio Global City +63 2 332 9390, Greenbelt 2 +63 2 625 0515, Fairview +63 2 625 4719, Mall of Asia +63 2 899 1020
The owners of this famous chain of restaurants named it after their grand-father, Carlos P. Romulo, commonly known as ‘the general’, an important figure of the international diplomacy in the mid twentieth century. Photos of this famed ancestor are part of the restaurants’ décor. Romulo Café serves comfort food, the old-fashioned Filipino type. Note that vegetarian dishes are also at hand. Most of the recipes used in the restaurants are family’s heirloom recipes. Three branches can be found in Manila (the map below is of the Makati branch).
Remark: reservation recommended
- Opening Hours: From 11:00 – 15:00, and from 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: Romulo Café has branches on Jupiter Street in Makati, at Azumi Boutique Hotel in Alabang, and on Scout Tuazon Street in Quezon City
- Tel: Makati +63 2 478 6406, Alabang +63 2 556 1443, Quezon City +63 2 332 7273
Sarsa Kitchen + Bar
Sarsa Kitchen serves contemporary Filipino food with a twist. This popular chain of restaurants counts six branches all around Manila (the map and info below are of the Makati branch in Legaspi Village). 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 Philippine cuisine such as kalabasa, gising-gising, and binakol.
- Opening Hours: from 10:00 – 23:00
- Location: Legaspi Village in Makati plus six other branches throughout Manila
- Tel: +63 927 706 0773
The Singing Cook & Waiters
Get ready for the ultimate musical dining experience at The Singing Cook & Waiters. Baby of Mr. Ongpauco, the Chef who created the ‘crispy pata’ – a deep-fried pork delicacy nowadays famous all around the Philippines, this unique restaurant (even though it has two other branches in Manila) 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: From 11:00 – 15:00, and from 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: 56 Sta Monica street, Roxas Blvd (near corner of Sen Gil Puyat Avenue) in Pasay City
- Tel: +63 2 832 0658
Gerry’s Grill is a real success story. The first restaurant opened by Gerry Apolinario near the corner of Pedro Gil and Adriatico Streets in Ermita District became a chain that features over 80 branches locally and internationally. If you are looking for a hearty meal based on barbecued seafood, then Gerry’s Grill is the place you should head to. Their list 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: Sunday 10:00 – 01:00, Mon-Tue 10:00 – 02:00, Fri-Sat 10:00 – 03:00
- Location: Near the corner of Pedro Gil and Adriatico Streets in Ermita District
- Tel: +63 2 332 1111