The 10 best restaurants in Manila keep with the cosmopolitan feel of this gigantic city, which blends a myriad of influences from all around the world, both in its history and its cuisine. Filipino food itself has already been shaped by aboriginal, Spanish, North American, Indonesian and Chinese cuisines, so you’re almost certain to find something to your taste in Manila.
The great places to dine in Manila include an eclectic list of venues which only have one point in common: they are good. From upscale hotel’s restaurants to unpretentious budget cafés, and from local to international restaurants, the 10 best restaurants in Manila are ready to serve you mouth-watering meals.
Spiral definitely plays in another league: covering an area of almost 3,000 square metres in the grounds of Sofitel Philippines Plaza, it describes itself as a venue that brings the authenticity and warmth of the traditional French markets and Asian hawker stalls into a five-star hotel setting. With 21 ateliers (stalls) preparing and serving exquisite dishes from all around the world, Spiral invites you not simply to dine, but to participate in a ‘gastronomic experience’ in refined settings.
- Opening Hours: 06:00 – 24:00
- Location: At Sofitel Philippines Plaza
- Tel: +63 (2) 551 5555
Belonging to the Manila Hotel – a true landmark which opened in 1912 – and located within walking distance of Rizal Park and Manila Intramuros, Café Ilang-Ilang is an outstanding international restaurant. Through its eight live cooking stations, you can explore European, Mediterranean and Asia cuisines. A la carte dishes are also available in this refined restaurant, designed in a contemporary style with a vintage twist.
- Opening Hours: Breakfast 06:00 – 10:30; Lunch 11:30 – 14:30 and Dinner 18:00 – 22:30
- Location: In the Manila Hotel, at the northwest corner of Rizal Park
- Tel: +63 (2) 527 0011
Located just south of Manila Ocean Park, Harbor View Restaurant is the best place to go if you want to feast on seafood while watching the sunset during your holiday in Manila. The décor of the restaurant is pretty simple, but the views of the bay more than make up for it. Regarding cuisine, you’ll find all types of fish, shellfish and crustacean here, prepared in Asian, western and Filipino styles. You’ll also appreciate the excellent service, and the affordability of the prices at Harbor View Restaurant.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 02:00
- Location: Just south of Manila Ocean Park
- Tel: +63 (2) 710 0060
Sky Deck is a stylish lounge and restaurant on the rooftop of Bayleaf Hotel, a classy accommodation choice located on the eastern side of Manila Intramuros. The venue is a stunning sundowner spot, offering views over Manila Bay. Food-wise, you can enjoy both Filipino and international cuisine, served in big portions at fair rates. A live music band is in charge of the entertainment on some nights, but the highlight of the Sky Deck remains the sunset over Manila.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00
- Location: At the Bayleaf Hotel on the eastern side of Manila Intramuros
- Tel: +63 (2) 318 5000
Part of Oasis Hotel, located right next to Paco Park and St. Pancratius Chapel, My Kitchen by Chef Chris is a modern restaurant that serves a wide range of Italian dishes, prepared by the extremely talented low-key Chef Chris Locher from Switzerland. The chef’s signature dish is named Panizza, and it’s a must-try. If you fancy fine Italian cuisine, My Kitchen by Chef Chris is without doubt the best trattoria in town.
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:30
- Location: At Oasis hotel Manila near Paco Park
- Tel: +63 (2) 521 2371
Located on San Andres Street, just off Roxas Boulevard, right in front of Manila Bay, The Aristocrat is a long-established restaurant in the capital city of the Philippines, dating back to 1936. It is so successful that The Aristocrat has become a chain which counts eight 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: The original branch is on San Andres Street, just off Roxas Boulevard, right opposite Rajah Sulayman Park
- Address: +63 (2) 524 7671 to 80
Located in the heart of Intramuros, on General Luna Street, Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant is the right place to eat genuine Filipino cuisine in a local décor, and with a real Filipino ambience. 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: 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: General Luna Street, Manila Intramuros
- Tel: +63 (2) 527 4086
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 to kare-kare, many favourites of Filipino food are available here, and they are simply exquisite.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00 – 15:00; Dinner 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: at the Remedios Circle in Malate
- Tel: +63 (2) 523 9153
Movie Stars Café offers food and entertainment in one venue. This family-friendly restaurant pleases adults as much as children, as it offers cool photo ops with statues of blockbuster movie characters like Spiderman and Batman. There are also entertaining shows with singing, dancing and acrobatic moves and, last but not least, an international menu which features all the classic western favourites, including burgers, pasta and pizza.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 24:00
- Location: Building D, SM By The Bay, Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
- Tel: +63 (2) 550 1234
Ilustrado has won a reputation for its excellent cuisine and impeccable service through the years since its opening in 1992. Serving Spanish, Filipino and global cuisines, the restaurant has had the honour of heads of states and dignitaries – including the King and Queen of Spain – among its guests. However, rates remain affordable, and Ilustrado Restaurant is a good choice if you’d like to sample local delicacies with a strong Spanish twist.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00
- Location: General Luna Street in Intramuros
- Tel: +63 (2) 527 3674