Manila Restaurants & Dining

Where to Eat in Manila

Manila Restaurants and dining scene have something to please everyone: being a cosmopolitan city it is possible to eat pretty much anything in Manila. Food is an integral part of the Filipino culture. Featuring a mixture of European and Asian food in particular Malay, Spanish and Chinese, there is definitely some good food to be had in the metropolis.

There are clusters of restaurants and bars in San Juan's Greenhills and Mandaluyong City's Ortigas Center. Makati is the undisputed culinary queen of Manila Metro, the stomping ground of the well-heeled set. Quezon City is also good for 'restobars' where you can enjoy a good meal and a few drinks.

The Philippines differs in many ways from its neighbours. Predominantly Catholic, it is not only its religion but also the characteristic dishes that separate the country from its neighbours. Typical Filipino food still retains the spice-and-rice basic qualities of other Asian fare, but you might have noticed that Filipino restaurants are few and far between on the international dining scene. In other words you might want to stick with international flavours or our recommended eateries. Read this page and you won't wonder where to eat in Manila anymore.

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Manila Restaurants A to Z

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
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Aresi Restaurant and Bar

Aresi (meaning 'I like' in Greek) is one of the places where you can enjoy fine dining in Quezon City. Clients are greeted by a Mediterranean-inspired blue-and-gold setting. An indoor waterfall accentuates the mood of this unique dining experience. Some favorites are seared tuna sashimi, seafood Marseilles (a combination of shrimp, squid and fish) and salmon blanco in Dijon sauce. No less popular, pasta dishes come in various forms. To best complement the great food the fully stocked bar also has an extensive wine list.

  • Address: Il Terrazzo Mall, Tomas Morato Avenue, Corner of Scout Madrinan, Quezon City
  • Tel: +632 921 0269
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Price Range: Pricey
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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
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Bistro Remedios

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 11:00 – 15:00; Dinner 18:00 – 23:00
  • Location: at the Remedios Circle in Malate
  • Tel: +63 2 523 9153
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The Aristocrat

As befits a restaurant that has been synonymous with Filipino food for a long while, the décor revolves around a native leitmotif, while the menu brings you the joys of Filipino cooking in such traditional fare as sinigang (sour soup) and crispy pata (deep-fried pig's knuckles). Honey-cured chicken barbecue, the house specialty, has been a favourite for generations of Filipinos. Drinks include beer, juices, soft drinks and mineral water.

  • Address: 432 San Andres Street Corner, Roxas Boulevard, Manila
  • Tel: +632 524 7671
  • Cuisine: Filipino
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Café Ilang-Ilang

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 Read More...

  • 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
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Gerry’s Grill

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
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Harbor View Restaurant

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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 02:00
  • Location: Just south of Manila Ocean Park
  • Tel: +63 (2) 710 0060
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Ilustrado Restaurant

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
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La Tienda

From tapas to the intriguing main courses such as civet de ciervo con puree de manzana y coulis de frambuesca (venison stew garnished with apple and raspberry), the menu at La Tienda showcases the latest gourmet cooking in northern Spain, home of owner/chef Javier Lecumberri. Do not worry if you cannot say the name of the dish - just point to it on the menu! A robust Rioja would perfectly complement a meal here, though there are all sorts of alternatives if you are not in the mood for wine.

  • Address: 43 Polaris Street Bel Air, Makati City
  • Tel: +63 2 895 1651
  • Cuisine: Spanish
  • Price Range: Affordable
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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
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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
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Movie Stars Café

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
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My Kitchen by Chef Chris

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
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Queens Crystal Garden Restaurant

Featuring a variety of Indian, Indonesian and Asian fusion dishes, the restaurant's exterior entices with glass walls that reveal an airy and open dining space. The interiors also transport guests to the exotic sub-continent with Hindu paintings and sculptures, piped-in Indian music and Indian aromas.

  • Address: 146 - B, Jupiter Street, Makati City
  • Tel: +63 2 8951316
  • Cuisine: Asian Fusion
  • Price Range: Pricey
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Romulo Café

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).

  • 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
  • Remarks: reservation recommended
  • Tel: Makati +63 2 478 6406, Alabang +63 2 556 1443, Quezon City +63 2 332 7273
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Sala Thai

This, the granddaddy of Manila's Thai restaurants, serves up authentic fare with reasonable prices, and specialises in standard Thai dishes, such as coconut curry and rice. House favorites include tôm yum kûng (prawns in spicy sour soup) and chicken pandan (fried chicken wrapped in pandan leaves).

  • Address: 866 J. Nakpil Street, Manila
  • Tel: +63 2 522 4694
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Price Range: Affordable
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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
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Sky Deck on Bayleaf Hotel

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
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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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 06:00 – 24:00
  • Location: At Sofitel Philippines Plaza
  • Tel: +63 (2) 551 5555
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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
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Treehouse Restaurant

This beer garden and family restaurant has an honest-to-goodness tree-house which seats four to five people. Here you can feast on inihaw (grilled) specialties, washed down with lots of beer, and at the end be surprised at how little the whole thing costs. A great place for a party or dinner with the kids. Your only problem might be coming down from the tree-house if you have had a drink or five too many. But do not let that deter you… take a regular table in one of the bamboo-and-palm huts instead.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00-24:00
  • Address: 29 Matalino Street, Quezon City
  • Tel: +632 921 7299
  • Cuisine: Filipino
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Ziggurat Cuisine

This Place serves the very best in Indian, Mediterranean, African and Middle Eastern cuisine. The architecture of the building is resonant of the pyramids of ancient Mesopotamia - the ziggurats. Get a little adventurous and try smoking a sheesha or hookah. The décor is enticing, with jeweled cushions and delicate drapes, hanging down from the ceiling, which create an enigmatic air.

  • Address: Durban Street corner Makati Avenue, Sunette Tower, Makati City
  • Tel: +63 2 897 5179
  • Cuisine: Global
  • Price Range: Luxurious
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