The best El Nido Restaurants offer a great range of delicious cuisine types served in splendid settings by committed staff. A holiday in El Nido doesn’t only allow you to discover outstanding natural sites of beauty, such as the pristine islands and well-preserved underwater marine life, it also gives you the opportunity to take a real break and sample the culinary delights on offer.
The most popular restaurants in El Nido offer havens of tranquility at which you can enjoy hearty local specialities, seafood, or international delicacies in a serene ambience. Check out the best El Nido restaurants below, each of them has its own character, yet all of them aim to please your taste buds with classic, new, or revisited flavours.
La Plage Sunset Bar & RestaurantCorong-Corong Beach
La Plage (The Beach, in French) is a quaint unpretentious venue situated under the trees on Corong-Corong beachfront, a mere 2 km south of El Nido Town proper. And what can be better than dining on the beach during your holiday? This well known bar and restaurant is a superb sundowner spot at which you can sample a great choice of French Mediterranean specialities, as well as tasteful Asian dishes. All can be washed down with a range of excellent wines. Their cocktails (try the Thai Mojito!) are also as good as they are potent. This venue offers a good price/quality ratio. Read More...
- Opening Hours: from 12:00 – 22:00
- Location: On Corong-Corong Beach
- Tel: +63 947 068 5272
Trattoria AltroveR. Magsaysay Street
Trattoria Altrove is, as its name suggests, an Italian restaurant and it is located on Calle Hama, to the eastern side of El Nido Town proper, a few hundred metres from the pier. Trattoria Altrove is a rather simple two-storey restaurant with the kitchen downstairs and the dining room on the second floor. With such modest surroundings, it is certainly not for its fancy décor that so many people queue out front at opening time most days. Trattoria Altrove is simply the best Italian restaurant in El Nido; from pasta and pizza to classic Italian dishes prepared with fresh seafood, all the food here is served with the pride that comes from a job well done.
- Opening Hours: From 17:00-23:00
- Location: Near the intersection between Calle Hama and R. Magsaysay Street
- Tel: +63 917 822 9871
Republica Sunset BarCorong-Corong Beach
Republica Sunset Bar is an unpretentious bamboo and thatch venue built right on Corong-Corong Beach, a few minutes’ drive south from El Nido Town proper. This great seafront location makes Republica one of the most popular sundowner spots in El Nido. Republica Sunset Bar is not, strictly speaking, a restaurant, it’s more a cool sunset bar at which you can enjoy Spanish tapas and snacks, including paella. With great music, chilled out atmosphere, exquisite light food and skillfully mixed cocktails, Republica Sunset Bar is a good choice to enjoy the sunset in El Nido. Be aware though, the venue is popular and fairly small and so is often already packed soon after it opens its doors.
- Opening Hours: 15:00 – 23:00
- Location: On Corong-Corong Beach
- Tel: +63 905 486 2499
Mezzanine El NidoSerena Street
Mezzanine El Nido features a large open-sided terrace offering splendid views over the pier and the magnificent Bacuit Bay. Mezzanine El Nido is the right choice if you’re looking for a tranquil evening gently rocked by unobtrusive music, affordable tasty local and international food served in big portions, all in a friendly atmosphere. From Italian to Filipino to Indonesian/Malay (their ‘nasi goreng’ – fried rice, is highly recommended) you can enjoy here a wide range of dishes all washed down with an ice-cold San Miguel beer.
- Opening Hours: 07:00-23:00
- Location: On Serena Street, 200 metres from the pier in El Nido Town proper
- Tel: +63 926 706 3263
Osaka Castle El NidoRizal Street
Osaka Castle El Nido is, at the time of writing, the only Japanese restaurant in the municipality of El Nido and it is also one of the most popular places to dine in this prime Palawanese resort town. Osaka Castle El Nido is located right in El Nido Town proper, on Rizal Street, some 250 metres from the shore. The quality of the food it serves is second-to-none, thanks to the fact the restaurant imports most of the ingredients used in the preparation of its dishes directly from Japan. Ramen, tempura, sashimi, and sushi are just the tip of the iceberg among the many exquisite Japanese specialities on offer at Osaka Castle El Nido. With friendly service, affordable prices, and spotless settings, this is a great, indeed the only, option for your Japanese food fix while in town.
- Opening Hours: from 15:00-23:00
- Location: On Rizal Street, some 250 metres from the sea
- Tel: +63 927 350 5450