Manila Restaurants and Food

Cafe Juanita
Filipinos love to eat and tend to have an internationalised palate, so finding food in the Philippines is never a problem. Foreign influence on traditional Filipino cuisine is quite evident in modern dishes.

There are plenty of restaurants offering a wide array of cuisines in all quarters of the city, but trust our below recommendations for some of the best. Meals are priced from US$5 to about US$30 (for higher-end restaurants).

Recommended Manila restaurants

La Cocina de Tita Moning
Enjoy delicious food inside a typical Spanish-era mansion in this beautiful restaurant very near Intramuros. They specialize in Spanish Filipino Heirloom recipes with set menus that includes cocktails and tour of the ancestral house. An a la carte menu is aso available.

Café Juanita
Delectable Asian dishes are the specialty of this decades-old café. The Vietnamese spring rolls and prawns pickled garlic sauce is a must try.

Abe Restaurant
In the mood for tasty Filipino delicacies? Dine here to taste the fantastic local culinary skills. Specials include Abe’s chicken supreme and Lamb adobo with popped garlic.

Prince Albert Rotisserie
Try the eat all you can continental buffet if you’re really famished. Their specialties are pan-fried veal loin and a slice of duck liver marinated in medoc wine.

Café Ysabel
Try the menu prepared by one of Philippines’ top chefs – Gene Gonzales – who runs the kitchen. Sample his crispy pork binagoongan, US braised beef belly and the pasta vegetalie aglio. Superb local and international recipes are served in the restaurant, but the experience does not end there. The café is remarkably designed to provide a luxurious atmosphere.

Heaven ‘n’ Eggs Rock & Roll
If you have a big appetite, this is the restaurant to satisfy your cravings for both American and Filipino cuisines. Big sandwiches, pasta, and pancakes are served at affordable prices.

M (or Museum Café)
An idyllic setting for a romantic date or a tranquil get together with friends, this restaurant right beside the posh Ayala Museum offers delicious local food with beautiful scenery of the city below from the glass window panes. Try the guava lychee shake or the cappuccino for a soothing feel. 

The Red Crab Seafood Club
If you are craving for seafood, you’ll appreciate the top chefs who know sea agro very well. Butter ginger crab and crab casino are some of the dishes to try.

Kamayan sa Nayong Pilipino
This restaurant serves Filipino seafood and noodles you would not find anywhere else in the world.

Le Souffle
If you are in the mood for French classics, opt for the Citi Salad with your choice of vinaigrette, Pan Fried Goose Liver Salad, and Salmon Carpaccio.

Red
A haven for people who crave tasty steaks and luscious desserts. Try Chilean seabass  with yoghurt & passionfruit cheesecake with raspberry.

Via Mare
Can’t get enough of oysters? Try their new specialties, linguini with oysters, oyster coquille, and oyster shish kebabs.

Crustasia‘s Thai Shrimp House
They cook delightful fresh crabs and lobsters in a way you have never tasted before. Some of the favorites are tenderloin beef strips in red curry and chicken and chorizo in yellow curry. 

People’s Palace
Thai food is a big favorite in Manila, and this is the restaurant to eat it in. Some of the dishes to try include red curry of prawn and roast pumpkin, green chicken curry, and som tam spicy green papaya salad.

Patio Guernica

The restaurant that mastered famous Spanish cuisines like ensaladas, pescados, rabo de toro, paellas and lenguas, and other casa specialties. Savor your meal with the live classic music on the background.

Chateau 1771
The restaurant has earned the “no borders cuisine” for successfully bringing European flavours to Filipino tastebuds. Try the apple pizza, melted Swiss raclette, and lemon chicken to experience the flairs of sought in the restaurant.