Experience the tastes of local and international cuisines at these top Philippines restaurants.
Take a step back in time as you try flavourful dishes in heritage buildings in Cebu City, fine dine at some of Asia’s best restaurants in Manila and feast on sustainable dishes in Boracay.
While the Philippines embraces international cuisine, it stays true to its heritage by using local ingredients in many of its best restaurants.
If there’s one favour you should do for your tastebuds, don’t miss trying Filipino cuisine such as the meat dish adobo, the snack balut and the famous dessert halo-halo.
Feature image: Dos Mestizos
Top Philippines restaurants that are all that
Spiral is an elegant restaurant housed inside the Sofitel hotel in Manila. Choose to dine in the lounge or outdoor terrace with the lagoon-shaped pool.
Spiral serves international dishes to the tune of North Indian, Thai, Korean, Chinese, Japanese and French cuisines. It also offers traditional Filipino dishes.
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard Pasay City 1300 Metro Manila
The Manila Hotel hosts Café Ilang-Ilang for diners looking for a variety of choices in a chic yet casual setting.
Asian, Mediterranean, European and Western dishes are served at the eight cooking stations.
An a la carte menu, buffet and open Pan-Asian kitchen are also available.
1 Rizal Park, Manila
Gallery Vask is the only Philippine restaurant to make it onto the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2016.
The restaurant is recognised for its anthropological cuisine by utilising local ingredients to create innovative dishes.
5th Floor, Clipp Center 11th Avenue corner 39th Street Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Manila
Mecha Uma pulls in visitors with its blackboard of daily specials and tasting menus.
Ingredients from the area are used to create Japanese influenced dishes that are updated regularly depending on what ingredients are available.
25th Street, Taguig, Manila
Dos Mestizos brings a little bit of Spanish to Boracay Island with traditional dishes served in a warm and relaxed atmosphere.
Tapas of the Spanish Filipino heritage cuisine are served beautifully using only the best ingredients.
Remedios Street, Sitio Manggayad, Boracay
Nonie’s prides itself on serving delicious food that is both healthy and sustainable by sourcing local ingredients.
The team behind this outlet believes in the slow food movement, delivering clean and fair dishes.
The freshest ingredients are used to bake bread daily and create marinades and sauces in-house.
G/F, Hue Hotel and Resorts, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay
Artcafe in El Nido is the hotspot to grab a bite to eat on its breezy terrace, which overlooks blue waters.
A wide variety of dishes that include Filipino, Italian and other western dishes are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Tropical fruit shakes and cocktails are also available.
Sirena Street, Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan
Housed inside the Radisson Blu in Cebu City, Feria offers a variety of cuisines from Mediterranean, Chinese and Filipino to Japanese and Indian.
Dishes are served buffet style or a la carte and are prepared fresh by the team of international award-winning chefs.
Sergio Osmeña Boulevard, 6000, Pope John Paul II Avenue, Cebu City
The owners of Circa 1900 restored a colonial house to create the piano bar and restaurant that it is now.
International dishes are served but stay true to the Filipino flavours by using local ingredients.
Visitors dine at Circa 1900 for the exceptional cuisine and the history of Cebu.
Sanjercasvil Road, Gorordo Avenue, 6000 Lahug, Cebu City
Eat like a local at Just Sizzlin’, which is an open-air restaurant in Bohol.
Dine on the cuisine of the local area with original dishes that reflect the Filipino love of food.
New dishes have an international twist and make this the perfect spot to have your daily Filipino fiesta.
P. Del Rosario Street, Poblacion 1, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Top 5 Philippines foods you must try
You’ll be hard pressed to find somewhere that doesn’t serve adobo in the Philippines. In this dish, beef, chicken, pork, seafood or vegetables are marinated in garlic, vinegar and soy sauce before being cooked in oil and accompanied by steamed rice.
This colourful dessert translates to “mixed together” from Tagalog, which is exactly what halo-halo is.
Layers of ingredients such as corn, sago, boiled beans, coconut, tubers and fruit are piled together and served in a tall glass with shaved ice and condensed milk.
It’s sometimes topped with purple yam ice cream, sugar and fruit.
Lechon is a whole pig stuffed with different fillings depending on where you are in the Philippines.
Herbs and vegetable combinations vary from region to region.
The pig is cooked over a charcoal fire on a spit until the skin shatters like glass and the meat is flavourful.
Kinilaw refers more to how the dish is cooked than the dish itself.
It’s a raw fish salad in which the kalamansi (Filipino lime) and vinegar cook the fish, much like ceviche, a popular Peruvian dish.
Garlic, ginger, onion, pepper and chilli are commonly added.
5. Chicken and spaghetti at Jollibee's
The Philippines’ answer to McDonald’s, if you want to eat like a true local the chain you have to hit up is Jollibee.
It’s what Filipino kids are bred on and includes American fast-food style favourites with a Filipino twist such as fried chicken, steak with rice and sweet spaghetti, and palabok (a Chinese influenced noodle).
Food tours and cooking classes
Learn to cook authentic Filipino dishes and eat your way around the best spots in Manila.
Manila private cooking class
Boracay Filipino cooking class
Manila Chinatown walking tour