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20 Best Filipino Restaurants in Manila [2024]

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Best Filipino Restaurant Manila

Looking for the best Filipino restaurant Manila? Look no further! We have compiled a list of the 20 best Filipino restaurant Manila for you to check out. Whether you are looking for a casual dining experience or something more formal, we have got you covered. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your next Filipino food adventure today!

1) Bangus Specialty Restaurant

Key ServiceFilipino restaurant specializing in Bangus (milk fish) dishes
Address106-A / 204 Connecticut Carpark
Bldg. 1 Greenhills Commercial
Shopping Center, San Juan City
Phone(02) 8725-3038
Operating HoursDaily 7AM–6PM

Don’t be put off by the name- Bangus Specialty Restaurant is an authority in more than just fish! In addition to their delicious bangus and seafood meals, this seafood restaurant Manila also offers a fantastic variety of Filipino dishes.

Key Differentiators:

  • Affordable prices
  • Perfect place for breakfast
  • Courteous and kind staff

Customer’s Review:

No one was here when we ate here, the lights are dim so the place looks dead. But when we ordered our Bangus Sisig and Pinakbet, woah it’s freakin’ good! The place doesn’t look enticing but their food is nothing short of an amazing. Will definitely go back here.

Joshua Paul

2) The Red Crab

Key ServiceFilipino restaurant specializing in crab dishes
Address6th Level, The Ledge, Shangri-La Plaza Mall Mandaluyong, Philippines
Operating HoursDaily 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Red Crab is ideal for seafood aficionados, with an array of options from starters to soup to main dishes. All of the Red Crab’s fare has a Filipino twist, like the Oyster & Malunggay Rockefeller appetizer containing creamy malunggay pesto sauce and heaps of cheese. You could also go straight for one of the establishment’s signature items: Crabs! There are 14 delectable flavors to choose from, such as Crab Kare-Kare, Salted Egg Crab, and Butter Ginger Crab.

Key Differentiators:

  • Offers Filipino-inspired dishes such as Oyster & Malunggay Rockefeller
  • Choose from 14 flavors of crabs including Crab Kare-Kare, Salted Egg Crab, and Butter Ginger Crab
  • Satisfy seafood cravings with a budget friendly meal

Customer’s Review:

For all the crab lovers out there. The red crab has many ways to cook it, and all are delicious. While this restaurant has been around for a long time, they updated the interiors to be more homey. Just make sure you have the crabs weighed before cooking, as they are priced by the gram. Servers were attentive and interiors are clean.


3) The Murang Seafood Platter

Key ServiceFilipino seafood restaurant
AddressMarbella Street Muntinlupa City, Philippines

If you find yourself frequently craving seafood, the Murang Seafood Platter is perfect for you! This platter offers shrimp, mussels, crab and lobster – the best of what the sea has to offer. Whether you’re dining alone or with a large group, these platters are sure to satisfy your cravings.

Key Differentiators:

  • Offers seafood platter with shrimp, mussels, crab, and lobster
  • Excellent service
  • Perfect for solo or large-group dining

4) 7107 Culture + Cuisine

Key ServiceFilipino restaurant with generous servings
AddressG/F Treston International College, 32nd Street corner C-5 Road, Bonifacio Global City 1632 Taguig, Philippines
Phone(02) 819 6169
Operating HoursDaily 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

7107 Culture + Cuisine wants to create a more immersive experience for our guests, so we’re teaching people about Filipino food and culture through our food hall. As part of this program, students from Treston International College will get first-hand restaurant training and management experience.

Key Differentiators:

  • Good ambiance
  • Food Hall that promotes the heritage and local food of the Filipinos
  • Managed by Tourism, Hospitality, and Culinary students of Treston International College

Customer’s Review:

Excellent food service, accommodating staff, delicious food, nice ambiance.

Kim Rose

5) Dampa Seafood Grill

Key ServiceFilipino seafood grill restaurant
Address71 Scout Limbaga, Brgy. Laging Handa Quezon City, Philippines
Phone0968 438 5183
Operating HoursDaily 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM

If you’re looking for an amazing seafood meal, look no further than Dampa Seafood Grill in Dubai. This restaurant has just been awarded the title of Best Local Gem at the 2020 Dubai Expo, and their Manila branch is also starting to get recognition. At Dampa Seafood Grill, you can feast on their specially-curated Seafest bundles that come with an array of shrimp, crab, mussels, squid dishes – as well as some delicious meat options.

Key Differentiators:

  • Best Local Gem Award at the Dubai Expo 2020
  • Serves seafood bundles and platters packed with shrimp, crabs, mussels, squids, and meat dishes
  • Wide variety of seafood dishes to choose from

Customer’s Review:

Dampa Seafood Grill is by far one of the best dampa restaurants in Quezon City. Food price is definitely reasonable. Hence, if you adore seafoods and/grilled stuff, this place should be and must be in your must try list.

Belle Segui

6) Blackbeard’s Seafood Island

Key ServiceFilipino restaurant with boodle feasts
AddressUnit 28-31 Shopwise Market Arcade, McArthur Avenue Corner Times Square Araneta Center, Cubao Q.C.
Operating HoursDaily 10AM–9PM

At Blackbeard’s Seafood Island, we specialize in boodle feasts. Perfect for any type of celebration, our selection of over 12 unique boodles will definitely satisfy your guests. In addition to savory noodles, we also offer a variety of fresh Paluto dishes such as lobster, crabs, and catfish. With all its fresh food offerings seafood Island is dedicated to giving you the best seafood dining experience possible.

Key Differentiators:

  • Serves fresh food offerings Seafood Island
  • Home of the original boodle feasts
  • Over 12 unique boodles

Customer’s Review:

Best place for boodle-fight-style eating. The servings are huge, affordable too. Gets very busy during lunch hours, but there’s seating available outside the seafood restaurant Manila.


7) Pamana Restaurant

Key ServiceAuthentic Filipino restaurant
Address106 Perea St. Legaspi Village, Makati, Philippines
Phone0927 323 6513
Operating HoursDaily 10AM–10PM

Pamana Restaurant offers several heirloom recipes that date back to 100 years. The cooking methods used for their dishes are passed down from generation to generation, ensuring authentic Filipino flavors in each meal. Pamana’s super crispy bagnet is a delectable dish of deep-fried pork belly that you definitely don’t want to miss out on. If you’re looking for something with a different flavor profile, try the pakbet bagnet, which is a savory dish made with vegetables stewed in shrimp paste and topped with sinful bagnet. The binakol is also a healthy chicken soup dish that’s worth trying, as well as the pancit Ivatan – a noodle dish topped with egg and dried pork adobo.

Key Differentiators:

  • Uses traditional and heirloom recipes dating back 100 years
  • Offers a variety of savory dishes
  • Best in bagnet dishes

Customer’s Review:

Pamana Restaurant gives you an exciting Filipino food experience with its original and authentic recipes. The bagnet dish was amazing! Highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a unique Filipino cuisine experience.

Jessica R.

8) Sarsa Kitchen + Bar

Key ServiceFilipino restaurant with modern twist
Address109 Rada, Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila
Phone0917 528 0115
Operating HoursDaily 11AM–10PM

If you’re looking for an authentic dining experience in the Philippines, look no further than Sarsa. Created by multi-awarded chef JP Anglo, Sarsa offers a taste of Negros island province in the Visayas with a contemporary twist. Sarsa’s menu mostly contains shareable plates for 3-5 people, and ordering 2 or more dishes is recommended. The restaurant serves many traditional Philippine dishes, one of which is the tortang talong (eggplant omelet) that comes with kesong puti (white cheese made from the milk of a carabao, cow, or goat) and crispy sardines. Many foodies recommend this dish.

Key Differentiators:

  • Specializes in dishes from Negros, Visayas
  • Meant for sharing: recommended to get 2 or more viands
  • Offers a take on the humble tortang along (eggplant omelet) elevated with kesong puti and crispy sardines

Customer’s Review:

Cool restaurant with a great interior, feels very authentic yet with a modern touch. Our favorite was the Beef Kansi, very flavorful and not too sour, with great balance. The chicken was tender (got the thigh part), and perfectly charred. The grilled salmon sinigang was amazing too. Would definitely go here again for my Filipino food fix.


9) Ilustrado

Key ServiceFilipino-Spanish cuisine
Address744 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila 1002 Intramuros, Philippines
Phone0939 920 6822
Operating HoursMonday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Next on this list is one of the known Intramuros restaurants, Ilustrado. As you enter its gates, you will be transported to an era of opulent Manila where Filipino-Spanish aesthetics and sophistication abound. Walk through its cobblestone path and treat yourself to a hearty serving of any of their modern classics

Key Differentiators:

  • Located in the historical Intramuros district
  • Signature dishes include Callos Madrilena and Seafood Paella
  • Experience their seasonal degustation menu for a taste of their whole menu

Customer’s Review:

This is a hidden gem. One of the best restaurants in Metro Manila. Amazing vibes, garden, staff, and menu. Bravo! A little pricey but worth it! The paella is approved by Spanish standards!


10) Mesa Filipino Moderne

Key ServiceFilipino restaurant with modern dishes
Address2F Power Plant Mall,, Lopez Dr, Makati, Metro Manila
Phone0917 327 6372
Operating HoursDaily 11AM–10PM

Kicking off our list is a restaurant named after the Filipino word for “table.” Sharon Cuneta, a local showbiz icon, and politician Sen. Francis Pangilinan partnered to create Mesa, which serves modernized versions of traditional Filipino dishes like sinigang (a sour soup with meat or seafood), laing (dried taro leaves in coconut milk), and lechon kawali (crispy fried pork belly). Mesa’s table-side serving of Crispchon (crispy lechon) is a must-try! The wonderful flavor will leave you wanting more.

Key Differentiators:

  • Creative takes on Filipino classics
  • Table-side Crispchon service
  • Crispy Leche Flan for dessert

Customer’s Review:

Love this place, super yummy Filipino food is always a go-to when we want local flavors. Our favorites are their braised beef (their version of beef rendang) melt-in-your-mouth beef with a rich creamy sauce! Laing 2 ways, who knew leaves could taste so good? Baby squid in olive oil and baked mussels.


11) Toyo Eatery

Key ServiceFilipino restaurant with a modern twist
Address2316 Chino Roces Avenue
Makati City, Philippines
Phone0917 720 8630
Operating HoursTuesdays to Saturdays
6:00 PM to 10 PM

Come to Toyo Eatery and partake in their multi-course menu with anywhere from three to eleven different dishes. The food is unique and made with ingredients that you would never think go together, yet somehow they work perfectly. For example, try Chef Navarra’s lugaw which is a rice porridge mixed with crab roe, squash, and coconut vinegar. You won’t be disappointed!

Key Differentiators:

  • Multi-course menu ranging from 3 to 11 dishes
  • Unique ingredients, simple yet creative
  • Chef Jordy Navarra’s version of lugaw (rice porridge) with crab roe, squash, and coconut vinegar.

Customer’s Review:

We had the 8-course option. The experience was amazing and I even got to learn more about regional cuisine and special ingredients. Their staff was very warm and well-trained. Can’t wait to come back!

Francis Victor

12) Lampara

Key ServiceNeo-Filipino restaurant
Address5883 Enriquez Street, Brgy. Poblacion 1210 Makati, Philippines
Phone0917 173 5883
Operating HoursDaily 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM

Nestled among the bustling restaurants of Makati City is a small yet spacious bistro serving up neo-Filipino cuisine. Lampara can be found on the second floor of an unassuming building along the streets of Poblacion. As you walk inside, you’ll immediately notice the retro vibe from its mismatched chairs, interesting trinkets, high ceilings, and cozy sofas.

Key Differentiators:

  • Modern twist on Filipino cuisine
  • Retro vibe from mismatched chairs, high ceilings, and cozy sofas
  • Interesting trinkets inside the restaurant

Customer’s Review:

Great food modern Filipino food, really yummy excellent local cocktails (and I’m not even a cocktail fan!) and warm service. We had a super enjoyable dinner here. It feels as though you’re in a good friend’s very stylish home.


13) The Aristocrat Restaurant

Key ServiceIconic Filipino restaurant
Address432, 1004 San Andres St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila
Phone(02) 8524 7671
Operating HoursDaily 6AM–12AM

A few decades ago, a woman named Lola Asiang began cooking for her large family. Eventually, she realized that she enjoyed cooking so much that she wanted to make it into a business. And so, Aristocrat restaurant was born. Today, it is one of the most popular places to go for comfort food in the Philippines.

Key Differentiators:

  • Family-style cooking
  • Mother of Filipino Cooking
  • Staple go-to place for great Filipino comfort food.

Customer’s Review:

My parents always mention this restaurant to me about its popularity during 80s. They are still satisfied with the dishes, especially the bbq chicken. The sauce is very rich and I like it now too! Also, we tried sisig and lumpia as well. The sisig catches my attention and it is the best sisig I’ve ever tasted! Very crunchy and tasty!


14) Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant

Key ServiceFilipino-Spanish restaurant
AddressPlaza San Luis Complex, Heneral Luna St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone(02) 8527 4083

Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant is one of several great Filipino restaurants in Manila, but it stands out because of its location within the Intramuros walls. The restaurant has a olds world charm with quaint interiors and Spanish-inspired decor. It’s also known for hosting special events such as weddings, baptisms, etc. So if you find yourself within the walls of Intramuros, make sure to stop by Barbara’s for an unforgettable experience!

Key Differentiators:

  • Located within the walls of Intramuros
  • Quiant interiors and Spanish-era inspired decor
  • Venue for weddings, baptisms, and other events

Customer’s Review:

Go back in time once you enter this restaurant. Feel the rustic and homey atmosphere accompanied by good food and service. They have a buffet here on weekends and function rooms for all occasions. It’s a good venue for weddings and celebrations for small groups. You can try the San Agustin Church or nearby areas for car parking.


15) Locavore Kitchen x Drinks

Key ServiceContemporary takes on Filipino classics
Address10 Brixton Street Brixton Tech Center, Kapitolyo 1600 Pasig, Philippines
Phone(02) 8632 9600
Operating HoursDaily 10AM–9PM

Locavore Kitchen x Drinks is one of the most popular restaurants in Kapitolyo, Pasig. It’s modern spin on classic dishes has made it a local favorite among multiple age groups. If you’re looking for something new to try or want to support locally grown businesses, then Locavore should definitely be at the top your list!

Key Differentiators:

  • Multiple locations in the metro
  • Celebrity chef Mikel Zaguirre cooking up hit Filipino dishes
  • Locally grown, locally made, and locally produced food

Customer’s Review:

Locavore. Uniquely affordable Filipino food that will make you full and crave for more. Full of flavors, all the dishes would need to be paired with rice. Always a good place to eat comfort food. Go at odd times though because it’s almost always fully booked. Or you may also make reservations in advance.


16) Café Adriatico

Key ServiceFilipino restaurant that is well-known for its tsokolate
Address1790 M. Adriatico St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila
Phone(02) 8523 7924
Operating HoursMonday 9AM–7PM
Tuesday 9AM–7PM
Wednesday 9AM–7PM
Thursday 9AM–7PM
Friday 7AM–9PM
Saturday 7AM–9PM
Sunday 7AM–9PM

Café Adriatico is one of the most beloved Filipino restaurants in Manila, has been a landmark for over 40 years at Remedios Circle. Now with multiple branches around different cities, Café Adriatico remains an icon that arguably started the café culture in the metro. The café didn’t get its fame from coffee, but rather a delicious chocolate drink called tsokolate eh. This beverage is made with high-quality cacao beans and served in a traditional Rizal demitasse cup.

Key Differentiators:

  • Over 40 years of serving Manila
  • Famous Filipino dishes ranging from pasta to viands, including the famous beef salpicao
  • Owned by LJC Restaurants which runs other popular Filipino restaurants.

Customer’s Review:

The restaurant is my favorite restaurant in Manila. I like the indoor nostalgia old table and chairs furnitures. The food is great served mostly Filipino food. Great location for dining in Manila. The restaurant has two level with great view outside and had both indoor and outdoor seating.


17) Manam Café

Key ServicePinoy-comfort food with a twist
AddressAyala Malls Manila Bay, Metro Manila
Phone0919 073 3294
02 7752 1143
Operating Hours10 AM-9 PM (Mon-Thurs)
10 AM-10 PM (Fri-Sun)

Manam Café is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some great Filipino food. This spin-off of Manam restaurant offers a variety of light meals with a fun twist. Manam Café serves up classic Filipino dishes like arroz caldo and batchoy, both packed with tender slow-cooked meat and rich bone broth. One of the most popular items on their menu is M’s Crispy pancit palabok, served with noodles towering on a plate while the savory shrimp sauce is poured table-side.

Key Differentiators:

  • Casual dining experience
  • Budget friendly menu items
  • Offers fruity cold drink options

Customer’s Review:

Manam café is my go-to Filipino restaurant whenever I’m looking for a quick, affordable and delicious Filipino meal. The service here is always great, and they have a variety of Filipino dishes to choose from. The ambiance is always chill, making it the perfect spot for an intimate dinner or catching up with friends. Highly recommend!


18) Victorino’s Restaurant

Key ServiceFilipino restaurant with northern Filipino cuisine
Address114 Sct. Rallos St. cor. 11th Jamboree St., Quezon City, Philippines
Operating HoursDaily 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

If you’re looking for authentic Ilocano cuisine without having to travel far, look no further than Victorino’s Restaurant. Located in the heart of Quezon City, this Filipino-Ilocano restaurant is cozy and homey, owned and operated by siblings DV Savellano and Queenie Paras from Ilocos Sur. They offer dishes such as poqui-poqui (eggplant with onions and tomatoes), lomo-lomo (beef broth with egg),and other deliciousIlocaon fare.

Key Differentiators:

  • Unique dishes such as poqui-poqui and lomo-lomo
  • Authentic homey ambiance
  • Owned and operated by Ilocano siblings.

Customer’s Review:

Love this place! A great spot for a family dinner, the atmosphere is super cozy. The food is amazing – Ilocano dishes are so far away from the usual Filipino food that you can find in other restaurants. Highly recommend for people who want to try something new! Will definitely be back soon.


19) Romulo Café

Key ServiceFilipino restaurant with homecooked dishes
Address148 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati City
Phone8478.6406, 8691.9069, (0915) 561.1888
Operating HoursOpen Daily
Lunch, 11am — 3pm
Dinner, 5pm — 9pm

If you’re looking for a taste of home-cooked Filipino food, look no further than Romulo Café. Named after Carlos P. Romulo – a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and diplomat – this restaurant has multiple branches across the city, making it easy to enjoy authentic dishes that have been passed down through generations. It’s nothing new that Romulo Café takes pride in both their traditional and innovative dishes, carefully crafting each with technical skill and precision. This is especially evident in their chicken relleno (baked deboned chicken with stuffing), beef kaldereta (tomato sauce-based beef stew), and chicken inasal sisig (chicken version of sisig) which have become customer favorites over the years.

Key Differentiators:

  • Elevated traditional Filipino dishes
  • Home-cooked goodness of true-blue Filipino cuisine
  • Famous for making innovative Filipino dishes with utmost care and precision.

Customer’s Review:

Good food and a good event and meeting venue as well. We had the Pinoy nachos, ginataang kalabasa with sitaw and crablets, and crispy pork binagoongan. All were delicious and uniquely presented.


20) Abé

Key ServiceFilipino salo-salo style restaurant
AddressAlabang Town Center, Mero Manila
Phone(02) 8804 2148 | (02) 8804 2149 | 09175506033
Operating HoursMonday – Thursday: 10AM – 9PM
Friday – Sunday: 10AM – 10PM

Abé is one of the best Filipino restaurants and LJC’s ode to his father who was a well-traveled artist-writer with an affinity for food. The restaurant atmosphere evokes that of a typical Filipino salo-salo or get-together where servings are shared family style and all the dishes served are top-notch. If you’re ever in the vicinity of Abé, a restaurant known for its mostly-Kapampangan menu and quirky innovations, make sure to try their purple sinigang.

Key Differentiators:

  • Kapampangan cuisine
  • Ube Sinigang to surprise and delight customers
  • Innovative takes on traditional Filipino dishes.

Customer’s Review:

Abé is definitely a must-visit for anyone looking for amazing Filipino food. The purple sinigang was really something else and I’m glad we tried it. Great place to go with a group of friends for some good conversation and great food! Highly recommend trying out Abé.


Filipino Restaurant Manila

If you’re looking for a taste of authentic Filipino cuisine, look no further than the best Filipino restaurants Manila. These restaurants offer elevated traditional dishes that will delight your taste buds. From home-cooked goodness to innovative takes on traditional favorites, there’s something for everyone at these top-rated Filipino restaurants. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your next culinary adventure today!

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