Manila restaurants and dining guide

Eating plays an important role in the Filipino culture, and there are plenty of excellent restaurants to choose from in Manila. While tracking down traditional food is simple, many of the restaurants here also serve authentic dishes that hail from all over the globe. Dishes start from just US$5 going up to US$30 for real gourmet treats.

Recommended restaurants in Manila

La Cocina de Tita Moning
A range of delicious dishes are served in this enchanting Spanish-era mansion in this beautiful restaurant. (website: www.lacocinadetitamoning.com)

Café Juanita
This popular café has been serving Asian treats such as prawns pickled in garlic sauce and Vietnamese spring rolls for decades.

Prince Albert Rotisserie
The all-you-can-eat continental buffet here is excellent value, while the restaurant’s specialities include duck liver lightly marinated in medoc wine and pan-fried veal loin.

Abe Serendra Restaurant
A great place to try Filipino delicacies, highlights include lamb adobo with popped garlic and chicken supreme. (website: www.ljcrestaurants.com.ph)

Café Ysabel
The menu here is prepared by renowned Filipino chef Gene Gonzales, and among the offerings are dishes such as crispy pork binagoongan, pasta vegetalie aglio and US braised beef belly, which are served up in a stylishly modern café. (website: www.cafeysabel.com

Heaven ‘n’ Eggs Rock & Roll
Serving up hearty portion of comfort food, this is the perfect place to satisfy cravings for dishes such as sandwiches, pasta and pancakes.

Kamayan sa Nayong Pilipino
This cheap and cheerful restaurant specialises in unique Filipino seafood and noodles dishes.

M (or Museum Café)
This stylish restaurant provides just the right mood for a romantic date, and young lovers can sit and sip guava and lychee shakes while gazing into each other’s eyes.

The Red Crab Seafood Club
Seafood lovers who crave something a little bit different can dine on dishes such as crab casino and ginger crab prepared by top chefs.