Finding a decent and reliable restaurant when travelling to a new and unfamiliar place can be difficult sometimes. Here is a list of the best western restaurants in the Philippines that we ate at during our time and thoroughly enjoyed. All of the restaurants listed are Westernised Restaurants but they also offer Filipino dishes, making them the perfect pick. The selected restaurants are located in either Coron, El Nido, Boracay, or Siquijor Island as we ate in local restaurants during our time in other parts of the Philippines.
Marco Polo,Siquijor Island
This restaurant is a beautiful Italian, in the town of San Juan with an Italian owner. They serve homemade pizzas which are so tasteful, and the prices are very reasonable.
There is an outdoor seating area with hammocks and tables overlooking the sea.
The staff are lovely and so welcoming. Julio the owner is very helpful and loves what he does. There is also fantastic WIFI in the restaurant which is very hard to find in the Philippines. It is a bonus if you have emails to respond too, or someone to message.
Overall a fantastic restaurant.
La brujita, Coron
This restaurant is full of fresh veggies which you begin to crave after a couple of days. They serve all homemade meals such as curries, soups, eggplant based meals.
I would recommend ordering the fried mozzarella to start. It is amazing, (if you love cheese) but oh so heavy! Make sure you have someone to share this with and if you don’t, skip ordering a main course (however this means you’ll just be eating cheese for dinner…I’m not sure that suggestion is viable, or is it?!).
We asked the owner how much cheese was in fried mozzarella dish and he told us there was a whopping 250g. I couldn’t eat half of my main course after eating it (& I shared it!).
Every night this place is busy with people queuing out of the doors. It is only a small restaurant with around 7 tables, but it is definitely worth a visit.
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Carl’s BBQ, Coron
Carl’s BBQ provides a lovely atmosphere due to its open-air nature, right in the centre of Coron. The seating areas are surrounded by fairy lights and there is a giant BBQ area where the chefs are cooking up the meat.
I ordered a squid, sweetcorn and melted cheese dish which sounds bizarre but reminded me of a homemade tuna pasta bake. We also had kebabs which were so tasteful. We came back to this restaurant during our stay – and tried the ribs. The restaurant is known for them. They are amazing and costs around 350php for half a rack. There is also seating area that is elevated from the ground – kind of like your own personal tree house for dinner.
Odessa Mama Street Cafe, El Nido
The Ukranian restaurant in the centre of El Nido is a nice change. They serve homemade ale, made upstairs in their own beer factory. They serve dumplings, empanadas and pittas. The food is really good, especially the pittas. The empanadas are quite small and thin so they don’t seem to fill you up as much.
Falafel stand, El Nido
This Falafel stand is amazing. I had read many blogs recommending this place for something cheap and cheerful and they couldn’t be more correct. You must try the Tziakichi and garlic sauce combo as it completes the meal.
Agape Taverna, El Nido
This is a beautiful Greek restaurant serving huge souvlakis and they are delicious. It is located on the beach front so you can look out over the water. You must try the fried cheese to start (yes, I like cheese). The waiters will come set it alight in front out you before shouting “EPAAA”. The souvlaki is so big it is hard to finish so if you are not a big eater, don’t order anything on the side.
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Beach Bar, Las Cabanas
The beach bar is located on Las Cabanas beach in El Nido and is a fabulous spot to watch the sunset. The beach becomes very busy around 4pm in preparation for the sunset. The beer is around 60pesos and fresh smoothies are 150pesos. San Miguel Apple is a fantastic drink for anyone who isn’t a massive beer fan, as it tastes more like a fruity cider. Cocktails were also 150pesos. The bar plays old school tunes throughout the night and provides a really fun atmosphere.
Go to this restaurant even if it is just for a smoothie!!
They are hands down the nicest one we had while travelling. This place is constantly full of both locals and tourists. They have re-cycled plastic bottles for smoothies if you wish to take it away and drink it on the beach. The Mango-Pineapple combo is amazing – a must try! The food here was good also and again, a reasonable price.