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17 Oct 2017 - 7 min read

10 Best Iloilo City Restaurants to Eat Like a Local
1. Netong’s Original La Paz Batchoy

(photo via Facebook, @netongslapaz.batchoy)

Location: La Paz Public Market, Luna cor. Huervana street, La Paz
Type: Filipino
Reservations: Not Available
Budget for One: P150
Hours: 7am to 7pm
What to Eat: La Paz Batchoy
Insider Info: Many say the first bowl of La Paz Batchoy was served at Netong’s, however, some restaurants also claim that they originated the dish. If only those steaming bowls could speak.
Contact Details: Phone: (033) 396 9449, (033) 396 2189 Email/ Site: Facebook: @netongslapaz.batchoy

Its location may not be too inviting -- being located at the heart of a public market -- but once you enter the air-conditioned dining hall of Netong’s you’ll know that you made the right choice for lunch. Netong’s Original La Paz Batchoy is known for serving one of the, if not the first, La Paz Batchoy bowl in all of the country, making it a must stop in Iloilo.

2. Bourbon Street (Smallville)

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Location: The Avenue, Glicerio Pison Ave., Diversion Road, Manduriao
Type: American
Reservations: Available
Budget for One: P250 to P300
Hours: 11am to 2am (Mondays to Thursdays), 11am to 3am (Fridays and Saturdays)
What to Eat: Bourbon BBQ Ribs, Cheeseburger and Mushroom Pizza in their signature square thin crust
Insider Info: The restaurant closes down in the afternoon (3:00pm to 5:00pm).
Contact Details: Phone: (033) 320 3028 Email/ Site:

If you’re thinking about chowing down on some BBQ ribs, then head over to Bourbon Street. The American bistro prides itself in serving one of the best ribs in town. The smokey barbecue sauce highlighted by the tender, fall-off-the-bone pork ribs make this spot one of the best Iloilo restaurants. A little hefty in the pocket, but the taste is all worth it.

3. The Mango Tree

(photo via Facebook, @themangotreerestaurant)

Location: 28 Guzman st., Mandurriao
Type: Asian
Reservations: Available
Budget for One: P250 to P300
Hours: 11am to 10pm daily
What to Eat: Mango Tree’s sizzling bulalo steak is mouthwatering!
Insider Info: The restaurant can also be a venue for weddings, parties, and big events.
Contact Details: Phone: (033) 321 0420 Email/ Site: Facebook: @themangotreerestaurant

What sets The Mango Tree apart from other Iloilo restaurants is its ambiance -- calm, elegant, and cozy. The indoor and al fresco dining areas are very romantic yet very family-friendly too, with warm lighting, wooden interiors, and well-maintained gardens. Of course, their food keeps up with the decor, The Mango Tree serves delicious Filipino and Asian favorites. If you’re planning for a dinner for two or a party for 50, The Mango Tree is a great option.

4. Afrique’s Pizza
Location: Castilla St, Jaro & Red Square Bldg. Smallville Complex, Mandurriao
Type: Italian, Pizza place
Reservations: Available
Budget for One: P200 to P300
Hours: 10:30am to 11pm daily
What to Eat: Unlimited Wings and rice, Unlimited Pasta and Wings
Insider Info: Their unlimited offerings aren’t available everyday, so best to inquire before visiting the restaurant branch.
Contact Details: Phone: (033) 509 2811, (033) 501 3103 Facebook: @afriquespizza

Filipinos love to eat, and we love to eat a lot. At Afrique’s you can eat all you can of their mouthwatering dishes on a budget! Every day of the week they offer an Eat All You Can buffet -- be it their flavored wings, or their pasta! If you’re not into wings and pasta (what kind of being are you?), you can opt for their other offerings like their BBQ ribs (PHP195.00). Bring your barkada and dig in at Alfrique’s.

5. Hometown Buffet by Freska

(photo via Facebook, @Hometownbuffet.Freska)

Location: Ayala TechnoHub Smallville-Boardwalk Area
Type: Buffet
Reservations: Available
Budget for One: PHP350
Hours: 11am to 9pm daily
What to Eat: Their buffet serves 30 Ilonggo dishes every time and each one is a must try!
Insider Info: Food are kept in warmers, so you’re sure to have a good, warm meal every time.
Contact Details: Phone: +63 9297759550, (033) 336 7813, (033) 855 3271 Facebook: @Hometownbuffet.Freska

There’s nothing like local food and at Hometown Buffet by Freska, diners can taste the best of Iloilo every day. Their buffet features 30 of the best Ilonggo dishes for locals and tourists to enjoy! From fresh seafood to different meat dishes to the local favorite Batchoy, each dish is delish!

6. Nothing but Desserts

(photo via Facebook, @nothingbutdesserts)

Location: The Avenue Complex, General Pison Ave., Diversion Road
Type: Dessert Cafe
Reservations: Available
Budget for One: P100 to P150
Hours: 11am to 1am daily
What to Eat: Cheesecakes
Insider Info: You can also get warm drinks, frappuccinos, and gelatos at the cafe.
Contact Details: Phone: (033) 329 5815, (033) 335 0935 Email/ Site: Facebook: @nothingbutdesserts

A room full of sweets is any kid’s -- or adult’s -- dream! And at Nothing But Desserts, well, they offer nothing but desserts in this hole. From cakes to cheesecakes, macaroons to cookies, pralines to pies -- they have it all here! After a hearty meal, head over to The Avenue Complex for some of the best sweets in town at Nothing But Desserts.

7. Tatoy’s Manokan and Seafood
Location: Sto. Nino Sur Arevalo
Type: Filipino
Reservations: Available
Budget for One: P200 to P300
Hours: 7am to 9:30pm
What to Eat: Pasayan Buttered Garlic, Baked Scallops
Insider Info: Tatoy’s Manokan and Seafood also serves as a resort with an infinity pool and cabanas. You can rent the place out for events too.
Contact Details: Phone: (033) 337 1360 Email/ Site: Facebook: @Tatoys-Manokan-and-Seafoods

What started out as a small eatery is now a full resort, but Tatoy’s Manokan and Seafood has not forgotten what made them a local favorite -- their food. Tatoy’s is famous for its chicken dishes, like their Native Chicken (PHP340.00) and Chicken Adobo (PHP270.00). They also offer a wide variety of seafood dishes, cooked kinilaw-style or grilled, as well as Filipino favorites like Crispy Pata and Lechon Kawali.

8. Roberto’s

(photo via Instagram, @kinred28)

Location: J.M. Basa Street
Type: Filipino Eatery
Reservations: Not Available
Budget for One: P100
Hours: 8am to 7pm daily
What to Eat: Queen Siopao
Insider Info: The Queen Siopao is only available on selected days. If you’ll only be in Iloilo for a few days, best inquire about the availability of this one-of-a-kind stuffed bread.
Contact Details: Phone: (033) 335 0484

Roberto’s has become an icon in the Ilonggo food scene for its oh-so-special, Queen Siopao. Stuffed with bacon, Chinese sausage, chicken-pork adobo, and egg, this scrumptious siopao is indeed one of a kind and is why locals and tourists flock to Roberto’s. You haven’t tasted siopao like this, making Roberto’s one of the best Iloilo restaurants today.

9. Amalfi Cucina Italia

(photo via Facebook, @amalficucinaitaliana)

Location: The Avenue, Smallville Complex, Diversion Road, Mandurriao
Type: Italian
Reservations: Available
Budget for One: P400 to P600
Hours: 11am to 2:30pm (Lunch), 5pm to 11pm (Dinner)
What to Eat: Osso Buco
Insider Info: Amalfi Cucina Italia is a consistent recipient of Philippine Tatler's Philippines Best Restaurant award.
Contact Details: Phone: (033) 501 6262, (033) 329 5829 Facebook: @amalficucinaitaliana

Amalfi Cucina Italia promises authentic Italian dining. The high-end restaurant serves the iconic Italian dishes using the finest ingredients from local and imported suppliers. Because of their great service, classic ambiance, and sophisticated dishes, Amalfi has been recognized by several food critics and award-giving bodies, including the Philippine Tatler.

10. Cable Car Iloilo
Location: Megaworld Blvd
Type: Bar Cafe
Reservations: Available
Budget for One: P250 to P500
Hours: 10am to 12am (Sundays to Thursdays), 10am to 2am (Fridays and Saturdays)
What to Eat: Cable Car burger
Insider Info: On weekends, acoustic bands play at the bar.
Contact Details: Phone: +63 9999839522 Facebook: @cablecariloilo

Looking for a place to unwind after a tiring day? Make your way to Cable Car. The bar cafe serves rice bowls, burgers, and pizzas for the hungry Ilonggo. For those who prefer to unwind over a couple of beers with friends, they also serve alcoholic beverages and pica platters. On weekends, they even have acoustic sets to set the mood for guests. A new hub for foodies, Cable Car is a great option for the barkada. Enjoy a fun experience and check out other tourist spots to visit, things to do and more in Iloilo City. Discover cheap hotel deals and cheap flights from carriers like Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, and more with Traveloka!]]>