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8 Batangas Restaurants to Check Out on Your Next Beach Trip

by Maia Marquez
July 12, 2019

When you think of Batangas, you often imagine lounging by the beach, going on a dive, or maybe even just chilling out at a rest house for that home away from home staycation. It’s pretty unheard of for someone to head over to what might be Manila’s nearest beach destination just for some good eats.

But that doesn’t mean Batangas isn’t a legit foodie paradise. We’ve rounded up a list of some of their famed restos that might just have you strategically planning your stopovers for your next Batangas beach trip. And if any of these eats tempt you to make the drive just for a food trip, then be our guest—happy scrolling and happy eating!

Casa Marikit Ristorante Italiano

Casa Marikit has amassed a cult following, and it’s not hard to see why. This authentic Italian steakhouse has everything you’d expect—a sumptuous meal of options like perfectly grilled steak or homemade pasta, rustic and cozy interiors, and a tasteful ambiance perfect for any special occasion. Feel as if you’ve been whisked away to a Tuscan trattoria with just a short drive out of Manila.

Casa Marikit Ristorante Italiano
Banay-Banay, Concepcion
Lipa City, Batangas
(043) 312 0454
(0917) 896 2354
casamarikit@yahoo.com

Johanna’s Grille

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Hailed as the place that serves “Batangas’ Best Baby Back Ribs”, Johanna’s Grille is a mainstay on the list of restaurant recommendations in the area. It’s pretty hidden in a little side street and easy to miss if you aren’t careful, but their offerings are just so delicious and affordable that it’s really worth the detour. Don’t believe us? Ask the locals and let their excitement speak volumes!

Johanna’s Grille
P. Burgos, Poblacion, Batangas
(043) 727 1304

Kainan sa Dalampasigan

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With a name that directly translates to “eatery by the seaside,” this homey garden restaurant fills you with Batangueño favorites without burning a hole in your wallet. Make sure to try their Bilao, a wonderful medley of their bestselling seafood dishes, grilled pork liempo, and diced tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers. Some of their meals even come wrapped in banana leaves, making it the cherry on top of a truly Pinoy experience.

Kaininan sa Dalampasigan
R. Martinez St., Nasugbu, Batangas
(043) 931 1143
(0917) 671 0867

Café de Lipa Origins

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Kapeng Barako is a must when in Batangas—and what better place to get it than from the café owned by the family known to first plant coffee seedlings in the country? Café de Lipa’s claim to fame is their classic brew, the Barako Joe, but they also offer other caffeine favorites for those who prefer something a little less strong. Their coffees are best paired with pastries like their tableya revel bar and moist barako bar. Take a bag or two of their coffee beans home; you’ll thank yourself for it when you get back to the daily grind!

Café de Lipa Origins (Main Branch)
32 San Carlos Drive, Mataasnalupa
Lipa City, Batangas
(0943) 756 1716

Don Juan Boodle House

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Round up your family and friends for a Filipino feast and the ultimate bonding experience. True to its name, Don Juan Boodle House specializes in boodle-style meals or a shared spread of grilled and/or fried seafood and meat dishes, vegetables, rice, and other sides served on a long banana leaf. Their bestsellers include the Taal Specialty Boodle and Inihaw Boodle—they’re both good for 4-6 people, so you and your loved ones are sure to have a memorable meal together!

Don Juan Boodle House
P. Torres Street, cor. G.A. Solis,
Lipa City, Batangas
(043) 740 1828
(0917) 113 0393
(0917) 528 0551

The Beehive Farm & Kitchen

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What was once a beehive farm situated among luscious greenery has expanded into a restaurant and catering service by owner and beekeeper, Joel Katigbak. What makes this homey dining place so special is not only that the dishes are made fresh daily by Joel himself, but also that they’re all infused with honey straight from his bee farm. Make this place your go-to when you’re in need of comfort food with a hint of sweetness.

The Beehive Farm & Kitchen
17 Purok 2 Tambo
Lipa, Batangas
(043) 774 1038

Robusta Café & Restaurant

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When you’re in Batangas and you can’t seem to put a finger on what you’re craving, head over to Robusta Café. Located inside Pontefino Hotel, this renowned hotel restobar offers delicious Asian, International, and Filipino fare amidst a quiet and comfortable ambiance, making it an ideal spot for intimate meals with loved ones. While there are many delectable dishes to choose from, be sure to try their take on Pork Binagoongan—we highly doubt you’ve ever tried anything like it before!

Robusta Café & Restaurant
Governor Antonio Carpio Road
Hotel Pontefino, Batangas
(043) 723 3466

Lomi King

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Whether you know it or not, Batangueños loooove their noodles—and their all-time favorite is the lomi, an egg noodle dish drowned in super thick soup, topped with meat and veggies. Arguably the most popular lomi place in Lipa is the no non-sense noodle house, Lomi King. Its too-good-to-believe price point is only the beginning of what makes it so great; their lomi servings are extremely generous, they don’t scrimp on toppings, and they’ve perfected the balance of a complex, flavorful recipe and a simple, comforting eggy taste. Of course, there are other noodle dishes, too, for non-lomi lovers, but would you really want to pass up on what might just be the city’s most famous dish?

Lomi King
Pres. J.P. Laurel Highway
Lipa, Batangas
(043) 784 2741

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About Maia
Maia’s passions in life are to travel and tell stories. Born in the States and raised in Manila while having studied in France, her ultimate goal is to travel all countries of the world. While she’s not abroad, she spends time tanning at the beach, exploring the underwater world or chilling with her 14 dogs. Follow her adventures on her Instagram @maiawillseetheworld.

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