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Boracay Bites: Where to Eat When the Island Reopens

by Trixie Reyna-Benedicto
August 18, 2018

Boracay, this beloved island we've made so many memories on, is reportedly reopening in October, and we’re already counting down the days!

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We can’t wait to frolic on Boracay’s white sand beach, swim in its (hopefully cleaner) blue waters, and enjoy the many dining and nightlife options that earned this destination its “Party Beach” reputation.

To whet your appetite for the gastronomic delights that await your return to the island, here’s a comprehensive list of old favorites, new restaurants, specialty cuisine, and unique dining concepts to plot FIRST in your Boracay comeback trip itinerary (although you might need two or more visits to try all of these!). Ready your tummies!


1. BarLO Resto Lounge, Two Seasons

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Two Seasons in Station 1 has earned a spot in Boracay's dining arena through its in-house beachfront resto lounge that serves eclectic European and Asian dishes.

Whether or not you’re staying at the resort, you can’t visit the island without trying BarLO’s signature dishes: Four Cheese Pizza, topped with a creamy layer of blue, mozzarella, parmesan, and thick cheddar cheese; and fried Oyster Sisig served on a sizzling plate that’s unlike any dish you’ve ever tried. Both are so tasty, you will thank us for the reco! Plus, you can enjoy them with a breathtaking view of the beach and Boracay’s famous sunset.

BarLO Resto Lounge
Two Seasons Boracay, Station 1
(02) 410 2075

2. Real Coffee and Tea Cafe

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Nothing makes our mouths water more than the thought of Real Coffee’s original sweet and zesty Calamansi Muffins. These soft, warm, and moist muffins are definitely addicting, and the perfect pasalubong from every Boracay trip. If you plan to take home a box or more, don’t forget to order them at least a day in advance—they run out quick!

Established in 1996 by the Italian-American mother-daughter tandem of Lee and Nadine, this homey, unassuming cafe at the second floor of Sea World in Station 2 remains the go-to breakfast joint on the island. The top two items to consider for your first meal of the day are the hearty Jack’s Omelette, made with three eggs, tuna, onions, and tomatoes, served with toast; or the creamier Jack-A-Lean Omelette, with just two eggs, tuna, onions, tomatoes, and cheese, also served with toast. You can also add pesto to both. There’s an actual Real Coffee on the menu, with a shot of espresso on their signature brew, so grab one to complete your breakfast. Set yourself up by the balcony to enjoy it with a spectacular sea view.

Real Coffee and Tea Cafe
2/F Sea World, Station 2
(036) 288 5340
Open from Mondays to Wednesdays, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM;
Thursdays to Sundays, 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM

3. Aria Cucina Italiana

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Aria is the go-to place on the island for your pizza and pasta cravings, and other authentic Italian fare—best paired with their many cocktail and wine selections. This intimate and modern dining spot is conveniently located along the beach at D’Mall.

All their pizzas are woodfire brick oven-baked, like the mouthwatering Quattro Stagioni (which samples different toppings from four pizzas: Aria, Napoli, Boscaiola, and Frutti di Mare) and Capricciosa (with cherry tomatoes, artichokes, farmer’s ham, mushroom, kalamata olives, and mozzarella). For pasta, the rich Carbonara—with real egg yolk cream sauce, parmesan cheese, crispy bacon bits, and your choice of penne, spaghetti, or fettuccine noodles—is always a safe bet. Or go for the chef-recommended homemade Tagliatelle con Tartufo, Asparagi e Prosciutto di Parma—that is, tagliatelle with white truffle sauce, asparagus, and parma ham. The large servings are perfect for big groups, giving you more bang for your buck.

Aria Cucina Italiana
Beachfront, D’Mall
(036) 288 6223
Open daily, 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

4. The Original Hawaiian Bar-B-Que

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Hugely popular in Boracay, this Station 1 restaurant helmed by Happy Ongpauco’s Happy Concept Group has since opened branches around the Philippines, yet nothing beats scarfing down a mouthwatering barbecue feast right on one of the world’s finest beaches!

Diners often go for their famous Original Baby Back Ribs, smothered in homemade sweet and tangy sauce, roasted, then served Hawaiian-style with pineapple and your choice of sides (we recommend the roasted garlic mashed potato). But if you’re in a big group, the BBQ Platter is more sulit, as it includes a variety of meat and fresh seafood grilled to perfection with a nice char, and evenly coated with one of their three trademark sauces: Original Hawaiian BBQ, Sam Choi’s Spicy Rub, and Coconut Honey.

The Original Hawaiian Bar-B-Que
Station 1
(036) 288 1839
Open daily, 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

5. D’Talipapa

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The beach is undoubtedly the best place to feast on seafood, and D’Talipapa is the absolute go-to spot for the freshest and cheapest catch in Boracay. You won’t find a greater variety of seafood under one roof anywhere else in the island. Think huge prawns, luscious lobsters, large clams, delicious crabs, the freshest oysters, and other sorts of shellfish.

Choose the seafood yourself from the talipapa (meaning “market”), then have it cooked any way you want—boiled, grilled, fried, sauteed in garlic butter, or in soup—by one of the many eateries in the compound. One of the preferred ones is Blue Jade Cafe, as it’s relatively quieter than others in the area, with wooden chairs and tables instead of the common plastic ones.

Station 2

6. Merly’s BBQ

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You probably first heard of Chori Burger in Boracay, and you must know it was originated by Merly’s BBQ, located by the beach in Station 1 where it has been operating since 1988. It’s made of chorizo with your choice of sweet and spicy sauces, stuffed between warm toasted buns. This stand also serves another variant, the Longga Burger (with longganisa), as well as other street food on sticks—perfect for snacks on the go.

Merly’s BBQ
Station 1, in front of Casa Fiesta
Open daily, 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM

7. Jonah’s Fruit Shake & Snack Bar

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Technically, this shouldn’t count in a list of things to eat—although this seaside snack bar serves typical beach food—but a trip to Boracay will never be complete without grabbing some of Jonah’s fresh fruit shakes. Their wide variety of flavors are the antidote to Boracay's heat and will instantly quench your thirst. Go for the bestselling Banana Choco Peanut and Mango Milk, or try less popular but equally yummy and refreshing ones like Mango Melon, Watermelon, or Avocado Milk. Want it spiked? They have Mango Rhum and Pineapple Rhum!

Jonah’s Fruit Shake & Snack Bar
Station 1
(036) 288 1457

8. Pamana Restaurant

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Happy Concept Group brought Pamana to Boracay, knowing beach-goers would crave home-cooked meals after a day of swimming and frolicking on the beach or a night of partying. Located at Station 1, this restaurant with homey vintage-inspired interiors has an extensive menu featuring authentic heirloom dishes passed down from generation to generation in the family that helmed Barrio Fiesta, all in portions good for sharing.

We love the Binagoongang Bagnet—crispy, super flavorful pork that sits on a bed of delicious slightly sweet and spicy shrimp paste, mixed with vegetables, green mango slivers, and salted egg. Crispy Pata ni Rod The Original Way, the traditional hefty pork leg deep-fried into remarkable crispness with fall-off-the-bone flesh, has a boneless version—no bone, all tender, savory meat. It’s perfect for pulutan!

Pamana Restaurant
Station 1
(036) 288 2674
Open daily, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM


9. Subo

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Tagalog for “put food in one’s mouth,” Subo offers a blend of traditional and contemporary Filipino cuisine. Hidden along Calle Remedios in Station 3, this fine dining restaurant’s cozy interiors remind one of an ancestral home. Tables are made of recycled old sewing machines paired with vintage chairs that complement the place’s nostalgic feel.

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Start your meal with Buko Puso Salad, with truly Filipino ingredients like fresh coconut, banana heart, and other local vegetables and herbs, topped with calamansi dressing. For your mains, bite into their bestselling Paru-Paro, butterflied chicken inasal cooked in achuete oil, turmeric, lemongrass, and chili, served with papaya atchara relish and crushed peanuts. The unexpected take on local favorites may disorient some, but if you want a different kind of Filipino dining experience, it'll prove to be a pleasant surprise.

Calle Remedios, Station 3
(036) 288 2849
(0998) 995 3159

10. Dos Mestizos

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One of Boracay’s most well-loved establishments is this family-run Spanish-Filipino restaurant with rustic, warm and elegant interiors, also tucked in Calle Remedios along Station 2. Its classic, straightforward menu has everything from tapas to paella, all of which pair well with their bestselling Sangria and curated wines.

You’ll find familiar fare among their tapas, like Gambas Al Ajillo (well-cooked shrimp sauteed in olive oil and garlic) and Salpicao de Vaca (tender USDA beef cubes marinated in garlic, soy sauce, and black pepper, then generously sprinkled with fried garlic bits). Their bold flavor satisfies without overwhelming the palate. For paella, you can’t go wrong with Paella Negra (squid ink-coated rice with squid, eggs, and pepper) or the sumptuous Paella de Mariscos, loaded with fresh catch of the day and seasoned with paprika.

Dos Mestizos
Remedios St., Sitio Manggayad
(036) 288 5786
Open daily, 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

11. Los Indios Bravos

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While the name references brave Filipinos during Spanish times, this endearing gastropub with predominantly wooden interiors and decorated with blown-up old photos actually serves a mix of Filipino, American, and European grub to go with local handcrafted beers on tap.

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No-fail faves include the Ultra Crispy Full Chicken Wings in a Bucket glazed in Garlic-Honey-Soy or Spicy BBQ, Pub-Style Beer Battered Fish and Chips, Slow Roasted Pork Knuckles with sauerkraut and roasted parsley potatoes, and Indios Bravos Pork Schnitzel with fries. This beer lover’s haven has an interesting selection of craft beers from around the Philippines, from Baguio to Cebu. Order a flight to sample several beers before you decide which one to kick back with on their plush crimson seats after an active day on Bulabog Beach.

Los Indios Bravos
Road 1-A, Malay
(036) 288 2803
Open daily, 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

12. Prana Restaurant, Mandala Spa & Villas

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The best massage isn’t the only thing Mandala Spa & Villas can offer those who want some respite from the partying, the crowd, and the trek to Station 3. Nestled in Mandala’s serene private space is Prana, a South East Asian farm-to-table restaurant that offers healthy gourmet cuisine to complement the relaxing and invigorating spa services. All dishes use fresh, locally sourced ingredients, some from their own garden. It’s heaven-sent to those looking for organic, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly options on the island. Don’t be surprised that there’s no red meat on the menu, even if it changes regularly depending on available produce.

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Start with an order of Gado-Gado, a special appetizer packed with a huge variety of vegetables, fried tofu, boiled egg, and prawn crackers with special peanut sauce. Follow this with some flavorful Thai Curry (your choice of chicken, shrimp, or vegetable; red or yellow curry) with a spicy kick tamed by the red rice. All dishes are beautifully plated to complement the lush and luxurious gardens that surround this romantic al fresco spot.

Prana Restaurant
Mandala Spa & Villas
Station 3, Baranagay Manoc-Manoc
(038) 288 5858 / (0917) 634 8430
Open daily, 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

13. Nonie’s

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For more accessible vegan-friendly options, head to Nonie’s at the new hangout called Station X. It’s a welcome addition to Boracay’s bustling food scene that sorely needs more healthy options. Here you’ll find Fiipino and Asian fusion dishes made using sustainable and health-conscious techniques, as well as fresh smoothies and cold-pressed juices—even their cocktails are healthy! They source ingredients from local communities.

Hardcore carnivores will be satisfied with notable entrees like Chicken & Pork Adobo made with 72-hour crispy pork belly and Cavite-style adobo sauce and Beef Short Rib Kare-Kare—both served with organic black rice instead of white rice. You can even indulge in desserts with less guilt, such as Flourless Chocolate Cake and Kesong Puti Cheesecake. Experience eating healthy without feeling deprived, and munch on scrumptious food without sacrificing the beach bod you worked so hard to achieve!

Hue Hotel and Resorts,, Station 2
(0912) 394 8948
Open daily, 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

14. Streetmarket Boracay

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Rounding up our Boracay food trip is one of the newest and trendiest dining locales that’s actually the island’s first and only food hall so far. With concessionaires of varied cuisines, every member of your barkada can satisfy different cravings under one roof, tucked within Station X. Dine backyard picnic-style in a hip, Insta-worthy setting—with cute picnic tables and benches, as well as colorful bean bag chairs and pillows on faux grass.

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For a quick Mexican fix, plant yourself at Santo Peligrosa, which offers tacos, burritos, guacamole and chips, and more. For your Japanese food cravings, the yakitori sticks and bowls at Poketo will satiate you. Go to Fat Rice for Southeast Asian staples, such as Indonesia’s flavorful rice dish Nasi Goreng or Hanoi’s classic Cha Ca La Vong, made of fish chunks with dill, fish paste, and nuts, served on noodles.

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Meanwhile, Diavolo has Neapolitan-style brick-oven pizzas and slow-cooked porchetta for those with more discerning palates who don’t want to burn a hole through their wallets. Little Wave Coffee serves both strong brews and freshly-made pastas (try their creamy Mushroom Pasta with truffle oil). Hit Percy for seafood specials like poke bowls and ceviche; and Winner Winner for deep-fried buttermilk and honey butter fried chicken (for dinner, yeah?). Finally, cool down with a bowl of icy bingsu at Sugar Cloud for dessert.

Streetmarket Boracay
Station X, Hue Hotel, Station 2
(0999) 884 60 24
Open daily, 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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About Trixie
Trixie Reyna-Benedicto is a born and bred Manila girl, lifestyle blogger, and content expert who moved to Iloilo when she married her Ilonggo sweetheart. When she’s not writing for magazines and websites or updating, she enjoys exploring new locales and trying restaurants and bars around the Philippines and abroad.

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