12 New Restaurants to Check Out in San Juan


7-flavors Ensaymada, a cat cafe, a jail-themed restaurant and more, right inside the little town of San Juan.

Despite already having a top 10 San Juan list, we decided to feature the smaller and underrated restaurants that only San Juan locals may be familiar with. If you haven’t been to San Juan area in the past year, then these new specialty joints should peak your interest.

Update: Check out the Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in San Juan this month!

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Stephen’s Brick Oven Pizza – N. Domingo

These handmade brick oven pizzas by Stephen Chanco was once available for catering and delivery only. Now they are available at Motospa Autodetailing in San Juan and other autoshops.

Stephen's Brick Oven Pizza
Photo from @srchanco
Stephen's Brick Oven Pizza
Photo from @stephens_brick_oven_pizza

No reservations accepted
View their Instagram account
Motospa, N. Domingo, San Juan
+63 917 540-6355

 

Frittery – Promenade

Frittery is a rebrand of the The Belgian Fries franchise. They serve authentic Belgian fries with various dips and flavors. Aside from fries, they also offer gourmet hotdogs which Spot.ph listed as one of the top 10 hotdogs in Manila this month.

Frittery
Photo from @frittery.ph

No reservations accepted
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Food Court, G/F Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan
+63 2 584-8103

 

Cafe Sanso – V. Cruz St.

Cafe Sanso is a small cafe serving Spanish specialties such as chorizo platters, paella, callos and churros. It serves as an ode to Juvenal Sanso, an internationally-renowned painter, whose personal collection of award-winning masterpieces are displayed in Sanso Museum next door.

Cafe Sanso
Photo from @jijijijijiiii
Cafe Sanso
Photo from @grizelco

Reservations are accepted
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32 V. Cruz,  San Juan
+63 922 894-6144

 

7 Flavors – A. Mabini St.

7 Flavors is an artisan bakery, a gourmet cafe and a world fusion buffet by Chef Boy Logro. The restaurant’s name refers to (1) 7 taste attributes–sweet, salty, sour, bitter, umami, spicy and astringent, which are also incorporated in the dishes and (2) 7 different world cuisines buffet for each day of the week. 

7 Flavors Philippines
Photo from @janarias
7 Flavors Philippines
Photo from @m2wickd4u

Reservations are accepted
196 A. Mabini St,. Addition Hills, San Juan
+63 2 543-0325

 

Cafe Lima – Santolan Road

Cafe Lima is a home kitchen serving homegrown family dishes from actress, mother and host Sherilyn Reyes-Tan’s childhood days. The restaurant’s name Cafe Lima (which is Tagalog for ‘five’) is an ode to her  family of five, which includes her husband and three children.

Cafe Lima
Photo from @cafelimaph
Cafe Lima
Photo from @cafelimaph

Reservations are accepted
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Top Floor, 8 Jade Bldg., 8 Santolan Road, San Juan
+63 917 534-3310

 

Red Panda Bistro – Connecticut Ave.

Red Panda Bistro is a casual dining restaurant that serves modern Chinese and French cuisine with wine. This restaurant is led by Chef Philip John Golding of the Golding Culinary Group. Its first branch is in Kapitolyo, Pasig.

Red Panda Bistro
Photo from @arellanoalyssa
Red Panda Bistro
Photo from @cmp120

Reservations are accepted
Unit PB 115 / PB 211 Connecticut Arcade, Greenhills
+63 2 650-6089

 

Lucy in the Sky Cafe – Wilson St.

An all-vegetarian cafe offering traditional American, Filipino, Italian and Mediterranean dishes. 

Lucy in the Sky Cafe PH
Photo from @janarias
Lucy in the Sky Cafe
Photo from @disturbingminds

Reservations are accepted
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222 Wilson St., Greenhills, San Juan
+63 2 370-4113

 

Cafe 7 Gram – Annapolis St.

Cafe 7 Gram is a homey treehouse-inspired cafe where customers can choose to dine in a private bunk or regular tables. It is a Korean cafe serving specialty coffee, and some small meals including burgers, hotdogs, pastas and pastries.

Cafe 7 Gram PH
Photo from @rochelleabellaa
Cafe 7 Gram PH
Photo from @briannebelle

No reservations accepted
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Annapolis St., Greenhills, San Juan
+63 2 751-0234

 

Oyasumi Ramen – P. Guevarra St.

Oyasumi Ramen serves Yokohama Iekei Ramen. “Iekei”, which literally means house, is a Yokohama-hailed ramen variant characterized by its thick, greasy, pork-flavored, some say creamy, broth. The noodles are thick and made fresh daily. Here’s an off-menu tip: If you still got leftover soup, ask their server to turn it into cheesy risotto.

Oyasumi Ramen
Photo from @riojorolan
Oyasumi Ramen
Photo from @frankthetanksee

Reservations are accepted
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308 P. Guevarra St. cor. Seaview St., San Juan

 

Cops & Robbers – Xavier St.

Cops & Robbers is a modern jail-themed cafeteria located right in front of Xavier School’s Sports Complex. It offers modern cafeteria comfort food–such as pizza, sandwiches, pasta and rice bowls–that are priced affordably for students served by staff in police uniform. Aside from a cafeteria, it is also a mini-grocery selling small snacks and candies, as well as toys, on the side. It is owned by a group of Xavier graduates, including Jake Ejercito, son of former President Erap Estrada.

Cops & Robbers
Photo from @katboado
Cops & Robbers
Photo from @anghelvelasco

No reservations accepted
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G/F 81 Xavier St., Greenhills, San Juan
+63 2 532-8181

 

Ebun – Promenade (CLOSED)

Ebun is a casual Filipino restaurant serving classic Kapampangan favorites, including specialty ‘ebun’ (meaning egg) dishes, and a variety of sizzling and beer match dishes. ‘Ebun’ is a Kapampangan word meaning egg. 

Ebun Restaurant
Photo from @pirpirr
Ebun Restaurant
Photo from @ timothygo_inflightfoodie

Reservations are accepted
View the full menu
G/F Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan
+63 2 234-2751

 

BONUS: Since this is quite near Greenhills area, go check out Quezon City’s newest cat cafe.

 

Gilmore Cat Cafe – Gilmore Ave.

The newest neighborhood cafe offering customers a unique dining experience with cats for a fee. 

Gilmore Cat Cafe
Photo from @jowaniii
Gilmore Cat Cafe
Photo from @annahechanova

Reservations are accepted
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#6 Xavier Hills Condominium, Granada St., Quezon City
+63 2 904-0041

 

Don’t forget to add these restaurants to your ‘Must Try’ lists on the Booky app. If you’re not already enjoying the offline convenience of Booky, it’s free to download on iPhones and Android. Stay updated with the latest on new restaurant openings via the app’s ‘New Restaurant Alert’ feature!

P.S. Share your own hidden gems with us through the comments section below!

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