14 Hidden Restaurants in San Juan That Are Worth Uncovering


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San Juan, as a food haven, may not be as popular as Maginhawa, Kapitolyo, or even Legaspi, but it holds some of the most interesting and delicious eats you can find in the metro.

As much as we like to keep these gems our dirty little secret, everyone deserves to know where to get good food. Without further ado, here are some of San Juan’s best-kept secret finds.

Hai Chix & Steaks – Missouri St.

Hai Chix & Steaks is a dining concept where East meets West. It is an Asian fusion restaurant specializing in steaks and Hainanese chicken. It’s for everyone craving some Asian and American specialties without having to visit 2 different restaurants. It’s not for vegetarians. We recommend their bestselling U.S. Angus Ribeye and the Hainanese Chicken Rice. Our insider tip: Have your steaks cooked medium.

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#6 Missouri St., Northeast Greenhills, San Juan
(02) 696-3358

Tori Tori Kushiyaki Bar – Addition Hills

Tori Tori Kushiyaki Bar is an affordable Japanese place that is mostly known for their yakitori and kushiyaki – skewered meat and vegetables. They’re all about simplicity and authenticity for they want customers to experience a taste of real Japan. Read more here.

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197 Wilson St, Addition Hills, San Juan
(0977) 795-0010

HotBox Kitchen – Wilson St.

HotBox specializes in Canadian rustic comfort food, with their homemade smoked bacon and sausages. Recommended dishes include Double Smoked Candied Bacon Crisps, Apple Wood Smoked Sausage Skillet, and Poutine.

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450 CP Guevarra cor Wilson St, San Juan
(02) 275-4577

Thirsty Barber – Wilson St.

Thirsty Barber is a new neighborhood barbershop and speakeasy bar that serves bar chow, rice meals, specialty cocktails, beer, and more. Read our full feature here.

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G/F Promenade Building, Wilson St., cor P. Guevarra St., Addition Hills, San Juan
(0977) 360-8130

Darwin Dimsum – Little Baguio

Darwin Dimsum is a hole-in-the-wall Chinese place that serves a wide variety of affordable dimsum, noodles, and a few rice meals. What makes them different than the others is that they have specialty Hello Kitty hakaw, panda vegetable buns, and Mickey Mouse radish cakes! Read our full feature here.

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2/F TNA Building, #17 J. Abad Santos St, Little Baguio, San Juan
(0917) 810-1347

Flavors of Taiwan – Little Baguio

Flavors of Taiwan is one of Little Baguio’s hidden gems, offering authentic and affordable Taiwanese cuisine. Some of their must-tries include xiao long bao, five-flavored squid, fried pork chop, beef noodle soup, and more.

Also read: 11 Most Underrated Taiwanese Restaurants in Metro Manila
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20 General Vicente Lim St cor General de Jesus St, Little Baguio, San Juan
(02) 547-8593

CO/OP Manila – A. Mabini Street

Co/Op, short for “cooperation”, is a collaborative project by cousins Polly Caragay, Christine Lee and Michelle Chan. This converted house is a lifestyle cafe and a hipster’s haven for imported and local kitschy items, furniture and home decor, and more importantly, coffee and desserts.

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189 A. Mabini Street, San Juan
(02) 925-5885

AM PM Brunch Bar Cafe – TNA Building

AM PM Brunch, Bar, and Cafe is your one stop for your cravings at any time of the day. Enjoy coffee, cocktails, sandwiches, pasta, all day brunch, and their specialty items on the menu that’s great for sharing.

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Unit 202, 2/F TNA Building, #17 J. Abad Santos St, Little Baguio, San Juan
(0956) 477-2549

Cafe Sanso – Little Baguio

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. Check out the Sanso Museum next door!

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32 V Cruz St. Little Baguio, San Juan
(0922) 894-6144

Choi Hung Roasts – Little Baguio

Choi Hung Roasts is one of Little Baguio’s hidden gems, specializing in roast duck and pork asado. 

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243 J. Abad Santos Street, Little Baguio, San Juan
(02) 925-3553

Little Store on the Hill – Little Baguio

Not many are familiar with this place, but Little Store on the Hill is a specialty shop that offers unique delicacies like sauces, canned goods, spices, and also has a small dining area inside. Expect good and affordable Asian eats here like maki mi, dimsum, lumpia, and more. 

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2 Jose Abad Santos St, Little Baguio, San Juan
(02) 721-9174

Wu Xiang Restaurant – Little Baguio

Wu Xiang is a Chinese chicken specialty restaurant that serves some of our Chinese favorites, but takes pride in their chicken dishes. Try the sincerity fried chicken, 3 cups chicken, frog legs, and more.

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213- A Ebanez St. cor Abad Santos, Little Baguio, San Juan
(02) 722-5438

Mien San Noodle House – Greenhills

Mien San is a classic noodle house serving Taiwanese specialties. Must tries include their beef noodles, fried siopao and spicy wantons. 

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Unit C, Fox Square Bldg, 53 Connecticut St, Greenhills, San Juan
(02) 532-6368

Mala Tang – Little Baguio

Mala Tang is a Chinese spot specializing in Hong Kong Roast and Shabu-Shabu. Must-try dishes include their Roasted Duck, White Chicken, and their Make Your Own Shabu-Shabu.

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207 Jose Abad Santos St, Little Baguio , San Juan
(02) 503-3550

For more options, search for ‘SAN JUAN‘ on the Booky app to view the complete list of restaurants with their corresponding menu, location, and contact details. Celebrate your best food moments with us by tagging us on Instagram @bookyapp and by using our hashtag, #bookymanila for a chance to be featured on our page and on the blog.

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