13 Restaurants to Add to Your Philippine Dining Bucket List

Time to add a few places to your bucket list!

After countless posts on the newest restaurants in the metro, we thought of listing some of the most unique restaurant experiences for every adventurous diner out there. From upside down restos to toilet-themed diners, here’s the ultimate dining bucket list for the adventurous foodie.

Boracay Toilet – Boracay

Boracay Toilet is the first toilet-themed restaurant in the Philippines, which opened just last year. It was inspired by the owner’s first-hand experience at the Modern Toilet restaurant in Taipei. It offers Filipino fusion dishes with quirky pun titles, served in mini toilet bowls and urinal-shaped glasses. READ MORE.

Also read: Old & New: 22 All-Time Favorite Restaurants in Boracay
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Balabag Plaza, Station 1, 5608 Boracay (near the Holy Rosary Parish Church)
(0915) 311-0736

Nurture Wellness Village – Pulong Sagingan

A pioneer in the Philippine spa industry, Nurture Wellness Village (formerly known as Nurture Spa) is a DOT-accredited resort and wellness retreat house for ‘ecotherapy’ or healing by and through nature. The customer experience is enhanced by its Filipino-themed décors, spa treatments, and cuisine, you can even pick fresh herbs and greens from their garden if you desire. Walk-ins and day tour packages are available. It is also most famous for its Glamping (glamorous camping) program. 

Also read: 21 Romantic Restaurant Getaways in Tagaytay
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Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West, Tagaytay
+63 918 888-8772

Dinner in the Sky

Dinner in the Sky is a Belgium-based novelty restaurant service which uses a crane to hoist its diners, table and waiting staff 150 feet into the air. Subscribe to their email list: http://ph.dinnerinthesky.com to be notified of their opening date! READ MORE


Villa Escudero Waterfalls Restaurant – Laguna

The Waterfalls Restaurant in the Villa Escudero resort gives guests a watery thrill, as its bamboo tables are right next to the Labasin Falls, which is man-made. The restaurant promises diners a refreshing buffet meal – while they’re soaked from head-to-toe between courses.

Fun fact:  Guests are taken to the Waterfalls Restaurant by a carabao-drawn cart ride while being serenaded with folk songs by musicians in native Filipino costumes.
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Reservations are recommended
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Villa Escudero, Km 91, Tiaong, Quezon
(02) 523-0392 / (02) 521-0830 / (02) 532-2944

Seoul Train Korean Barbecue – Tomas Morato

Seoul Train Korean BBQ is a train-themed restaurant that is best known for their yakiniku or Korean charcoal grills. Enjoy the “ride” or arcade crane games and gachapon while waiting for the food. READ MORE.

Insider Tip: The restaurant also has arcade crane machines, so try your luck at winning a cool prize while waiting for your order!
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#28 Sergeant Esguerra Ave, near Tomas Morato, South Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 287-2446

Caffe Piansa – Marikina

Caffe Piansa is the first jail restaurant in the country that allows guests to enjoy delicious food inside a jail or courtroom. Step into the world of a lawbreaker, take snapshots at their different jail sections, including an electric chair.

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57 Dragon St., Midtown Subdivision, San Roque, Marikina
+63 2 631 4751

The Purple Owl – Villa Pura

The Purple Owl is truly one of Tagaytay’s best kept secrets; it’s an events place and a restaurant in one. Guests are required to book at least two days in advance and select between two set course meals by Mrs. Gee’s Kitchen. READ MORE.

Insider tip: is The Purple Owl personalizes every event based on your preferences and requests, from the display photos and messages to the music.
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Gardenia Loop, Villa Pura, Tagaytay
Email: thepurpleowltagaytay@gmail.com

Mon’s – Camp Benjamin

Camp Benjamin is a 4.7-hectare multi-purpose facility with an adjacent 8-hectare integrated and natural farm located in Alfonso, Cavite, an upland municipality literally just a few minutes off of main Tagaytay. Short for Meant for Organic and Natural, Mon’s is a farm-to-plate concept restaurant that values health and wellness. Enjoy Mon’s all-day breakfast and merienda menu, burgers and sandwiches, salads, and various inspired regional dishes. READ MORE.

Also read: 21 Romantic Restaurant Getaways in Tagaytay
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Alfonso-Maragondon Road, Brgy. Taywanak Ilaya, Alfonso, Cavite
(0977) 134-9078

Ili-Likha Artist Village – Baguio City

Ili-likha Artist Village is a whimsical and creative space for artists and foodies that showcases the Cordillera culture. Located inside is Balbacua at Urban Kamote, a farm to table all-day breakfast place specializing in Balbacua, a beef stew specialty from Southern Mindanao made of beef skin and meat slow cooked in herbs for 6 hours. READ MORE.

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Kiwing na Kahoy Food Kommunity, Ili Likha Artist Village, Baguio City
(074) 442-4880

Gerry’s Jeepney – Kapitolyo

Gerry’s Jeepney is a themed Filipino restaurant featuring one of the country’s most popular mode of commute, the jeepney. Customers are served classic favorites like grilled foods, sisig, binagoongan, lechon kawali, and more, either plated or boodle-style, inside a jeepney. READ MORE.

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72 East Capitol Dr, Kapitolyo, Pasig

Sip & Gogh – various branches

Sip & Gogh is the first ever paint-and-sip studio in the Philippines. You can set up your next special date here and enjoy their selection of wines and snacks while you’re painting. Everyone is an artist here because their staff will always be there to assist you when you’ve run out of “inspiration.” You can take home your painting as a souvenir after your session. This is their fourth branch. More details on their site.

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Pan de Amerikana – Katipunan Ave.

A Marikina-hailed bakery and restaurant serving 1950’s pandesal and a number of distinct local dishes including Ilokano, Bikolano and Cebuano, as well as some steaks, pastas and Chinese. Visit to experience a topsy-turvy world inside this restaurant, a giant windmill and a life-sized chess set.

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Hobbit House – Ermita

Hobbit House is considered a classic hangout spot along Ermita where midget waiters and waitresses are the star of the show. There’s another branch in Boracay if you happen to be there for vacation.

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No reservations accepted
12 M.H. Del Pilar, Ermita, Ermita, Manila
(02) 484-0982

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