12 Underrated Restaurants in Makati that are Too Unique to Miss Out on!


Makati’s hidden gems.

Makati may be one of the busiest cities in the metro, but it’s also a haven for good finds.

With all the hidden alleys and streets we only pass by, there are sure to be plenty of undiscovered restaurants in the unlikeliest of locations. It’s time to shed light on these hole-in-the-walls in unbeaten paths, and those that hide in plain sight yet remain unrecognized.

Look a little closer and you might even score some discounts and freebies c/o Booky!

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Stockton Place – Salcedo

Stockton Place is a homey Makati restaurant serving some of the finer things in life: thick USDA prime ribe eye, foie gras, scallops, and more.

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227 Salcedo St, Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 844-9539

Batala Bar – Arnaiz Ave.

Batala Bar is a sustainable Filipino restaurant, bar, and gallery offers local craft beers, cocktails, burgers, quesadilla. They also cater networking events and other gatherings.

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830 Arnaiz Ave, San Lorenzo, Makati
(0918) 908-2262

Nikkei – Legaspi Village

Nikkei is the first Peruvian-Japanese sushi bar in Manila headed by Argentinian Chef Christian Cejas. “Nikkei” is a term that describes Peruvian cuisine culturally inspired by the Japanese; it is the latest food trend in Europe. Read our full feature here.

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Frabelle Business Center, Unit GO3, 111 Rada St., Legaspi Village, Makati
(02) 880-0231

Va Bene Pasta Deli – Petron EDSA

Va Bene (which means “it’s good” in Italian) has been named one Manila’s best Italian restaurants one too many times and is known for serving fresh handmade pastas by Italian Chef Massimo Veronesi. Read our full feature here.

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2/F Petron Gas Station, EDSA, Dasmariñas Village, Makati
(02) 556-9442

Holy Smokes BBQ – Poblacion

Holy Smokes BBQ serves authentic Texas-style barbecue such as smoked brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, chicken, sausage, bacon, and pulled pork – all smoked using local fruit wood. They are known for their brisket which is USDA certified Angus beef that is smoked between 12-16 hours. Read more here.

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Matilde cor Jacobo St, Poblacion, Makati
(0917) 503-6544

Old Swiss Inn Restaurant – Urdaneta

A crowd favorite since 1946 that was originally built along Roxas Boulevard, Old Swiss Inn is home to authentic Swiss and European cuisine. It’s a cheese lovers’ haven, best known for their raclette and classic Swiss cheese fondue. Read more here.

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G/F Somerset Olympia Makati Ave. cor Sto Tomas St, Urdaneta, Makati
(02) 818-8251

Apartment 1B – multiple branches

Apartment 1B by Chef Marivic Diaz-Lim offers gourmet comfort food with the best quality ingredients. Through the years, their best-sellers have stood the test of time and still remain to be the same.

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Hops & Brews – Poblacion

Hops & Brews offers great drinks from morning ’til late at night. International comfort food is what you’ll find to fill your stomach. Some of their must-tries are Torched Salmon and Hainanese Fried Chicken. Read more about them here.

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7862 Makati Avenue, Poblacion, Makati
(0916) 785-0568

Royal Indian Curry House – Poblacion

Royal Indian Curry House or R.I.C.H. is a popular late night sports bar and restaurant in the growing Poblacion food hub in Makati. It serves authentic Indian cuisine and is also an all-in-one hangout spot that boasts of five floors of entertainment and dining areas. Read more here.

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5345 General Luna St, Poblacion, Makati
(0917) 724-9978

Trufa Bar – Legaspi Village

Trufa is a cozy and rustic Catalan-inspired pasta bar that creatively combines the best of Barcelona and Manila, a fusion of Spanish and Filipino cultures through the art of taste. Its concept revolves around building your own pasta from the choice of noodles, sauces, and toppings.

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109 Esteban St., Planters Bldg, Unit A, Legaspi Village, Makati
(02) 771-2581

Refinery – Rockwell

Refinery is a third wave cafe that serves all-day breakfast and brunch items, international comfort dishes, and more. They also serve great coffee.

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G/F Joya Bldg, Joya Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati
(02) 831-2879

Your Local – Legaspi Village

Your Local is a neighbourhood bistro serving South East Asian dishes with a twist. Opened by Chef Denny Antonino and Nicco Santos, the restaurant has a hipster meets industrial vibe serves all day brunch together with their standard menu.

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Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban St, Legaspi Village, Makati
(02) 823-6206

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