21 Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants To Try in Poblacion, Makati


Hidden Makati finds!

If Quezon City has Maginhawa and Pasig has Kapitolyo, Makati has Poblacion – a humble neighbourhood filled with hole-in-the-wall restaurants that you won’t be able to find elsewhere. In this list, we’re featuring the newest spots to visit – each of them unique in their own way.

Whether you’re looking for some late night eats, midnight comfort food, brunch meals, or desserts, you’ve come to the right place

READ MORE: Check out the Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in Makati this month!

Holy Smokes

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 our full feature here

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

Chaplin

Chaplin is a contemporary Israeli Cafe that is designed for Manila’s dynamic lifestyle. Serving authentic Israeli and local cuisine that is anchored on fresh, whole and real food. Read our full feature here

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4/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 946-5335

Dulo

Dulo is a unique find in Poblacion as it’s a cafe by day and a bar at night. From the beginning of your day to the end of your night, Dulo has got you covered.

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4992 P. Guanzon St, Poblacion, Makati
(0975) 694-9176

Polilya

Polilya serves reinvented global bar chows. Some dishes and cocktails are infused with local craft beer by Engkanto Brewery.

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5658 Jacobo St, beside Z Hostel, Poblacion, Makati

The Wild Poppy

The Wild Poppy is a hip garden rooftop inspired restaurant serving modern Asian specialties like fried baos, other small bites and signature cocktails.

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2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati
(0995) 990-8737

Empingao

Empingao serves Latin American comfort food such as Pork Belly Churasco, Salmon Tacos, and Cubano Sandwiches. They also serve cocktails and imported beers. 

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5739 P. Burgos Street cor. San Lucas, Poblacion, Makati
(0917) 926-4487

The Social

The Social on Ebro, an outdoor venue currently featuring 2 restaurants, a bar and a pop-up store. 

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5770 Ebro, Poblacion, Makati

Cafe Curieux

Cafe Curieux claims to serve the best steak-frites and house rhums in the Metro. To sum up a great night, they hold live performances as well. 

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Bel-Air Soho Polaris cor Badajos St, Poblacion, Makati
(0905) 482-6371

Cư Chi Bar

Cư Chi Bar is Makati’s very own Vietnamese themed bistro and balcony bar hidden right in the heart of Poblacion. It’s got a mix of indoor and open air seating similar to pubs in Vietnam. And what would a bar in Makati be without good music? Cư Chi Bar has an array of DJs and performers who come to entertain every weekend.

Insider Tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Signature Cocktail from Cu Chi Bar! See more deals here.
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5767 Ebro Street, Poblacion, Makati
(0927) 244-5409

Lobo Filipino Tavern

Lobo Filipino Tavern pays homage to the classic Philippine architecture and flavors, serving modern Filipino food with dishes like lamb adobo, sizzling bulalo, pork sisig nachos, and squid ink pasta.

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4898 Durban St, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 805-9380

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Taperia Poblacion

Taperia Poblacion is a late night spot that specializes in the Spanish cuisine, with menu highlights such as their tapas, camarones, and more. This restaurant is more inclined in bringing the old Manila back to the busy, hipster Poblacion. 

Also read: 13 Underrated Late Night Spots in Makati
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2/F Six Axis Center, 4347 B. Valdez St cor Makati Ave, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 871-8566

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Wok By

Wok By 4900 is one of the newest late night restaurants in Poblacion, serving a fusion of the Asian and Western cuisine. Must-tries are their rice bowls, Korea Bowl, Philippine Bowl, and Bangkok Bowl. It even has a scenic rooftop bar!

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4900 Durban St, Poblacion, Makati

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Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli

Alamat is one of the newest night spots along Poblacion in Makati that aims to serve ‘the best pulutan of your life’. Unique Filipino dishes like kare-kare skewers and bacon bagnet and scene stealers. Pair them with Alamat’s draft beer selection and cocktails. 

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2/F 5666 Don Pedro St, Poblacion, Makati
(0917) 530-2580

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House of Joe

House of Joe is a homegrown bar serving their local craft beer, Joe’s Brew. Their craft beers come in different varieties such as Fish Rider Pale Ale, Sierra Madre Wheat Pale, and Soothsayer Pale Ale.

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5834 Matilde St, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 400-0700

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Yalla Yalla Express

Yalla Yalla (Arabic for “let’s get going” or “hurry up”) is a tiny quick casual diner serving authentic and affordable Lebanese cuisine. We’ve been hearing good reviews about this place, with recommended dishes like the beef shawarma, shishtaouk, and lebanese burger.

Also featured here: 16 Best Kept Secret Little Restaurants in Makati
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5652 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 986-7078

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Hogs & Cattle Steakhouse

Hogs & Cattle highlights everything steak in their restaurant. With a menu stacked with an assortment of cuts and meats that can satisfy any meat craving you may have. They even have a Wagyu-All-You-Can promo for only Php 899!

Also featured here: 15 Amazingly Affordable Steaks In and Out of Metro Manila
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G/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave, Poblacion, Makati
(0917) 860-7501

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Pura Vida

Pura Vida is the first Costa Rican lounge in Manila that offers cold beers, authentic Costa Rican favourites, and reggae music all night long.

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Don Pedro Street cor Jacobo Street, right next to Z Hostel, Poblacion, Makati
(0919) 310-0535

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The Mermaid Pool Bar

The Mermaid Pool Bar is the rooftop bar of the I’M Hotel, serving signature cocktail drinks and late night eats. 

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I’m Hotel, Makati Ave, Poblacion, Makati

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OTO

Oto is a craft cocktail room, specialty coffee shop, and listening room all in one. Enjoy booze, brew, and beats in this hip new hangout spot in Poblacion.

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5880 Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati
(0917) 836-1516

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Playground 11 Cafe

Playground 11 is a concept community cafe featuring favorite menu items from different brands including ice cream and shakes from Comfort Creamery, red velvet latte from Kitchen Diaries, pastries from Sweetlings, and more.

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5074 P Burgos St, Poblacion, Makati
(0995) 164-8222

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The Smokeyard

The Smokeyard is the brainchild of internationally-trained pitmaster, Troy Conine. This classic American BBQ joint serves low & slow smoked meats including pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, beef ribs, chicken, and grilled sausages.

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5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 771-1288

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For more choices, search for ‘POBLACION‘ in the Booky app to see the complete list of restaurants within that area. Subscribe to Booky Prime now to get your P1,000 worth of discount credits! Use it to book a table at any of our 500 partner restaurants that offer up to P500 discount on selected seating times.

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