14 Filipino Restaurants in the Metro serving Kare-Kare in various ways


There’s Kare-kare wings, lechon, and more!

Kare-Kare is one of our favorite Filipino dishes – a thick peanut-based stew with stewed oxtail, tripe, vegetables, and more.

If you can’t get enough of this classic dish, don’t worry, we’ve got you. This list consists of classic and traditional kare-kare recipes, and various twists to this well-loved dish.

Max’s Restaurant – various branches

A homegrown Filipino restaurant that has been around since our grandparents’ time, Max’s Restaurant offers simple and reliable offerings. Classic items like their house fried chicken, sinigang, and kare-kare keep us coming back for more.

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Lazat (formerly Cerchio)  – Tomas Morato

Cerchio means ‘circle’ in Italian, the inspiration behind the restaurant’s interiors. It serves Filipino dishes specializing in grilled items. Their kare-kare is is made of grilled beef & ox tripe cooked in peanut sauce served w/ Lazat’s Special Bagoong. Read more here.

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76 Sct Limbaga, Laging Handa, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 351-5279

Ombu Kusina – Tomas Morato

Ombu Kusina offers modern Filipino cuisine infused with popular dishes from other countries.

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G/F Sequoia Hotel, 91-93 Mother Ignacia St cor Timog Ave near Tomas Morato, South Triangle, Quezon City
(02) 441-1789

Romulo Cafe – multiple branches

A tribute to the late Carlos P. Romulo, Romulo Cafe offers traditional Filipino comfort food from heirloom recipes. A must-try is Tito Greg’s Kare-Kare!

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Tittos Latin BBQ + Brew – Kapitolyo

Tittos offers a playful gastronomic experience planted on Filipino roots with a Latin American twist. They have kare-kare burrito made with tortilla, crispy liempo, kare kare rice, pechay, served with bagoong. Read more here.

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16 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 532-3414

Abuela’s – Legaspi Village

Abuela, which means ‘grandmother’ in Spanish, serves Filipino heirloom recipes with a twist by Chef Marco Legasto. They have kare-kare risotto which is kare-kare infused into risotto rice served with homemade bagoong.

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2/F Somerset Millenium, 104 Aguirre St, Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 805-2713

Locavore – multiple branches

Locavore serves locally grown and produced Filipino dishes with a French touch from Chef Mikel Zaguirre. Their Kare-Kare wings is revolutionary – chicken wings in peanut sauce, served with green mangoes and bagoong. 

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Griddle – Maginhawa

Griddle is a travel-inspired restaurant that serves comfort food with extraordinary twist. They have kare-kare glaze wings and kare kare rice con lechon.

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106-B Maginhawa Street, Teacher’s Village, Quezon City
(02) 433-4884

Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna – Legaspi Village

Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna serves homegrown Filipino dishes by Executive Chef Justin Sarabia. One of their bestsellers is the oxtail kare-kare!

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104 HRC Center Bldg Rada Street, Legaspi Village, Makati
(02) 779-8073

Zubuchon – multiple branches

There’s a reason Anthony Bourdain called this the best pig he’s ever had. We can’t think of anyone who would be able to resist that perfectly crisp, mahogany brown skin. You’ll find shards of that good stuff in a number of dishes including their Zubuchon Kare-Kare.

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Hukad – multiple branches

Hukad is a Cebu-hailed restaurant focused on regional Filipino fare. They’re famous for their Lechon de Cebu, Crispy Pata and fresh seafood, all of which are flown from Cebu. Try the Seafood Kare-Kare, and did we mention they also serve unli rice?

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Manam – multiple branches

Home of the best Sisig in Manila and a homegrown concept by The Moment Group, Manam specializes in serving up comfort Filipino food in classics and twists. Enjoy kare-kare two ways – Classic with Oxtail or opt for the Seafood Bounty which stocks up on crabs, prawns, tanigue, squid, mussels, and vegetable ukoy fritters

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7107 Culture + Cuisine – BGC

7107 Culture + Cuisine is the newest Filipino restaurant serving contemporary regional specialties from our islands’ best in BGC. Their KKK (Krispy Kare Kare) is made with authentic bagnet from Ilocos and peanut butter from Quezon.

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G/F Treston International College, University Parkway District, 32nd St cor C-5 Rd, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0917) 807-802

Crisostomo – multiple branches

Crisostomo is casual restaurant by chef Florabel Co-Yatco. Their Filipino dishes are classic dishes with a twist, just like it’s name, which comes from one of Jose Rizal’s most famous novels. Try their Kare-Kare ng Kura, Kare-Kare ni Santiago, and Kare-Kare ni Simon.

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