Oh, the places you’ll go!
The City of Pines is a place of culinary passions— a fusion of unique cuisines, a fair share of exquisite fine-dining restaurants, and long-standing establishments that serve reliable heirloom recipes. It’s safe to say that a trip to Baguio is never complete without a truly gustatory adventure.
With an array of gastronomic stop-overs, there’s bound to be a handful of places that will make your sojourn one that is memorable. Here’s Your Ultimate Guide to Baguio Restaurants and a few points on why it’s worth the visit (in case you aren’t convinced).
Solibao Restaurant – various branches
Since 1972, Solibao has been serving fine Filipino food in each of its numerous branches in the city of Pines. Their diverse menu includes traditional Filipino favorites, all-day breakfast, steaks, noodles, and bilao specials, among many other items.
Why it’s worth the trip: Their budget-friendly Palabok, Kare-Kare and Puto Bumbong are the Top 3 reasons why many people visit Solibao.
Recommended dishes: their Solibao Palabok with Calasiao Puto, Kare-Kare, and Puto Bumbong
Farmer’s Daughter – Tam-awan Village
In a hut on the outskirts of Baguio lies The Farmer’s Daughter, a relatively new restaurant that serves a concise menu of authentic Cordilleran specialties. From Pinikpikan (chicken stew), Kinuday (smoked pork meat), Pinuneg (blood sausage), customers have raved about their affordable yet tasty dishes. Plus, they have Wi-Fi!
Why it’s worth the trip: They offer a taste of pure, unadulterated Cordilleran cuisine.
Recommended dishes: their Pinikpikan, Kinuday jen Baboy, Pinuneg, and even Blueberry Cheesecake
Hamada – Baguio Country Club
Nestled in the historical Baguio Country Club is Hamada, a luxurious Japanese restaurant where diners can enjoy their special sushi boat, A5 Wagyu Beef (teppanyaki style), and make-your-own ramen.
Why it’s worth the trip: Authentic Teppanyaki and Ramen during the breezy weather.
Recommended dishes: their Yamamori Special, which includes US Angus beef, prawns, chicken, salmon, grilled vegetables, and Japanese fried rice.
Balajadia Kitchenette – Slaughter House Compound
Although their location is slightly off-putting, Balajadia Kitchenette’s authentic Ilocano and Cordilleran cuisine makes up for it. Known for their affordable fare, Balajadia Kitchenette’s carinderia-style restaurant serves comforting dishes such as Bulalo, Liempo, Pinapaitan, and Filipino breakfast meals.
Why it’s worth the visit: Their incredibly cheap but delicious fare.
Recommended dishes: Bulalo, Pinapaitan, Inihaw na Liempo
Good Taste Café & Restaurant – various branches
Good Taste is a time-honored 24/7 Chinese fast food chain serving affordable family-style lauriat dishes, rice toppings, and an assortment of desserts. The foodcourt style setup allows the restaurant to accommodate large groups of people usually standing in line, in time for lunch and dinner.
Why it’s worth the trip: It’s great for affordable late-night eats or take-out for a picnic.
Recommended dishes: their Buttered Chicken, Lechon Kawali, and Lumpiang Shanghai.
Chaya Restaurant – Legarda Rd
Chaya is a restaurant with homey, simple interiors serving up traditional and modern takes on familiar Japanese dishes.
Why it’s worth the trip: They offer a different ambiance from the modern, minimalist Japanese restaurants you can find in the metro.
Some notable dishes they offer: Croquette, Sukiyaki, Sashimi, Onigiri, Yakisoba, and Chicken Karaage
Camping Date – Legarda Road
Camping Date is a Korean restaurant that offers a unique indoor camping and dining experience.
Why it’s worth the trip: Their signature Korean fried chicken and pizza selections as well as their unique theme.
Notable dishes they offer: Sweet Potato Pizza, Bulgogi Pizza, Honey Butter Boneless Chicken, Cheesy Baby Back Rib BBQ
Glenn 50’s Diner – Session Road
Located in the heart of the city, the American-inspired 50’s Diner serves pasta, burgers, milkshakes, and a wide variety of tasty dishes that will fill you up for the day. The diner is decorated with 50’s memorabilia and even a classic jukebox that will make you feel like Marty McFly going back in time.
Why it’s worth the trip: The diner is a huge throwback to the 50’s era with their retro memorabilia and interiors.
Recommended dishes: Grandma's Fried Chicken, Chop Chop , and Meat Sauce Spaghetti
Le Chef – Camp John Hay
Located inside The Manor at Camp John Hay, Le Chef is hailed one of the best fine dining restaurants in Baguio recognized for their high-quality continental dishes served by the legendary, Chef Billy King.
Why it’s worth the trip: Le Chef is considered one of the best fine dining restaurants in Baguio.
Recommended dishes: 300G. of Aged US Prime Rib-Eye and Steak and Prawn
Amare La Cucina Restaurant – EGI Alberto Hotel
Amare La Cucina is an Italian restaurant famous for its traditional Neapolitan-style pizza. Although the restaurant isn’t in the center of all the action, people still stop by for their fix of authentic wood-fire brickoven pizza.
Why it’s worth the trip: Neapolitan Pizza is arguably the best pizza in the world. Plus, you can make your own pizza!
Recommended dishes: their White Pizza, Wagyu Pizza, and Roasted Mallow Speculoos Pizza
Red Rustikz – Gen Luna Rd.
A fusion of Italian, Spanish, and Filipino cuisine, Red Rustikz is a hidden gem among the many crowded establishments spotted around The City of Pines. Red Rustikz exudes a casual, laidback atmosphere whilst serving sumptuous meats, pastas, and pizzas.
Why it’s worth the trip: They make their own fresh pizza and pasta.
Recommended dishes: their Pumpkin Seafood Risotto and 200G. Baby Back Ribs Provencale
Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna – Outlook Drive
Known as Baguio’s first authentic Greek restaurant, Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna is a hidden gem that serves Greek and Mediterranean specialties made by their in-house chef who hails from Athens, Greece.
Why it’s worth the trip: A scenic view of the fragrant trees and Cordillera mountains.
Recommended dishes: their Moussaka, Lemon and Olives Lamb Rack, and Baklava
Mario’s Restaurant – Upper Session Road
A long-time favorite among Baguio’s locals and tourists, Mario’s Restaurant has been serving Spanish-Filipino fare since 1971.
Why it’s worth the trip: Mario’s Restaurant is considered both a pioneer and a culinary heavyweight for fusion cuisine in Baguio
Recommended dishes: their Lengua con Setas, Callos Madrileña, and New York Cheesecake
Grumpy Joe – Jungle Town
Grumpy Joe is a Humble restaurant that serves up a variety of American comfort food dishes ranging from pizza to shakes and even different kinds of pastas.
Why it’s worth the trip: They serve family-friendly dishes especially perfect for families who have picky children.
Notable dishes they offer: Pepperoni Pizza, 3 Cheese Pizza, Lasagna, Spicy Seafood Pesto, Grumpy Joe Special Burger, Nacho Salad, Grumpy Joe Fried Chicken
Sage Restaurant – Military Cut-off Road
Serving up a wide selection of dishes from all over the world in undoubtedly charming interiors, Sage Restaurant is the go-to place for families.
Why it’s worth the trip: Their interiors are one in a million in Baguio and they have a snacks buffet and buffet packages you can enjoy if you want to really dine and enjoy.
Notable dishes they offer: Honey Garlic Chicken Tocino, Callos, Eggs Benedict, Carne Asada Fries, Sage Puttanesca, and Basil Shrimp Pasta
Roadhouse Barn Restaurant – Albergo Hotel
A restaurant that serves up all things comfort food American, Roadhouse Barn Restaurant specializes in steak, ribs, pasta, and more familiar dishes.
Why it’s worth the trip: If you’re in Baguio, good steakhouses are tough to come by. Roadhouse Barn Restaurant is one of the places you can go to if you’re craving for different types of meat.
Notable dishes they offer: Shrimp Scampi, Salisbury Steak, Ribeye Steak, Beef Pot Roast
Cafe Adriana – Outlook Drive
Cafe Adriana is owned by the same folks behind Hill Station that specializes in Spanish cuisine like paellas and tapas.
Why it’s worth the trip: They have a stunning view during the day and they also serve up all-day breakfast for breakfast lovers.
Notable dishes they offer: Country Breakfast, Mixed Sausages Brick-Oven Pizzas, Seafood Carbonara, Negra Paellas
Chef’s Home – Aspiras Paslispis Hwy
Chef’s Home is a humble restaurant that serves up Southeast Asian specialties from iconic dishes that represent a country’s culture to fusion food that blends the best of what each Southeast Asian cuisine has to offer.
Why it’s worth the trip: They serve the freshest fish and authentic Malaysian dishes prepared by a chef of Malaysian descent who was also the former executive chef of Accord Group of Hotels in Thailand.
Notable dishes that they offer: Beef Rendang, Sambal Dory, Nasi Goreng, Coffeelicious Pork, and Pickles Tester
Canto Bogchi Joint – Kisad Rd.
Also called by locals as “Canto Baguio”, Canto Bogchi Joint is a restaurant that serves up international comfort food inspired by a variety of cuisines such as Mexican, American, Greek, and more.
Why it’s worth the trip: Their specialty – the Lomo Ribs – is a dish worth the travel. It’s grilled BBQ Pork Ribs with Homemade BBQ Sauce.
Notable dishes they offer: Lomo Ribs, Bangers and Mash, Beef Pochero, Chili Fries, and Dessert Nachos
Late Night Eats
Baguio Craft Brewery – Ben Palispis Highway
Baguio Craft Brewery is a restobar and microbrewery that serves craft beers developed and created by Xavierbier, a group of six like-minded individuals from three different countries driven by the desire to make their mark on the emerging craft beer culture in the Philippines. They also offer comfort food to perfectly match your beer.
Why it’s worth the trip: Taste test their unique craft beers from Lagud (strawberry), Ripe (passion fruit), and Keywheat (kiwi).
Recommended drinks: their Beer Battered Fish & Chips and Yakitori to pair with your beer.
Craft 1945 – Outlook Dr.
Craft 1945 is a refurbished house along Outlook drive that doesn’t only showcase the view of Baguio but also serves up Spanish themed dishes that pair well with the beer they serve.
Why it’s worth the trip: Their al fresco seating with a bonfire lit and a cold glass of beer in hand is quite an experience.
Notable dishes they offer: Spanish Chicken, Paella Valenciana. Filet Mignon, Kalderetang Usa, and Tapang Baboy Damo
Now that we’ve listed them down, why don’t you head on to the best Baguio restaurants to cross off your food bucket list?
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