Places to eat in Dumaguete City

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    Sans Rival Bistro
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    Jo's Chicken Inato: Chicken the way the Negrenses love it

    by gypsysoul73 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The word inatô means 'to feel at home with' and that's exactly what it felt like dining here. The staff was warm and friendly and the ambience was rustic and very casual. The restaurant was by the sea, and we chose one of these tables outside (pic above) so we could enjoy the sea breeze and the view. The tables here were shaped like bancas (canoes) and the seats were the "outriggers". Very cute.

    Favorite Dish: There are other items on the menu but we all ordered the house specialty which is grilled chicken served with puso (rice packed and steamed in coconut leaves) and atchara (pickled papaya strips). It looked just like Bacolod's chicken inasal and even tasted similar. At least until you dunk the chicken into their dark, special sauce and then it totally blows your mind! The achuete oil of chicken inasal has nothing on this.

    Not only was it delicious, it was darn cheap. A little over P 100 ($2) for a chicken leg, one puso and a Coke. It's no wonder then that since it's inception in 1985, at least 10 other branches have opened in other cities such as Iloilo, Cagayan, Roxas, Cebu and even Manila! Why is it I had never heard of this before? There's supposed to be a branch in Jupiter St. Has anyone been? I gotta check this out soon.

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  • Le Chalet: Swiss Restaurant

    by firealessandra Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Le Chalet is a swiss restaurant and a new addition to Why Not Music Box. It is a restobar, salad bar and coffee shop all rolled into one. Le Chalet also serves a wide variety of Filipino and international dishes and is the only dining place in the city that serves the famous Fondue.

    Favorite Dish: I love their Sasauge Salad and Mixed Grill.

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  • Jo's Inato: The authentic grilled chicken of Dumaguete

    by lizavanklaveren Updated Mar 9, 2011

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    When we went to Dumaguete a couple of years ago, the Mang Inasal at the then newly-opened mall was crowded and full of customers waiting in line. We asked the tricycle driver where the locals go when they want to eat grilled chicken and he took us to Jo's Inato. The chicken was superb! You can choose from breast/wing or leg part and it's served with rice and atchara. It was fresh, juicy and lots better than the restaurant chain version. And, you eat with your hands, Pinoy style.

    Favorite Dish: The grilled chicken, of course!

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    Gabby's: All about ambiance

    by eversure Updated Sep 28, 2010

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    The place was comfy and intimate. I had read good reviews about this place and was hopeful. I was disappointed though. They used too much spices in their mix. It comes out really great at first bite but the blend overwhelmed me quickly.

    Its a place to see locals. A place to fill one's tummy.

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    So many but so little time!

    by maribeldizon Written Sep 21, 2010

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    There are a lot of restaurants with good reviews but we didnt have much time, so we were only able to try 5.

    1. Chin loong - good food, liked the pancit! Friendly waiter and cheap. - very satisfied
    2. Lab-as - trust the review. food was really great! Liked everything. a little pricey but still a lot cheaper compared to restaurants in mla. - great experience
    3. Casablanca - Really good pasta! The owner was gracious gave us ladies drink. - very satisfied
    4. Sans rival... had merienda, very good sans rival and jam squares. bought lots and lots of sans rival and sylvanas for pasalubong - VS
    5. Ted's batchoy (robinson's mall) - oh very good batchoy! - VS

    Favorite Dish: Liked everything in Lab-as - the seafood cooked in coconut milk, curracha, baked oyster, grilled pusit, pinakbet with lechon kawali... hmmmm so yummy.

    Liked the penne arrabiata and marinara in CasaBlanca

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    Casablanca: Disappointing

    by eversure Written Jun 26, 2010

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    The locals say that the chef/owner used to to work at a Michelin 3star restaurant, I certainly didn't see a shadow of it in the food that was served. the fish was overcooked. The bruschetta was overloaded such that you did not know what its supposed to taste like. The beef was neither here nor there and the pasta was not al dente. The much vaunted home made dessert was overly sweet.
    It would probably be considered good for a regular cook but coming from a supposedly trained chef- it was not good at all.

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    Italia: Italian resto

    by tinybabols Updated Jun 14, 2009

    The place is quite and a bit up class. It has a comfy ambiance, nice paintings inside. They have a variety of food and imported wines and beer. The food also tastes good. :)
    The price is reasonable, but the German beer is a bit expensive.

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    Sans Rival cafe: Pastries and more

    by tinybabols Written May 30, 2009

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    It's a very cute coffeeshop serving various cakes and pastries but they also serve rice meals and pasta. However they are closed on Sundays and they are open only until 7pm, Monday to Saturday.

    Favorite Dish: Their San Rival and sylvannas are a must taste. Their arroz caldo is also good according to my friend.

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    Hayahay and Lab-as restaurant: Seafood and pizza!

    by tinybabols Written May 29, 2009

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    The two restaurants are adjacent each other and has the same owner. Hayahay is an open space restaurant while Lab-as has indoor dining. Both serve the same menu.
    Everything is a must eat! :) They also have their own pizzeria and the Hayahay special is absolutely great!
    The ambiance is nice, you have a view of the Tanyon Strait. The place is a tricycle ride away (Php7).
    The price of the food is affordable.

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    The Waterfront Cafe: Mexican Cuisine and Friendly Ambiance

    by sirenna Written Jan 20, 2009

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    The cosy Waterfront Cafe and Adventure Dive Shop is located on the boulevard with nice sea views. Enjoy a portion of home-cooked, spicy Mexican food with a cold beer and watch the world go by. Friendly owners Mike and Jo-an also serve American dishes and huge hearty breakfasts at very reasonable prices.

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  • Sweet Choices: Less commercial-quality cakes in Dumaguete

    by unica_hija77 Written Oct 15, 2008

    The best tasting cakes with better ingredients here are at a diner called Sweet Choices, for your extra-special occasions. They're a little more expensive than at Ana Maria's or Sans Rival, though. The latter seems to have lost some of its homemade taste since the original proprietor passed away, but has retained popular prices.

    Favorite Dish: All cakes and cookies, lumpia Shanghai (veggies in starch wrappers). The sweets and pastries taste homemade.

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    Lab-as Restaurant and Hayahay Tree House: Showcase of Dumaguete Cuisine

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 10, 2008

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    Lab-as Restaurant was started in 1988 was enterpreneur Sande Ramos Fuentes in Rizal Avenue in Dumaguete's Bay Walk facing the Tanon Strait. Since then it became the most popular sea food resto in the area and now has a bar beside it called Hayahay. Lab-as means fresh (particularly pertaining to fish serving the freshest of seafood, with live crabs, lobsters, prawns, oysters, choice of the fish, and other native dishes) in the Cebuano language hence this restaurant claims that they have the freshest catch of the day as main fare here in the restaurant and when one can see the crowded confines of the restaurant, one cannot disagree!

    Opens daily: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

    Favorite Dish: the freshest "sinugba" (grilled) sea foods like the spanish mackerel (tanigue), Blue Marlin, Blue Crabs, Baked Mussels (tahong), Lobsters and the Ceviche Fish Tuna (Kilawin). Also the sweet mangoes and the winter melons. A feast like these will set you back about 1,000 pesos a person, hey I admit that I am a voracious eater!

    Lab-as Restaurant and Hayahay Tree House Fine Dumaguete cuisine yum!
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    Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries: Silvanas and other Sweet Treats

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 10, 2008

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    The favorite giveaway and pasalubong (gift) of Dumaguete is the Sylvanas (cream cookie) and Sans Rival (cake) from the Iconic Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries Shop in San Jose Street. the place was started in 1977 by a visionary enterprenuer named Trining Teves Sagarbarria and like they say, the rest is history! it now have branches in Manila and in California under the name "House of Sylvanas Bakeshop".

    Caveat: if you are a diabetic, don't eat their sweet indulgence! since there are no sugar free
    versions yet.

    Favorite Dish: What else but the Sylvanas! a small box order is 120 pesos (it has just 12 small pieces) which is pure delight! you can also get their Sans Rival Cake (again small but pure pleasure!) at 260 pesos an order. They also offer Brazo de Mercedes, cheesecakes, Date and Walnut Decquoise and many more plus luch and dinner specials and pasta!

    I want the Sylvanas! crowded, this bakeshop is really popular!
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    Le Chalet and Chiccos: Deli

    by ayn_g Written Jun 17, 2008

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    Favorite Dish: Their deli sandwiches -- their ham sandwich in french bread is only PHP 115 while their parma ham sandwich is PHP 150. You can choose the bread for your sandwich -- french, lombardie, or rye bread. For takeaway sandwiches, go to Chiccos -- which is adjacent to Le Chalet. Their lombardie bread is sold at PHP 35 apiece. They also sell Australian Ginger Ale at PHP 55 a bottle.

    At Le Chalet, we sampled their desserts at PHP 85 to PHP 125++.

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    Cafe Antonio: Cheap Food

    by ayn_g Written Jun 17, 2008

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    The place is visually satisfying. Its interiors have a Hispanic feel and paintings and ceramic mosaic are displayed all over the restaurant. The food and coffee are affordable. A meal (i.e., grilled pork + rice + side dish) usually costs PHP 65++.

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Dumaguete City Hotels

  • Atlantis Resort Dumaguete

    Lipayo, Dauin, Negros Oriental, Dumaguete, Negros, 6217, Philippines

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • El Dorado Beach Resort

    Washington Road, Dumaguete, Negros, 6200, Philippines

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Santa Monica Beach Resort

    Banilad, Dumaguete City, 6200, Philippines

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

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