Dumaguete City Restaurants

  • Sans Rival Bistro
    Sans Rival Bistro
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  • inside Sans RIval
    inside Sans RIval
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  • Chocobanana cream cake
    Chocobanana cream cake
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Dumaguete City Restaurants

  • Live and learn, to your benefit.

    At time of writing (mid April 2012) I have been hanging around Dumaguete City for about two and a half months and thought I knew the place pretty well. I am always banging on here about taking advice from locals and the advice in this case came from an expat of long-standing if not actually a Filipino. Whilst discussing restaurant options in town,...

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  • Love the cakes!

    House converted to a bistro that serves delicious food. With an array of delicious food, I have to say that their sansrival is my favorite closely followed by sylvannas.

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  • Excellent Japanese food.

    I do love to eat food from all corners of the globe but I must confess that my knowledge of Japanese cuisine is effectively limited to a little sushi here and there. I was not therefore terribly well equipped to tackle a Japanese restaurant in the Philippines but I need not have worried. The friendliness of service in the Philippines is excellent...

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  • A very pleasant surprise.

    I have to say that VT is very much to blame, or more correctly take the credit for, this tip. At tme of writing, I have been staying n Dumaguete for quite a while and whilst I have several favourite restaurants, I do tend to try new places, in the main just to provide me with more VT tips. Sad I know, but there you are.I had seen this place a few...

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  • OK for a quick snack.

    I apologise for this tip in advance as I have only eaten a quick snack here and I cannot even tell you if there is a full restaurant service or menu here. Garahe is basically a bolt hole of mine when I want to escape the expat centre of the nearby Boulevard. I have been in here a few times and have never seen another Westerner about the place. I...

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  • Consistently good food.

    I wrote in a seperate tip about Captain Ribbers ribshack in Dumaguete and how good the ribs were there. I had often ridden past it and wondered why it was not better patronised, as I had enjoyed my meal there. I foujd out why one night when, on the recommendation of a friend I visited Moon Cafe with instructions that I should try the ribs there...

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  • A taste of the good ol' US of A.

    Update 23rd March, 2012.Regular readers will know that I like to keep my tips up to date as they tend to get stale after a while and this is the case here. I can say from personal knowledge that the place, for whatever reason, has become totally deserted of late. I ride past it nearly every day and would stop for a beer but it seems pointless to...

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  • Cheap, cheerful Chinese.

    In my quest to try as many restaurants as possible in Dumaguete (quite a task) I popped into the Mandarin Tea Garden on evening for a bite. This is part of a chain specialising in Dim Sum and other Chinese dishes.which originated in Mindanao and has now expanded to Negros. There are two outlets in Dumaguete now, one here and one in the al fresco...

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  • Merely adequate.

    I think the title of this tip says it all really. Having been in Dumaguete City for some time, I tried to sample as many restaurants as I could, not least to write VT tips about them. What has my life become? Canto Fresco suffers by comparison. In a city, indeed a street with so many excellent restaurants (see seperate tips on Jo's Inato, Captain...

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  • Very good seafood.

    Hayahay on Piapi beach just outside Dumaguete city ia very much all things to all men. It is a bar, although I find it a little lacking in atmosphere, it is arguably 9with Zanzibar) the most popular nightspot at the weekends and it is a very good fish restaurant.I had been out with my Filipina friend Buena who is from Negros and knows Dumaguete...

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  • Just obey the sign.

    I suppose if you are going to encourage people to eat in a restaurant the name Eat is probably as good as any. This really is the epitome of a no-frills restaurant but it is certainly none the worse for that. A smallish but clean interior with a formica table diner type decor and a rather incongruous cartoon frog mural are the setting for a...

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  • Good, but the usual problem.

    I have been in Dumaguete quite a long while at time of writing and have tried a fair proportion of the eating establishments in town, most of which are excellent. One evening I had decided a Chinese meal might be in order and so I visited Chin Loong on the Boulevard. It has a nice position facing the sea on the strip of bars and restaurants that...

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  • A decent quick snack.

    I was wandering round Robinson's shopping mall one day and felt like a light snack, nothing too substantial as I was eating later on. A quick trawl of the foodcourt on the upper level provided the perfect answer, the Leylam Shawarma stall. This is one of a national franchise and they seem to be very popular. I know several of my Philippino friends...

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  • Cheap and cheerful.

    Foodnet is a large chain in the Philippines offering cheap local food in a no-frills surrounding. Haute cuisine it is not but the food is tasty and remarkably inexpensive even by local standards. It is self-service and although the server I spoke to had limited English it is a simple matter of pointing. If you look at the image, I can tell you that...

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  • A great favourite.

    At time of writing, I have been hanging around in Dumaguete for about a month and have sampled a good proportin of the restaurants here, many of which are excellent. I don't think I have been very disappointed in a meal here yet, I suppose the competition keeps them all up to a good standard. I do, however, want to tell you about one that seems to...

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  • Better food than poetry!

    The clue is in the name really, Captain Ribbers is what I believe the \Americans call a ribshack and rather a good one at that. Whilst there are ther options like Korean kebabs and chilli fries, I had come for the ribs and ribs was what I ordered from the very friendly young lady who spoke good English. The menu is also in English. I only ordered a...

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  • Chicken the way the Negrenses love it

    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)...

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  • Swiss Restaurant

    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. I love their Sasauge Salad and Mixed Grill.

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  • The authentic grilled chicken of...

    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...

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  • All about ambiance

    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!

    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 satisfied2. 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...

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  • Disappointing

    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...

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  • Italian resto

    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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  • Pastries and more

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

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  • Seafood and pizza!

    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...

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  • Mexican Cuisine and Friendly Ambiance

    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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  • Less commercial-quality cakes in...

    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. All cakes and...

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  • Showcase of Dumaguete Cuisine

    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,...

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  • Silvanas and other Sweet Treats

    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...

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  • Deli

    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...

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  • Cheap Food

    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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  • Chinese Restaurant

    As the name implies, Chin Loong serves Chinese dishes and dimsum which made it a popular resto among the locals and visitors to the city. It is advisable to be there before 7pm to be assured of seats as it gets crowded later.The restaurant is typical of Chinese restos - red table cloth and food are cooked upon order. Hence, it takes time for the...

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  • carmine ristorante italiano eccelente

    yeah we tryed there and the foods are eccelente magnifico !!spaghetti alle vongole so nice,tuna al pesto suplime,even they own ie cream a real italian ice cream.try and see how they make spaghetti alle vongole so nice,tuna al pesto suplime,

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  • Why Not indeed

    If you want to eat steak, this place is highly recommended. They know how to cook it along with the different sauces. They have to since this is an ex pat hang out. Typical steak dish will cost you 320-400 php way cheaper than in Manila. Nice decor and ambiance inside or sit outside and watch the world pass by with a cold san mig light. Waitresses...

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  • Good Food and Music

    Open air resto with good food and good music. Stayed up on the second level up on the treehouse which could fit at least 20 people. Get a good view of the water and great for people watching. Excellent wait staff and reasonably priced. I only tried their famous seafood soup and oyster appetizer both were well prepared. Good place to hang out and...

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  • Grilled chicken

    The restaurant has two branches in Dumaguete city, one by the sea and other at the doorstep of Silliman university. We dined in the Silliman branch and the restaurant has two floors. Part of the 2nd floor is airconditioned. Chicken inato or grilled chickenGrilled fish

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  • For the Sweet Tooth

    A trip to Dumaguete is not complete if you cannot sample the popular Sylvannas from Sans Rival. Aptly named, the pastry shop also sells yummy Sans Rival and a host of other cakes, pastries and cookies. The Sylvannas come in a box of 10 pcs. that costs P90, while Sans Rival is sold as a loaf that costs P255. Both are wrapped in foil doubled with...

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  • All under one roof

    Lab-As is highly recommended in travel books and by those who had been to Dumaguete as the best seafood resto in the city. Well, it truly lived up to its image. Not only do they serve good food but reasonably priced as well.The resto is flanked by "Su-to-kil" kiosk and Hayahay Bar. Su-to-kil serves grilled food ideal as appetizers while Hayahay is...

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  • ok restaurant

    First off, the chairs while unique is really uncomfortable. Second, don't order pizza. Its soggy. We've had frozen pizza that tastes better. The chicken curry had more sauce than chicken. The kebabs and pork chop were ok though.Bring tissue when you go to the bathroom. Its clean but a bit messy.

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  • Street food at it's best

    Manang Siony's was a little tocinohan (place that sells tocino or cured pork) two blocks away from our house in Dumaguete. It was nothing more than a makeshift charcoal grill set up on the sidewalk but it was famous. Manang Siony and her slivers of tocino on bamboo skewers were legendary around these parts.Imagine my surprise when I pulled up into...

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  • For the best sylvanas and sans rival in...

    Tita Trining Teves-Sagarbarria first opened her shop in Dumaguete in 1977. She always loved to cook and bake for her family and friends and her passion was evident in the cakes and pastries she would create. Her children inherited this passion and helped in the success and expansion of the business. Her daughter Chining now runs and operates Sans...

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  • Best SansRival

    They have the best Sans Rival in town! And very popular too. This is the most common 'pasalubong' from Dumaguete. They also have a cafe which serves good coffee, pasta and others. They also have other baked goods like mango bar, crinkles, cakes etc. Sans Rival!

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  • Best seafood on a treehouse!

    Hayahay Restaurant is just beside Lab As and they share the same kitchen. So the food is the same. This time, we went up the treehouse bar. The place is great and very cool because it's built around a big living tree. You can also go down and choose your seafood from the different aquariums. They even have lobsters.The difference also with this...

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  • Best Seafood!

    Lab As Restaurant was recommended to us by our driver and we checked it out. True enough their seafood is pretty good! The price is reasonable. We had chili 'curacha', sinigang shrimps, boiled vegetables, and grilled squid. Yummy! Service is very good too! We only spent P1200 for 5 people. View is also good because it's fronting the sea. The...

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  • chimachanga!!!!!

    cool ambience...cool hangout for young peeps (like me!)the owner babu is a local artist (who i respect a lot for his personality and work) chimachanga!!!!i really miss the chimachanga.....with hot sauce please.....try it...you'll forget....(i forgot what i was gonna say.....see you do forget....hehehehehe

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