Sanctuary Restaurant: The Staff is friendly & they serve great food
Did breakfast almost every day - much better than the free breakfast at my hotel. coffee was best i had in town.
Favorite Dish: American breakfast was so yummy, homemade pumpkin soup, seafood for dinner and the biggest creamy milk shake in town is here.
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Sanctuary Restaurant: yummy
i been in sanctuary restaurant many times, and i really love their food. taste so good, specially the pumpkin soup, so yummy.. and their prices was really affordable. their waitresses was so friendly and their services was really good. i love sanctuary restaurant.
Favorite Dish: pumpkin soup on the bread bowl was so good, second a big portion of breakfast.
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Trattoria Altrove: Best pizza in town!
This restaurant is located along the main road. You can't miss it, as you see the brick oven facing the street. You have to leave your slippers at the entrance and enter barefoot. The floor is made of dark hardwood as are the walls. The ceiling is lighter and high with 2 ceiling fans cooling the guests. The CR is perhaps the cleanest in town. They have nice ambient music and serve delicious food. The ingredients are mostly imported. Their pastas are mouthwatering and the pizza is to die for!
Favorite Dish: Pizza.
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Balay Tubay: Huge servings for breakfast
This was one of my favorite restaurants i ate in El Nido town proper. This is probably because of the huge quantity and decent quality of the food we ate. We can choose between having a "continental breakfast, american or filipino breakfast". During that time, Filipino breakfast wasn't available anymore so we decided to get continental and american. If i remember correctly, it was around 180PHP per set meal (around 4-5 USD). For American breakfast, it included Bacon or Ham, 2 (sunny side up Eggs) or Scrambled eggs, Bowl of fresh fruits, Orange juice, Coffee or tea, and a huge piece of hot bread with butter and jam. I liked the huge bread and the big servings.
There are two Balay Tubay in the area, one is the bar (which I think has bands during the night) and the other one that serves breakfast. Make sure to go to the correct one because the bar is closed for breakfast.
Favorite Dish: favorite dish: american breakfast
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Art Cafe: Chill.
We had breakfast in Art Cafe as based on the blogs and research we done online, they served good food. We had omelettes, 3jam crepe, filipino breakfast. Overall,i would say it was okay. Nothing too great, but nothing bad. But what I think makes the place different and great to eat and "chill" is the theme of the place (very home-y feel, wherein you can sit down and relax) and there were books that you can just borrow and read on. I think at night they have bands that play because we can see guitar, bonggos setup beside the bar.
i was two weeks in el nido (great,only the rain was a bit boring).
i tried a few restaurants in town, some was sh*t(squidos,sea slugs),coz i got a MSG allergy,and some was quiet ok(ric sons, art cafe).
but i had the best dishes at the marbers restaurant.
marilou,bernie and their staff was also very kind and they maked me feel like at home.
Favorite Dish: steak mexican. the best steak i had in the philippines
MDC Canteen - Lugawan sa El Nido: The Best Turo-Turo in Town
Manang and her husband's small turo-turo is worth a visit! Turo-turo means to point (with your fingers at the casserole) with the ready cooked food. She has always a set of 7 or more to choose from, chicken, pork, fish, soup ... don't hesitate to lift the covers and smell. A dish costs you 40 pesos, they are small, so take another as well. Spice it up according to taste with soy sausc, fish sauce, kalamansi, chili and coconut vinegar ... if you don't know what to add, ask Manang or other guests for advice.
Local people like to eat here, so put up your friendly face and before you start to take your lunch, you'll get involved in a discussion ...
Favorite Dish: We had Manang's husband (he is the cook!) make us crab in coconut, we bought the ingredients (crab and the grated coconut) and took the casserole for dinner to Marina Gardens just across where we stayed. We've payed 150 pesos for cooking and it turned out to be the best crab in El Nido in five weeks. With garlic and lemon grass and smooth, thick coconut milk, spiced up with little devillish chili.
Marber's Beach Bar and Restaurant: The only one
During our 15 day stay in El Nido, each time we wanted a change and ate somewhere else we regretted it. This place has the best food without a doubt and also the best prices on the beach. At first one wants to sit on one of those romantic candle lit tables right on the sand but the food is never as good and the prices are always higher. Marber's has great pizzas, properly cooked seafood and nice curries plus a pool table. It has only two tables on the sand and it is not as visible as the other places with torches and live music but the food is far better. This is not only my opinion; anyone who stays on the beach more than 2 days eventually find this out. Check out for yourself.
Favorite Dish: All pizzas, curries and stuffed squid.
Squidos: Lively Atmosphere / Superb Food
Can't understand the comments by "GenuinelyCurious" this is a great place. I found the staff very friendly and quickly felt like a regular. El Nido is still quite isolated and they mange to work wonders with their food in my opinion. I would recommend anyone in town to check this place out. The French owner is a real character, he can help organise diving, accommodation and island hopping trips and couldnt have been more helpful to us when we visited.
Favorite Dish: Best burgers in town, French cuisine meets local Philipino spice.
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Taiyo Cafe: Generous portions and friendly service
Taiyo café is a new entrant into the restaurant market of El Nido. It has much the same menu and price structure of everyone else, but maybe because they are new, they seem to try harder to be pleasant and accommodating. I had several breakfasts there that were generously portioned and tasty.
They also have invested in an espresso machine and serve some pretty good coffee drinks for you starbux junkies. One nice combo is to pour a double espresso into the chocolate-banana shake. Nic e energy lift and creamy delicious
Sea Slugs: It's better than it sounds...
Sea Slugs has torch-lit al fresco dining on the beach and is a nice place to while your time. The service is good and the food is tasty enough, although completely typical and nothing particularly special. This is a good place if you like your sea view, though you will pay a small premium to get it.
Squido's: Avoid this place
Squidos is right on the main drag and visually presents itself nicely. But once inside, the food is uninspiring and the service is worse than indifferent; unfriendly is probably the better word. It’s also right across the street from a videoke parlor and the squeaks and moans of those who have more guts than talent just makes the already sour atmosphere worse.
Sea Slugs Beach Bar & Restaurant: Great food on the beach!
We ate all our meals here (except for our first lunch when we just arrived) and we're sure glad we discovered it. It's actually a house (Og's Inn) away from Marina. On the 2nd day, we already have a 'reserved' table on the beach. All of the staff are so nice and really provided great service. Special mention are Suy and Teng who really took care of all our orders. They even cook food upon specification even when it's not on the menu. In short, they did all they can to accommodate the request of the guest.
Favorite Dish: Their chili crab is great. The pizza is great. Cheeze sticks. Grilled squid. Garlic shrimp....Almost everything!
Their food is actually a little more expensive than average because of the location. But I think it's reasonable since average for a hearty meal is just P200+ or less depending on what you order. If you want to save money, you can actually find something on the menu that's more affordable.
The owners are quite nice (Rey and Grace). They also provide tours which are actually cheaper than Arts Cafe. But the minimum is about 8 pax per trip (boats are bigger). We took tours B & C with them on an exclusive arrangement and we never regretted it. We did pay more, but the enjoyment and service is quite worth it!
El Nido Boutique & Arts Cafe: Great ambiance
The place and the staff are quite nice. But the food is a bit more expensive than average and the taste is blander than what I'm used to. But I guess it's just perfect for foreign tourists. The good thing here also is that it has everything, restaurant, shop, books... My friends even bought here their mojos and aqua shoes :)
Ralf's Resto: Excellent Local Cuisine
Ralf's (named after the local Philippine owner's son), is a quality eatery, but might not look like one. There are four pensions upstairs too, but the dining area is always more packed than the guest rooms!
The owner has brought this little place up from nothing and is in the process of making a landmark for El Nido. There is a small seating area inside, but they put a few tables out on the narrow street. There is nothing on the other side of the street, other than the beach. So if the tide is low and you ask politely, they will set a table on the beach for you!!
Favorite Dish: The food was always top notch and if you make any special requests, they will go to the market for the fresh catch and prepare the next night for you!! We had lobsters and crabs upon request!
All of the dishes that we had were excellent, and you definitely cannot go wrong with the seafood or local Philippine cuisine.
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