EL CHOW RESTAURANT: A MEAL AT A REASONABLE PRICE & HAPPY HOUR BEERS
I came across this restaurant while enjoying some happy hour beers---3 for 100 pesos from 3 pm to 7 pm. Should you wish to have a fourth and not a fifth or sixth then you will have to pay 40 pesos which is still very cheap for El Nido. However my wife joined me a little later and we decided to eat. She had a grilled fish and rice while i had fish fillet in butter and lemon with rice, and it was absolutely delicious and very economic as the simple place did not charge ridiculous tourist prices. The menu was quite extensive so it would be no problem finding something to suit your palate.
An amusing footnote
The girls were very friendly but a little simple. Always the Filipinas ask my wife 'who is he" and sometimes she says her father or her brother. When she walked in i said that this was my mother. Ten minutes later they were asking her if i were her eldest and was i married. We both burst out laughing.
LYN VERGARA STORE: A BUDGET BREAKFAST
I came across this place while getting up early to buy a bottle of water so returned later with my wife. We had a foot long hot dog, 2 boiled eggs, a milk drink a soda for a total of 100 pesos but probably would not pass by there again as hit dogs for breakfast is not really my preference. You will find this on Hama Street , not far from the northern end.
EL NIDO BOUTIQUE and ART CAFE: DELICIOUS FOOD, GOOD AMBIANCE
You cannot go wrong if you decide to dine here. The art cafe has become the most popular restaurant in town since its humble beginnings nearly 20 years ago. The building has been renovated and there is a beautiful terrace overlooking the street. The menu is extensive with many international dishes to choose from, and while you eat you can hear music in the background coming from the keyboard player. Some other nights there is another band that plays.
OH, and be careful not to ring the bell in jest as you will be buying a round for everyone seated at the bar
SQUIDOS: GREAT MEALS, FAIR PRICES
I had visited this restaurant in 2003 and when i returned to El Nido recently this was my first stop, and i was not disappointed. Between us we had chicken in breadcrumbs, a pasta dish and a soup----all were excellent and the price was reasonable considering many restaurants charge too much in El Nido due to the influx of tourists. Most of the staff seemed to be ladyboys which was the only negative thing i could say about it, but service was good.
The Altrove: Italian deli
Have a nice dinner after the tour at the Altrove that serves brick baked pizzas and sumptous pastas. Be sure to be there early as there are plenty of tourist lining up to fill their stomachs with real good food.
Favorite Dish: Hungarian pizza and pennes are real great! The servings are good for sharing!
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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
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