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5 Must-try Camarines Sur Restaurants

It’s no secret that that Bicol is synonymous with spicy and gata (coconut cream) dishes. So foodies unite and level up your palate adventures in Camarines Sur.

After exploring Camarines Sur’s tourist spots, check out these reco food hubs in its famous cities of Naga, Pili and Iriga and experience a one-of-a-kind food trip ranging from eastern to western flavors.

1. Geewan

Geewan
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  • Location: P. Burgos Street, Naga City
  • Cuisines: Asian, Filipino
  • Reservation: Accepted
  • Budget for one: PHP100- PHP200 per meal
  • Open hours: 9AM to 11PM
  • What to eat: Pinangat, Kinunot
  • Insider info: You can buy a pack of frozen Pinangat or Laing for pasalubong
  • Contacts:
    • Phone number: (054) 472-3888 | 473-3030
    • Facebook: @geewan.ph

True to its claim that it’s “The Home of Bicolano Dishes”, Geewan offers an authentic magata and maanghang Bicolano dish experience at an affordable price. Choose whichever fancies your preference – either go turo-turo or request a paluto.

More than its flair for local dishes, its hip carinderia style setting and central location in Naga make this fast food joint a great hang-out place both for local and tourists alike.

2. Red Platter

Red Platter
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  • Location: Cereza Zone 1 Magsaysay Avenue, Balatas, Naga City
  • Cuisines: Filipino, Cakes & Pastries
  • Reservation: Accepted
  • Budget for one: PHP200 – PHP500 per person
  • Open hours: 10AM to 10PM
  • What to eat: Kare-kare, Buko Salad
  • Insider info: It used to be a residential house that was later converted to a bakeshop/restaurant.
  • Contacts:
    • Phone Number: (054) 205-0865
    • Facebook: @redplatter.ph

Paint the town red at Naga’s Red Platter. Savor upscale local dishes with a modern fusion twist on hearty meals ranging from Bicol’s Best (Laing Cordon Bleu & Bicol Express), Kare-kare, Beef Riblets to Sinigang variants and Seafood Pinakbet.

Adding up to a filling meal is the cozy, quaint and homey ambience this semi-fine dining resto gives.

For your visit’s final touch, satisfy your sweet tooth with their array of cakes and pastries such as Apple Walnut Cake, Pili Butter Cookies, and Cream Cheese Brownies. You can also celebrate special occasions with family and friends with their package deals.

3. Bigg’s Diner

Biggs Camarines Sur

  • Location: Zone 1 Pan-Philippine Hi-way, Brgy. Santiago, Pili City
  • Cuisines: Filipino, American
  • Reservation: Accepted
  • Budget for one: PHP200
  • Open hours: 8AM to 11PM
  • What to eat: Cajun Fried Chicken, Baby Back Ribs, Extreme Supreme Burger
  • Insider info: Credit card payment is not accepted. Fun trivia: BIGG’s stands for Beautiful, Intelligent, Gorgeous, and God-fearing (well, three lovely ladies owned this place).
  • Contacts:
    • Phone number: (054) 472-4240
    • Facebook: @biggsdiberph

Travel back in time at this American retro 50’s diner that is Bigg’s Diner. Established in 1983 as a donut shop called Mang Donalds until it became Bigg’s Diner in 1990.

Today, it’s the biggest food chain in Bicol. Go big with their wide array of flavorful local and American fast food choices such as burgers, fried chickens, and rice meals. Their cordon bleu and iced tea is a winner.

4. Casa Soriano Family Heirloom Cuisine

Casa Soriano
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  • Location: Lisam Goodyear Servitek, 39 Concepcion Grande, Naga City
  • Cuisines: Filipino, Spanish, French, Italian
  • Reservation: Accepted
  • Budget for one: PHP100 – PHP250
  • Open hours: 11AM to 11PM
  • What to eat: Auntie’s Chicken, Porchetta, Baby Back Ribs, Kare-kare
  • Insider info: The house specialty chicken, Auntie’s Chicken, needs to be ordered in advance.
  • Contacts:
    • Phone number: 0928-893-3083
    • Facebook: @casasoriano.ph

Inside a busy business compound stands Casa Soriano Family Heirloom Cuisine. Hidden behind a car repair center, this classy resto welcomes you to its manicured Instagrammable landscaped garden area. You’ll feel at home with their generous servings of heirloom dishes.

5. Desny Grill Bar Resto and Cafe

Cold cut platter

  • Location: Lourdes Hospital Rd, San Nicolas, Iriga City
  • Cuisines: Filipino, Asian
  • Reservation: Accepted
  • Budget for one: PHP150 – PHP450
  • Open hours: 9AM – 12MN
  • What to eat: Sinugba, Sisig, Platter (cheese sticks, cold cuts, fries, calamari, onion rings)
  • Insider info: There’s a private room available for your karaoke sessions.
  • Contacts:
    • Phone number: (054) 456 1512 / 299-6377
    • Facebook: @Desny Grill Cafe & Resto Bar

Meetups are more fun at Grill Cafe & Resto Bar. It offers savory Filipino dishes – soups, grilled, smoke, with sarsa over buckets of beer. Live bands or singers serenade you through the night.

Smoking areas are also available. Its function halls can accommodate up to 50 persons, ideal for family events and celebrations.

What are you waiting for? Check out these scrumptious meals in Camarines Sur! Book your flight and hotel here.


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