Must-Try Restaurants in the Philippines

Top 10 Laguna Restaurants You Should Check Out

Let’s face it—it can get crowded in the city. While it’s great that we have so many places to choose from when it comes to where to eat, it can also get a bit overwhelming with the hustle and bustle of the lunch time crowd, or the office workers calling it a day after hours. Sometimes, you just want your food to go hand-in-hand with a slower pace, where you can relax and enjoy what nature and life have to offer.

If you’ve got the time and energy to spare, why not take a day trip out to Laguna and see what feasts you can partake in there? Here are our top picks for restos worth checking out in Laguna!

1. The Morning After Restaurant

The Morning After Restaurant

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  • Location: GFF2 Soledad 3 Nuvali, Don Jose, Santa Rosa
  • Type: All-day breakfast foods, International, Italian, Filipino
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: P200 to P400
  • Open hours: 8am-10pm
  • What to eat: Blueberry pancakes, Crispy chicken fingers and waffles, Quattro Formaggio Pizza, Breakfast pizza with lots of ham, Longganisa Burger, Breakfast bagnet, Smoked Beef Tapa
  • Insider info: Apparently, the owners of this restaurant vowed to introduce two new dishes every month. Go ahead and ask the servers what’s hot on the menu!
  • Contact details:
    Phone Number: +6349 258 0819
    Facebook: @themorningafterph

The Morning After is a trendy breakfast restaurant that serves classic and well-loved dishes from all over the world with rustic flair. It’s comfort food at its finest, as every plate is packed with familiar flavors, perfect for your week of R&R. It’s a great start to any morning in Laguna!

2. Kamayan sa Palaisdaan

Kamayan sa Palaisdaan

(photo via Facebook, @KamayanAtPalaisdanSaBay)

  • Location: National Highway, Baragany Dila, Bay
  • Type: Filipino, Seafood
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: P500 to P600
  • Open hours: 8am–10pm
  • What to eat: Sinugno in ginataan, Ginataang Suso, Tuna belly which can be served grilled or in sinigang, Calamares, Hab-hab pancit, Kare-Kare pata, Sizzling Salpicao
  • Insider info: Bring insect repellent as mosquitoes may frequent the huts!
  • Contact details:
    Phone Numbers: +6349 568 0255, +63 9108858888
    Website: kamayansapalaisdaan.com.ph
    Facebook: @KamayanAtPalaisdanSaBay

The Kamayan sa Palaisdaan sa Bay in Laguna is a floating restaurant—which basically means you eat in cozy kubo huts that are “floating” on the water of the bay. There’s nothing like eating a vast spread of fresh food while enjoying the ambiance of siting by still waters. This is also a great place to take kids, as there are numerous fish ponds to marvel at while waiting for the food to arrive.

3. Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria

Nonna's Pasta and Pizzeria

(photo via Instagram, @nonnasph)

  • Location: G/F, Building G, Solenad 3, Nuvali, Don Jose, Santa Rosa
  • Type: Italian
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: P300 to P400
  • Open hours: 11am–9pm
  • What to eat: Mushroom chicharon, Salmon Caviar Pasta, Espanola brick oven pizza, Pescatore pasta, Longganisa pasta, Steak alla Nonna, Nonna’s Lemonade
  • Insider info: The minds behind this restaurant, David and Crystal Sison, are the same people who brought Mama Lou’s Italian restaurant in Manila to life!
  • Contact details:
    Phone Number: +63 9498898959
    Facebook: @nonnasPH

Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria serves the kind of authentic, rustic Italian food that can make anyone feel warm and cozy on the inside with one bite. The chefs behind the counter make everything on the menu from scratch, and pasta is hand-pulled every day to ensure perfect texture and consistency every time.

While Italian cuisine isn’t exactly lacking in the city, Nonna’s goes that extra mile with its fresh take on saucy dishes, without taking any shortcuts.

4. Kanin Club

Kanin Club

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  • Location: Paseo de Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Don Jose
  • Type: Modern Filipino
  • Reservations: Accepted but only for dinner reservations. Lunch are walk-ins only.
  • Budget for one: P250 to P500
  • Open hours: 7am–10pm
  • What to eat: Sigarilyas Express, Crispy dinuguan, Crispy Liempo appetizers, Green Mango and Bagoong, Nilagang Tadyang ng Baka, Ensaladang Mangga w/ Salted egg, Stuffed squid, Seafood kare-kare, Bangus Escabeche, Kanin Club’s Vegetarian Delight
  • Insider info: This place gets packed pretty fast, so queue up right away, or reserve a table for dinner for guaranteed seats!
  • Contact details:
    Phone Number: +6349 544 0332
    Facebook: @Kanin-Club

Kanin Club was once the hidden gem of Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Eventually, its popularity soared thanks to strong word of mouth, and this restaurant has since seen expansion to Metro Manila, particularly with its branches in Quezon City, Mandaluyong, and Makati. But that doesn’t mean the mothership has lost its customers.

This place is still frequently packed and people still line up for the original menu, regardless of the hype. This is one place you can experience real deal Pinoy food without all the frills and fuss!

5. Ippon Yari

Ippon Yari

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  • Location: 2/F Piazza Building, Santa Rosa Estate, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road
  • Type: Japanese
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: P350 to P400
  • Open hours: 11am–2:30pm (lunch), 5pm–10:30pm (dinner)
  • What to eat: Ei Hire, Niratama, Koebi Karaage, Shishamo Tempura, Horumon Yaki, Chasumen Ramen, Shio Butter Ramen, Pirikara Miso Ramen
  • Contact details:
    Phone Number: +6349 541 1635
    Facebook: @ipponyarijapresto

If you need a quick Japanese fix, seek out Ippon Yari. With two branches in Laguna—one in Calamba and another in Sta. Rosa City—they aim to serve only the most authentic and well-prepared nihon-ryouri dishes. They specialize in their unique mixes of ramen, as well as their scrumptious fried foods. Give their rolls a try too, and enjoy the matching authentic ambiance of a traditional Japanese tatami room while you eat!

6. Faustina’s Restaurant

Faustina's Restaurant

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  • Location: Lola J Building, 10278 Ruby Street, Los Banos Subdivision, Los Banos
  • Type: Filipino, Asian, Western
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: around P200 to P300
  • Open hours: 11am–8:30pm
  • What to eat: Silindro Ribs, Green Salad, Grilled Soy Ginger Chicken, Pan fried fish wrapped in Bacon, Peston’s Pasta, Creamy Shrimp Pasta
  • Insider info: This restaurant has a lot of history behind it. It all started with one family’s love for their grandmother, named Faustina Flores-Habito. The bistro itself was designed by Renielle Villareal.
  • Contact details:
    Phone Number: +6349 501 1509
    Facebook: @faustinas.lb

Faustina’s is frequented by UPLB students, and may be a little bit harder to find than most restaurants. But when you do get there, you’ll be greeted with a friendly interior that speaks volumes about the brand’s history of love.

The place itself isn’t that grand, but that serves the purpose of turning every dining experience here into an intimate affair. It’s worth coming back to when you’re in the area! Try their coffee and pastries after a hearty meal.

7. Chef Mau Restaurant

Chef Mau Restaurant

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  • Location: Barangay Bungkol, Liliw Magdalena Road, Liliw
  • Type: Filipino
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: P100 to P350
  • Open hours: 8am–10pm
  • What to eat: Bulalo, Thai-style fried Tilapia, Spicy Laing, Chef Mau’s Pork Lechon, Fern Salad
  • Insider info: They have very small tables as the whole restaurant can only fit in about 20 people, so make sure you call in advance to reserve if you’re a big group.
  • Contact details:
    Phone Number: +6349 573 6290
    Facebook: @Chef-Mau-Restaurant-Catering-Services

In this part of Liliw, Laguna, Chef Mau is a staple. Owned by the brother of the man behind Duo Steakhouse and Wine Bar in Serendra BGC, this humble abode houses some of the most down-to-earth Filipino dishes for a fraction of the cost compared other Laguna based restos. The hominess is its appeal, and despite its small size, the flavors you’ll encounter in their food packs a big punch.

8. Sulyap Gallery Café and Restaurant

Sulyap Gallery Cafe and Restaurant

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  • Location: Brgy. Del Remedio, Cocoland Compound, San Pablo City
  • Type: Filipino, Asian, Vegetarian
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: P200 to P350
  • Open hours: 10am–10pm
  • What to eat: Pancit Molo Soup, Ensaladang Pako, Cheese Rolls, Calamares and Chips, Beef Salpicao, Sizzling Mixed Seafoods
  • Insider info: You can also check-in at their rooms for the complete Sulyap experience!
  • Contact details:
    Phone Numbers: +6349 573 2907, +63 9999953165, +63 9175968760
    Website/Email: sulyap.net, [email protected]

Out of all the places in Laguna, Sulyap gives you the best of the old Philippines. It’s entire property was designed to mimic the architectural style of colonial era Philippines, so expect lots of wooden motifs and antique centrepieces throughout the building. Not only that, they have converted old school rooms into function halls and casas where people can stay.

Even if you don’t check-in, Sulyap will truly give you the best the old world has to offer. It’s like dining as Spanish elite!

9. Cusina de Sabang 602

Cusina de Sabang

(photo via Instagram, @maryle_bunqs)

  • Location: #602 Sabang Road, Concepction, San Pablo City
  • Type: Filipino, Asian
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: around P160
  • Open hours: 10am–8pm
  • What to eat: Patatim, Crispy Pata, Adobo sa Dilaw, Pinakbet with Dilis, Grilled Tilapia, Sinagang na Sugpo, Special Canton
  • Insider info: This is one of the best places to see the Bunot Lake, one of seven prized lakes in Laguna and San Pablo.
  • Contact details:
    Phone Number: +63 9213436728
    Email: [email protected]
    Facebook: @Cusina-de-Sabang

Cusina de Sabang 602 has the best view of one of the most beautiful lakes in this part of Laguna. This is a restaurant that beckons romance and intimacy, thanks to its tasteful lighting and quaint picnic tables where the food will be served. It’s a picnic setting for the whole family, and their food is an homage to all the traditional, homemade Pinoy staples we’ve all grown to love throughout the years. You get a world-class view with food that won’t break the bank.

10. Bonitos Bar & Restaurant

Bonitos

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  • Location: Oregano St. cor Lopez Avenue, Demarses Subd., Los Banos
  • Type: Filipino, Italian, American
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: P150 to P400
  • Open hours: 10am–10pm (Mondays to Fridays), 8am–10pm (Saturdays & Sundays)
  • What to eat: 5-Spice Pork Spareribs BBQ, Grilled Chops, Buffalo Wings, Rosemary Chicken, Seafood fried rice, Grilled Platter
  • Insider info: Ask for their Mediterranean items, as well as their brick-oven pizzas!
  • Contact details:
    Phone Number: +6349 536 3255
    Email: [email protected]
    Facebook: @BonitosBarAndRestaurant

Bonitos Bar & Restaurant started out as a school project back in 2004, as a requirement for management school. The family behind this food venture eventually go incorporated as The Red Brick House Corp, and has been serving delightful takes on Asian and Western cuisines since 2009. Little by little, the menu is also incorporating more American dishes into their fold, including juicy ribs and hamburgers.

This is a great place to take a large group of friends who can’t agree on what to eat, as their menu is both versatile and delectable to many palates!

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