15 Lip-smacking Buffets You Should Book For Noche Buena

If there’s one thing we can agree on, it’s that Filipinos enjoy eating. How else can one explain the proliferation of buffet restaurants all over the metro? While there are several kinds nothing beats a good ‘ol buffet in some of the best restaurants in Manila.

With food prepared by world class chefs and with only the finest ingredients, your taste buds are sure to embark on a gastronomical experience.

If the images of a fresh and crisp salad bar, hot mains and a sweet dessert spread have you salivating, then check out the following best restaurants in Manila with notable buffet spreads:

1. Diamond Hotel Philippines

Corniche Diamond Hotel
Image credit: Diamond Hotel website

Billing itself as “The Jewel by the Bay”, this five-star is the home of the Yunakuen and Corniche restaurants – both of which are part of Philippine Tatler’s list of 172 best restaurants. While both restaurants are exceptional, it’s the Corniche you want to visit if you’re looking for a buffet spread.

  • Location: Roxas Boulevard cor. Dr. J, Quintos St, Malate, Manila
  • Contact: (632) 528-3000/305-3000
  • Rates: Approx. PHP2,500 for two
  • Open hours: 6AM-11PM

2. Dusit Thani Manila

The Pantry
Image credit: Dusit Thani website

If you’re in Makati and looking for food that’s organic and locally sourced, check out Dusit Thani’s The Pantry.

The spread is made up of Indian, Italian, Filipino, and Pan-Asian dishes from fair trade organic produce – so you can enjoy one dish after the other without feeling any guilt.

  • Location: 1223 Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Makati
  • Contact: (632) 238-8888
  • Rates: PHP1,450 (breakfast), PHP1,950 (weekday lunch), PHP2,150 (Saturday lunch), PHP2,500 (Sunday lunch w/o wine), PHP2,950 (Sunday lunch with wine and Chandon), PHP2,200 (weekday dinner), PHP2,350 (weekend dinner)
  • Open hours: 6-1030AM (breakfast), Noon-2:30PM (lunch), 6-10PM (dinner)

3. Manila Hotel

Cafe Ilang Ilang
Photo via The Manila Hotel website

The Grand Dame of Philippine Hotels is home to Cafe Ilang-Ilang, which has undergone a transformation over the years. It is now a restaurant that features an extensive buffet spread spanning Asian Mediterranean, European, and Western dishes.

The Cafe Ilang-Ilang also features a Pan-Asian kitchen, a Chirrasco station, a dessert station, and an Italian kitchen that boasts a wood-fired pizza oven.

  • Location: One Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila
  • Contact: (632) 527-0011
  • Rates: PHP1,450 (breakfast), PHP2,400 (Sunday brunch), PHP2,150 (lunch), PHP2,400-PHP2,995 (dinner)
  • Open hours: 6-10:30AM (breakfast), 11:30AM-2:30PM (lunch), 6-10:30PM (dinner)

4. Hyatt City of Dreams

The Cafe Hyatt
Image credit: City of Dreams Hyatt Manila website

If you’re looking for a show to go along with your food, then The Cafe at the Hyatt City of Dreams is the restaurant for you. Its buffet spread is divided into six counters: Italian, Grill and Griddle, Deli, Asian, Comfort and Favorites, and Pastry.

But what makes the buffet extra special is that the dishes are prepared by the chefs right at the counter, so not only are you assured that your food is freshly made, you get to bask in displays of culinary brilliance as well.

  • Location: Belle Ave, Parañaque
  • Contact: (632) 691-1234
  • Rates: Approx. PHP3,600 for two
  • Open hours: 6-10:30AM (breakfast), Noon-3PM (lunch), 5:30-11PM (dinner)

5. Midas Hotel and Casino

Midas Cafe
Image credit: Midas Hotel and Casino website

If you’re looking to try your luck at a casino and to take in a sumptuous feast afterwards, you can check out the Midas Cafe at Midas Hotel and Casino in Roxas Boulevard.

Cited by Asia Tatler Dining as one of the best restaurants of 2012, the Midas Cafe offers a spread that includes Western cuisine to classic Filipino dishes with a modern twist.

  • Location: 2702 Roxas Blvd., Pasay
  • Contact: (632) 902-0100 local 1198
  • Rates: Approx. PHP2,000 for two
  • Open hours: 6AM-10:30PM

6. The Peninsula Manila

Image credit: The Peninsula Manila website

The dining options at Ayala Avenue’s The Peninsula Manila are as memorable as its distinctive lobby. If you’re looking for the buffet spread, check out Escolta.

The restaurant has live cooking stations, home-baked bread, fresh pasta, hand-rolled sushi, artisanal ice creams, and a “farm-to-table” concept that puts the spotlight on fresh produce and Filipino dishes.

  • Location: Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati
  • Contact: (632) 887-2888
  • Rates: Approx. PHP4,000 for two
  • Open hours: 6-10:30AM (breakfast), 11:30AM-2:30PM (lunch), 6:30-10PM (dinner)

7. Manila Pavilion Hotel

Image credit: Manila Pavilion Hotel website

Another hotel where you can try your luck with the food is the Manila Pavilion Hotel, located along UN Avenue.

The hotel has the Seasons restaurant and is right beside Casino Filipino. If you’re done at the Casino, you can head over to Seasons – known for its elegant interior and well-organized buffet setup.

The spread consists of Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, and Continental cuisine, as well as a dessert station.

  • Location: 000 United Nations Ave, Ermita, Manila
  • Contact: (632) 526-1212
  • Rates: Approx. PHP3,000 for two
  • Open hours: 6AM-11PM

8. New World Manila Bay Hotel

Market Cafe
Image credit: New World Manila Bay Hotel website

If you’re in Malate, check out the buffet spread at New World Manila Bay Hotel’s Market Cafe.

True to its name, the restaurant has food laid out like it would be in a market, while diners can enjoy watching the food being prepared in the open kitchen.

The cuisine ranges from Chinese, Japanese, Western, Korean, and Filipino.

  • Location: 1588 Pedro Gil St, Malate, Manila
  • Contact: (632) 252-6888
  • Rates: Approx. PHP3,500 for two
  • Open hours: 6-10:30AM (breakfast), Noon-2:30PM (Monday-Saturday lunch), 11:30AM-2:30PM (Sunday lunch), 6-10PM (dinner)

9. The Bayleaf Intramuros

9 Spoons
Image credit: The Bayleaf Intramuros website

When you eat at the 9 spoons at The Bayleaf Intramuros, you’re in it for the view as much as the food.

Located in the hotel’s penthouse, dining at 9 Spoons comes with a view of the Intramuros Golf Course and the Manila cityscape.

The restaurant is also known for its heritage selection that includes its signature crispy bagnet and Callos Manileno.

  • Location: Muralla St, Intramuros, Manila
  • Contact: (632) 318-5000 or 328-3170
  • Rates: Approx. PHP1,500 for two
  • Open hours: 6AM-10:30PM

10. Crimson Hotel Filinvest

Cafe Eight
Image credit: Crimson Hotel Filinvest website

Residents in the South don’t need to head very far to get to a great buffet spread. The Crimson Hotel’s Cafe Eight has an international buffet that entails cuisine from Southern Europe to the Middle Eastern.

Cafe Eight can seat up to 110 people, but if you want some privacy you can get a private room that can accommodate up to eight people.

  • Location: 2609 Civic Dr, Alabang, Muntinlupa
  • Contact: (632) 551-5555
  • Rates: Approx. PHP3,500 for two
  • Open hours: 6-10AM (breakfast), 11:30AM-2:30PM (lunch), 6-10PM (dinner)

11. Fairmont Makati

Image credit: @FairmontMakati via Facebook

The award-winning Spectrum buffet is best known for their innovative menu by their young team of highly-skilled chefs.

With a wide selection of delicacies from China, the Middle East, and everyone’s favorite, Japan, the 200-seater restaurant has become one of the top dining destinations for intimate meals with business partners and celebrations with the family.

  • Location: 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City
  • Contact: (632) 795-1840
  • Rates: PHP1,450 (breakfast), PHP2,150 (lunch), PHP2,380 (Sunday-Thursday dinner), PHP2,777 (Sunday brunch), PHP2,450 (Friday and Saturday dinner)
  • Open hours: 6-10:30AM (breakfast), Noon-3PM (Sunday brunch), Noon-2:30PM (lunch), 6-10PM (dinner)

12. EDSA Shangri-la

Image credit: Shangri-la website

HEAT has been making waves in the culinary scene for years now and they hype hasn’t died down. Famous for their themed promos such as the highly successful Mad Lobster Fridays and Wagyu Saturdays, the popular buffet is set to welcome even more loyal patrons for years to come.

  • Location: Lobby Level, Tower Wing, 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
  • Contact: (632) 633-8888
  • Rates: Approx. PHP2,000 for two
  • Open hours: 6AM-Midnight

13. Marco Polo Ortigas

Image credit: @MarcoPoloOrtigasManila via Facebook.

The five-star Marco Polo Ortigas is home to Cucina, a chic all-day dining buffet located on the 24th floor of the hotel.

The selection isn’t as varied in comparison to the larger hotels, but Cucina’s dishes are always on point and as fresh as could be. Meals are best enjoyed at dusk as the sky turns pink over the Metro Manila skyline.

  • Location: 1600 Meralco Ave, San Antonio, Pasig
  • Contact: (632) 720-7720
  • Rates: PHP2,750 (Monday-Saturday lunch), PHP3,500 (Sunday lunch), PHP3,500 (dinner)
  • Open hours: Noon-2:30PM (lunch), 6-10:30PM (dinner)

14. Conrad Manila

Image credit: @ConradManila via Facebook.

Despite its significantly small space, Conrad Manila’s Brasserie on 3 is a destination in itself.

Serving well-curated feasts from breakfast until lunch, this intimate buffet features the freshest seafood, a seasonal “main station” that rotates based on the locally sourced ingredients available, and a one-of-a-kind sinigang station where diners are encouraged to customize their bowls.

  • Location: MOA Complex, Seaside Blvd, Pasay
  • Contact: (632) 683-3913 or 833-9999
  • Rates: Approx. PHP1,300 per head
  • Open hours: 6AM-10:30PM

15. Sofitel Manila

Image credit: @SpiralManila via Facebook.

You can’t talk about hotel buffets without mentioning the luxurious Spirals in Sofitel Manila. With over 21 dining ateliers, from classic Pinoy to upscale French, and its very own cheese room, Spirals could very well be one of the grandest buffets in the country, perhaps even in Asia.

  • Location: CCP Complex Roxas Blvd Brgy. 76, Pasay
  • Contact: (632) 832-6988
  • Rates: Approx. PHP4,000 per head
  • Open hours: 6:30-10:30AM (breakfast), Noon-2:30PM (lunch), 6:30-10:30PM (dinner)

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