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10 Best Restaurants in Pangasinan

Pangasinan has a string of restaurants and food joints to please your craving. Your road trip will not be complete without a visit to its local cozy cafes and fine dining. Check out unique and traditional dishes here in the “Bangus Capital” of the country. You’ll keep coming back for more at these Pangasinan restaurants that you should not miss.
 

1. Matutina’s

Bangus na inihaw

  • Location: 42 Bonuan Tondaligan, Dagupan City; Nancayasan Highway, Brgy. Tulong, Urdaneta City
  • Cuisines: Filipino, International
  • Budget for one: P350 (buffet)
  • Open hours: 8 am to 9 pm
  • What to eat: Grilled Bangus
  • Insider Info: Remember that popular TV character Matutina of the 80s sitcom John en Marsha? Yes, this seafood restaurant was named after that wacky kasambahay because the locals fondly called the owner after that character.
  • Contacts:
    Phone: 0939 371 0988
    Facebook: @TheOriginalMatutinas

Before going back to Manila, dine in at Matutina’s seafood restaurant. A household name in Pangasinan, this is a version of Manila’s Dampa. It started as a turo-turo along Tondaligan beach. Now, it has branches in Dagupan City, one in Baguio City and another in Urdaneta City.

The place is a fave stopover because it’s near the TPLEX exit. Its wide and enjoyable seafood selection and Filipino dishes are a must-try. Its famous grilled Bangus is the perfect pair for its one of a kind Pinakbet. Even former President GMA loves this resto.

Fill in your tummy the buffet style or a la carte meal.
 

2. Hardin sa Paraiso

  • Location: Brgy. Lelemaan, Manaoag
  • Cuisines: Filipino, Asian
  • Budget for one: P350 (buffet)
  • Open hours: 9:00 am to 9:30 pm
  • What to eat: Liempo, Crispy Pata, Paraiso Rice
  • Insider Info: For smaller groups of 4, you can dine al fresco in one of the stylized nipa huts.
  • Contacts:
    Phone: (075) 524 7322
    Email: [email protected]
    Facebook: Hardin sa Paraiso Grill & Restaurant

After attending a mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag, dine in to paradise at Hardin sa Paraiso. It offers not only a feast for the tummy but also for the eyes with their well designed garden.

Families and groups will keep coming back to its affordable yet large food servings. Choose from the continental selection of vegetables, steaks, grilled seafood, and native dishes.
 

3. Maxine by the Sea

Pork liempo

  • Location: Lucap, Alaminos City
  • Cuisines: Filipino, Asian, Seafood
  • Budget for one: P350 (buffet)
  • What to eat: Liempo, Seafood Appetizer Sampler
  • Insider Info: You can buy fresh catch of seafood that the local fisherman are selling while you are dining. The restaurant only accepts cash payment.
  • Contacts:
    Phone: 0921 642 8551/ 0977 602 3843
    Website: www.maxinebythesea.com
    Email: [email protected]

For more than three decades, this oceanfront restaurant and lodge offers great dining experience. Though you’ll have to shell out a bit more because of its pricey Filipino and seafood dishes, the spectacular 180 – degree view of the Hundred Islands is a one-of-a-kind experience.

This is the closest restaurant to the Lucap Port, in Alaminos. Its sea deck is a romantic spot for sunrise dining. It’s even lovelier at night when you could see the breathtaking light of Hundred Islands in the distance.
 

4. Kuya Max Restogrill

  • Location: De Venecia Road, Lucao District, Dagupan City
  • Cuisines: Filipino, Asian
  • Reservation: Available
  • Budget for one: P200
  • Open hours: 11 am to 10 pm
  • What to eat: Sizzling dishes, Pigar-pigar
  • Insider Info: Credit card payment is accepted. You can pre-order via phone.
  • Contacts:
    Phone: (075) 523 5629
    Facebook: @KuyaMaxRestaurant

Started as a simple carinderia in 2003, Kuya Max Restogrill expanded in 2007 to accommodate the growing number of customers craving for their seafood fare. Savor the old-fashioned cooking of their signature dishes such as Crispy Pork Binagooban, Gulay Kare-Kare, Sisig, Seafood Tinola, Crispy Hito by the owner himself, Kuya Max.
 

5. Sungayan Grill

Sungayan Grill Floating Resto

(photo via Instagram, @ielcaptures)

  • Location: Balingasay, Bolinao
  • Cuisines: Filipino, Asian, Seafood
  • Reservation: Available
  • Open hours: 9 am to 8 pm
  • What to eat: Seafood boodle
  • Insider Info: You can rent the floating restaurant for P1,000. Quench your thirst with free and unlimited juice along with your sumptuous meal.
  • Contacts:
    Phone: 0912 353 4433
    Email: [email protected]
    Facebook: @bolinaosungayangrill

This floating restaurant reminds us of the Loboc River Cruise sans singing and dancing. Yet the same great dining experience still. Take a cruise along Balingasay River, which is one of the cleanest rivers in the country, while feasting on seafood and grilled food platter. And on weekends, live acoustic singers will serenade you amidst the picturesque surrounding.
 

6. Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina

  • Location: 229 Perez Blvd, Downtown District, Dagupan
  • Cuisines: Mexican, Filipino
  • Budget for one: P350
  • Open hours: 11 am to 11 pm
  • What to eat: Beef Nachos, Burrito
  • Insider Info: It was named Silantro in honor of the most-used herb in Mexican cuisine: Cilantro
  • Contacts:
    Phone: (075) 649 1001
    Facebook: Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina Dagupan City

Arriba for Mexican dishes with a Filipino twist! It may be a little tame, less hot, and more conservative than the original Mexican flavors, but it has tweaks to suit the Filipino palate. Go loco over its cheesiest Beef Nachos and go big with its Chicken Callente and Beef Quesadillas.
 

7. Great Taste Seafood and Pigar-Pigar

Great Taste Seafood and Pigar-Pigar

(photo via Facebook, @GreatTastePigarPigarRestaurant)

  • Location: 41-43 Sim Bldg. Brgy IV, Gomez St. Dagupan City
  • Cuisines: Filipino, Asian
  • Reservation: Available
  • Budget for one: P120
  • Open hours: 10 am to 9 pm
  • What to eat: Pigar-Pigar
  • Insider Info: Choose your preferred Pigar-Pigar flavor among Original, Special, or Premium.
  • Contacts:
    Phone: (075) 529 9658
    Email: [email protected]
    Facebook: @GreatTastePigarPigarRestaurant

Great Taste Seafood and Pigar-Pigar started out as a small carinderia, but their signature dish, pigar-pigar (or deep-fried beef), had tourists and locals alike flocking to their doors. Since 2009, the resto has been serving this loved street food. Dig in to a variety of pigar-pigar that comes in beef, chicken, and the original carabao meat.
 

8. Casa Bella

Casa Bella Buffet Ribs

  • Location: 75 Brgy. Manzon, San Carlos City
  • Cuisines: Filipino, Asian
  • Reservation: Available
  • Budget for one: P249 for baby back ribs buffet coma
  • Open hours: 10 am to 10 pm
  • What to eat: Baby Back Ribs
  • Insider Info: Mark your Wednesdays for their eat-all-you-can dinner buffet from 6 pm to 9 pm.
  • Contacts:
    Phone: (075) 632 2597, 0933 431 4426, 0927 7514647
    Email: [email protected]
    Facebook: Casa Bella: house of ribs & seafoods

You’ll be loved tenderly and sweetly here at Casa Bella in San Carlos City. This highway food haven, formerly known as Bella’s House of Ribs and Seafood Restaurant, boasts of its savory Baby Back Ribs bestseller.

They also serve other Filipino dishes like Sinigang na Salmon Head at Binagoongang Crispy Pata. They offer home delivery within San Carlos and nearby town of Calasiao for a minimum order of P350.
 

9. Jacobo’s Seafood Grill

Jacobo's Seafood Grill

(photo via Facebook, @jacobosseafoodgrill)

  • Location: Judge Jose de Venecia Ext, Barangay Pantal, Dagupan
  • Cuisines: Filipino, Seafood
  • Reservation: Available
  • Budget for one: P250
  • Open hours: 10 am to 10 pm
  • What to eat: Cajun Shrimp, Grilled Bangus and Squid, Coco Jelly
  • Insider Info: The concept was inspired by the owner’s stay in Texas where they frequented a fishpond restaurant. And they only accept cash payment!
  • Contacts:
    Phone: (075) 696 0253
    Email: [email protected]
    Facebook: @jacobosseafoodgrill

Floating above a Bangus pond is this old-fashioned restaurant, Jacobo’s Seafood Grill. Feast on the perfect blend of Filipino and Cajun cuisines while relaxing atop a peaceful palaisdaan. Aside from the seafood thrills, it also offers another surprising delight –tthe Cajun Fries!
 

10. Pedritos Bakeshop and Restaurant

  • Location: Floren Hotel, J.P. Rizal Street, Dagupan
  • Cuisines: Filipino, Breads
  • Reservation: Available
  • Budget for one: P200 for a dinner buffet from 5:30 pm to 9 pm
  • What to eat: Yema, Chocolate Bon Bon, Chicken Sate, Sinigang na Bangus Belly
  • Insider Info: The wait is over at 3 pm for the fresh from the oven bestseller hopia.
  • Contacts:
    Phone: (075) 332 4021

Shout out to bread and pastry lovers! Pedritos Bakeshop and Restaurant, one of the oldest restaurants in Dagupan City, is your place to be. Since the 80s, this family-owned bakeshop and restaurant has been favorite of locals and tourists alike for their homey ambiance and accommodating staff. Though you might confuse it at first for a Mexican themed resto because of its interior, their dishes and pastries are spot-on amazing.
 

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