Crowd Favorites: Restaurants in Palawan Most Frequented by Tourists

Whether you’re in El Nido, Coron, or Puerto Princesa, you have many options on where to eat!

By: Keith Anthony S. Fabro | January 25, 2019


restaurants in Palawan

Palawan’s culinary scene is as interesting as its tourist destinations. Palawan restaurants abound, so whether you’re in Coron, El Nido, San Vicente, or Puerto Princesa City, there’s surely a unique restaurant that would appeal to your taste. Some serve international cuisine, while some pride themselves in serving local food. Others, however, merge both to please guests who are always wondering where to eat and searching for an incredible gastronomic experience.

To make your food search easier, Yoorekka listed eight go-to restaurants in Palawan that you might want to visit soon. Read on to know more about them!


1. El Nido Boutique & Artcafé

Where: Sirena St., Brgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido
Operating hours: 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily


El Nido restaurants

El Nido Boutique & Artcafé is a café, restaurant, bar and boutique all rolled into one.

Image: El Nido Boutique & Artcafé

You can’t say you’ve gone to El Nido without paying a visit at the homegrown El Nido Boutique & Artcafé. It’s well-known for serving hearty, healthy food and has become a destination restaurant for its walls that are full of lovely artworks from local artists. The best spot to dine in when you visit this place is at the breezy second floor terrace overlooking Bacuit Bay. As a café, it primarily serves brewed coffee and espresso, which you can pair best with its daily baked tasty breads and cakes. You can also try out its mouth-watering seafood specialties and fresh vegetable salads from its own organic farm.


2. Happiness Beach Bar

Where: Serena St., Brgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido
Operating hours: 7:00 AM to 11:45 PM daily


Coron restaurants

Happiness Beach Bar is a hippies’ haven bursting with positive vibe.

Image: Happiness Beach Bar

Craving for authentic Middle Eastern food with a Mediterranean twist? Whether it’s hummus, falafel, or shakshuka you want, Happiness Beach Bar is the place you’re looking for. One of its must-tries is the fish kebab served in pita bread. This bar also serves a delicious variety of healthy vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options with the speed and consistency of a fast food restaurant. Also, you can drop by the bar from 2 to 6 PM to avail margarita and daiquiri at a discounted price of PhP180!



3. KaLui Restaurant

Where: 369 Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City
Operating hours: Monday to Saturday, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM


Puerto Princesa restaurants

Dine in complete comfort at the Filipino home-inspired KaLui Restaurant.

Image: Kalui Restaurant

When you really want to experience the warmth of Filipino hospitality, look no further than KaLui Restaurant. Here you will be asked to enter barefooted and walk on a clean, polished floor as if you’re in a typical Filipino home. Not only is KaLui famed for its homey ambience, it has also earned a name for turning its place into an art gallery. Bursting with colors and life, locally-made handicrafts and artworks are visible at every turn, even inside its comfort rooms. If you’re a seafood and veggies lover, you will be delighted with the KaLui’s Special of the Day. Oh, and don’t leave the place without trying its complimentary dessert!


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4. Kinabuch’s Grill and Bar

Where: 348 Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City
Operating hours: 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM daily


where to eat

Kinabuch’s Grill and Bar exotic dishes, tamilok, and crocodile sisig.

Images: L, @annethca_ace; R,@mcmtamayo

Feeling adventurous? Head over to Kinabuch’s Grill and Bar for its exotic dishes! Slimy tamilok (woodworm) and sizzling crocodile sisig (chopped meat with calamansi and chili) are worth a try when you’re here. Kinabuch’s is a restaurant and bar that proves the presence of nightlife in Puerto Princesa City. Here you could order wide selections of local and imported liquors, and drink with your friends all night! With its rustic indoor and outdoor seating that adds to its island life ambience, there’s no doubt why it’s always jam-packed. Kinabuch also serves mouth-watering crispy pata (pork leg) and sumptuous seafood specialties that would make you come back for more!


5. Trattoria Altrove

Where: Rosario St., Coron
Operating hours: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM


restaurants in Palawan

Satisfy your pizza and pasta craving at Trattoria Altrove.

Images: L,@juaneduardo128; R, Altrove Coron

You don’t need to visit Italy for authentic Italian pizzas. At Trattoria Altrove, there’s no hint of pretension when it comes to how it prepares pizzas. From picking imported ingredients to cooking them in a wood-fired oven, Trattoria Altrove will surely give you a genuine taste of Italy. Its must-order pizzas are Prosciutto Crudo con Tartufo, Quattro Stagioni, and Margherita. This Italian restaurant also serves homemade gelato and pasta (one of its bestsellers for pasta is Gamberi e Olio d’Oliva). Trattoria Altrove also has a branch in El Nido.



6. Santino’s Grill

Where: Coron-Busuanga Rd., Bgy. Tagumpay, Coron
Operating hours: Monday to Saturday, 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM; Sunday, 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM


El Nido restaurants

Santino’s Grill serves the best pork baby back ribs in town.

Images: L, Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap; R, Santino’s Grill

Many had tried to imitate Santino’s Grill’s pork baby back ribs, its signature mainstay, but no restaurant has come close. Cooked to perfection, it’s so far the best in town and we tell you this so you could not miss it when visiting Coron. Santino’s pork baby back ribs’ serving size is more than enough to fill your grumbling tummy. As for its side dish, you can choose French fries or mashed potato paired with sour cream onion dip. Santino’s bulalo (beef shank and bone marrow stew) and java rice are also must-tries.


7. Jambalaya Cajun Café

Where: Rizal St., Bgy. Port Barton, San Vicente
Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily


Coron restaurants

Jambalaya Cajun Café is a great food spot to visit in Port Barton.

Images: L, @mhyfelipe; R, @gfsmarques

In a small tourist village of Port Barton, Jambalaya Cajun Café is making a buzz for its own version of jambalaya—a Louisiana comfort food typically consisting of meat and vegetables mixed with rice. Cajun’s version is a concoction of slices of tomatoes, fresh fish chunks, and nicely spiced rice. Tourists also come back for its aromatic coffee and selections of tasty breakfasts and refreshing shakes. What’s good about the cozy Cajun Café is it’s located at the beachfront, giving guests stunning sunset views. If you want to drink and maybe meet other travelers and locals, visit Cajun Café during its happy hour that starts at 5:00 PM daily.


8. Marina Terrace

Where: Brgy. Poblacion, San Vicente


Puerto Princesa restaurants

Marina Terrace is all about celebration of fresh and traditional Italian cuisine.

Images: Marina Terrace

Marina Terrace is the newest authentic Italian restaurant in Palawan. It specializes in Venetian and traditional Italian cuisines, and uses authentic local fresh ingredients. Marina Terrace’s must-eats are its bread with imported olive oil from Sicily, Venetian-style mussels cooked in tomato sauce, white wine and herbs, and Lasagna Melanzane alla Parmigiana. Every detail of the restaurant was imagined carefully to follow the harmony of the natural environment, and to give clients the experience of being on a 50s wooden yacht deck. The restaurant’s name came from the fact that it overlooks the marina of San Vicente where all the traditional fishing boats are moored.



Have you gone to any of these go-to restaurants in Palawan? Tell us your experiences with them!


Check out our list of Palawan Restaurants or browse the Travel and Dining category of the Yoorekka Magazine.



restaurants in Palawan

Palawan’s culinary scene is as interesting as its tourist destinations. Palawan restaurants abound, so whether you’re in Coron, El Nido, San Vicente, or Puerto Princesa City, there’s surely a unique restaurant that would appeal to your taste. Some serve international cuisine, while some pride themselves in serving local food. Others, however, merge both to please guests who are always wondering where to eat and searching for an incredible gastronomic experience.

To make your food search easier, Yoorekka listed eight go-to restaurants in Palawan that you might want to visit soon. Read on to know more about them!


1. El Nido Boutique & Artcafé

Where: Sirena St., Brgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido
Operating hours: 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily


El Nido restaurants

El Nido Boutique & Artcafé is a café, restaurant, bar and boutique all rolled into one.

Image: El Nido Boutique & Artcafé

You can’t say you’ve gone to El Nido without paying a visit at the homegrown El Nido Boutique & Artcafé. It’s well-known for serving hearty, healthy food and has become a destination restaurant for its walls that are full of lovely artworks from local artists. The best spot to dine in when you visit this place is at the breezy second floor terrace overlooking Bacuit Bay. As a café, it primarily serves brewed coffee and espresso, which you can pair best with its daily baked tasty breads and cakes. You can also try out its mouth-watering seafood specialties and fresh vegetable salads from its own organic farm.


2. Happiness Beach Bar

Where: Serena St., Brgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido
Operating hours: 7:00 AM to 11:45 PM daily


Coron restaurants

Happiness Beach Bar is a hippies’ haven bursting with positive vibe.

Image: Happiness Beach Bar

Craving for authentic Middle Eastern food with a Mediterranean twist? Whether it’s hummus, falafel, or shakshuka you want, Happiness Beach Bar is the place you’re looking for. One of its must-tries is the fish kebab served in pita bread. This bar also serves a delicious variety of healthy vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options with the speed and consistency of a fast food restaurant. Also, you can drop by the bar from 2 to 6 PM to avail margarita and daiquiri at a discounted price of PhP180!



3. KaLui Restaurant

Where: 369 Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City
Operating hours: Monday to Saturday, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM


Puerto Princesa restaurants

Dine in complete comfort at the Filipino home-inspired KaLui Restaurant.

Image: Kalui Restaurant

When you really want to experience the warmth of Filipino hospitality, look no further than KaLui Restaurant. Here you will be asked to enter barefooted and walk on a clean, polished floor as if you’re in a typical Filipino home. Not only is KaLui famed for its homey ambience, it has also earned a name for turning its place into an art gallery. Bursting with colors and life, locally-made handicrafts and artworks are visible at every turn, even inside its comfort rooms. If you’re a seafood and veggies lover, you will be delighted with the KaLui’s Special of the Day. Oh, and don’t leave the place without trying its complimentary dessert!


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To discover more authentic restaurants in Palawan and all over the Philippines, visit Yoorekka!


4. Kinabuch’s Grill and Bar

Where: 348 Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City
Operating hours: 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM daily


where to eat

Kinabuch’s Grill and Bar exotic dishes, tamilok, and crocodile sisig.

Images: L, @annethca_ace; R,@mcmtamayo

Feeling adventurous? Head over to Kinabuch’s Grill and Bar for its exotic dishes! Slimy tamilok (woodworm) and sizzling crocodile sisig (chopped meat with calamansi and chili) are worth a try when you’re here. Kinabuch’s is a restaurant and bar that proves the presence of nightlife in Puerto Princesa City. Here you could order wide selections of local and imported liquors, and drink with your friends all night! With its rustic indoor and outdoor seating that adds to its island life ambience, there’s no doubt why it’s always jam-packed. Kinabuch also serves mouth-watering crispy pata (pork leg) and sumptuous seafood specialties that would make you come back for more!


5. Trattoria Altrove

Where: Rosario St., Coron
Operating hours: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM


restaurants in Palawan

Satisfy your pizza and pasta craving at Trattoria Altrove.

Images: L,@juaneduardo128; R, Altrove Coron

You don’t need to visit Italy for authentic Italian pizzas. At Trattoria Altrove, there’s no hint of pretension when it comes to how it prepares pizzas. From picking imported ingredients to cooking them in a wood-fired oven, Trattoria Altrove will surely give you a genuine taste of Italy. Its must-order pizzas are Prosciutto Crudo con Tartufo, Quattro Stagioni, and Margherita. This Italian restaurant also serves homemade gelato and pasta (one of its bestsellers for pasta is Gamberi e Olio d’Oliva). Trattoria Altrove also has a branch in El Nido.



6. Santino’s Grill

Where: Coron-Busuanga Rd., Bgy. Tagumpay, Coron
Operating hours: Monday to Saturday, 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM; Sunday, 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM


El Nido restaurants

Santino’s Grill serves the best pork baby back ribs in town.

Images: L, Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap; R, Santino’s Grill

Many had tried to imitate Santino’s Grill’s pork baby back ribs, its signature mainstay, but no restaurant has come close. Cooked to perfection, it’s so far the best in town and we tell you this so you could not miss it when visiting Coron. Santino’s pork baby back ribs’ serving size is more than enough to fill your grumbling tummy. As for its side dish, you can choose French fries or mashed potato paired with sour cream onion dip. Santino’s bulalo (beef shank and bone marrow stew) and java rice are also must-tries.


7. Jambalaya Cajun Café

Where: Rizal St., Bgy. Port Barton, San Vicente
Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily


Coron restaurants

Jambalaya Cajun Café is a great food spot to visit in Port Barton.

Images: L, @mhyfelipe; R, @gfsmarques

In a small tourist village of Port Barton, Jambalaya Cajun Café is making a buzz for its own version of jambalaya—a Louisiana comfort food typically consisting of meat and vegetables mixed with rice. Cajun’s version is a concoction of slices of tomatoes, fresh fish chunks, and nicely spiced rice. Tourists also come back for its aromatic coffee and selections of tasty breakfasts and refreshing shakes. What’s good about the cozy Cajun Café is it’s located at the beachfront, giving guests stunning sunset views. If you want to drink and maybe meet other travelers and locals, visit Cajun Café during its happy hour that starts at 5:00 PM daily.


8. Marina Terrace

Where: Brgy. Poblacion, San Vicente


Puerto Princesa restaurants

Marina Terrace is all about celebration of fresh and traditional Italian cuisine.

Images: Marina Terrace

Marina Terrace is the newest authentic Italian restaurant in Palawan. It specializes in Venetian and traditional Italian cuisines, and uses authentic local fresh ingredients. Marina Terrace’s must-eats are its bread with imported olive oil from Sicily, Venetian-style mussels cooked in tomato sauce, white wine and herbs, and Lasagna Melanzane alla Parmigiana. Every detail of the restaurant was imagined carefully to follow the harmony of the natural environment, and to give clients the experience of being on a 50s wooden yacht deck. The restaurant’s name came from the fact that it overlooks the marina of San Vicente where all the traditional fishing boats are moored.



Have you gone to any of these go-to restaurants in Palawan? Tell us your experiences with them!


Check out our list of Palawan Restaurants or browse the Travel and Dining category of the Yoorekka Magazine.



Keith Anthony S. Fabro

Keith Anthony Fabro is a freelancer based in Narra, Palawan. He explores the great outdoors, talks to strangers, and designs promotional materials for a living. In his free time, he practices mindful meditation or reads anything about personality psychology and the natural environment, all while listening to mellow music. When inspiration strikes, he writes spoken poetry. He can live with just water and chocolates.

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