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5 Best Restaurants in Ilocos for Your Next Food Trip in the North

llocos has more to offer than just its historical landmarks!

By: Antonette Louise Guiao | October 27, 2020

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Best Restaurants in Ilocos

Don’t forget to list these dining spots down!

Image: Smoke Bar and Restaurant Facebook Page

If there is one more thing that the province of Ilocos is known for besides its historical landmarks, it’s its unique cuisine. Other than its Vigan longganisa (Spanish sausage) and generously-filled empanada (fried turnover with pastry and filling), there are lots of Ilocano dishes that are absolute must-trys, and many of them can be found in only the best restaurants in Ilocos.

If you’re wondering where you can get a taste of these scrumptious favorites in the province, look no further! Listed below are five lovely dining spots that serve Ilocano cuisine and Western-inspired dishes with a touch of Ilocano flavor. Excited to find out what the best restaurants in Ilocos are? Read on!


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1. Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant and Bar

Location: #10 Giron St., Brgy. 7-B, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte


Ilocos, unique cuisine

The dining hall is furnished with vibrant antique cloth and furniture.

Image: Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant Facebook Page

Kicking off this list of best restaurants is Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant, the in-house restaurant of Balay de Blas Pensionne House. The restaurant name “Saramsam” is an Iluko word that means informal or constant dining, and the place truly lives up to its name as it offers a fun and relaxing ambiance. Adorned with antique furniture and decoration, the resto exudes vintage vibes. Unique Ilocano dishes such as the best-selling Saramsam Pasta—a pasta dish cooked with shrimps, cilantro, and green and ripe mango slices—and Gcng-Gcng Pallang—a spicy coconut pork stew dish—are only some of the resto’s must-try recipes.



2. La Preciosa Restaurant

Location: Rizal St., Laoag City, Ilocos Norte


Best Restaurants

La Preciosa’s interiors fall nothing short of vibrant.

Image: La Preciosa Restaurant Facebook Page

Here’s a restaurant where the dishes are as precious as its name: La Preciosa Restaurant. With a tagline that goes “capture the exquisite taste of Ilocandia”, La Preciosa is sure to give you a superb Ilocano dining experience. The place is home to eccentric Ilocano dishes, including an Ilocano-style kare-kare (peanut stew) called Chicken ala Pepian and a sun-dried wild deer dish called Ugsa Pochero. While you’re here, remember to leave room for dessert and try La Preciousa’s famous carrot cake: a moist cake with cream cheese topped with white icing and sweetened shredded carrots.


3. Cuisine de Iloco

Location: Hernando Avenue, Laoag City


historical landmarks

Take a look at some of the mouth-watering dishes you can taste at Cuisine de Iloco.

Image: Cuisine de Iloco Facebook Page

Initially, Cuisine de Iloco was supposed to serve international cuisine, but owner Jaymar Aquino thought that it would be more fitting to serve trademark Ilocano dishes. Inside the restaurant, you’ll find walls embellished with lovely paintings that are for sale. Some of the must-try dishes in the place are the bagnet sisig, a Kapampangan dish that features Ilocano’s popular pork belly bagnet, and igado, a pork liver dish cooked with pork tenderloin and innards.


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4. Bergblick Restaurant

Location: Barangay Burayoc, Pagudpud


Ilocano dishes

Indulge in the finest Filipino-German dishes at this homey resto!

Images: @honeyfmia

If you’re up for a little gastronomic adventure, then Bergblick Restaurant is the place to go! What makes the place stand out is its Filipino-German cuisine, something that you don’t usually find in Ilocos Norte. Its menu has a vast selection of meals: from its German-inspired Bergblick Pan that consists of schnitzel or breaded pork chop and schweinebraten or sausage to spaghetti arrabiata, a pasta dish mixed with Italian sauce, basil, and chili for a little kick. You can pair your meals with cool beverages like a refreshing virgin mojito or wrap it up with a sweet dessert like creme brulee.



5. Smoke Bar and Restaurant

Location: 2nd Floor, Paseo de Paoay Building, Brgy. San Pedro, Paoay, Ilocos Norte


Food Trip

Smoke Bar and Restaurant is the very first US smoke and casual dining restaurant in Ilocos Norte.

Images: Smoke Bar and Restaurant Facebook Page

The overall interior design of Smoke Bar and Restaurant perfectly matches the baroque vibes from the historical Paoay Church that can be seen from across the place. The resto is not only a feast for the tastebuds but for the eyes as well. While it offers Western-inspired dishes, it also lends its own local twist to its meals. Craving for a pizza with an Ilocano touch? Go for the Laing Pizza, a thin-crusted pizza topped with laing, a dish made of shredded taro leaves cooked in coconut milk. You can also try the smoked pork adobo cooked with balsamic vinegar.


Ilocos truly has more to offer than its picturesque landmarks and tourist spots. Next time you visit the North, don’t miss the chance to drop by these restaurants!

Best Restaurants in Ilocos

Don’t forget to list these dining spots down!

Image: Smoke Bar and Restaurant Facebook Page

If there is one more thing that the province of Ilocos is known for besides its historical landmarks, it’s its unique cuisine. Other than its Vigan longganisa (Spanish sausage) and generously-filled empanada (fried turnover with pastry and filling), there are lots of Ilocano dishes that are absolute must-trys, and many of them can be found in only the best restaurants in Ilocos.

If you’re wondering where you can get a taste of these scrumptious favorites in the province, look no further! Listed below are five lovely dining spots that serve Ilocano cuisine and Western-inspired dishes with a touch of Ilocano flavor. Excited to find out what the best restaurants in Ilocos are? Read on!


Check out this video:





1. Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant and Bar

Location: #10 Giron St., Brgy. 7-B, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte


Ilocos, unique cuisine

The dining hall is furnished with vibrant antique cloth and furniture.

Image: Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant Facebook Page

Kicking off this list of best restaurants is Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant, the in-house restaurant of Balay de Blas Pensionne House. The restaurant name “Saramsam” is an Iluko word that means informal or constant dining, and the place truly lives up to its name as it offers a fun and relaxing ambiance. Adorned with antique furniture and decoration, the resto exudes vintage vibes. Unique Ilocano dishes such as the best-selling Saramsam Pasta—a pasta dish cooked with shrimps, cilantro, and green and ripe mango slices—and Gcng-Gcng Pallang—a spicy coconut pork stew dish—are only some of the resto’s must-try recipes.



2. La Preciosa Restaurant

Location: Rizal St., Laoag City, Ilocos Norte


Best Restaurants

La Preciosa’s interiors fall nothing short of vibrant.

Image: La Preciosa Restaurant Facebook Page

Here’s a restaurant where the dishes are as precious as its name: La Preciosa Restaurant. With a tagline that goes “capture the exquisite taste of Ilocandia”, La Preciosa is sure to give you a superb Ilocano dining experience. The place is home to eccentric Ilocano dishes, including an Ilocano-style kare-kare (peanut stew) called Chicken ala Pepian and a sun-dried wild deer dish called Ugsa Pochero. While you’re here, remember to leave room for dessert and try La Preciousa’s famous carrot cake: a moist cake with cream cheese topped with white icing and sweetened shredded carrots.


3. Cuisine de Iloco

Location: Hernando Avenue, Laoag City


historical landmarks

Take a look at some of the mouth-watering dishes you can taste at Cuisine de Iloco.

Image: Cuisine de Iloco Facebook Page

Initially, Cuisine de Iloco was supposed to serve international cuisine, but owner Jaymar Aquino thought that it would be more fitting to serve trademark Ilocano dishes. Inside the restaurant, you’ll find walls embellished with lovely paintings that are for sale. Some of the must-try dishes in the place are the bagnet sisig, a Kapampangan dish that features Ilocano’s popular pork belly bagnet, and igado, a pork liver dish cooked with pork tenderloin and innards.


Fancy a food trip in Ilocos? See the dining spots you must visit at Yoorekka!


4. Bergblick Restaurant

Location: Barangay Burayoc, Pagudpud


Ilocano dishes

Indulge in the finest Filipino-German dishes at this homey resto!

Images: @honeyfmia

If you’re up for a little gastronomic adventure, then Bergblick Restaurant is the place to go! What makes the place stand out is its Filipino-German cuisine, something that you don’t usually find in Ilocos Norte. Its menu has a vast selection of meals: from its German-inspired Bergblick Pan that consists of schnitzel or breaded pork chop and schweinebraten or sausage to spaghetti arrabiata, a pasta dish mixed with Italian sauce, basil, and chili for a little kick. You can pair your meals with cool beverages like a refreshing virgin mojito or wrap it up with a sweet dessert like creme brulee.



5. Smoke Bar and Restaurant

Location: 2nd Floor, Paseo de Paoay Building, Brgy. San Pedro, Paoay, Ilocos Norte


Food Trip

Smoke Bar and Restaurant is the very first US smoke and casual dining restaurant in Ilocos Norte.

Images: Smoke Bar and Restaurant Facebook Page

The overall interior design of Smoke Bar and Restaurant perfectly matches the baroque vibes from the historical Paoay Church that can be seen from across the place. The resto is not only a feast for the tastebuds but for the eyes as well. While it offers Western-inspired dishes, it also lends its own local twist to its meals. Craving for a pizza with an Ilocano touch? Go for the Laing Pizza, a thin-crusted pizza topped with laing, a dish made of shredded taro leaves cooked in coconut milk. You can also try the smoked pork adobo cooked with balsamic vinegar.


Ilocos truly has more to offer than its picturesque landmarks and tourist spots. Next time you visit the North, don’t miss the chance to drop by these restaurants!

author

Antonette is a writer, a night owl, an extrovert, and a BTS ARMY. Her spare time is consumed by drawing digital vector art, sleeping, binge-watching Netflix series, and learning how to cook. An adventurer by heart, she aspires to travel the world with her family, try extreme outdoor activities, and taste all sorts of food in different countries.

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