Dapitan City Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Dapitan City

March 25, 2018 Roger Rusk

Dapitan, officially the City of Dapitan, (Subanon: Gembagel G'benwa Dapitan/Bagbenwa Dapitan; Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Dapitan; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Dapitan; Chavacano: Ciudad de Dapitan), or simply referred to as Dapitan City, is a 3rd class city in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 82,418 people.
Things to do in Dapitan City

1. Big Joe's Restaurant

General Luna Street, Dipolog, Mindanao, Philippines Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations American, Filipino, Cafe, Asian Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$8
Excellent
18%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 53 reviews

Big Joe's Restaurant

Reviewed By MingYangEnglish - Manitouwadge, Ontario

"BEEG JOES", as it is pronounced by the locals, is a popular spot throughout the day. Menu prices range from inexpensive to moderate. Fried chicken is, as it seems to be everywhere in Dipolog, a popular staple. Coffee is freshly brewed, which makes Big Joe's Restaurant a hangout for Western expats and visitors who don't mind paying an additional twenty pesos per cup to avoid the cacophony of Jollibee in the neighbouring Lee Plaza shopping mall. Dipolog City is as safe a spot one can find in Mindanao. Staff at Big Joe's are especially friendly but somewhat frazzled at time due to large crowds at peak hours. Placemats contain English language riddles and puzzles which don't always work out quite right but this is all part of the experience. Filipino breakfast is served all day which is basically bacon and eggs for the uninitiated. Food is on par with what one would expect at any Western family restaurant in a developed country. It isn't gourmet but can be a welcome change of pace from local fare. Meals are freshly prepared and certainly worthy of four stars.

2. Jollibee

J. P. Rizal Street, Dipolog, Mindanao, Philippines Fast Food, Filipino, Asian
Excellent
7%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 13 reviews

Telephone + 63 65 212 2419.

Reviewed By MingYangEnglish - Manitouwadge, Ontario

This Dipolog experience offers a nice change from Filipino fare for those looking for a more Western fast food experience. This is not fine dining but a quick service restaurant catering to local families. This location is large, clean, bright and welcoming. Staff are friendly and efficient.
Prices are in line with comparable choices abroad. However, Jolibee food is filled with sugar with the exception of their fried chicken and, my meal of choice, the ultimate burger steak. All meals, even the fried chicken, is served with a heaping side of white rice! No sugar free drink options were offered on the menu. This being said, if you are travelling to Dipolog with children, they will love this place. And me, a big kid, acquiesced and had a two servings of buttered canned corn and a glass of iced tea!

3. Virgie's Snack & Restaurant

Gov. Guading Adaza Street | Sta. Cruz, Dapitan City, Mindanao, Philippines Filipino, Asian +63 65 213 6203
Excellent
0%
Good
100%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 2 reviews

Virgie's Snack & Restaurant

Reviewed By Malou B - Quezon City

We had a delicious meal during lunch of native dishes. The prices were reasonable. The service was very good.

4. UrChoice Bistro Cafe

ABC College Drive | ABC Complex, Quezon Ave., Dipolog, Mindanao 7100, Philippines Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +63 65 212 1313
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 87 reviews

UrChoice Bistro Cafe

Italian Bistro, ITANOY (Italian/Pinoy ) friendly, pasta ,pizza, grill and italian coffee . A friendly place to meet, chat and eat with love.

Reviewed By stonewithnomoss - USA

Good service, good menu choices. I had the spicy spaghetti in oil and it was excellent. Only issue for me... very small serving size. Pasta is cheap... no reason to give such small portions. That aside, really great place!

5. Cafe Isabelle

Santa Isabel | Delete, Dipolog, Mindanao 7100, Philippines Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout Filipino, Cafe, International Lunch, Dinner +63 65 212 7978
Excellent
41%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Cafe Isabelle

Reviewed By DocTotoy - Iloilo City

I had dinner here with the hosts who invited me to do a business seminar. They have a wide enough menu for the 1st time Filipino food diner but not so wide to be confusing. The pinoy basicc were there... sisig, bulalo, tapa.
I tried the lengua which was a pretty large serving for the average pinoy. Very good too.
Nice little resto and a quaint little city.

6. Tonino's Resto and Wine Bar

Rizal Avenue corner Osmena Street, Dipolog, Mindanao 7100, Philippines Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Filipino, Asian, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night +63 65 212 1256
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 107 reviews

Tonino's Resto and Wine Bar

Tonino's, a Mediterranean-inspired resto and wine bar serving fine delectable international cuisine with a fine selection of great music for a relaxing evening - simply the coolest place in town.

Reviewed By WLC K

The food was quite good, the wine was excellent, service was actually excellent except for a small mix up in our orders. The supervisor seemed a bit arrogant and too sure of himself despite our complaint but other than that everything was quite good.

7. Umami Room and Olive Tree Bar

Rizal Avenue corner Osmena Street, Dipolog, Mindanao 7100, Philippines Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Sushi, Asian Dinner, Late Night +63 65 212 1256
Excellent
77%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Umami Room and Olive Tree Bar

Authentic Japanese Cuisine, Tapas + Bar + Grill

Reviewed By JYao55 - Makati, Philippines

We hied up to Umami after dinner for a round of drinks and super fresh sashimi. Staff was ever ready to serve and take your orders. The place also has a karaoke machine for the guests to use. So what was supposed to be a round for the road got extended to the wee hours of the following day.
Excellent decor, friendly staff, great pricing with a fantastic view. Great way to cap a long day.

corner Lopez-Jaena and P. Garcia Streets | Biasong, Dipolog, Mindanao, Philippines Filipino, Asian
Excellent
20%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
20%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 5 reviews

Good Times Cafe & Art Gallery

Reviewed By bigtilly - Dipolog, Philippines

Not easy to find but persevere and you will be richly rewarded. The owner Ed is a lovely guy who has a liking for chill out music to soothe you. They do good noodles too.

9. Esquina Deli Food Products

Tabiliran Cor Rizal Street | Estaka, Dipolog, Mindanao 7100, Philippines Reservations Italian, French, Filipino, Asian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$16 - HK$78 +63 917 857 1621
Excellent
50%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Esquina Deli Food Products

Reviewed By Monti S

By far the best food Dipolog has to offer. Their appetizers are to die for. Great selection of sausages and steaks as well. definitely a must try when visiting Dipolog!

10. Bamboo Cafe

Dakak Park Beach Resort, Taguilon, Dapitan City, Mindanao 7101, Philippines International +63 65 213 6813
Excellent
0%
Good
75%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 4 reviews

Bamboo Cafe

Reviewed By Victorianlad - Melbourne, Australia

I had breakfast here on consecutive days.
The fresh fruit is a good variety (banana, mango, papaya and watermelon) while the banana bread was excellent and fresh but my crossaints (served at the day before's brekkie) were not.
The restuarant is in a beautiful cove with the sunset, albeit a bit to the right of the cove, was also spectacular.

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