Palawan Island Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Palawan Island

November 23, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Palawan is a slice of heaven, a sliver of an island that teems with exotic wildlife, quaint fishing villages, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Wave hello to endangered animals at the Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary or explore the Japanese shipwrecks of Coron Island, regarded as one of the best dive sites in the world. A guided boat tour of the Puerto Princesa Underground River will take your breath away.
Things to do in Palawan Island

1. Kalui Restaurant

369 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Filipino, Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$8 +63 48 433 2580
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Kalui Restaurant

Reviewed By Alexandre N - Paris, France

Great restaurant, in four days in Puerto princess I've been there four times. I truly advice the sashimi tuna (huge fresh trunks of tuna) and the blue merlin coming with tasty tempura vegetables and rice, the Merlin is just perfectly cooked grilled a bit juicy and very fresh. Walk a bit around to see the different decorations and dont forget a fresh Pielsen to make the whole an unforgettable meal :)

2. La Terrasse

Rizal Avenue | Bancao Bancao / Fullbright School, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout Filipino, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$141 +63 48 434 1787
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 559 reviews

La Terrasse

decor, cuisine and creativity, la terrasse offers a taste of Palawan on plate and palate, weekly set menu at $5

Reviewed By mylongandwindingroad - Berlin, Germany

I try something new every time I come here and haven't been disappointed yet. Their poached fish is delicious and they have one of the best steaks in town. Definitely try the duck roll and bread with dipa appetizers - very good! And for desert, their homemade ice cream is perfect... and the bibingka to share :)

3. The Gypsy's Lair Art Cafe

Unit 20 Mercado de San Miguel | North National Road, San Miguel, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$16 - HK$39 +63 918 909 5571
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 261 reviews

The Gypsy's Lair Art Cafe

We went to this restaurant on 13 April 2011 and it had opened just a week beforehand. The decor, both inside and out, was novel and really tasteful. Food was delicious and service great. Even the owner came up and asked us personally how we found the food and service. I'd highly recommend a meal here!

Reviewed By Sai Illiane B

A place in front of the international airport that is too convenient whilst waiting for my flight. I liked listening to their chill music on a great ambience. I enjoyed my cold Palawan Arabica cappuccino. I added some cold beers and chips (tasty btw). I am pleased that they have a fast wifi and courteous staff. I will definitely chill there again. Bonus I found a new friend.

4. Altrove

Calle Hamma | Calle Hama Barangay Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night +63 917822871
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Altrove

Reviewed By Miss J - Cambridge, United Kingdom

So if you like pizza then this is the place to go! If, however, your like us and hate queuing on a street for ages for a table (shows how good the pizza is!) Go around the corner to the Altrove Express! They even did Delivery to us when we were staying at Caalan Beach resort....

5. Cadlao Resort & Restaurant

Caalan, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available Filipino, Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$24 - HK$141 +63 917 589 7069
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 261 reviews

Cadlao Resort & Restaurant

Enjoy the overlooking Terrace of the restaurant facing Cadlao Island and the South China Sea.Local, Asian specialties and international meals are served.All our meals are made with fresh local produce including fishes, lobsters, king prawns caught fresh every day. You can also try our Seafood pasta, our seafood curry our pork ribs and beef tenderloin.All our meals include side dish ; vegetables and rice or home made french fries or home made mash potatoes.The bar next to the restaurant a large list of drinks like wines, cocktails or healthy fresh juices.

Reviewed By Anna O'D - London, UK

We visited the restaurant at Cadlao as a group of four adults and five young children. The views across the bay are excellent; definitely somewhere to while away an afternoon. Staff were attentive and the food was delicious. I had a local speciality - banana flowers in coconut milk - would recommend it!

6. CAPTAIN RIBS

295 Manalo Extension | Bancao Bancao, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Filipino, Barbecue, European, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner HK$39 - HK$78 +63 926 712 1244
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 490 reviews

CAPTAIN RIBS

Grill restaurant and music bar, we welcome our diners in 2 cozy terraces and a comfortable lounge garden. Our specialty is a Tender 500 Gr pork ribs served with a savory home made sauce (delicious!). We also propose other grilled meats and fishes, tasty western meals (french and italian food mainly) and some asian fusion creations of our "Chef". We'll be glad to welcome you in our place, and, as we use to say : "your first time will not be your last time"

Reviewed By Neil H - Herstmonceux, United Kingdom

This is a nice restaurant in a quiet part of town. The Pork Ribs were excellent, full of flavour, cooked to perfection & great value! The staff were friendly, professional & most hospitable.

7. Republica Sunset Bar

Sitio Lugadia, Corong Corong, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Filipino, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +63 905 486 2499
Excellent
71%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 459 reviews

Republica Sunset Bar

Premium Cocktails,Exclusive Spanish Tapas,Paellas, According time Music & The best Sunset in el Nido Palawan.

Reviewed By javier Y

It is supposed to be a tapas y canas place? Great sunset yeah! Drinks are good! Food never mind. Still, if you want around of drink with friends for sunset it's an ok place to go.

8. Happiness Beach Bar

Serena St. | El Nido, Palawan, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Seating Middle Eastern, Israeli, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch +63 915 766 1479
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 381 reviews

Happiness Beach Bar

We serve healthy homemade Mediterranean/Middle Eastern dishes with authentic flavor using fresh locally sourced ingredients. We cook for the love of it! Formerly located in Corong-Corong, we have moved and are now located on Serena Street in El Nido Town. Happiness is the place in El Nido for great food and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Stop in for a quick bite to eat or grab a margarita to go! Our menu is also Vegetarian and Vegan friendly :)

Reviewed By jeanmon1990

The swings at the bar caught my eye then I looked at the menu. As a vegan its difficult to find places to eat but Happiness made my day. The hummos was the best ive had outside of the middle east and the atmosphere in the evening was electric. Great experience!

9. Yoske Restaurant

Bonifacio Street, Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan Island 5309, Philippines Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Israeli, Mediterranean, Healthy, Middle Eastern, Arabic, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$1,413 - HK$3,139 +63 915 525 8027
Excellent
79%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 289 reviews

Yoske Restaurant

Mediterranean-Israeli style food with authentic Taboon baked pita bread, hummus, kebabs, falafel, schnitzel, shakshuka, kebab, before it was opened in Puerto Princesa and removed to Port Barton.

Reviewed By Greg R

We stayed at Yoske’s guest house (next to the restaurant) had a lovely stay, good sized room, modern interior, really nice bathroom, comfy bed. Yoske is a charming host and quite a character! Just remember not to leave the aircon on in the day when...MoreI was very nice to have you with us..tnx

10. Angle Bar

Balinsasayaw Street Corner Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television Bar, European, Pub, International, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner HK$39 - HK$63 +63 905 225 1312
Excellent
87%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 106 reviews

Angle Bar

Reviewed By kalboHastings - Hastings

Simple & Unsophisticated. It was pretty wet outside the night we visited but the staff & French owner were very friendly.Prices were good and the Pizza we had was awesome. not somewhere you would go for comfort.

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