Where to Eat in San Juan: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 3, 2017 Milan Banda

Discover the best restaurant in San Juan, Philippines including Salamandas, The Danish Lagoon Luxury Beach Resort Restaurant, Villa Marmarine Restaurant, Hambilica Sea View Restaurant, Royal Cliff Restaurant, U.Story Guest House Bar-Restaurant, Charisma Beach Resort And Restaurant, Sodam Restaurant, Baha Ba'r, Rastaman Grill
Things to do in San Juan

1. Salamandas

Coco Grove Beach Resort | Tubod, San Juan, Philippines Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Filipino, Seafood, International, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +63 35 481 5047
Excellent
82%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

Salamandas

Reviewed By Emma_Hanczuk

My husband and I have just finished three weeks travelling around the Philippines, and can honestly say the hospitality we received from all the staff at Salamandas was the best of the entire trip!
The food is delicious and varied, we especially loved the Banana Pancakes which we had for breakfast most days. For the evenings, the Brazilian Steak comes highly recommended.
As for the staff, they are all truly beautiful inside and out.
A special thanks to Joey who we grew very fond of during our stay. Her bubbly kind personality can’t help but make you smile.
Also, a huge thank you to Roselio who treated us like Royalty every time we visited the restaurant, and even arranged a private candle lit table for us on our last evening when we were feeling tired after our busy days diving.
We miss you and hope to see you again one day.
Emma & James

2. The Danish Lagoon Luxury Beach Resort Restaurant

H.C. Andersens Boulevard | Paliton, San Juan, Philippines Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Seating American, European, Danish Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +63 908 627 0975
Excellent
42%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

The Danish Lagoon Luxury Beach Resort Restaurant

Reviewed By danerobb - Alberta, Canada

Charming resort with separately named cabins and pebble or concrete pathways along the Hans Christian Andersen theme. Very nice cabin hexagonal or octogonal lay-outs with air-con and comfort room, good beds and linens, all clean and well-presented, and restaurant that boasts the biggest burger in the country, which may be true, but unfortunately didn't taste all that good.

3. Villa Marmarine Restaurant

Villa Marmarine Restaurant Candanay Sur | Siquijor, 6225, Philippines Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations Filipino, Asian, Japanese, Seafood Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner HK$39 - HK$47 +63 35 480 9167
Excellent
37%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 45 reviews

Villa Marmarine Restaurant

Reviewed By Ann L

We only got to try the breakfast (around $4-5 per order of Filipino or Western). Pork tapa set includes eggs, rice, a fruit and coffee (Nescafe instant black) or tea (Lipton black). Pancakes are yummy. Fruit plate includes 1 mango, a slice of papaya and some pineapple cuts. Al fresco dining, with view of the beach. Thumbs up!

4. Hambilica Sea View Restaurant

Hambilica Sea View Lodge | San Juan, San Juan, Philippines Filipino, Asian
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
33%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 3 reviews

Hambilica Sea View Restaurant

Reviewed By New_YLOO - Philippines

We ate at Hambilica restaurant on our last evening at Siquijor. It was a thrilling experience, especially since they have a fire fly sanctuary within the premised (by the sea). It is a small simple restaurant, run by an Attorney from Manila (Ms. Fides - I enjoyed chatting with her - she is an absolute encyclopedia on life in Siquijor, native herbal remedies, and fauna)
But first, the food - the menu is good, they need some advance time for orders (we selected and told her our order in the evening - you can always call and tell her) as tehy use only fresh ingredients.
I had my best serving of vegetable noodles in the Philippines here - cooked just the way I like it (They ask you - and I think you can also take part in the cooking), so it is very home like.
They have both - a large indoor sitting space, and oudoors too. The fish was good too - washed down with buko (coconut) juice fresh from their garden.
After food, Fides (the owner) took us to the fire fly sanctuary - it was thrilling to hold a larva in the cup of my palm,and to see it glow on - off - on - off! Fides also told us about the Siquijour people's way of life... how fishing is so intrinsic to their nature - she is a city person who has converted her vacation home into a resort, and it is always difficult for expat tourists to meet such highly educated Filipino people during our travels.
They also gave us - complimentary! - a local dessert that they had made. Now, that was really sweet of them!
I suggest you come here during daylight, as the garden is FILLED with local flowers and herbs - ginseng, wild poinsiettas, etc - and Fides tells you their herbal health merits (for example - kumintang flowers are used for diabetes). While she showed us around, we also spotted lots of colourful insects - I usually dislike creepy crawlies, but these were so colourful that simply could not help staring at them!
There are also lots of birds - especially in the evening and morning - like Asian glossy starlings (they look like crows from afar - but on closer inspection, they are smaller and they have orangish red eyes)
I have taken lots more photos - you can see them on the Siquijor page of my travel blog - http://expattraveller.blogspot.com/
All in all - a treat for food and nature lovers!

5. Royal Cliff Restaurant

Barangay Maite, San Juan, San Juan, Philippines Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Filipino, Seafood, Bar, International, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
52%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Royal Cliff Restaurant

Reviewed By Rockabel - California

The location is stunning and the food in absolutely delicious!! We ate here about 15 times and everything we had was good. If you like braised pork belly don't miss the homemade humba, and the fresh fish dishes are perfection. The girls who work there are very nice as well.

6. U.Story Guest House Bar-Restaurant

Paradise Boulevard | Tag-ibo, San Juan 6226, Philippines Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi French, European, Filipino, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +63 917 337 7151
Excellent
81%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

U.Story Guest House Bar-Restaurant

Waved by the sea, in a soft and relaxing atmosphere, allow yourself to be carried away by the magic of this place. Mac-Mac, your host, will share with you his passion for gastronomy and prepare a fresh combination of savors from of southern France and exotic tropics... In U.Story Guesthouse, the “apero” (aperitif) is a special time: you can enjoy the sublime sunsets with feet in the sand or on our bamboo loungers, our cocktails and homemade tapas. Laurence, of French origin, will gladly present you her wine collection. Regularly, our Filipino musicians will brighten up your dinner with traditional rhythms.

Reviewed By Gelai T

We went here together with a friend of mine who is now a local of Siquijor. We went there to eat and have Margarita. Qe went there around 8 pm and I was in awe to see the beautiful place. It is definitely one of the best restos Ive ever been. Food is great and the margarita was good very good! Exactly what I need and how I wanted it to be! I will be back and I will surely enjoy It again there.

7. Charisma Beach Resort And Restaurant

Solangon, San Juan, Philippines Seating, Reservations Filipino, Bar, Asian, Pub, Seafood Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +63 908 861 9689
Excellent
45%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Charisma Beach Resort And Restaurant

Reviewed By AustraliaBrett - Maroochydore, Australia

You need to know that this island is slow..... You need to know that the Beaches on this island are not for swimming. Charisma Beach resort was excellent. We chose to stay here as we wanted a bamboo hut on the beach and this is what we got :) The large hut was divided into 2 self contained rooms. There was four of us so we were lucky enough to take both rooms. Absolute beach front. Absolutely perfect. Large rooms with fan and cold water. Wifi reached the room. The amazing clincher was the verandah on both rooms. There were 2 daybeds on each veranda, so easy to relax and be amazed by the beauty. Pool did the trick as you cannot swim here (not in January anyway). Small resto on site made things so much easier. We stayed 5 nights, didn't want to leave. A simple resort, but the beachfront rooms were amazing. Bike rental next door as was a small shop. San Juan town a small ride away. The bamboo hut is what my holiday dreams are made of, thank you Jeziel and your staff for making our stay awesome. Sunset was incredible, every day. There are other resorts close by so u are NOT trapped for rest choices.

8. Sodam Restaurant

331 P. Guevarra St, San Juan, Philippines Reservations Barbecue, Asian, Korean Lunch, Dinner +63 2 654 6428
Excellent
33%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Sodam Restaurant

Reviewed By Elmo B - Manila, Philippines

A 2-floored restaurant where the buffet spread is at the ground floor. At 299 pesos this is a fair deal for eat-all-you can. Buffet spread - Beef Bulgogi, Bibimbap, assorted appetizers, Tofu dishes Seaweed/Nori soup, Salads, Japchae noodles, Kimbap
Additional charges on drinks and ice cream.
Parking can be difficult (3 slots at the store front). One can park at the nearby gas station, or the road at the side of the gas station. Just tell the attending fellow that you will be dining at the Korean buffet. Expect a lot of diners and Seating a large group may take a longer time.

9. Baha Ba'r

Government Road Moite | Maite, San Juan 6227, Philippines Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Buffet, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Bar, European, Asian, Filipino, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$24 - HK$78 +63 998 548 8784
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 477 reviews

Baha Ba'r

The Baha Bar concept is to take traditional and well liked Filipino dishes and alter and 'spice' them up them up to suit a more adventurous and curious palate. In addition to Filipino food we have a wide selection of European staples, vegetarian dishes and have a healthy kids menu too. Our ingredients are fresh and local. We have our own organic farm where most of the vegetables are grown and we raise our own native chickens (no steroids etc). All fish is caught in the sea surrounding Siquijor. Baha Bar also has outdoor Seating in a lush garden and a sunset deck by the ocean to enjoy a drink or two at dusk as the sun goes down. San Juan is famous for its sunsets. You will not find too many of the latest 'hits' being played, the music is more Brazilian Lounge /funk with a dose of House and other chill music

Reviewed By Joll32 - Brno

Nice restaurant with upper and lower level in the garden. Best day for visit is day with barbecue buffet with lechon ( pig) and some grilled fishs and desetrs. Food from menu is not bad but nothing special.. Great si the singers which make beautiful...MoreThanks for your review, sorry to hear the food was ‘nothing special’...it would have been helpful to have known what you ate in order to improve on it. Thanks for stopping by and giving us your thoughts

10. Rastaman Grill

Siquijor Circumferential Rd | Monkey Square, San Juan 6227, Philippines Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff Filipino, Bar, Barbecue, Asian, Pub Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
4%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Rastaman Grill

Reviewed By Raisinfish - Singapore, Singapore

Stayed on Siquijor island last week. Went to many places but here we had the nicest food and after that always came back there to eat. The prices are cheap as well compared to the other places we trid.

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