Boracay Food Trip: 12 Restaurants Worth Traveling For

You’re in Boracay again—or, for some, for the first time ever. You have only 72 hours and an appetite for everything. Where do you start?

Dining in Boracay offers a dizzying array of gastronomic delights for all tastes and budgets. While some say that commercialization transformed the island from a true secluded paradise into a destination overflowing with tourists, the arrival of more establishments brought great food into the warm and convivial atmosphere of White Beach and provided employment opportunities to locals as well.


Today, the beachfront teems with restaurants, pubs, and bars that reflect the diversity of preferences of both Filipino and foreign travelers. From buffet spreads and grill-and-BBQ spots much-loved by Pinoys, to American diners dishing out comfort food and Mediterranean restaurants offering exotic flavors, Boracay has something for every craving.

Below, I have compiled a list of the best restaurants I’ve tried yet in Boracay. This isn’t meant to be a definitive list of the island’s top restaurants, but rather those worthy of checking out first, especially during a brief trip. Whether you enjoy dining on candle lights and tablecloths, sitting on bar stools munching on burgers, or lazing around in tropical-inspired ambiences, these restaurants are definitely worth trying (if you find them bad, call me, beer’s on me).


1 | Cha Cha's Beach Cafe


It's hard not to fall in love with COAST Boracay's beachfront restaurant: Cha Cha's, also the hotel's all-day dining venue. The interiors are vibrant and striking, with an allure that just makes it hard for passersby to resist dropping by for a bite or a drink. Pull up a chair by the bar and enjoy their delicious cocktails or watch the sunset from one of their beach-side loungers. Hungry? Worry not; they serve some of the best food in the island. The Cold Spicy Salmon and Tuna Poke Bowl, filled with fresh tuna, salmon, avocado, seaweed, cucumber, caviar, and pickles, is exquisitea must-try. Craving for local flavors? Try their Pork Belly Dinakdakan, which demands cusswords out of diners. Fan of their sister Manila restaurant, Providore? Great news! You can find the Winner Winner Chicken Dinner and Crispy Seafood Roll here! If you are looking for a unique breakfast buffet, you can find it here as well (Ube Champorado anyone?). More recommendations here.

Highly recommended: Cold Spicy Salmon and Tuna Poke Bowl, Crispy Seafood Roll, Pork Belly Dinakdakan, Carne Asada Tacos, Super Mango Shake, Ube Champorado
Useful tips: The chefs at Cha Cha's are so accommodating, so if you have dietary special restrictions (example, you are vegan), ask the staff if your preferred dish can be tweaked a bitthe chefs would gladly whip up something for you!


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Cha Cha’s Beach Café
G/F, COAST Boracay, Station 2 Beach Front, Brgy. Balabag, Boracay Island
+6336.288.2634 (Boracay)
Budget: PhP400 up/head


2 | Los Indios Bravos


A fusion of a cozy and friendly atmosphere, exquisite food, and delightful local craft beers, Los Indios Bravos is a casual gastropub that flawlessly elevates “bar grub” cuisine into something revolutionary—making it consistently one of the top-rated dining spots in Boracay. Despite its location off Bulabog beach, it attracts a sizeable crowd eager for endless conversations, chill drinking sessions, and satisfying meals. Unlike most gastropubs, the menu here isn’t an afterthought—must-tries include the Bitterballen (Dutch croquettes), Oyster Rockefeller, Vegetable Samosa, Lamb Shank Risotto, and Fresh Seafood Platter (Fruits de Mer)—the best in the island. Make sure to order some pale ale, weizen, or IPA on tap to pair with your food!

Highly recommended: Bitterballen, Oyster Rockefeller, Chicken Tikka Masala, Cobb Salad, Vegetable Samosa, Lamb Shank Risotto, Veal Cheeks, Mushroom and Chorizo Risotto, Fresh Seafood Platter (Fruits de Mer)
Useful tips: Ask the bartender or the friendly owners for recommended beer and food pairings.


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Los Indios Bravos
Road 1A, Bulabog, Malay, Aklan
+6336.288.2803
Operating hours: 10:00AM - 12:00MN
Budget: around PhP500/head


3 | Spice Bird

In the heart of D’Mall hides an unassuming restaurant dishing out what is probably the best chicken in Boracay. Spice Bird specializes in piri-piri chicken—originally a Portuguese recipe made with bird’s eye chili. Chicken is infused with homemade piri-piri sauce for 36 hours before being grilled. Piri-piri boards come with your choice of protein (chicken, pork or shrimp), a salad, veggie chips, a milky roll, and spice rice. Play around with their 4 signature sauces to find what tickles your taste buds the most, but I highly recommend mixing the Garlic & Lime with the Original Piri-Piri. The chicken skin is abso-fucking-lutely good, the calamansi cheesecake to-die-for.

Highly recommended: Piri-Piri Chicken Skin, Piri-Piri Chicken Board (get the leg-and-thigh part), Calamansi Cheesecake
Useful tips: Try all four sauces, and their combinations, to come up with the one best for you. These are also sold in jars to take home to your hometown!


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Spice Bird
Unit 108, D'Mall, Station 2 (near the ferris wheel)
+6336.288.1002
Budget: PhP300-PhP400/head


4 | Tropicafé

A great meal in Boracay should combine the fresh flavors from its natural resources and the stunning island vibe, and if this is what you’re looking for, head over to Tropicafé in Boracay Tropics Resort in Station 2. Situated right inside the secluded resort, the restaurant offering Pan-Asian cuisine caters mostly to its in-house guests, but walk-ins are definitely welcome. Enjoy delights such as Szechuan Crab, Salt-and-Pepper Shrimp, and Pata Tim—the best rendition I’ve tried yet. Enjoy cocktails by the pool, or try their non-alcoholic signature drink, the Cucumber Slush—it will not disappoint!

Highly recommended: Pata Tim, Szechuan Crab, Salted Shrimp, Cucumber Slush, Cream Caramel
Useful tips: Order many dishes to share, and make sure your stomachs are empty. Ask if you can arrange for an outdoor cabana setup.


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Tropicafe
Boracay Tropics Resort, Station 2
Budget: PhP250-PhP400/head


5 | Dos Mestizos

If you seek a sumptuous feast in a more intimate set-up, Dos Mestizos is exactly the place to check out. The Spanish restaurant—which has been in the island for 13 years—has made a lot of travelers and locals happy with its near-perfect renditions of Spanish favorites. The restaurant’s rustic and homey interiors combine with its hearty offers to ensure an unforgettable visit anytime; get a paella to share with family or friends, order some sangria or wine from their well-stocked Bodega, and listen to live music as you relish each mouthful. The paella, of course, is a must-try in any Spanish restaurant but wait until you see their mouthwatering menu and for sure—you’d want to try everything.


Highly recommended: Paella Negra, Salmon con Crema de Azafran, Salpicao de Vaca, Gambas
Useful tips: Come on Saturdays for their unlimited tapas promo; for PhP990, enjoy 12 to 15 kinds of tapas like manchego, jamon serrano, calamares, callos, and many more!


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Dos Mestizos
Remedios Street, Sitio Manggayad, Station 2, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan
+6336.288.5786
10:00AM – 11:00PM
Menu: click here
Budget: around PhP900 and up/head


6 | Steampunk Burgers

If you love burgers, then you have to include Steampunk Burgers in D’Mall in your next Boracay eat-inerary. You know it's good when they make everything in-house: from the patties to the buns. Try their version of the famous island sandwich, the Chori Burger which was incredibly tasty! Hungry? Finish the gigantic 1-pound Triple X Burger on your own (if you dare) or share it with friends—it comes with a choice of toppings as well (recommended: Cajun and blue cheese). Aside from burgers, they also offer other sandwiches like the Shrimp Roll, which was also incredibly good. Sweet endings? Get one of their indulgent milkshakes or try their Churros—the best I've had yet.

Highly recommended: Chori Burger, Shrimp Roll, Churros
Useful tips: Save room for the Churros, it's something you wouldn't want to miss.

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Steampunk Boracay
D'Mall Plaza, Station 2, Boracay Island
Budget: PhP200 up


7 | Star Lounge

Boracay’s partygoers aren’t known to be obsessed with breakfast, but at Star Lounge in The District, alcoholics like myself are given a reason to drag ourselves out of bed, and are extended some consideration. Its brunch buffet—probably the best deal in the island—is offered until 1:00PM for only PhP600. Nightlife lovers will find delight in its exquisite breads, salads, and appetizers, as well as viands like ribs, beef stew, and breakfast staples. Selections are varied and well-curated—from the American and make-your-own pasta stations to the dessert spread. For dinner, try their Grilled Sets consisting of salad, soup, and entrée; the Rib Eye Steak Set is a mighty deal at only PhP1,100!

Highly recommended: Beef Stew, Babyback Ribs, Crepes, Rib Eye, Angus Beef Steak, Mango Mojito
Useful tips: The roof deck is a romantic venue for intimate dinners. The balcony area of the 2nd floor, on the other hand, is perfect for morning meals with its amazing view.


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Star Lounge
2/F and Deck, The District Boracay, Station 2
+6336.288.2324 – 27/+6336.288.1448
Budget: PhP600 for brunch; PhP1,000 up for set dinner


8 | Sea Breeze Café

Buffet restaurants are always filled with tasty dishes—from fresh seafood to mouthwatering steaks to lip-smacking desserts—but how many of them offer quality food at affordable prices? Sea Breeze Café in Henann Regency Resort and Spa offer this amazing treat. Sumptuous kilawin, roast chuck-eye, and pork belly share space at the table with lechon kawali, paella valenciana, and caldereta. Feast on crabs, shrimps, oysters, and blue marlin alongside grilled liempo and Angus beef. Local chefs prepare your sambal and sisig a la minute, and offer you something from the impressive dessert station. Enjoy the astounding sea view during lunch, or chill with 3rd Crew Band throughout dinner—make sure you catch the Dancing Chefs!

Highly recommended: Sambal and sisig stations, steak, blue marlin, kilawin, flambeed fruits
Useful tips: Lunch offers a breathtaking view of the beach; dinner, on the other hand, will let you enjoy the awesome band (and I mean awesome). Catch the Dancing Chefs every 8:00PM and 9:30PM.


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Sea Breeze Cafe
Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Station 2 (near Wave Bar & McDonald's)
For reservations: +6336.288.6111 to 17
Budget: PhP600-PhP800/head


9 | Supermagic Burgers

Imagine Archie Comics’ Pop Tate’s suddenly pop out in one corner of Boracay—or better yet, emerge from the white sand of Station 3—and you have Supermagic, your idea of the coolest neighborhood joint brought to life. This humble and beautiful diner along the beachfront of Sands Hotel may be small, but the flavors it proffers aren’t. Try the Supermagic Umami Bomb made with a freshly-ground quarter-pounder beef patty, homemade umami butter, umami dust, lettuce, and smoked cheese. Make sure you pair it with their Chipotle Cheese Fries and their insanely good Malted Milk Shake. Or a bottle of local craft beer perhaps?

Highly recommended: Supermagic Umami Bomb, Baconmagic Burger, Malted Milk Shake
Useful tip: Order a side of fries or some beer as the burgers can be really flavorful.

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Supermagic Burgers
Sands Hotel, Station 3 (past the G-Max)
+6336.288.1592
Budget: PhP300-PhP400/head


10 | La Cozina

La Cozina is Zuzuni Boutique Hotel's in-house restaurant serving up in-room plated breakfast to checked-in guests and a la carte Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine to walk-in diners. Breakfast sets are well-prepared, like the delicious Tomato Cheese Sandwich served with thick-cut fries and the hefty Waffle with a side of fresh fruits. Recently, La Cozina has been renovated, and it now boasts of beautiful industrial-style interiors with a black-and-yellow color scheme.

Highly recommended: Waffles, Churros
Useful tip: Come during sunset and enjoy local beers for only PhP45 per bottle from 5:00PM to 8:00PM.


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La Cozina
GF, Zuzuni Boutique Hotel, Station 1 (near Army Navy)
+63908.862.0031/ +63917.324.9051 / +6336.288.4477
Budget: PhP300-PhP400/head


11 | I Love Backyard BBQ

The ever-busy I Love Backyard BBQ in D’Mall is where regulars and tourists—mostly Korean—flock for an ultimate barbecue encounter. Irresistible Babyback Ribs, big enough to be shared by two, mingle with Sizzling Garlic Chicken meant to break your diet. The restaurant claims to serve the best pork belly ever, and while I don’t fully agree, I’m ashamed to admit how many extra cups of rice I ordered. They serve tasty appetizers too—try the Potato Skins with cayenne aioli and the Bacon Skewers. Bring heaps of patience as the queue can get really long.

Highly recommended: Babyback Ribs, Potato Skins
Useful tip: Avoid lunch and dinner times; instead, come a bit earlier (11:00AM or 5:30PM) to avoid the long lines.

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I Love Backyard BBQ
D'Mall, Station 2
Budget: around PhP300-PhP400/head


12 | Jonah’s Fruit Shake and Snack Bar

You can’t leave Boracay without trying the famous milkshake shop, Jonah’s. This quintessential island experience can be found along the beachfront of Station 1, but a smaller branch  is situated along the highway in Balabag as well. Service can be slow because the place is always packed, but your head will cool down once you take your first sip of their milkshakes. Typical Pinoy fare like Pancit Canton is also served, and this comes in generous portions perfect for sharing among your friends. After all these years, Jonah's still remains to be a must-try in Boracay.

Highly recommended: any of the shakes
Useful tips: The Station 1 branch is busier and perfect for people-watching and admiring the beach. The highway branch is quieter and has air-conditioning.

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Jonah's Fruit Shake and Snack Bar
Locations: Station 1 and Station 2, Balabag (along the highway)
Budget: PhP200-PhP300/head


Have you tried any of these places? Which is your favorite dining destination in Boracay?



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