Boracay Food Trip: 22 Restaurants Worth Traveling For [UPDATED MARCH 2021]

Where to eat in Boracay 2021
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?

Boracay offers a dizzying array of gastronomic delights for all tastes and budgets. Once a secluded paradise, the island became a destination overflowing with tourists in recent years; however, the arrival of more establishments brought great food into the warm and convivial atmosphere of White Beach and provided employment opportunities to locals and people from neighboring provinces 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 BBQ spots to American comfort food and exotic restaurants, 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 with candle lights, sitting on bar stools munching on burgers, or lazing around in tropical-inspired ambiences, these restaurants are definitely worth trying.

NOTE: In light of the current circumstances, I have updated this list and marked those that are temporarily closed. I added a few discoveries as well from my recent trip this February. Enjoy, and be safe!

This list is ranked.


1 | Azure Beach Club


Serving fresh seafood and Asian cuisine, Azure Beach Club is the perfect beachside spot in Station Zero. Its is also where you can find the best Indian food in the island, in my opinion. The menu comprise a selection of seafood which diners can enjoy fresh, grilled, or baked. Or perhaps incorporated in one of the Asian dishes in the menu—in a tom yum goong, for instance? Thai and Japanese fare are served, but with the head chef being Indian, you defiitely must try the Indian offerings. I love the Prawn Biryani topped with delicious cilantro pesto, the Chicken Tandoori, the Vegetarian Samosa, and the Naan made from a tandoor oven. Their Matcha Lava Cake is seriously mindblowing. On Saturdays from 12 noon to 3 pm, the restaurant hosts a Foam Party, where guests can enjoy a lunch buffet of BBQ and Mexican food and play in the pool for 3 hours.

Highly recommended: Prawn Biryani, Tandoori, Naan, Samosa, Matcha Lava Cake, Fresh Aklan Oysters, Mango Mojito, Azure G&T
Useful tips: The restaurant has a new promotion every month, where in their highlight a particular cuisine or a single dish, executed in different styles.

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Azure Beach Club
Crimson Resort and Spa, Station Zero, Punta Bunga Beach, Boracay, Aklan
+6336.669.5888
Budget: PhP1,000 up/head


2 | Cha Cha's Beach Cafe


It's hard not to fall in love with COAST's beachfront restaurant: Cha Cha's, also the hotel's all-day dining venue. The interiors are vibrant and striking, with an allure that 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. Eager to feast? Worry not; they serve some of the best food in the island. The Cold Spicy Salmon and Tuna Poke Bowl, filled with fresh fish, avocado, seaweed, cucumber, caviar, and pickles, is exquisite. Craving for local flavors? Try the Pork Belly Dinakdakan, which simply demands cusswords (and extra rice). 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 have it here as well (Ube Champorado anyone?).

Highly recommended: Cold Spicy Salmon and Tuna Poke Bowl, Crispy Seafood Roll, Pork Belly Dinakdakan, Carne Asada Tacos, Super Mango Shake, Ube Champorado, Calamari Salad
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
Budget: PhP400 up/head


3 | 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. The restaurant 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
White House Beach Resort, Station 1, Boracay
+63917.176.4294
Budget: PhP500 up/head


4 | Mosaic Latin American Grill

With an exciting menu consisting of grilled meats, ceviches, and other mouthwatering appetizers and desserts, Mosaic Latin American Grill at the Crimson Resort & Spa in worth a detour in Station Zero. Even if you're not staying in the resort, the restaurant is worth checking out, especially if you're looking for a special place to celebrate with family, friends, or your better half over great food and drinks. Try the delicious Tiradito Ahumado for starters, which are spicy, zesty, raw smoked shrimps topped with crispy sweet potato chips. Order a steak, of course—I highly recommend the Bolzico Rib Eye, incredibly juicy and tender Argentinian Angus beef. Pair your meal with some wines for that extra fancy touch; the restaurant has an in-house sommelier to help you with your preferences.

Highly recommended: Tiradito Ahumado, Pulpo, Bolzico Rib Eye, Ravioli de Langosta al Estilo Chupe
Useful tips: Their steaks come with a choice of sauce and side—ask if you can get all 4 sauce selections, but I highly recommend the aji amarillo. For the side dish, get the creamy and smooth mashed potato.


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Mosaic Latin American Grill
Crimson Resort and Spa, Station Zero, Punta Bunga Beach, Boracay, Aklan
+6336.669.5888
Budget: PhP2,000 up/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 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
Main Road, Station 1, Boracay Island (across Sea Wind Resort)
+63966.672.8077
Budget: around PhP900 and up/head


6 | Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel

For a laid-back meal with a gorgeous view of the beach, troop over to Station 3 and dine at Villa Caemilla’s bar and restaurant. Whether you’re looking for something light or in the mood to feast, there’s definitely something here for you from their selection of international fare. I loved their pizzas—especially the 4-Cheese Pizza and the Vegetarian Flatbread—which are also offered at half the price during their Sunset Sessions (2PM - 6PM daily). Try their Nachos or Bitterballen (Dutch croquettes) to pair with your cocktails or beers. Speaking of cocktails, they have the best ones in the island in my opinion. My top choices are the La Lavanda (lavender, citrus, gin) and the Clover Club—I can’t wait to go back just for the drinks!

Highly recommended: 4-Cheese Pizza, Vegetarian Flatbread, Nachos, Bitterballen, Chicken BBQ, La Lavanda (cocktail), Clover Club (cocktail), The Caemilla (breakfast)
Useful tips: Every Sunday afternoon, the restaurant holds a Seafood Market where guests can choose from a spread of freshly-caught seafood and have them cooked according to their liking. Prices depend on the product type (per 100 gram).


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Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel
Station 3, Angol, Boracay Island
+63917-526-9449
Budget: PhP500 up


7 | Brezza

Brezza, situated at the Movenpick Resort in Station Zero, is proud of its pizza—and it should be. Diners will get to enjoy an authentic experience with pies made from a wood-fired oven brought in all the way from Naples, Italy. Try the L'invidiosa, which has buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, dried herbal ham, and pistachio nuts. Their salads shouldn't be ignored, like the La Brezza consisting of aged parma ham, cherry tomatoes, onions, greens, and buffalo mozzarella, and the simple but exquisite Mozzarella Caprese. Craving for earthy flavors? Get the Mushroom Risotto—it's insanely good!

Highly recommended: L'invidiosa, La Brezza, Mozzarella Caprese, Mushroom Risotto, Crema de Limoncello, Panna Cotta
Useful tips: Watch the chefs in action as they prepare your pizza: Brezza is known to make the "fastest pizzas" in Boracay; they can whip up one for you in 41 seconds!


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Brezza
Movenpick Boracay, Punta Bunga Cove, Boracay Island
+6336.288.2256
11:00AM - 11:00PM
Budget: PhP1,000 up


8 | Sapphire

Henann Crystal Sands’ all-day dining restaurant offers both a striking view and a tasty menu. Whether you're looking for a light snack and a beer to unwind, or a full meal with friends and family, this beachfront spot is sure to satiate your cravings. Opt for one of the alfresco seats where you can gaze at White Beach while digging into delicious plates, such as the Crispy Squid Strips served with addicting vinegar and aioli; the equally hooking Root Crop Chips; the spicy and filling Salmon with Kimchi Fried Rice, which comes with two eggs; and the hefty signature Crystal Sands Burger. Order some fresh fruit shakes or a buko juice for good measure!

Highly recommended: Crispy Squid Strips, Salmon Kimchi Fried Rice, Crystal Sands Burger, Root Crop Chips
Useful tips: For walk-in guests, the hotel currently offers access to the infinity pool and sunken bar during sundown. I recommend that you inquire at Sapphire if you're interested.


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Sapphire
Henann Crystal Sands Resort, Station 2, Boracay Island
(02) 8740 1111
Budget: PhP500 up/head


9 | 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 spiced rice. Play around with their 4 signature sauces to find what tickles your taste buds, 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


10 | 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 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


11 | Steampunk Burgers (currently closed)

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


12 | La Cozina (currently closed)

La Cozina is Zuzuni Boutique Hotel's in-house restaurant serving up breakfast fare and a la carte Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine. Breakfast sets are well-prepared, but diners must try their signature dishes, including the delicious Barbecue Skewers and the famous MATI SIN Oven-Baked Chocolate Flourless Lava Cake. Aside from the great food, La Cozina boasts of beautiful industrial-style interiors, and with its beachfront location, one can grab a seat by the entrance and enjoy tacos and beers while watching the sunset.

Highly recommended: Waffles, Churros, Flourless Chocolate Lave Cake, Skewers
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


13 | 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


14 | Sea Breeze Café

Sea Breeze Café in Henann Regency Resort and Spa offers unlimited fresh seafood, mouthwatering steaks, and satisfying desserts at affordable prices. 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!

Note: buffet system and protocols might be slightly different nowadays due to COVID-19.

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


15 | Supermagic Burgers (currently closed)

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
Station X, Hue Hotel, Station 2, Main Road corner Boracay Food Street
+6336.288.1592
Budget: PhP300-PhP400/head


16 | 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


17 | 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


SPECIAL MENTIONS:

18 | Aria Cucina Italiana - there's a reason why this Boracay institution is always full: the food is really good. They have been serving the island for 15 years! I love their pizzas, desserts, and coffee—and of course, the gelato next door! I have no photos of Aria at all, thus the special mention only. But I would've ranked this place at #9 or #10 probably.

19 | Solana - Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa's bar offers an astounding view and exquisite cocktails; the only reason I don't have a full, proper review is that I haven't tried their food—always went here for drinks.

20 | Lemoni Cafe - head here for brunch, or for something light and healthy

21 | Epic - it is more known as a party/drinking place, but in fairness to this spot, their food is pretty tasty!

22 | Leylam Shawarma - I don't know about you guys, but if I'm pretty drunk or hungover, I want some Leylam. LOL!


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

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