I am re-blogging this post as to where to find the best eats in Bacolod. It was originally blogged by Sigrid Says, a very good local Negrense blogger. The original post is reproduced below.
I hope you find it useful whether you are a local or a visitor to Bacolod, the City of Smiles.
I love my food and it struck me as a good idea to share Sigrid’s post as it were “blind.” In other words I will reproduce it first before reading it then at the foot of this post I will make my own observations.
One observation I will make now is that I firmly believe if you are an expat living in the Philippines it helps if you like at least some of the native dishes. I do, with reservations. Those include the obvious such as balut. No way!
I also lay off on the salt. It’s a Negrense thing to add too much salt to the food. Luckily, I have a wife who understands that too much salt is (a) unnecessary and (b) not healthy.
Sugar is also a big thing here on this island. No surprise with all the sugar cane and it is called the ‘Sugar Bowl’ of the Philippines. Again, all those sweet things are okay but in moderation.
Here is Sigrid’s post:
So you have reached the City of Smiles, home to the famed MassKara Festival, now the proverbial question is: where to eat in Bacolod? Not to worry because Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines is filled homegrown Bacolod restaurants that cater to every taste, craving, and budget.
Yes, we’ve got it all for you. From budget meals to fine dining Bacolod restaurants, you are in for a delicious adventure around here. For our lack of Bacolod tourist attractions, we more than compensate for with our food. Bacolod food tourism is really in place.
This list of Bacolod restaurants will be updated from time to time when there are newly opened joined. Bookmark this post for future reference.
Last update: Bacolod Restaurants 2018, January
If you want any information changed, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The world needs to know about our Bacolod restaurants. Help me spread the word because by far, this is the most comprehensive list of Bacolod restaurants. Bookmark this, too, as you might have lot of guests to bring around for the MassKara Festival.
Ripples Restaurant, L’Fisher Hotel
At the L’Fisher Hotel, they have an eat all you can buffet dinner every weekend — Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The dishes differ based on the theme–from entrees to desserts. The buffet is P599 to P699 per head, including drinks. Located at 14th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City. The buffet is open from 6pm to 10pm. Offerings may vary daily.
Yakiniku Room, L’Fisher Hotel
The Yakiniku Room of L’Fisher Hotel Bacolod has unlimited meat all you can at Yakiniku Room. Open daily from 11am to 2pm for lunch and 6pm to 11pm for dinner. L’Fisher Hotel is located at 14th-15th Lacson Streets, Bacolod City. It is one of the Bacolod restaurants that offer eat all you can yakiniku at P599 per pax + service charge. Inclusive of unlimited soup, rice, kimchi, and meats. Drinks not included.
Nonna’s Kitchen is a homey Bacolo restaurant that serves all-time favorite Filipino dishes with a twist and some of the most delectable desserts. Located at Villa Angela Hi-Strip 4, Circumferential Road, Bacolod City. Tel. No. (034) 444 0672. Open daily 7am to 10pm.
Jaimie’s Cafe serves delicious and comforting meals in a relaxed and cozy Bacolod restaurant. Visit them at Circumferential Road, Homesite, Bacolod City. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Function rooms available for small to medium gatherings.
Roli’s Cafe is the well-loved diner from the time of our great grandparents. At 77 years, it’s the oldest Bacolod restaurant to date. They serve the same old Bacolod eats that we love for many years. Visit them at The Hostelry and Residences, La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City. Open daily from 6am to 10pm.
Italia Restaurant Bacolod
Italia Restaurant Bacolod serves fine Italian-Mediterranean dishes at Paseo Verde, Lacson St., Mandalagan, Bacolod City. They have a selection of wines, cheeses, and deli meats. Open daily from 11am to 11pm. For reservations, call (034) 7032978.
Juliana’s Cafe and Resto
Juliana’s Cafe and Resto is located at 7th-Lacson Streets. It’s a beautiful, fully air conditioned Bacolod restaurant that serves affordable steaks and Filipino favorites. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11am to 10pm. Function rooms and catering services available.
Felicia’s at 15th Street
Felicia’s is known as a cakes and desserts place. But they also have a wide array of satisfying steaks and fusion dishes. Located at 15th-Lacson Streets and SM City Bacolod north wing (in front of the atrium). Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Negros Museum Cafe
Negros Museum Cafe is located within The Negros Museum building at Gatuslao St., Bacolod City. Designed by a Dutch chef and his Bacolodnon wife, they feature gourmet dishes made of local organic ingredients.
Squad Bistro is a great hangout for friends with their great food, big servings, affordable meals, and delightful drinks. Visit them at The Billboard, 23rd Lacson Streets, Bacolod City. Open daily from 10am to 12mn.
Brewery Gastropub Bacolod
Brewery Gastropub Bacolod has both pretty and good eats and more than a hundred kinds of local and imported beers plus wines to pair. Visit them at Paseo Verde Bldg., Mandalagan, Bacolod City. Business hours: Sun – Tue: 4:30pm to 12:30am; Wed – Thu: 4:30pm to 1:30m; Fri – Sat: 4:30pm to 2:30am.
Quan Native Delicacies
Quan Native Delicacies serves Pinoy delicaies like puto, cuchinta, pitsi-pitsi, ibus, sapin-sapin, suman, suman latik, among others. They also have cakes, breads, and Bacolod pasalubong. Their bestseller is the dinuguan and puto combo. Biggest branches are at La Salle Ave., North Drive, Lopue’s East, and Gaisano City.
Bacolod Cupcake Cafe (BCC)
Bacolod Cupcake Cafe specializes in designer cupcakes and customized event cakes. They have an array of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, pastas, and wheat chicken wraps. Located along Hilado St., across St. John’s Institute, Shopping, Bacolod. Open daily from 10am to 7pm. Tel. No. (034) 435-2171.
Rodrigo’s Cansi House
Rodrigo’s Cansi House at Hilado-Tindalo Streets, Shopping, Bacolod City is more than just a cansihan. They serve Pinoy favorites that are really good and affordable. They have a spacious non-aircon restaurant, an open-air dining area, and an air conditioned function room. Open daily for lunch and dinner, 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 10pm.
Sharyn’s Cansi House
Ilonggos love nilagang baka (or beef soup) called cansi. A famous Bacolod restaurant is Sharyn’s Cansi House at Narra Avenue, Shopping, Bacolod City. The place is not air-conditioned, which is best for eating cansi. Sharyn’s Cansi House Silay also serves the same Bacolod cansi soup. Located at the national highway, Silay City. Open daily, from 7am to 10pm daily.
Cookies ‘N Crumbs Cafe and Restaurant
At Cookies ‘N Crumbs Cafe and Restaurant, you can have the best complete meal from soup to dessert. Beautiful, homey interiors, too. Don’t miss the salpicao, spaghetti marinara, and many more. Visit them at Hi-Strip 5, Circumferential Road (near Lopue’s East Centre), Bacolod City. Open daily from 11am to 11pm. Mobile: 0922-827-2681. Credit card accepted.
Pork Barbecue sa LCC
On the Galo Street side of La Consolacion College Bacolod, you will find a string of rugged Bacolod restaurants that sell pork barbecue. They are collectively known as “LCC pork barbecue”. They serve some of the best and cheapest pork barbecues in Bacolod. I like eating at Bacolod Bakerite.
18th Street Pala-pala
18th St Pala-pala is a nice Bacolod restaurant that carries the word “pala-pala” in its name. You can order from their assortment of delicious Pinoy favorites on the ala carte menu and their turo-turo (fastfood) counter. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Tel. No. (034) 433 9153. Located at 18th-Aguinaldo Streets, Bacolod City.
Tita Beth’s Pancit Malabon Haus
Tita Beth’s Pancit Malabon Haus specializes in pancit malabon and other Pinoy native dishes like crispy pata, sizzling sisig, sizzling squid, chicken inasal, kare-kare, and kakanin. They have pork barbecue at their outdoor grill and nilagang pata. They have an open dining area and an aircon room. Located at 27th-Lacson Street, Mandalagan, Bacolod City. Open from 10am to 10pm daily.
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Ribshack is a homegrown Bacolod restaurant that specializes in budget-friendly grilled meats and seafood. Their baby back ribs, spareribs, blue marlin, jumbo squid, beef kebabs, and grilled chicken are awesome. Open daily during mall hours, located at the south wing of SM City Bacolod (in front of Ace Hardware), at the District North Point (Ayala), and Food Court of 888 Premier Mall.
Bones and Belly Restaurant
Bones and Belly Restaurant is a Bacolod restaurant located inside Pearl Manor at 23rd-Lacson Streets | BS Aquino Drive, Bacolod City. They specialize in native dishes like bulalo, cansi, cansi steak, tuna belly, and baby back ribs. Cash basis only. Open from 8am to 9pm, Monday to Saturday.
Budzkie Restobar specializes in the Fried Chicken Inasal. Their chicken is marinated in the usual Bacolod chicken inasal marinade but deep fried instead of grilled. Located at the Palms, 18th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City. Open daily, 11am to 2pm, and 5pm to 10pm.
Zharnss Grill: 24 hours
Zharnss Grill is a 24-hour non aircon eatery at Goldenfield Commercial Complex, Singcang. They are located on the road leading to Magsaysay Avenue. They serve hot and flavorful Pinoy meals 24 hours a day, like Soup No. 5. Cash only.
Rau-Ram Vietnamese Cafe
If you are craving for authentic Vietnamese cuisine, Rau-Ram Vietnamese Cafe is the place to be. Formerly known as Saigon Garden Cafe, they now have a bigger place at Prk. Marapara 1 Zone 2, Brgy. Bata, Bacolod, just across their old Bacolod restaurant. Open from Monday to Sunday, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. Tel. No. (034) 708-9036. Specialties are Pho Bo, Bun Thit Nuong salad, fried rice, sandwiches, and Vietnamese coffee.
Fogo Grill specializes in Latin American fare. Try their entrees like carne asado, carnitas, and seafood cataplana plus the nachos, beef burrito, and quesadilla. On Wednesdays, they have roast pork carving night. Located at the ground floor, O Residences, Lacson Street, Mandalagan, Bacolod. Tel. No. (0999) 816-9321. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 10pm.
Enting’s of Sagay
Enting’s of Sagay is among the famous Bacolod restaurants serving seafood. Located at the Villa Angela Marketplace beside the New Government Center, they serve their brand of fresh seafood dishes. Open daily. Don’t miss their different kinds of kinilaw.
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At the Hi-Strip 4, Circumferential Road is Shawarma Habibi, the sister company of Quali Tea. They serve tasty and affordable shawarma— either as a wrap or as shawarma rice. They have branches at 888 Chinatown Premiere Mall, Mayfair Plaza, and at the 9th Street Food Zone.
Lion’s Park Grill Haus
Lion’s Park Grill Haus is the first restaurant on the right side going inside Manokan Country. It has its own garden and a children’s playground. They have great Bacolod chicken inasal, talaba “oysters”, and a turo-turo food counter of Pinoy favorites. They also have a branch at Hi-Strip 2 East Block, Villa Angela, NGC.
Bowlero Mongolian Bowl
Bowlero Mongolian Bowl offers single-serve Mongolian bowls and their special iced tea. Located at the 9th Streat Food Zone, 9th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City. Open daily from 3:30pm to about 10-11pm.
Literally a home that was transformed into a Bacolod restaurant, Balay Gastronomica offers fine, homecooked meals with big servings. Located at 13th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City.
Super Batchoy House
Super Batchoy House is one of the best batchoy houses in Bacolod. They are open daily from brunch to dinnertime. Visit them at their branches at Locsin Street, Cuadra Street, Villa Angela East Block, and near Lopue’s San Sebastian.
Das Burgery has the juiciest angus beef burgers in town. They are located at Monfort Building, beside BPI Mandalagan, Lacson Street, Bacolod City. They are open daily, from 11am to 8pm.
Quino’s Cakes and Pastries
Quino’s Cakes and Pastries is home to designer fondant cakes and cupcakes. But they have grown to a full service Bacolod restaurant serving simple meals, hotdog creations, and burgers. They have branches at 888 Chinatown Premier Mall and at B.S. Aquino Drive, across Doctor’s Hospital.
Izumi Japanese Kitchen
A small Bacolod restaurant serving authentic Japanese cuisine is Izumi Japanese Kitchen. Their ramen is their specialty. Located at Nolan Bldg.,
B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City. Open daily from 10am-10pm.
Beni’s Gelato at the Art District, Mandalagan, Bacolod City is a gem for gelato lovers. They are open daily, from 12 noon to 10 pm. They do have longer hours on weekends. Visit them at Miren Desserts.
C’s by L’Fisher Hotel
C’s the is pastry shop by L’Fisher Hotel, located on the right side of the hotel, along 15th-Lacson Street, Bacolod City. They serve the yummiest cakes, desserts, quality French breads, and gourmet sandwiches, pastas, and coffee. Open daily from breakfast time until 9pm. They recently opened Cs by Night.
Owa’s Pangahan is not in Bacolod but in Silay City, located near the Bacolod-Silay Airport. They serve unique dishes using the tuna panga (jaw). Located at Mana-ul St., Silay City, at the ancestral home of the Estrellas of Silay. Try their different kinds of fried rice. Tel. No. (034) 476 7220.
Spice Kitchen serves Tex-Mex-Mediterranean fusion cuisine. Located at the King Car Wash compound at Lacson Extension, Bacolod City. Their usual shawarma and quesadillas are available in malunggay wraps. Bestsellers are burritos, shawarmas, chimichanga, chicken wings, kebabs, baby back ribs, and Korean rice bowls. No air conditioning. Open daily from 7am to 6pm.
Red House Taiwan Shabu Shabu
Red House Taiwan Shabu Shabu serves only that – shabu shabu. Located at corner San Sebastian-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City. It occupies the corner lot and is one of the biggest Bacolod restaurants. Open daily for lunch and dinner, cash only. Tel. No. 432-1588.
Crib Fast Food
Crib Fast Food is home to ribs and wings served in a jiff in a spacious, comfortable, and air conditioned Bacolod restaurant. Located at San Agustin Drive, Bacolod City, just across the street on the left side facing Riverside Hospital. They have many flavors of chicken wings and ribs. Open daily from 10:30am to 10pm.
Bagels by ELG
Bagels by ELG specializes in bagels. They have 10 different bagels served as they are, with filling, or as sandwiches. Located on the ground floor of O Residences along Lacson Street, Mandalagan (the building on the left side of Robinsons Place), Bacolod City. Open daily from 7:30am to 9pm. They have good coffee and cakes by ELG.
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Balay Bintana Cafe
Balay Bintana Cafe a cozy and homey Bacolod restaurant serving delicious food. They have board games for customers to use. Servings are available for solo or groups. Bestsellers are chicken wings, pula and putibakareta, grilled spareribs, Balay Bintana club sandwich, cheesy malunggay pesto chicken, and many more. Located at Corner B.S. Aquino Drive and Acacia St., Villamonte, Bacolod City. Tel. No. (034) 4326799.
Pta. Tay Tay Viewing Deck
The Viewing Deck in Pta. Taytay is a string of “floating” Bacolod restaurants or eateries near the beach at Pta. Tay Tay. They serve the freshest catch of the day. There are 18 native Bacolod restaurants there. None of them air conditioned. We only tried the Viewing Deck No. 8. Food was really cheap and satisfying.
Tiffany’s Confections specializes in artisanal, small-batch cakes and some delightful snacks. Open daily, from 2pm to 10pm. They are located at Deck #3, The Boxes by the Marketplace.
EastBite Restaurant has different Asian street food specialties. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 am-10:00 pm. On Sundays, they start serving at 4:00 pm. Located at the East Walk near Panasiatic Building 2 and New Government Center Bacolod.
Ading’s Pala-pala is the improved version of the pala-pala practice in Bacolod. They have this big, air conditioned Bacolod restaurant across the market that can accommodate up to 300 people. Visit them at the Old Pala-pala area. Open daily for lunch and dinner only. Tel. No. (034) 458-1594.
Fafi’s Fusion specializes in Singapore Chilli Crab and other Asian delicacies. If you go there for the Chilli crab, call beforehand at 0915-2045944. Located at Deck #5, The Boxes by the Marketplace. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 5pm to 12mn.
Yellow Leaf Cuisine
Yellow Leaf Cuisine is a homey cafe located at Deck #1 of The Boxes. It is on the leftmost corner of the strip–the first one but also the last one you will reach if you make a turn from the back of the NGC. They serve comforting foods that are Instagram-worthy.
Big Daddy’s Diner
Big Daddy’s Diner is the only All-American dining joint among Bacolod restaurants. Best bets would be the steaks, barbecued ribs with the distinct smoky American flavor, pizzas, and burgers! Located at Door #1, East Walk, Circumferential Road (across Hi-Strip 4), Bacolod City. Open for lunch and dinner.
Lina’s Alfresco Dining
Lina’s Alfresco Dining has strong Thai influence on their food. It is garden dining at its finest here. Perfect for dates and relaxing nightcaps. Located at 1st-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City. Tel. No. (034) 213 4453.
Korean Grill Bacolod
Korean Grill Bacolod serves authentic Korean food in a casual dining setting. This is another of homegrown Bacolod restaurants but with Korean owners. They are located at B.S. Aquino (beside Pearl Manor). Specialties are Samgyeopsal, Kimbop, Dak Galbi, and Haemul Pajeon. Open daily from 12nn to 10pm.
Fresh Start Organics
Fresh Start Organics serves organic snacks and meals like pizza, pork sisig, and sandwiches. They have branches at Robinsons City Walk and SM City Bacolod (north wing). They have an all-day salad bar. Both branches are open during mall hours.
Merkado ni Maria Cafe
Merkado Ni Maria Cafe serves slow-cooked dishes using organic ingredients. A proponent of the farm to table concept, they serve foods that are as fresh as possible. Bestsellers are the baked bangus belly and beef curry served with organic rice. Also try their iced Kanlaon coffee. Located at the Art District, Mandalagan, Bacolod City. Open daily from 6am to 10pm.
Sir Jess Deli and Cafe
Sir Jess Deli and Cafe is an award-winning Bacolod restaurant serving organic dishes, with natural ingredients grown in their farm. They are famous for their organic pinitaw (quail adobo) and bottled calamansi juice. Their herbed piaya is also popular as an alternative Bacolod pasalubong. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm. Located at Gonzaga Extension, Doña Juliana Subd., Taculing, Bacolod City.
Bob’s Restaurant is one of the longest serving Bacolod restaurants. We love their back ribs, sate babi, fruit punch, lasagna, and many more. But it’s their Mongolian bar that keeps us coming back. Open daily for lunch and dinner. If you want dessert, the adjoining Bob’s Pastry Shop serves some of the best desserts in Bacolod. Located at B.S. Aquino Drive (North Drive).
Sandok Comfort Food
Sandok Comfort Food is a Bacolod restaurant that specializes in the most delicious Ilonggo slow-cooked comfort foods. Visit them at their branches at Narra Avenue in Shopping, at SM City Bacolod, and at O Residences, Mandalagan, Bacolod City. They are open from 10am to 9pm. Tel. No. 034-7032513.
Twopans Cafe and Resto
Twopans Cafe and Resto is a cozy Bacolod restaurant located at the Ground Floor of O Residences, Lacson Street, Mandalagan, Bacolod City. They have their versions of comforting and affordable all-time favorite dishes and good coffee, too. Open daily. Only cash payments accepted.
Felicia’s 6th Street
Aside from desserts, Felicia’s is also known for great steaks. They have a steak room at the DOLL Bldg., 6th-Lacson St. This is separate from their sweet shop. They also have a cafe at SM City Bacolod and at 15th-Lacson Streets. Open for lunch and dinner. Tel. No. (034) 433-6586 and (034) 709 1123.
Pepe’s is a wonderful Bacolod restaurant with unique dishes. They have affordable steaks and other lovely meals like baby back ribs, barracuda with sauce, pastas, and salads. Serves lunch and dinner at the 2nd Floor of the Azotea Bldg., Lacson St., Mandalagan.
Kristin’s Steakhouse had been around since we were kids. But this Bacolod restaurant is no longer owned by the original management. Although this is a steakhouse, we usually order their sizzling boneless chicken or their misono meals. Located Goldenfield Commercial Complex (beside Kundutel).
Mushu is another fusion Bacolod restaurant that serves good and affordable meals. They have kansi steak, Bacolod chicken inasal sisig, pork sisig, prichon, and many more. Most of the items on their menu have been developed by celebrity chef JP Anglo. Located at the 2nd Floor of The Azotea Bldg., Lacson, Bacolod City. Tel. No. (034) 703 1022.
21 Restaurant is another one of the longest-serving and well-loved Bacolod restaurants. They serve lunch and dinner, as well as buffet spreads for small to medium gatherings. One of their most sought-after snack items is the batchoy. For reservations, call Tel. No. (034)4334096.
Balboa has affordable and good food. They have a corner for books and coloring pages for the kids so it’s a family-style Bacolod restaurant. Specialties are kare-kare, chicken in a basket, boneless bangus, pork sisig, their pizzas, and my personal favorite, the bacon steak. They are open from lunchtime till dinnertime. Located at the Mayfair Plaza, 13th-Lacson Sts.
Lord Byron’s Backribs
Bacolod has taken to a liking for grilled baby back ribs with sweet barbecue sauce. Leading the series of Bacolod restaurants that serve affordable baby back ribs is Lord Byron’s Backribs. They are now located behind Luxur Place, Magsaysay Avenue and at San Agustin Drive, Bacolod City.
Retro KTV is the funkiest KTV in Bacolod. They offer modern and very affordable KTV Rooms and good food with catchy names. They also have grilled items, which are cooked in an outdoor grill. Retro KTV is at The Boxes, Market Place, NGC, Bacolod City. Open from 5pm to 10pm.
The Market Pub
Bacolod restaurants have evolved much. The Market Pub is a small European-style gastropub that serve a simple menu of European favorites. They have different variants of paella, sausages, gambas, calamares, and salads. They have several brands of Italian wines and local and imported beers. Located at The Marketplace at Villa Angela, Circumferential Road (beside the NGC), Bacolod City. Open daily from lunch to after midnight.
Hat Trick Sports Grill
Hat Trick Sports Grill is a sports bar. Enjoy American favorites like Wagyu burger, different flavored chicken wings, and nachos. The place is complete with faux stadium lights and fake grass. Located at The Marketplace at Villa Angela, Circumferential Road (beside the NGC), Bacolod City. Open daily for lunch until after midnight.
The Trap Door by Illusion Brewery
The Trap Door is the only a speakeasy bar in Bacolod by Illusion Brewery. They have an extensive collection of locally made craft beers and good eats designed to pair with them. It’s a no smoking place. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 3pm to 2am. Located at 22nd-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City, just behind the Orange Karinderia and Pizza Republic.
Chicken Deli at 8th-Lacson St. is one of the longest serving Bacolod restaurants in the area. They are serving unli rice. Open daily for lunch and dinner. They have an outlet at SM City Bacolod and Lopue’s East Centre.
Kuppa Coffee and Tea
Kuppa Coffee and Tea is an interesting Bacolod restaurant that opens early to serve good breakfast and coffee and close very late to cater to a crowd that likes fraps and late-night coffee. During lunch and dinner, they are full, with their salad and soup bar as the main attraction. During summer, they have the eat all you can halo-halo bar that features more than 20 ingredients. Located at Hilado St., Shopping, Bacolod City, across St. John’s Institute.
Fudmaster is a Bacolod restaurant that specializes in health foods. They have healthy sandwiches, pastas, meals, fresh juices, and detox drinks. They also have daily meals for calorie-watchers. They also have nutritional counseling services and sell hard to find ingredients like chia seeds, maca powder, and flax seeds. Open Monday to Saturday, 8am to 5pm. Located at the entrance of Doctor’s Hospital, B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City. Mobile nos: +639227954669 +639228167178.
Ginger Lime Diner
Ginger Lime Diner is a small Bacolod restaurant serving cheap brewed coffee, good food, and other iced coolers with an encouraging message. They are located at B.S. Aquino Drive, Villamonte, Bacolod City. They are open daily from 7am to 10pm. For take out orders of their in-demand pasta and chicken sisig, call them at cell number, 09324262521. Place is not air-conditioned.
Cafe Bobs is one of the spin-offs of Bob’s Restaurants. It has a very nice place at 21st Lacson Sts, Bacolod City. They serve all-time Filpino favorites as well as pizzas, sandwiches, and hot and cold coffees. They have an extensive collection of desserts, too. Plus they have a deli shop at the back. They are open for lunch until late in the evening.
Diotay’s Eatery serves seafood and other native Filipino foods. They have an air conditioned area for small functions. It is also open to those who just want to dine in an air conditioned space. They just charge an additional 10% of your total bill here. Located at Gatuslo Street, Bacolod City, just after the back of the old Provincial Administration Center. Parking might be a problem though. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Nena’s Rose II
Nena’s Rose II has a stall at Manokan Country. They have branched out at Narra Avenue extension, which is a much bigger place. They also have oysters. They are open for lunch and dinner. Tel. No. (034) 4321434.
Chicken House is a Bacolod chicken inasal place in a much nicer setting. Considered one of the established Bacolod restaurants, they have an air conditioned area and decent restrooms, too.They have branches at Araneta-Singcang, 23rd-Lacson, and Hilado St.
Pala-pala Seafood Restaurants
Pala-pala refers to the line of eateries along the Pala-pala seafood market. Some of these Bacolod restaurants are makeshift. The usual practice is that people buy fresh catch at the seafood market then they go to these eateries called “tulahan” (an Ilonggo word that means “where tinola is cooked”). They cook your seafood the way you like-grilled, buttered, sizzling, fried, or as tinola (in a soup).
Several Bacolod restaurants have opened based on the Pala-pala practice, such as Hyksos Pala-pala. They have branches at the Pala-pala area and across SM City Bacolod north wing (the street is actually called Burgos Extension).
The Dee Loo Restobar and Grill
The Dee Loo Restobar and Grill has Bacolod chicken inasal and other well-loved Pinoy favorites. Located at Deck #12, The Boxes. Open daily from 5pm to about midnight.
Imay’s is the most successful and longest-serving among the Bacolod restaurants along 6th Street, Bacolod City. They serve native foods like sinigang, crispy pata, pork sisig, kare-kare, stuffed squid, scallops, and other yummy vegetables dishes like the Spicy Porbidang Kangkong. Open daily for lunch and dinner. They are located at 6th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City.
Linaga-an sa Shopping
These are not Bacolod restaurants but a row of eateries along B.S. Aquino Drive corner Narra Avenue, Capitol Shopping Center, Bacolod City. You will notice them because of the large metal pots on top of charcoal stoves that are visible from across the street. They keep the soups boiling all day so that they can serve them piping hot. They have an assortment of beef and cow innards nilaga.
Viber Cafe is a simple cafe that serves favorite comfort foods with a twist. They have baby back ribs, pastas, nachos, burgers, and pizzas seasoned with fresh herbs. They are open daily, from breakfast till 11pm, at B.S Aquino Drive, Villamonte, Bacolod City.
Pamilya Grill is located at Margarita St., Eroreco Subd., Bacolod City, on the way to Our Lady of Mercy Hospital. They serve affordable all-time favorite meals like baby back ribs, sate babi, boneless bangus, sizzling sisig, pork barbecue, and Mongolian rice. Tel. No.433-7184 or 0939-1275793.
Hilltop Restobar is quite far from the city, about a good 40-minute drive east of Bacolod. This restaurant is surrounded by a sugarcane farm so the air is fresh and cool. They serve the usual favorites of grilled fish, fried chicken, pata, pork sisig, and the like. It is a little bit pricier than most Bacolod restaurants, but you go there for the ambiance. Just drive straight to Murcia, East of Bacolod and you will not miss it. Tel. No. (034) 702-1705. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
The most successful of pizza-centered home-grown Bacolod restaurants is Greenoz Pizzaria. Specialty is their thin crust pizza. Visit them at 6th-Lacson St. or in Alijis, Bacolod City. In Aliis, you may call them at Tel. Nos. (034) 4344294 or 4321275 for delivery. Their biggest pizza is 36″ in diameter, like the one pictured below.
City Lunch is one of the oldest Bacolod restaurants located at Narra Ave., Capitol Shopping Center, Bacolod. They have turo-turo food but they are also famous for their Chinese lumpia, jumbo siopao, and ma chang. They only serve lunch and afternoon snacks. Open from Monday to Saturday.
Jay-J’s Filipino Cuisine
Jay-J’s Filipino Cuisine is another of many Bacolod restaurants serving Filipino dishes. We love their jumbo boneless bangus, kare-kare, crispy dinuguan, fried chicken, crispy pata, and vegetable dishes. Located at the Art District, Lacson St., Mandalagan, Bacolod City. Open for lunch and dinner.
Margie’s is famous for their hopia and other Bacolod pasalubong treats. They also serve great lunch meals. They have an ala carte menu and fast food fare. Visit them at corner B.S. Aquino Drive-Burgos St., Bacolod City. They don’t serve dinner.
Mai Pao Dimsum Restaurant
Mai Pao Dimsum Restaurant is a Chinese fusion restaurant at the VSB Bldg, corner 6th-Lacson St., Bacolod City owned by celebrity chef JP Anglo. They have great dimsum selections, healthy foods (without MSG), and their South Beach Diet program. Open for lunch and dinner. Tel. No. (034) 433 8090.
Kimstaurant serves authentic Korean cuisine. I love their bibimbap, bulgogi, beef stew, and the jjampong(spicy seafood noodle soup). Open for lunch and dinner. Located at the 2nd floor, Mayfair Plaza, 14th-Lacson St., Bacolod City.
Kuidaore Yakiniku Restaurant
Kuidaore Yakiniku Restaurant has quality meats for their yakiniku. They also have many different kinds of sushi, sashimi, and other cooked dishes. Located at the Paseo Verde Building, Lacson St., Mandalagan. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Tel. No. (034) 431 4464.
Tyrol Restaurant is an Austrian-German restaurant in Bacolod. It is run by German chefs who are the instructors at the Bacolod Culinary Academy (BACA). They are famous for their platters of schnitzel, sausages, and vegetables. . They have a collection of wines and imported beers, too. Located at the Mayfair Residences, 12th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City. Tel. No. (034) 703-1878. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
May’s Organic Garden and Restaurant
May’s Organic Restaurant serves home-cooked meals. They only used organic ingredients grown mostly in their garden, including meat and poultry. May’s Garden is located at Sitio Aning, Brgy. Pahanocoy, south of Bacolod.
Among Bacolod restaurants, Apollo Chinese Restaurant is the longest-serving Chinese restaurant in Bacolod. Their main restaurant is at Hilado St., Capitol Shopping Center and they have branches at 888 Chinatown Square, Lopue’s East, Goldenfields Commercial Center, and Paseo Verde.
Rust Resto Bar
Rust Resto Bar serves mostly Western as well as fusion dishes. They have fresh brews of premium coffee blends. From Monday to Friday, they serve turo-turo for lunch. Specialties are pork sisig, ropa vieja, Western Barbecue Ribs, Buffalo Wings, Beef Salpicao, and Quesadilla. Located at Door #4 Migant Center, Burgos Avenue corner Locsin Streets, Bacolod City. Open from 7:00am to 2:00am during Mondays to Saturdays; and from 10:00am to 10:00pm during Sundays.
Inaka Japanese Restaurant
Inaka Japanese Restaurant is the oldest among Bacolod restaurants serving Japanese food. It is fun to sit around the misono table and watch the cook prepare meals. Every first and third Wednesday of the month, they have an eat all you can buffet. Inaka is located at 21st-Lacson St., Bacolod. Tel. No. 434-4045.
Munsterific is a 24-hour convenience store that has been a source of fast snacks of Bacolodnons. It is the most successful convenience store venture here in Bacolod City. People come here especially for their creamy soft ice cream and iced coffee.
Homesitte Shawarma specializes in just that — shawarma wraps. They started at Homesite, Bacolod City, hence the name. They still have a branch there and at The Billboard, 23rd-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City. They are open for lunch, snacks, and dinner. Mobile: (0922) 860-2459.
Shawarma ni Kulas
Shawarma ni Kulas serves regular Pinoy food as well as Shawarma and Burrito. But their image and presentation is not for the faint of heart as their menu is laden with terms from vulgar local invectives. It is a unique Bacolod restaurant. They are located at 16th-Lacson Street, Bacolod City.
Another long-time favorite among Bacolod restaurants is Pendy’s. Located at 24th-Lacson St., it has been there for as long as I can remember. Love the all-day breakfasts and puttanesca. Don’t miss their half moon or prune cake for dessert. They have lots of Bacolod pasalubong items, too. Open daily from morning till evening. Tel. No. 034-434 0269.
L’Kaisei Japanese Restaurant
Another favorite restaurant of ours is L’Kaisei Restaurant. Affordable, you easily get your fix for Japanese food. Their main restaurant is at 10th-Lacson St. but they also have a branch at SM City Bacolod south wing. Our favorites here are their California Maki, Sukiyaki, Udon, and Kani Salad.
Golden of Fortune Chinese Restaurant
Golden of Forture Chinese Restaurant is a family favorite. We come here for their lauriat meals during special occasions. They are open daily for lunch and dinner. My personal favorites are their prawn salad and birthday misua. Located at Luxur Place, corner Lacson-Magsaysay Sts. Now with newly renovated function rooms and restrooms.
Masskara Chicken Inasal
Masskara Chicken Inasal is SE-Optimized. Two words that speak of Bacolod–MassKara and Chicken Inasal. They serve Bacolod chicken inasal, sizzling squid, sisig, and many other all-time Pinoy favorites. They have an air-conditioned room for small parties. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Located at corner Narra Ave.-BS Aquino Drive. They have ample parking space.
KSL (Kubo sa Lawn)
KSL or Kubo Sa Lawn is quite far from the city but people come here because of their famous pork sisig and other Pinoy favorites. It is also a nice place to chill and unwind after a long day or just get away from the maddening crowd of the city. KSL is located at P. Hernaez St. (Libertad Extension), Bacolod City. Tel. No. 7071744.
Formerly known as Aboy’s Kamalig because their Bacolod restaurant was literally a “kamalig” or hut. They now have a two-storey building with an open area for garden functions. They serve all-time Pinoy favorites ala carte and turo-turo dishes and seafood cooked pala-pala style. They close on Sundays. Aboy’s Restaurant is located at Goldenfield Commercial Complex. Tel. No.(034) 435 0760.
Delicioso is a beautiful Bacolod restaurant, liquor store, and deli rolled into one. Must-try would be their pizzas, pasta, steaks, and of course, paella. They have a wide selection of wines, liquor, and beer, too. They are open for lunch and dinner. Located at Lacson St. (2 blocks after Robinsons Place Bacolod going north), Mandalagan, Bacolod City.
Whoaaah! I am blown away! Good job, Sigrid!
Most of those places I have never been to and I don’t know why that surprises me but it does. I should have known better as Bacolod has hundreds of restaurants and so many different cuisines not only Filipino.
I plan to come back to this post and add my own thoughts when I have time to go through Sigrid’s long and informative list.
Thank you, Sigrid!