List of Bacolod Restaurants: From native dishes to international fares, check out where to eat in Bacolod City
From budget meals to fine dining, Bacolod City is just generously peppered with restaurants and eateries on the map. From the north to the south to the west, Bacolod is a fine place for a gastronomic adventure. Food is really cheap. You can savor great quality, fine dining, slow-cooked dishes at half or even a third of Manila prices.
We will be updating this list with the new places we will discover from time to time. I will indicate the dates as when this was last updated so I can add and delete, as time goes by. I tried to classify them based on what they offer and their ambiance, but for some, the categories are overlapping. Some of the operating hours change from time to time so For now, these are the Bacolod Restaurants you should check out and what for. 😀
Last update: September 2016
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Nights Spots with Good Eats – NEW!!!
Botella literally means “bottle” in Spanish. And indeed, this open air bar at The Marketplace (beside the NGC), Bacolod City is all that. Owned by a very witty and creative party genius who has baptized himself as the “Drinking Coach”, Manuel Barandiaran has successfully incorporated bottles into every and cranny of his place without being too obtrusive. But more than just a night spot, Botella serves really good, affordable food with quirky names that you will have fun choosing what to order. From what we sampled, everything was sooo good! And while you’re having dinner, order some affordable cocktails, too. If you are not up to mingling with the drinking crowd for the bar that it is, come have dinner early. Botella is located at the Marketplace at the NGC, Bacolod east. They are open from 5:30pm to 2am daily.
2. Retro KTV
Retro KTV is the newest, funkiest KTV in town. Inspired by the fun and roaring disco party scene by the past, The Drinking Coach created this place in order to offer modern and very affordable KTV Rooms that people can enjoy. And while they are at it, they can also order good food with interesting names like Mariah Curry (for chicken curry), Black Eyed Fish (for fish fillet), Hootie and the Milkfish (for sizzling bangus or grilled bangus), Fireworks (for flaming chicken), and Pata Don’t Preach (for crispy pata), among many others. They also have grilled items, which are cooked in an outdoor grill named “Barbie”. Visit Retro KTV at The Boxes, Market Place, NGC, Bacolod City. They are open from 5pm to 10pm. His other bar, Botella, is also located at the Market Place, in the next compound.
3. The Market Hub
As of this writing, The Market Pub is barely a week old. It is a small European-style pub that’s the better half (literally) of Hat Trick Sports Grill. They have a simple menu of European favorites like different variants of paella, sausages, gambas, calamares, and salads. And of course, a pub would not be complete without its drinks. They have several brands of Italian wines and different local and imported beers. After dinnertime, they dim the lights to the dining area so it kinda transforms into a bar where diners can lean back, relax, play a game, and just enjoy their drinks. Visit them at The Marketplace at Villa Angela, Circumferential Road (beside the NGC), Bacolod City. They are open daily from lunch to after midnight.
4. Hat Trick Sports Grill
Hat Trick is an open sports bar perfect for a relaxing, laid back evening where you get to watch a game on a widescreen TV while enjoying some American favorites like the Wagyu burger, different flavored chicken wings, and nachos, all the while sipping your favorite beer or wine. Whew! That was a long sentence. Anyway, they will soon be adding some Chinese fare, on top of their Mongolian rice. The place is complete with faux stadium lights and fake grass for the area feel. Visit the at The Marketplace at Villa Villa Angela, Circumferential Road (beside the NGC), Bacolod City. Open daily for lunch until after midnight.
Bacolod Chicken Inasal
1. Manokan Country
Manokan Country is a string of stalls at the Reclamation Area all selling the famous Bacolod chicken inasal. You have a choice to either have the paa (leg part) or pechopack (breast and wing part) or both! Then of course, you can order inasal na baticolon (gizzard), atay (liver), adidas (feet), isaw (intestines), li-og (neck) and isol (butt). They also serve blanched oysters, as well as grilled pork and fish for variety. And don’t forget to drizzle your rice with the orange anato (achuete) oil and use your hands to eat for the full chicken inasal experience.
2. Nena’s Rose II
Nena’s Rose II has a stall at Manokan Country but they have branched out at Narra Avenue extension and it is a much bigger place. It literally swarms with people partaking of their famous chicken inasal. They also have oysters. They are open for lunch and dinner. Tel. No. (034) 4321434.
3. Chicken House
Chicken House is Bacolod chicken inasal place in a much more decent setting. They have their own restaurant with an air conditioned area and restrooms. Their chicken inasal and grilled foods have a slightly different taste than what is served in Manokan, but they are also so good. I especially like their grilled pork chop. They have branches at Araneta-Singcang, 23rd-Lacson, and Hilado St.
4. Chicken Deli
Chicken Deli at 8th-Lacson St. is one of the longest running restaurants in the area. Their chicken inasal has a different texture and consistency because they use a fan to blow off the smoke from the charcoal. So it doesn’t have a lot of those charred areas. They are serving unli rice and also open daily for lunch and dinner. Now they have an outlet at SM City Bacolod.
5. Masskara Chicken Inasal
Masskara Chicken is SE-Optimized. haha Two words that speak of Bacolod. They serve mean chicken inasal, sizzling squid, sisig, and many other all-time Pinoy favorites. They have an air-conditioned room for small parties or if you just want to stay there instead of the open dining area. They are open for lunch and dinner daily. Located at corner Narra Ave.-BS Aquino Drive. You will be happy to know that they have ample parking space.
Bacolod Seafood Restaurants
1. Pala-pala Seafood Market
Pala-pala refers to the line of eateries along near the Pala-pala seafood market. The usual practice here is that people buy fresh catch at the seafood market and then go to these eateries called “tulahan” (an Ilonggo word that means “where tinola is cooked”). They cook your seafood the way you want it, like grilled, buttered, sizzling, fried, or yeah as tinola (in a soup). Then they just charge you with the cooking fee and whatever else you are going to order. They will be the ones who will provide the ingredients. They are open daily, mostly at night only until the wee hours of the morning.
2. Hyksos Pala-pala
Several restaurants have opened based on the Pala-pala practice. Such as Hyksos Pala-pala. They have a much nicer restaurant and an air-conditioned area plus decent comfort rooms. But you still get to experience choosing your own fresh seafood and having them cooked at the kitchen, like at the pala-pala. You don’t need to go to the market, though. They have their own fresh catch counter where you get your pick and their cooking is so flavorful. The downside is that, sometimes the supply can be limited. Hyksos Pala-pala has branches at the Pala-pala area and across SM City Bacolod north wing (the street is actually called Burgos Extension but I think that might be confusing).
3. Ading’s Pala-pala
Ading’s Pala-pala lifted up the pala-pala practice many notches higher when they opened a really big restaurant at the market area that can accommodate up to 300 people at one time. There is an air-conditioned area, function rooms, lavatories, and several restrooms with bathroom tissue. You can pick your favorite seafood at the fresh catch station, have them weighed, and then choose how you want them prepared. Visit them at the Old Pala-pala area. They are open daily for lunch and dinner only. Call them at Tel. No. (034) 458-1594.
4. Pta. Tay Tay Viewing Deck
The Viewing Deck in Pta. Taytay is a string of “floating” restaurants near the beach at Pta. Tay Tay. They serve the freshest catch cooked in the way you like it. If you want to get away from the city, this is the jaunt for you. Located at the southernmost part of Bacolod, near the shore. There are 18 native restaurants, none of them air conditioned, so that you can inhale the sea breeze and enjoy the wind blowing while you are dining. We only tried the Viewing Deck No. 8 and we were very satisfied with our meal. And it was really cheap, too.
5. Owa’s Pangahan
Well, technically, Owa’s Pangahan is not in Bacolod but rather in Silay City, but since it is located near the Bacolod-Silay Airport and knowing that people from outside the province generally refer to the whole Negros Occidental province as Bacolod, I might as well include them here. Owa’s Pangahan serves unique dishes using the tuna panga (jaw). The items on the menu are ingeniously coined and you will find interestingly named dishes from appetizer to dessert. This is a restaurant located at Mana-ul St., Silay City, at the ancestral home of the Estrellas of Silay and is run by their chef-granddaughter, Mari Stelle Estrella. Also noteworthy are their different kinds of fried rice. Tel. No. (034) 476 7220.
6. Enting’s of Sagay
This is another famous seafood resto and they are now located at the Villa Angela Marketplace beside the New Government Center. They are still serving their same brand of fresh seafood dishes. Open daily. Don’t miss their fish kinilaw because that is their specialty.
Bacolod International Cuisine
1. Rau-Ram Vietnamese Cafe
If you are craving for authentic Vietnamese cuisine, this is the place to be. Formerly known as Saigon Garden Cafe, they are now gearing up for a bigger and better facility just across their original haunt. But they are still open to serve you at the old place, located at Prk. Marapara 1 Zone 2, Brgy. Bata, Bacolod. They are open from Monday to Sunday, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. It is best that you make reservations before going there, so please call Tel. No. (034) 708-9036. Don’t miss their Pho Bo, Bun Thit Nuong salad, spicy balut, fried rice, and sandwiches. And oh, experience their Vietnamese coffee, too.
2. 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. The food is different though. Our favorite there is of course their California Maki, Sukiyaki, Udon, and Kani Salad.
3. Inaka Japanese Restaurant
Perhaps the oldest Japanese restaurant in Bacolod is Inaka. They serve quality, all-time favorite Japanese dishes that do not waiver in taste and quality through the years. It is especially enjoyable to sit around the misono table and watch the cook prepare your meal. 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.
4. Golden of Fortune Chinese Restaurant
This Chinese restaurant is a family favorite and we come here fo 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.
5. Kabbara Lebanese Restaurant
If you prefer authentic Lebanese cuisine, try Kabbara Cafe, now located at The Billboard, corner Lacson-BS Aquino Drive. Owned by a Filipina wife and her Lebanese husband, they import their spices from Saudi Arabia and they don’t shortchange on their ingredients. Love their shawarma and hummus! The meals are also awesome! Try their Kapsa Lamb Biryani. Yes, they only use biryani rice. Open daily from 10am to 9pm, call Tel. No. 4410363 for inquiries.
6. Tyrol Restaurant
Tyrol Restaurant is actually an Austrian-German restaurant here in Bacolod run by German chefs who are the instructors at the Bacolod Culinary Academy. While they have a lot of special stuff on the menu, like steaks and freshly-made pastas, but if you come in a big group, a nice item to share is the platter. It has schnitzel and sausages and some vegetables to share. They have a small and a big platter. The bigger platter has more items, not just a bigger serving. Tyrol has quite a collection of wines and imported beers for those who fancy them. They are located at the Mayfair Residences, 12th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City. Tel. No. (034) 703-1878. They are open for lunch and dinner.
7. Txacho Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar
Txacho serves authenthic Spanish dishes, tapas, and an extensive collection of drinks. Open for lunch and dinner until 3am. Located at the Art District, Mandalagan, Bacolod. Tel. No. 639173015803.
8. Mai Pao Dimsum Restaurant
Mai Pao is a Chinese fusion restaurant at the VSB Bldg, corner 6th-Lacson St. owned by celebrity chef JP Anglo. They great dimsum selections, healthy foods (without MSG), and their famous South Beach Diet program. Open for lunch and dinner. Tel. No. (034) 433 8090.
Kimstaurant serves authentic Korean cuisine because it is owned by a Korean who has already embraced being a Bacolodnon. I love their bibimbap, bulgogi, beef stew, and the jjampong (spicy seafood noodle soup). When you are seated, they provide you with at least 4 appetizers, including kimchi. They now have Yaikiniku, too. If you come in a group big or small and you order a lot, they usually offer some free dessert, like Korean ice cream sandwich. They say it’s because Koreans like free stuff. They are open for lunch and dinner. They are located at the 2nd floor, Mayfair Plaza, 14th-Lacson St.
10. Fogo Grill
Fogo Grill specializes in Latin American fare, mostly Portuguese and Mexican. Despite the quality of food and the ample serving, their prices are surprisingly affordable. And I love the interior design, like you are transported to a cafe in Mexico. But don’t worry about the heat. Despite its flaming name, the place is air-conditioned. Try their entrees such as the carne asado, carnitas, and seafood cataplana. Their nachos and quesadilla are also love. But my personal favorite is the beef burrito, though they also have other variants available. Check out their roast pork carving night every Wednesday. Call for reservations. They are located at the ground floor, O Residences, Lacson Street, Mandalagan, Bacolod. with Tel. No. (0999) 816-9321. They are open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 10pm.
11. Kuidaore Yakiniku Restaurant
Another Japanese restaurant that is worthy of note is Kuidaore. They have quality meats for their yakiniku and I am not sure why, but when I dine there, I feel like I am in a family restaurant in Japan. They also have many different kinds of sushi, sashimi, and other cooked items on their menu. They used to be in Singcang (where they had stayed for many years) but they recently moved to the Paseo Verde Building, Lacson St., Mandalagan. They are open daily for lunch and dinner. Tel. No. (034) 431 4464.
12. Apollo Restaurant
The longest-serving Chinese restaurant in Bacolod City is Apollo. Bacolodnons have embraced them because of their many dishes that are affordable and have been Filipinized. But of course, they are the favorite caterer for Chinese functions, as they also serve authentic Chinese dishes and they can accommodate really large functions that serve buffet or lauriat meals within and outside Bacolod City. Their main restaurant is at Hilado St., Capitol Shopping Center, where they have small to medium function rooms that can cater to to different events. They also have branches at 888 Chinatown Square, Lopue’s East, and Paseo Verde.
13. Xin Chao Vietnamese Restaurant
At the Hi-Strip 4, Circumferential Road, you will find Xin Chao Vietnamese Restaurant, a canteen-style, easy dining spot serving authentic freshly made Vietnamese dishes. Everything is affordable, even their specially designed drinks. Special mention are their banh mi–a Vietnamese baguette sandwich with four kinds of meat, vegetables, and liver pate–and also their sweet and spicy balut. Open daily from 10am to 12mn. Mobile: 0917 417 9177.
14. Rust Resto Bar
Rust Resto Bar has embraced the concept of a Western American with rustic interior concept. Serving mostly Western as well as Filipino, Asian, and Latin American Fusion dishes, you can enjoy their versions from breakfast to your late night cravings along with fresh brews of their premium coffee blends. From Monday to Friday, they also serve turo-turo for lunch. Their specialties are pork sisig, ropa vieja, Western Barbecue Ribs, Buffalo Wings, Beef Salpicao, and Quesadilla, which is available in beef, chicken, and three cheese variants. Rust Resto Bar is located at Door #4 Migant Center, Burgos Avenue corner Locsin Streets, Bacolod City (beside Provincial Hospital New Emergency Entrance fronting near GT Hotel). They are open from 7:00am to 2:00am during Mondays to Saturdays; and from 10:00am to 10:00pm during Sundays. But they often usually extend until midnight.
15. EastBite Restaurant
EastBite, located at the East Walk near Panasiatic Building 2 and NGC Bacolod, has put together different Asian street specialties under one roof. So if you have a hankering for a particular fare from your Asian travels or you just want to sample popular dishes from our neighboring countries, visit this place. I was most happy with my Hainanese Chicken Rice with lots of sambal chili. I guess I miss Singapore that much. They are open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 am-10:00 pm. On Sundays, they start serving at 4:00 pm.
16. Big Daddy’s Diner
Big Daddy’s Diner is perhaps the only All-American dining joint inspired by the happy go-lucky life of the electric 60s. Best bets would be the steaks, barbecued ribs with the distinct smoky American flavor, pizzas, and of course, burgers! They serve affordable meals, which are rather “enough” (I wouldn’t say small) but full of flavor. Love their decor, too. Visit them and try their offerings. Located at Door #1, East Walk, Circumferential Road (across Hi-Strip 4), Bacolod City. Open for lunch and dinner.
17. Chifa Comida Latino
Specializing in Peruvian cuisine, this restaurant is fun and upbeat and will give your real value for your money. Run by two young men who are passionate for their business, you will surely get quality food here. My personal picks here would be the ceviche pescado (like our kinilaw but with a twist) and their aji de gallina (chicken dish). Check out their desserts and Peruvian coffee, too. They are open for lunch and dinner except during Tuesdays. Visit them at the 17th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City.
18. Lina’s Alfresco Dining
I will put Lina’s under the international category because of their strong Thai influence on their food and decor. It is garden dining at its finest here, though I can’t really say that they are serving authentic Thai cuisine. But the place is stunning. Perfect for dates and relaxing nightcaps. Friendly staff, too. Located at 1st-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City. Tel. No. (034) 213 4453.
19. D’z Wings
By its full name, D’z Wings Fine Sauces and Dips, you will know that their specialty is chicken wings with different sauces and dips. Their wings come in eight different flavors (sauces)– from the sweet to the super spicy–and are accompanied by a choice of four different dips. Alright, technically, this is not a restaurant but a food stall at the 888 Chinatown Square Premier Mall food court, but their food is not for the food court really. Anyway, you gotta try their different flavored wings. You can eat there and use the plastic gloves that they provide or bring them home in take out boxes. They also have other chicken dishes, but the wings are a must-try. Also check out their garlic-parmesan fries and beignets. At the 2nd floor of the 888 Premier mall. Open daily, from 10am to 8pm.
21. Spice Kitchen
Spice Kitchen has long been serving Tex-Mex-Mediterranean fusion cuisine at their old location but ever since they moved last year to a bigger and breezier location at the King Car Wash compound at Lacson Extension, Bacolod City, they have gone the healthy way. Their usual shawarma and quesadillas are now available in malunggay wraps and these are oh-so-good! You won’t notice any leafy taste and if anything, the malunggay has enhanced the flavors of their food. Bestsellers here are chicken wings, kebabs, baby back ribs, pork steak, and Korean rice bowl for the meals. For snacks, they have burritos, shawarmas, chimichanga, shawarmitas, and nachos. Everything is good and affordable, too. In the afternoons till the evenings, margarita is available by glass or by pitcher. No air conditioning here. Spice Kitchen is open daily from 7am to 6pm.
22. Red House Taiwan Shabu Shabu
From the name itself, you will know that this restaurant;s specialty is Shabu-shabu–the Taiwanese hotpot. Each dining table is equipped with a burner where a hotpot is set in the middle. Diners can choose the stuff that they want to eat and cook in the pot. For me, it is quite affordable to eat here, especially if you are in a big group because then you can share the orders and also the cost. Red House is located at corner San Sebastian-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City. You will not miss it because it occupies the corner lot and is a big restaurant. They are open for lunch and dinner, cash only. For reservations, call Tel. No. 432-1588. It is very enjoyable to eat in a shabu-shabu restaurant. How to do it? Read my article about eating there.
23. Crib Fast Food
Okay, it’s not really all-American, but we can say it’s American cuisine inspired because of the chicken wings and barbecued ribs. But they do want to present themselves as a fast food, where you can order affordable, abundant meals in a jiff inside a spacious, comfortable, and air conditioned dining area. They are located at San Agustin Drive, Bacolod City, just across the street on the left side facing Riverside Hospital. You have the option to choose among the many flavors of chicken wings for your meal, or add ribs with it. Each meal has macaroni for a side dish, which comes in 3 flavors. You may want to add fries, which also has different sauces available. They are open daily from 10:30am to 10pm.
24. Bagels by ELG
Bagels by ELG is the newest cafe in town specializing in…ta-da!… bagels. They sell 10 different variants of bagels, as they are or with filling or as sandwiches in a comfy and quaint cafe. They are located at the ground floor of one of the more upscale neighborhoods in Bacolod City–O Residences, along Lacson Street, Mandalagan (the building on the left side of Robinsons Place). They are open daily from 7:30am to 9pm, so they serve bagels and its creations for breakfast until dinner. They have good coffee, too. And as it’s name suggests, ELG stands for Elsie L. Gonzaga, the indefatigable lady behind ELG fooods. She has long been making yummy cakes and they are now displayed at the cake counter of Bagel shop. Truly a magnificent find.
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25. Jacopo Mediterranean-Inspired Cuisine
Jacopo serves affordable Mediterranean-inspired cuisine designed for the Ilonggo palate. Their specialties are their kebabs, but I also like their appetizer platter of pita bread with different dips like hummus, babaghanoush, and chili con carne. Visit Jacopo at the ground floor of Mayfair Plaza, 13th-Lacson Street, Bacolod City. They are open daily, from 11am to 2pm, and 6pm to 10pm.
1. May’s Organic Garden and Restaurant
May’s Organic Restaurant serves home-cooked meals using organic ingredients grown mostly in their garden. Their meat and poultry are also organically grown and they only use organic honey for their smoothies. You can enjoy your meals surrounded by their beautiful garden resort. But if you want to go in, you will have to pay a separate entrance fee. You may want to check out their shop because they sell organic products, too. May’s Garden is located at Sitio Aning, Brgy. Pahanocoy, south of Bacolod.
2. Fresh Start Organics
Fresh Start Organics sells organic products and produce from their farm and from other partner-farms. At the same time, they also serve organic snacks and meals. Thry their pizzas, pork sisig, and other sandwiches. They have branches at Robinsons City Walk and The District North Point. Both are open during mall hours.
3. Merkado ni Maria Cafe
Merkado Ni Maria Cafe is a relatively new restaurant in Bacolod serving slow-cooked dishes using organic ingredients. They are a proponent of the farm to table concept and they serve foods that are as freshest as possible. Pretty much everything is good there–just home-cooked goodness of the Filipino dishes that we love, without the shortcuts and embellishments. Don’t miss their baked bangus belly and beef curry, both served with organic rice. If you like coffee, make sure that you get a dose of their iced Kanlaon coffee. They are located at the Art District, Mandalagan, Bacolod City and are open daily from 6am to 10pm. For more information and food photos, please read my extensive blog post about them:
1. Aboy’s Restaurant
They used to be known as Aboy’s Kamalig because their restaurant was literally a “kamalig” or a hut. Several decades later they have grown to a two-building edifice with an open area for garden functions. They serve turo-turo dishes, all-time Pinoy favorites, and of course, seafood cooked pala-pala style. They close on Sundays to honor God. That is their Sabbath. Aboy’s is located at Goldenfield Commercial Complex with Tel. No. No. (034) 435 0760.
2. Imay’s Restaurant
Imay’s is perhaps the leader and the most successful among the players at the restaurant strip along 6th St. They serve native foods like crispy pata, pork sisig, sinigang, kare-kare, stuffed squid, scallops, and other vegetables dishes. But one that stands out for me is the porbidang kangkong–chopped kangkong with coconut milk and chili. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
3. Sandok Comfort Foods
Sandok Comfort Foods is a rather small place but they serve the most delicious Ilonggo slow-cooked comfort foods. If you want a sampling of Ilonggo dishes, do visit them at Narra Avenue, Shopping, and at O Residences, Mandalagan, Bacolod City. They are open from breakfast to dinnertime. Tel. No. 034-7032513.
4. Sharyn’s Cansi House
Ilonggos love nilaga, especially nilagang baka (beef stew) with bottomless soup or sabaw. It is called cansi in Ilonggo. A frequent jaunt is Sharyn’s Cansi House at Narra Avenue. The place is not air-conditioned but the people endure the heat and even feel hotter after eating cansi, but they do not seem to mind, as long as they “higop” the hot and spicy “sabaw” and suck on the bone marrow. They also have crispy cansi and other Filipino favorite foods.
5. Pork Barbecue sa LCC
Along the Galo Street side of La Consolacion College Bacolod is a string of eateries selling pork barbecue that has come to be collectively know as “LCC pork barbecue”. But they are in no way connected to the school, they are just located on the same street. While Bacolodnons have their own preferred “barbecuehan”, I like eating at Bacolod Bakerite. But of course, there are many of them there. Just don’t expect first-class accommodations. Remember, you are here for the pork barbecue. hehe
6. Linaga-an sa Shopping
These are not restaurants but rather a row of carinderia along B.S. Aquino Drive corner Narra Avenue. You will notice them from afar 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. Yummy! They have an assortment of beef and cow innards nilaga.
7. KSL (Kubo sa Lawn)
KSL is quite far from the city but people come here because of their pork sisig and other good Pinoy eats. It is also a nice place to chill and unwind after a long day. KSL is located at P. Hernaez St. (Libertad Extension). Tel. No. 7071744.
8. Island Spoon KTV Restaurant
For some casual dining, try Island Spoon. My favorites there are the lechon sisig, sisig pizza, and sizzling squid. They also have a couple of KTV rooms that you can rent for three hours at a time at reasonable prices. And the rent is consummable, too. Check out their bar offerings as well. Island Spoon is located at 9th-Lacson Streets. For reservation, call Tel. No. 7080856.
9. Cafe Bob’s Open Grounds
Located across Cafe Bob’s at 21st-Lacson Sts., this is not actually a restaurant but an open area with several eateries. You get to dine under the trees or the stars. They have a seafood pala-pala booth, a shawarma booth, a booth serving affordable chicken dishes, and of course, a booth for Byron’s back ribs.
10. Jay-J’s Filipino Cuisine
This is another restaurant serving Filipino dishes because of their flavorful cooking. We especially love their jumbo boneless bangus, kare-kare, crispy dinuguan, fried chicken, crispy pata, and their vegetable dishes. Visit them at the Art District, Lacson St., Mandalagan, Bacolod City. They are open for lunch and dinner.
Margie’s may be famous for their hopia and other pasalubong treats, but what people don’t know is that they serve mean lunch meals, too. They have an ala carte menu and fast food fare. And if you are looking for healthy foods, you will find it here, such as the laswa–an Ilonggo vegetable stew. They also have an array of fresh vegetable and fruit juices, including their laswa juice. Visit them at corner B.S. Aquino Drive-Burgos St. Sorry they don’t serve dinner.
12. Chicken Tumbling
Chicken Tumbling is a food stall at the Cafe Bob’s Open Grounds, 21st-Lacson Sts. They serve big portions–sizzling plates overflowing with 2-3 kinds of food in a serving. And they are affordable, too. I am particularly fond of their fried chicken adobo meal. They also have a branch at the 888 Premier Mall.
13. 18th Street Pala-pala
While 18th St Pala-pala carries the word “pala-pala” in its name that connotes “paluto” (a system where you get to choose the fresh seafood you want to eat and then have it cooked the way you like it), you can also order from their assortment of delicious Pinoy favorites on the ala carte menu. Plus they also have a turo-turo (fastfood) area if you don’t like to wait. They have a big open dining space as well as small to medium function rooms. They are open daily for lunch and dinner. For reservations call them at (034) 433 9153. Located at 18th-Aguinaldo Streets, Bacolod City. You wouldn’t miss it.
14. Mely’s Garden
Mely’s Garden had long been associated with eat all you can home-cooked meals, which were available at her home-based restaurant back then. Eventually, she opened a new and spacious restaurant at 6th-Lacson Streets, which is open daily for lunch and dinner, from 11am to 2pm and 6pm-10 pm. Their specialties are kaldereta, KBL, adobadong alimosan, and so much more. You may also opt to have fresh seafood cooked to your preference or order from their fast food (turo-turo) counter. For small to medium gatherings, function rooms are available for rent at consumable rates. But the highlight of the restaurant is their eat-all-you can buffet every Friday night and Sunday lunch. So affordable and yet there are so many delectable choices. Late last year, they opened a new branch at North Drive, across Doctor’s Hospital. For inquiries and reservations, you may call Tel. No. (034) 4351080 or 4358195.
15. Zharnss Grill: 24 hours
Zharnss is a 24-hour non aircon eatery at Goldenfield Commercial Complex, Singcang, located on the road leading to Magsaysay Avenue. They serve hot and flavorful Pinoy meals all day and all night. This is a great place to go to if you are hankering for your favorites in the dead of night. They have big servings, too. Yummy and affordable. Cash only.
16. Tita Beth’s Pancit Malabon House
At first you would think that Tita Beth’s is all about pancit malabon only. While it is true that it is their specialty and they are known for the take out Malabon in native bilao, Tita Beth’s is also home to yummy native cuisine. They have all-time Filipino favorites like crispy pata, sizzling sisig, sizzling squid, chicken inasal, kare-kare, and many more. They also have have some affordable Japanese dishes that Filipinos are most familiar with. Daily, they have pork barbecue at their outdoor grill as well as nilagang pata with unli-sabaw. You may also be surprised that they have native kakanin like cassava cake, maja blanca, and sapin-sapin–all made very well. You may opt to eat carinderia-style in the non-aircon area or pay an extra 10% for the aircon area, which is set up like a dining room at home. Tita Beth’s is located at 27th-Lacson Street, Mandalagan, Bacolod City and they are open from 10am to 10pm daily.
Contrary to some people’s belief, Ribshack is not a franchise. It is a true-blue Bacolod homegrown restaurant specializing in grilled meats and seafood. Easy on the budget but with truly delicious and mouth-watering grilled dishes, it is no wonder that their first dine-in venture at SM City Bacolod is always overflowing with people. They have a very simple menu, they don’t even have desserts yet. But their baby back ribs, spareribs, blue marlin, jumbo squid, beef kebabs, and grilled chicken are to die for. They are open daily during mall hours, located at the south wing of SM City Bacolod (in front of Ace Hardware). They also have a branch at the Food Court of 888 Premier Mall.
Aside from their desserts, Felicia’s is also known for their quality steaks. They have a steak room at the DOLL Bldg., 6th-Lacson St., which is separate from their sweet shop. A bit pricey on the steaks but they are pretty good. They also have a cafe at SM City Bacolod and at 15th-Lacson Streets, but no steak room there. They are open for lunch and dinner. Tel. No. (034) 433-6586 and (034) 709 1123.
Pepe’s is a wonderful restaurant with unique dishes that it is always a treat if we decide to have dinner there. They have affordable steaks and a lot of other lovely meals like baby back ribs, that barracuda with sauce, pastas, and salads. They serve lunch and dinner at the 2nd Floor of the Azotea Bldg., Lacson St., Mandalagan. They closed their Sorrento branch already.
3. Kristin’s Steakhouse
Kristin’s Steakhouse had been around since we were kids but I think that we have have now is no longer owned by the original management. Although this is a steakhouse, we usually order their sizzling boneless chicken or their misono meals because these are so good. They have branches at Goldenfield Commercial Complex (beside Kundutel) and a much bigger one at 20th-Lacson Sts.
4. ANB (Anak ng Baka)
From its name, Anak ng Baka may as well be considered a steakhouse but it also offers a lot of yummy dishes in big orders. My daughter likes it here. She had those little sandwiches with quail eggs on top. In my case, I like the back ribs and its siding of camote tops — ingenious. They also have the usual favorites like salpicao, sizzling fish, and many others. And oh, they have Smores for dessert. They have a big restaurant at the Avenue Suites, 12th Lacson Street and they also have a branch at the Robinsons City Walk, Mandalagan.
Bacolod All-Time Favorite Restaurants
1. Bob’s Restaurant
Bob’s is one of the oldest serving restos in the city. We love their back ribs, sate babi, fruit punch, lasagna, among many others, but it is their Mongolian bar that keeps us coming back for more. They are open daily for lunch and dinner. If you want dessert to cap your meals, they have an adjoining pastry shop that serves some of the finest cakes and pastries in Bacolod. Located at B.S. Aquino Drive (North Drive).
Another long-time favorite Bacolod restaurant is Pendy’s. Located at 24th-Lacson St., it has been there for as long as I can remember. I like their all-day breakfasts, especially their tapa, puttanesca, and many other meals. Don’t miss their half moon or prune cake for dessert. They have lots of pasalubong items, too. They are open daily from morning till evening. Tel. No. 034-434 0269.
3. 27th Bascon Restaurant
27th Bascon is located at the 27th Lacson Street, so you surely wouldn’t get lost. It is run by the descendants of the clan that owns the famous Bascon Hotel of old Bacolod. They have their family specialties on their menu as well as other newer additions. And of course, they now have mouth-watering cakes to end your meal. They also have the unlimited rice offer, for those who are interested. They are open daily for lunch and dinner. Tel. No. (034) 4349390.
Mushu is another fusion restaurant that serves good and affordable meals like kansi steak, chicken inasal sisig, pork sisig, prichon, and many more. If I am correct, most of their offerings have been developed by celebrity chef JP Anglo. They have recently moved to a new location at the 2nd Floor of The Azotea Bldg., Lacson, Bacolod City. Tel. No. (034) 703 1022.
5. 21 Restaurant
21 Restaurant is one of the longest-serving restaurants in Bacolod. They serve lunch and dinner, as well as buffet spreads for small parties, but one of their most sought-after snack items is the batchoy. Such an elegant restaurant. For reservations, call Tel. No. (034)4334096.
6. 21 Restaurant at Go Hotel
Located within Go Hotel at Robinsons Place Bacolod, this is a quaint and smaller version of the main 21 Restaurant at 21st Lacson St. I think I like it because it is yellow. They serve most of the favorites at the main branch, such as the cheeseburger, batchoy, and breakfast meals. While the clientele here are mostly Go Hotel clients, some locals come here because it is quiet and after eating, you can proceed with malling at Robinsons.
7. Kix Place
Formerly known as Fat Boys, this restaurants is located at the West end of 22nd Lacson Street, Bacolod City, near the Aguinaldo Street corner. The place is just part of the chef’s garage so it is quite small but quaint. It is like a neighborhood cafe with funky decors but they serve good, affordable food. They are open from Mondays-Saturdays, 10am-10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call 0933-3156427
8. Hilltop Restobar
Hilltop Restobar is located quite far away from the city, about a 30-40 minute drive east of Bacolod. But it is surrounded by a sugarcane farm so the air is fresh and cool, especially at night. They serve the usual favorites of grilled fish, fried chicken, crispy tadiang ng baka, crispy pata, pork sisig, and the like, but it is a little bit pricier than most Bacolod restos. But don’t worry, since this is the province, pricey is just loose change for some. The food is fine, but I think that the main reason for dining here and not any other restaurant in the city is the view and fresh air. And of course, the privacy. Just drive straight to Murcia, East of Bacolod and you will not miss it. Tel. No. (034) 702-1705. They are open daily for lunch and dinner.
We love Balboa. Food is great and affordable. Our daughter likes it there because they have books and coloring pages that keep her occupied. We love almost everything they have — 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.
10. Lord Byron’s Backribs
Several years back, it seemed that Bacolod has taken to a liking for barbecue baby back ribs with sweet barbecue sauce. Leading the pack of affordable back ribs is Lord Byron’s, now in their new location behind Luxur Place, Magsaysay Avenue, Bacolod City. They maintain their price because they serve in an open-air cottage that is bare and deplete of modern amenities. But people don’t mind, as long as they get their craving for back ribs at a price they can afford.
Kuppa is an interesting cafe that opens early to serve good breakfast and coffee and closes very late to cater to a crowd that likes fraps and late-night coffee. During lunch and dinner, they are full, with people patronizing their pizzas, savory meals, and of course, their eat all you can salad and soup bar. During summer, they have the sought-after eat all you can halo-halo bar that features more than 20 ingredients, including flavored syrups and fresh fruits. They are located at Hilado St., across St. John’s Institute. Tel. No.
12. Pamilya Grill
Pamilya Grill is located at Margarita St., Eroreco Subd., on the way to the 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 many more! Plus they also have Mongolian rice that is such a hit among budget meal seekers. Tel. No.433-7184 or 0939-1275793.
13. Cafe Bobs
Cafe Bobs is one of the spawns of Bob’s Restaurants. It has a very nice place at 21st Lacson Sts. serving 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, which is probably the most successful here in Bacolod. They are open for lunch until late in the evening.
14. Nonna’s Kitchen
Nonna’s Kitchen serves all-time favorite Filipino dishes with a twist. But perhaps the best part of the meal would be the desserts. I especially loved their prune cake. Also, I love the ambiance and the restaurant design. Located at Villa Angela Hi-Strip 4, Circumferential Road, with Tel. No. (034) 444 0672. Open daily 7am to 10pm.
15. Viber Cafe
A simple cafe in Villamonte, Viber Cafe is like having all your favorite comfort foods in one place. They have baby back ribs, pastas, nachos, burgers, and pizzas seasoned with fresh herbs that give their dishes a wonderful twist. They are open daily, from breakfast till 11pm. Visit them at B.S Aquino Drive, Villamonte, Bacolod City.
16. Roli’s Cafe
Roli’s Cafe is the well-loved diner that even your great grandparents can still remember. At 76 years old, it is the oldest restaurant to date. Their place at La Salle Avenue recently got a face lift but as for their food, there is nothing new. It is the same old dishes that Negrenses have come to love for almost a century now. It’s amazing how they have maintained even the quality of their chicken sandwich. Visit them at the Hostelry, La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City. They are open daily from 6am to 10pm.
I put the quote marks on the word “fine” because there really is no fine dining restaurant in Bacolod, like where you have a maître d’. But at least these are the ones that offer elegant dining as well as great food.
Delicioso is a beautiful cafe, liquor store, and deli rolled into one. Must-try would be their pizzas, pasta, and of course, paella. They have a wide selection of wines, liquor, and beer. They are open for lunch and dinner. Located at Lacson St. (2 blocks after Robinsons Place), Mandalagan, Bacolod.
2. Trattoria Uma
Looking for authentic Italian cuisine? Check out how Trattoria Uma can satisfy your cravings. Love their pizzas, pasta, and other meals. But my personal favorites are their Funghi con Pancetta pizza (mushroom pizza) and Marinara con Pesto (seafood pasta). By the way, the only rice that they serve here is risotto. But if you prefer plain rice, the waiters would gladly buy for you from neighboring restaurants. Just don’t forget to tip them (for buying your rice and for translating the menu). Located at the Paseo Verde, Lacson Street, Mandalagan, Bacolod City.
3. Negros Museum Cafe
As the name suggests, the Negros Museum Cafe is located within the Negros Museum compound, Gatuslao St., Bacolod City. It is run by a Dutch chef and his Bacolodnon wife and they just feature the dishes that epitomize the Negrense lifestyle, which is heavily influenced by the conquistadores of old. Five words to describe their food–gourmet, designer, quality, organic, delicious. They whip up the most interesting dishes using local and natural ingredients. When you go there, I suggest that you take time to savor the food and your rustic surroundings. Linger after lunch with good company and a cup of coffee. Then browse through the museum collections that will take you back in time. Ahhhh…That is the sweet life in Negros. It’s not just the food, it’s the experience. They are open daily for lunch and dinner. You may also wine and dine there. If you sign up for their e-newsletter, you will receive updates on their specials of the week via email.
4. Italia Restaurant Bacolod
Italia had long been serving Bacolod with their fine Italian-Mediterranean dishes but it was only recently that they moved to a new and bigger location at Paseo Verde, Lacson St., Mandalagan. This place is where fine art meets good food, as their walls are adorned with paintings and their nooks are wonderfully littered with curios in celebration of local artists. They often hold exhibits here, which is an interesting fact to note. In their new location, they now have a mini art gallery and parking space is not a problem. And they have a selection of wines, cheeses, and deli meats, too. They are open daily from 11am to 11pm. For reservations, especially if you want to order the baked orders, call (034) 7032978.
1. Quan Native Delicacies
I have a very long love affair with Quan. It has been my snack bar ever since I was in college, which is a long, long time ago. It has evolved into a restaurant already but its signature native delicacies are still sold there. They are the only restaurant that serves these Pinoy snacks like puto, cuchinta, pitsi-pitsi, suman, suman latik, ibus, and other products made of glutinous rice. One of their bestsellers is the snack combo of dinuguan and puto, which is available everyday. They have many outlets but those that can seat customers are their branches at La Salle Ave., North Drive, Lopue’s East, and Gaisano City.
2. Bacolod Cupcake Cafe (BCC)
From its name, BCC is a cafe that sells primarily designer cupcakes. They also accept orders for customized event cakes. But what many people do not know is that they have an array of hot and cold drinks as well as the meanest sandwiches. My personal favorite is the roast beef sandwich, served with caramelized onions, and two rounds of regular or raspberry iced tea. They make their own breads, so you are guaranteed that the quality. And oh, they have pastas, too. Don’t miss their special WHEAT CHICKEN WRAPS as well. So healthy! BCC is located along Hilado St., across St. John’s Institute, Shopping, Bacolod. They are open daily from morning till dinnertime. Tel. No. (034) 435-2171.
2. Homesitte Shawarma
Pretty good shawarma here at the Homesitte Shawarma, located at Homesite, Bacolod City. But what is exciting is their eat-all-you-can shawarma for P169. We took the challenge but hubby and I were disappointed to finish only 3 for me and 4 for him. haha This is only available from 1pm-4pm daily. They are open for lunch, snacks, and dinner. Mobile: (0922) 860-2459. They now have a branch at The Billboard, 23rd-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City.
3. My Big Fat Shawarma
Located at the Art District, Mandalagan, My Big Fat Shawarma serves just that–big fat shawarma. They have a large order on a 12-inch pita bread to satisfy that big craving. They are open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 11am to around 1-2am.
4. Shawarma ni Kulas
This place is not for the faint of heart or the conservative. haha Their menu is laden with terms coined from local invectives and vulgar cuss words. But actually, these are just shawarma, its versions, burrito, and other snack and meal items. They have undergarments strewn over the place and sometimes, the servers appear to be wearing only towels around their waist. That is their marketing strategy. There is really nothing pornographic here, they just want to be interesting and maybe just show that they have green minds? haha They are located at the Eat District, 15th-Lacson Street, at the East Block, Circumferential Road, at Araneta Street, Singcang, and at La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City.
5. Shawarma Habibi
At the Hi-Strip 4, Circumferential Road is Shawarma Habibi, the sister company of Quali Tea. They serve tasty and affordable shawarma that is right for my taste. If you want it to be a meal, you opt to have their shawarma rice.
6. Greenoz Pizzaria
The most successful of these home-grown pizza houses is Greenoz Pizzaria. They just keep on expanding and many people go there to dine on their thin crust pizza or their other meals. But I think that they have as much as many orders for takeout and delivery. You may visit them at 6th-Lacson St. or in Alijis where they have a big building there. In Aliis, you may call them at Tel. Nos. (034) 4344294 or 4321275 for delivery. By the way, their biggest pizza is 36″ in diameter.
7. City Lunch
City Lunch is one of the longest-serving eateries at Narra Ave., Shopping. They have turo-turo but they are also famous for their Chinese lumpia, jumbo siopao, and ma chang. They only serve lunch and snacks. If you visit them late in the afternoons before closing, you might get some of their viands at a discounted rate.
Munsterific is a 24-hour convenience store that is a uniquely Bacolod brand. They are the most successful among local convenience store ventures over the years here in the city. With branches scattered all over Bacolod, you can be assured of affordable snacks all day and all night. But perhaps the ones that locals keep coming back for are their iced coffee and their soft ice cream, which I still think is the best in Bacolod.
9. Super Batchoy House
I am going to classify batchoy under snacks although for many people, it is already a meal. That is the reason why Super Batchoy House is open from brunch to dinnertime. But since their bowls of steaming hot batchoy sell fast, there are times that you can no longer get what you want, especially the “utok” (bone marrow). Visit them at Locsin Street, Cuadra Street, Villa Angela East Block, and soon near Lopue’s San Sebastian. Open daily.
Fudmaster offers healthy sandwiches using only the breads that they make, pastas, meals, fresh juices, and detox drinks on the go. You may also ask them for tailor-made daily meals if you need to watch your caloric intake. They will prepare a daily meal plan that includes exciting dishes that will not make you feel deprived while dieting. They can then deliver these meals to your homes or offices every day. You can also take advantage of their nutritional counseling services by their resident licensed dietitians. Hard to find healthful ingredients like chia seeds, maca powder, and flax seeds may also be bought at the store. Check out the offerings at Fudmaster from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 5pm, at the entrance of Doctor’s Hospital, B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City (you wouldn’t miss it). Mobile nos: +639227954669 +639228167178.
11. Ginger Lime Diner
Ginger Lime Diner is a small joint near La Consolacion College serving cheap brewed coffee, good food, and other iced coolers with the aim of providing ridiculously affordable food and drinks to friends and colleagues. Must-try there are their pastas, sandwiches, and their unique and delicious chicken sisig meal. Brewed coffee is only P15. Ginger Lime is located at Gatuslao St., Bacolod City. They are open daily from 7am to 6pm. For take out orders of their in-demand past and chicken sisig, call them at 4320261 or cell number, 09324262521. Place is not air-conditioned.
12. Das Bürgery
Das Burgery has been around for several years already but they only serve their 100% juicy Angus beef burgers at the Weekend Souk at The District North Point. Recently, they opened a shop at the Monfort Building, beside BPI Mandalagan, Lacson Street, Bacolod City. They serve different variants of their famous burger and of course fries. Their shop is very small and most people buy their burgers to go. But the unmistakable freshly made Angus beef burgers with their special secret sauce is just mouth watering. They are open daily, from 11am to 8pm.
13. Quino’s Cakes and Pastries
Quino’s Cakes and Pastries started with making designer cakes and cupcakes at their branch at Lacson Street, Mandalagan, but now they have grown to become a full service restaurant serving simple meals, hotdog creations, and burgers. They now have branches at The District North Point, 888 Chinatown Premier Mall, and soon at B.S. Aquino Drive, across Doctor’s Hospital. Love their hotdog sandwiches and of course, the burgers! Try their chorizo meal, too.
14. Beni’s Gelato
For the sweet tooth who wants to have a private time, you will be happy at Beni’s gelato. They have a wide assortment of gelato and ice cream sandwiches as well as gourmet coffee is a quaint little shop that is quiet hidden at the Art District, Mandalagan, Bacolod City (Lopue’s Mandalagan annex for the oldies). They are open daily, from 12 noon to 10 pm. They do extend their hours on weekends.
15. C’s by L’Fisher Hotel
C’s the is sweet shop / cafe by L’Fisher Hotel. It is located on the right side of the front of the hotel, along 15th-Lacson Street, Bacolod City. They serve the yummiest cakes and desserts but what a lot of people don’t know is that they also sell quality breads as well as serve delicious sandwiches, pastas, and coffee. They are open daily from breakfast time until 9pm.