Wondering where to eat in Panglao Island? Here’s our top 3 restaurant recommendations
The Philippines is cheap, really cheap. We found that many of the restaurants lining Alona beach were great value for money, but lacked in service and quality. We did however manage to find a few hidden gems..
1. Pearl Restaurant at Linaw Beach Resort
Not your average restaurant in the Philippines, this is the kind of place to come for a special occasion. The Pearl Restaurant is located at the far end of Danao Beach with a different vibe to Alona, quiet and romantic.
Dave brought me here as a surprise for our anniversary, where we were wined and dined on our own secluded section of the beach away from other diners, just metres from the sea.
Not only was the food great, the service was exceptional. Greeted on arrival with a bottle of champagne, the dining experience at the Pearl Restaurant was heads and shoulders above anywhere else we visited during our trip.
But yes you guessed it – this came with a higher price tag. In our opinion, the higher price (that still wasn’t really that high compared to say the UK/Australia) was completely justified by the standard of service we received here.
The restaurant has a large menu, there is something for everyone from pizza and paninis to fresh seafood and filipino dishes.
For our main we shared the seafood platter, and it did not disappoint. A huge array of fresh seafood, including oysters, scallops, prawns, mud crabs and squid complimented with salads and sauces.
Our meal also came with a selection of breads and rice. The seafood platter usually comes with lobster but unfortunately this wasn’t available on the day we ate here and was replaced with extra prawns instead.
How to get there: Located slightly off the beaten track, around a seven minute journey in a tuk tuk from the hustle and bustle of the main road. I wouldn’t advise walking in the dark. We struggled to find a taxi after our meal, but two friendly waiters from the hotel gave us a free ride back to the strip on their motorbikes.
Expect to spend: Anywhere between 500-1000 php, it really depends on the occasion. There are plenty of options to eat cheaply here or splash out – the choice is yours..
Website: linawbeachresort.com/pearl-restaurant Email to make a reservation
2. Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast
Craving Italian? Come here and you won’t be disappointed.
Located just off the beach, Giuseppe Pizzeria offers some seriously authentic and tasty pizza and pasta, living up to its reputation of being the best italian restaurant in Bohol.
We were impressed with the polite and friendly service and the speedy delivery of both the starters and main courses and of course – the extensive wine list on offer.
This place was super busy, we had to book two days in advance to get a table.
We’d recommend ordering a pizza – straight out of their wood-fired brick oven, ours had the perfect amount of toppings and a delicious chewy homemade base.
How to get there: About a ten minute walk away from Alona Beach along the main road, you’ll see the restaurant on your left hand side.
Expect to spend: Between 550-750 php with drinks and starter/desert.
3. Sunset Grill Authentic Mexican Food
Apologies – we don’t have any pictures of our food we ate from here. It was so good our plates were clean before we thought to take a picture, so you’ll just have to take our word for it.
No frills, just simple and delicious, authentic mexican food. All dishes accompanied with complimentary tasty homemade tortilla chips and salsa.
The burritos and quesadillas were our favourite and a great option for lunch. You can also get takeout which is ideal if you’re heading out on a day trip.
It’s a cosy place with only 5 or 6 tables and simple deco. Don’t bother getting dressed up to come here, just enjoy the food and laid back atmosphere.
How to get there: About an eight minute walk away from Alona Beach, you’ll see the restaurant on your left hand side. It’s only small so don’t miss it!
Expect to spend: 250-400 php with drinks
Have you been to Panglao? What was your favourite restaurant?