A trip to Boracay would not be complete without a food tour of the island, at least not for me. Where to Eat in Boracay is an easy question to answer. In fact, there are numerous places to visit. But for this post, I’ve limited it to five restaurants/dining experiences. I would have liked to visit more places, but I was only on the island for four days and three nights.
I’m going to keep this introduction short and sweet, so here are the best food finds, chill spots, and great dining experiences on the island of Boracay.
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- Maruja Cafe
Location: Station 3 Beach Front | Casa Pilar Beach Resort
Price range for each dish: 300-500 Php
If you enjoy dining alfresco while overlooking the beach, this is the place to go. Café Maruja, located in the heart of Station 3, enhanced the beach and chill vibe of Boracay. With their luau-inspired set-up, it’s a paradise within a paradise.
In terms of food, I particularly enjoyed their artisan pizzas, notably their Maruja Speciale. It’s ideal for meat lovers, as it combines bacon and pepperoni with olives, mozzarella, and their homemade sauce.
I enjoy a good thin crust pizza, and Café Maruja’s pizza delivered with a crunchy crust and soft yet thin pizza slices.
They promote themselves as a coffee shop, so be sure to order one. Their coffee is satisfactory – nothing to write home about, but it is above average.
Their ability to create a chill and cool vibe that is truly authentic and whimsical is perhaps their strongest suit. Their servings can also fill the bellies of two or three hungry travelers, so you can enjoy their signature dishes and drinks for a budget of 1000-1500 Php for a group of three.
Overall, the food is excellent, and the service is outstanding.
2. Los Indios Bravos Boracay
Location: White House Beach Resort, 704 Sitio Pinaungon Balabag Boracay
Price range: 500-1000 Php per dish
Where to eat in Boracay if you want to try some Filipino-European fusion dishes? Los Indios Bravos Boracay is the place to be.
I have to say that this is my favorite restaurant that I visited while on the island. It checked all of my boxes for a fantastic dining experience.
Los Indios Bravos has a great set of meals for 2-3 people, the vibe transports you to the Spanish era, the servers are fantastic, and wait for it… they have artisan beers!
I ate a lot of food and drank a lot of beer samplers. I ordered the pork schnitzel, apple pie, and deep-fried Mars bars. I ordered their beer samplers to cleanse my palate. It’s a total sensory overload; this will now be a must-do for me whenever I visit Boracay.
- Palm Tree Restaurant
Location: Beachfront, Station 2, Boracay Island
Average cost per dish: 700-900 Php (eat all you can buffet)
Where to eat in Boracay when you’re as hungry as a panda after a 20-kilometer run? Palm Tree Restaurant is the answer. This is the flagship restaurant of Henann Palm, the hotel where I stayed in Boracay, so I had my breakfast buffet here.
The fact that Palm Tree restaurant serves a variety of dishes appealed to me. Their main course changes every day, making you look forward to dining with them every morning.
I’ve stayed in several hotels that provided breakfast buffets, and their buffet menu never changed, so after the third day, I’d leave and look for something else. Palm Tree Restaurant was not one of them.
Finally, they have good brewed coffee as well as surprisingly good orange and apple juice. I wasn’t sure if it was freshly squeezed orange/apple juice, but it wasn’t your typical powdered drink. I rarely try new orange juices because I’m always disappointed, but I drank a few glasses of orange juice while at Palm Tree.
However, because this restaurant is a popular buffet spot in Boracay, it can become overcrowded, particularly during the dinner buffet. I decided not to try their dinner buffet because I needed more Boracay restaurant recommendations for all of my loyal readers. But, if their breakfast buffet is any indication, I’m sure their dinner buffet is even better!
4. Pig Out Bistro
Location: XW8F+493, Boracay Tambisaan Jetty Port Rd, Malay, Aklan
Price range: 600-1000 per dish
Where to eat in Boracay for seafood goodness and a unique twist on traditional restaurant fare. You visit this bistro.
This was the most difficult to find of all the restaurants listed in this post. Because this charming and regal restaurant is located on the main road of Boracay, across from Station 1, It does help, however, that the people are friendly and helpful, and eventually my driver and I found the location.
Now, as for their food, as previously stated, they offer unique takes on popular seafood and meat dishes, which I found very intriguing. Unfortunately, I missed out on their signature dishes, which included green oysters, grilled octopus, and steaks. But there’s always next time.
What I did try were their crab burgers, which came with a heaping helping of potato wedges. It’s good, but I recommend that you try their signature dishes when you visit this Boracay restaurant.
Their Crème Brulee was the standout dish for me! It aint a good brulee if the caramelized sugar isn’t glistening and when you hit it with a teaspoon it creates that thin breaking sound. And indeed the sound of shattered caramelized sugar was music to my ears. The portion was generous, and it wasn’t overly sweet, which I prefer.
- The New D’ Talipapa’s Seafood Paluto
Location: Beside Palm Tree Restaurant
Price range: 800-1000 per dish (including cooking fee)
Those interested in trying fresh seafood should go to the New D Talipapa. Talipapa translates roughly as “wet market” in English. You can select from a variety of seafood for the restaurant nearby to prepare to your liking.
While this would be a fantastic experience for seafood lovers, it was just okay for me, and I thought it was a little pricey for the value of the meal.
Perhaps it’s just my taste, but hey, to each their own, right? So, if you want to eat seafood and immerse yourself (sort of) in an authentic Filipino dining experience, I recommend you try the New D Talipapa.
There you have it, Hungry Travellers, these are the five places I recommend you try when you are in Boracay. As I mentioned in the introduction, there are many more food options in Boracay, but these are the five that I recommend you try. Each has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, but no restaurant is perfect… or perhaps I’ve never ever been to one.
Please leave your recommendations for Where to Eat in Boracay in the comments section below, and I will certainly visit them on my next trip to the island.
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