Don’t know where to dine or spend a lazy afternoon with your significant other? Here are a number of cafes, dessert shops and restaurants around Metro Davao to choose from.
During my short visit in sunny and humid Davao, I managed to visit quite a lot of the newest gastronomic destinations around my hometown with friends and family. I’ve also included a couple from my last year’s food spotting. Today, I’ll be sharing them to you all. These newly opened restos (and not so new ones) varies from Filipino, Chinese, Indian, Spanish, Italian to American cuisines. Pretty much anything my palate could handle. So, shall we start?
Note: These reviews are based on my own honest opinion and personal experiences only. If you want to know more about these restaurants mentioned here, please feel free to search them on Facebook.
Balik Bukid isn’t really a new restaurant but a healthy option to grab some organic yet appetizing eats. Not only you will enjoy the meal, but also the eye-catching and creative interiors as well. Don’t forget to try their freshly signature juices.
- Address: Quimpo Blvd, Davao City
- Contact Number: 296-4543
- Operating Hours: Daily 11:00-22:00
Batu Cafe is the place to find a complete cheap eats with an eccentric and homey ambiance for as low as ₱300 per person. They serve an international fusion of dishes from breakfast to dinner and a selection of desserts from Margie’s bakeshop at a very affordable price. The mini cafe can cater about 25 pax and a few more at the al fresco.
- Price Range: ₱80-380
- Address: 509 Loyola Street, Obrero, Davao City
- Contact Number: 222-6552
- Operating Hours: Daily 6:00—24:00
A homey, backyard-like Spanish restaurant that’s unfamiliar to many is Belito’s Vineyard. We tasted 3 of the must-try dishes: Shrimp Gambas, Paella Negra and Crispy Ribs. We did not regret trying those and surely we’ll be coming back for more.
- Price Range: ₱70-400
- Address: Ferrazzini Compound, Palm Drive, Bajada, Davao City
- Contact Number: 0922-857-6727
- Operating Hours: Daily 11:00-14:00 ; 17:30-22:30
Bhajia Grilled Pizza
Bhajia – an Indian deep-fried savoury made of chopped vegetables mixed in a spiced batter. Their humble beginning was way back in March 2013 as one of the food stalls in Tienda del Mercado, a weekend food market. Since then, they decided to open a restaurant serving mouth-watering appetizers, burgers, 11-inch or 16-inch pizza, pasta and rice toppings. Crispy Potato Bhajia and Great White Pizza are some of the must-try dishes.
- Price Range: ₱45-430
- Address: Bonifacio corner de Jesus Streets, fronting UIC and Dover Lanes, Davao City
- Contact Number: 0943-617-8886
- Operating Hours: Daily 11:00-21:30
Caitlyn’s Dimsum Bar
Before Dimyum and Heng Kee restaurants, there was Caitlyn’s. It opened its doors to the public 2 years ago. They offer a wide array of dimsums, steamed buns, buchi, noodles, soup etc. Chocolate and Matcha Green Tea buchi are two of the must-try. Other best sellers include Pork and Shrimp Siomai, Taosi Spareribs and Xiao Long Bao.
- Price Range: ₱25-180
- Address: 86 Circumferential Road, Marfori Heights, Davao City
- Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 10:00-21:00; Sundays 11:00-21:00
If you’re craving for innovative and freshly baked ensaymadas (Ensaïmada) by Wency Cornejo, Carmela’s is the right place to be. A piece costs ₱25, and you can choose from a variety of flavors such as White Chocolate Almond, Red Velvet, Cookies and Cream, Floss and the original Cheese. They also serve meals but, the portion may be too small for a huge, growling stomach. I also wanted to try their famous cheesecake but when we came in, there was not a single cake in sight.
- Address: JJ Commune, Loyola Street, Obrero, Davao City
- Contact Number: 284-8589
Chez Nous by Chippens
When culinary dexterity runs in the family just like Chef Chino San Jose, you can’t help but open your own business as well. “Think Global, Eat Local” is Chez Nous’ catchy tagline that made me categorized his restaurant as a fine dining. I was totally wrong. They serve extraordinary yet inexpensive meals, good for one or sharing for 2 to 3 persons.
- Price Range: ₱65-500
- Address: 368 Padre Gomez Street, Davao City
- Contact Number: 295 3439
- Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 9:30-21:00
Though it may look small from the outside, the Grill can accommodate about 40 people including the al fresco. We had one of the most salable orders which is Roasted Chicken. It was tender, quite juicy and had charred but crispy skin.
- Price Range: ₱55-295
- Address: Tionko Street, Davao City
- Operating Hours: Mondays to Thursdays 17:00-22:00 ; Fridays and Saturdays 17:00-22:30
Classio Mobile Wood Fired Oven
Their location is so easy to spot, you may notice a number of cars park on the road side of Bajada, just after Buhangin flyover if you’re coming from downtown area. Expect to wait for 15-20 minutes, or much longer if there are more customers. Fortunately, we visited on a Sunday. Thus, the queue wasn’t long. The pizza has thin yet soft crust and 10-inch in diameter. Best sellers are Hawaiian, Italiano, Nacho and BBQ. For take out, they charge ₱10 more for the box.
- Price Range: ₱140-180
- Address: J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City
- Contact Number: 0942-499-8560
- Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 19:00-01:00
Coffee Grounds by Golden Lion
I’ve heard about this first selfie coffee in town so, my friends and I decided to check out this quaint, 2-storey cafe. Unfortunately, we weren’t convinced to try it. They not only serve hot and cold drinks, but also offer several choices of rice meals, sandwiches, pasta, and pizza.
- Price Range: ₱45-325
- Address: Golden Lion Dormitel, Roxas Extension, Barangay 31, Davao City
- Contact Numbers: 321-4651 or 0922-855-8377
- Operating Hours: Sundays to Thursdays 14:00-24:00; Fridays and Saturdays 14:00-01:00
Confex & Co. Bakehouse
Their intriguing freakshake that circulated around my Facebook feeds made me want to drop by at this tiny bakeshop. A freakshake is a milkshake, which can be of any flavor (chocolate, vanilla or strawberry), topped with a slice of cake or a combination of a revel bar and a cupcake. Queue can get long as early as they open and can only accommodate about 10 people (3 tables) inside. The sweetness of my first few bites was tolerable but, it got sweeter as I was consuming more of its firm, thick, chocolatey icing. I barely finished it. They also bake personalized cake for any occasion.
- Price Range: ₱25-170
- Date Opened: March 2016
- Address: Door 27 Bldg 3, Madrazo Compound, C Bangoy Street (formerly Ponciano Street), Davao City
- Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 15:00-21:00
Cuppycakes Boulangerie + Bistro
Although they have several choices of rice meals, pasta and sandwiches, we came in for desserts. I was expecting to see a chiller full of delectable sweet treats but to my dismay, there were only 3 cakes (Chocolate Moist, Red Velvet and Rainbow) and 2 cupcakes (Choco Caramel and Salted Caramel) to choose from. Overall, it was not sweet and not that special. They also accept cake orders for all occasions.
- Price Range: ₱45-375
- Address: Unit 5A and 6A Ruby corner Opal Streets, Marfori Heights, Davao City
A simple family eatery which serves Chinese and Malaysian cuisines. If you’ve already tried an authentic Xiao Long Bao, I am deeply sorry to say that you will be disappointed because theirs doesn’t match the standard. The Siomai Platter is worth the try, though.
- Address: Sobrecary Street corner Loyola Street, Obrero, Davao City
- Contact Number: 324-3428
- Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11:00-22:00, Sundays 11:00-21:00
The Fat Cow
If you want to have a fancy dining experience with someone special, try some sumptuous meals at The Fat Cow. We ordered their famous Frenched Porkchop and one of the day’s special – Beef Ragu Pasta with Risotto. The sauce for both dishes was very rich and flavorful. Some of the other must-try are Baked Oysters, Chorizo Aglio Olio, and Sous Vide Australian Rib-eye Steak.
- Opening Date: March 2016
- Price Range: ₱100-500
- Address: Mabini Extension corner V. Mapa Streets, Davao City
- Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 12:00-14:00; 18:00-22:00
Filipino Comfort Food (FCF)
Craving for sinigang? Filipino Comfort Food (FCF) serves the best beef sinigang in town. You can also enjoy a wide selection of Filipino dishes from appetizers to desserts at reasonable prices.
- Price Range: ₱80-400
- Address: Damosa Complex beside Concentrix, Lanang, Davao City
- Operating Hours: Daily 7:00-22:00
Digos City has also been blooming with good food lately. One of the latest that opened a branch in Davao is Josephine’s Pizza . You may choose between 9-inch or 12-inch size for a very affordable price. They also have buy 1 take 1 promo every 2-4pm on all 12-inch pizzas. Not only that, they are one of the distributors of the famous Jopoy’s Special Hopia. Grab a box with 10pcs of the talk-of-the-town ube pastillas hopia for only ₱90.
- Price Range: ₱105-399
- Date Opened: April 25, 2016
- Address: Door 6 Anino Building, Bonifacio Street fronting Alson’s office, Davao City
- Contact Number: 0923-132-9899
- Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 12:00-22:00
They serve traditional Filipino food and several choices of pasta and desserts. Few of their specialties include: Kinilaw, Grilled Tuna Belly, Spicy Orange Chicken, Chicken Binakol, Kare-Kare, and Glazed Pork Ribs. Our orders were enough to satisfy 2-3 hungry people. On some days, they offer an all-you-can-eat for only ₱388/head. Please check their Facebook page for more updates.
- Price Range: ₱100-400
- Date Opened: April 2016
- Address: Loyola Street, Obrero, Davao City
- Contact Number: 224-5710
- Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 10:00-22:00
Looking for a place to hang out right before Roxas Night Market starts? Koffiepauze is the place to be. Bask in to this cozy cafe with delectable blended coffee and non-caffeinated drinks, and avail their buy 1 take 1 promo every 2-5 in the afternoon. They also serve salad, rice meals, pasta, sandwiches and cakes.
- Price Range: ₱55-180
- Date Re-opened: January 8, 2016
- Address: 100 Roxas Avenue Dormitory, Roxas Avenue, Davao City
- Operating Hours: Daily 09:00-01:00
Located in both SM malls, you may notice Jericho Rosales’ (the endorser of Kuya J) cardboard cutout holding a handphone, displayed outside its doors. A Cebu-grown family restaurant that offers a wide range of Filipino dishes, from fried to grilled of fish and meat, and a whole lot more. Our orders were Ampalaya Salad, Tokwa’t Baboy, Fried Tuna Belly which was really spicy and Bicol Express. My favorite was their Halo-Halo. The ice is sweet and oh so fine. It doesn’t melt fast while inside the glass, too.
- Address: SM City Davao / SM Lanang Premier
- Operating Hours: Daily 10:00-21:00
I panicked a bit when I saw their usual location demolished. Little did I know they transferred just right across that same street. The taste is still as good as before, slightly adjusted to Filipino’s palate.
- Price Range: ₱40-130
- Address: 183 Rizal Street, Davao City
- Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11:30-22:00
They don’t serve other rice meals except for the house speciality which is Baby Back Ribs. Our orders were Half Rack (good for 2 persons) and BBQ Burger. The Baby Back Ribs was quite tasty and tender. The sauce was also generously spread onto the meat. But as for the BBQ burger, it came with crispy, grocery-bought fries on the side. The patty however, was too oily. Other chef’s recommendations include: Lechon Kawali Chips, Sweet and Spicy Wings, Pulled Pork Roll, and Red Crispy Sardines Pasta.
- Price Range: ₱90-550
- Date Opened: August 16, 2015
- Address: J. Palma Gil Street, fronting Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davao City
- Contact Number: 0922-841-5205
- Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11:00-14:00, 17:00-21:00
Picobello Ristorante Italiano
I was glad when I heard about Picobello’s re-opening last year. They were known to have the first authentic wood-fire oven baked Italian pizza in Davao. How I missed my all-time favorite pizza Calzone! Other dishes including their steak is also a must-try.
- Date Re-opened: July 2015
- Address: 2F The Shoppes at Woodlane, Diversion Road, Maa, Davao City
- Contact Number: 282-8884
- Operating Hours: Daily 11:00-22:30
Red Corner Burger Cafe
Do you love handmade burgers? Drop by Red Corner Burger Cafe to have your tasty burger fix anytime of the day. They now branch out to several locations across the city. You’ll find their menu unique because they use the names of all-time famous boxers. Hence, its name “Red Corner”. They also serve Grilled Rib-eye Steak for as low as .99 cents per gram.
- Price Range: ₱90-450
- Address: Mabini corner Araullo Streets, Davao City
- Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11:00-21:00
If you’re in for a rich, herby and spicy flavor Indian-Malay fusion cuisine, Rumah Kari is worth the visit. It’s nestled quietly in Marfori Heights, away from the bustling streets of downtown. Our orders were 2 of their best-sellers: Chicken Rendang with Naan and Chicken Tikka Masala. But we don’t recommend to try both at the same time.
- Address: Coral corner Ruby Streets, Marfori Heights, Davao City
- Contact Number: 0929-345-4341
- Operating Hours: Daily 11:00-23:00
The owners of Rustic Kitchen are actually from Tacloban City but after the devastating super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) damaged everything they started in 2011, they decided to relocate in Davao. Out of passion for food, they started all over again in the Durian capital of the Philippines. They serve best quality yet inexpensive dishes. No wonder the Taclobanons showered them with much love. Highly recommended food for sharing: Bagnet Kare-Kare, Crispy Pata and Sizzling Bulalo Steak.
- Price Range: ₱145-550
- Date Opened: April 18, 2016
- Address: Door 4 and 5 Legaspi Suites, Pelayo corner Rizal Streets, Davao City
- Contact Number: 0917-323-2571
- Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11:00-22:00
Shatter Persian Kebab
Another kebab place in town is Shatter. Just outside the gates of Davao Wisdom Academy, I never knew that this place existed until I came across their FB page. They are open since 2000 serving budget-friendly Persian dishes. The portion of the beef is generous but the taste is quite bland. Propitiously, you can refill the sauce anytime since they just place it on each table. The tiny resto can cater only about 15 pax.
- Price Range: ₱65-245
- Address: F. Torres Street, Davao City
- Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11:00-24:00
A 2-year old restaurant that uses organic ingredients to support local farmers and food purveyors. We’ve tried their Twice Baked Oriental Chicken and Salisbury Steak. Sad to say, the taste was not worth the money we paid for. Their best sellers and signature dishes include Honey-Grilled Spare Ribs, Chicken Pepperstake, Flame Grilled Black Burger and Lasagna.
- Address: Matina Town Square (MTS), McArthur Highway, Davao City
- Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11:00-02:00; Sundays 17:00-02:00
Wynward Valley Organic Garden
Opting for some healthy and organic meals that’s friendly to the budget? Visit Wynward Valley Organic Garden. Although it’s located in the heart of the city, dining here gave me that farm-like ambiance. All dishes come with lettuce, cucumber, tomato with carrots salad. The vegetables are truly fresh from their garden. We tried their Lean Beef Veggie Burger, Chicken Pesto, and Seafood Miso Ramen. Plus, they gave each of us a small bowl of complimentary soup prior to the meal. Though our dinner may not seem that heavy, we were full and satisfied.
- Price Range: ₱120-280
- Address: Regina Dalisay Compound, Davao City
- Contact Number: 0917-323-3619
- Operating Hours: Daily 10:00-21:00
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