Where to Eat in Samal Island: The Best Restaurants and Bars

January 29, 2018 Roseanne Arnett

Discover the best restaurant in Samal Island, Philippines including Blue Carabao Diner, Claude's Le Cafe de Ville, Swiss Deli, Luz Kinilaw Place, Ahfat Seafood Plaza, Blugre Coffee, Cafe Marco Davao, Penong's Barbeque Seafoods and Grill, De Bonte Koe, Lachi's
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1. Blue Carabao Diner

146 Monte Verde Street | corner of Alverez St, Davao City, Mindanao 8000, Philippines Seating, Street Parking, Takeout Barbecue, Filipino, Asian, Grill, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 +63 908 727 7799
Excellent
52%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Blue Carabao Diner

We are a Filipino style eatery with some of the best tasting, most affordable Filipino food in all of Davao. We don't want to say too much, we will let the quality and taste of our food do the talking. Clean family atmosphere, no radio or TV blaring, just the sound of great conversation. Like to see our kitchen? Sure, we ate proud of our kitchen and would love to give you the tour. How many restaurants would openly invite you into their kitchen? Ask and find out. We look forward to see y'all.

Reviewed By avid_traveller_sg86 - Singapore, Singapore

After eating at Penong's, the portions here are much larger. Blue Carabao serves food in an ala carte manner, you walk right up, and choose what you want to eat.
The main gripe is that we arrived just before noon, and the food we had were all either cold, or we could tell that they have been left out in the open for some time - call me picky, but expected better after all the good reviews.
Other than that, we ordered 2 fish dishes, 1 squid dish and 1 beef dish, topped it up with 2 buco (coconut) drinks, and it cost us 400php - quite good value.
One suggestion I can make is - find some way to keep your food warm!

2. Claude's Le Cafe de Ville

143 Rizal Street | The Oboza Heritage House, Davao City, Mindanao 8000, Philippines Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +63 82 222 4287
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 199 reviews

Claude's Le Cafe de Ville

Mediterranean Cuisine. Claude’s serves the best steaks in town. Their steaks are perfectly cooked to the diner’s specifications with a choice of pepper or mushroom sauce. It can also be served with either mashed potatoes, or the more popular choice, rice. Other crowd-drawers are their appetizers, salads and soups. Some appetizers which deserve to be mentioned are their salmon pate and shrimp cocktail. The pate is served with lightly toasted sliced French bread while the cocktail is full of fresh shrimp smothered with light dressing and a helping of tomatoes and avocados. Their ceasar’s salad is also easily one of the best I’ve tasted in the city.

Reviewed By lemmorcv - Las Pinas, Philippines

This a quaint restaurant using an old ancestral house well decorated by memorabilia furniture, decors and frames. They serve predominantly french cuisine. I made a reservation here 2 days before our flight to Davao which we planned to have a dinner date with my wife on that day using the hotel official website. They accepted our reservation request through email. On our arrival, a french looking senior guy is already waiting at the front porch to welcome you. Later on we found out that he is the owner of the restaurant. During that weekday night, the restaurant is not really crowded and a nice table for two is well prepared. They will serve you with bread with butter and tomato enchilada, while waiting for your order. The bread is perfect crunch-soft fresh baked. We salad and appetizer - Mussels Marinier which are perfect in taste, We ordered steak and the texture is great with matching tasteful sauce, Pepper sauce and Mushroom sauce. After dining you cant resist to take pictures with the nice house. This is one great restaurants to celebrate specials occasions with your partner, family and friends.

3. Swiss Deli

J P Laurel Avenue, Lanang | across from Damosa building, Davao City, Mindanao 8000, Philippines Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available German, Swiss, European Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night 2340271
Excellent
33%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 221 reviews

Swiss Deli

Phone Number (82) 234-0271

Reviewed By lemmorcv - Las Pinas, Philippines

Outside and inside looks Swiss as you can see Swiss sausages and products are displayed and being sold on the shelves. You may say you are inside a Swiss chalet or inside a small Swiss food shop. But the ambiance is interrupted after you speak to the Filipino staff, of course they are Filipinos and speaks and act as Filipinos. They are nice and friendly though. But if you already been to Switzerland, and have tried to dine in a Swiss restaurant, you will miss the friendly follow up of the restaurant manager to know if the services and food are great.

4. Luz Kinilaw Place

Sta. Ana Wharf | Salmonan, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff Filipino, Seafood, Barbecue, Asian Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
25%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 66 reviews

Luz Kinilaw Place

Reviewed By josiful - Makati, Philippines

Best kinilaw! The seafoods are cooked right your very eyes. The price is reasonable and good for groupies. You can also order fresh durian from the cart outside... However, if you are picky, i don't think you can stand the smell. You been warned. There are also flies.

5. Ahfat Seafood Plaza

Victoria Plaza Mall Compund | Bajada, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Chinese, Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +63 82 224 0002
Excellent
37%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 235 reviews

Ahfat Seafood Plaza

Telephone + 63 82 <br><br>http://thebackpackman.blogspot.com/2010/11/davao-ahfat-seafoods-plaza.html<br><br>Telephone + 63 82 224 0002/ 226 2688

Reviewed By Tony_King_Jr - Davao City, Philippines

Together with my family we ate our lunch in Ahfat 3. The place was a bit crowded and full of customers as expected. Food have simple presentation but delicious in taste. Just ready your pockets to spend.

6. Blugre Coffee

SM Lanang Premier Skygarden, J. P. Laurel Ave, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines Takeout, Seating Filipino, Cafe, Asian Breakfast, Late Night +63 82 321 1080
Excellent
20%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 70 reviews

Blugre Coffee

Reviewed By Januspaggers

Davao is without a doubt the Durian capital. I would highly recommend visiting any Blugré outlet and trying out their Durian Cheesecake. Mum and I visited the branch in SM Lanang for breakfast and it's really laid back and chill. Their Tapa rice meal is good and latte also great.
I'm not a huge durian fan so I didn't end up giving the durian coffee and durian pie a try. But the durian cheesecake was really good so might give the rest a try on my next visit.

7. Cafe Marco Davao

Recto Street | Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking International, Asian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +63 2 221 0888
Excellent
43%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 98 reviews

Cafe Marco Davao

Reviewed By vic10101 - Manila, Philippines

Our room had breakfast included in Cafe Marco. I'm a vegan and I found that the food had enough for a vegan or vegetarian, such as cereal, rice meals, maki, soy milk, fruits, jams, etc. The space is very large and ambiance is good. The staff is very helpful when something special is needed. They even once prepared for me a special mushroom and vegetable dishes although I told them that it was no longer necessary.

8. Penong's Barbeque Seafoods and Grill

Santa Ana Ave. | Also Lanang, Davao City, Mindanao 5000, Philippines Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Filipino, Barbecue, Asian Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +63 82 298 1005
Excellent
25%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 215 reviews

Penong's Barbeque Seafoods and Grill

Reviewed By Loislim - Davao City, Philippines

I went to this new branch at corner Mabini Street and Quirino Ave. I ordered pork barbeque to take out. At 27 pesos each, I asked the waiter, how big is the barbeque, how many can 1 person eat? He suggested 3, so I ordered 12 pieces for our family of 4.
While waiting I sat down, looking around, observing the Waitstaff. A waiter served me a glass of water to drink.
It was a bit early at a little past 5pm. They were preparing for their shifts, some were drinking coffee, and I saw a staff room where they keep their bags and change their clothes or put on their uniform.
Later I saw a waiter help 2 Indian girls looking at the menu and suggested what to try, and I saw him later give them free soup, and the Indian girl was surprised that they did not order soup, so he explained that it was free.
After about 25 minutes I got my order.
I truly appreciate kind and respectful staff.

9. De Bonte Koe

29 J. Rizal Street | Habana Compound, Davao City, Mindanao 8000, Philippines Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Dutch, European, Mediterranean, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$47 - HK$392 +63 82 282 2353
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

De Bonte Koe

The Restaurant (open since 2000)is located in the back of the compound, away from street noise. You can enjoy an open or Air conditioned environment. De Bonte Koe has a cozy intimate ambience. We over a quality conscious menu with variety of entrees, (Soup, Salads, Graved Lax, Pate, Clams, Mussels etc.) Main courses (meat and vegetarian)and Desserts. Our Beef is imported and prepared to your preference (grilled)while keeping the natural flavors. All servings are generous and complete with a tasty Sauce, Vegetable and Potato on the side. Next to our Beef we serve several Pasta, Fish (Salmon,Cod,Squid, Malasugui, etc.) Chicken and Pork (Spare ribs, Snitzel, Cordon Bleu) dishes, not to forget the International dishes like, Paella, Nasi Goreng and Shoarma. we offer small children menu and Vegetarian dishes like Soup, Salad, Lasagna, Pasta and Paella. Dessert: home made Apple Pie and Deep Fried Ice Cream.<br>Our bar offers a variety of Foreign Wines, (home brewed)Beers and Liquors. On Thursdays from 3 till 10 Pm Expats living in Davao are gathering to share experiences and blow off steam, a great opportunity to make new friends and valuable contacts<br>We are looking forward to welcome you in our Home away from Home.<br><br>Opening time: Mondays we are Closed. Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri and Saturday we open at 12.30pm till 4.30 pm. have breaktime and open again at 5.pm till 10.30.<br>Sundays we open at 5 pm till 10.30 pm The kitchen will close at 10 pm

Reviewed By Raymundes - The Netherlands

The restaurant is a little bit hard to find, because it's hidden behind another building (Krisna). So when you step inside, you've got this strange feeling: somehow you'll feel welcome in this warm, cozy, Dutch decorated restaurant! The menu is enormous, so many options, it's...MoreThank you for your nice write up. We are working on the excess and better visibility from the street. Hopefully to be realized within a few months. It was absolutely our pleasure to meet you and welcome you to our (family) establishment. Henny

10. Lachi's

Door 1-H, Values School Bldg. Ruby Street | Marfori Subd, Davao City, Mindanao 8000, Philippines Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Filipino, Asian Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +63 82 224 5552
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 204 reviews

Lachi's

Reviewed By May F - Cebu City, Philippines

Lachi's serves nice selection of desserts that are just right for your taste. Sans rival and green tea cheesecake are two of my favorites.

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