This is the best coffee in El Nido and it offers good free WiFi for customers and a great atmosphere. You have to take off your shoes at the entrance. On the terrace in the evenings, there are a good number of travellers to talk to. When I say the best coffee, I not only mean the establishment, but also the coffee. It's really well prepared. It also works as a restaurant with a wide international menu.
Pukka is a place with a lot of personality, as you can already see from the clearly Jamaican reggae style and decor with flags, marijuana leaves, and Bob Marley, the king. At night, it's one El Nido's liveliest places, and the prices are affordable, with freshly made fruit juices very good.
Since it's at the end of the beach, it's very quiet. Divina and Ole Jakobsen, the owners, are very nice and the cooks prepare great seafood. I recommend the tuna, it was delicious. It's the perfect place to have a beer at sunset and dine leisurely few meters from the sea.
It's a Filipino family resort with aesthetics and a pretty good kitchen, cheap Red Horse beer and squid in coconut milk for 2€. It is on White Beach and the weekend is crammed with people because it is in the center of the action, but during the week it's pretty quiet.
This is a colourful place in the middle of the white sand beach with authentic Filipino food at local prices. A marinated chicken with rice costs about €2, and mango smoothies about 1 €, like the beer. They have two dining rooms, one in the restaurant, and one directly on the sand, which is the most enjoyable, but on the sand you have to put up with all vendors and masseurs offering their services.
Located on the third floor of the hotel Puerto Pension, this restaurant has ethnic decor and their most valuable asset is their views, since two of the walls are windows with beautiful panoramic views of the bay of Puerto Princesa. A basic breakfast is included in the price of the room, and the restaurant menu is not extensive but the fish dishes are fairly good.
The restaurant boasts stunning views, which is in Ipil Travelodge hotel terrace, the highest point of the village, with beautiful panoramic bay 360, the town of El Nido and the limestone pinnacles typical of the area. Both the sunrise and the sunset are incredible from this point, and the restaurant has a limited menu. However, the cuisine is quite tasty and it features dishes cooked mainly in traditional Philippine or international style.
Marber's Beach Restaurant, which is led by Marlou and Bernie (a German) can be found hiding under the pension OG. With its Breathtaking views right on the beach of the nest, a perfect place for lunch, dinner or just a beer. Food Filipino and German specialties on the menu are mixed, and highly recommended seafood specialties
This restaurant has beautiful ethnic decoration and zen gardens, a shop and many original paintings and reproductions, some of the well-known Klimt. It also has polished timber floors through which you slip barefoot, (you are required to leave your shoes at the entrance), and a short menu that is both interesting and economical. 1 euro beer and seafood at prices around 4 €, 8 € for the final bill for 2 courses + drink, dinner in Kalui always ends with a coconut full of tropical fruit on the house. Book in advance.
The South Sea restaurant is nestled within the luxurious Sheridan resort, and its prices are in line with the hotel. I had lunch with some friends and you can eat pretty well from the menu. It serves Italian coffee and delicious natural juices. Also, sometimes you can eat a buffet, but my friends told me that although the price was good, about 8 €, it wasn't anything special. From 3-6 pm they have happy hour with pizza for 2 people and four beers for 9 €.
This is a quality and economic pizza and pasta restaurant located on Rizal Avenue. From the outside it looks like a fast food restaurant because you order at a counter and pay right there, but the reality is you get a number, and you sit a while after the food comes in porcelain dishes and with metal cutlery. In my experience, the lasagna was quite delicious.
A Filipino family resort a little kitsch but with a pretty good kitchen. I recommend the lumpias and sour beef. There is also the Filipino breakfast that is fairly comprehensive with rice and garlic sausage, pork, beef or chicken, with a fried egg over rice. The menu also has international dishes.
Jo's Chicken Inato is a chain of restaurants specialising in grilled chicken, and it is cooked with BBQ sauce which is delicious. You can ask for breasts, a half chicken or a whole chicken, and it comes with unlimited rice and a drink, all for less than 2 €. It is in a quiet area of Rizal Avenue, the main street in Puerto Princesa.
In Puerto Galera, almost all the dive centres also function as a resort and bar/restaurants. In some cases I think the best deal is the latter. The Big Apple is a huge bar-restaurant on the beach, with a menu ofering Mexican, Korean, Chinese or Italian cuisine.
This is probably the best restaurant on the white beach of Puerto Galera. It's run by an Italian, who prepares delicious pizzas and pasta with real Parmesan cheese and other Italian imports. It's on the quiet west side of the beach and is a perfect place to watch the sunset from its height.
Habibi means love in Arabic, and this place is made with love. It's the only place in El Nido where you can smoke hookah. It also has a wide variety of coffees and teas. The shisha flavours are apple, grapes, mint, peach, strawberry and banana. The restaurant offers free WiFi to customers and specializes in seafood. It's located on the first floor of the submarine dive centre, so you can wait there for friends and admire the great view of El Nido bay.
Although the menu is pretty diverse at the Blue Ribbon Restaurant, with Indian, Chinese, Western and Mexican food, their specialty is delicious Korean food at a great price. Several days a week they have an Indian buffet dinner with a wide variety of Indian dishes like curry, samosas, pakoras, chicken tandorii and other specialties, for just over 10 €.