Boracay’s 15 Best Must-Eat Budget Restaurants

As an expat living in Boracay Island I like to eat in restaurants daily, sometimes multiple times. But if I would go to just any of them my budget would drain too fast, so I had to adapt by finding cheaper places to eat…

That’s how over my years on the island I discovered 15 cheap restaurants that provide great value for money. And in this guide I’ll share these places with you…

About Food in Boracay

The food variety on the island is very diverse. You name it, you can probably find it. There is of course local food, but also a lot of international cuisine like Italian, Spanish, Chinese etc.

Apart from that, Boracay is also rich in fresh seafood, which I’ll show you later in this guide.

Mango Sauce and Grilled Prawns

Prawns with mango sauce on the left and grilled on the right

When you’re on a budget though, the variety of food you can choose from is smaller. But even so, if you know where to eat there are still plenty of tasty food choices left…

That’s why below I’ll show you exactly where to find the 15 best budget restaurants in Boracay – so that you can have a full and satisfied belly, without an empty wallet.

Quick tip: for things to do other than eating see Boracay’s 23 Most Fun Activities.

So let’s get started…

Regular Budget Restaurants

Below I list the regular cheap restaurants that I frequent in Boracay. Their food is tasty and priced affordably. Because of that I’ve gotten to know their menus inside out – and I’ll share my experience with their menus to give you recommendations on what to eat there…

Viveri’s Cafe

Viveri's Cafe

Viveri’s is my number 1 favorite restaurant in Boracay. It’s like eating 4 stars but paying only 2 stars. So especially when you’re on a budget, you’ll love this little resto. It’s truly a hidden gem.

All of their food is excellent so it’s hard to recommend one specific thing. But if I had to, the first thing that comes to mind is “try their fried dumplings”. They’re delicious.

Cooking Styles: Filipino, Asian, Italian and pancakes
Price Range: P150 – P200 per meal
Opening Hours: Temporarily Closed
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Viveris-Cafe
Directions To Viveri's Cafe

Happy Home

Happy Home

Happy Home has been a long time favorite of mine. It’s located on Bulabog Beach, which is the kite and windsurfing beach. Their meal portions are big, so if you have a strong appetite this is a good place to go. My favorite meal is their chicken or seafood pasta.

Cooking Styles: Filipino, various international cuisine and pancakes
Price Range: P100 – P175 per meal
Opening Hours: 07:00 am – 07:00 pm, closed during low season
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happyhome.boracay
Phone: +63 918 227 8076
Directions To Happy Home

Smoke Resto

Smoke has a few dishes that I really love. These are Beef Mushroom and Kao Pad. They have other good dishes as well, but those two really stand out.

I also like Smoke because of the music they play. It’s pretty good most of the time, and at a good volume. Not too loud and not too soft. Good to get in a party mood.

Cooking Style: Filipino
Price Range: P150 – P200 per meal
Opening Hours: 24/7
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Smoke-Resto
Phone: +63 36 288 6014
Directions To Smoke Resto

Plato D’Boracay

Plato D'Boracay

Plato is the restaurant I go to when I want some peace, as it’s usually pretty quiet inside. I like to go there in the morning when I’m still waking up and don’t want too much fuss around me.

As for food, I love their chicken tinola and grilled chicken. Their chicken tinola is the best I’ve ever tasted. The onions they put in the soup add a delicious sweetness to the taste.

Cooking Style: Filipino
Price Range: P100 – P200 per meal
Opening Hours: 24/7
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Plato-D-Boracay
Phone: +63 36 288 1475
Directions To Plato D'Boracay

El Centro Bistro

El Centro Bistro

El Centro is one of the few budget restaurants right in front of White Beach. It has a good view, and it’s located in a relatively relaxing and peaceful area of Station 2.

I like to go there to eat either french fries, pancit canton (a Filipino dish), or crepes. The crepes are their specialty and a treat. They’re a bit more expensive, but delicious.

Cooking Styles: Filipino, french fries and crepes
Price Range: P75 – P200 per meal
Opening Hours: 07:00 am – 09:00 pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elcentroresort/
Phone: +63 36 288 6352 / +63 917 624 6271
Directions To El Centro Bistro

Munchies

Munchies

Munchies is a good low to medium budget restaurant. When I go there, I almost always order their Fajitas. Just can’t get enough of them. It’s a big portion, so when you order some extra wraps with the Fajitas it’s an eat for two meal.

Cooking Styles: Spanish, Mexican and pizza
Price Range: P150 – P300 per meal
Opening Hours: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Munchies-Boracay
Phone: +63 36 288 2195
Directions To Munchies

Pinoy Delight

Pinoy Delight

This is the restaurant that I first started to frequent when I first arrived in Boracay in 2011. The hosts Dolly and Ben are very friendly and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. I like to go to this restaurant for the good vibe, and when I want some good quality Filipino food.

Cooking Styles: Mostly Filipino, some European and pancakes
Price Range: P100 – P200 per meal
Opening Hours: 07:00 am – 22:00 pm
Phone: +63 939 868 1117
Directions To Pinoy Delight

Seafood at D’Talipapa

If you enjoy eating seafood, then D’Talipapa is not a place you want to miss. Its main attraction is the wet market where you can shop for seafood. After purchasing seafood you can bring it to one of the nearby restaurants, which will then prepare it for you for a reasonable price.

D’Talipapa has about 23 different seafoods to choose from. From lobsters, to different kinds of fish, to oysters. You name it, they have it. I personally love the prawns. And as most of the seafood, prawns are available in several sizes, dead or alive.

Directions To D'Talipapa

Blue Jade Cafe

Blue Jade Cafe

Blue Jade is my restaurant of choice when it comes to getting seafood down my belly in D’Talipapa. I like that it’s a smaller and more quiet restaurant, and that it has wooden furniture instead of the many plastics that you see everywhere in D’Talipapa.

Cooking Styles: Seafood
Price Range: P115 – P280 to get 1 kilo of seafood prepared
Opening Hours: 08:30 am – 09:30 pm
Phone: +63 36 288 5148
Directions To Blue Jade Cafe

Snacks & Fast food

I’m not big on fast food, but do like the occasional snack or a good pizza. Below I list the good value for money restaurants that I frequent for that sort of food.

Super Submarine Sandwich Shop

When I’m looking for an easy takeout meal I usually slip by Super Submarine Sandwich Shop. Quick, easy and tasty.

Price Range: P80 – P295 per sandwich
Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Submarine-Sandwich-Shop
Phone: +63 36 288 2236
Directions To Submarine Sandwich Shop

Lola’s Pizzeria

Lola's Pizza

Lola offers good quality pizza at a very affordable price. It isn’t the best pizza I’ve ever tasted, but it’s pretty good and for the price it can’t be beat. My favorite is their garlic chicken pizza.

Price Range: P100 – P200 per pizza
Opening Hours: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lolas-Pizza
Phone: +63 917 634 1097
Directions To Lola's Pizza

Mang Inasal

Mang Inasal

When you’re out and hungry for some grilled chicken, Inasal is a good choice.

Cooking Style: Grilled chicken
Price Range: P60 – P120 per meal
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Fri – Sun until 11:00 pm
Website: http://www.manginasal.com/menu
Phone: +63 2 854 5692
Directions To Mang Inasal

Local Food

The tastiness of Filipino food depends a lot on how well it’s made. A good cook can make Filipino food absolutely mouthwatering, but the opposite is also true and unfortunately not uncommon at carinderias. Carinderias are eateries where traditional local Filipino food is sold.

So to be honest, the cooking quality standard at carinderias generally isn’t that high. That’s why I feel that the food there isn’t as good as it could be – in most cases. But choose the right carinderia, and it can be pretty good.

So to help you on your way I’ve listed some of my favorite local Filipino eating places below…

Jasper’s Eatery

Jasper's Eatery

For true local style Filipino food Jasper’s carinderia is my favorite. It’s also a favorite of many locals.

Cooking Styles: Filipino
Price Range: P60 – P120 per meal
Opening Hours: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jaspers-Restaurant
Phone: +63 36 288 3435
Directions To Jasper's Eatery

Grilled Chicken Stall

Grilled Chicken

When I’m looking to take out a whole grilled chicken I always go here. I love the taste and crispiness of their chickens.

Price: P190 for a whole grilled chicken
Opening Hours: 09:00 am – 22:00 pm
Directions To Grilled Chicken Stall

Pricier but Good

Always eating on a budget is no fun, so I like to splurge on food occasionally. When I do, the restaurants listed below are some of my favorites.

Be aware though: there are still many more restos that fall into this price range. So when you’re not on a low budget, you have a lot of choice for food in Boracay.

Lemoni Café and Restaurant

Lemoni Cafe and Restaurant

The main reason why I like to visit Lemoni is because of their cakes. They are delicious and of premium quality. The place also has a nice look to it, as you can see in the above picture.

Cooking Style: Cakes and European
Price Range: Starting at P70 for cakes, P150 for breakfast, and P300 for main course
Opening Hours: 07:00 am – 11:00 pm
Website: http://www.lemonicafeboracay.com
Phone: +63 36 288 6781
Directions To Lemoni Café and Resto

Cyma Greek Taverna

Cyma is a favorite of mine when I have an appetite for steak or lamb. I also enjoy their moussaka.

A fun experience they have is when someone orders flaming cheese. The waiters will then entertain people with huge flames that light up from their frying pan. It startled me when I first experienced it, because the waiter did it right next to me. Any closer and the dish would have to be renamed flaming hair.

Cooking Style: Greek
Price Range: Starting at P270 per meal
Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cyma-Greek-Taverna
Phone: +63 36 288 4283
Directions To Cyma Greek Taverna

Restaurants Map

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In the map menu (top left icon) you can find a list of all the restaurants on the map. Clicking one will show its picture, description and location.

For more maps visit my dedicated Boracay maps page which includes this map and many more on other subjects.

Conclusion

As you can see Boracay has many different affordable restaurants to choose from – and this guide should have made it a whole lot easier for you to find the best of them.

Bon appétit! 🙂

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