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19 Restaurants Perfect For Barkada Reunions

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Now that the holidays are around the corner, there's no doubt your group chats are buzzing with plans regarding your next barkada get together. We understand that it can be complicated to keep everyone happy. Some people are foodies, others care about comfort, and of course, there’s always one person who thrives in Insta-worthy settings. To help you out, we’ve put together this list of roomy restaurants with mouth-watering grub and cute interiors, perfect for a special night out.

  1. Earth Kitchen

    What makes Earth Kitchen special is not only that it is set in a lush, green pocket of Quezon City, or that the incredible-tasting food is made from raw, organic ingredients, but that this business is dedicated to supporting local farmers and indigenous communities around the Philippines. Of every restaurant on this list, Earth Kitchen is the only one that can boast of this commitment. This means that having your next barkada reunion here will be contributing to the Philippines' environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability. And did we mention the food is incredible?

  2. Yabu

    For a no-fuss friend group that prioritizes delicious food that is relatively easy on the wallet, try Yabu. This katsu-focused restaurant serves unlimited Japanese rice, miso soup, and saladso you will definitely leave this place fully satisfied. Be sure to try their mozzarella sticks. Instagram user @acousticjason describes them as “not only a culinary delight and the best in the world, but also a vessel of happiness.”

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  3. Agimat Foraging Bar & Kitchen

    This concept bar in the heart of the ultra-cool neighborhood of Poblacion is perfect for groups who want a magical culinary experience in an otherworldly ambiance. Everything hereeven their mind-blowing cocktailsare made with indigenous Filipino ingredients. Being here is a celebration in itself!

  4. The Wholesome Table

    The Wholesome Table has a few different branches, but they all deliver high-quality organic food that is almost-entirely locally sourced. This means that eating here is good for your health and for the environment. Try the drinks and dessertsyou wont find high fructose corn syrup in any of them, so you can enjoy these sweet treats guilt-free.

  5. Borough

    Consistently delicious, with a cozy-chic ambiance, Borough is one of those restaurants that feels like home. Whether you’re gathering for a weekend brunch, a decadent dinner, or a long evening of drinksBorough will welcome you with plush seating, and belly-warming New York City comfort food. Plus, if you’re planning a private party, the location is roomy enough to fit a hundred of your closest friends.

  6. Cafe Mary Grace

    While Cafe Mary Grace does have a bit of a “Titas of Manila” vibe, with its pastel tea cups, eclectic decor, and ornate light fixtures, there’s no denying that this restaurant has undeniable charm. And on top of that, any food craving can be satisfied herefrom light merienda and scrumptious savory meals, to decadent desserts.

  7. Locavore

    For a modern twist on Filipino food, head to Locavore. Dishes like Duck Lugaw with Fois Gras and Pinipig Cereal with Ube Milk are both familiarly local, while being completely new. It’s a great place to bring a crew that loves to eat!

  8. Ooma

    The catch with Ooma is that you can’t make a reservation in advance. However, the queuewhich you can avoid if you go during off-peak days or hoursis totally worth it when you experience the explosion of bold Japanese flavors. This restaurant blends sophisticated contemporary cuisine with a comfortable Filipino atmosphere, making it amenable to large groups, including your rowdy group of friends.

  9. Pablo Bistro

    For a special get-together, Pablo Bistro’s gourmet European food fuses continental favorites with with fresh, Filipino ingredients. In addition to excellent fare, the location itself drips with upmarket stylishness. Tucked away in quiet Salcedo Village, this bar and eatery is a great place for an intimate gathering of even your most difficult-to-please friends.

  10. Cafe Juanita

    This flamboyantly decorated cafe is arresting from every angle. It has been a long-time fixture in Pasig’s hip Kapitolyo neighborhood. But you can also access it in BGC. Regardless of which branch you go to, you’re sure to experience warm Filipino hospitality paired with barkada-sized comfort food in a cozy but stimulating setting.

  11. Your Local

    For a smaller group gathering, book a table at Your Local (trust us; it is very difficult to get a seat if you’re walking in, especially during the weekend). Despite this location being a little more snug than the others, the well-curated Southeast Asian fusion food in the industrial-chic space makes it an ideal spot for a night out with special people.

  12. Souv!

    Mediterranean food lovers will enjoy Souv (stylized as Souv!), a Greek restaurant specializing in spit-fired meat. A hipper and more modern version of its sister-restaurant Cyma, Souv offers flavorful food, gorgeous interiors, and excellent service. Be sure to make a reservation as this place gets packed at meal times all week long.

  13. Las Flores

    If you’re looking for a top-tier celebration location for a barkada that loves the finer things in life, Las Flores is the place for you. This restaurant serves authentic modern Spanish food as well as classic and signature cocktails in a luxe space. Be sure to try the paella!

  14. El Chupacabra

    El Chupacabra is set in the earthier part of Makati’s Poblacion neighborhood, located in an unsuspecting street-level space covered in graffiti. You might easily walk past it without noticing, if it weren’t for the carnitas-tinged smoke wrapping its tendrils around you, drawing you close. Give in. This is some of the best Mexican food you’re going to get in Manila. Bring friends and make a party out of it.

  15. La Picara

    This beautiful space boasts a chic tropical vibe, a laid-back happy hour, and delicious Spanish dishes with a local twist. La Picara (pronounced PI-cara) is best enjoyed at golden hour with a glass of sangria, a plate full of tapas, and table surrounded by your best friends.

  16. Misto

    Misto is the house restaurant of Seda hotel. You can find it in any of the branches of this cute boutique hotel. It offers a great breakfast and lunch buffet, as well as a la-carte meals all day long. Because it is located in the hotel itself, Misto is the ideal place to grab a meal with your friends before or after a girls’ staycation.

  17. Wildflour Italian

    You’re probably already familiar with brunch super-restaurant Wildflour. Well, meet its Italian cousin, specializing in wood-fire pizzas, homemade pastas, and authentically crafted desserts. Consider booking their special private room for an intimate gathering away from the ruckus of the main room.

  18. Apartment 1B

    What’s better than eating good food in a comfortable dining area? Aptly named for its homey feel, Apartment 1B offers customers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert made from the best ingredients. The Eggs Benedict, Grilled Pork Chops, and French Onion Soup are some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes.

  19. The Food Hall

    Easily one of the largest spaces on this list, this restaurant, formerly known as Todd English Food Hall, is perfect for even your biggest group of friends. Not only is it roomy enough to comfortably fit your party (even more so if you book a private seating area), but the range of cuisine herefrom burgers, to torched seafood, to an ice cream stationwill ensure that everyone leaves your reunion getting exactly what they want!


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