10 best places to dine near Mt. Samat (Must try restaurants in Balanga and Pilar, Bataan)

The best part of traveling? Of course, it's the food crawl! The food here is fresh as most of their items are from Bataan itself! Here are 10 best places to eat before or after you visit Mt. Samat.

Before visiting Bataan, I got reviews from my friends and family members that there's plenty of seafood available in that province. To my surprise, when we visited, they seemed to be like the normal Metro Manila cuisines but with variety of flavors and ingredients incorporated to it. Of course, there is seafood but I enjoyed the other dishes more as I am not that much a seafood fan!


1. Joyous Tangway Grill

Famed for their sinigang na ayo (type of leaf available in Balanga, Bataan), this restaurant offers traditional Filipino food in generous servings. You'd fall in love with the generous amount of meat and vegetables that's present in all their dishes and how they balance the food taste by always complementing vegetables to their meats.

Read more about it here: Joyous Tangway Grill

Location
Capitol Drive, Balanga, Bataan


If you are the buffet type of person, then Ima Flora's Pamangan, popularly known by the locals as the Ima's is the best place to be. Unlimited crabs, fish, mussel, shrimps, meats, and veggies? They have it all! For less than 300 pesos, you can already have this seafood feast that you cannot find in Manila! You can also order ala-carte but the serving itself is still huge so it's gonna fit 2-3 people per order.

Location
Gov. JJ Linao highway Ala Uli Pilar Bataan, Pilar


3. Esquinita Kitchen and Pub


If you are up for some shots or just good food that's perfect for group sharing, no worries. Esquinita Kitchen and Pub located nearby the main hotels in Balanga Bataan offers dishes that has a distinct flavor and style on its own. They have their own version of our favorite street food, the isaw (small intestines) and I love how enormous their servings are. They also have bands that perform regularly.

Location
Magnolia St, City of Balanga, Bataan


4. Sybilla's Restaurant

Hearty meals for breakfast or lunch? How about some amazing rice meals or this cutie choco lava cake ala mode that welcomes you to Bataan? Sybilla's restaurant isn't just accessible for motorists, their food choices and servings are some of my favorite Filipino food and fusion dishes from the restaurants I tried in Manila and of course, I have to admit that despite me having a hoarse voice during my Bataan visit, I can't stop myself from eating this dessert.

Location
Camacho St, Fourlane Commercial, City of Balanga, Bataan


5. Marres Kitchen


At first glance, it looks like a simple restaurant but you should think twice, this is one of my favorite among this list because they have a lot of food choices from their menu and they all come in huge servings. One of their must try dish is their tokwa't baboy in mayonaise and their huge leche flan. For their binagoongang baboy, they used their homemade crispy lechong kawali so it's a must try too. Serving size here is huge and can fit 2-3 people for sharing so don't overdo it like we did.

Location
Gov. J.J. Linao Road, Ala-Uli, Pilar, Bataan


6. Nico's Terrace Grill


Another place to hang out and dine in at is the Nico's Terrace Grill. This is perfect for those who want to have dinner over good music or while watching tv since the place installed huge televisions where you can watch different channels. They have traditional Filipino food and you can also order alcoholic beverages and liquors too.

Location
Kinatawan Rd, City of Balanga


7. Stregato Gelateria

Fan of sweet dessert and fancy restaurant? If you are just wanna have a good lunch, dinner, ice cream and cakes, don't miss the chance to try Stregato Gelateria located a few blocks away from the plaza. Aside from the good food, the place is instagrammable and each area has its own character that you'll surely enjoy taking photos.

Location
Saint Joseph Street, Balanga, Bataan

Read more here: Stregato Gelateria


8. Crown Royale Hotel - Silver Room Restaurant

Crown Royale Hotel is one of the biggest hotels in Balanga Bataan and I must say that their food in the Silver Room Restaurant is good too! They have the usual Filipino breakfast favorites like tapas, omelettes and arroz ala cubana. They also serve fresh fruits together with your

Location
Capitol Drive, San Jose, Balanga, Bataan


9. Choco-late De Batirol

Choco-late de Batirol is a restaurant famed for their chocolate drink that's made to perfection. I tried it and even though I am not a chocolate fan, I enjoyed it a lot. They have different Filipino food and choices of pasalubong so you might want to give this restaurant a try. Aside from their chocolate products, they are also famed for their turon! After visiting this restaurant, you can also visit the Museo ng Kagitingan too!

Location
Gov. J.J. Linao National Road, Pilar, Bataan


10. The Beanery

To cap off your day or if you are looking for a place to chill and have some coffee, their local coffee shop called The Beanery is famous that you can always see a lot of people even at night. In fact, the biggest surprise for me is that the shop, at a lower cost, provides the quality products and this brownie fudge topped with walnut is a must try too!

Location
The Beanery Capitol Drive, San Jose, Balanga City, Bataan
(Both are located at Capitol Drive - one infront of Crown Royale Hotel and one nearby the entrance to the Balanga Public Market)

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Have you been to Bataan? Can you add more on our list?

9 Comments

  1. Ohhh salamat sa list na ito! Matry nga ang mga ito when I am in Bataan :) interesado ako dun sa Ima Flora's Pamangan!

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  2. Fave ko sa lahat yung Sybilla's, Marres, tsaka Stregato! Hehe. Ay yung Esquinita rin pala. Basta lahat na lang pala. Lol. Nakaka-miss mag-sisig hunting. 😂

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  3. I have never tried to food crawl in Bataan but I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about great eat finds. Interesting. 😊

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  4. This whole spread of foods are very lovely to my eyes. Thanks for sharing these recommendations! I can't wait to try them.

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  5. i should have seen this list before we went to Bataan. but there's a next time so this list comes in handy.

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  6. Cool. It's always a pleasure tp go on food crawls. Hope you can also crawl restos here in Pampanga.

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  7. Did you eat all of that? Wow. I wish i could tour around the place too and have a taste of everything!!!

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  8. I've tried three out of ten! I like the affordable Filipino meals in Ima Flora's Pamangan. The ambiance in Stregato Gelatteria is very Instagram worthy. Lastly I love the crispy pata in Chocolate de Batirol. ��

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  9. Crowne Royal hotel food looks like royal breakfast, hihi. Love it. But would most likely visit Nico's terrace too. Food looks delish!

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