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8 Baguio Restaurants For Casual & Fine Dining, Including Traditional Cordilleran & Vegetarian Restaurants

Casual and fine dining in Baguio City


Baguio is not only worth visiting for its unique tourist attractions but also for its food. Home to different ethnicities, local and foreign, you can taste a wide variety of flavors in this popular vacation spot.

If you want to know where to go for an enjoyable meal in the mountain city, here are homegrown Baguio restaurants for casual and fine dining you should definitely check out on your next visit.


– Casual dining –


1. Good Taste Cafe & Restaurant – classic Baguio restaurant that’s popular with locals



Buttered chicken
Image credit: @judiefoody

First on this list is Good Taste Cafe & Restaurant, a staple Baguio restaurant that locals frequent and tourists visit every time they visit the city.


Chopsuey rice meal
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This iconic food spot serves well-loved Filipino recipes such as chopsuey (stir-fried vegetables), and different types of sinigang (sour soup) and pancit (noodles). However, it’s best known for its addictive buttered chicken (starts at P219, ~USD4.18).

Also a cafe, it offers a wide variety of cakes and pastries.

Since it’s a popular food spot, expect long lines to get into Good Taste, especially during peak hours – lunch and dinner time.

Address: Otek Street, Baguio City
Opening hours:
5.30AM-11PM, Daily
Telephone:
0926 095 7940
Good Taste Cafe & Restaurant’s Facebook


2. Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant – serves traditional Cordilleran dishes



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Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant is located inside Tam-awan Village, a recreation of a traditional Cordilleran village. It serves traditional Cordilleran cuisine so you can truly immerse yourself in the area’s indigenous culture.


Kinuday jen baboy (smoked pork)
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Every Baguio tourist must try their kinuday dishes (starting at P150, ~USD2.86) made with smoked meat that’s then boiled, steamed, stir-fried, or pan-fried.

Traditionally, this was served during thanksgiving rituals or kanyaw and was also a great way to preserve meat before refrigerators existed

Address: Tam-awan Village, Longlong Road, Baguio City
Opening hours:
9AM-4.30PM, Daily
Telephone:
(074) 661 4384
Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant’s Facebook


3. Canto Bogchi Joint – homegrown resto known for its pork barbecue



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Canto Bogchi Joint is a restaurant overlooking a part of Burnham Park. It’s a modern, white structure with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, making it hard to miss.


Lomo ribs
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It’s known for its barbecue pork ribs, Lomo ribs (starting at P340, ~USD6.49), served with mashed potatoes or brown rice. This also comes with a salad made with vegetables, strawberries, local cheese, and peanut brittle bits, making it unmistakably Baguio.  

The homegrown restaurant has moved locations three times but because of its delicious recipes, it’s gained more and more patrons.

Address: Kisad Road, Baguio City
Opening hours:
10AM-8PM, Daily
Telephone:
0917 899 9954
Canto Bogchi Joint’s Facebook | Instagram


4. Oh My Gulay – a vegetarian restaurant that’s also an art space



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Inside an unassuming building on Session Road is a huge, whimsical restaurant, Oh My Gulay, owned by national artist Kidlat Tahimik.

It serves vegetarian dishes, including Bandilang Pula (P175, ~USD3.34) – red rice, seasonal veggies, and tofu topped with an omelet and Mongolian sauce. They also have a variety of pasta dishes such as Anak ng Puttanesca (P175, ~USD3.34).


Bandilang Pula
Image credit: Michael Tchao

Besides being a vegetarian restaurant, it’s home to Victor Oteyza Community Art Space (VOCAS) which exhibits local artists’ works. The space, however, is art in itself, peppered with one-of-a-kind wood carvings.

Address: 5th Floor, La Azotea Building, Session Road, Baguio City
Opening hours:
Mon, Wed, & Thu, 11AM-7PM | Fri–Sun 11AM-8PM | Closed Tuesdays 
Telephone:
(074) 446 0108
Oh My Gulay’s Facebook


5. Grumpy Joe – serves American diner staples



Image credit: Grumpy Joe

The popular Baguio restaurant Grumpy Joe may have moved to a new location, but it still serves the same American diner favorites its patrons know.


Spicy seafood pesto
Image credit: @grumpyjoe.ph

One of its best-selling dishes is its spicy seafood pesto (P280, ~USD5.34) served with a generous amount of shrimp, squid, and mussels. Of course, the restaurant offers other American diner staples such as burgers, pizzas, and wings.

Grumpy Joe’s New spot in Gibraltar has modern, tropical interiors, and Spanish-style flooring, which is refreshing compared to the restaurant’s old spot on Leonard Wood Road.

Address: 49 Upper Session Road, Gibraltar, Baguio City
Opening hours:
Mon–Thu 11AM-8.30PM | Fri–Sun 10.30AM-9PM
Telephone: 
0916 493 6879 | (074)665 2250
Grumpy Joe’s Facebook | Instagram


– Fine dining –


6. Gypsy by Chef Waya – a homey restaurant that offers Asian and European dishes



Image credit: @gypsybychefwaya

Because of its homey interiors, going to Gypsy by Chef Waya feels as if a chef friend simply invited you to their home for a meal.

This Baguio restaurant has an expansive menu of Asian and European cuisine. You’ll want to order a lot of dishes on their menu, but fair warning, their offerings are quite filling.


Porchetta
Image credit: @asafoodblogger

You should definitely get Gypsy’s highly raved porchetta (P1,350, ~USD25.76) which is a kilogram of crispy, juicy pork belly. So those with dietary restrictions can enjoy their scrumptious food, too, vegan and keto meals are also available at the restaurant.

Besides Gypsy’s cozy interiors, there’s also al fresco dining available. Plus, the restaurant is pet-friendly so your fur baby won’t be left behind at your accommodation.

The restaurant accepts walk-ins, but it’s best to book a reservation during peak season.

Address: 6 Quezon Hill Road 2, Baguio City
Opening hours:
11AM-9PM, Daily
Telephone:
0927 851 7856
Gypsy Baguio by Chef Waya’s Facebook | Instagram


7. The Barn – scenic cliffside restaurant serving prime USDA steaks



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The Barn offers scenic dining, a cliffside, barn-like structure with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the mountains of Baguio City.

It serves artfully plated Italian and Filipino fusion food you will enjoy even more with live saxophone music.


Ribeye steak
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This fine-dining restaurant is best known for its steaks. Its rib-eye steak (P3,450, ~USD65.82) is more than enough for two people and comes with a side of mashed potatoes and mixed veggies.

Reservation is required to dine at The Barn. For your convenience, also note that it’s hard to get a cab in the area so it’s best if you take your own car.

Address: Km 4, Ambuklao Road, Baguio City
Opening hours:
Sun–Thu 11AM-6.30PM | Fri & Sat 11AM-8PM
Telephone:
0921 477 9999
The Barn’s website | Facebook | Instagram


8. 113 Wagner Cafe – restaurant in a greenhouse that looks straight out of a fairytale



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113 Wagner Cafe has a rustic vibe that looks straight out of a fairytale, making it perfect for a date. In particular, it’s in a greenhouse with a glass ceiling, red brick walls, and, of course, plenty of plants.


Farm Fresh Food set
Image credit: Makmakan Baguio

The restaurant has three set menus that are good for two or four people. One of these, the Farm Fresh Food set (starting at P3,950, ~USD75.36) comes with their much-raved seafood linguini and Angus beef strip loin steak.

113 Wagner Cafe accepts diners by reservation only. To place a reservation, message them on social media at least two days before your desired date.

Address: 113 Wagner Road, Military Cut-Off, Baguio City
Opening hours:
Thu–Tue 11.30-2PM, 6PM-8.30PM | Closed Wednesdays
113 Wagner Cafe’s Facebook | Instagram


Baguio restaurants for casual and fine dining


If you’ve been to the mountain city plenty of times and think you’ve seen all there is to see, try to go on a gastronomic trip on your next visit and refer to this list of Baguio restaurants for your itinerary.

With a wide variety of casual and fine dining restaurants with different specialties, you’re sure to discover new flavors you’ll be returning to Baguio for.

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Cover image adapted from: @meiadc, @carlosdgreat29, and @laineeyy_ 

 

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