From a quiet humble residential neighborhood, Poblacion has quickly transformed into one of the hottest nightspots in the metro. This district is famous for bars, pubs, and has also become a bustling food destination, with best restaurants Poblacion Makati serving everything.
Every now and then, a new restaurant, bar, or hotel is sprouting in this area, making it hard for tourists and locals alike to decide where to go. Luckily for us, Discover MNL took us to their top picks for a staycation, coffee, lunch, or party in this buzz-worthy street!
Check out what these best restaurants Poblacion Makati has to offer!
1. Commune Cafe + Bar
Photo credits to Commune
Address: 36 Polaris cor Durban St., Poblacion, Makati City
What to order: Flat White (PHP130) and Iced Toddy (PHP145/165)
As their name suggests, this cafe was born out of love for coffee and the connections it fuels, which is why more than a cafe, it’s a venue for startup events and community meet-ups, making it the favorite of creatives and freelancers in Metro Manila. They pride in only using single-origin beans from Mount Matutum, Mount Kitanglad, Sagada and other Arabica growing regions in the Philippines.
2. Filling Station Bar and Cafe
Photo credits to Filling Station Bar Cafe
Address: 5012 P. Burgos Ave, Makati City
What to order: Strawberry Milkshake (PHP295), Cookies and Cream Premium Milkshake (PHP325), Old Timer Burger (PHP528), John Wayne’s Rib Eye Steak (PHP1,595)
In the feed of the Filipino Instagrammer, this restaurant is characterized by its aesthetic: red booths, neon lights, 50s memorabilia (Manilyn Monroe photos, life-size wax images of Elvis Presley, James Dean and Superman), and a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado, among others. It has been in Poblacion since 1991, built by a former US navy cook. What we loved most about the place, though, is its humongous servings and excellent milkshakes! That’s why this definitely makes it to our list of best restaurants Poblacion Makati.
3. Señor Pollo
Photo credits to Señor Pollo Philippines
Address: 5767 Ebro, Makati
What to order: Quarter Roast Chicken (PHP155) with 2 sides (PHP245)
You’ve probably heard of this place, aside from being the holy grail of Latin American food and cheap beer, it’s also one of the first restaurants in Poblacion. More than the authentically Southern food, what makes it lovable is its humorous sayings plastered on the walls and bathroom stalls, and festive interiors including colorful banderitas present all through the year.
4. Lobo Filipino Tavern
Photo credits to LOBO Filipino Tavern
Address: 4898 Durban, Makati
What to order: Lechon Kawali Kare Kare (PHP245), Kinilaw Banana Heart (PHP150), Kesong Puti Taco Wrap, (PHP165), Lengua Sisig (PHP150)
Owned by half-Ilonggo half-Persian Pinoy Big Brother alumnus Kian Kazemi, Lobo is his passion project that pays tributes to his Mom’s roots. A drinking place that takes its food seriously, this so-called tavern serves what Kazemi dubs as “progressive Filipino cuisine” as he adds his own elements to local dishes. Entering the rustic walls of Lobo feels like going to your grandmother’s grand home in the province: you know you’ll expect good food with great company!
5. Wild Poppy
Photo credits to The Wild Poppy
Address: 2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati
What to order: Wabi Cha Cha Cocktail (PHP280), Pom Yum Salad (PHP220)
The Wild Poppy is a rooftop bar and restaurant serving Modern Southeast Asian fare and handcrafted cocktails. At first look, you’ll think of it as a good venue for a ‘titahan’ night: it has pillows, properly dimmed lights, floral accents, breezy air, and pastel-colored drinks. But with its filling plates and more than satisfactory concoctions, even titos, dads, and big barkadas frequent this place just to have a taste of the best that Southeast Asia has to offer!
Photo credits to Polilya
Address: 5658 Jacobo Street, Corner Don Pedro, Makati
What to order: Goldfinger (PHP360), Four O’clock Flight (PHP280)
With its distinctly eclectic furniture and ambient lighting, Polilya feels like a private club sans an expensive membership fee. The owner Ian Paradies started brewing his own line of craft beers under the Engkanto brand back in November 2016 and decided to give them a cozy and classy home with Polilya where he serves his signature craft designed to cater to the Filipino palate (sweet and sour) while being affordable and Instagrammable.
7. Loco Manuk
Address: 5072 SGC Building, P. Burgos corner B. Valdez Street, Poblacion, Makati City
What to order: BBQ Spareribs, Szechuan Caramel & Fried Garlic (PHP450) and Red Braised Pork Ribs Rice Bowl (PHP260)
Loco Manuk also makes it to our list of best restaurants Poblacion Makati. Their interiors are decked out in vibrant posters, funky decor, and bold patterned tiles, making it a perfect Instagram-friendly place. But unlike other IG-friendly restaurants, Loco Manuk’s food is just as vibrant and impressive as its interiors. Their cuisine is a fusion of Peruvian, Thai, and Filipino.
Photo credits to Lampara
Address: 5883 Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati City
What to order: Rice Cups (PHP220), Tofu (PHP180), and Veal Steak (PHP1,200)
As soon as you enter Lampara, what catches you is the open space marked by high ceilings. It also has a relaxed open veranda to feel the breeze and check what’s happening outside, and a little glass-house nook with a cozy Mod, ’60s-vibe where you can have drinks. And as good as how the restaurant looks like, their food is one of a kind that’s why it’s no surprise that Lampara comes to the list of best restaurants Poblacion Makati.
Address: 2/F Lokal Hostel, Ebro Street, Poblacion, Makati City
What to order: Jamon Croquettas (P160), Patatas Bravas (P140), Chicken Skin (P150), and Chicken Cutlet (P180)
If you’re craving for something tropical, Tortuga is the best place to be! It’s like a tropical destination in the middle of the bustling district, with island vibes plus food and cocktails that are affordable. With their island-inspired interiors, you’ll definitely feel like you’re on a beach holiday. Every corner is very Instagrammable!
10. Pura Vida
Address: Don Pedro Street cor Jacobo Street, Makati
What to order: Basil Jam Cocktail (PHP270), Healthy Rasta Cocktail (PHP270), Chicharrones Con Yuca (PHP220), Enyucados (PHP230), Patacones (PHP230)
Meaning “pure life” in Spanish and used as a positive greeting in Costa Rica, Pura Vida imbibes nothing but fun and good vibes! Expect finger-licking good Costa Rican food, affordably good drinks, and reggae music. It’s a good alternative to the highly-westernized bars in BGC. If you don’t feel like partying hard on a Friday night but still want to have a chill time with some decent booze and good friends, Pura Vida is the place for you!
Now that you’ve seen all the best restaurants Poblacion Makati has, why not go for a staycation and relax? The perfect staycation buddy: ZEN Rooms!
You can find ZEN Rooms in every corner in Poblacion. We provide everything you need for a comfortable stay (free fast WiFi, comfortable double bed, working AC, a hot shower and 24/7 customer support). Check out all our properties in this vibrant neighborhood!
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