Being the Central Business District and financial hub of the metro, Makati has long gained the reputation of being home to all things expensive. But this is not always the case especially when it comes to the food scene. You see, there are a lot of Makati restaurants that serve delicious meals on a budget!

From American and Asian-inspired cuisine to one of the most popular (and best) sisig in the metro, Makati surely has a lot in store for you.

Most Affordable Restaurants in Makati

Treating yourself to a delicious meal in Makati doesn’t have to always be expensive. So, we’ve hunted the city’s streets and picked the best places to eat in Makati that won’t have you breaking the bank.

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8. Pat-Pat’s Kansi

 

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Kansi is a popular Ilonggo dish that is a combination of sinigang and bulalo. Given its rich ingredients, kansi comes at a price. But at this budget restaurant in Makati we found, called Pat-Pat’s Kansi, you can enjoy this flavorful meal for under P200 only! Pat-Pat’s Kansi is one of the best restaurants in Makati to experience authentic Ilonggo dishes. Other dishes are also affordable starting at P120.

Address: 8809 Sampaloc, San Antonio Village, Makati
Must-try dishes: Kansi Bulalo (P210), Kansi Laman (P180), Pork Sisig (P165)

7. Three Guys And A Grill

Where else can you get affordable gourmet burgers and hotdogs in Makati other than Three Guys And A Grill? They are one of the best restaurants in Makati that serves tasty sandwiches with homemade sauces that are pocket-friendly. 

Address: Poblacion, Makati
Must-try dishes: Thunder Dog (P190), Anghang Dog (P190), Big American (P190), Tommy Burger (P200)

6. Lagrima

 

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Lagrima is one of the most affordable Makati restaurants that won’t disappoint. There you’ll have a small bite of Los Angeles with ingredients sourced locally or made by them. 

Address: 8488 Trabajo cor Abeja Street Olympia 1207 Makati
Must-try dishes: Street Taco (P130), Tostada with Carnitas (P200)

5. El Chupacabra

 

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El Chupacabra serves a fusion of Mexican-American. They are famous for their street tacos, barbecue and budget-friendly beer. 

Address: 5782 Felipe Street cor Polaris St, Poblacion, Makati
Must-try dishes: Street Tacos (P120-P150)

4. 101 Hawker Food House

 

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If you’re still looking for more cheap restaurants in Makati, your next stop should be 101 Hawker Food House. They serve delicious Singaporean hawker-inspired dishes at the most affordable prices good for sharing.

Address: GF Unit 10 Beacon Tower, Arnaiz corner Chino Roces Ave., Makati City
Must-try dishes: Hainanese Chicken (P230 for 2-3 persons), Beef Rendang (P245 for 2-3 persons)

3. Buddy’s Makati

Buddy’s is one of the best restaurants in Makati to taste authentic Quezon dishes. The dish that draws customers in is their famous Pancit Lucban or Pancit Habhab that is best paired with special vinegar sauce. At Buddy’s you’ll feel like it’s fiesta everyday.

Address: Kakarong Olympia, Makati
Must-try dishes: Pancit Lucban (P250 for 2-3 persons), Lucban Longsilog (P165)

2. Tatang’s Manila

 

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Another affordable restaurant in Makati to add to your list is Tatang’s Manila. They take pride in their crispy boneless Cebu lechon perfect for those who are hungry as their meals are surely filling.

Address: Reposo, Makati
Must-try dishes: Busog Meals with rice (P260 classic; P265 spicy)

1. Sisig sa Rada

Topping our list of satisfying affordable restaurants in Makati is Sisig sa Rada. Any Makati City employee or resident knows the Jolli Jeep. These are the stalls that line the streets of Makati, selling home-style meals. And one of the most popular ones is Sisig sa Rada. 

People with plastic bags of pork sisig along the street is already a familiar sight. Their sisig is not just affordable but delicious as well. That’s why it’s not surprising to see long lines of hungry Makatizens waiting to get served. It started out as a small food stall but now has several branches across Luzon. Make sure to add Sisig sa Rada on your list of must-visit Makati restaurants.

Address: Rada Street, Legazpi Village, Makati
Must-try dishes: Sisig (P50), Tocino (P50), Tapa Baka (P50)

Frequently Asked Questions About Makati Restaurants

Q: What are the best restaurants in Makati?
A: Here’s the list of the best Makati restaurants:

  1. Blackbird Makati
  2. Rue Bourbon
  3. Ramen Nagi
  4. Little Tokyo
  5. Samgyupsalamat
  6. Yabu
  7. Wildflour Cafe + Bakery
  8. Lampara
  9. Le Petit Souffle
  10. Buddy’s Makati
  11. Tatang’s Manila
  12. Sisig sa Rada
  13. Pat-Pat’s Kansi
  14. Three Guys And A Grill
  15. Lagrima
  16. El Chupacabra
  17. 101 Hawker Food House

Q: Is it expensive in Blackbird Makati?
A: Yes, it’s a bit expensive in Blackbird Makati. While it’s considered a fine-dining restaurant in Makati, the meal prices range from P300 to P1,700 per person.

Q: What is the address of Ambers Makati?
A: The address of Ambers Makati is 1324 Filmore St, Makati, Metro Manila.

Q: Where to eat buffet in Makati?
A: Here’s a list of the restaurants that offer buffet in Makati:

  1. Cafe 1228
  2. Firefly Roofdeck
  3. Yabu: House of Katsu
  4. Vikings Luxury Buffet, SM Jazz Mall Makati
  5. Yakimix
  6. Dads World Buffet
  7. Shaburi and Kintan Buffet

Q: What is the best Korean restaurant Makati?
A: Here’s a list of the must-try Korean restaurant Makati:

  1. Soban K-Town Grill
  2. Seoul Galbi
  3. Kko Kko
  4. Samgyupsalamat 
  5. Minsok 

Q: What are the SM Makati restaurants?
A: Looking for SM Makati restaurants? Here’s a list of the must-try restaurants in SM Makati:

  1. BBQ Shack
  2. Cucina Norte
  3. Auntie Anne’s
  4. Sizzling Plate
  5. Binalot
  6. Starbucks
  7. Lydia’s Lechon
  8. Jollibee
  9. McDonald’s
  10. Bacolod Chicken Inasal
  11. Hen Lin
  12. Fuel Burgers

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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

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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

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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

chicken with side dishes at senor pollo

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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

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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

nordic seats at The Wild Poppy

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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!

6. Polilya

dainty couches at Polilya

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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)

Photo credits to Loco Manuk

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.

8. Lampara

interior and a fish dish at lampara

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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.

9. Tortuga

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)

Photo credits to Tortuga

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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