Your Local Guide to the 7 Best Restos in Davao

Discover Davao one cuisine at a time with this list of local restaurants to include in your next food trip in the province.

Filipinos love to eat, and food has always been an important part of our culture. It is part of who we are. To us, it is more than a basic necessity, but a pleasure that plays a significant role in our lives. Not only does it help define our Filipino culture, but it binds us together and bridges our differences. 

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More than that, it shapes the way we live. It is not just something that we eat, but it conveys stories in a way we’re not aware of. Food is how you are reminded of your lovely hometown by the smell of Bibingka. It can also be how the aroma of the Chicken Adobo makes you want to come home. 

You see, in small or big gatherings, food always plays a significant role in any occasion that adds to your most kept memories. 

Jack's Ridge in Davao
Jack’s Ridge in Davao

Indeed, life is so much better with good food. But, how do you define good food? How does it affect your mood? Do you ever get excited eating outdoors? Do you want to explore the cuisines of other regions in the country?

Take a few moments of break and discover the food options Davao has to offer. Davao City, the regional center of the Davao Region, serves as the leading trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao. “Life is here,” as the Davao City slogan says.

Here are the locals’ favorite restaurants in Davao

Davao City has so much in store for you. From the city’s famous parks, beaches, outdoor adventures, and the famous Kadayawan Festival. Aside from the renowned tourist destinations, the city is also rich with local cuisines and authentic international dishes that you should not miss! 

Whether you are craving local cuisine, American food, Italian food, or any Filipino dishes, Davao City has several restaurants to satisfy your cravings. 

Discover good food in Davao City. Below is a local guide for the best restos in Davao. 

1. Jack’s Ridge

Address: Shrine Hills, Matina, Davao City 

Jack's Ridge in Davao City
Jack’s Ridge in Davao City | Photo retrieved from WonderingWanderer

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just chill and unwind while taking in a magnificent view of the city, Jack’s Ridge is the place to go. 

The location is at the top of the city, providing a view of the bustling city. Isn’t it like killing two birds with one stone? You get to have a delicious meal while taking in the fantastic sights of the city!

Jack’s Ridge also has a range of fine dining establishments, like Karlo’s Gourmet, which provides coffee and baked goods. You can also try Taklobo, where you can enjoy an alfresco dining experience while sharing large amounts of beautifully prepared Filipino meals.

This location is ideal for dining with family and friends or if you simply want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

2. Aling Foping’s Halo-Halo ATBP

Address: Matina Town Square Compound, Gen. Douglas MacArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City

Aling Foping's Halo-Halo
Aling Foping’s Halo-Halo | Photo retrieved from

Halo-Halo appears to be the Filipino’s preferred thirst quencher when it comes to icy desserts. When translated into English, halo-halo literally means “mix-mix.” It is a buffet of sweet ingredients topped with shaved ice and evaporated milk that must be mixed together.

Aling Foping’s Halo-Halo ATBP in Davao City is well-known for the one-of-a-kind experience you may have here! They not only have the Durian Halo-Halo, but you can also customize your Halo-Halo to your liking! 

You don’t like beans or langka? That’s not an issue! Simply check the components you want on your Halo-Halo from their list, and voila, your own Halo-Halo! One thing is sure: after you’ve tried their Halo-Halo, you’ll be unable to stop yourself from ordering more!

3. Kaizen Davao

Address: Davao Wisdom Academy, Barangay 19-B Pryce RD, corner F. Torres St, Poblacion District, Davao City

Kaizen Davao
Kaizen Davao | Photo retrieved form WonderBlog

Kaizen Davao, located in the city’s heart, is a must-visit if you’re looking for authentic Japanese cuisine. This resto is one of Davao’s finest Japanese restaurants. This Japanese-Western fusion restaurant offers a Yokocho-style eating experience, which translates to “alley.” Kaizen Davao provides its customers a pleasant, laid-back street-side experience.

Kaizen Davao offers incredibly unique and original Japanese-Western meals that are sure to fulfill your hunger!

4. Marina Tuna 

Address: Buhangin, Davao City 

Marina Tuna in Davao
Marina Tuna in Davao | Photo retrieved from Wonderlog

When visiting Davao City, the seafood at Marina Tuna is unquestionably a must-try. It will undoubtedly satisfy your seafood desires at a reasonable cost. Crispy Tuna Tai and Baked Pompano are two seafood dishes you must try.

5. Davao Dencia’s Restaurant 

Address: General Luna Street, Davao City

Dencia’s Restaurant is another cuisine place that should be on your bucket list. It is located on General Luna Street and is well-known for its lugaw, tokwa’t baboy, fresh lumpia, and pancit canton. It has quickly become one of the city’s symbols.

Dencia’s story begins in Manila in the 1950s when her family chose to go to Davao and operate a restaurant. They also cater to private events such as birthday parties, weddings, baptisms, and so on.

6. Boiling Crabs and Shrimp

If your craving goes beyond crabs and shrimp, try Boiling Crabs and Shrimp Restaurant. This resto serves up crab and shrimp in large plastic bags on a table lined with plastic. 

Boiling Crabs and Shrimp  | Photo retrieved form Wikimedia Commons user Dan Perry used under CC BY 2.0

Crabs are plentiful in Boiling Point. They are sold by the kilogram and are prepared in a delectable garlic sauce. Other seafood meals like shrimp and mussels are also offered, but the crab is the restaurant’s specialty.

7. Claude’s Le Café de Ville 

Address: The Oboza Heritage House, 143 Rizal Street, Davao City

 Claude’s Le Café de Ville
Claude’s Le Café de Ville | Photo retrieved from TripAdvisor

A visit to Claude’s Le Café de Ville is a must if you’re looking for a romantic fine-dining experience!

This French-inspired restaurant first opened its doors in Davao City in 1996, making it one of the city’s early adopters of the cuisine. The restaurant’s position in a historic home lends it an old-world elegance that complements the cuisine of classic French and Mediterranean foods made by Claude Le Neindre’s daughters. To add to the vibe, the airy space and homey ambiance make it an excellent spot for family lunches. Once the sun sets, the mood turns romantic, making it a great date place, too.

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Although the pandemic prevents us from traveling and trying new cuisines, you can add these to your to-do list. That way, when everything is back to normal, you can automatically visit these great food stops. 

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By Andrea Patrice Nulud

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