Filipino Cuisine is known all over the world due to dishes such as Sinigang, Adobo, Lechon, Halo-Halo and a whole lot more tasty fist-raising worthy Filipino food. Since the cuisine is so popular among other countries, a lot of overseas Filipinos saw it as an opportunity to further introduce the cuisine to more cultures, while earning extra bucks on the side by opening their own restaurants!

A great example of this would be in San Diego, as numerous Filipino-owned restaurants have been springing up during the past couple of years. With that being said, let us talk about some of the many restaurants in San Diego that are continuously raising the Philippine flag up high.

Starfish FIlipino Eatery

Located on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard in Ocean Beach, Starfish Filipino Eatery brings the flavor of the Philippines in a modern contemporary way. They serve Halabos Hipon Bawang, Special Lumpia, Lechon Kawali, Pancit Bihon, and other Filipino classics. While their dishes may be the same offerings of other Filipino restaurants, fresh ingredients are what they say that separates them from the rest.

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Location and Contact Information:
Ocean Beach
1830 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, Suite E
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 230-5346

Villa Manila

Want to eat classic Filipino food in the most Filipino way possible? Head on to Villa Manila to experience kamayan! Kamayan is a Filipino tradition wherein Filipinos devour their favorite ulam with traditional white rice.

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Villa Manila aims to serve their guests the taste of the three major islands of the Philippines, through their own versions of Crispy Pata, Sinigang, Sisig, Bicol Express, Adobo, and a whole lot more!

Location and Contact Information:
500 East 8th Street, National City, CA
(619) 477-8512


With a name such as Serbesa, translating to Beer in the Filipino language, one must expect to find and drink classic liqueurs such as San Diego’s traditional Craft Beer. Though of course, if there is beer, there must be pulutan, and Serbesa has just that!

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Classic Filipino foods such as Pork Belly Kawali, Pork Belly Sisig, Ribeye Bistek, and other classics will serve as the best partner for their craft beer, ensuring a perfect combination of San Diego and Filipino culture.

Location and Contact Information:
41 E 8th St, National City
CA 91950, United States

Andell’s Bakery and Kitchen

Bakeries are a part of the Filipino identity, especially pandesal! May it be going to an actual bakery, or buying it from a “maglalako,” the taste of pandesal tastes nothing like any ordinary bread out there. That is why, it is no surprise that pandesal has reached San Diego, thanks to Andell’s Bakery and Kitchen’s Pandesal Sandwiches!

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One can enjoy spam and eggs, chicken adobo, corned beef, and ham with the classic pandesal. However, if one wants to eat something heavy, they also serve Longganisa, Chicken Adobo, Lumpia, Pancit, and a lot more timeless classics!

Location and Contact Information:
9926 Carmel Mountain Rd
Suite F
San Diego, CA 92129
(858) 538-8308

Filipino Desserts Plus

After eating a full course heavy meal, it is only right for one to follow it up with a sweet and tasty dessert, and what better desserts to eat than Filipino desserts? Classic desserts such as Puto, Kutsinta, Pichi-Pichi, Turon, Puto Bumbong, Biko, Halaya Ube, Cassava Cake, Ginataang Bilo-bilo, and more are all available at Filipino Desserts Plus!

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Besides the classic desserts, they also serve other traditional Filipino foods such as Afritada, Lumpiang Sariwa, Dinuguan, Lechon, and a lot more. They also serve party trays, for those wanting to taste the Filipino goodness one tray at a time.

Location and Contact Information:
Chula Vista
285 E. Orange Ave., #104
Chula Vista, CA 91911
(located inside Seafood City)
(619) 420-6748

National City
2220 E. Plaza Blvd., Ste. Q
National City, CA 91950
(619) 479-6748

Mira Mesa
8955 Mira Mesa Blvd., Ste. F
Mira Mesa, CA 92126
(located inside Seafood City)
(858) 271-5754

Written by Lawrenze Empleo

Christian Lawrenze Empleo is currently a Digital Marketing Intern of PS Media Enterprise, and a 4th year Bachelor of Arts in Communication student of Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba.

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