Davao travel guide

Where to eat in Davao, Philippines

Davao is renowned for its durian and pomelo. Eating durian is admittedly an acquired taste but those who do end up liking it will swear that the bad smell is worth it. Pomelo on the other hand is a citrus fruit that most closely resembles a grapefruit, it is quite common in South East Asia. Beware of bringing durian inside airplanes as well as hotels and other establishments. They may have strict regulations on allowing durian inside and some may not allow durian to be brought at all.


Victoria plaza area. the ultimate gastronomic experience. try the steamed shrimp, spicy spare ribs and crab fuyo.

Na Trang (Jekoy's Grill)

Jacinto extension, beside central bank. authentic vietnamese cuisine. try their tofu and mushrooms, vietnamese pancake, wet lumpia and fried spring rolls. coffee is great here also.

Jack's Ridge

Just across the santo nino shrine. delicious filipino cuisine and a breathtaking view of the city.

Gardena Fresca

Within coca-cola village in matina. their bestseller is adobong tahong.

Talaba Joe's

Rizal street. come to this place for the freshest oysters in davao.

(Apple Pie, questionable, not even Dutch style.)


Within barrio obrero. very cheap grilled tuna belly. tastes great too.

Gerry's Grill

Within g-mall. the many versions of sisig are great. *food chain found all over the philippines

Mang Inasal

Within g-mall and sm mall. delicious cheap barbecue chicken. *food chain found all over the philippines

Mandarin Tea Garden

With branches at g-mall, sm davao, nccc mall, rizal st., guerrero st., duterte st., dcla complex., and bajada st. the first and original dimsum house in davao. must try!

Dimsum Diner

Within g-mall and somewhere near holy cross college. best orders are salted fish fried rice, salt and pepper riblets and siomai.

Dox's of Davao

* rosal street, catalunan pequeño near yuchico orchid gardens. habachi iron cookery with a southern flare. try the dox's dog "on a stick" sarap to the stick!


  • Damosa Business Center, Mamay Road, Davao City
  • 2348813

serves delicious Japanese dishes at reasonable prices


  • Legazpi Street, Davao City
  • 2210901

serves high quality Japanese dishes. They also have an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet every 15th and 30th of the month. Calling them for reservations is highly recommended.

Smoked Cowboy Chicken


Sea Urchin Restaurant

Mamay road, a few meters from damosa gateway. a full range of chinese cuisine. cold cuts and soup are excellent. try also their steamed lapu-lapu and garlic chicken. the best restaurant in the city. call them at telephone numbers (082) 235-8603, 301-9289.


  • F. Torres street Davao City

There's one in the venue and another along torres street. try their talaba and diablo chicken wings . their crispy pata is also a must!


Torres street. try their signature vegetable-chicken salad.</p>


Ilustre street. classic davao-chinese cuisine. best orders are tokwa't baboy, congee, fresh lumpia and pancit canton.


  • Rizal St.

Rizal street. authentic french cuisine.

De Bonte Koe

  • 29 Rizal St Habana Compound

Rizal street. dutch cuisine. try their herring with onions. never miss the apple pie.

Grand Emerald Seafood Garden

Within victoria plaza complex. good food, reasonable price, nicely lit interiors.


  • F. Torres Street, Davao City
  • 2277763

A very famous barbeque restaurant that serves awesome barbeque dishes, steaks, and other Filipino dishes.

Krua Thai

  • F. Torres Street, Davao City

serves Thai dishes

De Boerderij

(The Farm)

De Boerderij

(The Farm)

Cozy international bar with Dutch roots. Burger, steak, pizza & pasta, kroket, bread and other goodies at affordable prices. Mixed clientele. Discreet place to meet and spend some time.

ellen's tuna queen (ETQ)

  • South Street, DBP Village,Matina,Davao City
  • 0922-8147063
  • 11am to 9:00pm Monday to Saturday

serves filipino lutong bahay with specialty the original pritong paksiw na buntot ng tuna. Also best sellers are laing, lechon kawali, tuna sisig, beef kalderetta,seafood bicol express,