THE 6 BEST Restaurants in Olongapo
A journey to new places is never complete without experiencing the region’s cuisines. If you are on an excursion for long hours and are headed for Olongapo, then the chance is good that part of your checklist upon arrival into the city is a good place to dine and satisfy a hungry tummy. Luckily, there are so many choices, which you pick will entirely depend on your mood or natural preference for food.
The Coffee Shop
Address: 2 Rizal St, Olongapo, 2200 Zambales
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: (047) 222 4530
One of Olongapo’s longest-standing restos, The Coffee Shop, which is situated in Barretto, has stood the test of time and is somewhat considered an icon among the locals. While its entire menu is a mix between Filipino, Asian, and international dishes, this seemingly timeless restaurant has established a reputation for serving giant tacos—which, as its name implies, are more than your average-sized tacos, replete with ground meat, sliced veggies, and grated cheese. So, if you are craving this particular Mexican dish in large servings, then you are certainly in the right place for it at The Coffee Shop.
Pier One Bar and Grill
Located in: Moonbay Marina Leisure Resort
Address: Lot 249 Waterfront Rd, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales
Phone: (047) 252 7097
If your idea of a good meal is enjoying a sumptuous dish in front of a live performing band in an al fresco environment, then the Pier One Bar and Grill along Waterfront Road in Subic Bay Freeport Zone is the place to be for you. Food-wise, there are Asian, Filipino, bar, and pub dishes to choose from—so take your pick. Certainly, the best time to visit this place is during nighttime since this is when the entertainment starts to happen.
Texas Joe’s House of Ribs
Address: R7CG+7F9, Mc Kinley St, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales
Phone: 0917 512 3461
Given the popularity of grilled cuisines, especially in a meat-loving country as the Philippines, the idea of coming across smoked meat for food may seem a dime a dozen. But take Texas Joe’s House of Ribs’ meat fare differently—not only is its meat imported from the US, but how it cooks and serves its platter is only something with a special technique and recipe on slow-smoke grilling could deliver. Quite literally, you are taking a slice of a premium American dish if you choose to order your steak or pork ribs in this establishment.
Xtremely Espresso Café
Located in: SM City Olongapo Central
Address: R7PM+G95, SM City Olongapo Central, Rizal Ave, Olongapo, Zambales
If you want a taste of Western dishes but not necessarily in a fine dining setting, there is a casual bistro-style restaurant in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone that serves just those dishes—Xtremely Espresso Café at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. While the names of some of its meals may sound foreign to the average Filipino, others are familiar enough. But if there is a food that makes the experience in this café particularly stand out, it has got to be the massive pizzas, which come in multiple variants.
Yellow Cab Pizza
Address: Sampson cor. Dewey Ave., CBD, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Sampson Rd, Olongapo, 2209 Zambales
Phone: (047) 252 9999
For an establishment that openly states “pizza” in its name, the Yellow Cab Pizza, which also calls the Subic Bay Freeport Zone it’s home, is indeed largely about its rendition of the Italian dish. While it has its other food offerings, such as its twist of the baked potato and the spaghetti, this diner is perhaps more renowned for its long, thick-sliced pizzas. Back when Xtremely Espresso Café was still about to make a presence with its version of a large pizza, the Yellow Cab Pizza was dominating the local market.
Mongkok: Chinese, Dim Sum, and Noodles Restaurant
Address: Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales
Phone: (045) 252 2260
If, for some reason, you are craving some authentic Chinese dishes, then look no further than Mongkok. This dining establishment touts itself for some truly notable Chinese dim sum and noodle dishes. You might particularly like its jumbo siopaos and steaming hot wonton noodles. And, like the many others that made it to this list, this is also accessible by going directly inside the special economic zone, that is, the SBFZ.