1st Colonial Grill

1st Colonial Grill is one of the favorite restaurants in Legazpi that tourists shouldn’t miss when in the city. Using the freshest and finest ingredients, 1st Colonial Grill creates classics including Bicolano favorites such as laing, Bicol Express and the Tinutungang Manok (chicken stewed in coconut cream extracted from slightly scorched coconut milk that infuses a distinct smoky flavor), a local favorite and one of Albay’s culinary jewels.

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The dish that put 1st Colonial Grill on the map is Tinapa Rice (Top Right), a signature of dish fried rice with tinapa flakes and slices of salted egg, green mangoes, and tomatoes served in a small “kawali”. 1st Colonial Grill also has a cafe famous for its unique desserts, especially the now nationally-famous Sili ice cream. Their five-spice grilled chicken and laing are also bestsellers.

1st Colonial Grill – Daraga
Villa Amada Building, Rizal St. Sagpon, Daraga, Albay
Phone: (052) 481-1212, (052) 483-1212

1st Colonial Grill – Legazpi
G/F, Pacific Mall, Landco Business Park, Legazpi City
Phone: (052) 820-0985


Small Talk Café

The 11th edition-May 2012 of the Lonely Planet (page 186) reads, “a tricycle ride away is the fantastic Small Talk Cafe (51 Dona Aurora St. 11am to 10pm), which defines the notion of Bicol-fusion cooking, with dishes such its ‘Bicol express’ pasta, pinangat-filled ravioli, great salads and pili nut desserts. There’s great decoration, too, with old local photos displayed on the walls.” This short description may have defined the character of Small Talk Cafe since it was established more than a decade ago.

Fiery Mayon Stuffed Pizza

Established in 1999 as a Single Proprietorship, Small Talk Cafe is under the ownership of the Vicente Peralta family. It values its relations with its employees, and most of its workforce has been with Small Talk Cafe for more than ten (10) years. In fact, three (3) of its key employees are still with Small Talk Cafe when it first opened with only eight (8) tables. Today, the restaurant can serve more than sixty (60) persons during lunchtime and dinner. For its growth, credit should be given to its commitment to the value of quality, that is, a restaurant should zealously focus on a standardized recipe, proper food handling and sanitation, and never compromise on ingredients.

Left to right: Pasta Mayon, Bicol Express Pasta, Pili Basil Pasta.

Small Talk Cafe has not confined its food service to the four corners of the restaurant and caters to wedding feasts and luncheon meetings, like that of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, including roundtable discussions regularly held by several companies.

Small Talk Cafe has also been a showcase for the Department of Tourism, the Provincial Government of Albay and the City Government of Legazpi for its guests and official visitors. Then Tourism Secretary Durano and Robert Dean Barbers became frequent visitors of Small Talk Cafe. Other personalities that have visited includes then US Ambassador Kristie Kenney, Senators Angara, Flavier, Villar and Enrile, and several showbiz personalities like Derek Ramsay, Coco Martin, Sam Milby, Kim Chu, Sara Geronimo, and members of the APO Hiking Society.

Rum Cake with Pili (left) and Pili Pie (right)

Small Talk Cafe has been featured both in print and on TV, too. This includes the Inquirer’s Sunday Biz, Cebu Pacific’s Smile, PAL’s Mabuhay, Rina Jimenez David’s column in the PDI, Christine Dayrit’s column in the Manila times, Marc Logan’s segment in TV Patrol, and Jessica Soho’s Kapuso. Recently, an online poll in Culinaria Albay’s facebook page ranked Small Talk Cafe as no.1 in the top five restaurants “that come highly recommended by true-blue Bicolanos and foreigners.

51 Doña Aurora St., Legazpi City, Albay
(052) 480 1393 / (052) 437 8708
Daily 11AM to 10PM

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Bigg's Diner

Bigg's Diner is the leading food chain in Bicol with 11 branches in CamSur and Albay alone. It has also expanded to South Luzon with 3 branches in Calabarzon.

The theme is that of an American retro diner but the food is reminiscent of Pinoy favorites. They offer the biggest crispy fried chicken in town, the juiciest Baby Back Ribs and an original-blend Iced Tea. Other products offered are pastas, pizzas, salads, classic meals like Tenderloin Tips & Pork Cordon Bleu, Pinoy comfort foods like Goto, All Day Breakfasts of both American and Filipino variety and many more.

Baby Back Ribs (left) and Chicken Cordon Bleu Stuffed with Laing (right)

Bigg’s Diner – Pacific Mall
Brgy. 36, G/Flr. Pacific Mall, Capantawan, Legazpi City

Bigg’s Diner – Old Albay
Cor. Rizal St., Old Albay, Legazpi City

Bigg’s Diner – Embarcadero
Embarcadero De Legazpi, Legazpi City

Bigg’s Diner – Daraga
Rizal Street, Daraga, Albay


Legazpi Four Seasons Restaurant

The Legazpi Four Seasons Restaurant has been serving authentic Chinese cuisine for over 40 years. This place is famous for its delectable Seasons Chicken - crispy fried chicken with special sauce.

Imperial St., Legazpi City

Left to Right: (1st row) Fried Pork Spareribs with Fried Rice and Salad, Hongba Pao, Sizzling Pork Steak. (2nd row) Steamed Pork Siomai, Shrimps Salad, Yang Chow Rice with Seasons Chicken & Sweet & Sour Fish.

Magallanes Street, Legazpi City

Legazpi Four Seasons Restaurant – Bitano
Brgy. 37, JNL Bldg., Felix Imperial St.,
Bitano, Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines

Legazpi Four Seasons Restaurant – Magallanes
Magallanes St., Legazpi City

Legazpi Four Seasons Restaurant – Pacific Mall
Pacific Mall, Capantawan, Legazpi City

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DJC Halo-Halo

What used to be a small cafeteria in Tiwi, Albay is now a snack bar/food chain serving one of the best halo-halo treats in town - DJC. It includes boiled beans, gelatin, tapioca, sugar palm fruit, ube, corn, sweetened banana, leche flan and shaved ice in it. DJC's halo-halo is your typical halo-halo with a twist - minus the beans and tapioca but topped with lots of grated cheese.

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DJC Halo-Halo – Tiwi, Albay
Tiwi, Albay, Philippines

DJC Halo-Halo – Pacific Mall
Landco Business Park, Capantawan, Legazpi City

Alibar Foodland

Located in Mabini Street at the heart of Legazpi City, Alibar is known for serving affordable meals since the early 80's. This eatery offers tasty native Filipino breakfast choices, rice toppings and local dishes. Try the Tapsilog (beef tapa + sinangag rice + egg) and you'll definitely recommend it to Alibar first-timers.

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Brgy. 31, Mabini St., Legaspi City, Albay, Philippines
Telephone No: (6352) 480-2100, 820-2133

La Mia Tazza Coffee

La Mia Tazza Coffee is a very popular coffee shop located in Rizal St., Legazpi City, Albay. The coffee shop started out way back 2002. La Mia Tazza Coffee are Italian words translated in English idiom “it is my cup of tea”.

The company aims to offer a very aromatic and tasting coffee to its patrons. Also became popular in Legazpi City because of the Pili Capuccino and Pili Tazzaccino, hot and cold coffee based drinks that are made excellent because of the combined flavor of pili nut.

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A very relaxing ambience, good choice of music and a clean surrounding are also evident in every La Mia Tazza Coffee outlet. Customers can also avail of tree internet connection (wifi) while sipping their favorite drink. The staffs are well-trained and are deployed in accordance with the company’s code of conduct.

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Due to the excellent performance of the coffee shop, the company expands the service to Bicolano thru the establishment of another outlet in Legazpi City, Albay and now through franchising nationwide.

Rizal Street, Old Albay District,
Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines

2nd Floor, Embarcadero De Legazpi, Victory Village,
Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines

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Waway's Restaurent

Waway’s is one of Legazpi’s venerable and beloved restaurants. Established in 1967, Waway’s was named after the owner Laura Cristobal. Today, Waway’s remains a family business that continue to serve authentic Bicolano dishes. In fact, the restaurant has become a household name and a landmark when it comes to the Legazpi food scene; it is often recommended as a must-try for visitors because of its Bicol comfort food specially Bicol Express, Pinangat, Laing and more.

Photo from left to right: Crab Omelet, Kandingga (Bopis), Ginataang Malunggay.

Peñaranda St., Bonot, Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines
Phone: (052) 480-8415


Caffe San Marco

Caffe San Marco is Hotel Venezia’s in-house restaurant featuring cuisine inspired by Italian flavors and crafted from the freshest and most seasonal ingredients. The Caffe seats from 40 to 60 persons including outdoor dining. It is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Caffe San Marco's best sellers.

From left to right: Angus Beef Sinigang, Special Bicol Express.

Hotel Venezia, Renaissance Gardens,
Washington Drive, Legazpi City
Contact No.: +63 (52) 481-0888 or (02) 661-8888
Phone: (63 2) 6838338, (63 52) 4810877
Fax: (63 2) 6838339, (63 52) 8204790


Balay Cena Una

Balay Cena Una is a beautifully restored ancestral home that houses celebrated traditional flavors of different cultures. Whet your appetite with a healthy dose of our bruschetta samplers, warm up your taste buds with a bowl of Tom Yum Goong, savor the rich flavors of our Beef pepper steak or Pork Medallion in three pepper sauce, and top these all off with a light serving of our English Vanilla Cheesecake or Tiramisu in glass.

Or should you wish to enjoy something a bit more local, we encourage you to try our refreshing Wild Fern salad, followed by a serving of Butterflied King Prawns in Tilmok Sauce served over the Pinangat inspired Pasta Cena Una. Finish up with a cup of tinutungang kape (Rice Coffee) and a classic creme caramel (leche flan) as you enjoy the view of the Majestic Mount Mayon .

These featured cuisines are made possible by the culinary creativity of our proudly homegrown, world-class chefs; husband and wife Dick and Connie Condeno.

Step into Balay Cena Una and immerse yourself in a lovely dining setting that you just have to experience with your loved ones.

From left to right: (1st row) Wagyu Steak, Mango Crepe, English Vanilla Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce, Ratatouille Foccacia Sandwich, Creme Caramel (2nd row) Cena Una Marinated Boneless Chicken, House Chef's Salad, Pasta Cena Una.

513 F. Lotivio St., Daraga, Albay

Business Hours:
Mon – Wed: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm

Phone: (052) 435-4338 | (0917)827-9520


Sibid-Sibid Food Park

In 2009, Sibid-Sibid Food Park along Peñaranda St. in Bonot, opened its doors and quickly became a favorite among locals chiefly because of its superb seafood dishes cooked in the traditional Bicolano way and its quaint old fishing village ambience. Named after the outrigger canoe common in the Bicolano coasts, Sibid-Sibid offers excellent seafood dishes at reasonable prices.

Peñaranda Street, Bonot, Legazpi City Business Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

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Palamigan Restaurant

Palamigan's famous desserts. From left to right: French Macaroon, Cream Puffs, Decadent Cake, Mango Cheese Cake.

Palamigan's best tasting Lutong-Bahay dishes. From left to right: Bopis, Tortang Talong, Liver Steak, Sweet & Sour Fish, Bicol Express.

Palamigan's delicious products. From left to right: Empanda, Pansit Palamigan, Puto't Dinuguan, Cassava Cake.

Rizal Street, EM’s Barrio Sagpon, 4501, Daraga, Albay
Phone: +63 52 481 0001

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