Best known for surfing and its beaches, La Union is without a doubt one of the top tourist spots in the Philippines. This is one of the places in the country where you can have fun and relax at the same time. And oh, don’t forget about eating the most delicious La Union Food! In this blog post, let’s talk about the top 20 restaurants in La Union that you can go to next to have the best La Union food in town!
We have visited La Union two times already and every visit was a remarkable one. During our latest visit, we came from our trip to Hundred Islands in Pangasinan, which was also an awesome place to visit in the northern part of the Philippines.
Also read: Where to Stay in La Union
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How to Get to La Union
Getting to La Union by Bus from Manila
If you are getting to La Union from Manila, you can ride a bus to San Fernando. The most popular is Partas with routes going to Laoag, Vigan and San Fernando in La Union. Prices are around 500 PHP per head. The travel time is around 5-7 hours depending on traffic and where you are coming (from Cubao or Pasay).
Once you are in San Fernando, you can take a jeepney to Urbiztondo Beach or San Juan, where most of the accommodation and restaurants are. The price for the jeepney ride is 11 PHP. There are also tricycles available if you prefer a solo ride.
If you went by bus with Partas, there are a few direct trips to San Juan Beach in La Union. There are a couple of them actually, one in the afternoon and one at night.
Getting to La Union by Bus from Clark
If you are getting to La Union from Clark. We chose this option since we are based in Angeles City and we traveled by bus with Partas. The travel time was around 4-5 hours and there is no fixed schedule. However, we observed that there is a few buses take trips during the day. The price from San Fernando in La Union to DAU Terminal was 333 PHP.
Getting to La Union by Bus from Vigan
If you are getting to La Union from Vigan, you can take a 2 hours bus ride that costs around 250 PHP to San Fernando or La Union. There are hourly bus rides to San Fernando. It can cost you around 50 PHP a tricycle to move around La Union. Read here how to get from La Union to Vigan!
Getting to La Union by Bus from Laoag
If you are getting to La Union from Laoag. There are hourly bus trips in Laoag to Bacnotan, La Union. From Laoag, ride a bus to Bacnotan and it costs around 400 PHP for a 4-hour bus trip. From Bacnotan, finally ride a 20-minute bus ride to San Fernando, La Union which costs around 50 PHP.
Getting to La Union from Baguio
If you want to get to La Union from Baguio. There is no direct connection from Baguio to La Union. You can take the bus going to Laoag and Vigan and stop at Urbiztondo Beach. It will take from 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours. It will cost from 95-110 PHP.
Read here a full blog pos on how to get to La Union!
ATM’S IN LA UNION
There’s a number of ATM Machines in La Union, but most of them are in the town area. There are different banks as well. There are also hotels that have ATM machines around the vicinity but it is still advisable to always bring cash for emergencies. There are also exchange offices if you are bringing cash.
INTERNET AND WIFI CONNECTION IN LA UNION
Hotels and other establishments in La Union offer free wifi for guests and tourists. The internet in La Union used to be pretty slow, but recently it has become pretty reliable but you can still experience slowness at times. Luckily, the connection improved. You can also get LTE connection with Globe and Smart around La Union.
BEST TIME TO VISIT LA UNION
Like any other place in the Philippines there are two kinds of seasons- the dry season from November to April and the wet season from May to October. It is recommended that travelers visit during the dry season, especially from December to February when temperatures are much cooler and touring will most likely not be interrupted by rains and will not be really hot going around.
DAILY BUDGET TO VISIT LA UNION
For budget or DIY travelers, you’ll surely choose cheaper options especially when it comes to accommodation.
With 1500 PHP, it can be a good budget with food, transportation and accommodation plus entrance fees to some spots since most of them are with donation or free of charge. You can go for local food for 50-70 PHP in local carinderias and around 150 PHP in local restaurants in La Union, where you will find Filipino and Western food.
For accommodation, a budget room would cost minimum 1000 PHP ($20 USD) and you can go up to 5000 PHP. There are Airbnb options starting from $15-25.
Where to Eat in La Union: Top 20 Restaurants in La Union
1. Papa Bear
If you’re near San Juan beach, you might want to try Papa Bear. They are known for their consistent and unforgettable dishes. They present and prepare their food perfectly. Try their vegan kare kare or pork Sambal.
Papa Bear is located at The Great Northwest Philippines Travel Stop and Viewing Deck Macarthur Hwy Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union.
2. Great Gamble
If you’re a fan of those spicy juicy dishes that lingers on after the bite, then head over to Great Gamble. They have a great menu that specializes in seafood. Love secret menus? Try their “half and half”. They often show it to their social media pages but it is not on the menu.
Great Gamble is located at MacArthur Highway, San Juan, La Union.
3. Patio del Sol Seafood Restaurant
Shrimps, Crabs, Oysters and many more here at Patio del Sol Seafood Restaurant. Guests love their seafood medley and sinigang. Try their crabs and shrimps as guests love it more. It’s a great experience of dining by the sea.
Patio del Sol Seafood Restaurant is located at 39 San Vicente Road | Brgy Pagudpud, San Fernando La Union, Luzon 2500, Philippines.
4. Amare La Cucina
Amare La Cucina offers good italian food. They are known for their brick oven pizza, but they have a more interesting option, creating your own pizza. You could try creating your own with a bit of assistance here at Amare La Cucina. Definitely one of a kind La Union Food
Amare La Cucina is located at La Roca Villa Resort Hotel Surfer’s road La Union PH, Urbiztondo Rd, San Juan, 2524.
5. Tagpuan sa San Juan
Tagpuan sa San Juan has an ambiance much more closer to a normal Filipino setting, humble, accommodating and bit imperfectly perfect. It’s a really good place to hang out with friends although seats are taken most of the time. The food is also delicious and tasty. All with an affordable price.
Tagpuan sa San Juan is located at Urbiztondo Rd, San Juan, La Union.
6. Gefseis Greek Grill
Try greek food on Gefseis Greek Grill. The grilled meat is tasty as well as the greek salad. The sauces, meat and vegetables are all equally delicious. Cool interior as well for the restaurant with their sky blue and white combinations. Unique twists here and there for La Union food.
Gefseis Greek Grill is located at Urbiztondo Beach Urbiztondo, San Juan, 2514 La Union.
7. Mad Monkeys Burger Lab
Arguably, the best burger in La Union is served on Mad Monkeys Burger Lab. Juicy, tender, moderately salted, their burgers are best with fries. A little bit pricey for the size of the burgers but arguably worth it.
Mad Monkeys Burger Lab is located at Brgy. Urbiztondo, Manila, North Road, San Juan, La Union.
8. Sabong Fried Chicken
Craving fried chicken? Sabong Fried Chicken is delicious and satisfying. They have plenty of chicken flavors to choose from. Their best seller is the honey bagoong with kare-kare sauce. Price is reasonable for a serving.
Sabong Fried Chicken is located at The Great Northwest Philippine Travel Stop and Viewing Deck, Urbiztondo, San Juan, Luzon Philippines
A modest place offering Instagrammable servings is Barefoot. They offer delicious and tasty food, especially their bread. All while enjoying the ocean’s view. The price is also not that expensive with about 200 PHP as a normal ceiling.
Barefoot is located at Monaliza, Surf Resort, San Juan, La Union.
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10. Baraka Place Agoo
Restaurant? Fitness Gym? Massage and Spa? Not just one but all of them. All offering good services for each, Baraka Place Agoo is amazingly a perfect spot to chill out with friends and families. One wouldn’t just get out of this place without enjoying it.
Baraka Place Agoo is located at 011 Purok 01 Brgy, La Union.
Great place for just hanging out and chilling with friends and families. Bar-You-Tayo is your escape from the usually crowded places in La Union(Elyu) . But it doesn’t feel like just a retreat, instead it feels like the main spot.
Bar-You-Tayo is located at 215 National Highway, San Juan, 2514 La Union.
12. Angel & Marie’s Place/Surfer Retreat
Angel & Marie’s Place offers accommodation as well as a local restaurant to satisfy your cravings. Many local surfers gather here to just talk about anything. Good place to make some friends as well. The prices are very reasonable for the consistently delicious food they serve. Try their milkshakes/smoothies! Great addition for drinks in La Union Food
Angel & Marie’s Place is located at Marcos Highway | Urbiztondo, San Juan, San Fernando La Union, Luzon 2514, Philippines.
13. Coast Call Kitchen and Bar
Classy ambiance here at Coast Call Kitchen and Bar are all you need. The atmosphere is very chill and relaxing especially in the morning. Better for breakfast than any other times. Also, the staff are very attentive to your orders and will try to please you with their service. The price of the food is reasonable as well.
Coast Call Kitchen and Bar is located at 238 Urbiztondo Rd, San Juan, La Union.
14. Midway Grill Restaurant
Midway Grill Restaurant is perfect with their grilled food. The ambiance may not be relaxing but is definitely active and enjoyable. Baby back ribs is the favorite of guests. Also, try their Laing. Food servings here are quite big, so you’ll get your value.
Midway Grill Restaurant is located at Carlatan, San Fernando La Union, Luzon, Philippines.
15. La Famiglia Restaurant
La Famiglia Restaurant has really good serving sizes. For its price, it has a great value. The food is outstanding. Customers love their Octopus sisig but they are consistent with other dishes as well.
La Famiglia Restaurant is located at Carlatan Bridge, San Fernando, La Union.
16. Natalna Grille
Natalna Grille is good for families and groups of friends who just love to chill and take off some time for the day. The food tastes fresh and more natural. The ambiance of the place is also modest but refreshing.
Natalna Grille is located at Pagudpod, San Vicente Rd, San Fernando, La Union.
17. Grumpy Joe La Union
Grumpy Joe La Union will surely have a great food option for you. They have a wide array of dishes to be served. Customers love their seafood pesto. They also have good spicy food to try.
The place might get a little bit crowded at times because of its good reputation.
Grumpy Joe La Union is located at MacArthur Highway, San Fernando, La Union.
18. Dencio’s Bar & Grill La Union Branch
Another restaurant with a good name is Dencio’s Bar & Grill. They have plentiful dishes to try out. Because of this, their buffet is worth it. You’ll love their Bulalo and Sisig. The staff are also very welcoming and attentive. Great place to find gems for La Union food.
Dencio’s Bar & Grill La Union Branch is located at Pagdalagan Norte, San Fernando, La Union.
19. Flotsam & Jetsam
A hostel by the beach with a local restaurant, Flotsam & Jetsam is definitely your go to if you’re a party goer. The food is great but the ambiance is much much better. Although the price is high, the experience is really worth it.
Flotsam & Jetsam is located at 12500 MacArthur Highway, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union, 2514, Philippines.
20. Olas Banditos
Just as its name suggests Olas Banditos is a mexican restaurant combined with La Union food and delicacies. Try their Burritos and real cheese quesadillas! You might love it as well. They also have Flautas and Nachos you might want to try. One thing though is that the prices are a little bit high for the food.
Olas Banditos is located at National Highway | Brgy Urbiztondo, San Juan, Luzon 2731, Philippines.
There you go, guys! Our top 20 restaurants in La Union where you can have La Union Food. Which of those would you like to try next? Let us know in the comments below!
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