We will write the best 20 restaurants in Subic. All the best places where to eat in Subic from Filipino food to Japanese, Korean and Western food. Check here to get a discount booking activities and resorts with Klook in Subic!
Subic is located in the province of Zambales. It’s only 3 hours drive from Manila. Subic is a perfect place to spend a short weekend getaway from Manila away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Subic is like the sweet spot between a city and a province.
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WHERE TO STAY IN THE PHILIPPINES
You can get accommodation starting from 800-1000 PHP (less than $20 USD) for a room in a guesthouse. Can you imagen if you are two of you traveling in the Philippines, it will be $10 USD each.
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GETTING TO SUBIC FROM MANILA
If you are getting to Subic from Manila you can get a bus from Cubao, Earnshaw, Pasay and Caloocan going to Olongapo. Victory Liner buses are going there and the fare is 270 PHP.
Once in Olangapo you can move around by jeepney or tricycle depending where are you going to in Subic area. If you want to go to Subic by jeepney from Olongapo ride the jeepney until SM City Olongapo Mall and from there you can go walking to Subic free port area.
GETTING TO SUBIC FROM CLARK
If you are getting to Subic from Clark International airport you just need to reach Dau Bus station and you have two options to get to Subic. A minivan is leaving every hour or so to Subic and they will drop you at the Harbor Point Mall in Subic. The fare is 130 PHP per person and it will take one hour.
If you want to get to Subic by bus from Clark from Dau Station, you have to go to Olongapo city. The fare is 140 PHP and it will take almost an hour and a half to reach Olongapo. Once in Olongapo you have to get a jeepney to SM Olongapo where you can go walking to Subic freeport zone.
CURRENCY ATMS IN SUBIC
There are plenty ATMs in Subic area and currency exchange offices. Just notice that the ATM will take 200 PHP commission per withdrawal for foreigner cards apart from the commission from your bank.
INTERNET AND WIFI CONNECTION IN SUBIC
Most of the hotels and hostels have wifi connection. There are also coffee shops and restaurants where you can connect online. Globe and Smart works properly around Subic are in case you need to use data. Read here to know more about the best Filipino sim for tourist.
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WEATHER/BEST TIME TO VISIT SUBIC
Since the Philippines is made up of many different islands, weather conditions may vary from one city to another. If you’re traveling to Subic, you can expect considerably small variations to the city’s weather. Humidity is high in the Philippines and the warmest months here are April and May.
Basically, January to March is the best time to visit Subic is the sunniest period of the year and is relatively cooler than other months.
TRANSPORTATION AROUND SUBIC
If you are staying around Subic Freeport zone you can go walking distance to different places. There are also taxis to move around Subic. If you want to get a jeepney you have to walk 10 minutes to SM Olongapo and you can get transportation to move around the area.
Jeepneys costs around 10 PHP and taxis are affordable since there aren’t big distances in Subic. There are also a few jeepneys leaving near Jollybee to different points of Subic if you prefer public transportation. And it cost between 10-20 PHP depending on the distance.
SUBIC RESTAURANTS AND WHERE TO EAT IN SUBIC
FOOD DAILY BUDGET IN SUBIC
Those visiting Subic will find inexpensive but more pricey than other places in the Philippines. A full meal in Olongapo city can go for as low as 80 PHP per person while a bottle of beer can be bought for around 50-65 PHP. Restaurant food can be bought in Subic restaurants for around 500-800 PHP for two people around Subic area.
Pretty cheap, right? And if you only have 20 PHP in your pocket and you’re feeling pretty hungry, you can even buy plenty of street food with your cash.
Transportation is also pretty cheap with jeepneys going all over town at a flat rate of 10 PHP and 50-100 PHP if you want to move around taxi.
Those who are looking for budget hotels in Subic and can find 900-1200 PHP. There are mid budget establishments go for around 1500-2000 PHP. That’s only $19-38 USD! For those who want a more luxurious stay, you can check in at very nice hotels at around $50-120 USD.
RESTAURANTS IN SUBIC
1. RALI’S RESTAURANT
If you are looking for a nice restaurant with a romantic vibe, Rali’s Restaurant is what you are looking for. It is also located in Subic Bay’s Freeport Zone. Their specialty are Blackened Tuna, Stuffed Bacon Wrap Chicken and Carmen’s Best Chocolate Ice Cream for dessert. You can opt for a candlelit dinner with your loved ones.
Address: Malawaan Park, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales
2. TEPPAN 101
We really loved our experience in this lovely Taiwanese Restaurant Teppan 101. We loved the interior, eating in front of the chef and checking the step by step preparation of our meals. The food was so delicious and the staff was amazing.
Address: Bldg 1131 Palm St. Subic, Zambales 2222
3. MI TAPAS
Mi Tapas is different restaurant from Teppan 101. It´s European style serving tapas from Spain. We had a romantic dinner in the pool area. Let’s first talk about their preparation.
We also had seafood- giant shrimps which are big and delicious! With candles and good food, you can´t have a perfect dinner without having Red wine from La Rioja, one of my favorite places in Spain (it is well known because of the wineries).
Address: 1131 Palm Street La Terraza Bldg. Subic Bay Gateway District, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2200 Philippines
4. CRAB AND BELLY
Established in 2017, Crab and Belly offers fresh seafood dishes as well as ‘belly’ dishes. Being pretty close to the sea, you can be sure that Crab and Belly can only offer fresh seafood ingredients in the dishes that they will serve.
They have seafood platters and even also offers unlimited crab or shrimp for 1,4999 PHP!
Address: Lincoln St, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales
5. 1925 GASTROPUB
1925 Gastropub is located in Sampson Road in Subic Bay Freeport zone, offers Filipino and Asian food with a twist. Its modern design and interior will surely make you feel comfortable and relaxed. Some of their best sellers are Malunggay Pesto, Balut ala Pobre at Laing Roll.
Partner it with their signature drinks, you’ll truly enjoy your visit. With its strategic location near the naval docks, the gastropub offers a wide variety of drinks both local and international.
Address: 640 Sampson Rd Olongapo 2200 Sampson Rd, Olongapo, 2200 Zambales
6. SANDS AL FRESCO
Sands al Fresco was so delightful. We had a romantic dinner for three prepared for us in one of the perfect spots for dining in the hotel – right where you can admire all the beauty of the greens surrounding the hotel, with all the night lights from the lighthouse, plus the serene pool view.
We had Kare-kareng Bagnet (Kare kare is a dish cooked with beef meat and vegetables like egg plant and onions. It´s usually served with peanut sauce), plus Kebab (a big serving of it full with side dishes), mango juices (green and ripe yellow fresh mango juices) and some pizza snacks for our little one.
The Kebab is so delicious and even reminded me of the delicious local Kebab dishes in Turkey and Germany. If you are up for a drink, you can enjoy 720º London Music bar next to the pool and have a drink before sleeping while enjoying the music.
Address: At Lighthouse Marina Resort
7. ILANIN BAY CAFE
Ilanin Bay Cafe offers affordable but tasty food. Sometimes called as Canteen by the bay, it also offers a nice view of the water since it is just near. They have local comfort foods such as pancit and halo-halo.
Address: Ilanin Rd, Ilanin Forest West, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Bataan
8. HSIN CAFE
Hsin Cafe is famous for their shabu-shabu (hotpot) meals. We enjoyed our shabu-shabu experience, cooking our food in the center of our table, and mixing our food with a variety of tasty sauces. Dumplings, meat, noodles, vegetables…
So good!! We enjoyed our Chinese-oriental dinner with our mango shakes. Did we mention that Subic is famous for being the province with one of the best mangoes in the Philippines?
Address: Grand Hooyah Hotel – Dewey Avenue, Manila Ave, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales
Cocolime is located in Subic Bay Freeport Zone and it’s a great place to have Asian cuisine especially Filipino dishes. If you would love to try seafood is great option too.
Address: Harbor point mall, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon Philippines
MORE RESTAURANTS IN SUBIC AND WHERE TO EAT IN SUBIC
10. TEXAS JOE’S HOUSE OF RIBS
Texas Joe’s House of Ribs is located at Subic Freeport Zone and it’s the perfect place in the list of Subic restaurants if you want to try ribs or steaks. You will find big portions and it’s a good for having a drink after dinner.
Address: Corner of Waterfront Rd. and McKinley St., Subic Bay Freeport Zone
11. URBAN DELI
Urban Deli is located at Subic Freeport Zone. Urban Deli is a combination of restaurant and shop. They have a good selection of imported products like cheese, wine and beers.
Address: Block 76, Bicentennial Park, Rizal Highway, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
12. SAKURA JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Sakura Japanese Restaurant is an authentic place where to eat in Subic if you love Japanese food. Prices are expensive but food is great. You can find this restaurant in Manila and Angeles City too.
Address: Lot 5 Time Square Bldg.Corner Sta.Rita Rd. Subic Bay Freefort
13. BUDDHA’S BOWL
Buddha’s Bowl is a great choice where to eat in Subic if you like Thai food. They serve delicious Thai dishes for an affordable price. Apart from Thai dishes you will find Asian cuisine.
Address: 2nd Level, Promenade Harbor Point Mall Subic Bay Freeport, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2200 Philippines
14. SAM’S PIZZA
Sam’s Pizza is located in Olongapo. If you like pizza is one of the best restaurants in Subic for kids with big portions and affordable prices. You can find burgers and nachos too.
Address: 44 Magsaysay Drive, Luzon 2000 Philippines
15. PIRATES BISTRO
Pirates Bistro is located at Subic Freeport Zone and its a beautiful one in the list of Subic restaurants. The place is so cute and the meals are great. You can expect big portions: ribs, burgers, pizzas and pasta.
Address: 532 Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2222 Philippines
16. CHEF SAMURAI
Chef Samurai is a sushi restaurant tucked in a quiet corner in Olongapo City. Chef Samurai offers fresh tasty sushi-sashimi and other Japanese cuisine at an affordable price.
Address: Samson Road Lot 2 Raymundo Road Corner, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon Philippines
17. ARISTOCRAT RESTAURANT
Aristocrat Restaurant have a few restaurants over the Philippines. The most famous food is the Chicken BBQ. The pancit canton and the lumpiang shanghai are also so delicious.
Address: Block 2, Rizal Highway, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2222 Philippines
18. GOURMET GARAGE
Gourmet Garage is one of the best restaurants in Subic. You will also find products to buy and the cuisine is Italian, Asian, and also Filipino dishes. The food is so delicious and worth it to try.
Address: 1143 Argonaut St Corner Rizal Highway, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2211 Philippines
19. TONG KYUNG AM
Tong Kyung Am is a great option for Korean and Japanese food in Subic restaurants. If you want to try the popular unlimited samgyeopsal prices are around 400 PHP.
Address: Block 19 Lot 1, Waterfront Road Moonbay Marina, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2222 Philippines
20. SLABS DINER AND STEAKHOUSE
Slabs Diner and Steakhouse is a great place in the list of Subic restaurants if you like pizza steaks and pasta. Prices for the steaks are around 800 PHP. The food is so delicious and the staff is great too.
Address: Global Promenade, Next To PLDT Building, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon Philippines
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About the Author: Ruben, co-founder of Gamintraveler.com since 2014, is a seasoned traveler from Spain who has explored over 100 countries since 2009. Known for his extensive travel adventures across South America, Europe, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa, Ruben combines his passion for adventurous yet sustainable living with his love for cycling, highlighted by his remarkable 5-month bicycle journey from Spain to Norway. He currently resides in Spain, where he continues to share his travel experiences alongside his partner, Rachel, and their son, Han.