Whether you’re hungry as a hippo or just in the mood for trying a smorgasbord of dishes, you can never go wrong with an eat-all-you-can lunch or dinner session with the squad. And if you’re looking for affordable buffet restaurants in Manila, you’ve come to the right place.
While most unlimited serving restos in Metro Manila are moderately priced, there are buffet places where you can a have a good fill without spending too much. We scoured every nook and cranny of the metro and here are a few food joints we’ve found.
Eastwood City Walk, Eastwood Ave, Bagumbayan, Quezon City
Ever found yourself craving tapa, corned beef, or fried rice in the middle of the night? You’re probably smelling Somethin’ Fishy! Head over to Eastwood City from 12 m.n. to 10 a.m. and you can feast in breakfast staples such as pork adobo, arroz caldo, scrambled egg, bologna, and so much more.
Want something less familiar to your taste buds? Try their waffles and pancakes, which come with different toppings and syrup. Pretty sure, for P169 on weekdays and P179 eat-all-you can on weekends, you’ll sate your fix even before the sun goes up.
16 West Ave Cor. Times St, West Triangle, Quezon City
Kowloon House may be famous for their ginormous siopao and siomai, but over at their branch on West Avenue, there’s a whole new world of exciting dishes spread out on a buffet table.
For only P295, you can feast on Kowloon House’s favorites such as the siopao or siomai, as well as exciting dishes like stir-fried noodles, beef tenderloin, bacon shrimp roll, pork tausi spareribs, noodles, and a colony of dimsum.
915 Banawe Avenue corner Roxas Street, Manresa, Banawe, Quezon City
Saved a lot of room for dessert? Well then, good news, because there’s finally a place for you to satisfy your sweet cravings on a budget.
Tucked in the middle of Banawe’s long and busy street lies Love Desserts, a dessert buffet joint that serves everything, from all-time favorites like brazo de mercedes, chocolate cakes, cream puffs, to more adventurous stuff like crepes, halo-halo, ice cream, or even green mangoes with bagoong. Sweet!
220 Tomas Morato Ave., Sacred Heart, Quezon City
Want to chow down on all-Filipino fiesta for no particular reason? Bring your friends and family over to Finio Restaurant in Quezon City to feast on a smorgasbord of eat-all-you-can Filipino dishes, ranging from the most common to the divine. All for P135 (breakfast), P265 (lunch), and P295 (dinner) daily.
While Finio specializes in local cuisine like kare-kare, caldereta, and chicken inasal, they also offer Mongolian-style dishes where people can get an assortment of meat and veggies and have them stir-fried to perfection. If that’s not enough, do know that they have crispy pata, too—deboned for your ultimate dining pleasure.
65 Timog Avenue, Bgy. South Triangle, Quezon City (P238 for adults, P153 for kids 4ft and below)
G/F Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard cor Edsa, Mandaluyong City (P258 for adults, P178 for kids 4ft and below)
1600 Roxas Blvd. cor. Layug St., Pasay City (P258 for adults, P178 for kids 4ft and below)
76 Scout Alcaraz St, Saint Peter, Quezon City (P228 for adults, P153 for kids 4ft and below)
Since 2001, people have been flocking to Tramway because of their affordable yet scrumptious buffet offerings. After all, nothing feels better than sharing the good times with your friends and family over delectable treats like steamed fish, noodles, sweet and sour pork, spiced clams, Hong Kong-style fried chicken, and dimsum, among others.
Aside from its unbeatable price, Tramway also has function rooms suited for events like birthdays, baptisms, or a simple food-tripping payday feast.
Unit 11, The Hub, Mayflower Street, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City
Hidden behind the busy BPO buildings of Greenfield District lies a paradise for both buffet hunters and self-confessed carnivores.
With meat items like beef sirloin, pork belly, chicken breast, and cuttlefish cooked in a Brazilian “churrasco”-style method, patrons get served a full plate randomly, depending on which one is cooked first. Lunch buffet starts at P348 while the dinner buffet is priced at P448.
Lee Hak Unlimited BBQ Restaurant
Pioneer Centre Supermart, 8006 Pioneer Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
The main draw of Korean buffets is the pleasure of grilling your own meat in front of you, allowing you to control how cooked you want it to be. What sets apart Lee Hak from other Korean grill places is that they cook your order on the spot, which means no more queuing with other patrons or getting stale and constantly reheated food.
Weekday lunch and dinner buffet are at P329 and P369, respectively. Meanwhile, you get your weekend barbecue buffet for only P399.
Cabalen Filipino-Asian Buffet
Ground Floor, Entertainment Mall, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Ground Floor, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
Third Floor, Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Cabalen has been serving tray after tray of Kapampangan cuisine ever since it first opened its buffet doors almost 30 years ago.
While their chain of restaurants has been known for serving all-Filipino buffet fare like kare-kare and sisig, the Filipino-Asian variant of the restaurant has stuffed in more Asian dishes: maki rolls, pad thai, pork siomai, and other heavy favorites. For only P398 per head, this buffet is a steal.
Café Sweet Inspirations
311 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
The Katipunan crowd knows that Sweet Inspirations remains unfazed by the endless facelift of the area. While a number of good ol’ neighbors have come and gone, the quaint cafe slash all-you-can-eat Mongolian barbecue has stood the test of time.
For only P380 any time of the day (P240 for a single bowl on weekdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), you get to feast on unlimited bowls of protein, veggies, and carbs cooked just the way you like it.
74 Presidents Avenue Corner J. Elizalde Street, BF Homes, Parañaque City
Tucked inside BF Homes’ bustling culinary neighborhood is a darling among groups who craving home-cooked meals. Big Plate, a cozy place at the corner of J. Elizalde and Presidents Avenue, has two types of buffets: the breakfast buffet (P238) and daily fiesta buffet (P298).
The former comprises usual morning staples, while the latter is a smorgasbord of local Filipino favorites like lechong kawali, crispy kare-kare, breaded chicken, steamed fish, and the beef casserole.
The Raw Kitchen
93-A Scout Castor Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City
Like most homes-turned-restaurants in the general “Scouts” area, the Raw Kitchen is your neighborhood tabletop cookout joint.
In a sea of generic samgyupsal places, what sets this homey restaurant apart from its competitors are their five meat flavors: classic, curry, sweet chili pepper, teriyaki, and garlic and herb.
You can enjoy their standard fare of grill-all-you-can pork and chicken pieces for only P299 per head, or P349 if you want beef in the mix.
YumBoss Putok Batok Restaurant
146 Sumulong Highway, Mayamot, Antipolo, Rizal
125A Gen. Luna Street, Ampid Uno, San Mateo, Rizal
Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Castor Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City
What do you crave today? Shrimp? Crabs? Sinigang? Bagnet? What if you just want to satisfy your cravings with just one dish AND without blowing your budget?
At YumBoss, you can get unlimited servings of the following: sisig (P199), liempo (P239), bagnet (P269), chicken and calamares (P239), adobo (P199), and sinigang (P199). If you want three at the same time, pick three dishes and pay only P299. Meanwhile, they also have the famous unlimited crabs at P399 and unlimited shrimp (P299-399). How’s that for a slice of fried gold?
The Strand Café
Ground Floor, One Pacific Place Serviced Residences, 161 H. V. Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
If Eastwood has Somethin’ Fishy, then Salcedo Village takes pride in its homegrown breakfast buffet place called The Strand Café.
For those working night shifts, gorging on a wide assortment of breakfast staples like the omelet station, bread baskets, salad bar, Filipino breakfast staples, and more is the perfect way to unwind after work. For only P429, you can eat to your heart’s content from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Second Floor, Fisher Mall, Quezon Avenue, Del Monte, Quezon City
Fisher Mall has a lot of hidden gems for serious eaters, and Teppanyaki Xpress is one of them.
For their budget all-you-can-eat sushi and rolls, just pay P350 and you can feast on your favorite rice rolls made as you order.
Some of the delectable Japanese treats you can expect are Hawaiian maki, California roll, salmon cheese roll, eel sushi, tuna sushi, and so much more.
Quezon Filipino-Spanish Buffet
Second Floor, Fisher Mall, Quezon Avenue, Del Monte, Quezon City
Filipino-Spanish cuisine evokes a sense of luxury. However, one doesn’t need to burn some serious cash just to enjoy all-time favorites like gambas, paella, embutido, and lechong baka. All you have to do is head to the Quezon Filipino-Spanish buffet.
Apart from the said food items, your P499 can take you on a wild ride filled gastronomical treats like chicken sisig, pork binagoongan, crispy kangkong, sardines pasta, lechon belly, beef kare–kare, and so much more.
Save some room for their merienda station because they have amazing finishers like turon, s’mores, leche flan, and salted egg buchi.
848 Banawe corner Linaw Streets, Sienna, Quezon City
Caffe Dolce on Banawe may popular because of items like lasagna and plates of pasta, but it’s the dessert buffet that makes people come back for more.
Give in to your saccharine cravings with their numerous cakes, pastries, and pies. Don’t forget to wash all the sweetness down with a cup of coffee.
Oh, did we mention that their dessert buffet is just P299? You’re better off going to Caffe Dolce than spending that money on just a slice of cake and a cup of coffee elsewhere!
310 Tomas Morato Avenue Extension, South Triangle, Quezon City
Unlike other buffets where the offerings are constant, Master Garden excels at offering unique sets of dishes every day.
Usually, their buffet would consist of unlimited servings of soup, salad, a noodle dish, beef, chicken, pork, fish, vegetables, rice, fruits, and beverages. It’s like going on a Filipino version of a seven-course meal but without the exorbitant price. The breakfast buffet at Master Garden is only P145 while lunch is P269 per head.
Hi Rice! Grill
50 Semicon Building, Marcos Highway, Dela Paz, Pasig City
There’s no such thing as “no rice” at Hi Rice! Grill.
Although their main attraction is Mongolian barbecue—stir-fried rice or noodles with meat, vegetables, and various sauces cooked on a large griddle—they also have a multitude of dishes as well as a dessert station.
To maximize your P299, create your own Mongolian dish and pair it with their delectable dishes. Just don’t blame us if you go beyond your usual rice intake.