6 New Places to Eat & Drink in Panglao, Bohol

Thanks to the new international airport, the island town of Panglao is the gateway by air to the lush province of Bohol – one of the country’s top tourist destinations, known for its incredible landscapes, beautiful heritage sites and amazing wildlife. The tourism boom centers around Alona Beach in Barangay Tawala, the province’s most popular beach lined with hotels and resorts, bars, cafes, restaurants, spas, and other tourist establishments.

Aside from its white-sand beaches and cave pools, Panglao is the jump-off point to scuba diving and dolphin excursions offshore, and day trips to the pristine island of Balicasag. In between adventures, there are numerous places to eat and drink in town. Here are some of the newest ones I recommend!

Rojo

Formerly located in a quiet beach in Doljo, Rojo has moved closer to the action by reopening in the Alona Beach area at the Rastplatz Commercial Building, along the main road. This restaurant takes pride in its excellently seasoned dishes like their Classic Beef Burger (₱380), made with 100% beef patties; herb-infused Signature Chicken BBQ (₱440); and super-cheesy Messy Fries (₱180). For drinks, I highly recommend their signature cocktail Rojo Sour (₱280), a perfect blend of bourbon, amaretto and aromatic bitters. Open daily from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Available via Panglao delivery and FoodPanda.

Sosi Bowls

Located near Rojo is another comfort food joint called Sosi Bowls, from the creators of Sisa Bistro and Sushihan, also both located in Panglao. This newest addition to the local food scene is envisioned to be “a haven for food enthusiasts seeking a diverse range of flavors”, while catering to various dietary preferences (eg. vegetarian). Crowd favorites include their Grilled Chicken with Mango Sauce and Paprika Rice (₱285), Pesto Mushroom (₱285) and Pilya’s Adobo Beef Ribs (₱385). They have a lean menu with all-day breakfast bowls, salads, pastas and mains. Open daily from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm.

Guitarwoodhouse

This hidden restobar is tricky to find, but it’s worth finding this amusing curiosity. As its name suggests, Guitarwoodhouse is a guitar-shaped Asian fusion restobar, run by a Chinese expat who fell in love with Bohol and decided to settle here to turn his one-of-a-kind business idea into a reality. A signature dish is the Guitar Fiesta, a guitar-shaped boodle tray for sharing (starts at ₱2,200, good for four to six persons) that includes shrimp or humba, beef stroganoff, eggplant minced pork and kung pao chicken. The establishment also sells imported guitars. Open daily from 4:00 pm to 12:00 am.

Sekreto

Despite its name, this open-air cocktail bar is conspicuously located near the traffic junction towards Panglao International Airport. Gaining a following among locals and expats, Sekreto offers premium-quality seasonal cocktails – the perfect nightcap after long adventure-filled days in Bohol. They have a very selectl drink list, which include Aperol Spritz (₱350), Amaretto Sour (₱215), Negroni and their best-selling Gin Basil Smash (₱275). Open daily, except Tuesdays, from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am.

Mosa

One wouldn’t miss this attractively design restaurant along the main road. Mosa serves delicious gourmet food and drinks as pretty as its stylish interior design – “a contemporary cave house and Boho-chic inspired restaurant that’s perfect for your Instagram feed.” Among their beautifully plated, creative dishes are Fishzza (₱699) – milkfish topped with four cheese, truffles and wild mushrooms; Lava Croissant Burger (₱489) – which diners inject with cheese! – and Foccacia Stuffed Chicken (₱999) – whole herbed chicken stuffed into slow-baked Italian bread. Open daily 10:30 am to 9:00 pm.

Poco Loco

Splashed with brightly painted murals, Poco Loco is a Mexican cantina and bar with absolute flair, serving authentic food from various regions of the Central American country. Their menu features all-time faves like nachos, quesadillas, fajitas, classic and traditional tacos (starts at ₱345), chili con carne, and rice meals (served with Mexican rice). For dessert, there’s pastel cajeta (₱245), Mexican sponge cake with dulce de leche and helado xocolatl (₱245), chili chocolate ice cream with banana chips. Open daily, except for Mondays, from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

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