I was wowed over by the beautiful and well kept facade of BARBARA’S RESTAURANT located in Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. 
We walked along the historic streets of the walled city to reach Barbara’s Restaurant located along the historical General Luna street in Intramuros. The restaurant evokes the charm and beauty of a bygone era. It is as if we were transported back in time to the Spanish Era in the 16th century.
Barbara’s Restaurant is just in front of Saint Agustin church and is inside the grandiose Plaza San Luis Complex just beside White Knight Hotel.
We went up the intricately-carved staircase and were greeted by magnificent silver-gilted mirrors.
When we entered Barbara’s restaurant it is as if we stepped into a place reminiscent of old world elegance. We then walked towards the main hall and get seated at the round dining table to experience the luxury of fine dining at its finest.
Barbara’s Restaurant table settings are very well organized and coordinated. Barbara’s Restaurant use tablecloths as part of their table setting complete with folded napkins. I personally considered it much more enjoyable to eat my food on a pleasantly arranged table and Barbara’s Restaurant did not fail me. The tableware for this buffet dinner includes soup spoon, entree fork and spoon for dessert (variations exist), side plate, side knife, wine glasses, napkin and a beautiful flower center piece.
Barbara’s Restaurant has high ceilings and crystal chandeliers the setting is a world-apart from your modern-day shopping mall restaurant. 

Barbara’s Restaurant with a beautiful flower center piece and candle-lit table set.

Barbara’s Restaurant offers buffet lunches and dinners as well as A la Carte choices. Buffet is only 500 pesos. Not bad for a buffet dinner with one-hour cultural presentation from the in-house student dance group who, I should mention, are very good dancers.

 Yummy food yum yum!
Roasted Chicken two thumbs up!
The salads are fresh and delicious.

Barbara’s restaurant lumpia is to die for! I love it!
Barbara Restaurant’s Linguini Alessandro pasta is delicious.
The delicious mix vegetables.
Pastel de Lengua
Salad mixed with lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes with shrimp paste or vinaigrette for dressing

We enjoyed our dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. while taking in the grace and beauty of traditional Filipino Dance, music and very cozy and warm ambiance @ Barbara’s restaurant. The young performers are Barbara’s Restaurant scholars. They made the audience cheerful with their exciting fiesta dances like sayaw sa bangko, binasuan, pastores, and the perennial favorite, the tinikling! They even invited some volunteers from the audience to dance w/ them. It was fun to see some volunteers tripping in the tinikling dance. It really added to the fun. Making it a really fantastic night for everyone.
The audience were in good spirits. This quintet serenaded us while we were eating dinner.
We were entertained by this Traditional Filipino Dancers

The crowd’s favorite is the Tinikling dance

We ought to introduce to another generation the joys of Philippine folk dance.

Our folk dances are colorful, vivid and vibrant – alive and exciting, charming and inviting.

Amazing native dance entertainment

Barbara’s Restaurant staff were all very accommodating and they truly provide a very good service. There was no discrimination at all between the foreigners or Filipino guests. The food were very palatable. The servers always refill the buffet trays. For dessert we ate squares of Brazo de Mercedes, brownies topped with cherry, CafΓ© Gelatin con Sago served in wine glasses and banana fritters. For me, the banana with sesame seeds dessert is the best!

Everybody love the cultural dance. It was superb! There’s no guest in that room that night who is not watching the cultural presentation. Kudos to the dancers especially to the guy who is shouting so loud. He made it more fun @ Barbara’s restaurant that night. The Spanish colonial style architecture with live music and cultural presentation every evening and the neighborhood of Intramuros is a little oasis in chaotic Manila. We enjoyed the show tremendously. Barbara’s Restaurant is worth a try. See and experience Barbara’s Restaurant classic elegance for yourself.

Barbara’s Restaurant
Gen. Luna St. (just beside San Agustin Church)
Plaza San Luis Complex
Intramuros, Manila

(+632) 527-3893
(+632) 527-4086  


  1. I've been to Barbara's years ago for an ala carte lunch. I love their callos & lengua. But I never tried their dinner buffet with cultural show. Maybe one of these days with a foreign or balikbayan guest. I think Ensogo or Metrodeal offered a discounted rate for this buffet.

    More power, Cha! Do continue posting beautiful places. You've improved a lot on your photography. Next time, pwede ako naman model mo? hahaha

  2. That was indeed a good place to dine in, very inviting to commemorate the past Spanish Era, surely my youngest son will enjoy dining there. I already jot it down in my list of restaurants for our resto-hop. Nice pics πŸ™‚

  3. I've been wanting to try Barbara's Buffet for a time now and your post definitely encourage me to go there asap! I'm excited to see the place and to be entertained with the performances.

  4. This is something to crave for especially at Valentine's Day. Young and old could find this Spanish antique place like Barbara's Restaurant ideal for recollecting the ancient Spanish era where elegant, grandiose, memorable cultural presentation by talented youth. Spending an affordable dinner at this historical resto is something to be proud of as a Filipino.

  5. Went there last October 2011 and their cultural show was one of a kind. I didn't took my camera with me, hence, I wasn't able to write down about our experience.

    But I'll give them one more try sometime soon =)

  6. first, great shots. second, great review… i never knew na may mga ganitong place pa rin pala sa manila, i've only heard some in provinces kasi… sana dumami pa – nakakaaliw na ma-entertain ng sarili nating culture while enjoying our most favorite foods… i hope dumami pa ang tulad nito…

  7. I had dinner here last year a week before Christmas.. Its amazing!
    Everyone wearing traditional clothes of a different era.
    I felt I was really on a different time!
    Too bad for me though, I miss the cultural show.
    The food is great!
    It's also nice to take pictures outside,
    like having your picture taken with the Guardia Sibil!
    I was hoping you got yours in here, but then the cultural pictures are a winner! πŸ™‚

  8. Wow! A very nice review indeed. You're really so good Tita, especially the photos. I love it! I hope me and mommy can visit this place. πŸ™‚ IT LOOKS SPECTACULAR!

  9. Very nice and interesting blog Cha. I haven't been to any restaurant of this cultural kind. Thank you for sharing this to us. The photos are great! Looking at it is a feast in the eye. I will definitely go there with Yuki Anne and Kuya IC.

  10. Addendum:
    Nanghihingi ka pala ng tips regarding this post, sorry ngayun ko lang nabasa hehe.

    Medyo mahirap talaga kumuha lalo na pag indoors at gabi na. You either have to use external flash to bounce the light or push your camera's ISO up so you can shoot without blurring your photos

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