Barbara's

1/F Casa Manila, Gen. Luna St. cor. Real St., Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila

Barbara's
4.4
4.5 Stars

22 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 10
  • 4 stars 11
  • 3 stars 1
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 22 Reviews
  • 34 Recommend
  • 22 Reviewers
Category:
Filipino
Business Hours
Reopens: 6:00p - 9:00p
Phone
+6325273893

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 6:00p - 9:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 6:00p - 9:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 6:00p - 9:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 6:00p - 9:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 6:00p - 9:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 6:00p - 9:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 6:00p - 9:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Daylight M.
5.0 Stars
10

buffet and cultural show.. for 699php!
they have a limited choices for food, includes fish, chicken, pork and salads, plus brazo cake, brownies, with some fruits. what we enjoyed was the cultural show, happens everyday at 7:30pm, the buffet table opens at 6:30pm, we were early, time killed by goofing around and capturing photos inside that antique house/resto..📸

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Antonio Lorenzo Q.
5.0 Stars

Looking for a rustic and nostalgic dining experience? If these are what you're looking for, then this resto in front of San Agustin Church in Manila's Intramuros is one place worth the visit. History nerds will also definitely enjoy its ambience as it embodies the Spanish colonial era vibe that Intramuros is famous for. More than the motif, the food complements well as Barbara's serves a kaleidoscope of Spanish-Filipino favorites ranging from their Blue Marlin ala Pobre to even their to-die-for Canonigo and Pavlovas.

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Dominique Martel S.
5.0 Stars

Tsokolate Español for breakfast 128077🏻

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Aya L.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Alisa B.
4.0 Stars

You gotta love this entire complex. It is reminscent to a Spanish/French park. It is sooooo nice. It is right across of San Agustin church. It is relaxing and you can lounge for a cup of tea or coffee. Barbara's has amazing Bibingka! They even make it in a clay pot. Visit this place when you're in Intramuros :)

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Stacy C.
4.0 Stars

To cap off our walking adventure we availed of their dinner buffet. Loved the food, although choices were limited. It was delicious, save for the undercooked chicken. Enjoyed the cultural show, and nothing but praises for the staff.

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Cheska S.
4.0 Stars

I like Barbara's for its ambience. The interior design is superb: from the kind of wood used on the floor, the chairs, the furniture, the windows to the curtains. It takes you back in time and it's befitting if a restaurant in Intramuros.

Even if there are alot of people dining here, you don't feel overwhelmed by any noise, clutter or whatever. The tables are evenly spaced and the waiters and staff are all friendly and very accommodating. You don't feel like it's a self service buffet because all members of the staff are around and eager to be of assistance.

Another thing I like about this place is the price for the buffet. It costs around Php500++ (lunch time) and I was able to treat all members of my team here. Do not expect lots of dishes though. Well, for that price, you shouldn't really expect a buffet spread as big as Spiral. It was good enough for me. There was plain rice, 2 pastas, paella, 2-3 other entrees (fish/pork/chicken), vegetables, salad and around 4-5 items of dessert. The food was delicious for me but maybe it tasted better because of the ambience. 128523

I love the desserts! The canonigo is like a combination of leche flan and canonigo. It was fantastic. I loved it. I deliberately did not eat alot of rice and meat just so that I would have enough space in my stomach for the desserts!

The drinks, however, are not part of the buffet.
They had a wide selection if teas by the way and they will let you choose therefrom.

Overall I have had wonderful dining experiences here and would come back again! I would prefer, however, to eat here during lunch time on weekdays. That is pretty hard to do now, considering that my workplace is not in Intramuros anymore but when there's a will (and a hungry tummy), there's a way!

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Daah F.
5.0 Stars

Started my day with a good breakfast at Barbara's with the sweetest. 9786️ awesome place, dainty and affordable food 128149 also tried this cappuccino, really got my taste 128076

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Maria D.
5.0 Stars

Next time I have a foreign guest, Barbara's is the place to bring them. I'd feel I shortchanged them if I bring them to any other Filipino restaurant!

What could beat the rich culture of the interiors of Barbara's? And the musicians! It's so Filipino, I even thought 2 of them looked like Tirso Cruz III! Don't fret though they're not stuck with performing Kundimans! They even rendered their own version of John Legend's All of Me!

The buffet offered local favorites: adobo, binagoongan, laing, kare kare, among others. The selection changes too. One time, the salad had pako. The other time it was lato. One time, the dessert table had guinumis. The next time, it was guinataan, among others. I paid more attention to the salad and dessert table 128518

Service was impeccable! Servers seem to have been around for awhile. Came once with a VIP and she was duly acknowledged although she hasn't been in the limelight lately. She ordered from the menu but they nevertheless offered her soup and dessert from the buffet, F. O. C.!

Glad to have re-discovered Barbara's!

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Vince-Anj L.
5.0 Stars

Lunch buffet's really worth it at P545 per head. Better to reserve as the place gets jam packed during lunch hour. Leave some room for their dessert as they are really sinfully sumptuous.

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Vince S.
4.0 Stars

Fried Banana with sesame seeds the best

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Dexth L.
5.0 Stars

must try in this place: adobo rice (php85) and brewed coffee (php60)128076vat excluded

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Maan B.
5.0 Stars

Got to try their buffet after purchasing it from metrodeal. 250php per pax is very worth it. You will be entertained by their great dancers while enjoying their delish food. 128525

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Danna Katrina L.
5.0 Stars

Ambiance would take you back to Crisostomo Ibarra's era. Good food too! Roast beef and mashed potato is a must try.

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Gari G.
3.0 Stars

Barbara's is one of the reknowned restaurants in Intramuros. Here are some of my comments about the place:

Place: The place is beautiful. The vintage interiors are good and well-placed. Comfy sofas and coffe tables serve as waiting areas. Chandeliers were almost all over the place. One word to describe the interior: Elegant.

Crew: They had plenty of accommodating crew men but since we checked in at around 8pm, most of them seem too eager to go home. The closing time of the restaurant was at 9PM and they gave the bill as early as 8:30 for all of the tables. I think it's disrespectful since they didn't noticed that we just had ONE PLATE of BUFFET dinner that time.

Performers: Performers were great! They were already singing and dancing as got in around 8pm. They were in character and their dances were flawless, no kidding.

Food: one word to describe: DISAPPOINTING. Barbara's may be known for its performances during meals but it is a restaurant. They should be serving good food. Buffet price costs around 700+ and we didn't pay just to watch the performers. The beef calderta was good but the buttered fish fillet was a blah. The fried rice's were too flavorful and not a good mix up with the already flavorful ulam. The only soup that they had was the garlic soup. It was too oily and too salty to taste. The most disppointing of all was that they pulled the food earlier than 8:30 and they claim their closing time at 9pm.

It was worth a try just to have the Intramuros feel but I guess I'm not going back.

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Chichi T.
4.0 Stars

Pasyal Sundays!! 10084

I'm so happy Manila is slowly but surely trying to revive the joyful and spirited Intramuros again. Way to go #VivaManila and People behind #PasyalSundays! Arts, craft, music, poetry and coffee ++ 128522

Seriously guys you should visit Gen. Luna Street every month! It started March 16. The next is on April 27 to witness this.

(photo) is Barbara participating with the pasyal Sundays. Love their halo halo 128523

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Chloe F.
4.0 Stars

My mom got vouchers for a buffet in Barbara's. I like the ambiance, I really loved how they stuck to the historical concept from the place to the entertainers. It wasn't that big a place but for me it was spacious because the round tables were apart enough.

I'm not that impressed with the food but it was okay though nothing special.

But I'd say their performers were far more entertaining than that of Star Movies Cafe.
I like the band for they were play 12 or more stringed instruments, they were playing the cello, and it was enjoyable for me to listen to it while watching the dancers perform traditional dances like tinikling and pandango sa ilaw.

I'd still go back, I love their place so much, the ambiance, the performers but I hope they improve their food.

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Bam A.
4.0 Stars

Been wanting to go on another road trip to Intramuros. It's been a while since my last visit at Ilustrado, which was an awesome experience if I might add (see past review) 128516

Right across San Agustin church is Barbara's, old stone house turned into a lovely restaurant. Upon entering its like we were time warped to another Philippine epoch. I love it! The place gives you a feel on how the old rich, as in really old 128116128117 rich, would've dined before. 128076Ganda! Sigh. The closest to time travel one could get. Lol.

It was buffet lunch for us. Variety of Filipino food and then some. Food was okay. Nothing spectacular but the feeling that this place gives you,pleasant and nostalgia, just raises up the dining experience. With matching serenades from a very charming lot of men, the closest thing I can get to experience being "Harana"ed 9786 Galing! We had them play from current pop songs to our fave old songs like La Vie en Rose. Sigh. Beautiful. 128079

I like the place so much, I'm thinking of holding a party here one of these days. A costume party! Heehee. Go and visit this place if you're bored with the usual dining in the city. Breath of fresh air! 128516

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Martin M.
4.0 Stars

Ok :) stretching fingers for my long time vacation from looloo :p

anyway Barbara's was one of those old looking house restos in manila :) located in a historical area which takes you back in time :p
aka many sight seeing included :))

soooo to the food well selection was limited to 3 dishes 1 veggie and 1 noodle/pancit

id give the food and feel a 3.5/5 which to means right on the budget :) but its not something out of the ordinary. the menu is something you can find in any filipino resto

ill give the kalderetang baka a 5/5 since it hit the spot, although it was not as spicy as i used to have it

the buttered fish was nice as well coz i got heaps of it :))

the host gave us a taste of one of the desserts coffee jelly with condensed milk which felt really nice after eating lots of kaldereta

the host was very friendly and the staff were nice as well :)

on a side note for you to maximize the dinner experience ask the reservations for a nice spot for you to be able to watch their cultural shows :)

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Rustin B.
4.0 Stars

The indicator that you got a good meal is when you couldn't eat anymore for the rest of the day! Well at least for me...

Studying for four years at Intramuros, this was actually the first time I've ever eaten here. I never expected the grand semi fine dining experience but it was a pleasant change. The room is extravagantly Filipino, like how abuelita likes it.

The food is nice. I only realized now that they completed the fish, beef, pork and chicken on their menu. We went there just before the buffet closed but was lucky enough to have a plateful of food.

The only complaint that I have is the fruits and how dry they were. Probably because they were exposed a long time it became like that! Hope they get a clear glass cove or something.

Overall, I might go back here.

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