Breakthrough Restaurant

Villa Arevalo District, Iloilo City, Iloilo

Breakthrough Restaurant
4.4
4.5 Stars

29 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 16
  • 4 stars 10
  • 3 stars 3
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 32 Reviews
  • 81 Recommend
  • 29 Reviewers
Category:
Seafood
Phone
+63333373027

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Ana S.
5.0 Stars

Hasn't disappointed me yet...! Brought my business partner here and some program partners for dinner after a looooong day of coaching and being locked up in a meeting room. Nice break.

We had 3 chili crabs, paksiw na Lechon, inihaw na liempo, lato (seaweed... the bubbly looking kind), fresh mango salad with bagoong, kinilaw na malasugi plus pantat (ilonggo grilled catfish). Yum! What a feast..! Buko shakes, pale Pilsen and fresh buko drinks along with the food... our bill was something like 2,200php lang... if we ate that here in Manila,the bill would've been close to 5k.

Never fails to make me belly happy.... !

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Ana S.
5.0 Stars

The name of the restaurant is apt for the food they serve, its location (a break or pass-through area going to 3 different places in Iloilo), and reflective of the Iloilo sense of humor. Perfect place for a quick break from the city, with a view of the water. Very relaxing.

It was 37 degrees out when we got here, after visiting a nearby maritime school. One of the newer features of the place (at least since I was last here which was eons ago! LOL) is an air-conditioned room. It was a great respite from the heat and allowed us more privacy (and my 3-year-old space to play with his toy cars).

We placed our order at the counter right outside the "cool room" :) and food was served in less than 15 minutes. Our drinks came within 5 minutes. Another breakthrough... Family-style dining, Filipino style, but service Chinese restaurant style! :) the prices weren't bad at all (won't put a hole in your pocket!) and was worth every penny. :)

The picture you see is a combination of two photos.. Both taken midway through the meal. We got there after a school tour and, tummies grumbling, dove right in!

Breakthrough offers a lot of seafood options but they also have pork, chicken, beef in our favorite home-cooked style. But, must try's are the baked scallops, oysters (fresh or baked), managat, pork liempo or Lechon style, lato (my favorite kind of seaweed), native chicken Inasal, and the "angel" shellfish (I keep forgetting the local name..! Sorry!). Pantat (catfish inasal), we didn't have but is always a yummy option! :) Sugba/ihaw (grilled) is best.

Fresh buko shake was awesome..! They have a variety of fresh fruit shakes... Hit the spot after the sweltering heat..!

Always wonderful to visit this part of Iloilo. This is the original site and would not trade this experience for the SM mall or Plazuela versions (other sites for breakthrough now operating Iloilo).

Incidentally, Iloilo has changed so much since my last visit (September 2014)... The roads from the airport into the city have been widened (4 lanes) and lit...various "hubs" have been developed... Smallville (initiated/built about a decade ago), Plazuela which now offers a wonderful array of restos to choose from (the place gives you a feel of a Spanish plaza, where you can take a stroll... Thank you to the developers, the Floretes!)... There's also the Megaworld site (old Iloilo airport site) which is expected to be the Iloilo Central Business district (very exciting development..! Convention center is beautiful, two hotels -- Richmond and Marriott -- are available). I toured the city and, while I appreciated the new, I also appreciated the old :) The "cleaned up" buildings along Iznart Street, and the Iloilo market area... Buildings restored near the grandstand.. Very nice. More tourist friendly. One of our taipans took the time to restore a very old and beautiful house facing Molo plaza (it is being or has been converted into a restaurant... Will be my next review when I go back to Iloilo in May! Abangan!)...so many places to see, even just within the city. A walking tour of the old buildings from the Iloilo museum to the older part of town is nice.

It was great to be back even for just two days. We did a night tour and a day tour of how Iloilo has developed over time. The city itself is a breakthrough and I look forward to more exciting things from Iloilo.

Breakthrough is a symbol of the old melding with the new, as it is now. But still keeping what is truly Ilonggo.

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Emily S.
5.0 Stars

The best boneless bangus in Western Visayas! Just don't go to this seaside branch when there's a storm unless you wan't extra seasoning/texture in your food. ;)

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Mariel L.
5.0 Stars

Great food. Great place. Great service.

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Emily S.
4.0 Stars

Fresh seafood by the beach with Guimaras Island on the side. Why not? :)

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Mye G.
5.0 Stars

The freshest & most delish seafoods EVER (duwal, oysters, prawns, crabs), tasty lechon and chicken bisaya and the sweetest guimaras mangoes! PERFECT lunch to end my Iloilo business trip ;)

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Tei A.
5.0 Stars

The fattest and most succulent oysters I've ever had! 128076🏻128077🏻so good, they were sweet and huuuge! Staples are: Grilled Managat fish and their Crabmeat dish. Sarap!!!

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Tei A.
4.0 Stars

Been here countless times.. It's included in my must-eat when in Iloilo. Loved the Steamed Oysters, Grilled Managat Fish, and Shellfish Soup (forgot the name). Good eats!! I love seafoods!128523

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Paul P.
5.0 Stars

Nice place, great ambience, superb food. Merong paluto, merong luto na. Lahat masarap. It's a restaurant by the sea so you get to feel the breeze, especially at night.

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Tei A.
4.0 Stars

For your seafood fix when in Iloilo. Must orders: Grilled Managat Fish, Scallops, Diwal (when in season), Crabs and Crab Rice 128077. This is fronting the beach (grey sand).

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Quinto L.
5.0 Stars

If I could have every meal with a view like the picture I posted, I'd be a very happy man.

Breakthrough by the sea is one of my favorite restaurants ever. Perfect mix of great food and great ambiance. The seafood we ordered, scallops, snapper, bangus, crab and oysters were all very fresh and cooked to perfection. Even their Lechon manok was great. My favorite will always be their blue marlin which just melts in your mouth.

Whenever you get the chance to visit Iloilo, I'd recommend you try this place out.

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April G.
4.0 Stars

Great place for a group to have a nice seafood feast.

Order the baked scallops, oysters, garlic shrimp, native roast chicken, diwal, crabs, and partner with kalkag rice.

Yum yum yum.

Forget your diet when you are here.

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Boggs M.
4.0 Stars

Namit giud! 128055128079

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Ryan N.
5.0 Stars

Loved the native grilled chicken and the sinugbang maya maya. Seaside resort with delectable food selection.

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Fay Sam N.
5.0 Stars

baked scallops and kilawin na hipon !! very cheap and fresh seafood

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Charlene E.
5.0 Stars

When you're in Iloilo, the number one spot to go to is none other than Breakthrough. The reason? Two words - delicious food.

According to ourawesomeplanet.com, the restaurant is the brainchild of marine biologist Raymundo Robles, who just wanted to have a side restaurant business for his wife. It was named after every scientist’s aspiration, which is to achieve a breakthrough in his/her field.

This has been my favorite restaurant in Iloilo for years! My family and I always pass by here whenever we are in Iloilo. My favorite is the baked scallops! Really delicious and affordable for only 195 pesos. I think we order around 4 plates whenever we're here! The managat fish is also a must-try. There are a lot of other options here so it just depends on what seems appetizing to you!

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May Ann B.
4.0 Stars

Went here when I visited Iloilo. This is Dampa style where your choosen seafood will be freshly cook.

▪️Food: assured what they serve is fresh
▪️Price: sort of expensive (but considering it is fresh, so the price is okay and the "paluto" is already included)
▪️Ambience: went here at night and I find the restaurant so dim. This is an open area so expect no airconditioning.
▪️Location: very accessible if you are riding a PUV or cab. However, I find it too far as we rode jeepney going there (so when we are about to return to oir hotel, we instead hailed a cab). The area is not well-lighted so kinda scary.

Returning? Yes, but not a priority.

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Kat A.
4.0 Stars

Love eating here whenever we visit. The place is airy with an al fresco by the beach setting. They have lots of long tables for large groups. Make sure to go early since they usually run out of select viands.

I love the crablets, manga't bagoong and seafood variety! They also serve lechon and meat dishes for those who don't like seafood.

They serve good mango shake too although I can't guarantee the freshness.

Breakthrough is definitely a must-visit when in Iloilo but also check out the other restaurants in the area which is popularly known as Villa.

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Melinda Grace L.
5.0 Stars

Another seafood dining experience for me and I had a great time. The place is very spacious and comfortable. The staff were pleasant and friendly. Food was so good especially the grilled managat fish and baked clams. The best part - the beach!

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Livid G.
3.0 Stars

We ordered kinilaw, baked mussels, adobong pusit, sizzling crab meat, seaweed, shrimp in butter and garlic,pinakbet and sinigang na isda. It was nice to eat by the seaside (we came during lunch) but the place had lots of flies so be sure to ask for candles. I especially like the sizzling crab meat but there were shells still on it which took the fun out of being able to eat these de shelled.

I like seafood so everything tasted fine :)

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