Cafe By The Ruins

25 Shuntug St., Baguio, Benguet

Cafe By The Ruins
4.1
4.0 Stars

210 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 83
  • 4 stars 88
  • 3 stars 27
  • 2 stars 10
  • 1 star 2
  • 233 Reviews
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Category:
Café

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More Business Info

Parking:
Street, Parking Lot
Kids Menu:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual

Most Recent Reviews

Justine Lauren C.
4.0 Stars
10

They just renovated after we came here last year. It was a little rocky before and because of the design and now they made it a little more woody and modern. I think it is for the neatness of the place for easy maintenance.
Ambiance is really great though because we are overlooking the city.
The food we ordered:
Pinikpikan: (2/5) - Native Chicken is very tough. I expect native chicken to be a little more chewy than usual not tough but we are not able to enjoy because it’s too tough.
Bagnet: (4/5) - The fattyness of the bagnet is a given but it was too thick. Though it was cooked perfectly and is very crunchy. It is what you would expect in a bagnet. Just hoped the fat is thinner and the meat is thicker.
Filet Mignon: (5/5) - We ordered the Medium Well and it was great, it’s so great because of the baby potatoes with rosemary and camote tops. This one is something I can recommend. A must try!
Brown Rice: (4/5) - I love this one here, I never thought I would enjoy brown rice but it’s good that I enjoyed it here maybe it is a little glutinous.

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Sandra Y.
4.0 Stars
6

After more than 5 years, I get a chance to visit & dine in this iconic place in Baguio, Cafe by the Ruins. The first time I visited, the place has rustic ambiance with bamboo and cogon roofing. Due to the fire that occurred, the place was renovated. The place is bigger now with its 2nd Floor and it now has a modern look.

For appetizer, we thought of having their famous Camote Bread, sadly it was sold out. So we had the Focacia bread instead, and we ordered spreads :Herbed Liver Pâté and Herbed Cheese. Its good!

For soup, we had Bachoy. Pork tenderloin, spleen brain in soup stock with miswa. Haaay! Perfect for the cold weather128522 slightly filling, its good that I shared this bowl.

For our main course, we had Rita’s Rice. Served with buttered rice, topped with saucey chicken, button mushrooms, cellery and chicken liver in cream. A dish with homie feels, simple yet surprisingly good.

Agua Fresca de Jamaica - an infusion of dried hibiscus flower that is a remedy for high blood pressure. An acquired taste drink, slightly sour and tastes like “kiamoy”. But I enjoyed it, must be the sour taste.

Verdict: still a must place to visit whenever in Baguio. I am happy with everything we had. Dishes are reasonably priced. Servers are attentive. I just wishes I tasted their Camote Bread.

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Roegan T.
5.0 Stars
9

We went up to Baguio on a very stormy weekend (smartest thing to do, right? 128514) coming from La Union.

A Baguio trip wouldn’t be complete without trying Cafe By The Ruins so we went here for lunch. Good thing we came in at around 11AM as people started to fill up the resto at around 12PM.

We ordered:

1. Beef Tapa w/ scrambled egg and red rice
2. Pork Sinigang
3. Ruins Coffee
4. Rizal Tsokolat-e

Beef Tapa was really tough but still tasted good. It would’ve been a 5 star rating if it was tender. The mix of red rice, egg, and the tapa was good. Never liked red rice but after trying theirs, it’s now my go-to rice if available.

The Pork Sinigang was out of this world. I swear, Cresa M always orders the good-tasting dishes. The meat was tender, almost melt in your mouth kind of meat. The broth wasn’t too thick and had that legit asim taste! You can tell if it’s just sinigang mix or real tamarind. The sourness of this was sharp and strong - definitely legit tamarind was used!

The Ruins Coffee was just “okay”. Nothing to rave about. However, I did like the fact that they use balikutsa instead of the usual powdered sugar on the side. Makes the drink more “Filipino”.

The Rizal Tsokolat-e was extremely good! Cresa loved it and she was kind enough to share some of it. 9996128514

Overall, Cafe By The Ruins is a must visit for anyone! Would love to go back again and buy some bread!!!

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Jan R.
2.0 Stars
4

Food was Blah. Literally, Soup Needed Salt. "Adobo that will steal your heart" more like lost my heart. Just Bad. Flan was overcooked and they still served it. Fresh Lumpia, Not good. Plus Prices reflect higher end in the area. Service is abysmally long, I'm talking 20 mins each to wait for your waiter, order, re-order, and anything else. No Alcohol here guys, which is fine, but with food and service so bad, you kind of want it.
Plus side, CAMOTE BREAD 10084

BOTTOM LINE: This is better as a bakery rather than a restaurant. Stick to baked goods and coffee. Not worth the money. Cheers!

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Cindy S.
5.0 Stars
4

Hearts of many broke when news came out last year that Café by the Ruins in Chuntug Road, Baguio was destroyed by fire. Then their management decided not to reopen anymore, and people’s hearts got broken yet again. But just last month, several credible articles (hindi fake news, lol) surfaced that our beloved Café by the Ruins is back.

It just so happened that we had a scheduled Baguio trip during the week that said article was making rounds on social media. When we got to Baguio, the cab driver was hesitant to bring us there, he was very sure that it’s closed and even offered to bring us to the Dua branch, but we still insisted. And alas! No risk, no reward. Café by the Ruins that we all know and love is indeed back.

The place was a far cry from what it used to look like. The space is smaller and now has a modern look to it. Different from what used to be a spacious setting with artsy and rustic interiors. The look may have changed a lot, but the food is still amazing. My heart sighed in happiness upon my first bite of their famous Camote Bread, paired with kesong puti and liver pate, as well as a nice hot cup of Mint Chocolate. It soothed my battered soul (char 128514).

For a more filling meal, I also ordered one of their pasta dishes (sorry I forgot the exact name). It’s a simple and nostalgic dish, has a cream base and an uncomplicated taste. It was a no-fuss breakfast that made my heart full. And, people now have more reasons to keep coming back to Baguio, I certainly do. ♥️

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Julie L.
4.0 Stars
3

Sad to hear that this resto burned down last April 30. My family and I had breakfast when we arrived in Baguio two weeks ago.

It was beautiful and I enjoyed looking at the art pieces around the resto.

There's another branch in Dua and if you get a chance order Ole Nick's Open Face Tuna (Php200) it was a hefty sandwich with veggies and tuna. Then I also ordered Cafe Latte (Php110) add the sugar biscuit if you want to add sweetness to your coffee.

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Luisa E.
5.0 Stars
5

Orders: Lemon chicken nuggets 127831 lumpia straws of carabao cheese 🧀 & basil 127811tomato 127813 basil 127811 pasta 127837Baguio bagnet 128055 and it all cost less than 1k, paid around 900+ lol. Ultimate comfort food with a remarkably rustic ambiance. Everything tasted good 128523 the sinigang soup was a bit too spicy + tangy for me, the sourness made me shudder haha!

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Tommy T.
4.0 Stars
2

Visited this place for their bagnet with mountain rice, and their chopsuy rice. Perfect to share between 2 persons, each have half portion. Balance meal with rice, vegies and meat.

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Sj F.
4.0 Stars
4

We ordered their signature coffees, hot ruins coffee and cold ruins coffee; their camote bread with guava jam.

The coffee's aroma lasts for hours. Their camote bread is tasty and yummy with the jam.

The price is reasonable. And the ambience is a winner.

Everyone should try to dine in this cafe.

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Cocoy P.
3.0 Stars

Food here is just okay for me. The servings are quite small too.

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Mary Love S.
2.0 Stars
7

Cafe by the Ruins has been one of the most popular restaurants in Baguio that it became a must-visit place when in the land of ube jams and strawberries. I have tried to visit this place a few times but failed till my most recent trip up North.

Hello, Cafe by the Ruins!

I have dreamt of dining here for more than a year now. I always drool over its mouthwatering dishes and get mesmerized by the beauty of its interiors I see on Facebook and Instagram. But I was surprised with what I saw when I entered the famous restaurant.

The place has an ambiance that would make you feel like you’re in the woods dining with pixies and friendly dwarves but with a slight Tim Burton touch. It was poorly lit though and made me a bit paranoid with mosquitoes that I applied insect repellant as soon as we got to our table. We also got a sniff of something not so pleasant during our visit.

Since we were not that hungry, R and I opted to just order one cup of Rizal’s Tsokolate-e (PHP145) and Chocolate Croissant (PHP100). Service was quick and it was probably because we got there just in time for last call.

The cup of hot chocolate was quite good as it had a nice and rich chocolate taste to it. It was also thick, perfect for the cool Baguio weather. Unfortunately, it was quite humid that night so I didn’t get to enjoy my cup to the fullest. But I really liked that this cup had a smooth texture unlike the batirol type which was rough.

The Chocolate Croissant was quite disappointing. The texture was very off as it was not flaky at all. It was just bread with chocolate spread, nothing more. R commented that the chocolate spread tasted like Nutella but it tasted a bit more local to me. It tasted more like Goya chocolate spread. And for PHP100, I felt that I was tricked.

I left the place filled with regret and disappointment. I was hoping to have my tastebuds go wild with its food and my eyes grow big with the restaurant’s interiors. I wanted to give the place a second chance and try the savory dishes but after reading several not so good reviews about it, I think I won’t visit this place again.

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Rachelle L.
3.0 Stars
3

the food was ok. nothing spectacular or life changing. maybe it was just the hype but it was just ok. long wait time and there is a lack of waiting areas specially today because it was raining hard. special mention to the sinigang which was the soup partner of the bagnet because it was delicious. also, the ensaymada was very tasty.

for the price, ambiance and taste, I think if that's still the wait time we'll just try another place.

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Brian Joseph A.
4.0 Stars
2

Ruin's Fillet Mignon (Php 340) - beef steak served with brown rice and veggies. I chose to have medium-well and they've done it right. The beef was really flavorful and yummy!

Chicken Roulade (Php 340) - it was like chicken cordon bleu but only with veggies and lil crispy.

Nice ambiance for dating couples but the food are really expensive for the serving.

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Brian Joseph A.
4.0 Stars

Ruin's Fillet Mignon (Php 340) - beef steak served with brown rice and veggies. I chose to have medium-well and they've done it right. The beef was really flavorful and yummy!

Chicken Roulade (Php 340) - it was like chicken cordon bleu but only with veggies and lil crispy.

Nice ambiance for dating couples but the food are really expensive for the serving.

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Hazel A.
5.0 Stars
2

Cafe by the ruins has 2 branches in Baguio. One located near city hall and the second is in upper session beside Mario's.

My sister rented the first branch for their wedding last May 2015. The restaurant is not that big, but it was perfect for their Bohemian wedding with less than 100 attendees.

That picture was taken during our food tasting. My sister wanted to have a boodle fight kind of table set up. And so it happened.

My favorite 'ulam' in the menu is the pinikpikan. Pinikpikan is a traditional Cordilleran dish where as before cooking, the Chicken is being hit until it dies and all it's blood drains. It may sound not enticing but it is really 128076128077

The service is nice. But for an event, they lack good customer service. The waiters were just standing on the side and you still need to go to them to catch their attention. Moreover, some details discussed beforehand we're not made. Though we didnt bother to complain. Instead, we made the nost out of it for the newly weds!

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Inna A.
2.0 Stars
8

My friends and I were planning this Baguio tipr for 3 weeks, our hashtag is BagYOBaes2016. Hahahaha!
So just to warn you, the following posts will be places in Baguio.
First stop is Cafe By The Ruins. One word- overrated.
2/4 meals were bland. The servers were not at all that pleasing too.
The tapa was tough and mediocre, sana man lang masarap yung suka to compensate for the tapa kaso hindi e.
The skinless longganisa, turned out to be tasteless longganisa bits.
And the Tinapang Bangus, you guessed it, wala din lasa! Grabe. I actually don’t know how you could get this wrong. TInapa na nga yun e. Oh well.
Isa lang masarap, yung longganisa na mahaba na lasang paminta. Thanks sa Lord. At least yun may spice kahit papaano.
For 340PHP each, here’s what you get- the meal, drink of your choice and a bowl of fruits.
Not rushing back to this place anytime soon. Tabangerzzzz! Sayang time and effort, I could have spent it sa ibang restaurant na worth ng sandaling oras ko sa Baguio.

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Paolo S.
3.0 Stars
2

The much venerated Cafe by the Ruins! One of the can't-miss-cafe's when going to Baguio. And i totally agree! Maybe i just went at a bad time, and would have rated them higher if they had strawberries (for the strawberry shortcake) and mangoes (for the suman and mango) the 3 days I was there. I kept coming back pa naman to check... and this is Baguio, how do you run out of strawberries? 🙁

But on to the good stuff:

Baguio Bagnet - loved the crunch! Generous slab of pork belly fried to a crisp. The saltiness of the bagnet and the bagoong was balanced out by the bowl of hot n sour sinigang that came with it. And no, it wasnt just sinigang broth. It came loaded with veggies so plus points for that. This. Is. Bagnet. 128077

Hot chocolate and ensaymada - if in Manila we got Mary Grace, these guys do it best in Baguio. Their hot chocolate is rich and creamy, and the ensaymada is something worth bringing home to the family. You cannot go to Cafe by the Ruins and not have this.

Suman - another must try. Even if they didnt jave the mangoes to go with it, the suman can stand on its own paired with their hot chocolate. Big serving. And i mean, SUMAN. Its moist and the taste of brown sugar and syrup cuts through the sticky rice really nicely. Still would've wanted it with mangoes instead. 128527

Champorado - i love champorado and thought this was an awesome, awesome rendition of a classic favorite. If you enjoyed their hot chocolate, you'd enjoy this. They used the same tablea chocolate and carabaos milk to bring out that rich, creamy chocolate flavor thats just right. The crispy danggit that came on the side was icing on the cake!

Fillet Mignon - this could've been really good. And i really believe this would've been an awesome steak... beef wrapped in cured bacon and topped with herbed butter. 128547 If only they cooked it medium as requested. It came in well to well done so the meat ended up kinda tough and dry. So sayang! I'm not the type to have a dish returned if i dont like it. It was still edible pa naman so i just "toughed it out", literally.

All in all, i'd still say you'd have to eat here at least on one trip to Baguio. The Baguio experience just wouldn't be complete without a stop at this iconic cafe thats become a local culinary living legend of sorts. I would've given 4 stars if only the steak was done right and they strawberries for their shortcake.

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Alana B.
4.0 Stars
3

I would come here again for the ambiance. Fantastic dining experience

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Diana L.
5.0 Stars
3

This was our first stop when we arrived in Baguio. I've always wanted to try this one whenever we're in Baguio but never been here because first, there is no parking space ( I swear you better park in Burnham Park or take a taxi or just like my howe and I waited and always make a turn) second, there are a lot of customers going here good thing for us there were a few and lastly, no reservations accepted so I always think, "ay marami tao for sure wag na umasa traffic pa for sure) 128513

Luckily, we got our parking and slot even if there were no reservations accepted since we got there on a weekend.

I ordered their shrimp mango curry and my boyfriend ordered the bagnet which I think was one of their bestsellers. Oooohhh. I forgot it was brownout when we got there buy didn't feel it because the weather really was cooold.

I loved their shrimp mango curry!!! It reminded me of a Thai dish in Bangkok but sadly my howe didn't like their bagnet. I think it was bland good thing he loved their suman with mango. He told me it tasted like sticky mango rice in Bangkok. 128154

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Aiza A.
2.0 Stars
5

I have heard a lot of good things about this resto so when we went ro Baguio last week, I made sure that we can visit this place. Contrary to what others claim, we got seated right away. Might be luck? I guess.

I like the rustic feels of the resto. The wooden tables and chairs, the garden setting and the dim light. However, I felt suffocated. The place is small and the tables and chairs are so near to each other that you can barely move. The overall design is okay but it loses its appeal when you're seated too close to someone else's table. If you know what I mean...

Now my verdict for the food: BLAH. Nothing extraordinary. It could be wrong choice of food or it really isn't that good.

Curry shrimp- tasted a bit weird but still okay

Kamote bread with kesong puti- nothing special. Tasted like other ordinary breads. Kesong puti tasted like gelatin. Walang lasa! But creamy though.

Lumpiang sariwa- ordinary

Carbonara- this one was better. But still, not the one that I'd crave for.

Chicken nuggets- bland!

Beef something- i forgot the name. Matabang.

Bagnet- nevermind.

Rizal tsokolate- THE ONLY THING THAT I LIKED. Chocolatey and creamy.

Super pricey. If ever that I'll go back, maybe I'll just stick with the hot choco and a slice of their cake. But I won't order meals again!

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