Cafe By The Ruins

25 Shuntug St., Baguio, Benguet

Cafe By The Ruins
4.2
4.0 Stars

203 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 83
  • 4 stars 83
  • 3 stars 26
  • 2 stars 9
  • 1 star 2
  • 223 Reviews
  • 368 Recommend
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Category:
Café
Business Hours
Open: 7:00a - 9:00p
Phone
+63744424010

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p
  • Monday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p
  • Thursday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p
  • Friday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p
  • Saturday
    • 7:00a - 9:00p

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

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

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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Yanyan 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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Yanyan 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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Keya N.
5.0 Stars

I just don't know what adjective should I use to describe the place, the food and the people inside cafe by the ruins. 128079128588

They have the best strawberry shake!

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LadyJane T.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Josette P.
4.0 Stars

For the duration of our stay in Baguio we attempted this place twice. The first one was lunch and there were long lines so we decided to just skip it. The last one was during merienda around 4-ish and that's when we find a good deal. We tried the Bolilos which is a mexican bread with herbed cheese and this is so 10084️ I actually wish to bring home more herbed cheese but there is none for to go. The herbed cheese is smooth and milky but not 'nakakaumay'. The Tsokolate de Agua is bittersweet but flavorful. I had to add a teaspoon of brown powdered sugar to it. We also tried their scones with jam and butter. The scones are great. Crispy exterior but soft inside. Their cafe latte is good too. Strong in flavor which made me think this is Sagada brew. I would suggest getting to this place either on early morning or mid afternoon or if you wish to go for lunch drop there around 11-ish to be seated. A must to try in Baguio!

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Camille A.
4.0 Stars

If you frequently check on what the best restaurants in the city are, you would know that Café by the Ruins is always on the list of the most-visited restaurants in Baguio City and if you have plans on heading there this week, expect a large crowd coz of Panagbenga Festival.

What I love about this place is their rustic, forest-like ambience. Since it's very popular, you would need tons of patience in waiting for a table. They don't accept reservations on weekends and they're jam-packed throughout the day.

I ordered some of their bestsellers. The BAGUIO BAGNET with Padas bagoong, tomato relish, and lime. Double fried pork belly. First, it is tenderized in lard, then re-fried til it reaches the ultimate crisp. PINIKPIKAN. Cordillera ritual chicken soup with etag (salted pork) and ginger. ERNIE'S KAMOTE BREAD with Kesong Puti and basil that is best enjoyed with the RUINS COFFEE. We also ordered some of their specialty, freshly-baked breads.

Given the fact that it's really cold in Baguio plus we were dining al fresco, the food and the coffee that we ordered cooled down easily. Nonetheless, it was a good dining experience. The food was great and the price is just right. The coffee is soooo good too!! You can also try some of the other items in their menu. I've read in some blogs that their version of CHAMPORADO with fried dilis on the side is a must-try.

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Heather G.
4.0 Stars

I had high hopes for this place. It was packed when we got there. So probably contributing to the less than lackluster of the ambiance but service wise, A-ok! And the quality of food. Fresh and all healthy choices. I wish i tried the pastries. Too bad, it wasnt available anymore. The dua would probably be a better place to eat at (2nd branch in Baguio, coz its new and well furnished) but where is the authenticity of the experience in that?

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Tommy T.
5.0 Stars

Must visit and dine in Baguio. Cafe by the Ruins . Named after the remaining of the arched concrete wall. The Baguio bagnet is done perfectly, crispy skin and soft tender, juicy meat. It comes with tomato salsa and bagoong padas, and black mountain rice.Perfect combination for the meal, @ php 340.

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Andi A.
5.0 Stars

Nice place.. delicious food! will definitely go back here. 128513128521

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Katz G.
1.0 Stars

The food is great. No problem at all. But the long line? And unavailable food?! We waited for almost two hours to eat nothing but what's left on the menu? This is so disappointing Cafe by the Ruins! I know you have put a lot of dignity thru out the years but I think the main problem here is your MANAGEMENT. So much for going to Baguio just to visit this place for disappointment!

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Annica O.
5.0 Stars

It is my second time in Cafe by the Ruins with different kasama so we order the same dish as the last time coz that's what I recommend. Hahaha 128522 The only difference is that we ordered Strawberry Shortcake for dessert and french fries. Yep I love fries and whenever there is chance that I can get my hands on this potato slices I willget it immediately with no hesitation. We also ordered Baguio Bagnet with Tomatoes and Onions served with Bagoong and Lime and the Beef Sinigang. We just ordered 3 extra rice since there is free 2 rice and there are five of us.

The Strawberry Shortcake is served first. Hahaha yes dessert first before anything else. Hahaha 128518 Kidding, we try to resist the urged to not eat it and wait for the mains but we don't succeded. Hahaha OMG the Strawberry Shortcake is heaven. The best one I've ever tried. The bread is soft but medyo crunchy the white sauce is so good and the fresh sweet strawberries are the best. I don't know what sauce they put but it is good too. Hahaha then came the fries, it is thick cut which I like and the dipping sauce is good too. We just take photos of the food and hurriedly ate them. Hahaha then came our mains. Yes it is still the same good taste as the first time I went here. Definitely, Cafe by the ruins is the absolute go to resto in Baguio. I just wish and really wish upon a star that they have a price rollback coz it is so dang expensive. Hahaha 128522

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Pearl R.
5.0 Stars

Early breakfast at Cafe By The Ruins.

Food:
We ordered, Mt. Data Tapa Rice (340php)- cured beef tapa, tomatoes, and onions with scrambled egg and garlic rice.

Ruins Longganisa (340php)- smkoked baguio-style longganisa made in the Cafe Dua. Served with tomatoes, garlic rice and sunny side-up egg.

Both served with a cup of fresh fruit and coffee or tea. We choose the tea (salabat-with honey and lemon). A must try! 💯

Complete meal, so busolve. 128055128055128076

Ambiance:
It was good, beautiful ruins.

Staff:
Friendly & accomodating.

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