Ilustrado

744 Calle Real Del Palacio St. cor. General Luna, Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila

Ilustrado
4.0
4.0 Stars

23 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 7
  • 4 stars 10
  • 3 stars 5
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 23 Reviews
  • 59 Recommend
  • 23 Reviewers
Category:
Filipino
Business Hours
Open: 6:00p - 10:00p
Phone
+6325273674

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:30a - 3:00p
    • 6:00p - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:30a - 3:00p
    • 6:00p - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:30a - 3:00p
    • 6:00p - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:30a - 3:00p
    • 6:00p - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:30a - 3:00p
    • 6:00p - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:30a - 3:00p
    • 6:00p - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:30a - 3:00p
    • 6:00p - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Parking:
Street, Reserved
Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
No
Ambience:
Casual
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Jose Ruben A.
5.0 Stars
4

Spanish Filipino cuisine done really well. Ambience brings you back to the classic dining scene, something you won't see anymore with the number of modern restaurants in the market. This is also perfect for quiet dates and big functions.

Loved the liver pate especially the lengua and callos!

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Kristine M.
4.0 Stars

Chicken Arroz Caldo with Tokwa't Baboy: a little less than Php200. Huge bowl of Arroz caldo with chicken chunks and mushroom. Arroz caldo was a bit bland but easily fixed with a bit of fish sauce and calamansi.

Service was kinda slow. Plus points: with decent wifi.

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Imee M.
3.0 Stars

SAMPAGUITA ICE CREAM! Sampaguita everyone!

After eating some churros, my friend wanted me to try sampaguita ice cream. I asked her how was it and she said that you can't explain it, you can only taste it. And so I agree but only if she'll pay for it. And she did ;)

My first thought in mind after eating a spoonful of ice cream was that: MAY PRUSISYON SA BIBIG KO!
I grew up in the province; and so prusisyon and life-sized saints was the first thing that came into my mind. It tastes like the smell of sampaguita. Can you imagine that?? Haha! It's so hard to explain unless you try it. You can't find the words to describe this ice cream. I asked my other friend if he liked it, his reaction: "it's ice cream. What's not to like?" Point taken. But if I'm craving for ice cream, i won't buy this! It's also pricey I think. Around 120 I guess? I'd rather spend that for cold stone or haagen-dazs!

But you should try it sometime! Plus the place is nice. They also offer other food, and some drinks. They also offer catering services as far as I know.

Tip: Visit a trip to see Intramuros, then drop by Ilustrado for a dessert!

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Jen L.
5.0 Stars

such a fine dining filipino place :) so love the food, ambiance, and the service :)

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Tricia L.
4.0 Stars

Ilustrado's ambiance will take you back to days of the old Intramuros. The concept of antique house and furnitures gives you a glimpse of old Philippines. Ilustrado operates from Mon-Sat 11:30am-9:30pm and on Sundays from 9:00am-5:30pm as per reservation officer of the day. No dress codes when dining. Friendly staff. Complimentary breads with butter and liver patè were served. We ordered Norwegian Smoked Salmon for starters, for the entrées Blue Marlin Steak and one of their house specialty the Adobong Bagnet with Prawn and Taba ng Talangka or "please be careful with my heart" obviously because it's high in protein and fat. Foods were good but I'm a bit disappointed by the serving time. Had to wait for 30 minutes. I've been to fine dining restaurants before and it didn't took that long. Serving sizes were ok.. Probably will come back again to try their paella. 128522

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Jan M.
4.0 Stars

Good restaurant in nice setting (love the art gallery next door ...). Service was OK, could have been a little more friendly. Had two green mango shakes (always a treat), followed by a Cesar Salad (quite good, a little heavy on the dressing) and a chicken on risotto (not the best choice, chicken was a bit dry and risotto a bit salty) together with Morcon Plaridel (yummy sauce).

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Grace I.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Jasper S.
4.0 Stars

We had dealgrocer again. We dined here last week actually. We had paella ilustrado (seafood), mushroom in garlic, gambas, ham and sangria for drinks.

We like the paella here. It tastes more spanish compared to dulcinea's. The crab claw and the shrimp however were dry and overcooked. We only liked how the rice tasted and the toasted part at the bottom.

The appetizers were okay. The gambas tasted better the first time we ate here. The mushroom was good also but we can easily cook that at home. The ham as well is good. It's your typical slice of ham.

The sangria is on the mild side. There's less alcohol in it and more fruits and water.

Overall, it was just average but the place is quite nice and peaceful.

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Jules L.
5.0 Stars

We ordered the Wild Mushrooms en Croute or wild mushroom soup with pastry crust. The taste was just right and i love the pastry crust its crunchy outside but soft on the inside. Perfect pair for the soup. We also got the Paella Marinara. It was so yummy! Just the right combination flavors. It took about 30 minutes for the paella to be served. But the wait was worth it. We also tried the Chateaubriand Bearnaise which is a grilled beef tenderloin steak with truffle mashed potato and asparagus. Steak was cooked to perfection (medium rare). Mashed potato was under seasoned.
Ambience and service was excellent!

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Ana S.
5.0 Stars

I have been here thrice the past two months and have enjoyed all my visits. Breakfast here is nice and quiet...and delicious! Vigan longganisa is perfect. The brewed coffee is good and the fresh Dalandan juice so refreshing! I haven't tried the postres and will do so next time I come back.

It is a nice getaway from busy Manila because you can enjoy peace as quiet as well as it's garden and the history of it all.

Looking forward to more breakfasts here.

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AL A.
4.0 Stars

Rustic and cozy at the same time, definitely a date place. Everything from the appetizers to dessert was delicious except for the salmon (twas a but bland). The twist of the black peppercorn is a must try for pepper lovers. Take note that you have to put a bit of effort to call for assistance, not sure if the lack of staff was due to us being there at lunch but the food made up for the lack of service.

PHOTO:
Duet of Norweigan Salmon Fillet and Cajun Scallops with Sea Urchin, Belgian Chocolate Tart with Cracked Black Pepper Ice Cream, Deconstructed Cheesecake with Double Chocolate Biscotti, Tapa Meat Platter, Australian Lamb Au Pesto, and Roast US Beef Tenderloin with Mancheco Croquette and Duxelle of Shitake & Shallots

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Lance H.
3.0 Stars

Nothing spectacular. Food is pricey. My lengua taste better. Not that worth it especially going here. Its fine dining alright.

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John L.
3.0 Stars

Was brought to this after our "Walk This Way" Intramuros tour which ended near the San Agustin Church.

We came few minutes before lunch and we we're the first ones in the restaurant. The look and feel of the restaurant gives you an impression that they do sell good food at probably a higher price point.

Some of the food I would recommend:
Kare-Kare
Bagnet

Serving is good for two. However price point quite high. Kare kare good for two is around 450. But if you split the bill, I guess it becomes more acceptable at around 225 per pax.

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GGG X.
4.0 Stars

Nice atmosphere and it was great!!

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Marbbie T.
3.0 Stars

I know it's a restaurant, but come for the look and feel of the old world; the food is nothing special. Get the Sampaguita ice cream.

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Veanney V.
5.0 Stars

The place was nice. Definitely a date place and incomparable to the fancy restos in the busy cities! My boyfriend treated me to a 5-course dinner here cause his mom got this good deal at Deal Grocer. It was definitely an experience from the drive to intramuros - experiencing the ambiance and food - the drive heading out of Manila. Cruising along the roads of Manila felt so nice (cause there was no traffic at all) and you'll be able to appreciate the beauty of it at this time :)

Food:
Bread and liver pate 4/5
Seafood tapas 5/5
Paella 4/5
Lengua 5/5
Choco fudge cake 4/5
Baked cheesecake 5/5

I plan on coming back here and ordering their Mango Jubilee, quite a performance with fire in serving this dessert!

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Meann T.
2.0 Stars

This was featured in one of the local show here in Manila. And they keep on telling that the ice cream is good. So when I had a chance to go to Intramuros, I said to myself that I need to try that Sampaguita flavored Ice Cream.

I immediately ordered the Sampaguita Ice Cream (Php 130.00) instead of my favorite cake. It was served in a margarita glass with 3 small scoop in it and a chocolate wafer stick. The presentation is good and smells like a real Sampaguita flower. At first it was okay but when I'm about to start my second scoop it feels like that I'm eating the stem of the flower (the green part of Sampaguita) I tried drinking their pandan water to get rid of the taste but its still there so I stopped eating it. I said to myself I won't explore too much in ice cream so I won't be upset. (Ice cream is one of my comfort food)

So if you're going to visit this restaurant better choose their cakes instead of the ice cream for dessert.

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Juvi M.
3.0 Stars

After doing Walk this way, we headed for Ilustrado for lunch. We pre-ordered a buffet lunch complete with cultural performance. I think, package price was approximately 50k with 30k consumable.

One thing that I will always love about this restaurant is the ambiance. Though I prefer the downstairs restaurant more than the function rooms where we were setup.

Let's talk about the food:
*Mung Bean soup - my first reaction was "where's the monggo?" as I prefer my monggo thick and unfortunately, this was just soup with a hint of mung bean.

*Palabok - just ok.

*Chicken Pastel - another just ok.

*Stir-fried veggies - still just ok.

*Chicken Barbecue - can anyone get this wrong? Just ok again.

*Rellenong Bangus - this for me made up for all the 'just ok' food. I could have skipped everything else and just had this.

*Kare-kare - it's again just ok and unfortunately, a lot of other restos could do this better.

*Fruits for dessert - the pineapple was sour but the watermelon was nice and sweet.

*Brazo de Mercedes - loved it though I don't think it the best that I've had.

We opted to go for Filipino dishes since the whole day was for cultural experience of our Aussie colleagues. If you go here, skip the Filipino dishes and stick with their paella, steaks and ice cream!

The cultural show though was a hit. They were performed by what we think were High School students (though we kept on wondering if they skipped school since this was on a wednesday). They performed 4 dances including a Pandanggo and Tinikling. After their Tinikling performance, they even asked some of the audience to try dancing with them. 9786

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Bam A.
5.0 Stars

A day of adventure and getting lost in Intramuros is like time traveling. The architecture, the kalesas you see passing by every now and then, and authentic old school restaurants. It's always like a field trip whenever I'm here. 128522

The reason my friends and I were in Intramuros: Food. We've been hearing about this sampaguita ice cream and it seriously intrigued us127846

Reaching Ilustrado was quite a maze hunt. Finding it was the prize. Situated in one of the old buildings, the interior is true to its roots. With big wooden furnitures and well dressed servers, it gives you an idea on how a true Ilustrado might've lived back then.

We weren't so hungry but we had to order the Ilustrado paella. It's their take on Paella Valenciana. One word: SARAP. For dessert, we got the prize we were hunting for, Mango Jubilee with Sampaguita Ice Cream (in photo)
How does the ice cream taste you say? Well, it really taste like sampaguita, only creamy and sweet 127848it's nice and weird at the same time. I think for a while there my brain got confused. LOL 128541

Ilustrado was worth the drive, the heat, and the hunt!

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Jo A.
4.0 Stars

Filipino dishes served in a Hispanic-themed house. :)

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